Sep 03, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
"...and now I think it's time to add the red."
Jul 28, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
It's with a very heavy heart that I sit down to write this one. I had actually written a longer one, but I deleted it as it was just too damn long. You see, within the last couple years, 'Leave it to Beaver' has become a staple in our household and a major influence on our family. If you'd all indulge me for a moment, I'd like to share a story. At the start of COVID, my son's preschool was shutdown (along with everything else) and he was home with dad for the long haul. So, one morning I was looking for something to watch with Little Guy and I thought that he'd get a kick out of 'Leave it to Beaver', a show about a boy around his age getting into all sorts of misadventures, and as it turned out, I was right. It became a massive hit with my then 5 year old and a daily morning staple for us from that day until he started going to Kindergarten full time in late spring 2021. So, when it came onto my radar that both Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, "Wally and The Beaver" themselves, would be coming to Rhode Island Comic Con in 2020, I asked my son if he wanted to go meet them. He was ecstatic and couldn't wait to go, but unfortunately due to "Two weeks to slow the spread..." it was cancelled. We had to wait another year before we had another opportunity and thankfully we were able to attend. Upon arrival at the convention at around noon (we went on Sunday, as I figured it'd be the final day and a bit more easygoing), we raced to find were they'd be only to find that we had just missed them due to a pro photo op schedule. While the timing wasn't the greatest, it did give us plenty of time to get to know Tony Dow's wonderful wife, Lauren. Little Guy must have charmed the heck out of her, because she instantly took a shine to him. He picked out a photo to have signed when Mr. Dow returned and she set it aside and told him that because he was a good boy that she'd make sure it was taken care of. After leaving and passing by the table several times, our wait was finally over and Tony Dow was there in person! Lauren told him that the sole reason we were attending was to meet him and he spent an incredible amount of time with us. The thing I took away the most is how amazingly nice he was with my son, asking him questions like how he was doing in school, what kinds of activities and sports he likes, what he liked most about the show, etc. He was kind, genuine and really left a great impression. He signed two pictures for us and posed for a selfie, but after some time Jerry Mathers arrived and my son just seemed to magically gravitate 6 feet over to his table before I was able to complete the financial transaction for the photos and selfie. After meeting Jerry Mathers, I went right back over to Tony Dow to apologize for leaving the table before paying and that I wanted to square it all away. They came back with a dollar amount that was far less than what I had bought, and after trying to explain and give the full amount they said that Little Guy's autograph and selfie were free of charge. Before we left the convention for good, we returned to his booth to say goodbye and were sent off with handshakes, hugs and well wishes by both Tony and his lovely wife. I hope you're all still here reading, but I wanted to share this story to hopefully describe the kind of person Tony Dow was. He and his wife were WONDERFUL to my little boy. After finding out that his cancer had returned back in May and the outlook was not good, his wife had asked his fans to pray for Tony and since then, my son and I have been adding him to our prayers before bed. I'm asking you to add him to yours. As of the time I'm writing this, I haven't broken the bad news to my son. I'm not sure how he's going to take it, but I know for certain that he'll never, ever forget how nice Tony was to him. God bless Tony Dow. Thank you for your warmth and kindness.
Jul 21, 2022
In FAN ART
Welcome back the prompts!!! This was fun as always!!!! #drawnimo
Jul 18, 2022
In ANYTHING ALTERNA
So, I'm a day removed from attending Plastic City Comic Con and it was a fantastic experience. Where to start? I brought along my son and I kept it a surprise, so when he woke up in the AM and I broke the news we'd be going and that he'd finally get to meet @Publishin' Pete! he was thrilled. He even went into his comic collector case and picked out a comic he wanted Pete to sign. Also, when I told him that @Keith Gleason himself was running the event, he brought a Mighty Mascots for him to sign, too! After a surprisingly quick 90 minute drive, we were at Plastic City Con and made our way into the arena. Being a hockey guy, I'm still giddy that it was held in a hockey rink. I couldn't help but look on the floor periodically to check for missing teeth and bloodstains, but alas. Nuthin'. What I did find however, was Alterna Alley: a huge collection of Alterna creators that stretched pretty far out. First up, I stopped over to see the Death Curse crew, led by the one and only @Spencer Desmond and Mike McSweegan, along with Kayla and Beth. Wonderful peeps and cool cats, every one of them. They even had my 'City of Rot' campaign bundle there for me with some other cool extras, which was awesome. Little guy later told me how the "Buddy Mask" from Camp Rainbow creeped him out and he had a hard time getting to sleep, so I can add Spencer's name to Geronimo's on the list of guys whose characters scared my child. Well done. Also worth noting, I got to meet fellow Alterna fan @Ara Gelenian as well and shake his hand. Always a pleasant sight to see his name in the livestream chat, it was great to put a face to a name. It was a pleasure meeting you, Ara! Next we waited our turn to meet Pete at the main booth and little guy was not disappointed. He was treated like a rock star by not only Pete but all of the Alterna creators, which I'll never forget and will always appreciate. Pete was gracious to sign his books and pose for pictures, which made his day. We made our way over to say hello to the incomparable @Frankie B Washington, whom I've come to consider "The King of the Kaijus"! He signed our books and little guy picked out a poster print and some incredible sketch cards Frankie had done. After we left Frankie's table, little guy said to me "I really liked that guy. He was so nice." and I concur. Frankie is the best! For myself, I brought a first print copy of Tinseltown #1 to be signed by the great @David Lucarelli and I was grateful to chat with him not only Tinseltown, but other projects he has planned down the line. I'll keep it to myself seeing as it's not my news to tell, but believe me it's all VERY exciting stuff that I'm not going to want to miss out on. I was thrilled to meet @Clint Stoker creator of Down Cast, and was wise enough to grab every issue and get him to sign them. It was cool to hear that it was his first show where he had a table, so I hope he had a great and successful experience! Thanks for the pogs, Clint! I'll be teaching little guy how to play so we can put those beauties to good use! Also in attendance was the great @Tyler Wentland of Red Koi. We got to chat for awhile and had some really great conversations about just about everything from comics, to the current comic atmosphere, to the Alterna forums, to life in general, and everything else in between. Tyler is a great guy and was super fun to talk to. Thanks for signing our foil Red Koi cards! They're already in little guys Alterna card binder, right up top! One surprise for me was to meet @Fabrizio Aiello creator of H.H. Hoover. From what previews I've seen of his book, I'm amazed. His artwork is insane and the concept is weird and awesome and I cannot wait to read it. I wished him all the best and nothing but success this fall when H.H. Hoover comes to Alterna! Eventually, we waited awhile to bump into @Keith Gleason, who was very high up on our list of people to meet seeing as little guy and I are HUGE fans of The Mighty Mascots. While I understood that Keith was a VERY busy man that day, my boy was starting to get a little worried that we might miss out. Those fears were quickly forgotten when we saw him in a crowd near the lobby and we waited patiently for an opportunity to say hello. Keith could not have been nicer, taking several minutes of his extremely busy day to sign Little guy's Mighty Mascots #1 and his Mighty Mascots poster, but also give us a sneak peek scoop on future Mascots cover art and story elements. I'm sworn to secrecy and will not divulge a single thing, but I'll say this: it's wonderful and hilarious. Mascots fans are in for a treat. In fact, on our car ride home it became a lengthy discussion between little guy and myself. It was awesome. Finally, I had the pleasure of hanging out with @Anthony Gambino and what a great dude. For the past year or so, I've been watching Anthony on the Drawnimo livestreams with Robert Geronimo and have been blown away by his art every time. He was a blast to hang around and chat with, and after little guy impressed with his knowledge of Universal Monsters, we were lucky enough to get Anthony's incredible "Creature from the Black Lagoon" prints (along with a few other not-too-kid-friendly stuff for me) to hang up in the kid's bedroom. Thank you Anthony and Samantha (I sincerely hope I remembered her name, I'm AUFUL with names) for being awesome! I hope to see you guys again next year! What about the rest of the con? I'm glad you asked, reader! It was excellent! Lots of comics. By lots I mean LOTS. If you were looking for something, you'd probably find it. Little guy even got to scratch the Pokemon itch and was able to wrangle Dad into getting him a plush toy and Japanese cards he's not even able to read. I guess he just wanted them for bragging rights on the school bus next year. I will say this: the show was VERY family friendly. Never at any point did I feel uncomfortable having my son walk around. Everyone there was having a good time and every vendor I did business with was professional. Really, that's all you can ask for. So, I'm thinking that's it. We had a great time at Plastic City Comic Con and will be coming back again next year. I'd like to thank ALL of the Alterna creators for taking the time to chat, sign books, give little guy a high-five, a sticker, a temporary tattoo, etc. You made him feel very special and honestly me too, so thank you. Of course, thank you to Peter Simeti for everything you're doing at Alterna and for being my son's Stan Lee. He had asked me for a couple years, "Can I meet Peter Simeti?" and now that he has he won't stop talking about it. And finally thank you to Keith Gleason for putting on an amazing, fun show! We'll be looking forward to next year!
Jul 08, 2022
In COMMUNITY CHAT
I know a lot of people know him as Sonny Corleone, but anyone that's seen 'Misery' knows how good of an actor James Caan was. I recently rewatched 'El Dorado' and I actually forgot he was in it, much to my surprise. Thanks, 2022. Another one bites the dust. Oh, and I know I missed Ray Liotta last month but I kinda flaked out on that one. Loved him in 'In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale'. Actually, no I didn't.