Good Riddance, is a new graphic novel memoir by Cynthia Copeland, who has previously written "just" novels on parenting. Cynthia Copeland and her husband were married for eighteen years and have three kids before she found out something about her husband that led to their divorce. While the subject of divorce is just about never going to be a happy story, the experiences and emotions that Cynthia Copeland shares in Good Riddance, serve as an excellent cautionary tale for anyone in a relationship, regarding not taking the other person for granted, watching for warning signs, how to make this as painless as possible for the kids, and what to do going forward.And though Cynthia Copeland recounts the sadness and disappointments that getting a divorce entails, she also interjects a good amount of humor and hope.
Monday, May 6, 2013
As many of you already know who follow my Alternate Reality Comics Facebook page, today I and my store got to play host to a lovely couple proposing and accepting said marriage proposal! I'm making this Ich Liebe Comics entry for those of you who don't do the Facebook thang and because I'm still giddy with excitement for Lewis Cleland and Amy Cook and that I got to be a big part in the next phase of their lives!
Here's how this happened: Lewis has been exchanging emails with me about the possibility of proposing in my store and of course I said yes because it sounded like a fun time! They're from London and had planned this trip to Vegas for some time. Lewis had an Iron Man arc reactor commissioned that actually lit up and has the inscription: "Proof that Lewis Cleland has a heart" written upon it. They arrived here in Vegas last night and this morning at just after 10am, Lewis arrived by taxi to set up the reactor and then go back to the Venetian to pick up Amy. We placed the reactor, with THE RING on top in the statue case and I put it next to a bust of Captain Britain because they're from England and he's a big Marvelite!
About twenty five minutes later Lewis came back to my store with Amy and I greeted them as I would everybody who enters my store. Lewis went to an area of the store close to the statue display, Amy was alongside him when she caught sight of the statue case and saw the lighted arc reactor that Lewis had gotten made. Her puzzlement turned to surprise as she started to put together what was going on and she called Lewis over to be by her side. I came over to the statue case, unlocked it, let Lewis take the reactor and ring out, and left them to their space as Lewis formally sealed the proposal! Obviously I wouldn't be writing this if she had said no, and the existence of this entry and my Facebook entry earlier today will always be amongst the fondest of memories of people and things that have happened since I've owned Alternate Reality Comics these past eighteen years!
I knew right away when I met Lewis in person that he was an excellent guy, one might even say a MARVELOUS guy (grin!), and when I first saw Amy and Lewis together, I knew that this was a happy couple that belonged with each other! Amy happily called her parents at my store with her news and after her surprise ebbed somewhat, I got to visit with them and my suspicions that they were an AWESOME couple was confirmed, and then I drove them back to the Venetian (like I was going to let them take a cab - grin!). I haven't come down from all of this excitement all day!
Thank you again so much Lewis and Amy for selecting / allowing me and my store to be such a big part in this exciting, happy next phase of your lives together!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Last week saw the release of Gilbert Hernadez' new graphic novel, Marble Season, a semi-autobiographical book based on his childhood. To say it's wonderful is stating the obvious for those of you who are already familiar with Gilbert's thirty plus year output in this medium, mostly via his seminal alternative comic series, Love and Rockets. If you haven't read any Gilbert Hernadez comics previously, Marble Season would be a great new work of his to get yourself introduced to the rich characters and storytelling (not to mention fantastic art) that Gilbert Hernandez does.
AND! You all know that this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, right!? Well one of the FREE comics from Drawn & Quarterly is a preview comic of Marble Season and said cartoonist, Gilbert Hernandez will be happy to sign your FREE copy of this FCBD version of Marble Season at Alternate Reality Comics' Free Comic Book Day event this Saturday, May 4th! And all Gilbert Hernandez Love and Rocket books will be on sale for 25% off!
Alternate Reality Comics' Free Comic Book Day event will be happening this Saturday, May 4th, from 10-7pm! FREE COMICS, just for showing up! And we'll have raffles, five local artists drawing for you, sales, the Sausagefest Food truck will be here from 11-3pm, and there'll be many of our friends in wonderful costumes to help you have the most FUN possible and will make for great photo ops! For more details, please check out my Ich Liebe Comics! Entry below this one!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Everyone knows what Free Comic Book Day is, right (being that this year is the 13th annual Free Comic Book Day, you should - grin!)!? Well here's your sound bite description of what Free Comic Book Day is (and I'll be calling it FCBD the rest of this entry): FCBD is a day, every first day of May , in which the comic book industry gets together to celebrate how amazing this medium is, and all you have to do is show up at your favorite comic book store (Alternate Reality Comics, right?) and Free comics will be had, no purchase required! It's especially fun to bring your comic book newbie friends, kids, and loved ones so that they can share with you in the fun!
So this year, FCBD is Saturday, May 4th (May the Forth Be With You!) and at Alternate Reality Comics the fun will be happening from 10am-7pm! Here's the lowdown of the fun overload that we have planned!:
* First and foremost, everyone who shows up will get FREE comic books! The photo above shows just the smallest selection (some of my favorites) of this years selection. Just about every comic book publisher has a new comic they produce for FCBD, so there's a comic book for whatever your reading taste leans towards. We give everyone several of the offerings, with details of how many to be revealed on the day of the event (no one is ever disappointed!). A couple of the other FCBD comics not shown here that we'll have a LOT of include: Walking Dead, Superman Unchained, Infinity (Marvel's event starting in August), and Gerard Way's The Fabulous Killjoys!
* We are having five local artists, Warren Wucinich, Randi LeeAnn, Joyce Hedelund, Brice Gielgens (and his gal, Kit Kendall will be in helping out in a new cosplay ensemble!), and Ed (I've never known Ed's last name - grin!) and they will happily draw for you (just don't ask them to do the whole Justice League or Avengers line-up - grin!).
* Extra special guest, Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets creator), will be signing the FCBD comic that excerpts his new semi-autobiographical graphic novel based on his childhood, called Marble Season (do kids still play marbles?)! Everyone will get a free Marble Season comic, but if anyone wants to supplement their Gilbert Hernandez / Love and Rockets collection, we're going to have a BIG sale on said graphic novels!
*Everyone's favorite food truck the Sausagefest Food Truck will be here to take care of your munchies before or after you get your Free comics (they even have a veggie selection, which I LOVE)!
* Raffles for FABULOUS prizes! Everyone who comes to FCBD at Alternate Reality Comics will get one raffle ticket and if you want to get more than one raffle ticket, we'll have details on how this works on the day of the event (Saturday, May 4th as you may remember)! What are the raffle prizes? Well, how about a Captain America statue, a Superman statue, gift certificates, and graphic novels!
* And for the month of May, our Artist Spotlight section of our store, will be a group show featuring different local artists doing their version of any comic book cover. We've already got several fab pieces in, but we have room for more and you have until Monday, April 29th to turn in your submission. We're having the opening reception for these artists and their art on Wednesday, May 1st from 5-7pm, but if you don't get a chance to make that, you'll be able to Marvel (and DC - grin) at this art as you pick up your FREE comics on FCBD!
We hope all of the patrons / friends of Alternate Reality Comics will join us on this big FUN day, Saturday, May 4th, because you all are the key ingredient of everything that has made Alternate Reality Comics one of the headquarters for sequential art greatness here in Las Vegas! Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 4th, pass it on, bring friends!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Here's how this group show will work: We're looking for anyone to draw or art up a version of any comic book cover in any medium. No real rules, just have fun with your piece, we're not looking for replicas of any cover, just maybe that they have some nudge nudge wink wink reference to the cover you're paying homage to. The piece should be no larger than 11x17 and submissions are due Monday, April 29th. Our reception for all of the art and artists for this group show will be on Wednesday, May 1st, from 5-8pm and we'll have the art up throughout the month of May, and with Free Comic Book Day being Saturday, May 4th, there's going to be an especially large amount of people seeing this art! More details on Alternate Reality Comics' epically huge Free Comic Book Day version 2013 will be forthcoming in a day or two here on Ich Liebe Comics! Or you could stop by the store for more info about FCBD and or more info about this Artist Spotlight!
So the image above is my contribution to the group Artist Spotlight, kind of my "Here's what I've got, show me yours!" May is going to be even funner (is that a word - well it is now!) than things usually are at Alternate Reality Comics, so we hope you'll be a part of our festivities (alternative artist superstar, Jim Rugg, is coming out Thursday, May 30th!)!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, the first Sunday of every year in April, when we remember the millions of people killed in genocide during WWII and in genocides throughout history. So it seemed especially appropriate that I read Miriam Katin's new graphic novel, Letting It Go, that came out earlier this week, today.
Miriam Katin, was a little girl during World War II, and along with her mother, was fortunate to have survived getting captured by Nazis by hiding in the Hungarian countryside, which she details in her first, also excellent graphic novel, We Are On Our Own (in which she also gets into her loss of religious faith as a result of the Holocaust).
In Letting It Go, Miriam Katin's second graphic novel, again through her wonderful pencil art style (but this time in color), she writes about how her son tells her he wants to move to Berlin and she is having a really hard time with this as she has not forgiven what has happened in Germany during WWII. No one should ever forget the Holocaust or ANY genocide, but as Miriam Katin shows in Letting It Go, one needs to move on and Germany today has much to offer people. Thank you, Miriam Katin, for sharing another powerful story about how the Holocaust effected the people who lived through that horrendous time.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Today is a sad day for comic fans, especially Silver Age DC comic book fans, specifically fans of The Flash, as artist, Carmine Infantino, has died at the age of 87, after a long illness. I first started reading / buying comic books back in 1975 and DC Comics / The Flash were amongst my first comic book favorites. Although Carmine Infantino wasn't drawing the Flash in the 1970s, whenever I'd see earlier Flash comics drawn by Infantino, I'd snatch them up and even though I really disliked his late 1970s / 1980s art style that seemed too rely too much on the use of a T Square ruler (his Star Wars and Spider-Woman comics for Marvel were especially annoying to me) his art was always very kinetic.
Carmine Infantino also went on to be the editorial director, and even later, the publisher of DC Comics, but to myself and most comic fans, he'll mostly be remembered for the big part he played in ushering DC's Silver Age, primarily The Flash. Thanks for all the entertainment and great comics, Mr. Infantino.