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Thanks Marcelo Ferreira!

April 21, 2016

Many thanks to Marcelo for the cameo in Back to the Future!
 

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Appearance #58! Back to the Future #7 by Marcelo Ferreira!

April 20, 2016

"They found me. I don't know how but they found me." - E. Brown


So how about that? Seven months since my last appearance and today I show up in Back to the Future! How awesome is that? (Answer: Very).

I post this before having the actual book in hand. Thankfully series artist Marcelo Ferreira sent me a preview picture. This scene happens in the past (80's) which as he explains is why I have a mullet.





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Happenings...

April 14, 2016

Great last couple of weeks for new comics!

Today was an important day especially to an old friend of mine, artist Greg Smallwood. His latest run on a brand new #1 issue of Moon Knight began today from Marvel Comics. Greg had a signing today at Boom! Comics in Lawrence Kansas and I went out to support him and pick up his comic.

Also behind the signing table was his frequent comic collaborator Jai Nitz who had a comic drop last week with Hellina #1 from Boundless. I picked up both plus a few others, including a key Daredevil I've been after.


Moon Knight #1, Hellina #1, Deadpool #7 (25th Anniversary issue), Gwenpool #1 and Daredevil #200!


While in town I stopped by Astrokitty Comics. There I discovered a great selection of back issues for great prices. I was fighting time, I barely even made a dent in them. I will have to come back to Lawrence soon with some more money and visit both stores again.


Holy Crap! Justice League #1! Captain America #250! Uncanny X-Men #213!
Green Lantern #49! Daredevil: Man Without Fear #5 and X-Men #26.
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This Could Get Expensive

February 23, 2016

Is there a twelve step program for comic book collecting? I might have a problem.

Yesterday I had a day off, so my wife and I went on another "Comic Trip". I believe I was in Lee Summit, Missouri the whole time. I'll give you the short, short version of the stops we made with the run down of the loot pictured below. Almost all of the comics were a $1 each, maybe six of them were $2.

First stop was at a flea market. Only about two booths there had a collection of comics for sale. There I picked up a few Captain America and X-men issues.




Stopped at a nearby Toys R Us where Rachael found these Sixteen Candles Pop! figures on clearance. Bonus. Just missing Samantha for the whole set.



Went to a place called Cargo Largo, maybe you've heard of it? I've never been into one. Picked up these X-men Pops! on clearance, like... super cheap! I purposely didn't pick up Mystique cause, I just don't care for her.



Used the ol' Comic Book Locator website to find Pulp Fiction Comics. Not a bad store, a lot of good back issue comics and the bins were amazing. Custom made pull out drawers (I should have taken a picture). There was a gathering there because, gaming. Ended up not buying anything, but I can see me going back sometime again.


Last stop... another Vintage Stock location. That's were I picked up a few Fantastic Four issues. Just a few. Not a bad haul. Too bad I've discovered the "internet" and "online ordering".






Yep. I'm in trouble.
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Comic Trips!

February 20, 2016


About a month ago I began marathoning a YouTube show called Comic Trips! I've shared this web series with my wife and as of tonight we've watched just about every video of the dynamic duo Paul and Kat, as they go on the "hunt for comic books, toys, and pop culture artifacts from the past."


This posts' inspiration! Kat (left) and Paul (Right).


I don't have a local comic book store in my town. Usually I wait two to three weeks at a time to make the trip to my nearest store (a mere 27 miles across state lines away). In the spirit of the show (and an effort to create some new content for this site... yeah, sorry about that), I decided to document a few recent comic trips of my own and record the loot from each stop.


So I didn't make all these trips in a single day, or in the same week. But after one day of picking up my weekly stash at Limited Figures, I decided to keep going by visiting a nearby Vintage Stock, a store (with several Midwest locations) that deals in buying and selling used and new video games, movies, music and... comics! They have several back issue bins and to be fair I didn't spend a lot of time going through them, but I did find a few gems (see below).


X-Men #2 & #6, TMNT #48 (variant), Doctor Strange: The Oath #1 and Fantastic Four #220


But that wasn't really a trip, more like a side stop off a regular visit. So on a day off work my wife Rachael and I decided to drive to the college town of Lawrence, Kansas, to check out a few stores.


The first stop was at Astrokitty Comics, a store I have been to many times before, but this time the first in their new location. The space is twice as big as the previous store, which gave it some much needed browsing room. The comic store was on the second floor above a video game store. The owner Joel mentioned utilizing the basement level for use in gaming such as Warhammer and Magic. I checked around for a few comics but ended up with a few Pop! figures, for which he had quite a large selection.


My view from the street outside of Astrokitty.
 
Pan and scan from their Facebook page.


My loot from Astrokitty. Cousin Eddie Pop! finishing my Christmas Vacation collection.
Plus two Holy Grail Pops! starting that series.

Next up was a recently opened store I had wanted to check out called Boom! Comics. I had seen pictures of it on social media and really dug what I saw. It is a beautiful looking store, still kinda growing into itself. They had a friendly staff, a great selection of indie and variant books, and a whole room dedicated to Star Wars toys. Not a big haul though as I only walked away with a Looney Toons variant of Aquaman and my wife picked up an expansion pack to Cards Against Humanity.


Walking in the door of Boom! Comics.


Just the independent comics section. Kind of a mess, but all bagged and boarded.
I love the shelves, they are unique, opposed to the usual slat board walls seen in most stores.



Darth Maul... the guardian of the Star Wars room.
 
 
The checkout counter, to which I actually didn't know where to stand at to check out.
Variant covers to recent issues surround on the shelves below.


I couldn't pass this up.


Last stop for the night was at Hastings, a store similar to Vintage Stock but way bigger in scale. Although they have lots of stuff (and I did have my eye on a few Diamond Select figures) we just didn't find anything we couldn't live without, calling it an evening for Lawrence.


I love this new comics rack at Hastings.

Oh, there's more.

A week later, Rachael and I took another road trip, this time to a different Vintage Stock in Liberty, Missouri. With a quick walk around the store, Rachael found a NECA Ripley figure I've been wanting/searching for a while. I can't believe I got it in a store, I thought for sure I'd have to buy it online or at a convention for a high price. So right off, the stop was worth it. But then we hit the back issue bins and picked up a lot of $1 and $2 comics.



A quick stop at Target found this Trinity Pop! completing my Matrix collection.


YESSSSS! A lucky find!

We did this for a while. Lots of boxes.


Odd ball comics including Indiana Jones Temple of Doom issues #2 and #3. New Kids on the Block #1,
Toxic Avenger #1 and Masters of the Universe #1

Man of Steel #2 and #4 completing the mini-series. Action Comics #588, Flash #2, Gen13 #21 and Spawn #9


X-Men #1 (2nd/3rd Printing?) and #'s 15, 16, 27, 29 and 31. Filling a few gaps.



Silver Surfer #25, Wolverine #33, Dr. Strange #50, The Mighty Thor #457, Daredevil #300 and DD: Man Without Fear #4


Rounding out our travels brought me back full circle to my regular comic store Limited Figures. There I found two surprises. First was a copy of Back to the Future #1 the owner Jeff had located for me. I had wanted the original cover drawn by DMI artist Dan Schoening, but it had been sold out at the distributor and was hard to find. And before leaving the store, Rachael noticed one of the new Diamond Select Ghostbuster figures. We ended up picking up the entire first wave, an awesome addition for my figure collection.



Back to the Future #1

First wave of new Ghostbuster figures. Woot!

So while I look forward to going to the local big conventions every year, I do enjoy checking out what the nearby stores have to offer. You never know what you're going to take home.
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End of the Year Post.

December 31, 2015

 
I haven't posted anything since September. That's no good people. No good at all.

I went through my Facebook posts from this year and wrote down notable moments and events I attended. It really wasn't a bad year. I had fun. Hung out with friends. Went to concerts. Comic book conventions, movies and a game of the World Series!

Looking back over this site however, I know where I've been slacking. Sure, I made cameos in a few funny books this year; six awesome new comic appearances actually. One of them as a returning character in a book... twice!

The best part of going into the new year is knowing that I have a few up-coming appearances, which is comforting. But I've dropped the ball again, as I occasionally do... not only with this site, but of my dream of writing a comic or two. Or three.

Now I hope not to repeat the same mistake for 2016. But it's with these New Year's resolutions/Year End wrap ups, do we realize all the things we can improve upon, and things we've yet to accomplish.

Time to step it up. I need to stop wasting my time and produce!
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Appearance #57! Secret Identities #7 by Ilias Kyriazis!

September 16, 2015


A bitter sweet appearance. For months I have enjoyed Secret Identities, a Superhero team book from Image Comics, and reached out to series artist Ilias Kyriazis about possibly getting a cameo in the book. Well that happened with today's issue #7, however the issue is also the series finale.

Many thanks to Ilias for the appearance. I'm sad to see the book end, but am happy to add the title to the ever growing list.




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Kansas City Comic Con 2015

August 10, 2015


This weekend saw the inaugural show of the Kansas City Comic Con... and on Saturday I was in attendance.

It was a good day.

The Show...

Let's get this out of the way first. I live in and around the Kansas City Metro, and our big annual comic book/pop culture convention is Planet Comicon. Over the past decade I've watched it grow. Bigger, larger. More guests. More venders. New venue. And as a resident comic person, it's nice to see a local show that can grow to compete on a national level (although to be honest, on the news sites I usually visit, I don't really recall seeing any news coverage of Planet Comicon).

So what does KCCC bring to the table? A little bit of healthy competition I'd say. I wouldn't call this a clone of Planet Comicon, even though the similarities are there, sure, but I think the business model/structure of the convention is different from Planet's. And it would seem that guests and vendors would benefit from this model, to eventually include the attendees. KCCC really swung for the fences with this first show, bringing in some unique attractions, guests, and exclusives.

I would say overall the Kansas City Comic Con did a great job. Whatever problems KCCC might have had, they can use it to improve for next year, and I am already looking forward to that show!


The Guests...

A good run of guests for this first year. Most of the local crew were in attendance.  Walked right onto the con floor and found Ande Parks and CW Cooke right away. Shortly there after I was recognized by a gentlemen who was set up right next to Cooke, artist Joe Corroney. Joe was kind enough to give me a cameo as a member of Starfleet in an issue of Star Trek, and as a Trekkie... that's just beyond awesome. It's always nice to be able to thank an artist in person. Glad I was able to with Joe.


With Artist Joe Corroney.

Moving along I found Kevin Mellon and Dennis Hopeless chatting it up with Matt Fox. Matt had recently drawn me into Ufology from Boom! Made sure to stop by his table to thank him and pick up his latest graphic novel.

Adam Smith and Mtthew Fox, creators of Long Walk to Valhala
 
Meet artist Kevin Nolan. He was nice to chat to and handed me a folder of recent sketches to go through. Ran into a few Free State Con regulars including show runner Craig, along with creators Mario Mora, Bill Hook, and Mike Sullivan. Always good to chat with them.
 

Artist Kevin Nolan

Talked to a few guests from out of town; Mike McKone, Tom Raney, and Brett Weldele. Gave them each flyers (of course). Grabbed a few autographs from Jason Aaron and Jeremy Haun. Stopped by Leeanne Krecic's table. She mostly draws in a manga style, but I couldn't help notice her more recent western/american comic book work. Regretted not picking up something from her at Planet earlier this year. Did not repeat said mistake.

And finally ran into this guy pictured below. He draws stuff.

Artist Greg Smallwood working on a commission. BTW Thanks man. You know why.


The Loot!

No figures this time around, just prints and books... supporting the cause and all. I look forward to the day I can have all of these properly framed, and hung on the wall in a new "man cave". Almost all items are from local folks. Exception being the Star Trek print by Joe Corroney, the cover from the issue he graciously gave me a cameo in.

Also of note is the acquisition of my first Daredevil comics. Don't get me wrong, I've read a few of his classic stories thanks to a friend lending me trades. Hell, I've even read these issues in trade, but I'm a single issue guy, and so I figured to start with the Smith/Quesada/Palmiotti run.


Clockwise: "Iron Man" print by Mario Mora, Star Trek TNG: The Hive #3 print by Joe Corroney,
Southern Bastards #10 variant, The Beauty promotional items,
Long Walk to Valhala by Adam Smith and Mtthew Fox
 


Loots Hannigan & Furious Fists of Frankie written by CW Cooke,
Suicide Sisters issues #1-3 by Kevin Mellon


Clockwise: "Hearts of Darkness" print by Greg Smallwood, Daredevil Vol. 2 issues #1-4 


Clockwise: "Scooby-Doo and the Zombie Horde" print by Leeanne Krecic, Daredevil Vol. 2 issues #5-8

 

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Appearance #56! Hit: 1957 #4 by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

July 29, 2015

 
 
And with one panel Vanesa R. Del Rey broke the tie with Riley Rossmo to have drawn a character of my likeness in three separate comics!

 
With the cliffhanger of issue #3 of Hit: 1957 I thought for sure crime boss Domino was going to die. *SPOILER* he didn't, he just ended up in the back of a trunk. So, there's that I guess. Can't rule out the possibility of a third series. Man I'd get some mileage out of this cameo then.

Many thanks to Vanesa for the opportunity of taking a chance on my little campaign here, and using my likeness on a pretty pivotal character in both series. It's damned awesome actually. I look forward to seeing what projects she has lined up for the future and wish her much success. Perhaps I will be able to thank you in person at a convention someday.




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Appearance #55! UFOlogy #3 by Matt Fox!

June 24, 2015

Hey! Three BOOM! titles in a row! How about that?


So, Matt Fox. What to say? First off, for me he's a local guy. And I do like to support the local guys. So when I first saw him at my local conventions, I had handed him one of my flyers. BUT! Way back before he was working on UFOlogy, he was working on a book (that will be released this July from Arcadia, which is basically a BOOM imprint now) titled Long Walk to Valhalla, which looks great and I look forward to reading it.

Recently I went to a signing of UFOlogy #1 and congratulated Matt on his new book. He had remembered my campaign here and said he would pencil me into a future issue. Well, here we are. And a speaking role at that. Love those. Thanks Matt. Can't wait to see you at the next show man.



Check out the pages below!



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