Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tonight's show

Tonight on "The Comic Book Novice" radio show, Hassan, Pete and I (along with the new gal Jess) will be talking about The graphic novel (or trade paperback) vs. publishing a monthly comic. Feel free to give us your thoughts! 9pm est after you listen in leave any comments here!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

This is now

I was just thinking over the weekend how things have changed. I was remembering how I had given myself 6 months to see if this endeavor would be feasible. Last time I really didn't give myself a time line, I just went for it sink or swim.

I sank.


But I didn't drown. I took what i had learned and waited "until things were "as good as they were going to get" before trying this again.

So here we are. Before I didn't have a web site, I do now. Before I was focusing on money coming in, this time i am focusing on marketing, promotion. Last time I used to have difficulty booking guests or getting the show ready before Thursday, now I am weeks (and in some cases) months ahead. Before I had little or no help from people on the show (Except Jennifer, she really was behind me on this), now Hassan has stepped up to the plate and Peter (who replaced Todd, for those of you who remember) is now a big part of the show. I now have contacts and made business relationships that I didn't have before. Things look like they are going in the right direction.

With Jennifer leaving the show, i will not have her unique perspective that she brought to the show. Jess will do fine, but she wont be there all the time.

So if you see us at a convention with new faces, and new stuff to promote/give away/sell and wonder (hopefully in a positive way) "what happened to them?" Just remember that was then, this is now.....

10/21/08 update: I swam a little longer this time. I think I actually have stuff to show for it. My comic is being published, and who knows, the radio show may come back one day.....

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Tonight's show

Tonight on the radio show, our call in guest will be James Rodriguez from Nova Star Studios, Dreamchilde Press, and C.A.G. (the comic artist's guild). Listen to the show and post your thoughts/comments here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Captain America Dies (again)

Many of you don't know that I am waaay behind on my comic book reading. So while at my "day job" I take the time and read as many comics as I can. Some I can't read because I am missing some issues, and I like to get the whole story. But I have so much to read that really isn't an (pardon the pun) an issue.

Anyways...I just finished reading Marvel Comic's "Last Man Standing", "Last Planet Standing", and "A-Next" second series. It was an uneven tale, by Tom DeFalco, but still a good read if you want to know the whole story. In it, Captain America died and gets turned into a star by Thor. This series of books are set in the M2 Universe which (at one point in time) was supposed to be the "official" future of the Marvel Universe set (about (10 years ahead). Seeing as how I still haven't read "Civil War" or "Captain America" issue 25, It was a weird feeling to see him die even tho he was just killed. I wonder if that lessened the effect of the story.....

10/21/08 update: Death in comics have seem to lost it's meaning to me. You know they are going to come back. Since comics (at least now-a-days) are less...fluid, you can always go back and tell more stories about a character who has died without brining them back. So I say if you kill them off. Keep them dead.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Tonight's show

Tonight we introduce Jessica Ferrera as part of the group, and we review the movie 300! Seen it? Give us a call, and after the show, leave your comments here! 9pm est

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A different shade of pink

Starting this week on "The Comic book Novice" I am going to slowly (and I mean slowly) start to phase Jennifer (our woman on the street) out to make room for a new gal. As it stands right now, doing temporary duties (on a spotty basis) is Jessica Ferrera (from Terminal Press). Jess was a guest during our first run of the show, and she called in to support her hubby Brian when Terminal Press was a guest on our show a few weeks ago.
Jennifer is unique and irreplaceable, but she is going to attend college and continue to pursue her career. She will still be filling in from time to time until we get a permanent new girl.
Both Jennifer and Jess will be on this weeks show sort of as a passing of the torch.
This reminds me to actually put up Jennifer's profile (or at least get our web master to do it) on the site.

10/21/08 update: I never got around to explaining the title of this paticular blog. As I have said many many times, I am a HUGE Power Ranger fan. When Amy Jo Johnson (the original pink power ranger) left the show, she was replaced by a new pink ranger (Catherine Sullivan). The episode title? A Different Shade of Pink.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Special show tonight

OK, the news is out. Captain America is dead.

I had a show planned about the movie 23 starring Jim Carrey for tonight. So I am extending the show to an hour (tonight only) and we will be talking about both the movie 23 and the impact on "deaths" to the comic book industry. After you hear the show, leave your comments here...

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


Well, just by a day, but if I am to be complaining about others, then I have to lead by example. That being said, I still have a huge pain in my tooth (which is part of a second root canal that I will be getting). If you remember (and shame on you if you don't) I had missed the first episode of "The Comic Book Novice" because of dental work. That work is still on going.


While I had many ideas on what to write about yesterday, since I just received an e-mail from an FM station, I think that is what I'll talk about today.

As you all know, my show airs on the radio via an AM frequency. Now there is nothing wrong about AM, but you get that "oh" look when after saying you have a radio show, then following it up with "it's on 1240 AM". But I'm starting to get used to that. Now I just got contacted by am FM station, Granted it would be the same deal as I have with WGBB, but I think it would give me a little more clout. Obviously more people are listening to the show, or (at very least) know of my show than the first time around. But I think it would be easier to get some advertisers with and FM flag to wave in front of them.

On the other hand, the station is much further out in Long Island, and being an FM station, I'm sure the rates and overall way things work over there will be higher (which may or may not work to my benefit). So for right now I think I'll take a peek into this and see what they have to offer.

Best case scenario would be that the FM show pays for the AM show, and I'll have two different shows on the air at the same time. I can see the slogan now:

"The Comic Book Novice" two shows, two stations, same team......

10/21/08 update: Yeah, It just wasn't in the cards for that FM show. As it turned out, the internet was where most of my listeners were tuning in. So I feel that sticking with WGBB was the better choice.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Tonight's show

Tonight on "The Comic Book Novice" radio show we will be discussing the New York Comic Con. If you have any comments about the con, call in, or leave your thoughts right here after the show