Monday, February 23, 2015

Chris Barat 1962-2015

I already posted this on Facebook, but this is for my blog, which I rarely update these days.

One of my friends for the past 25 years, Chris Barat, passed away yesterday. He was 52. Apparently, God meant to take him home.

Chris wrote a Richie Rich column for my own "The Harveyville Fun Times!" publication from issue #10 through the end of the run to #75, a period of 18 years! He said at one time it was the longest tenure he ever devoted to any one thing. I'm flattered.

Chris actually got his NAME printed in a Harvey Comic. Due his correspondence with Ernie Colon ...and Lennie Herman at the time, he was able to get his name mentioned on a bank window name plate in a story in "Richie Rich" #208, November 1981!

The last time I saw Chris was in 2009 when I flew to New York for the Harvey Art Show and he and his wife Nicky and friend Joe Torcivia made the effort to show up to the show opening, for which I am very grateful. It is the way I would like to remember Chris as strong and healthy.

My other close Harvey friend from the "THFT!" days (besides Joe) was Quinton Clem, and like Chris, I was aware that he was ill, but not to what extent. Quinton got cancer and died in 2012. I've recently completed the manuscript for "The Harvey Comics Companion" for TwoMorrows and I dedicated the book to Quinton. I will revise that to also dedicate it to Chris. Both Chris and Quinton were two people more than anyone else I wanted to see the completed book. Now neither of them can.

I did ask Chris a few questions for the book and if he wanted to contribute anything in the early days of writing it in early 2014, but he said that I could handle it, but he said to feel free to contact him if I got stumped on anything. It was probably the last time I communicated with Chris.

I have attached a photo that I plan to use in the book from the Harvey Art Show featuring a Q&A panel featuring Chris and myself (as well as the back of Joe's head!). From left to right are Paul Maringelli, Chris, me, Jim Salicrup, Rick Parker and Angelo De Cesare. Joe is sitting in the far left seat closest to the camera in the purple sweater.

I love and miss you Chris. You were a good soul.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Frustrating Dilemma

Thanks (or no thanks) to Facebook, I rarely blog these days. I like the instantaneousness (is that a word?) of how Facebook works. I can post an image or make a comment and virtually instantly I can get a response or at the very least, a thumbs up like from someone. Now, I've heard rumblings that Facebook is going to start deleting posts or put some sort of an expiration date on them. If that's the case, I'm going to have to go back to my blog here as I want some sort of "permanence" to my posts for my own reference at least.

Part of the charm of Facebook is the time stamp in that you can go back and find stuff from a few years back and it's still there. I still would like a "search" feature on Facebook, but oh well. I guess nothing lasts forever. I still like Facebook better than Twitter and MySpace, but I suppose all of it really is just a monumental waste of time. Since I write anyway, I don't really notice too much and I'd rather write than play video games endlessly.

In any case, it is a dilemma if Facebook does change, but again nothing lasts forever...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Julia Child Shows You How to Edit Video Tape UPDATE

My dad found it! Way back on October 28, 2008, I inquired about this classic piece of tape featuring Julia Child that I originally viewed in college in the late 80s. The tape itself dates from the 1960s and here it is in all its glory!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Back Issue #71

Another article by me; this time it's Timmy Time, a Harvey Comics one-shot that didn't hit it off with Harvey readers of the character's creator! Read why inside "Back Issue" #71, now on sale!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Back Issue #70

If you make it your local comic book store, you can find Back Issue #70, an issue totally devoted to the Hulk! I wrote a four page article about "Teen Hulk" (remember that?) from "Crazy" magazine. Check it out!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

BearManorBlog: New Book - FROZEN IN ICE

BearManorBlog: New Book - FROZEN IN ICE: We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of FROZEN IN ICE: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS, 1966-1985 by Mark Arnold. ...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Frozen in Ice Book Makes a Great Holiday Gift!

I want to remind everyone that my new book is out and makes a great holiday gift for anyone on your Disney shopping list! If you liked Leonard Maltin's "The Disney Films", you'll love this. I have to say that this is a reference book featuring the films of the period and not a book of interviews as many have seemed to expect or want. I may return to this subject later and do an interview book, but right now I am in the midst of my DePatie-Freleng book doing interviews for that.