The Floyd Movie (June 16, 2013)

The Floyd movie (Yes! Floyd movie!) will premier locally later this month in an outdoor showing at Chantilly Farm on Franklin Pike. You can view the trailer for House of Good and Evil on Youtube.

The film features several locals, including two in the trailer. Rob Neukirch is the real estate agent and Dave Larson is the woodsman. The film is a horror/thriller about a troubled couple who try to start anew by buying a house -- one of "those" houses -- in the country. Most of the film was shot in Floyd (the urban scenes are Baltimore).

An Heroic Show (June 14, 2013)

Had a great Heroes Show last week. That's 4 for 5 shows better than Year-over-year from 2012. I was concerned about taking a step back on this one, but got some huge breaks.

First of all, as soon as I arrived and got set up, we found out another booth adjoining was vacant, and were offered free use of it. I cleared everything off my table and set up for a second time, now with an entire booth and two tables to spread things over.

The Comic Reading Project #6 (May 19, 2013)

More comics read in 2013:

March 1 - Master Detective #1

March 2 - Superman #149

March 3 - Danger #12: Black Dward, by Gustafson (Stories reprinted from Red Seal Comics), Gay Desperado by Tuska (got his name from his raucous laugh that echoes through the canyon ....his young boy sidekick is "Patsy"), Prehistoric Pete, and Nemo in Adventureland, continuation of Windsor McKay's charactor by his son Robert.

March 4 - Twilight Zone #5 an evil Nazi sub commander gets his..

March 5 - Thunda #4

The Comic Reading Project #5 (April 30, 2013)

Updating the comics read in 2013:

February 1 - Airboy V7 #6: A surprisingly good comic. Lead story about a WWII soldier who finds a cache of diamonds in a bombed out ruin, but uses this as a springboard to a life of crime; also a story on seal poaching (!) and a Heap story (in Egypt).

February 2 - Warfront #2

February 3 - Psychoanalysis #2 - Leading candidate for Worst Comic Read of the Year. What was EC thinking? Long-winded dialogue balloons about 1950s neuroses? Yeesh.

February 4 - Hawkman #26

Gray and Charlotte Weekend (April 8, 2013)

When I opened the 2013 Comic Convention season with a record effort at Roanoke Valley Comicon, I doubted I could keep the string going with the next two shows. 2012 was by far my best year ever, with improvements in sales year-over-year in seven of the first eight shows.

I was pleasantly surprised with the results at RVC, but could the good fortune continue?


Sweet Home Alabama, Goodbye (April 4, 2013)

We went to Alabama for the last time Friday, March 29. Of course, we're free to go again at any time, but not in a sene that matters; it would be like a nostalgia tour, or attending your 30th high school reunion: it just isn't the same.

Bobby and Kathy, the focal point of our visits over the last decade -- first at Alexandria, then across the county at Weaver -- are moving away, probalby to Mexico Beach, Florida. Over the last several years, Weaver has become a home-away-from-home, a mythic promised land like Tennessee used to be for us.

The Comic Reading Project (#4) (March 18, 2013)

The resolution for this year: read a comic book each day. Blogging about each day's read has fallen behind, but the comic-a-day resolution is still intact. Finishing up January:

January 23 - M.A.R.S. Patrol #9: Comic books that predict the future are notable. One of the most famous is National #18, which was on the newsstand with a story about an attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor a month before it happened. But that's nothing compared to this 1969 issue of M.A.R.S. Patrol.

The Comic Reading Project (#3) (March 17, 2013)

January 9 - Huckleberry Hound #40: Huck is a travel agent who goes looking for treasure in the desert; in another story Huck is a gondolier in Venice. In a bit of comic trivia, Huck is suposedly based on UNC basketball coach Roy Williams. Or vice-versa.

January 10 - Mandrake the Magician #6: Flying saucer cover and story.

The Monger Season begins (March 12, 2013)

The 2013 comic show season began Saturday at the spring Roanoke Valley Comicon. Last year the RVC launched the best comic-selling year ever for me with my best show ever at the Salem Civic Center. That show, and several subsequent shows set the bar so high I was certain that I could continue ;to have very good shows and not surpass the best ever levels of 2012. Wrong!

The Comic Reading Project (#2) Marcdh 4, 2013

One New Years resolution I have kept (into March and still going strong) is to Read a Comic Book every day this year. Not 365 total, not 30 a month, but one Every Single Day.