Monday, April 20, 2015

The Boilerplate

Here is a note I posted on my Facebook page a while back concerning the kinds of posts and links I would be sharing and my position about them:

It is probably a good time to post this.

This is a warning for those who may be sensitive to having their views challenged, made fun of, and/or contradicted. The links to articles and videos I post come from various sources. I may or may not believe or share the same views expressed in these materials. But I have taken the time to read, watch, and listen to them in the hopes of seeing through different eyes. Also because I love observing different minds at work.

Some of these materials may contain language unsuitable for young eyes and ears or even old ones. Consider this your first and last warning. Proceed at your own risk. Or don’t pay attention. There is no obligation to play attention to anything I post.

Comment as you wish but know that I may or may not be debating depending on how I feel, and will only be monitoring comments for any trouble. My threads are run more like the Old West in a lot of ways. Difficult parties will be asked to go to a neutral corner, meaning walking away from any heated discussion. As much as possible I will not be unfriending anyone. Whether or not folks unfriend me because of anything I post is not my concern. Any and all such unfriendings are personal problems, not mine.

Consider this the only warning which may be reposted from time to time.

Thank you,
The Management

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

OGTV Wednesday Omnibus 1/4/15

Howdy, folks! I will start posting my OGTV recordings on this blog a week after they originally go live on YouTube. As a back up and to get more things posted on this blog regularly.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Omnium Gatherum 77

Here is a new Omnium Gatherum column from last week.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thank You And Good Night!

Reposting this from my Facebook feed:

Howdy, folks!

This status update is aimed primarily at the folks who know me through Comics Ink, our customers. Steve recently announced his well deserved retirement from the comics retail biz. A deal has been reached for The Comic Bug to take over the space, to expand their business and take care of the folks who have been shopping at the Ink. This is good news.

In the last couple of weeks I have spoken with a few customers and, after informing the owners and operators of The Comic Bug, I am announcing that I will not be staying on, that I am finishing my comics retail days as well when Comics Ink closes its doors. As of this writing and barring unforeseen circumstances, my last days at the shop will be the 17th, 20th, and the 24th of September.

This is also good news.

Jason, Adam, and I have known for more than a year of Steve’s retirement. In that time, I have gone over several possible scenarios for what was going to happen. One of those scenarios was exactly what is happening now. Namely, someone taking over the space. I looked at my options carefully. One option, one that is quite logical in today’s marketplace, was the possibility of a new owner wanting to bring in fresh people. That is their prerogative.

This was my worst case scenario.

Because no one is guaranteed a job anymore in today’s America.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I like to look at all options best and worst, and make my plans accordingly. I usually like to hope for the best and plan for the worst. Be prepared, as the Boy Scouts say.

Knowing what the worst case scenario for me was, I had to think about what I would do next.

What I planned for is exactly what I am doing now, going back to school, and what I am moving towards in the days to come, in terms of writing and other endeavors. And at the time, I found that plan very exciting. So exciting that I was no longer worried or concerned about staying on at the store whatever form it took. So exciting that I was looking forward to this time and not dreading it.

Which meant it was and is time for me to continue my journeys elsewhere.

I wish Mike and Jun and the rest of The Comic Bug’s staff well and much success with the new location.

I would like to thank Jason and Adam for being the best brothers in arms anyone could ask for. I couldn’t have made it through so many New Comics Days without you guys!

And I would like to thank each and every customer of Comics Ink. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve you, to provide with good comics and comedy each and every week for the past 7 years of my encore performance and for the 9 years of my first stint. I cherish those memories and the friendships that came from the store.

I would also like to ask any Comics Ink customers not to assume I am being pushed out in any way. I am not. My announcement to the Comic Bug guys was as much of a surprise to them as it may be to some of you.

I am looking forward and I would ask you guys to do the same.

Namaste! See y’all in the funny papers!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Omnium Gatherum 75

After a long nap, the Omnium Gatherum returns to Comics Waiting Room to much fanfare. Well, at least a kazoo. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Code Name Epic Interview at LBCC 2011

Just wanted to post a brief interview I did with the gentlemen of Code Name Epic at the Long Beach Comic Con 2011, talking about Total Recall.

Please enjoy.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Total Recall and a new Omnium Gatherum today

Howdy, folks. I'm not sure if anybody is actually checking this blog on a regular basis. I know I tend not to. But some may be checking here after my participation in NaPoWriMo or other reasons.

Well, I have good reasons for ya today.

Total Recall #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is out today. I wrote it, amazingly enough, and am proud of it.

But I'm also nervous and worried about the reactions. So to distract myself but also to share my insights into the process of creating this project I started a new series in my column Omnium Gatherum about how I got this project. I start off talking about pitching. I even learned a few things about the process as I wrote this column. Take a look.

See ya. Namaste.