THE WEST WING

In today’s entertainment world nothing is gone forever. Besides taking an old movie or tv show and remaking it completely, lately there has been the idea of bringing back an old show with the original cast, set years later. Will & Grace, Rosanne, Mad About You and more that I’m sure that I’m missing. Which I think if done right is actually a pretty good idea. I’d much rather see a show that continues the original than a re-boot with new actors playing the old characters. There seem to be some new thoughts going into taking an old show and letting us see what happened to the cast years later.

Of all the shows, I think West Wing would be really easy to do this. It would probably be pretty much all new characters, but the history of the original show would be part of the history of the new show. I’ve read rumors that such a thing might be in play, but so far I haven’t read anything offering concrete information.

For me The West Wing is one of the best shows on television. Every few years I watch it in its entirety. So far I haven’t gotten tired of it. I think even more so in these times of having an idiot for a President and demeaning the office and our country it’s nice to look back and imagine what a world would be like with a President Bartlet.

What got me thinking more about the show lately is that I ran across a podcast called The West Wing Weekly. The podcast is hosted by
HRISHIKESH HIRWAY and JOSHUA MALINA who played Will Bailey on the show. They started at episode one and on each podcast they talk about the show. They have a lot of guests on the podcast, many from the show, actors and directors and other behind the scene members of the show. It’s a fun podcast to listen to and has me thinking about the show again.

Check it out here: The West Wing Weekly

Still I wonder if a show like the West Wing could survive today. When politics has become such a blood sport and the level of discourse has become so vile and terrible, does a show that tried to be hopeful and show the majority of our public servants as meaning good stand a chance? If it aired today, would it have to be as evil and mean as politics are now.

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LIZARDS

One of the last things I talked about before I took my break was the return of LIZARDS as a new comic book. The first five issues were mostly reprints from the early days, with a few new stories added in. But this issue, Number six, is the first all brand new work in more than a decade. The art is by Roman Gubskii and combines his wonderful talent without ignoring Ron Wilber’s original look. This is the first of a multi-part story-line that departs from the shorter stories that have made up the first five issues. I’m not abandoning the shorter format, I plan to continue stories with whatever amount of pages best fit the work, but I also want to expand out with some longer work and show more of the world the characters inhabit. I’m hoping the next issue will be out before too long.

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President Obama Speaks

Anyone that follows my Facebook page knows I post a lot of political posts. I’m not going to stop. Too many of the posts are so negative, because we are in a situation that is so negative. But I want to post something positive. I want to post when we had a President that could speak in complete sentences and had an IQ higher than a turnip. So I think I’m going to post random speeches from President Obama. This one is the speech that brought him to the national stage and set the stage for him to move forward.

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What happened to 2019?

I haven’t realized how long it’s been since I posted here. My last post was from promising how much I was going to post this year and guess what? No posts. I will admit it’s been a busy year. Moving has kept me beyond busy for the last six or seven months. I don’t want to promise something I won’t follow through on, so let’s just say that I’m hoping to try and make this a regular habit of posting. And we’ll leave it at that.

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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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