Read the story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11426293
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Read the story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11426293
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Read it here: http://www.ambarb.com/
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Over twenty years later, Rick Brooks has published a new novel for younger readers, Battle Lines Undrawn. I hesitate to describe the subject matter, which took me to places I didn't foresee. I will say the book is both gentle and hard-hitting and also quite good. You can learn more about it and order it here: http://rickbrooksbooks.com/Home_Page
Friday, September 24, 2010
Brett also has early Paul Pope comics in stock and some nice late '60s Hulk and Nick Fury, Agent of Shield comics on the rack, while they last. And The Mod Squad.
Check out Spoonful Records and the new vinyl inventory being posted nearly every day at:http://www.facebook.com/spoonfulrecords
Buy Neno comics and shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise at: www.NenoWorld.com
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I handpainted the color brush strokes on the front and back covers of every copy and will be glad to sign the books, too, on request.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The China Digital Times reported that it was told by an official at the Bureau that the main purpose of Jingjing and Chacha was...to "intimidate" users, openly reminding them to "self-regulate their online behavior".
Reports that the characters were originally designed driving tanks rolling over internet users are currently unconfirmed.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Mary and I quickly set up our table of comics, original art, paintings, coffee mugs, buttons, catalogs and new Signifiers bookmarks created just for the show.
I then set off to find our friends Verl and Adele Bond, who were selling copies of Verl's World Without Love (and I mean selling!). Check it out, if you haven't already, here: http://www.verlholtbond.com/purchase.php
Along the crowded hallway I also got to talk a bit with Archie writer Craig Boldman, whose letter he received many years ago from Jughead artist supreme Samm Schwartz will be published in an upcoming book on the history of Archie comics. Craig was a really nice guy to talk to. http://www.craigboldman.com/
Next, I had to hunt down Murphy Anderson, who inked the first Superman comics I bought, in the early '70s and whose lush, organic inking style defines the word "romantic". I was surprised to find this legend sitting alone, no fans about (this may have been partly due to the seating area; the show was divided into two long hallways and, for some reason, one hallway seemed perpetually twice as crowded and lively as the other. Murphy and we were in the more sedate side). Anyway, he graciously signed my copy of The Life and Art Of Murphy Anderson and told me background stories on photos and drawings in the book. Anderson is a true gentleman, of a classy nature that's seemingly going by the wayside. I wish him many more years of health and prosperity! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=77630634197#!/group.php?gid=77630634197&v=wall
Next on the agenda: purchasing some copies of Patsy Walker with really gorgeous covers by Al Jaffee and Al Hartley (when he was using a much more delicate inking style than his later Archie work: http://community.livejournal.com/comics_scans/52540.html).
Later in the day I met up with two long-time collectors and great guys Rod Beck and Bruce Chrislip. Then I set down to ink an original pencil drawing of Sterling Clark's character, Ntombinde. Fun! Sterling, I forgot to take a photo of the drawing before I passed it back to you. Any way you can send me one or post it somewhere?
By this point, dealers were closing shop and so we did, too. The end of a great show!
Can I make a recommendation for the next Cincinnati Comic Expo? Name tags for all of the exhibitors (dealers, artists, etc.) would be very helpful, not only to see the names of people you pass in the hallway or talk to, but also to differentiate between customers and venders. This would even be helpful for the Expo staff.
Comics 'n' music: life is good!
BTW, check out my newest Twitter account: All comics, all the time: http://twitter.com/Nenofsky
Friday, September 17, 2010
Check it out at: http://twitter.com/Nenofsky
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Saturday, September 18th con is crammed with 80 talented cartooning guests, including legends Murphy Anderson (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=77630634197), Russ Heath(http://www.russheathcom.blogspot.com/) and Allen Bellman, who drew the classy poster above (http://www.allenbellman.com/).
M.R. Neno Productions will be on hand with a full line of comics 'n' merchandise, including a new line of Signifiers Universe bookmarks.
Also scheduled for the con:
- Action/adventure artist Verl Holt Bond, with copies of his killer graphic novel, World Without Love (www.verlholtbond.com/).
- Lora Innes, of the hit web strip and comic book, The Dreamer (www.thedreamercomic.com/)
- Tony Moore, illustrator of The Walking Dead and his creator-owned Fear Agent.
Check out the Cincinnati Comic Expo site for a full list of guests and more details: www.cincinnaticomicexpo.com/
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Waffle House Mary and I tried to eat breakfast at on the way to the con was packed, so we ended up at the Country Table restaurant in West Jefferson, an unlikely place for two comments on my Jack Kirby Iron Man shirt. The sausage gravy there was superb.
Champion City Con took place in the Shouvlin Center at Wittenberg University. Mary and I met up there with long-time cartoonist and publisher Verl Bond and his lovely wife Adele.We had a table filled with books, original art and cool merchandise. Filled. With cool stuff.
Also set up nearby were SPACE mastermind Bob Corby and small press legend Larry Blake.
Dan Taylor, of Weird Muse, also shared a table on a second floor of cartoonists and publishers.
Ron Fortier, of Green Hornet and Captain Hazzard, had a table in the main hall. He was busy in conversation every time I passed by, but wish I'd made more of an effort to talk to him; I discovered after the convention that he writes a blog of pulp fiction reviews and also recently reviewed Startling Adventures Magazine, published by Daniel Poeira, a professor at the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and supporter of my series The Signifiers! Small world.
A recommendation for the next Champion City Con would be to invite vendors of older comic books. Dark Star Books was the only dealer who brought a box of Golden Age comics for sale. Also, my thirst for Baby Huey, Patsy Walker and Jughead comics went unsated. In fact, most comics for sale at the con were overstock from the past several years!
Another recommendation: the Champion City Con webpage on the Main Street Comics site (the #1 rated page for the con in Google searches) featured (and still does) a very incomplete listing of the vendors and guests at the con.
I did purchase some cool buttons from Mutant Cactus, a Jimi Hendrix poster by Larry Blake, '70s comics from Super-Fly Comics (still looking forward to getting copies of The Signifiers to your store, guys!), and the new Cornelia comic by Kel Crum.
We had a mostly enjoyable dinner afterwards at Linardo's Villa, an old, gorgeously decorated family owned restaurant in Springfield, the home of liver pate 'n' sour kraut appetizers. Couldn't escape the liver on this trip!
Ron Fortier's pulp review site: http://www.pulpfictionreviews.blogspot.com/
A review of The Country Table Restaurant: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g51125-d918323-r25103594-Country_Table-West_Jefferson_Ohio.html
Dark Star Books: http://www.darkstarbookstore.com/
Daniel Poeira's Startling Adventures Magazine on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Startling-Adventures-Magazine-Travels-Fiction/dp/1451578318/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273764842&sr=8-4
Kel Crum's site: http://www.dangerousbird.com/
Bob Corby's site: http://www.backporchcomics.com/
The Mutant Cactus blog: http://mutantcactusblogs.blogspot.com/
Dan Taylor's Weird Muse site on eCRATER: http://weirdmuse.ecrater.com/
Champion City Con's updated site: http://championcitycon.com/
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The hours are 10 am-6 pm, at the Shouvlin Center 737 Fountain Ave. (Wittenberg College Campus). Admission is $4.00.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I've spent the day drawing rock stars. I'll be crazily giving the brush and ink illos away with any $10.00 purchase. We'll have lots of Signifiers comics and merchandise in stock,as well as other miscellanious cool stuff piling up in the Neno mansion.
In addition to scores of used records for sale or trade from various dealers, tomorrow is the final day of the Lost Weekend Summer Clearance Sale. 20% off used stuff (30% if you are a Small Business Beanstalk member) and 10% off new stuff (no bonus for SBB members).
Check out Lost Weekend's Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbus-OH/Lost-Weekend-Records/131521599429