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Join me this coming Tuesday on the Unofficial SDCC Blog’s LIVE broadcast as I talk about my 20+ year career with Comic-Con International. Not just a podcast, you’ll be able to hear and SEE me in all my ancient glory (there's a reason why one Hollywood publicist once called me “The Yoda of Comic-Con)! I’ll... Continue Reading →

April 2022 Books …

I slowed down a little in April after a record-breaking (for me, at least) ten-book March … here’s what I read this month. Batman: The Long Halloween: The Sequel: Dark Victory Deluxe Edition by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Despite the long title that borders on overkill (the series was originally called Dark Victory, and... Continue Reading →

My Life in Comics Part 8: Geeksville …

1998 changed my life, but it also made me realize that Innocent Bystander couldn’t survive on its own. Without a well-paying day job to support me, I couldn’t keep pouring money into a self-published comics series that couldn’t sustain itself. In short, minus the gory details, I went into considerable debt financing my so-called comics... Continue Reading →

The Secret Word Is Still Groucho …

I spent a most enjoyable evening with Groucho Marx the other night. Yes, he’s been dead for well over four decades now, but his spirit lives on in writer/actor/director/producer Frank Ferrante, someone I’ve known for close to three decades (that’s a lot of decades for one paragraph). A new filmed version of Frank’s wonderful one-man... Continue Reading →

Some Thoughts on Con-Going …

Last weekend (April 1-3), I attended WonderCon 2022 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This was the first time the show has been held since 2019, and truth be told, at that point in time I was gainfully employed by San Diego Comic Convention, better known as Comic-Con International, the same company who puts on WonderCon,... Continue Reading →

WonderCon Wanderings …

I will be attending WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend (April 1-3, if you’re reading this later), and it will be the first time I’ve attended the event as a "civilian." I’ve been going to the show for twenty years, in four different cities: Oakland, San Francisco, Anaheim, and Los Angeles, and for... Continue Reading →

February 2022 Books …

A couple more books about Marvel Comics, two more movie-themed biographies, a cultural history of Britain in the early 1960s, and an eagerly-awaited mystery novel make up my February reading list … Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila WellerI love a good movie star biography and Sheila Weller’s 2019 bio on Carrie... Continue Reading →

The Godfather at 50 …

In the fall of 1972, I was all set to see The Godfather in my hometown theater, the Victoria. I had made a date with the younger sister of a classmate. She was a freshman, I was a senior, and even though I had an unrequited crush on her older sister, I reveled in that... Continue Reading →

Stan and Ollie Funnies #01 …

Here's one of those comic strip samples I mentioned in My Life in Comics, Part 7D, featuring my cats, Stan and Ollie. There are three pages of strips like this in Innocent Bystander #4, my self-published comic book series from the 1990s ... this strip is just about 25 years old at this point, making... Continue Reading →

January 2022 Books …

It’s all Marvel, Marvel, Marvel for me in this first month of the year, as I catch up with some Christmas gifts and visit some old friends … namely 1960s Marvel Comics! When You Are Mine by Michael RobothamThis is the third year in a row that I read a Michael Robotham book to start... Continue Reading →

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