Showing posts from January, 2008

blurry ComicsFest pics

The lovely wife, Kate, behind my booth at Saturday's ComicsFest at the West Sahara library. The mini convention was a great time, attendance was even better than expected, and I was having such a good time chatting with people and selling books that I mostly forgot to take pictures. So I only have these three photos of not so great quality from the event (and I had a perfect opportunity to take a photo of special guest Greg Rucka when he was at my booth, but didn't, sob, sob!).
Me with my good friends Todd, Brandi, and MJ. Five local stores set up at the show and they all seemed to be doing well. I heard the panels and workshops were also well attended.

MJ Murry attending her first comics show. She'll be attending her first San Diego comic-con this summmer so hopefully ComicsFest was a good primer for her! Seriously though, while ComicsFest was nowhere near what San Diego comic-con is, from my perspective (and from the other dealers I talked to and the people that attended) …

Dead Like Me

Dead Like Me was a two season Showtime series that aired 2003 and 2004 and was created by Bryan Fuller (who created my present favorite television series Pushing Daisies and co-created Wonderfalls). Dead Like Me is a dark comedy-drama about grim reapers.

I didn't watch Dead Like Me when it aired originlly because I didn't have Showtime, but I had heard good things about the show and meant to check it out at some point. It was Pushing Daisies (and realizing that Bryan Fuller was the creator of both shows) that made me finally get around to getting the two seasons of Dead Like Me. The pilot episode is two hours in length, with the rest of the episodes being the standard hour in length. The show gets going right away and I think that if you like the first episode you'll like the rest (and I was totally sold on the show by the end of the pilot when they used one of my favorite songs during the closing scene). I'm only on episode six and think the show has good character pro…

a great quote...

I just got The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and he dedicates the book to Douglas Adams (The Hitchhicker's Guide To The Galaxy) in memoriam using a quote by Adams:

"Isn't it enough that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

What I learned today

Three actresses that played Annie in the stage productions of Annie that went on to become famous actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Ringwald (she almost seems typecast for that role), and Catherine Zeta Jones (she was Molly in the British production of Annie).

Now if you're ever on Jeopardy and that question comes up you'll be good to go! This fun fact was sponsored by Sirius Satellite Radio channel 77, their Broadway Show Music channel! I wonder if Sarah, Molly, or Catherine has ever read a comic book?

Rucka & Comicsfest!

This Saturday, January 26th, from 11am - 5pm, the Sahara West Library (9600 W. Sahara Ave. 702-507-3630) will host ComicsFest. ComicsFest is free and will have workshops and panel presentations by people within the comics industry as well as a dealers room, and a drawing for free books. There'll also be representatives from TokyoPop, Dark Horse, IDW Publishing and other publishers. Amongst the comic creators that will be at ComicsFest are: Steven Grant (Punisher, Batman, Two Guns, Badlands), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), and special guest Greg Rucka (who'll be on a panel talking about his work at 1pm)! So wake the neighbors and bring the kids because ComicsFest will be a fun time and the bigger the support for functions like this is, the greater the possiblility for more such events happening in the future!

Following is an interview that local writer Jarret Keene conducted with Greg Rucka recently. Jarret Keene is much more insightful than myself and asks great questions so I&#…

Dustin & Derek signing

Dustin Nguyen, holding a sketchbook for which he just completed another of his great Batman sketches. Dustin is the new artist / penciller half of Detective Comics (he also does the beautiful covers in lush watercolors).
Derek Fridolfs, showing the fantastic sketch he did of Red Skull for the other Derek (friend and owner of Comic Oasis)! Derek is the second half of the new artist / inker team on Detective Comics.
Dustin and Derek made those who showed up at the signing on Sunday very happy by producing fantastic sketch after fantastic sketch. These are artists that entered the industry with very exciting, distinctive styles and it's going to be exciting to watch them evolve and draw their way through the DC universe!
Thanks Dustin and Derek for coming to my store for this signing and thanks to everyone who showed up!

Acme Novelty Library

Chris Ware, writer and artist of Acme Novelty Library writes and draws one kind of graphic novel narrative; one that is populated with sad characters living sad lives, but drawn with an incredible attention to the small details.

Acme Novelty Library #18 is a hardcover graphic novel of about fifty pages (maybe it's more apt to call this a graphic novelette), but while fifty pages may seem like a not very substansive length for a graphic novel, this is not a slight creation at all, because after reading it, the reader feels like they've experienced a big part of the central character's life. The front cover of Acme Novelty Library #18 doesn't have an illustration that suggests what the story within is about, nor does it have a title, it's almost as if Ware is trying not to have an audience for this book.

Ware writes characters that are the opposite of fantastical, they are people we all know on some level and they never have happy endings. One could argue that that is …

A lot of spam!

Kate and I saw Spamalot at the Wynn Saturday night (thanks Joel and Sandra!) and had a great time! Spamalot is based on Monty Python's Holy Grail which is a very funny parody of the Arthurian legend. Eric Idle wrote Spamalot (title is of course a play on Camelot) as well as writing the score and song lyrics with John Du Prez. Spamalot is a musical and the Wynn has a great theatre, the sets were great, costumes were great, and all the performers are top notch.

I used to be a huge Monty Python fan (starting with the BBC television series a million years ago called Monty Python's Flying Circus), but haven't re-watched any of their movies in years. I thought that Spamalot would just be a collection of sketch comedy pieces like their television show, but I was happy to see that it was a musical, because as everyone knows, I love musicals, especially odd musicals.

While I'm on the subject of spam, when I ate meat (a million years ago), I actually really liked spam. I was su…

Caucus for comics!

Tomorrow, Saturday, January 19th, Nevada will be doing the caucus thang. There probably won't be any candidates that will admit to reading comics (grin), because that's way too much of a liberal, outcast thing to do and they don't won't to alienate all the masses that are afraid of the truths contained in comics (grin).

SERIOUSLY though, I'm more excited about this year's presidential election than I have been in years. I think on the Democratic Party side, there's not a candidate that I would have a problem with if he or she won. I also think a Democrat has a great chance of winning this year because unlike the last two elections, the Democratic Parrty isn't trying to be like the Republican Party (it even seems like the candidates are no longer afraid of being called liberals) as people really seem to want a change from what has been delivered the past three years.

Until I read this week's Las Vegas CityLife (a local weekly newspaper) I wasn't r…

Upcoming Nguyen / Fridolfs signing!

This Sunday, January 20th, from 2-4pm, artists Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs will be signing at my store, Alternate Reality Comics, here in Las Vegas (of course).

Dustin and Derek are the new artistic team on Detective Comics (written by Paul Dini). Dustin has also pencilled Authority (a great twelve issue run with Ed Brubaker), Wildcats 3.0 (with writer Joe Casey), and just finished a six issue run with his inker buddy Derek on Superman / Batman.

Visit Dustin's great blog for some more samples of his art at: and stop by on Sunday to lavish ego strokes upon him and Derek, get books signed, and they'll even do their drawing magic for those that show up live in person!

Joel's X-Ray eyes!

This morning I picked up my friend, Joel, from one of those places where they scrape your eyelids, charge you a good sum of money, and hopefully thereafter you'll see better without the need for glasses or contact lenses (I've heard this is called Lasik surgery, but really it's still eylid scraping!).

Joel said already he can see much better and that by the time he wakes up he should be about as close to 20/20 as he can be. After I drove off from dropping him off at his house I was thinking that he reminded me of a 1963 movie by Roger Corman called X: The Man With The X Ray Eyes, in which this doctor experiments with X ray vision and things go horribly wrong. I'm going to guess that things aren't going to go horribly wrong with Joel's eyesight, it's just his sunglasses over the protective gear they put around your eyes so that you don't rub them, made him look like that guy in that movie. Now maybe Joel will get around to reading all of those unread co…

Satchel Paige

I don't know what would bore me more; watching a game of football or a game of baseball, but I've liked movies about baseball (Field of Dreams and Bull Durham) anime about baseball (Princess Nine, about a female baseball team - highly recommended), and now with Satchel Paige I've liked two graphic novels about baseball. I didn't know anything about Satchel Paige before reading this graphic novel, but now I'm even interested in reading his autobiography Maybe I'll Pitch Forever, if I actually had time to read books without pictures (I still read a couple of novels a year, but just keeping up with my comic reading doesn't leave me with much time for other reading).

Satchel Paige became a professional pitcher in baseball in 1924 and continued doing so for decades. Because of segregation, Leroy "Satchel" Paige did most of his early baseball playing in the Negro Leagues, where he basically just pitched for whatever team would pay him the most that day,…