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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Watching what’s unfolding in Florida now and what happened in Texas the last week has been hard. For all those that lived through Katrina the current weather brings back bad memories. My heart goes out to all those affected and all those about to be. If any good could come out of these disasters you would hope it would encourage real talk about climate change and science and not whatever passes for science in the minds of the naysayers. As I type these words Florida is already experiencing the first effects of Hurricane Irma and it still has hours before it makes landfall. Starting with a proposed landfall on the east coast, the hurricane continues to move farther westward until now it’s supposed to come ashore on the west coast. If memory serves me Katrina was originally thought to land somewhere in Florida and we all know how that turned out. For Florida the hurricane coming up the west coast is pretty much the worse scenario imaginable, it puts pretty much the entire state on the east side of the eye, which is the most destructive side.
Sending thoughts and prayers has become a pretty much-cliched sentiment that truthfully does nothing for the intended, but at this point there really isn’t much more that can be done. I’ve spent a good chunk of my childhood in Florida and a few years later as an adult and the state is one of my favorite places. For what it’s worth my thoughts are with everyone that will be affected and I truly wish the best.
The hardback book Monsters and other Scary Shit from Wannabe Press are out and copies are being shipped to me even as I type these words. Only four of the 224 pages in this amazing book is written by me, but the rest of the pages are still so wonderful, so great that everyone should want a copy of this book. Russell Nohelty has done such a fantastic job in putting this book together, that I can’t even begin to thank him enough for letting me a part of it. I’ve ordered 28 copies of the book to have to sell at upcoming conventions. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get any copies in time for Memphis Comic Expo, but I should have the book with me in time for Creative Con in October. Each book will cost $40 and are worth twice that price. I can’t wait to get my copy in. Trust me this book is great.
In keeping with the theme of yesterday’s post here’s a video from one of my favorite bands and pretty much summarizing what I think of love right now, lol.
And no, I’m doing this partly in jest, so no I’m not in some deep depression right now about it all, so please no one needs to worry about me.