The Perfessor is doing a book signing!

Scifies_fixedYes kids, as it turns out a buddy of mine (one Ramon Gil) crafted a series of thoroughly entertaining comics entitled Scifies, then Ramon compiled those comics into a trade paperback, which is being published by Atlas Unleashed. Then (more importantly) he asked your humble narrarator to pen an intro for — which I did. (Truthfully, he also asked former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics Tom DeFalco to write a forward, but that’s not important right now.)

St MarksWell, needless to say, Ramon is releasing the TBPB at New York Comic Con this coming weekend. However, prior to that, he is having a pre-release signing at the famed St. Marks Comics in NYC. This signing will be held on Monday, October 5th between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

If you show up, you will also be able to catch — in addition to Ramon, Atlas Unleashed publisher and all-around Nice Guy, Mark Mazz, but myself, as well as a host of other talented comicbook creators (including Tom DeFalco, Chris Torres, Michael Sarrao, and a number of others autographing some of their works.

Scifies, is a most amazing 72 page Trade Paperback, and if you want to get a personalized copy for yourself you will show up at St. Marks Comics in NYC on Monday night, October 5th between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

You simply won’t regret the experience.

The Perfessor

Our evolving language

Back in the 1980s on the HBO comedy series Not Necessarily the News. comedian/actor Rich Hall had a special segment entitled Sniglets which Hall described as “any word that doesn’t appear in the dictionary, but should”. Hall went on to publish both his own sniglets, and those submitted by fans into a number of books.

Personally I loved sniglets and coined and submitted a term of my own (which I don’t believe was ever used “Autoeradication: When stuck in traffic on the highway, and you get to the point in the road where the traffice suddenly goes from stop & go, back to 55 MPH, and there is no apparent cause for the delay.”

Well, last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart he added a couple of new words that would totally have been used.

Procrasturbating

Congratsturbating

Enjoy!

The Perfessor

Yes, I’m a Writer

So, just recently i hooked up with the online news site, Examiner (one of the reasons that my contribution to this page have fallen off a bit over the past couple of weeks). I’ve been posting comicbook-related stories over there, so if you want to read some fine funybook-related articles, check out my stuff by going here.

For links to some individual stories, follow the link after each preview…

The Atlas Unleashed Effect

What is it that makes you most anxious or troubled? What is the thing that makes your skin crawl, that sets your teeth on edge, or that causes you to jump at shadows? Is it something as simple as getting up to speak in front of a room full of people, or as nerve-wracking as walking through a dark parking lot to get to your car at night (especially after coming out of a zombie flick at the theater)? Whatever it is that creeps you out the most; that thing that really sets your nerves on edge, gives you nightmares — the folks over at Atlas Unleashed know what it is. Yes they do, because, (as they claim), it creeped them out first, did so longer, and then they still went back for more.

The rest of the article is here

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Better RED than dead

This tongue-in-cheek action/adventure film is based on the Warren Ellis-scripted DC comicbook about a retired CIA spook who has been marked RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) and tagged for assassination by his own agency. Needless to say, it turns out that whoever had Frank Moses (Willis) are correct, but for all the wrong reasons. As can be expected, the film is little, if at all, like the comic, however, that matters little as it proves to be an entertaining ride in its own right. The film itself was wildly entertaining, as it neatly balances action-packed sequences, with comedic, bits that expertly blend it into a most-excellent package.

The rest of the article is here

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All in Color for a War

For better or worse, comicbooks have come to conjure the image of muscle-bound men and women clad in colorful skin-tight clothing pounding the living daylights out of each other and saving the world from mortal peril. Across the years, we have come to expect these colorful characters to save us from the designs of fictional madmen. With the very visible leap to the silver screen over the past few years of comicbook superheroes it is no wonder that most folks would be surprised to learn that not only are all comics are not home to superheroes, but not all comics are published by large corporations.

The rest of the article is here

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Making your (comicbook) dreams come true

Comicbooks tend to be filled with all-powerful heroes and world-conquering madmen, however, when we first meet Tom Wyatt (Shadowflame), he is just a regular guy; it is a month after the death of his wife, for which he feels responsible and he all but ready to put a bullet in his head over it. He is a total wreck, and isn’t ready to go to the store to buy milk, forget about being granted unlimited power and potentially become the savior of the human race, yet that is precisely what happens.

The rest of the article is here

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Learn how to Draw Comics

Have you ever thought that you could draw professionally in comics, but didn’t know how to get started? Well, if you live in the NY area, registration begins on December 1st to register for the Spring semester in SUNNY Purchase’s course on how to draw comics. This new course, Drawing for Comics and Storyboards is a great way to learn all about how to hone your talent and learn how to illustrate for comicbooks and movie storyboards.

The rest of the article is here

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Black Friday goes Digital

The concept of “Black Friday” while it sounds ominous, is really the day the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the US that many retail business use to “get into the Black” by attempting to spike their sales into the Black with big sales, and is traditionally cited as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The term itself dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast at that time.

The rest of the article is here

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Andrea Grant’s Minx goes viral

Andrea Grant, a Canadian-born poet, comic book writer, fashion editor, and pin-up model, based in New York City, has taken her 10-year comic-book project, Andrea Grant’s Minx, and gone viral with it. She has just launched an online pitch via SoKap to secure funding for her project.

The rest of the article is here

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T.H.U.N.D.E.R. in the (comicbook) heavens

Truthfully, I wasn’t ever sure that I would live long enough to actually see this day. No, seriously. This week a brand-new issue of The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents hit the stands for the first time in like 15 years. (The last original occurrence of the Agents appeared in OMNI Comics #3 (1995). Prior to this single story (the first in a new, authorized line) there were two other unauthorized occurrences of the Agents (Deluxe Comics, ‘84 & Solson Publications ‘87). Other than the Omni appearance the previous authorized appearances were in Texas Comics, the JC Comics line, and Archie Comics’ Red Circle Comics line (all ’83).

The rest of the article is here

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Well, that’s just a taste of what I’ve been writing about. Thought you might like to know.

The Perfessor

Another one hits the stands!

Look! A book that I wrote!
For the past several years, I’ve been adapting chapters of my book, Kiddie Meal Collectibles, into an on-going column for The American Antiquities Journal, a collectibles publication about that items that are uniquely American in nature. My column, naturally, enough, is about fast food toys.

Well, the most recent issue (Spring/Summer, 2010), just hit the stands (well, it arrived in my mail box, so I’m assuming that it is on the newsstands), and, well, I just wanted to share that with all of you nice folk. (Yeah, even Walt.)

Each column (as did each chapter) profiles a particular fast food franchise (and the toys and collectibles it has featured over the years), along with a partial listing of some of those toys. In this particular column, I profiled Taco Bell.

Cool, eh?

The Perfessor