Thursday, November 29, 2007

11/29 show

Tonight (LIVE! ) on "The Comic Book Novice" Radio show, Join Hassan, Belkis and yours truly as we interview Comic Book Writer Rich Bernatovich (
9pm est
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


So here's something that I was thinking about the other day. It actually came to me at an I-con . I was attending a Panel featuring Peter David (my favorite writer) and the subject was about favorite comic book movie and why.
Now that honor (at the time) went to "League of Extraordany Gentlemen" (for reasons I'll go into another time. But as the discussion progressed, it occurred to me that it's just not the movie that makes it a great movie, but the circumstanes around that initial viewing that affects the enjoyment of a paticular movie.
For example. a bad day can make an ok movie really crappy, and vice versa. Also age is a factor. I was taklking to a guy and he was telling me that as a kid, he loved "Surf Ninjas". then when he say it the other day, he said it was "so sucky" and can't believe that he loved that movie.
the final straw of my discovery was that really a bad (or good) movie is subjective. No matter how many people like (or hate) a movie what really matters is what YOU think. Sure it's hard to defend a movie that "everyone else" says is bad, or trash a movie which (for some crazy reason) "the masses" deem great. But it's how you felt (or still feel) after watching that movie.
So for me, My top 3 comic book moveis are:
Sin City

Thursday, November 22, 2007

11/22 Thanksgiving day show

Tonight (LIVE!) on "The Comic Book Novice" Radio Show, Join Me, Mark Torres on Thanksgiving day as I talk about the last Big Apple Con ( If you were there, call in and share your story! 9pm EST
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007


So I made it back from the Big Apple Con and while I was sitting there, I noticed some of my neighbors setting up their tables. It reminded me of when I did my first convention and all the things that I should have brought with me but didn't. So here is a brief list of things that one should always bring to a con (if you are setting up a table that is). Keep in mind that some things may not apply to you depending on what kind of table you are having

First you should bring your own tablecloth. Even if you are provided one, you may not like the color/type of cloth.

Tape. More specifically artists (or painters) tape. This is the kind that you can use on almost any surface and when you peel it off at the end of the show, it leaves no mark. Regular tape can (and usually does) damage the paint on the walls. Need to stick up a banner, or hold something down to your table (or tablecloth)? Bring a roll of tape.

A pen. It amazng how often one needs a pen. (and dont forget a small pad to write down stuff on!)

Index cards/post-its. Once again something to write stuff down on. But these items can serve a dual purpose. You can write on these things and then place them on (or near) items you want to sell, or maybe just have information for passer-bys.

One plastic bag. Yep, it's good to have a bag set aside for garbage. The one you get shopping at a grocery store. That way you wont have a mess under the table and you wont have to constantly get up to throw out stuff. Also, a second bag for free stuff. If you plan to network and/or walk around, you'll need something to put all your free stuff in.

Change. If you plan to sell something, it's good to have about $20.00 in singles. Sometimes you can lose a sale if you don't have the correct change.

Buisness card/post card/fliers. Basically something that has your info on it that you can give away to people.

A friend. Man I have to tell you, sitting with someone at a table is waaaay better than if you are there by yourself. Not only do you have someone to talk to, but it gives you the ability to leave your table and have someone watch your stuff. Also comes in handy when packing/unpacking your table.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

11/15 giveaway show

Tonight (LIVE! ) on "The Comic Book Novice" radio show, Join Belkis and yours truly as we go for round two interviewing Everett Soares Creator of Sky Pirates. If that's not all, We will be giving away FREE passes to the Big Apple Con ( ) all night. So listen, and call in! 9pm EST

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Up next

I mentioned last time about the changes that are coming to the site and the events that I'm planning to keep this little company going. The next big thing on our calendar is The National Big Apple Con This convention in New York that has been a mainstay for many years and this particular convention (16-18) is going to be his biggest yet.

The thing for me is that I plan to go to the SDCC in 2008 and because of certain finances that were promised have not arrived, I'm going to have to really work on a shoe string budget to make sure that I'm still going to be able to have my book ready for the SDCC AND make it to the con as well.

Normally, the Big Apple Con is something that alot of people take for granted and the past few turnouts have been thin. But this time it is expected to be huge as Mike Carbanaro (the company's head) has pulled out all the stops in making it THE convention to go to. So we are now expecting high numbers. So many, that I am worried that I might be under prepared. It's the same feeling that I'm getting when I think about the SDCC and that is oh-so many months away. I didn't really make anything "new" for this convention (once again a cost issue) and any experiments that I decide to do will have to wait for the SDCC (because to me really that will be my BIG push). So if you are in NYC (or close enough to travel) stop by our table, meet the very attractive Belkis (she does not have a face for radio!), see me and support us!

And on our 11/15 radio show we will be giving away passes to the Big Apple Con for FREE!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

11/8 show

Tonight (live) on "The Comic Book Novice" radio program, Join Hassan, Belkis, and yours truly as we interview Shawnti Therrien (with Matt Ryan) from 9pm est

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007


The ad is out. Wizard issue #194. My ad, is on page 99. It looks pretty good. I was concerned about the text size of certain things, but it worked out fine. This was a big play. They say the bigger the risk, the greater the gain. So I'm taking a risk here. An ad ain't cheap, and hopefully this will make a return on my investment. it's only 30ish days of advertisement, but it should go through a lot of hands during that time.
The site should be changing in the next few weeks to better receive the traffic that hopefully will come my way.
so in the next month while issue 194 is floating around, I'll know where I stand for the next year.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

11/1 radio show

Tonight (LIVE) on "The Comic Book Novice" radio program, Join Belkis, Hassan and yours truly as we discuss the movie "30 Days of night" starring John Hartnett (40 Days 40 nights). That's alot of time! as usual, this will be a free flowing discussion and spoilers may flow.

In addition to that, we will be giving away FREE 3-day passes to the Wizardworld Texas convention
9pm est