Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee!

In a year where we lost a lot of comic book greats like Gene Colan, Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon, it's great to know that the mighty Stan Lee lives on! He's 89 today and always seems so full of energy that he will live forever! I know someday the sad day will come, but I hope that it's at least 10 years off.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Final Photo of Lennon and McCartney Together?

I was watching a documentary of Harry Nilsson called "Who is Harry Nilsson?" and on it was a still photo from 1974 featuring John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Now, the book "The Beatles After the Break-Up" has a photo from a similar time, but John and Paul are not sitting next to each other. Here, they are next to each other. To the left is Harry Nilsson and I believe that's Linda McCartney on the right bottom. Anyway, this surely has to be the last photo of these two together. What do you think?

How to Fix the Post Office

Every year the US Post Office belly aches that they have no money and that they are going broke and raise the prices of First Class mail stamps as a result. I don't get it. Yes, most people send emails nowadays for free instead of slapping on 44c on a letter, but at the same time, since Internet sales are up, that means more people and companies are shipping packages than ever before! And they're not all using FedEx and DHL, etc. I commonly use the US Postal Service to mail my packages because the Post Office is convenient and has flat rate packages for Priority Mail.

So, here's my plan to fix the US Post Office: 1. Don't give discounts for two ounce letters. If a one ounce letter is 44c, then two ounces would be 88c, etc. 2. Don't give discounts for junk mail or postcards or bulk mail. EVERYTHING is at least 44c. 3. Lose the commemorative stamps. Nowadays, you can create your own stamps and commemoratives are passe. If you are a stamp collector, change hobbies. 4. Go back to printing stamps in black and white with glue you have to lick or better still, don't sell stamps at all. Instead, sell pre-stamped envelopes that you have to buy. They will all be business-size. Greeting card manufacturers would have to conform as well or it will cost more to mail out those special sizes.

These are just some of the things that I feel would work. Let me know what you think.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Grrrr! On My Book Reviews

I'm gonna use this space to grouse. I am usually pretty good about accepting criticism, unless it's non-constructive criticism. What I mean is, on Amazon, every one of my books has some reviews on them, both positive and negative, and every one has one basically stupid review that shouldn't warrant posting that says some unfounded negative comment.

For example, on my Harveyville book, someone complained that the book is poorly laid out and just random reprints of my old fanzine "The Harveyville Fun Times!". Well, it is! I've never lied about it. It is a scrapbooky type of book similar in style to Domenic Priore's "Look! Listen! Vibrate! Smile! book about The Beach Boy's "Smile" album. I would love to do the full-color, coffee-table treatment for Harvey Comics, but I haven't yet been able to interest a publisher.

And, on the TTV Underdog book, someone else was complaining that I didn't cover two minor characters that only appeared in the final season of "King Leonardo" and weren't that significant. Big friggin' deal. Did you like the book otherwise? No comments about that by this reviewer.

Recently, on the Cracked book, someone complained that my book only tells a history and is not a best of book, and is now returning because he felt that he didn't get what he paid for. I never claimed it to be a best of book. I've always said that it was a history. Did you like it on those merits? I can't do a "Best of Cracked" until gives me permission to do so.

It's a shame people don't read about my books before buying and use the "Look Inside" feature which is available on some of them. Then they complain that it wasn't what they expected, when it is clearly laid out and give me a low rating based on that, rather than if they enjoyed the book on the terms with which they were written. It gets my goat!

So, to make me happy, and you are not obligated, if you read and truly enjoyed or truly did not enjoy any of my books, I would appreciate you going on Amazon and telling me so or not. I don't mind the negative review if it has constructive criticism, not arbitrary bitching about some moot point or feeling mislead since you didn't do your research ahead of time and based your purchase on what the book ought to be in your mind instead of what it is.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Frozen in Ice Update

Since my other potential book projects are currently in limbo, I have decided to proceed ahead with my Disney book that I introduced a few months ago. I have just finished watching the Disney theatrical films from 1968 and now am venturing into 1969, which is cool since "The Love Bug" is one of my favorite Disney films. It'll be interesting to see how this one turns out, but I think it will be good. I will only put it on the shelf if one of the other book projects comes through, since this one would be a self-published deal like my Harvey and Beatles books. More later...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Joe Simon and Jerry Robinson R.I.P.

I know this picture appeared in many places, but it is still amazing to me that these two comic book greats that were frequent comic convention attendees are now gone...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Casper the Friendly Ghost: The Complete Series

Here's a screen capture of me doing the commentary for the Shout! Factory "Casper the Friendly Ghost: The Complete Series" DVD release. This particular commentary was done right in my own living room!

It has been highly recommended on various reviews on Amazon and all over the Internet, so I am really proud to promote it again, here! It was released right before Halloween, but it still can make a great Christmas gift. Look for "Underdog: The Complete Series" in February 2012 and "Tennessee Tuxedo: The Complete Series" soon after that...

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Dickens Fair Photos

I went to the Dickens Fair on Sunday at the Cow Palace. I took a bunch of photos and here they are!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Me and Miss Yvonne

I was working at the Super Toy Show last Saturday and got my picture taken with the most beautiful woman in Puppetland, Miss Yvonne. I also got her to sign my "Pee-Wee Herman Show" DVD which had previously been signed by Pee-Wee himself. This is the DVD of the show that he did live prior to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse". Of course, Pee-Wee and Miss Yvonne appeared together recently on Broadway in a "Pee-Wee Herman Show" reunion. She was very you can see.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Dinner with Barbara Lucey Tancredi

My friend Greg Beda and I had dinner last night with Barbara Lucey Tancredi and her husband. Barbara is the daughter of Harry Lucey, one of my favorite Archie artists. Barbara was in town to see the Archie Art Show. We had a nice meal and she signed my copies of the Craig Yoe Archie book and the IDW Harry Lucey books. Pictured from left to right: Me, Barbara, Greg

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Final Days for the Archie Art Show

If you haven't gotten over to the Cartoon Art Museum at 655 Mission Street in San Francisco to see the Archie Art Show, you had better hurry as it ends this Sunday, December 4!

Here is the info you need to know:

Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Closed Monday and on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

$7 – Adults
$5 – Students & Seniors
$3 – Children (ages 6 – 12)
FREE – Children (age 5 & under)

This retrospective includes over 40 pieces of original artwork spanning Archie’s publication history, with ephemera including a special look at the Archie newspaper strip, preliminary sketches, correspondence and other rarities. Featured artists include Bob Bolling, Gene Colan, Dan DeCarlo, Frank Doyle, Stan Goldberg, Rich Koslowski, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana and others.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Woody Allen

Again, I haven't had a post in a while. I've been busy working on a lot of projects. I did take time to watch a two part documentary on the life on Woody Allen and his films. I've always liked Allen's stand-up comedy and like the alien creatures in "Stardust Memories", liked his "earlier, funnier films the best", but overall, I appreciate Allen's output. He has had an amazing career and it just keeps going. He has churned out at least one film a year since 1969 except for four different years, apparently.

Some of Allen's films I really love, some I really hate and some are just kinda there, but it is amazing his overall output. If you do get a chance to see this two-part episode of "American Masters", by all means do. It would be on your local PBS stations.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Al Jaffee CAPS Dinner

Mad Fold-In artist Al Jaffee was honored at a CAPS dinner in Woodland Hills (near LA) on Saturday. I was in attendance and here's the photos I took. Various people in the photos include me, Grant Geissman, Scott Shaw!, Russ Heath, Jerry Boyd, Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragones, Mell Lazarus, Bill Morrison and of course Al himself.