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I’ve been a fan of Art Balzatar since some of his earliest work in “The Cray Baby Adventures” and have been happy to follow him through the years with his self published “Patrick the Wolf Boy” (co-created with Franco) and his Disney Adventures’ serial “Gorilla, Gorilla”.
When “TINY TITANS” debuted in 2008, I was super excited to see Art, alongside Franco working on an out of continuity super cute easy to read and enjoy superhero comic that could feature your favorite superhero at any time. For over thirty issues, the brand of humor combined with simple, clever eye-popping cartoon visuals, the book has continually delivered.
Last year I first heard of Art getting a new gig as the illustrator to a series of children’s books based on the adventures of The Super-Pets. I was excited to see what his super cute art style could bring to adorable animals with super powers.
Luckily I have finally been able to appreciate one of these books through NetGalley and publisher Capstone Books.
That book is “Midway Monkey Madness” and it is absolutely charming. I’m not familiar with writer Sarah Hines Stephens but her writing is fast paced, jovial and fun, which perfectly suits Art’s strengths as an illustrator as well as being perfect for young readers as designed.
While the star of the book is Beepo, the Super Monkey and boy does Art draw a cute monkey I must exclaim I loved that The Wonder Twins show up with their monkey Gleek. The Wonder Twins are silly, kind of dorky, but something about them are endearing and when used right are just fun-loving and awesome. This is one of those time.
These picture books combine the excellence of good young children’s books with the awesomeness of a comic book with sound effects, usage of well known and established characters and lots of action. I highly recommend this and sight unseen the rest of the Super Pets series to parents who want a fun read for their kids and comic fans who can’t get enough of Art Balzatar’s art.
One of the world’s greatest cartoonists, painters and humorists Ralph Steadman has done many types of books. Fiction, children’s stories, guides to wine country, a biography of Sigmund Freud, versions of Alice in Wonderland and of course the seminal work Fear and Loathing.
His latest book focuses on dogs. It is not his first book about dogs, but the first with the obvious title of The Ralph Steadman Book of Dogs. Full of images spanning 1996-2010 it is a truly fun romp. Almost all of Steadman’s style are here. His gonzo style of sketches with text, his abstract painting, his blots alongside extremely realistic depictions.
There seems to be an attempt at a humorous guide to raising dogs within the 90+ page volume. I find Steadman’s artistic, but sloppy gonzo pen quite difficult to read perfectly, but I admire it from a conceptual sense. The images are very hit or miss, which has been my experience with Steadman on the usual. Some of his caricatures are just shockingly ingenious, while others are head scratching perplexing and not in the good way. I will stare at an image and be completely lost in what he was trying to convey and yet then the next image will be like a bulls-eye shot. Nail on the head perfection of what illustration can provide and offer.
This book I feel definitely fits a much more Steadman niche market than previous endeavors. Dogs are not as universal as wine. Drawings of dogs are not going to be a lot of people’s cup of tea. Especially when most people can not agree on how tea should be served or which are the best kind of leaves. Besides the point, fans of Steadman probably do not agree on what is better; his intrinsic abstract color work or his awkward or his sensible black and white sketch work. I like the pieces that combine all his conceptualizations, techniques and styles into one cohesive image.
The Book of Dogs doesn’t have many of those, but it has plenty that a Steadman fan should appreciate. It is not the greatest choice as an introduction to Ralph though, as it doesn’t truly show off what his delicate mad mind has the ability to create. If you are a fan of Steadman, it is definitely one to add to your collection, if not, go become a fan, so you want to add it.
The US Edition of The Ralph Steadman Book of Dogs is scheduled to come out May 4, 2011 from Houghton-Mifflin Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This review is based off an Internet Galley.
Fun animation, obscure clues, unusual jokes, memorable characters have all been major factors to a quality third-person point and click adventure game. There have been few and far between in recent years of a truly funny, traditional 2-d animation type game. While the internet has a share of Flash games, there’s been nothing on the level of previous adventures. The majority of games being developed in Adventure Games Studio. The only other game with the closest of those mid 90’s games were developed by Clickshake Games and yet even those miss the mark.
While TellTale Games have been doing serious quality adventuring with their rebirth of Lucasarts’ Sam & Max and Monkey Island, along with their work on licensed work like Back to the Future it is their smaller ventures where they really shine. First was Graham Annabelle’s Puzzle Agent, developed in house, but that was followed up by picking up the distribution rights to Straandlooper Animation’s HECTOR: Badge of Courage.
I first heard of Hector on various adventure gaming sites back when it was just an iPhone app. While the price seemed right, the idea of using my finger and playing a great looking game like Hector on such a small device was totally a detriment to its enjoyment. Luckily that has all changed with a PC/MAC as well as iPad version now available. I’m still more partial to the PC/MAC though. I just don’t think gaming should go all touch just yet. There’s something about a controller/mouse/keyboard that just feels right and I see no need to re-invent the wheel. People always try to reinvent the wheel. The wheel works. You can add to it, make it funky, add concepts to it, but to re-invent it? There’s no point. That’s my opinion of course.
Let us get back to HECTOR: BADGE OF COURAGE for now, as that is the crux of this article. Everything in this game, like in most pop-culture is going to be a thing where you’ll either like it or not. There’s a definite market for everything in this game and it makes no excuses. The art reminds me a lot of Total Drama, which a very good thing. The writing is very… well, British. Not actually British though, but Irish. It’s a very raunchy, yet clever type of humor. Think South Park meets “Have You Been Served?”… or say American Dad meets Black Adder. Irreverent, unusual, and just downright “what the?” kind of jokes that also therefore becomes clues.
Here’s an example and a spoiler: Blind man needs sex doll to give you info. You put a dead junkie in a box and trade junkie for a sex doll. You assume the dead junkie will sell pretty quickly and the man behind the counter seems quite excited, even if he did trade you the floor model of the sex doll.
That is just an example of the weird and wild writing you’ll find in the game. The puzzles get crazier and more convoluted as you go along. Yet, despite the complexity it all somehow makes sense. Okay, that’s a lie, like most adventure games of yore very little makes sense. It’s funny though and if you think obscurely, you get obscureness and that in my book is a good thing.
At $10, you get great animation, hilarious adventures, wacky voice acting (all by ONE person, which is a feat in itself) and a thorough and funny walkthrough system if you’re totally lost and just want to enjoy the story like it was a cartoon instead of a game. It was actually originally conceptualized as a cartoon so I don’t really think its cheating even if the game acts like it is.
It’s a totally worthwhile pick-up for those who truly like what I’ve described here. If raunchy humor, complex and sometimes obvious yet perplexing puzzles and cutesy artwork isn’t your thing, then stay away. Actually, naw, just do it anyway… or not… whatever, pussy.
extra info: This article and opinion was based on a review copy of HECTOR, provided by Telltale for sole purposes of review and promotion. Even without the review copy I’d want it and probably beg people to give me the $10, cause I can be cheap.
I think the first thing that needs to be thrown out there is that being a Native New Yorker who won’t be returning to a hotel room nearby means my experience and enjoyment of BEA is quite different than most folks. I’m also a loner blogger. I follow other blogs, but it is not how I have made friends with people. I have both real life and internet friends in the publishing industry, but they are not through the book blogging community that seems to be a major major factor into how a lot of hanging out happens at Book Expo America.
I’m first and foremost a pop-culture enthusiast and journalist. While I love books of all kinds and have been reading since I was merely three years old, before I could even speak, my interests lie in the less traditional aspects of what a bookophile would. I’m going to make a B-Line for a major personalities’ autobiography than the latest book in #1 bestseller’s list author… unless in the case of someone like Mick Foley who has been both.
The first major tip I can tell anyone planning to attend ANY event at the Jacob Javits is sensible, strong shoes, with a good heel and actual ankle support. I’m talking even for women. Yes, I know it’s a networking event and you want to look your best and most attractive. Trust me, the kind of people who would look down on you for wearing sneakers or dress shoes are not the type of people worth conducting business with. I’ve made the mistake of wearing simple VANS to Javits, what a serious hardcore mistake. VANS may work for long walks on the flat sidewalks of New York or a plain, but Javits Center has basically an unfinished floor. No amount of carpeting changes that under that carpeting is a rocky gravel of concrete. I now have special work shoes with pivots for walking on unwieldy and “dangerous” terrain. Jacob Javits is just that. Sneakers or dress shoes… no heels, high heels, loafers, skate shoes, sandals, whatever.
On top of the shoes, dress sensibly. You want to look presentable, but you don’t want to be too cold or too hot. As a pop-culture journalist I feel I get away with nice pants and a sports jacket and still wearing some funky out there t-shirt that shows personality. I’d say most authors could get away with that. Even females… dress YOU. There’s going to be plenty of retail folks and executives and whathow in their tailored suits and and looking stuffy and uncomfortable. They have no choice. Maybe you’re one of those people too and if you are, I’m sorry, but if you’re not. Be you… I mean don’t dress up in one of Liberace’s old numbers (unless of course your book is about Liberace, then by all means), but be YOU. Three days of books for me means three days of wearing a T-shirt that will catch attention long enough to spur conversation about anything.
Try to plan, plan, plan. Make use of the Book Expo America website, do google searches. One could easily just walk into the show blind and take it from there and probably be amazed. I’ve never been able to operate this way and never will be. I’m an itinerary guy. I make note of some of the major folks who will be there, be they writers, celebrities, etc. I try and know when and where they’ll be scheduled to hopefully procure something of my interest. Be it a pamphlet, ARC, actual book or just face-time and a photograph.
Things to take note of:
The Major publishers (Penguin, Hatchette, Harper, etc.) as they usually are all bunched together in the 2500-3000 aisles. Don’t focus all your energy there, but the chances at most of what many bookies want can be found there.
Don’t spend all your time and energy there though. Smaller publishers can shock you and are many times the ones with that one book that makes you go “I am so glad I walked by that booth, I wouldn’t even known!” There are some great independent publishers and if you focus ALL your energy on the autographing sessions and big publishers you WILL miss out.
Cases in point include my meeting Melvin Van Peebles in 2009 and receiving a copy of Boardwalk Empire in 2010. These both happened at booths that were just over there, where the other booths weren’t. You’ll see plenty booths where it’s like nothing you care about, but keep your eyes open, somewhere in that crowd of “eh” is that gem!
Here’s a major tip. Don’t take everything you can get!
For those of you who don’t live in NYC you have to either mail it to yourself using one of the many methods at the Javits or bringing everything to the post office. Those of you do live here, you still need to carry all that stuff around all day and then to your home. Be it you drive in or take a subway. This year I’ve considering taking the suggestion I’ve seen elsewhere of spending the money on coat check to have a large pull away luggage piece which I periodically run to in between sessions or just to make getting home easier at the end of the day set up. Carrying totes all day around the con is fine, but at the end of the day when you’re exhausted and might actually be heading to other events, a luggage bag with wheel is much easier to pull around the city then a totes and a book bag.
Even with that, if you take every book, poster, bookmark, business card, pin, frilly you can off the floor or get handed then you have to go through all that stuff when you get home. 25% of it will be actual garbage. Do you want to carry garbage around?
Now if you care about the real Reid Harris Cooper method, well, part one would be being me. Part two would to be aware of some of the major celebrities scheduled to be at the expo.
Here’s some of the more exciting ones:
Kevin Sorbo, of Hercules and Andromeda fame and the upcoming POOLBOY, AVARICE and SAM STEELE AND THE CRYSTAL CHALICE will be autographing in promotion of his upcoming memoir TRUE STRENGTH detailing his life and career and his battling through strokes to still become the living legend he is.
Duff McKagan, guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Loaded, will be autographing in promotion of his book (which he states is not a memoir or an autobio, but is about his life), IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES
Joey Pantoliano, legendary actor of stage, film and television/activist will be autographing to promote his book ASYLUM, detailing his life, battle with alcohol and discovery of mental illness
Dr. Temple Grandin, author and expert on autism, as well as a doctor of animal science, will be signing the revised edition of her collection of essays, The Way I See It
That is just a small smattering of some of the celebrities. There are others and major authors will be there as well.
Not limited to this year, folks such as Eoin Colfer, Gena Showalter, Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Brenda Novak, John Scalzi, Roz Chast, and many many more will all be on hand. You just need to keep abreast of the autographing section and in booth autographing.
The biggest tip I can ever offer is to not get overwhelmed and to have fun. Events like Book Expo America are full of excitement. Free stuff, lines, issues, problems and just lot and lots of information. The first time or the fifth time can be a lot to handle. You will walk away feeling like you missed something and you probably did, but what’s more important is what you didn’t miss. You need to just let yourself have an experience. If you do it the way I do it and that works for you and you have an amazing time, great. Hopefully it’ll work for me. If it doesn’t work for you, I will not take blame, you did something wrong! If you go your route, hopefully that’ll work for you too.
Before I close out I really can’t tell you where to eat or what parties to go to after. Those take research as well, or keeping your ear to the grind during the con. In terms of the food aspect that really goes to what you like, how far you want to travel, etc.
One thing I can definitely suggest is to buy yourself a weekly Metrocard. Why rely on the free hotel shuttle? Also that free hotel shuttle can’t get you downtown. Sure the floors open at 9 and for those who want to go to Author Breakfasts I don’t recommend a late night. Someone like me who lives in NYC but far from Javits can’t actually do those Breakfasts. It’s impossible to get to Javits by 8:30 AM. I could get downtown quicker than I could Javits.
Besides the point, go eat Thai. Find a Thai place. Use those three days in the middle of the week like a vacation. Have Thai, Indian, Steakhouse… enjoy yourself. I know I will and that’s the most important thing I can offer you.
ADDENDUM: Two SUPER celebrities have been added to the adventure, JOHN LITHGOW and JANE LYNCH, who have both decided it was time to get their long and storied lives up to this point into a succinct print.
Any person who doesn’t appreciate the sexiness and awesomeness that is TNA Knockout Rosie Lotta Love is no friend of mine.
The major difference between the song her name is inspired by and her is, she’s very pretty.
and here she is in action against another large woman which really shows off how pretty Mary-Kate (her real name) is.
TNA has uploaded her “debut” match and follow-up angle and interview.
She wears that Teddy really well and even makes that slut make-up look good. Yay for the big woman!
This includes ARCs, Uncorrected Proofs, Promos, Special items and full versions of books.
The Enemy by Charlie Higson U.S. edition: A new twist on a zombie plague.
The Thunder and The Sunshine by Gary Hart: A full on memoir of the senator’s career and personal life and the political climate he lived in.
An Actor and A Gentleman by Louis Gossett Jr. and Phyllis Karas : A memoir of the legendary performer
Fruitcake-Heirloom Recipes and Memories of Truman Capote and Cousin Sook by Marie Rudisill (with a new foreword): The “Fruitcake Lady” of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show well known book.
The Ellis Island Experience by Ginjer Clarke with illustrations by Diego Jourdan: Half chapther, half comic book, this IDW production details the the title’s experience in an easy format for kids, but still fun for adults
The Mad Ones by Tom Folsom: Details the tale of infamous Crazy Joe Gallo and the Gallo Brothers, Kid Blast and Gary. Download Bob Dylan’s “Joey” if you haven’t heard it.
The Report by Jessica Francis Kane: Based on a report of civilian tragedy in the UK near the end of WWII, the journalist and novelist reimagines history and looks through it with new eyes.
Flip Book Preview of They Live by Jonathan Lethem and DeathWish by Christopher Sorrentino: Sean Howe came up with the idea of top writers writing mini dissections of various films. These are the first in the series called Deep Focus from Soft Skull Press.
Innocent by Scott Turow and audiobook dowload of Presumed Innocent read by Edward Herrmann: The 20 year awaited sequel and mp3 of the first book performed by the classic actor of Lost Boys, Practice, Oz and Gilmore Girls fame.
The Saga of Larten Crepsley by Darren Shan: The prequel to Cirque Du Freak.
Episode 1-Quetzalcoatl CD of Tales of Davy Jones: A very well done and entertaining fantasy audio tale, go to the website and get a free preview, top notch indie production.
Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson: The book that inspired Martin Scorsese’s upcoming HBO show.
Rick Springfield collection promotion CD for upcoming memoir Late, Late Night. (yes it has Jessie’s Girl, but also a ton of other songs and a video for his new song “Victoria’s Secret”
Information about Geronimo Silton. Mostly I was interested in the cartoon which you can see here.
The Man With The Getaway Face-A prelude to the Outfit, adapted by Darwyn Cooke: This comic comes out in July as a special promo for those not already on board with Darwyn Cooke’s Parker series. It’s an amazing little (actually big as its oversized) kick starter.
Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani: Exactly what it sounds like, a detailed listing of in the author’s opinion of the 100 top horror flicks. It has an intro from Roger Corman. The writer also co-wrote the movie Pumpkinhead, so he does know what makes horror good and bad.
Vending Machines Coined Consumerism by Christopher D. Salyers: A history and collection of vending machines from around the world and their culture. Chris makes great books.
The Last Block in Harlem by Christopher Herz : It’s hard to explain this one without just detailing the plot, but its a very New York kind of story and the author’s tale of publication is amazing.
HAUNT by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane: TPB of the first five issues of the new Horror/Superhero book from Image.
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott: A charming picture book for kids… the art is just so fantastic though that I’m keeping this for myself for now.
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein: I went to college with David and worked on a couple of things with him. This new children’s book is an adorable tale of father trying to read his child a bedtime story with much difficulty. They just happen to be chickens. The best part of the book are the various styles David uses to illustrate.
Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Cookbook: I grabbed this for my mom as she’s a fan of the series… but I think I’ll enjoy it as well purely from a cookbook standpoint. It’s got lots of fictional details from her books, but the recipes are full on real downhown stuff.
Countdown to Lockdown by Mick Foley: I’ve just finished with Cactus Jack’s latest memoir detailing his last years in the WWE through his debut in TNA and the night he fought Sting at Lockdown 2009 in a steel cage match for the world title. While the wrestling sections are wonderful, fully detailing his mindset of not continuing with the WWE for a final time to the thought process that lead to things like this…, yet those aren’t the best parts. The best sections are the truly sincere tales of his visits from charity and child sponsorship, and his true admiration for Tori Amos, they’re heartwarming and show the sensitive, real man behind the Hardcore Legend.
My Invisible World by Morasha R. Winokur: Written by the eleven year old twin sister of disabled young man with a an invisible disability, she shares her experiences of adoption, understanding her brother and helping raise and train their work dog, Chancer. It’s a remarkable tale and I look forward to exploring it more.
A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi: This thriller was recommended to me by the publisher’s rep based on what I’ve described to enjoy. It has plenty of elements that I like based on the subject matter and description, murder, deception, politics, suspence, psychology. I don’t know much more than that but I’m totally going to read this.
Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky: Picked this galley up on a whim. The plot seems quite weird, not sure how much this up my alley, but I actually want to be proven wrong. The description details that a bad girl becomes a nanny and takes advantage of her childhood friend, stealing the husband, kidnapping the kid and running off to Paris. Could be amazing, I really don’t know.
The Brave by Nicholas Evans: This is the new book from the guy who wrote the obscenely popular and lauded The Horse Whisperer. I never read that, but my mom did and loved it, so I grabbed this galley as they were giving them out like surplus in promotion. This new one seemed to involve some cowboy murder in the 50’s tying into a murder investigation that the young man in the 50’s son is the suspect for.
Great House by Nicole Krauss: I can’t seem to find a good site for Nicole, be it personal or publisher. Anyways, I grabbed this galley for my mom as well. The desciption definitely is intriguing. With the basis of desks and the history of different desks she weaves the stories of three different lives in a form of short story and full length prose combined.
Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle: The writer of “I Love You, Beth Cooper” follows up with something even more insane and crazy. In an alternate universe where all those B-Movie monsters were real, they also had kids. Now those kids are at an age where it’s time to go to Highschool. Enter J!m, son of the alien who almost destroyed Earth, Johnny the Radioactive Biker Ape and Jelly, a gelatinous mass. This is is the second of three books I was really excited to get my hands on early, read, devour and then pimp the hell out of. I haven’t read it yet, but by god… I will and I plan to love the hell out of it.
Pariah by Bob Fingerman: Here’s book three that I was really excited about. I’m not sure how many times I’ll talk about how much I loved Bob’s barely seen BOTTOMFEEDER. Maybe a hundred thousand times. This book is zombies, which he has tackled before in comics very well. A great story he came up with got re-adapted for Dark Horse’s Zombie World. I hate zombies, but in the right hands I love them. In Bob’s hands I expect not to just love them, but lust them. Okay wait, that makes no sense. Anyways, one of the nice surprises for the book is that it has some spot illios. Bob is an amazing artist on top of his writing, so it only adds to the awesomeness.
Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield: The second book from the writer of “Love is a Mix Tape” and one of Rolling Stone’s contributing editors follows much of the same style as his first. Each chapter is based on upon associating memory by song. Mixtape was about his love and loss of his wife, Talking seems to be more about the young man who became to become a respected music writer.
Vordak the Incomprehensible- How to Grow Up and Rule the World: This crazy little comedy book was written by Scott Seegert and has cartoony illustrations by an artist named John Martin throughout. I’m not sure how to explain this one. It’s half fake autobop/fake guidebook/all comic book parody. It’s different for sure.
PLANET Stories-STEPPE by Piers Anthony: Planet Stories reprints many stories that first appeared in magazines like Analog, Science Fiction & Fantasy, etc., etc. They also reprinted and published an unseen Gary Gygax story.Steppe was expanded and published as a 200 plus page novel, but this is the original shorter version. It’s a cool project and I’d love to get more of their stuff.
Goop Soup by David Lubar : This is the third Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie book. I’m not familiar with this series, but the cover by Adam McCauley called to me. Being a children’s series I expect it to be very easy to leap into and catch up. I still hate zombies, but if they’re funny, that always helps. (the only zombie film I like is Return of the Living Dead, O’Bannon’s humor riff with full frontal nudity!)
How Did I Get Here? by Tony Hawk: This is only a sampler of the 272 page book by the pro skater, but with a career over 25 years old at only 43, I’m sure the man has some great stories and advice.
Flotsam by David Wiesner: This might just be one of the most gorgeous picture books I’ve ever seen. Told completely in images Wiesner draws amazing scenes of sealife while telling a simple tale of discovery. This is an amazing book.
Alex and the Ironic Gentleman & Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate by Adrienne Kress: This looks/reads like an excellent series of exciting kids, ships, dragons, pirates and more. Lots of the kind of stuff that add up to amazement. The author also happens to be a smoking hot sexy. It’s a good thing she pursues an acting career as well, cause she’s too pretty to not be on camera or stage. Yes, I’m serious. I mean, I’m betting her book series is awesome, it’s published by Weinstein of all publishers, but she’s really attractive.
The Devil’s Rooming House by M. William Phelps: A heavily researched account of early 1900’s serial killer Amy Archer-Gilligan. Phelps is one of the foremost crime experts so I’ll find it fascinating to read the facts behind this brutal point in history. I’ve found books that explore these people who find murder as a first resort than a last one fascinating. I don’t understand how they go there and purely from understanding the human psyche as a writer, actor and severely amateur anthropologist it continues to be something I try to know more about.
Rex Riders by J.P. Carlson, illustrations by J. Calafiore: I can’t seem to find a website on this at all. I know it’s available for Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. J. Calafiore drew some amazing stuff for this cowboys ride dinosaurs tale. There’s way more to it then simply dinosaurs and cowboys and great art, but to me that’s enough of a sell. Once I’ve read it I’ll have way more to say I’m sure.
The Dread Crew by Kate Inglis, illustrations by Sydney Smith: The art attracted me to this right away, Smith is amazing… but I love anything pirates and I love that pirates are something that can still be alive in this time of zombies and sexy vampires and whatever else is going on. This is by some Canadians and as Canada offers some of my favorite TV, maybe they’ll offer up some of my favorite writings too. They offer up some of my favorite comix people already.
Trying to remember the day in full order with ALL its happenings would be impossible, but I’ll mention that the first thing I did was go to see Louis Gossett Jr. and procure his memoir, An Actor and A Gentleman, and a photo.
I took a quick detour and decided I’d go and get a few things in between, so I got myself former Senator Gary Hart’s new book, The Thunder and the Sunshine and a few other items along the way like Debbie Macomber’s cook book, a BLAD for Matthew Reinhart’s DC Superheroes book, etc.
Next up was Rick Springfield. Rick has a book called LATE, LATE NIGHT coming out in October. They didn’t have Galleys, but they had a special CD with some of his biggest hits and I got a fab pic.
I followed that up with seeing my old college friend David Ezra Stein, meeting Charlie Higson, running around like mad, seeing Adri and the crew at Mark Batty, getting stuff, talking to Eric Shanower and then Ron Marz, running around more, saying hello to Martha Cooper, bumping into Bob Fingerman, seeing other friends and acquaintainces, through circumstance getting to meet Martin Kove after missing his performance, meeting L.A. Banks and then talking to Todd McFarlane and then a bunch of just walking the floor till closing to see what I could discover that would blow me away.
First up was Larry Doyle, who let me know that the script for “Go, Mutants!” was now in draft 2. I’m looking forward to reading the book, but the premise alone really makes me hope the movie happens. I grabbed a couple of unplanned things, but then rushed across the hall to wait in line for Tony Hawk.
That line was really long and intense, but I had nice conversations while waiting and I got a free Tony Hawk lid out of it and this shot.
After Tony Hawk I actually ended up having a lot of time to kill till Mick Foley so I walked around a lot and got some really cool items actually (haul list coming soon). It was fun just walking around seeing and exploring. I didn’t take photos though… book expos are pretty boring.
Right before Mick Foley I saw a drawing of a kid cowboy on a dinosaur that really caught my eye. Turns of the drawing was by J. Calafiore, one of the comic artists I happen to like a lot. I ended up talking to him and the writer, J.P. Carlson of the book that the image was for a bunch. It’s called Rex Riders.
Then I was smart to run over at 2 PM for the 2:30 signing of Foley cause right after I got on line it got huge! It was good seeing Mick again for the 4th time. He’s as awesome as ever and I’m already on page 90 of the book.
I had more time to kill after Foley and getting my last main book of the day PARIAH by Bob Fingerman. So I went and grabbed myself a GLEE shirt, spoke to Keith R.A. DeCandido for a bit, got disappointed to find out Garth Ennis didn’t make it to the show, got more books and headed over.
Afterwards I had enough, it was time to reorganize and head downtown to Deitch for the Beyond The Street book signing. In my reorganizing I somehow left a bag at Jacob Javits, none of my books were in it, but my glasses were. Luckily Javits have the bag!
The signing was a spirited affair with many of the artists featured in the book there, so tons of signatures. The main surprises of the night were Mr. Brainwash AKA Thierry Guetta with an appearance despite not being in the book and Morgan Spurlock who happens to be a big streetart lover and a friend of Ron English’s.
Soon I was beat and could take no more and rain was coming. With 22 books including the 12 inch tall, 5 pound Beyond The Street I headed home.
On Friday, May 21st I got myself a preview of the Welling Court Mural Project. Welling Court is a physical block in Astoria, Queens… the actual mural project encompasses sections of the wall covering Welling, 30th and Main.
I met up with my buddy Matt and was pleased to see Alice out there as well, also Cern was working and Lady Pink, Cycle, Sofia Maldonado, Celso, Pablo Powers, Cey, Mr. Keijii and a few others were getting their work done.
The next day Matt picked me up so we could head over to Welling to finish up and take in the party. He brought his kids with him which was a nice and enjoyable surprise and made the day so much better. Folks like Tristan Eaton, Michael DeFeo, VENG, and Stormie Mills were out working along with the crew from yesterday. Lots of energy and amazing art was happening.
The whole thing ended up with a huge block party with food and dancing and music. By 9 o’clock I was beat, Matt was beat, the kids were out…so it was time to call an end to everything… but boy was it fun while it lasted. For my own memories I wanna send magical love out to Alison & Garrison and Bogart. Without them, none of it would be possible and an amazing amount of love to the entire community of Welling Court/surrounding area.
To see more photos go check out the flickr set