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Proof That I Was At SDCC08

August 2, 2008

Photographic proof that I was at San Diego Comic-Con 2008. Well, not really — seeing how the photo above was snapped by Penguino Kolb while my buddy Lance and I were enjoying a few rounds of beer over at the Marriott lounge. Per the photo’s caption — Dan Taylor and Lance Karutz chilling at Mariott. You can check out more of Penguino’s fantastic Photo Parades at Comic Book Resources. And there are a lot more interesting pictures than of two old guys throwing back brews. If I had a good side, Penguino would be the one to find it and shoot it.

SDCC08 Wrap-Up

July 29, 2008

The 2008 San Diego International Comic-Con has come and gone. Overall, I would have to say that this year has been one of the better pilgrimages to the ultimate hive of nerds and geekness. I offered up small updates during the con via Twitter via my cell phone — which I also tried to take and post pictures, but failed miserably. I was going to try to recap most of the events, exchanges, and encounters that I experienced during the five day excursion, but after a few days it’s already a little difficult to keep it all straight — so a quick condensed recap of my trip follows. (The reason why — alcohol or old age, you make the call.) My apologies to anybody or anything that I fail to mention.

Wednesday — For the first time I took the train down to San Diego. Living in Costa Mesa it’s usually about an hour and a half plus drive to San Diego — I know this because I commuted to San Diego from Costa Mesa, Monday thru Friday, five days a week, for the nearly three years that I worked as an editor with IDW. The whole train ride took about an hour and twenty minutes and I felt much more relaxed than I ever had when I was making that commute for work. Checked about getting my professional badge around two o’clock and had no problems — in and out in about five minutes. I bumped into Ragnar (a.k.a. Brandon Johnson) and his wife, Jill, and son, Oliver — and had my first beer of the con. Mmmmm… Sweet nectar. After settling into the condo — just about three small blocks from the convention center — I headed over for Preview Night. I first checked in at the IDW Publishing booth to catch up with the gang that I used to work with. I also tried to get a quick “feel of the land” of the con, but Preview Night seemed just about as busy as any other normal con day. I checked in with Matt Gagnon at the Boom! Studios booth to see how the Pulp Tales: Josh Medors Benefit Comic Book (that I edited) turned out — and it turned out real nice. Eventually, Lance and I ended up at the Hyatt bar where we had drinks until last call with the likes of Tony Lee and Jacen Burrows, to name but a few.

Thursday — This was my day for meetings with editors and publishers, and I managed to get most of them all accomplished. For the most part, I think most of them went rather well — even if they were short. Having been an editor at a con before I understand how every freelancer wants a piece of your time to pitch and schmooze for work. Hopefully, I left a good impression with those that I met with. My good friend Chris Kirby rolled into town and we had lunch with Kody Chamberlain (who apparently had the best con ever!). At night was the IDW Publishing/Circle of Confusion party at the Witherby. Free bar equals a lot of people. Again, more catching up with the IDW gang. Also, my conspirators on Pop! Darlings of America, Neil Kleid and Chris Moreno, and I discussed how we were going to take over the world while throwing back free booze.

Friday — All though I claimed that I’d be missing on all of the panels that I wanted to attend, I did manage to hit two of them today. First off was The Big Bang Theory panel. I was under the impression that they were going to show a new episode from the upcoming season, but instead they offered a clip reel of “nerd and geek” moments from the show that pertained to the “typical” comic-con attendee. Afterward the cast and creators of the show spoke at the panel. As much as I dig the show, I probably could’ve missed it. The other panel that I took in was the Boom! Studios panel where I learned more about their plans with the Muppets and Pixar properties — Mark Waid writing The Invicibles, it should and could be none other. Had lunch with Kirby and Lee (how cool does that sound) — Chris and Tony that is. More talk of conquering the world. My girlfriend, Katie, rolled in late in the afternoon and after dinner with our condo-mates Lance and Jamie, we were off to socialize over cocktails. More drinking with Neil Kleid, Tony Lee, Chris Kirby, Tony Fleecs, Jason Rodriquez, and many others. I didn’t make it to the Eisner Awards (I never do), but was glad to hear that my pal Chuck BB took home an award.

Saturday — Still waking up rather “okay” after three consecutive nights of cocktailing. Tried to do a little bit more of the convention show floor, but Saturday is generally not the day to attempt this — though it really didn’t seem much busier than any other day or preview night. More hanging out in and around the IDW booth — it was well located for a central meeting place. Took in the IDW Publishing panel where among such announcements as the continuation of Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez, Ben Templesmith’s Welcome to Hoxford, and Darwyn Cooke’s and Richard Stark’s Parker, my two series Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails and Pop! Darlings of America were announced. After the panel Katie and I had a quick lunch with Neil Kleid, then it was back to the con for random chats and catching up with folks that I only seem to see or talk to at these shows. Saturday night was much the same as the previous three nights — fill with alcohol, rinse, and repeat — except with the edition of a large dose of The Transformers team from IDW, including Denton Tipton, Shane McCarthy, Chris Mowry, Marcelo Matere, Robby Musso, Klaus Scherwinski, and others.

Sunday — Katie and I got to the con shortly after it opened. Having completed all of my scheduled meetings and still fighting the urge to do any shopping, there wasn’t a lot that I had to do on the con-floor. Chatted it up with a few friends and colleagues. With little to do business or shopping wise Katie and I joined Chris Kirby for lunch at Joe’s Crab Shack. We took our time and avoided the chaos of the con.eturned to the con-floor for some last minute check ins with the IDW crew and others. We realized that we had to head out of dodge in order to catch the train back home, so I said my goodbyes and made my final escape from the San Diego Convention Center for 2008.K atie and I picked up our luggage at the condo we stayed at, then took a short trolley ride to the train station. About an hour later we we’re in a standing room only packed train-car with a herd of drunks from the Del Mar Racetrack.

I want to thank all of the editors, publishers, fellow creators, friends, and talent that I admire who took the time to chat with me over the course of the convention. Some of you can begin to expect my follow up emails as early as today. See you all next year.

Let Me Introduce You To My Friend, Mike…

July 17, 2008

I’ve been meaning to introduce readers of my blog to my friend Mike Carano for quite awhile. Well, his Five Minutes With Mike video podcasts (or vidcasts, or vodcasts — your choice) to be more exact. I figure that since he’s been committed to this project long enough to post at least ten episodes that I could finally commit a blog post to promote them.

Mike covers a wide range of subjects including: his odd-ball collections, the Wax Museum, birthdays, Disneyland, the largest thermometer, cults, Father’s Day, Spock’s Brain (hence the reason I chose the screen capture displayed in the upper left), gay prostitutes and giraffe heads, and Tom Jones.

Mike has a unique perspective on most things that tend not to only be amusing, but insightful. The real magic of Mike is hanging out with him in said kitchen with a couple of beers during a friend’s kid’s birthday party (see Episode 3 “Happy Birthday”). But, until you find yourself on the Evite list, you can get your Mike Carano in roughly five minute doses via the magic of the internet.

Episode 1 is embedded below. You can find more Five Minutes With Mike at YouTube, iTunes Store, or

BOOM! Studios Releases Josh Medors Benefit Anthology

July 8, 2008

Official Press Release

July 7th, 2008 (Los Angeles, CA) – Help BOOM! Studios support comic book artist Josh Medors, recently diagnosed with cancer, by ordering the benefit comic book PULP TALES. This two-fisted one-shot features all-new, action-packed stories by horror master Steve Niles, P.U.N.K.S’ Josh Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain, ’76’s B. Clay Moore & Seth Peck, CAPOTE IN KANSAS’ Chris Samnee, IN MY LIFETIME’s Tony Fleecs and features covers by Ben Templesmith and Josh Medors. All proceeds from the sale of PULP TALES will go to Josh Medors and his family.

A small advance print run of PULP TALES, which is sure to sell out, will be available at the BOOM! Studios booth (#2543) during San Diego Comic-Con 2008.

PULP TALES features two covers, one with cover art by Ben Templesmith that will retail for $3.99 (JUL083759) and a special “donation cover” with cover art by Josh Medors ( JUL083758 ) that will retail for $9.99, giving consumers two price options for helping Josh Medors in his fight against cancer.

Steve Niles and Sarah Wilkinson contribute LIMBO’S ASSASSIN, a prose story written by Niles, featuring art by Wilkinson. In this macabre tale of crime and punishment, a hired killer comes face-to-face with his victims and finds that perhaps he wasn’t as evil as he thought he was.

B. Clay Moore and Seth Peck contribute the debut of BLUEJACKET, illustrated by Chris Samnee. Former 1930s crimefighter-now- corporate-mogul Bluejacket and his supporting crew, the Men of Adventure, tangle with an Aztec were-jaguar. But he’s not half as bad as Bluejacket’s board of directors!

Created by Josh Fialkov and Andy B, NEWT LAWMAN AND THE SECRETS OF THE VALLEY is the story of the rootin’ist, tootin’ist cowboy in all of the Southwest, Newt Lawman, who’s found himself and his Indian pal Running Bear in a heap of trouble. They must square off against the protectors of the Golden Ox or the evil Hayes Rutherford will kill Newt’s ladylove, Maggie Mae!

THE CRESCENT FLAME!, written by Kody Chamberlain, focuses on a down-on-his-luck would-be photojournalist who may very well have snapped the photo that makes his career. That is, until the subject of the photo, the mysterious Crescent Flame, shows up with an alternate proposition.

Tony Fleecs’ CRASH WINTERS: PALOOKA P.I. features one-time champion brawler Marion (Crash) Winters, who has set up shop as Los Angeles’ punchiest gumshoe. When his movie-star client takes a dive off the roof of her hotel, will Crash be able to wrap her case up? Or will he once again find himself down for the count?

“When I was approached by BOOM! Studios to shepherd this project, I signed on right away” said Dan Taylor, PULP TALES acting editor. “Having known Josh for a handful of years, and knowing what a good person he is beyond just his artistic talents, it wasn’t hard to assemble a cast of creators to contribute to the cause. I appreciate the time and effort that the artists and writers put forth on this project to help Josh out – thanks again.”

“Comics are tricky when it comes to real issues like cancer,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid. “This is an industry that deals with men and women who are larger than life, who by all rights could cure cancer in an afternoon. But those heroes can’t do that, even in a world of limitless possibility – they are powerless because we are. Using PULP TALES to raise money for Josh Medors proves just how powerful comics and their fans can be in the face of adversity, and the important thing here is showing Josh and his family how true that is.”

PULP TALES is edited by Dan Taylor and designed by Ed Dukeshire, who both donated their time to this book.

About BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios is a unique new publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry’s biggest talents. In its inaugural year, Wizard Magazine named BOOM! “Best New Publisher.” Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios continues to be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

Pimping Action, Ohio

May 7, 2008

Neil Kleid, fellow conspirator, co-creator, and co-writer of the upcoming dark Hollywood tale of starlets, pop stars, and heiresses has a new web comic debuting at Zuda this month. Along with artist Paul Salvi, Neil introduces us to Action, Ohio.

Action, Ohio is the story of Detective Andrea Bruce, a Detroit policewoman who doesn’t believe in heroes. But when a teenager dies stopping a fire with amazing abilities and the coroner suspects foul play, Andrea discovers a secret town of superheroes while tracking his killer. In the sixties, men responsible for the birth of Silver Age comic books found a town riddled with the fallout of the atomic age and invented fictional characters based on its residents to divert the world from their existence: If America thought super heroes were fictional beings, it wouldn’t go looking for them.

So follow Neil over to Action, Ohio and vote to see this web comic continue as a regular feature. For those of you that aren’t in the know, the web comic with the most votes in the monthly competition returns for a regular year-long run — which in turn, will help the Kleids diaper fun that will be needed come this fall.

Also, with Neil winning I won’t have to worry about competing with him when I finally get my Zuda entry together and on board.

Josh Medors Benefit Auction At Emerald City Comic Con

April 24, 2008

April 23rd 2008 (Berkeley, CA) – Unknown to the general public, Frank Frazetta’s Swamp Demon/Runes of Ragnan/Willow Creek/G I Joe/30 Days of Night artist Josh Medors has been fighting cancer for the past several months and Image Comics and Frazetta Comics have stepped in organize an auction to benefiting Josh in his time of need.

“Josh is a good friend, father and artist. With the support from the comic industry that he loves so dearly, we can all help with costly medical bills and ease his pain just a little would be most appreciated.,” said Frazetta Comics Editor/Artist Jay Fotos. “We are under a crunch, for the show is just a few weeks away, so anyone that would like to donate please contact me as soon as you can so we can get your donations there for the auction in time, we are also taking PayPal donations as well that go directly to Josh.”

Many of the industry’s finest are donating items to auction, including Frank Frazetta himself. Any other creators interested in donating are encouraged to contact Jay Fotos at

PayPal donations can be made to Josh’s account,

The Josh Medors Benefit Auction will take place Saturday, May 10th at the Emerald City Comic Con.

Contributors thus far…

  • Frank Frazetta
  • Jerry Beck
  • Brian Haberlin
  • Tom Beland
  • Mark Kidwell
  • Todd McFarlane
  • Nat Jones
  • Peter Bergting
  • Richard Starkings
  • Steve Niles
  • Kody Chamberlain
  • Jay Fotos
  • Rick Remender
  • Christian Beranek
  • Ahmet Zappa
  • IDW Publishing
  • Zenescope Entertainment
  • Tony Moore
  • Mike Bullock
  • Andrew Mangum

On a personal note, Josh and I swim in some of the same circles within the comic book creator pond. I’m putting together a package of specially signed Hero Happy Hour issues signed by cover artists Scott Morse and Jim Mahfood to send off for the auction. Josh is good people and a great talent. He is, without a doubt, on my short-list of talents that I hope to work with. Just look at the examples below — and you can see more at or by clicking on the images below.

Get well, Josh.

Two Comic Book Creators You Never Heard Of…

September 20, 2007

Since I don’t really have anything immediate to promote I thought I’d use a little of my promotion energy to pimp a couple of chumps… I mean, chums of mine — Josh Fialkov and Tony Fleecs. Who the hell are these guys? Well, I’ve known Josh for awhile now. He’s the writer-guy behind Elk’s Run and Punks the Comic. Josh and I enjoy tormenting each other like we’re step-siblings that despise each other’s birth parent that moved in to ruin our individual lives. Tony is the artist-guy who also wrote the nifty In My Lifetime. Someday we’ll eventually do a project together — until then we keep tabs on each other in case of emergency bail money needs.

Basically I’m pimping their signing appearance at Metropolis next Wednesday (September 26th) because I came across the flyer image and dug it — I think it represents a rather accurate portrayal of the two. Nice job, Tony.


This post doesn’t actually mean that I’ll show up though. We’ll see…