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The Cops Nailed Me! – Part II

A few weeks ago I blogged about getting nailed by the Man. Yep. A parking ticket. (See March 21 "The Cops Nailed Me!).

Well, I appealed the ticket, on what I thought were very legitimate points, and provable. And I beat those suckers! I am mighty!

Sorta. Kinda.

Well, a little.

They reduced my $35 ticket to $26.

Wow, I feel so vindicated, so rewareded, so …

Screwed.

… sigh …A few weeks ago I blogged about getting nailed by the Man. Yep. A parking ticket. (See March 21 "The Cops Nailed Me!).

Well, I appealed the ticket, on what I thought were very legitimate points, and provable. And I beat those suckers! I am mighty!

Sorta. Kinda.

Well, a little.

They reduced my $35 ticket to $26.

Wow, I feel so vindicated, so rewareded, so …

Screwed.

… sigh …

Subway Boogers

A few nights ago I was on my way home, riding the subway, just exhausted. I was just totally zoned out, listening to my iPod. So there we were, rumbling along, and for one reason or another I looked up, and glanced at the side of the window.

[i]Ahh![/i]

Yep.

Big, chunky booger dried up, just hanging there. Naturally, I want to vomit, so I turn my head away. In this case, I looked down, to avert my eyes, and what do I see below.

[i]Ahh![/i]

Yep.

More chunky boA few nights ago I was on my way home, riding the subway, just exhausted. I was just totally zoned out, listening to my iPod. So there we were, rumbling along, and for one reason or another I looked up, and glanced at the side of the window.

[i]Ahh![/i]

Yep.

Big, chunky booger dried up, just hanging there. Naturally, I want to vomit, so I turn my head away. In this case, I looked down, to avert my eyes, and what do I see below.

[i]Ahh![/i]

Yep.

More chunky boogers!

I finally can’t stand it and move to another seat, trying to let the horror dissipate.

Well, last night, I’m on my way home, on the subway, and what do I see smeared on the wall?

Ha-ha! I bet you were going to say chunky boogers. Wrong-o! It was a [i]bloody, gooey [/i]booger smeared on the wall …

(if you just heard a thud, that was me passing out from the disgust)

Ahhh … you just gotta love public transportation …

NY Comic-Con ’08: PHOTOS

For lots of pics from the 2008 NY Comic-Con, check out the PHOTOS section …For lots of pics from the 2008 NY Comic-Con, check out the PHOTOS section …

NY Comic-Con ’08: Highlights

Some highlights and observations from the 2008 NY Comic-Con:

* Marvel displayed a massive HULK statue on the showroom floor to promote the new movie. Very cool. (See PHOTOS) section

* The usual customed comics geeks, er, fans, dressed in full garb, including Indiana Jones, Storm Troopers, Booba Fet (see PHOTOS) and Mr. T (see PHOTOS)

* Comics galore! I made out with a bundle, or should I say, I spent a nice hunk of change to get my bundle, but it was all 25-40 percent off in diffeSome highlights and observations from the 2008 NY Comic-Con:

* Marvel displayed a massive HULK statue on the showroom floor to promote the new movie. Very cool. (See PHOTOS) section

* The usual customed comics geeks, er, fans, dressed in full garb, including Indiana Jones, Storm Troopers, Booba Fet (see PHOTOS) and Mr. T (see PHOTOS)

* Comics galore! I made out with a bundle, or should I say, I spent a nice hunk of change to get my bundle, but it was all 25-40 percent off in different sales, so very cool (never mind the $45 ticket price I paid for weekend admission!)

* Battlestar Galactica panel: I missed this one, but I really wanted to get there. Same with the X-Files 2 movie

* Toys and more: This show had matchbox cars, ninja swords, DVDs, T-Shirts and figurines. A toy-store galore for anyone who doesn’t want to grow up

* Artists alley: This is a great chance to see a lot of established and on-the-rise artists, who often do sketches and signings. Although I only passed by, my favorite spotting was Kyle Baker. Most of you probably don’t recognize that name, but for many years he’s written these offbeat stories, one of my favorites being [i]Why I Hate Saturn[/i], a strange, but fun sci-fi noir mini-series. (See PHOTOS)

* Beanbags: This year they had a whole bundle of beanbag chairs on the floor for resting, but that was prime real estate. Rich Henn and I eyeballed those suckers all day, but could never get one. 20 beanbags for 10,000 (or more) people doesn’t really do it.

* Back massage: Every year the Comic-Con wisely has a back massage vendor on sight to break out those kinks in the back. A 15-minute chair massage really works out the stress in the old back.

* Kickin’ back: The best part of every show is just hanging out with the boys. Along with partners-in-crime Jim Chamber and Rich Henn, we ate an awesome Italian meal at Don Giovanni’s after the show, and then stopped off for a few coctails. Comics. Food. Beer. Now [i]that’s [/i]a trifecta!

Post edited by: rcolchamiro, at: 2008/04/23 05:39

NY Comic-Con ’08: Finding the Good Stuff

It certainly didn’t take me long to lighten my wallet at the NY Comic-Con (and pics are comic soon; I’ve got loads of photos to upload, so check back on the photos section soon). I ducked out of work a little early on Friday, and made my way to the Javitz Center by 4:30. By 6 o’clock, I’d already spent about $100 on comics! For me, that’s a [i]lot[/i]. But in all fairness, I knew what I wanted to buy, so it was easy to find what I wanted, and the prices were so good, I couldn’t say no.

ButIt certainly didn’t take me long to lighten my wallet at the NY Comic-Con (and pics are comic soon; I’ve got loads of photos to upload, so check back on the photos section soon). I ducked out of work a little early on Friday, and made my way to the Javitz Center by 4:30. By 6 o’clock, I’d already spent about $100 on comics! For me, that’s a [i]lot[/i]. But in all fairness, I knew what I wanted to buy, so it was easy to find what I wanted, and the prices were so good, I couldn’t say no.

But since Comic-Con isn’t totally about comics, I picked up a few extra goodies. The core of my haul was comics, indeed, snatching my trade paperbacks (for you non-comics readers, a trade paperback is a collection of individual comic books bound into a softcover collection), but I also picked up an unexpected gift for myself.

To give a sense of what Comic-Con is like, just think of any trade show, with numerous aisles. Along every aisle are booths, and those booths are either comicbook creators selling their books (not too many of those any more, as the booth are very expensive) or comicbook shop owners who are selling some of their stock. And then there’s a few specialty booths, like vendors who sell t-shirts, toys (comic-book statues and action figures; things like that), and, of course, DVDs.

And in a $5 dollar box, I picked up the cartoon of my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss story–The Lorax. I know it’s a little bit dark for Dr. Suess, but for whatever reason, I always connected with the Lorax, so when I saw that sucker on sale, I snatched it up.

I spent the rest of Friday night hanging out with partners-in-crime Rich Henn and Jim Chambers, and I’ll have more on that over the next few days.

But this blog is just about the joy of walking the floor at big comicbook show, thumbing through all the boxes, looking for goodies, and coming away with a nice big stash.

Post edited by: rcolchamiro, at: 2008/04/26 10:10

Alex Needs a Shout Out

For those of you who have met him–and those who haven’t–my cat, Alex, is quite simply, the coolest cat there ever was. Gentle and fun, friendly, but not annoying. When he first meets you, he comes up to you, rubs against your leg, and if you pet him, he’s your buddy for life–thus, he’s "The Buddy." He’s been with me since Buffalo back in 1992, and we’ve had more adventures across the country than I could describe in one (or even many) sittings.

And he needs a shout out from yoFor those of you who have met him–and those who haven’t–my cat, Alex, is quite simply, the coolest cat there ever was. Gentle and fun, friendly, but not annoying. When he first meets you, he comes up to you, rubs against your leg, and if you pet him, he’s your buddy for life–thus, he’s "The Buddy." He’s been with me since Buffalo back in 1992, and we’ve had more adventures across the country than I could describe in one (or even many) sittings.

And he needs a shout out from you. A bit of a bad break, I’m afraid, as Alex has a little spot of cancer (gulp), and he’s due for some surgery. He’s got a cyst on his right shoulder, which the vet will remove, and he’s got some cancerous cells in one of his toes, which will also have to go in a case of snip-snip. Now, understand, Alex has faced down death–twice–kicking the dude in black right in the keister and roaring back with flying colors, so Alex is no ordinary cat. (Nine lives? He’s had more than that already!) He’s a figther. Tough as they come. It’s just that he could use a little extra love right now, so send out those good vibes.

Alex will be having surgery in about two weeks, but he’s fine now, purring away. He’s in good spirits, and, thankfully for him, probably has no idea there’s anything wrong, other than an itchy foot!

The vet is hopeful that they’ll be able to get all of those nasty cancer cells outta there, and get Alex back in form, going bonkers on cat nip and walking around like he owns the place (which he pretty much does). So only positive vibes, please, as Alex needs all the love you can bring. Specifically, I’m asking that you pray for three things: 1) that Alex has a quick, painless, successful surgery on his shoulder and his toe, 2) that Alex has a quick, painless recovery, and 3) that Alex regains full strength, health and happiness.

If you can do that, Alex, Liz and I will be most grateful.

Thanks in advance for your love and support.

NY Comic-Con ’08: This Weekend!

It’s that time of year again, and it’s awesome! You guessed it. Comic-Con Season. Starting today is the New York Comic-Con, held at the Javitz Center in Manhattan. I’ll be ducking out of work a little early to try and get there by 5 pm and stay there until close, around 8 pm. I’ll be soaking in the show–and snapping photos–with partner-in-crime Rich Henn, who’s be in from Baltimore.

I’m hoping to buy a few comic books, maybe check out a panel–and promote Finders Keepers like crazy!

It’s that time of year again, and it’s awesome! You guessed it. Comic-Con Season. Starting today is the New York Comic-Con, held at the Javitz Center in Manhattan. I’ll be ducking out of work a little early to try and get there by 5 pm and stay there until close, around 8 pm. I’ll be soaking in the show–and snapping photos–with partner-in-crime Rich Henn, who’s be in from Baltimore.

I’m hoping to buy a few comic books, maybe check out a panel–and promote Finders Keepers like crazy!

After the show we’ll head out for some food and drinks, and then head back to the show first thing tomorrow morning when the doors open at 10 am. The show conflicts with Passover, so I’ll have to duck out tomorrow around mid-day to have Passover dinner with my in-laws, and then I’m off to my mom’s place on Long Island for mid-day lunch on Sunday.

So it’s a jam-packed weekend, with Comic-Con kicking things off. My plan is to blog a few times about the show, to give that on-the-floor feel, plus I’ll post pics when I can.

Stay tuned …

Post edited by: rcolchamiro, at: 2008/04/23 05:49

Publisher Interest in Finders Keepers!

Only a quick note today, but just a week with an agent and I’ve got publisher interest in Finders Keepers already. A leading sci-fi publisher has requested to read Finders Keepers, so we’re off to the races already.

As always, I will keep you posted.Only a quick note today, but just a week with an agent and I’ve got publisher interest in Finders Keepers already. A leading sci-fi publisher has requested to read Finders Keepers, so we’re off to the races already.

As always, I will keep you posted.

My (Early) Cold Before the Warm

I went to sleep at 6 o’clock last night. I can’t remember the last time that happened. I’d been fighting off a cold since the middle of last week (and mostly losing), and finally, yesterday, it got the best of me. Despite being on the couch all day, I still had no energy. I was also cranky and a bit warm (probably a slight fever), and by the time 6 o’clock rolled around, I was done. I watched a little TV, fell asleep around 6:45, woke up at 8:30, and then went down for the night.

TypicallyI went to sleep at 6 o’clock last night. I can’t remember the last time that happened. I’d been fighting off a cold since the middle of last week (and mostly losing), and finally, yesterday, it got the best of me. Despite being on the couch all day, I still had no energy. I was also cranky and a bit warm (probably a slight fever), and by the time 6 o’clock rolled around, I was done. I watched a little TV, fell asleep around 6:45, woke up at 8:30, and then went down for the night.

Typically, I only get about two colds a year, so I’m figuring this was No. 1–and just in time, too. I’m getting to that point where it’s the busy for me personally. Now that I’ve got an agent and I’m trying to get Finders Keepers published, I need to get into game mode. I need to be in top shape. I’m back at my early hours and starting on some new projects–which I’ll talk about soon–as I prepare not only to get Finders Keepers in print but engage in the Comic-Cons (NYC and San Diego).

So this was my one cold before it gets warm, and now that the worst seems to be passed–I feel way better today–it’s time for me to really get rolling.

Post edited by: rcolchamiro, at: 2008/04/29 14:28

Agents Update: It’s Official!

That’s it. It’s official. I am officially signed with my agent!

Woo Hoo!

It’s been a long ride, indeed, but well worth it. Now the real work begins …

I’ve already sent her an updated Finders Keepers manuscript, plus a bunch of other materials that will be necessary in the marketing strategy to help get a publishing deal. Those materials include:

* 3-page synopsis of Finders Keepers

* 2-sentence description of Finders Keepers

* 5-sentence description of Finders KeepersWoo Hoo!

It’s been a long ride, indeed, but well worth it. Now the real work begins …

I’ve already sent her an updated Finders Keepers manuscript, plus a bunch of other materials that will be necessary in the marketing strategy to help get a publishing deal. Those materials include:

* 3-page synopsis of Finders Keepers

* 2-sentence description of Finders Keepers

* 5-sentence description of Finders Keepers

* Marketing and promotional ideas I’ve come up with

* My bio

* Updated Finders Keepers manuscript

So my agent and I’ll will confab about the getting published plan, and then she’ll go do those agenty things that agents do, like get me a deal!

As always, I’ll keep you posted …

Post edited by: rcolchamiro, at: 2008/04/28 05:29

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