Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Farewell Norm Breyfogle

The news today that Norm Breyfogle, artist, particularly of Batman, and specifically Detective comics, died was a punch in the gut.  I was a friend of Norm and I truly appreciated him, his work, and mostly his hunger to know things, especially spiritual things.

There are few people in my life who I find so similar in pursuit of a specific knowledge as myself, and Norm was at the top of that list.  I cannot express enough how deeply I will miss him, and the industry only slightly below me.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8 authors, 16 books that are perfect

I was asked why when I write about ideas, whether big picture or small, in color or black and white, that I tend to suggest books, but, old ones.  I am old.  Compared to what is hot in the world of the internet I am so old when I cough I fart dust.  But also, I want to say this, new isn't necessarily bad, old isn't necessarily good.  What is important is, read or learn something all the time. If you read comics, throw in a book now and then, if you are a video game player, watch a movie related to it, or what started the genre in movies.  Stretch your brain.

If you want to be a comic book writer and all you have ever read is comics, you might be able to do something in comics, but, you might not be a fulfilled person.  Being able to do something doesn't mean you are anything but, hopefully, doing something that leads you to happiness or fulfillment.  I suggest you push yourself to learn as much from as many fields as there are.  Making your brain work leads you places that dulling your brain down will never reach.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Response to someone's Response.

I don't usually go political.  I get accused of being on either extreme, with every attempt to read my words into retardation.

Sports are entertainment, and even culturally important, whether you watch or not. Football is to America what the Circus was to the Roman Empire.  Colin Kaepernick did sacrifice a great deal when he made his choices.  He sacrificed the chance to be a starting player again.  He sacrificed his chance to be thought of positively by about half of the US.  He sacrificed his possible future.

Now, having said all that, I do believe he chose his path.  And in doing that he earned all of the wrath he gets.  Is it fair?  I believe he meant to offend those who are offended.  It'd be pretty stupid if he chose a protest that made people smile and hug him.

So, am I saying he should be congratulated or punished?  Neither.

I am still not a big fan of Kaepernick, but, since he is paying the price of his choices, I at least think he is sacrificing something, and that is better than the foolishness Liz Wheeler, in the link above, belches forth.

Friday, August 24, 2018

A loss for the comics community

Russ Heath
September 29, 1926 - August 23, 2018

Russ Heath was a superb artist, drawing anything, but especially war or historical stories.

He will be missed.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Antarctic Press and Friends needs our help

On June 5, 2018, author, podcaster, philanthropist, and father Brian Keene was badly burned in an accident.  At this time he is conscious and in good spirits but has first degree burns on his face and second degree burns on his body.

As a freelance author, Brian does not have health insurance.  We're not sure at this time how long he'll be in treatment, or how much the bill will be, but any visit to the hospital is expensive, and will only be compounded by lost wages from not being able to work.

We're asking the community of writers, horror fans, and just decent human beings in general to chip in a few dollars to help get Brian back on his feet and spending time with his loving girlfriend and sons.  We'd be very grateful for anything you can afford to contribute.

Antarctic Press is having a 10% off all zombie books sale this weekend starting at midnight tonight and ends midnight Sunday night. We are donating all of the proceeds(except for shipping charges) to Brian's gofundme account click the link below to shop!


Fundraiser by Stephen Kozeniewski : Brian Keene Burn Fund

Stephen Kozeniewski needs your help today! Brian Keene Burn Fund - On June 5, 2018, author, podcaster, philanthropist, and father Brian Keene was badly burned in an accident. Click the link below to donate directly to the gofundme account.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The dark side of nuance

A person once told me that she didn't actually believe that most people arrested and convicted for owning child porn images are perverts. Her belief was that people are over concerned and are themselves icky for thinking child nudity is anything but innocent. Well, I wish I could agree. But go to youtube, and look up track and field world women's under 21 or breast feeding tutorials. They are not about that which by the title it might seem. I was sent links to both by porno fans, and a great number of those available on youtube are not porn, but are absolutely voyeuristic. Now, I think track and field is great, and young people achieving is not pornographic. But watch the camera shots and angles. And note how many woman who aren't beautiful are featured versus those who could be considered such.  Note the close ups when the women bend over.

I am not saying all this hoping to guide someone to secret porn. Nor am I saying by calling the people perves that they are evil, everybody has some kink to their coil. But having known a guy who dedicated himself to making every nude pic porn, I know that there is a veneer of innocence that hides some evil. 

This is quite the opposite of what happened to Lewis Carroll of Alice in Wonderland fame. He was a person who had taken many if not thousands of nude photographs, as a form of perhaps art, if not kink. When he died his family or estate burned all of the adult women nude pics, and left the children images. Their desire to keep his legacy from being remembered as sexual, by virtue of having seen nekkid wimmens and photographed them, he is instead remembered as a child porn perve. The answer is far more nuanced.  I am not a great fan of Alice in Wonderland, and think Lewis Carroll seemed to have many personal kinks. But I am not sure they were what they seem, from the distance of time.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Summer Reading Assignment

Not everyone loves to read.  And some folks don't like to read books that are heavy in content, mood, tone, or adult in nature.  Every time I write about books I get requests for books in different genres, such as mystery, true crime, historical fiction, light fantasy and many other genres.  I don't read much outside of my preferred areas.  I love fantasy, but usually it involves lots of bloodshed and battle.  I am aware that lots of people like different books than me, but, I do not suggest my reading list is better than anyone else. But I can say, I've been in a state of depression and poor health to the point that I've resorted to trying many new avenues of reading, and some familiar, but with different choices.  My appreciation of Alan Dean Foster as a fellow human and as a writer caused me to go back into the series Spellsinger.  When I began it a while back I did not get into the tone, it was light, I didn't get the best parts of it, due to tunnel vision.  But reentering that book series now, I found it fresh air, and gave me a bit of hope in my heart.  It was a lovely retreat.  I offer these as a number of choices that I'd not likely to suggest before.  Not everyone likes the same thing, but, these were new and different for me, and I enjoyed them.