Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Busy Signing and Sandy

     Hi out there, I know I haven't blogged in a bit, but I've been busy making personal appearances since the News-Herald debut function for my new book, "My Batman (and maybe yours too!).  And after that, my electricity went out due to the super storm.  Right about now (as I send out kind thoughts and hopes to any victims of the giant storm) the only "Sandy" I want to hear about is The Sandman's sidekick or Little Orphan Annie's dog.

     But now I'm back in the writing saddle and hope to keep you appraised of the goings on in the comic world.  Locally I will be appearing at the Great Lakes Mall comic shop, Comics and Friends.  I'll be there from 1-3pm, Saturday, November 3rd.  I'll be signing more copies of my Batman book, so please stop on by because I'm ready to talk Batman!  Hope to see you.

     Also, don't forget to adopt a comic today!

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Great Bat Day!

     Hi everyone, sorry I haven't written in a few days because I've been recovering from an "autograph hangover," so to speak.  Actually, I had a great time at the News Herald Batman book debut function on the 17th.  How much fun did I have?  Welllllllllll, let me tell you.

     I met a bunch of great people, signed autographs, re-met some old customers and pals from a comic shop I frequented (and did paperwork for) a few decdes ago.  I also got to chat with some current church friends that stopped by and met a nice brother and sister who reaaallllly liked Batman a lot.  I'm glad that they both won some Batman poster/covers that I was able to sign.

     Next was the old and DEAR friend of mine from high school.  I had only seen her twice in over a quarter of a (this makes it seem soooo much longer written this way) century.  I got to meet her husband, who shares a comic book hobby with me and hear stories of their son, who enjoys writing as much as I do.  Hope they contact me so I can stay in touch this time.

     Last but not least, a special guest arrived, not even knowing for sure if I was THAT Chris Lambert.  You see, I haven't seen Patsy since I was three years old.  That's because she was my very first baby-sitter and her mother was my God Mother.  Her father also held a fond spot in my heart since I have always rembered his kindness and his calls on my birthday once my family moved away.  He "got" my connection with masked heroes like Batman and everytime he saw me out in the yard with a towel around my neck for a cape and an imaginary sword in my hand (mimicking the masked hero I watched on Walt Disney re-runs) he would shout out..."ZORRO!"

     It was fun talking about my career (I probably should have gone a little more top heavy on Batman though) and meeting everyone.  Family and friends and partners such as Liz, David, Jim, Paul and Maureen were there as well.  But of course I owe the biggest debt of thanks to Trish and Cheryl for planning and hosting the function  I have thoroughly enjoyed knowing and working with both of these fine people.

     Welllll, this is sort of long for a blog so I'd better get going before it turns into a novelette.  I'll be blogging more about the function in days to come.  Take care everyone and rembember to adopt a comic today.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Posters and Plops

     Hi everyone.  I was going through my collection last night and ran across a dark comedy title entitled, "Plop."  This was a very funny comic from the early 1970's, that had a lot of art and writing by Mad artist/writer, Sergio Aragones.  The book actually got it's start a few years earlier in a tale called, "The Poster Plague."  Very funny stuff indeed.

     So why do I bring this book up?  Because I spent the whole wekend PLOPPING  down POSTERS for my new book, "My Batman (and maybe yours too!)" that will be debuting at the News-Herald building Wed October 17th, from 7-9pm.  Three free copies will be given away as door prizes.  Call (440) 497-0580 for free reservations.  I'll be talking about Batman and my career in writing.  Hope to see you there where you can PLOP yourself down in a chair and have a great time!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Comics and Donuts

     Hi everybody, and especially you coffee lovers out there.  After ten or fifteen years of not drinking coffee, I'm back at it again, not quite the java junkie I used to be, but I'm patially there.

     Usually on the way to comic book meetings I get some steaming joe and some donuts before I talk with my editor/proofreader.  That means I'm usually sitting around Dunkin Donuts (this is not a plug) for a half-hour going over notes and things before I head to the meeting.

     Of course there are so many get-togethers going on presently since my new Batman book is coming out next week and I'm spending a lot of time getting ready for it.

     Speaking of which, stop by the News-Herald building on October 17, from 7-9pm (next Wed) to hear a free lecture and win some free door prizes.  We're giving away three free copies of "My Batman (and maybe yours too)" and the function itself is also free.  And speaking of the title of this blog, there is even going to be some snacks available (and maybe some coffee too).

     Take care and adopt a comic (and some coffee or tea) today.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More News on Bat Book

     Hi everyone.  Hope you're all doing well.  I'm burning the midnight oil and busting at the seams as more and more pieces of the Bat puzzle falls into place.  I recently saw the cover from my friend, David Russell.  Eight images of different Batmen, around an image of me.  This works well since the book is called, "My Batman" (and Maybe Yours Too)

     Watch the News Herald for promos and ads for the debut function that will be held in their building on Wed. October, 17th from 7-9pm.  Some free copies will be handed out as door prizes.  There will also be some Bat knick knacks on display for those who like to see some behind-the-scene displays as well as plenty of Bat talk with attendees.  Call (440) 497-0580 for reservations to this FREE function.

     Hope to see you there!  Take care and adopt a comic today.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Bat Book Debut

     Hi everybody.  I just wanted to break the news that two weeks from tomorrow is the debut of my new essay-filled book on my favorite subject...Batman!

     The book is titled..."My Batman (And Maybe Yours Too)"  The debut will take place at the News-Herald building (located on Mentor Ave) on Wednesday, October 17th from 7-9pm.  This will be a form of "meet and greet" complete with snacks and odd items from my personal Batman collection.  Certain toys, artwork, non-rare comics and knick-knacks will be on display.  I will be available to comment on the collection and Batman as I greet those attending.  Sometime later during the two hour event, I will give a talk on my career in writing and my connection to comics and Batman in particular.  Q and A will follow.  Three FREE books will be given away to those in attendance as a doorprize.

     The event is FREE to the public but the News-Herald would like those planning to attend, to call this number,  (440) 497-0580, to give the paper a rough idea of ammount of people showing up to plan for snacks and space.  Hope to see you there.

     Take care and adopt a comic today.

Monday, October 1, 2012

My Giant Reading List

     Hi everyone, you would not believe what I'm currently reading all at the same time.  Yes, some of it is comics because this is a comic blog after all.  But here's the rundown.

     1) A complete run of the WWII comic (that came out in the 1980's) All-Star Squadron.

     2) The 2nd volume of Buz Sawyer daily strips.

     3) "A Study in Sherlock," a collection of Holmes short stories by new authors.

     4) "Whiskey Island" by Les Roberts.

     5)  Several history and comic related magazines, maybe 12 in all.

     So what are you reading?

     In the next twenty-four hours I'll be announcing a personal appearance I'll be making on the behalf of the News-Herald and myself.  Look for it.

     Taker care and adopt a comic book today.