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There’s No Puking in Baseball

Okay … this has to rank up there as one of the more bizarre–and disgusting–baseball stories I’ve heard in a long, long time (as reported by the Associated Press):

Boston Comic-Con 2010 – Beer, Chinese Food and Horse Called Henn

Saturday night at the 2010 Boston Comic-Con was, how should I say
… glutinous.
 
First Rich and I hooked up with old friends Al and Barb, and headed
into Boston’s Chinatown. There we met up with some of Rich’s
comic-bookgrading buddies from the CGC, and ordered us up
some grub! To get an idea of the table of food we had in front of
us, check out this feast:
 
 
After eating enough General Tsao’s Chicken that it was seeping out
of my eye sockets — and a few beers to wash it down — we headed
over to Jacob Worth, where they have 100 beers to choose from.
You can see the list yourself:
 
 
Now, I’d love to say that we went all beer sampling gonzo, but,
the fact is, I crashed. Hard. Not a half a beer down and I was pretty
much out of it. Try as I might, I just couldn’t force down another
gulp. So after about an hour, we headed back to the hotel. But not
before Henn himself found himself some action with a horse,
but I’ll have to keep those pics for another day.
  
So, yeah … it was kinda like that.
 
We hit the hotel afterwords, crashed out, and then hit the show on
Sunday. I was only there a few hours before heading home.
 
All in all it was a great weekend, but, dude … I’m beat!
 
This comics and beer thing is hard work!
 
Until next time …
 
 

Boston Comic-Con 2010 – Ghostbusters, Black Widow and … Cornbeef?

The first bit of good news is that I made back from the 2010 Boston Comic-Con in one piece.
 
That alone warrants it an awesome trip!
 
I rolled into Boston late Friday night — my train was delayed an hour — so I didn’t hit Bean Town until about 11 pm. There I met partner-in-crime Rich Henn, whereupon he immediately fed me beer and a cold (but still pretty good) half a corn beef sandwich. And more beer.
 
Saturday was a full day at the convention, which turned out quite well, because it was bitterly cold that day! MAN that Boston wind really gets you.
 
Rich spent his day on the convention floor getting books signed by authors and artists (I joined him for some of it), and otherwise I did some bin diving, and took home some Captain America trade paperbacks from the Brubaker run. And of, course, I took as many pics as I could of the various attendees.
 
It wasn’t a big show, but overall it was a pretty fun. Large enough to have variety, but not so big and loud that it makes your ears bleed. At one point I hooked up with the Ghostbusters (see below)
 
 
And then I managed to get a little one-on-one time with Black Widow.
 
 
 
I also talked and networked some FINDERS KEEPERS (but of course), and laid the groundwork for future projects.
 
Saturday night was it’s own adventure, so I’ll post that in the next blog …

My Passover Smackdown

For Passover this year Liz and I headed out to New Jersey, to have an early Seder at her parent’s place. Since we were going out there, we loaded up the car with some stuff we wanted to put into storage, including a few boxes of books, and our bicycles. It took a few trips, but I got everything into the garage in our building … only to find out that both bicycles won’t fit in the trunk. Bummer. So that meant unloading the trunk, re-arranging the space, and bringing one of the bicycles back up to the apartment (they didn’t fit in the back seat).
 
Once we got off and running, I quickly saw that the trunk–which I fastened with bungee cords–wasn’t securely fastened. So I had to pull over on a side street and lay down the ground to unhinge the bungee cord. But as I did, I got a huge exhaust blast in the face from the exhaust pipe, on the driver’s side of the car. I immediately turned the other way … only to get blasted by the other exhaust pipe, on the passenger’s side.
Grrrrrrrr….
 
This clearly wasn’t working, so I went back into the car, to turn off the engine. Liz then called my attention to Simon, who was struggling in the back seat. See … once I got out of the car the first time, he took that to mean that he was getting out too, and managed to get tangled up in his harness. As I tried to untangle him, he bucked forward … and bam! He headbutted me right in the face, smashing his forehead into the bridge of my glasses and my face.
Grrrrrrrr….
 
And I still need to deal with the trunk.
 
So I go back outside, lay back down on the street … and blam! The bungee cord came unhinged and snap-cracked me right in the face.
Grrrrrrrr….
 
Exhaust. Headbutt. Bungee cord.
 
I have to admit, that wasn’t exactly how I wanted my holiday to start. Then again, it wasn’t quite as bad as, say, the Passover plagues sent down to smite the Pharoh, so all things considered, I guess I got off easy.
Plus I got to eat brisket, turkey and matzoh ball soup.
Yep. Way better than getting smote.

Dexter Season 4 – It’s a Killer!

I know I’ve been keeping you up to speed through my newsletters–which you can also see right here on this brand new snazzy site–but for those of you who are just catching up, here’s a snapshot:
 
* On the FINDERS KEEPERS front, I’ve got some new cover artwork coming your way, and I can say it’s going to be awesome! I don’t want to give away any details right now, including the theme and the artist–but it’s safe to say that the finished color artwork will knock your socks off!
 
* As for CROSSLINE, after two years I finally … finally … finished a first draft and am passing it along to my writer’s inner sanctum.
 
And onto other important issues–like, my favorite TV shows–Liz and I finally finished watching season 4 of Dexter, and all I can say is … AWESOME! We are absolutely hooked. It’s like if Batman didn’t wear a mask, but instead was a serial killer and walked around in plain sight.
 
Every season is great, and this was no exception. John Lithgow guest starred as the Trinity Killer, and I can say his Emmy for it was well-deserved. I tend to think of him as a ham, but he was so creepy and believable as this very bizarre serial killer. And, as always, Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, totally nailed it (and won his own Emmy). I do want to give a shout out to Hall’s wife and fellow star Jennifer Carpenter, who plays Detective Debra Morgan, Dexter’s sister, who doesn’t know he’s a, well, serial killer. She has this nervous, twitchy quality that makes her so real and sympathetically addicting, that she more than deserves her own Emmy.
 
Other than that, I spent six hours on Saturday getting my oil changed and car inspected at PEPBOYS–so not happy about it–but sometimes you just gotta get it done. And Simon’s been digging this great weather, soaking up the sun like the fun-loving doggie that he is.
 
I’m off to do a little more tinkering with the site, so until next time …
 
Russ
 
 

Russ’s test blog

Dude. I’m blogging.

Simon’s here.

Five Random Things I’m Grateful For

Maybe it’s the holiday spirit in me, maybe it’s the beer (both perhaps?), but here are five random things I’m grateful for, in no particular order:

Maybe it’s the holiday spirit in me, maybe it’s the beer (both perhaps?), but here are five random things I’m grateful for, in no particular order:

* Seinfeld reruns – Elaine won’t take her Orioles cap off at a Yankees game, Kramer gets whacked in the head, and his portrait hangs on a wall. As always, on the surface, it’s about nothing, and yet’s it’s totally about all the little elements that we get tied up with. Awesome.

* James’ and his Kung Fu – James if five years old and has a personality that is truly transcendent. He has a great smile, a joyful personality, and packs a great fake Kung Fu punch. Awesome.

* The smell of garlic – I have to admit that garlic does a number on my stomach, so I can’t eat it much, but the smell of garlic is wonderful.

* My dog Simon – the longer we have Simon, the more fun he is. He’s a favorite wherever he goes. Fun, friendly and just good natured. Sure, he gets a little bonkers now and again, but who doesn’t? We can take him anywhere and he fits right in. Liz picked out a winner with him.

* Daredevil comics – one of my favorite hobbies is to sit back and read comics. Lately, I’ve been on a Daredevil kick. This hasn’t been my all time favorite run, but the storylines keep me coming back for more. Daredevil is dark like Batman but athletic like Spiderman. And for every jam he gets out of, he finds three more that are worse than before. I’d like to see him smile once in a while, but for dark superhero escapism, Daredevil will more than do.

My TV Review: WEEDS Season 4

I’m now four seasons through [b]Weeds[/b], and at this point I think it’s safe to say that this once dark and funny show has, as they say, jumped the shark.

I’m now four seasons through [b]Weeds[/b], and at this point I think it’s safe to say that this once dark and funny show has, as they say, jumped the shark.

The first two seasons walked the fine line in which our heroine, Nancy Botwin, sells marijuana to make ends meet after her husband died, leaving her with virtually no insurance money (or job) to supports her two sons, inquisitive, pubescent Shane, and good-looking, knucklehead teenager Silas. Nancy struggled to stay out of danger, and jail, as she both dealt and then grew her pot, while also trying (and failing) to be somewhat of a responsible mother, all things considered.

By season three, the plot threads were all over the place, and now, with season four, they’re just downright ridiculous, even for a show that stretches plausibility anyway.

Andy and Doug become touchy-feely ‘coyotes,’ smuggling illegals over the border? Come on. They’re stoners, not stupid, but this makes them seem like complete morons.

The fun and intrigue of the show was that the characters were reckless and naive, but not totally oblivious, always just a stone’s throw from real peril. And now Nancy is hooking up with the drug-dealing, gun-running Mayor of Tijuana, but doesn’t think it’ll come back to get her when she rats him out to the DEA? Uh. Hello?

The bright spot of season 4 is Albert Brooks as Nancy’s cheep, crusty gambler of a father-in-law, who brought a new energy to the show, but then left after only three or four episodes, and never returned. Bummer. Maybe he’ll be back for season 5.

I still hold out just a sliver of hope that [b]Weeds[/b] will make a creative comeback, although at this point, it doesn’t look good. [b]Weeds[/b] is still watchable, but it’s best days are long gone.

How Success is Like Wrestling a Gorilla

Lately I’ve been on what is probably my most ambitious writing schedule in years. There’s no doubt that it would be [i]so so so so[/i] much easier to not just not put in the hours, to just write when I get the chance. But then, I wouldn’t be on the verge of finishing the first draft of my next book, which is a great feeling.

Lately I’ve been on what is probably my most ambitious writing schedule in years. There’s no doubt that it would be [i]so so so so[/i] much easier to not just not put in the hours, to just write when I get the chance. But then, I wouldn’t be on the verge of finishing the first draft of my next book, which is a great feeling.

I’m tired a lot, but in the end, the extra effort pays off.

I saw the quote below, and felt like I could relate:

[b]”Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” [/b]? Robert Strauss

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Fall Updates – Horror! Suspense!

Hi Gang- My schedule has been absolutely nutty of late, with tons of fun to report, including the last wave of conventions for the year. So here goes with a heaping scoop of updates:

Hi Gang-

My schedule has been absolutely nutty of late, with tons of fun to report, including the last wave of conventions for the year. So here goes with a heaping scoop of updates:

* The Baltimore Comic-Con was an absolute blast. I bought comics, hung out with partners-in-crime Rich Henn and Jim Chambers and promoted Finders Keepers like gangbusters. To see all the pics, and catch up on the action, check out my blogs and the PHOTOS section on my site (www.findersk.com). I’ve also got pics up on Facebook.

* The Big Apple Comic-Con in New York City was also great. I bought even more comics, hung out with the guys, drank a LOT of beer and ate bratwurst up at Heidelberg on the Upper East Side. And I had a very good meeting with a publisher. So that was encouraging. For more pics of that weekend … oh, you know the drill. 🙂

* So what does all this activity all mean for Finders Keepers? The publishing opportunities are starting to take shape, with talks in place for a 2010 book launch. Patience is part of the game …. grrrrrr …. so I’m letting the process unfold as it does. Sit tight for updates (must … stay … patient … musn’t … black … out …)

* Meanwhile, I’ve been doing my darnedest to keep up a rigorous writing schedule these days–probably my most ambitious pace in years–and so far so good. I’m getting close to the half way mark on Crossline, with things looking good for completion by year’s end. So with a little good fortune I’ll have a first draft circulating to my writer’s inner circle for review in early 2010, and then after some revisions on my end, off to my agent and the publishers.

* I may be little late to the game on this one, but, hey … at least I’m here now. Going forward, look for more Facebook posts from me mixed in with my Web site blogs, pics, and musings about my adventures in publishing, plus all the other random goofiness that comes dripping out of my brain (I’ll tackle Twitter another day).

* In the spirit of Halloween weekend, fellow writer dude and master of horror and suspense Jim Chambers has a big announcement of his own. Dark Regions Press is publishing Resurrection House, a collection of his short stories and horror musings. DRP is issuing it in two signed hardcover editions (one of which includes 2 extra stories) and a paperback edition, with a cover and illustrations by Jason Whitley.

To purchase Resurrection House, or check out the online excerpts and story samples, go to:

http://www.darkregions.com/resurrection_house.html

http://www.jameschambersonline.com/story.htm

* For those of you who have been following the rise of the critically acclaimed independent movie Drawing with Chalk from buddies Todd Giglio and Chris Springer, you’re in luck, because DWC is playing in NYC! Come join the NYC movie premiere on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 9 pm at the Quad Cinema. And there will be a party afterwards. Hope to see you there! To order tickets, go to:

http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=216&rdate=11%2F14%2F2009

*And last but surely not least, Liz and I are celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary on Monday. That’s seven years married, nine years together. It’s been great every step of the way. The gods have been very kind to me …

Well, that’s all she wrote for this edition. I’ll be back around the winter holidays with some festive thoughts, and all the news that’s fit to print.

Thanks!

Russ

www.findersk.com

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