Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Here's something I didn't realize till half way through this or I can't dance

Ever lost a day? Well, I did. I thought today was Tuesday. I got up and I was like I have so much to write about lets get to it. While writing, I turned on the TV and it said today was Wednesday. Now here is something that (might be) interesting. A little background if you will. My week usually works like this. Thursday-show, Friday-upload show to ftp (then my webmaster gets it) sleep late, Saturday thru Monday-Work at other job, Tuesday-blog, Wednesday-follow up/do stuff I didn't do. For the past few weeks, I have had Monday off. So I got an extra day to be at home. This week, got called in, so it felt like Monday was Sunday, and Tuesday was Monday. Now I didn't see any clues that it was Tuesday, When I watch TV ('cept for Judge Judy and The Price is Right (daytime version)) it's on tape. By sheer coincidence, I was watching shows that normally air on Monday (just a few months ago). So no clues there. Normally I try to catch the news (live, not on tape) but I was doing other things and I missed it, so no help there. So I figure I have to stop typing and go up to put this little note it.

We now return you to the regularly scheduled blog already in progress

Yes, I can't dance (well). I mean EVERYONE can "dance" (just move to the music). But dance like an average person? Not me. There are many things I can't do. yet the things I can do I think I do them quite well. In "Married....with Children" (one of my all time fav TV shows) there was one episode where Al told Kelly "don't try to do everything, find one thing and then do it better than anyone" (not sure if that was the exact quote). At any rate it was good advice. Many years later, I was talking to my favorite comic book writer Peter David and I asked him what was he best known for. He went on an to an extensive list of things that he is known for because he is known to many groups (Kids, Sci-fi guys, Star Trek guys, Comic guys). I said "wow, that's a lot of things" and he said "Jack of all trades, master of none". A few years after that, I was reading one of those books by the "Rich dad, Poor dad" guy (don't remember the name right now) and it said (once again not sure of the exact quote) "don't do everything yourself, if you need to do something you are not an expert on, surround yourself with those who are". So I see it as this. I can't run and maintain a website, get a webmaster. I am shy at times when meeting new people, hang out with those who are very outgoing. I can't do interviews, look good on camera, take photos, look for sponsors, edit video, hand out fliers, run a table all at the same time, but I can manage things, I can lead, I can keep a show moving. Sure it's not easy, and I can always do better, but while I can't dance, We sure as hell can move to the music!

Friday, April 25, 2008

How odd

For those of you that read this (and are privvy to my inner thoughts) you might have noticed that something was missing yesterday. You also may have noticed that I am posting on a Friday! Well, it seems that I goofed. Not the first time and it sure as hell won't be the last. On Thursdays, I have a simple ritual. I hit all the forums and social networking sites and post about the upcoming show. Then I head out to the station (sometimes leaving early to run some errands). At any rate, for some reason I didn't post here. Not that's it's an earth shattering event, nor that those who read this blog don't know I host a live show on Thursdays, but I like things to work a certain way. I could just go back and act like I did post on time, but hey, I thought why not talk about it. After all, that is what a blog is, a web log. So I am logging about my goof. At least I still have a 99.9% success rate on posting on Tuesdays!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Fight, The Con, and the Pope

So it's Tuesday! That means I get to tell everyone about my "week". For me the week starts on Thursday (because it's the day of the show). Anyway, after the show, I attended a special screening of "The Forbidden Kingdom". For those of you who don't know, that is the Jackie Chan/Jet Li martial arts epic. What can I say but the fight was great! The rest of the movie...not so much. It was..decent, and while 85% of the movie was by the numbers, there was one or two things that made me think that SOMEONE was thinking while making this movie.
During that time (of the show) our very own Belkis was attending the Stan Lee VIP event. As you can see from our main page, she snagged a photo with him. I was hoping for an interview, but he didn't stay that long at the event.
Friday, I went to the NYCC (actually, I went all three days). It was great. I got to meet up with alot of my contacts, made a few new ones and did a slew of audio and (Belkis did) video interviews (which are being uploaded to the site as I type this). I got to meet the head of the NYCC Lance Fensterman (he did the show for those of you who don't remember) and he was the coolest guy. I have to say that He does look VERY young, but handled everything like the pro he is. He said he was stressed, but he sure didn't show it.
The costumes were light (in comparison to the I-con a few weeks back) but were still plenty to see. My fave was these two hot chicks in a scantly clad version of Batman and Robin (never had my camera with me in the 4 times I saw them). I got to see Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris (who were cool enough to take a few minutes to sign stuff). I saw Stan Lee in the flesh (walked right by me) and a life-sized Hulk statue (which was awesome). Saturday night was the CAG awards party and I had a great time. I even recorded the entire event (which will be uploaded to the site soon). Oh, and there was the "free area" which was just for press, and professionals. It had free popcorn, soda, water, and (wait for it) air. That's wight they had an oxygen bar!
Now for my gripes (you know they had to come). First off, I was supposed to attend a press only Stan Lee panel which I missed (stupid me read the e-mail wrong). I had planed to meet (previous guest) Bill Baker (who I just couldn't find), and the thing that really got on my nerves were my co-hosts. As I have mentioned in the past these guys are working for free, and are taking time out of their lives for me, so really, who am I to complain? But, I asked both of them to bring and wear the CBN shirt so people can know who they are with. Belkis said that she read my text message wrong (and had planned to bring it until she got that message), and Hassan said that I should have told him before. Now it's not like I just sprung on the fact that the con was last weekend, they knew well in advance what I wanted. Maybe it's true what they say about surrounding yourself with people who will lift you up instead of dragging you down. "What's the big deal? It's just a shirt" you might say. Here's the thing. Yes, it IS just a shirt. So if I ask everyone to wear it, why aren't they? These things aren't free. and it is a sign of "not-caring-ness". Why do the job half-@$$ed? Obviously you are here for me, but also yourselves. When I'm at a job (a paying job) and they want such and such, sometimes I don't give 100% that's because I HAVE to be there. But these guys (supposedly WANT to be here). It's not all bad, they did help out by taking photos and doing the interviews so, it's not like they didn't do any work, and that I am not grateful (cause I am).
Oh, and the Pope was in the city!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

April 17 show

Tonight (April 17, 2008) Live! on "The Comic Book Novice" radio program Join me, Mark Torres and Hassan Godwin as we interview Keith Gleason, John Cimino and Michael Hopta
from Hero Envy (

Not in New York? Not a problem, we have live audio streaming online at

9pm Eastern Standard Time

Missed a show? Archives @

Now in our second consecutive year!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Good news, bad news and TAXES!

As most Americans (since I know that other countries listen to my show) know, today is the final day to do your taxes in the USA. It's a big deal because (by my guesstimate) 40% of us haven't filed yet (yours truly being one of them!). But that is just the tip of the iceberg!

Cause I have REAL news. The week is the NYCC (duh) and because of which, I am getting a press pass to get in (all common knowledge). Because of said pass, I get to be on the list of press attending the event and because of that, people contact me for interviews!

Now for the bad news, I had to turn down an interview with (Mr. X-Files himself) Chris Carter. Seems they wanted to promote the panel he is doing at the con (on Friday) and wanted us to do an interview before hand. It was just too short of a notice and the fact that we had a guest on for this Thursday (and that it would have had to have been a pre-recorded interview) I had to say sorry, can't help you. It is the biggest interview we never had.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

4/10/08 show

Tonight (April 10, 2008) Live! on "The Comic Book Novice" radio program Join me, Mark Torres and Hassan Godwin as we talk about the I-con ( If you were there, feel free to call in and share your story.

In addition to that, we are giving away another set of free 3-day passes to the New York Comic-con ( Tune in for details.

Not in New York? Not a problem, we have live audio streaming online at

9pm Eastern Standard Time

Missed a show? Archives @

Now in our second consecutive year!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I-conic trip?

While we will be talking about it on this week's show, I wanted to leave my thoughts on the I-con here first.

I have been going to I-con (off and on) for about 10 years. And I can tell that it has changed much over the years. The biggest thing I noticed is the rising price, the expansion of the over all con (after all, it uses the entire Stonybrook campus), the sheer number of costumes, and the decline of the "big" names. What makes up for it is that the "regulars" are always entertaining. Not for nothing some of the regulars are big names, but I find that even if Jim Lee was to come to a con for 10 years straight, it gets kinda dull.

As for content, You got your "new" movies such as "I am legend" and the old/"why am I wasting my time movies" such as "Journey to the Planet of Prehistoric Women". You got your gaming (video, Live-action role play, and card), sci-fi and literature stuff. I'm into the comics gaming (not so much) and the Movie and TV stars. Even tho there was plenty of things to do, there wasn't enough for me to do to warant me to go for the whole weekend, so I only went on Saturday.

For me, it was all about Peter David, Dwayne McDuffie, and Erine Hudson. Altho I didn't see Peter David, I had a great time on two Dwayne McDuffie panels, and I even got to interview him as well as Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson. Both audio interviews are already on the main site.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

4/3/08 show

Tonight (4/3/08) Live! on "The Comic Book Novice" radio program Join me, Mark Torres, Hassan Godwin and Belkis as we interview Cory J. Herndon (

In addition to that, we are giving away another set of free 3-day passes to the New York Comic-con ( Tune in for details.

Also free weekend passes to the I-con ( Call in to win.

Not in New York? Not a problem, we have live audio streaming online at

9pm Eastern Standard Time

Missed a show? Archives @

Now in our second consecutive year!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


So it turns out that Marvel Comics has approached me to write a sequel to the What if..? vol 2 #114 Which picks up right after the story left off (for those of you who don't know) the issue tells the tale of what would have happened if the Marvel Superheroes has stayed on the Secret wars world 25 years later.

We just got major funding! DC comics, along with Sony pictures have decided to become lifetime sponsors of "The Comic Book Novice" which means that we will be on every weekday night for one hour shows!

And...Superstar artist Al Rio, has agreed to re-pencil "The Chosen Few" (my comic which is due out in July) for a back end deal (meaning that he does the work for free to get a percentage of the profits).

Wait, I think I did that wrong....