Comic – Michael Jantze’s Knocked Out Loaded Crowdfunding.


I don’t do crowd funding that often. I have had mostly bad experiences with them.

Projects that are ready to go into production suddenly taking a year to wrap up…

Projects that underestimate shipping so the skimp and mail poorly so product arrives damaged…

and other assorted issues.

Needless to say, I find myself hesitant to trust the people running them at this point.

If I do back one, it is because I have complete faith in the people running it.

Such is the case with Michael Jantze’s Knocked out Loaded.

The Norm was and is still even in its absence my favorite comic strip and Mr. Jantze is one of the nicest and most professional people in the industry that I have ever met.

I will be supporting this Campaign and looking forward to receiving my hard copy to see on the shelf next to all of my other Norm books!


DSC_3345A number of years ago I tabled at my first comic convention. At that convention was also a man by the name of Michael Jantze.

I was a major fan of Mr. Jantze’s comic The Norm and was very excited when I saw him there. At the convention he was taking pre-orders for his book The Norm in Color.

I of course wanted a copy so I took one of the pre-order forms and asked if he had a pen I could use to fill it out. Mr. Jantze handed me his 08 Micron pen and I proceded to place my order.

That night at home I realized that I had walked away with his pen. I thought that was pretty cool, but my wife, being a far more honest and noble person then I, asked “But what if that was his

all time favorite LUCKY pen? What if it had special meaning to him?”.

So I emailed him to see if it was special to him.

Turned out to him it was just a Micron 08 pen. Who would have though?

To me thought, it is something special… It is the pen I got from one my top five creators.

I ended up being uber-fanboyish and framed to hang above my work area…

That was my encounter with Michael Jantze.


Comics – Meeting Don Rosa

521416_364830380245985_440320274_nAnyone who knows me knows I am a major fan of Uncle Scrooge McDuck, well all cartoon and comic Ducks but Scrooge is my favorite. So a couple of years back when I got to table at a convention sitting right next to Don Rosa I was ecstatic.  Suffering from a major case of being star struck I did not manage to talk to him as much as I would have liked to, but I did manage to get our picture taken together! Couple years later when he came to the convention again I was able to get him to sign a copy of the photo for me!

TOMD – Mighty Muggs Thanos

logodsc_00131 Thanos Mighty Mugg
By Hasbro Toys

Hasbro created the Thanos Mighty Mugg as a comic shop exclusive available thru the Previews catalog from Diamond Distributers. Thanos was shipped along with another exclusive Mighty Mugg of the Red Skull.

I know a lot of people dont like the Mighty Muggs. They think that they are just trying to cash in on the vinyl toy craze, but man that is why I do like them! They are producing characters that I love at a price point that I can afford.

I have never been a really big fan of the Marvel Cosmic books. Until this past summer when I was so bored with everything else in comics at the moment that I decided to read The full Annihilation saga start to finish. I quickly found myself totally caught up in the story and really getting into the character of Thanos.

bigtSome of the Mighty Muggs do lack in production value, like say the Silver Surfer, but Thanos is not one of them. Hasbro did a good job of capturing the image of Thanos on to the Figure.

And 12 I just love!

And here are the 12 covers that are just big favorites of mine…

Here they are:

12favesHoward the Duck #12
Hulk #1
Fantastic Four #49
Fantastic Four #72
Kamandi #1
Star Wars #15
Uncanny X-Men #141
Uncanny X-Men #264
Uncanny X-Men #268
Uncanny X-Men #274
Uncanny X-Men #277
X-Factor #1