Goodbye to 2018

Well, I can’t say I’ve done a very good job at keeping this up to date.

2018 was a strange year for me.  It followed the previous year where I was left broken and wondered if I was going to recover.  Like most cases of heartbreak, I managed to go on.   As bad as I thought it was I realized I could and would survive.  Still, this wasn’t an easy thing for me, and even into this year, I was affected.  If I’m honest I have to admit that I still share residues of it.  I know it’s over, but sometimes the thought of her still hovers around my conscious like an unwanted ghost.  It’s hard to explain.  I’m not sitting around wallowing in grief, most of that is finally, at long last gone, but there’s something like an old toothache there, the memory of what might have been and what was that intrudes on my thoughts when I least expect it or want it.

My plans were that this year was going to be a big year for me as far as my writing and publishing.  While I can point to some things getting accomplished it was nowhere near what I was hoping for.  Part of it I can blame for the overall malaise I’ve felt all year long, but some of it was for more practical reasons such as money.  2015 I self-published 12 comics.  I went to at least one convention almost every month.  At the end of the year, I realized I had spent a lot of money.  And unfortunately not brought in a lot from my writing.  Now I have a decent job where I can afford to put a certain amount of money towards my writing without having to worry about an immediate return.  But I realized that this year I would need to be a little more frugal.

I have to say that I am proud and happy to get my Lizards series back in print.  I’m more than thrilled to have three issues printed this year and the fourth just missing being printed by a few days, as it should be done by the end of the first week of the new year.  In addition, I’m started new stories with the characters and plan on continuing the series beyond the five issues of reprinted work.  This is a series that I’ve always been very fond of, so I’m happy that if nothing else this year I’ve managed to get it back in print.

So while I can’t say 2018 was a great year, I won’t list it as a complete wreck of a year.

As I mentioned, there was just a certain malaise I’ve felt hanging over me for most of the year.  I’ve felt like I’ve been in a sort of limbo.  Some of it is me trying to adjust to what I see my future being now, something I’ve always thought and not worried about, until Kayla and I saw a different path, something I’ll write about more in a different post.  The good news is that I’m feeling like I’m coming out of the fog and seeing daylight.  I have big plans for the new year and am going to work my best to accomplish them.

I don’t want to make any promises that I’m going to be updating this on a regular basis, every time I’ve tried that this year I’ve failed miserably, but part of my plans for the coming year does involve more involvement with this site.  This is the site that I’m directing readers or anyone that shows even just the slightest interest in my work, so I need to be more timely with what I write here.

This site isnt’ just a what’s coming out and what I’m writing.  This site is meant to be a look at my life as I continue to create new work, so that means you’ll get posts like this where I moan and crap about my life, but hopefully more posts about what I think is good in my life too.

So here’s to seeing 2018 off and looking forward to a new, much better year in 2019.

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The Return of Lizards

One of the things I’ve been working on is the return of Lizards.  Lizards was a series that was first published in CRITTERS published by Fantagraphics a long time ago.  They were short stories drawn in black and white about families.  These families though just happened to be talking lizards and other animals as well as a few humans here and there.  They were some of my favorite writing.  The stories were quiet and slow, dealing with fathers dealing with sons, daughters dealing with their siblings, things like that.  The art was done mostly by Ron Wilber, but later by a bunch of different artists.

I’ve republished a lot of my older work in new versions of comics the last year or two.  I haven’t touched Lizards.  I was thinking of doing a trade paperback of all the stories.  I have over sixty pages of work to republish.  I wanted a trade on my tale to sell at cons.  But I just didn’t feel right about it.  Everytime I started to think about doing this I would put it off.

Finally I decided what I wanted to do was continue the series.  Write new stories.  First though I was going to print the old stuff, in new comics, starring the characters.  Caliber had done a one shot issue LIZARDS SUMMER FUN SPECIAL but otherwise the characters never appeared in a comic with their name on it.  So I decided to change that.

I have enough material to pretty much put out five comics, with a little new material in the last two issued.  And then the plan is to continue the comic with all new stories.

I’ve published the first two issue, the third is about to go the printer.  The first issue cover is a reworking of the special from Caliber with art by Terry Pavlet.  He did the cover to the special and now for the first issue.  The second issue cover is by Larry Guidry.  I also decided to do this comic in black and white.  I know nowdays black and white is just short of the kiss of death as far as comics go, but I like black and white.  This series was first published in black and white and I gave serious though about re coloring it, but I think it works best in black and white.

I love this series.

I hope you check it out.

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A Year Later

Okay, it’s not quite a year, but close enough since I last posted here.  This is supposed to be my as daily as I can make it place to post.  It’s where I direct people to go when I am at conventions.  It’s where  you’re supposed to be able to keep up with what I’m working on.  It’s where you’re supposed to be able to go to just see what I’m up to on a non writing basis also.

Needless to say I’ve been very, very bad at this.  The last year or so has been, let’s say eventful for me on a few different fronts.  Nothing like getting your heart broken twice by the same person.  I could sit here and give a lot of reasons for why I’ve been MIA for the last year, but none of them are very good.  I’ve done some writing in that time, not a lot.

Even when I’m not writing I’m thinking about what I want to write.  My problem the last year has just been sitting down and doing the writing.

I don’t want to make promises that I don’t keep.  I feel like I’ve done that a few times on this page.  What I will say is that my plan is to try to get back into the swing of things.  i will try to keep this site updated.  I will try to get back into my writing.

So let’s hope for the best.

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Memphis Comic Expo

I’ll try to write a little more about it later when I’m not so tired after a seven-hour drive.  But it was a fun convention.  I’ll just leave with this picture.

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I’m Back

Sorry, I was in Memphis at the Comic Expo and when I wasn’t there I was relaxing at my Mom’s.  My Mom lives about an hour and a half outside Memphis in a little town called Saulsbury.  She’s somewhere in the area where all the Walking Tall stuff happened, but not sure the exacts of it and really never cared enough to find out.  She lives in the clicked one red light town.  She’s on part of the land that my Grand Father, her Father, once had his farm on.  When he died it was divided up between his two sons and three daughters.  I love it there.  I can sit on the porch and see rabbits and groundhogs and deer.  In fact, when we were coming back from the Expo on Sunday we turned to drive up towards my Mom’s home and there were a doe and her two babies standing in front of us.  They were considerate enough to hang around long enough for me to park and try to get a pic of them, even though I couldn’t get too close.

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nothing today

some days by the end it just feels overwhelming and feelings you had hoped were gone keep wanting to resurface and you just want to go to bed and pull the covers up over your head so that’s what I’m going to do….hopefully tomorrow I’ll manage something more

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Politics and Reading

I haven’t written too much about politics on this site yet.  Anyone that follows my Facebook page would be surprised because the majority of the posts are political.  It wasn’t always like that, but since Trump was elected I’ve devoted a lot more space and time on Facebook to politics.  And for anyone that hasn’t read my Facebook page, just to let you know, I’m not a Trump fan.  I think he’s a terrible person and only out for one person, himself.  The country could fall apart but if he makes some money off it, he’s happy.

Which brings us to this post.  I just had Katy Tur’s new book delivered to my Kindle today.  One day soon I’m going to have to write about how much I love my Kindle.  Yes, I love books and will always love the feel and smell and touch of a book in my hands, but I also love my Kindle.  I had forgotten I had ordered this book ahead of time, so that when it came out it was just sent straight to my Kindle.

Katy Tur is the journalist that Trump called out (more than once) at one of his rallies and basically incited the crowd against her.  Two secret service agents escorted her to her car afterwards.  She was one of the first, if not first, serious journalists that covered Trump from the beginning of his campaign to the end.  This is her story of that campaign.  “My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History” is the byline of the book.  And so true.

I’m about half way through the book now and enjoying every page of it.

I’m just going to recite one event she mentions to show how dishonest Trump is.  At one point in the campaign, Mitt Romney gives a speech in which he destroys Trump.  He doesn’t just shred him as a politician, he shreds him as a business man.  He cites Trump Steaks, Trump water, Trump magazine as all ventures that Trump attempted and failed at.  So what does Trump do?  At his next press conference, he has a pallet of steaks, water, and magazines sitting by the stage.  The problem is that he didn’t rope it off or try to keep the press away from said pallet.  They wandered up to it before Trump took the stage and looked at the what was sitting there.  The steaks had stickers that said Trump Steaks on them, but you could see the markings from the company they really came from.  The same with the water and the magazines weren’t his either.  So when he came up on stage he mentions how Romney said he failed and Trump smiles and waves at the pallet to prove that the companies Romney said Trump had failed at was a lie, see there’s Trump Steaks.  There’s Trump water.  Suck a liar.

That is just an indication of the type of things Trump was capable of.  I think he believes if he says it enough then it must be true.

I definitely give this book a good review and you should check it out.  (I really need to get Amazon links up so you can just click and buy from my site.)

 

 

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Memphis Comic Expo.

Sept 15 and 16 I will be in Memphis for their Comic Expo.  You can check their site at here and get a look at their guest list.  This is the second year for this con and I went last year.  I like this con because their focus is on comic book creators.  It’s kind of like the old conventions I used to go to, where the guests were all creators of comic books: writers, artists, editors, etc. Today most cons treat the comic book creators like the proverbial red headed stepchild.  The main focus for cons now are the media guests.  The movie stars, the tv stars.  I don’t completely blame them, they are what pull in the people.  But it’s nice to have a con that’s geared toward the comic book people.  If you’re in Memphis this weekend you should come check it out.

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Len Wein RIP

I’m not quite old enough to have grown up reading the original Marvel Comics.  They say your Golden Age of comics is when you first start reading them and discovering the thrill of following the monthly adventures.  For me my Golden Age was the 70’s.  For me the writers whose words amazed me and thrilled me and made me come back month after month were Marv Wolfman, Steve Gerber, Steve Englehart and Len Wein.  The 70’s gets knocked by a lot of fans for their comics.  I think it’s because it’s coming off the Lee/Kirby and Lee/Dikto years and people figure they can’t be that good.  But I thought they were awesome.  I loved the stories they were telling.

Today I just read the Len Wein died.  I never met the man but he gave me many hours of reading enjoyment.  Even if you’ve never read a comic but like the movies made of them, you owe Mr. Wein a thank you.  He created Wolverine and the co created the New X-men with Dave Cockrum.  He co created the Swamp Thing.  He had a hand in a lot of characters that we take for granted nowadays.

Rest in peace Mr. Wein and thank you.

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Future Tense

For some reason I just noticed the time and date for the posts I’ve been putting up have been a day ahead.  So the post on Len Wein reads as if it was written tomorrow on 9/11 when I wrote it and posted it on 9/10.  Not a big thing, but I think I’ve got it fixed now and the correct time and day should reflect on each post.

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