Baltimore Comic Con Prize Pack

I did not make it to Baltimore Comic Con. I would have loved to have gone, but it is a long way off and well with a new baby on the way that kind of money just is not there to be thrown around.

One of the reasons I would have loved to have gone was because of the 2013 Baltimore Comic Con Yearbook they were putting out. It was to feature a series of artist doing their take of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo. That was ok though, I found out my wife’s cousin was going to be there and she agreed to pick me up a copy if I sent her the money…

Then it happened. The wife’s car needed some repairs and all the extra money went the way of the Dodo. So I had to tell Katie “thanks for being willing, but is not in the budget anymore…”

So flash forward a couple weeks and the postman drops a box off at our house with all of this inside…

IMG_20130921_213131Not only did Katie pick me up a copy of the book, but a bunch of other goodies to go with it!!!

An Sketch of Usagi and Autograph by Stan Sakai inside the front cover.
An Sketch of Usagi and Autograph by Stan Sakai inside the front cover.

Autographs of all artist who contributed to the book attending the BCC. (28 in all) . Rich Woodall and Jason Copland shown.
Autographs of all artist who contributed to the book attending the BCC. (28 in all) . Rich Woodall and Jason Copland shown.
Original Sketch by Don Rosa!!!
Original Sketch by Don Rosa!!!


Comics – Favorite Stories

Recently on Facebook a friend of mine posted that his son had asked what his top ten favorite comic book stories where. When I saw the post my brain automatically kicked in and I had to make a list of my own!

The Rule I made was I had to list the first ten storylines that I could remember really liking. Logic being that the ones I thought of first would be the ones that I had liked the most…

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This was the first major cross-over storyline I read and collected in a comic. I had been collecting old issues for a while but had just started picking up X-FACTOR after finding out that it was spun out of the last issue of New Defenders. Really dug the story. It was the underdogs and against the evil in a expanded story (Nine issues total, three each from New Mutants,X-Factor and Uncanny X-Men). It was a good story with a strong start and end. Something that is missing in the crossovers of today where the story idea is forced into every title from the publisher no matter if it works or not.
Batman Eartquake in Gotham storyline– Cataclysm, Aftershock, No Man’s Land

I always love disaster movies… so how could I not love disaster comics? I loved this era of Batman comics, but thought it sadly took a dive right after and was many years before it came back…
uy8_lgWolverine : Old Man Logan

End of the world story… What more needs to be said?
DC: New Frontier

Darwyn Cooke.
Annihilation and Annihilation : Conquest

DNA make the Marvel Cosmic books cool.
Batman: Contagion

A Batman Virus story. I love reading about virology. I love virus stories…


Jeff Smiths epic tale.  I love Epic Tales and this is one that ranks with the best.
Kingdom Come

I have to admit this one makes the list mainly for the art.

Usagi Yojimbo – GrassCutter

It was hard picking just one Usagi Story. While they are all epic, this one makes the top as one of my favorites.

Mage – Hero Discovered/Defined

Seems most of the stories that made my list are Epic Tales. Mage, a retelling of the Arthur myth is another one. Parts one and two of a trilogy , I like many Matt Wagner fans await the final volume of this tale.
Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

One of the best epic stories ever told. Detailing the life of Scrooge McDuck this tale combines Don Rosa’s Masterful art with his ability to tale wonderful and funny tales.



League of Extraordinary Bloggers – I have a Dream…


The theme this week  (like most weeks… 🙂 ) is very open.


I have a dream…

I love this shot of all three of my girls ThinkingMy core dream has already come true, even back in High School I dreamed of having a happy family with a couple kids… and I have that! I have a wonderful wife who I am about to celebrate being married to for ten years (and having been friends for almost 20!) and two gorgeous daughters. This photo is almost two years old so the two girls are much bigger now, but it is still one of my favorite photos of the three of them!

So I guess in fairness I should list my secondary dream.

As far back as first grade when I saw first saw Star Wars I remember wanting to tell a story of my own. Back then all that really entailed was retelling the movie the best I could in my first grader handwriting with new names for all the roles.


I have had tons of ideas over the years, have multiple notebooks and sketchbooks filled with ideas, outlines, and sketches… I have never been able to make something come together into one solid idea though. My greatest inspiration and influence in this quest to create the EPIC story are Stan Sakai and Jeff Smith. I would nothing more then to tell a story of such grand scale as Usagi Yojimbo or Bone.


I love the idea of Epic Chivalric romance stories. Where there is the hero going on a quest, his teacher… and so forth.

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So that is my dream… to write and illustrate and epic tale.

A story my children could read and enjoy.

Post Script: Quick little look at one of the ideas out of my idea book…

A lot of my early notes involve writing a Chivalric romance story that takes place in an Insane Asylum. This is a story that I would love to tell, because I was told I could not. In my 12th grade Literature class the teacher had a question on a test asking which setting a Chivalric romance tale could not be set in. He list a number of choices as well as “all of the above” and “none of the above”. I choose none, and got it wrong… I argued my case that you could meet all the standards of a Chivalric romance with the setting but he stood his ground and would not change his mind… I have always dreamed of doing that story and send good old Mr. G. off a copy of it.

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