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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Here are a few pictures from the Event . . .
Playboy Playmate Cathy St. George and Myself
Our Table at the Con
Dave Nestler's "Bored of Education" - Cover for Next Book
Darth? Is That You?
Lights on the Town
The Con Hotel
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Sunday, December 04, 2005
I have recently entered into an agreement with Pickle Press to be the live model for their upcoming comic Kerry Connelly in Salem, AZ. Frankly, I am flattered because the character in my eyes resembles Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft format.
It's about a six-shooting witch in the old west and it combines different genres: spaghetti westerns, sorcery, sci-fi, horror, and a little cheesecake too. The main character is Kerry Connelly, who enjoys using her magic and Colt .45 revolver to protect the town her ancestors founded when they escaped from the Salem witch trials and fled to Arizona.
Paul Schultz's blog, the illustrator for "Salem, AZ."
The first storyline is slated for two issues.The plot revolves around an abandoned coal mine full of vicious mole men who worship a giant gem that they use to hypnotize their captured human slaves and keep them in a zombie-like trance. The villains of the story are a sadistic doctor of psychology, Dr. Archak, and his band of escaped mental patients.
The first issue is 40 pages, and the second issue will be at least 24 interior pages. The plan is to have the first issue completed before August 2006 so it can be submitted to some key comic book companies at the Wizard World Chicago convention.
The author, Nik Havert from Nappanee, Indiana, has been writing some kind of fiction since he was about twelve years old. He started out with a story about talking animals at a zoo and has since gone on to self-publish comic books about women in love with superheroes, vampires running rampant in Chicago, vice-loving medieval mercenaries, and an EPA agent who is somehow still alive after being shot in the head and dumped into a lake.
Nik writes because, as he likes to say, "I have to get all these ideas out of my head so I can have room for more." He has three journals and a bulging folder full of story ideas, and he gets more every week. His future plans include publishing a horror comic book anthology entitled Mysterious Mansion, which will be a big salute to Bronze Age horror comics, self-publishing a novel of some of his short stories, and self-publishing this wild spaghetti western comic book, Salem, AZ.
Paul Schultz, the illustrator for "Salem, AZ," says, "I've been drawing since I could hold a crayon and I've been into comic books since before I could read, so sooner or later the two obsessions were bound to collide. Nik and I crossed paths about two years ago and have been working closely together ever since. "Salem, AZ," for instance, is what happens when two men take a five hour roadtrip through the no-man's-land between Nappanee, IN and Columbus, OH."
In the end, Paul says, "I'm also working on a few of my own projects as well as dabbling in painting thanks to the encouragement of my wife Barbi, a painter in her own right. I've dallied in short stories and played around with novel writing, but, sooner or later, come back to comic books. My wife and children, who are the reasons for everything I do."
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
If you have ever listened to a group of hunters talk about their famous hunts or their, "This one time," stories, you've noticed that most of them begin with, "It was just getting dark..." or, "It just started to snow..." or, "It was just getting light out."
Mine didn't start out that way.
It was going to be a hunt that I almost quit as it not only began with a little bit of a late start but when I reached my stand, the strap to pull back my bowstring snapped and I had to run back out of the woods to get another strap. On my way back into the woods, the sun was already breaking and I spooked a deer. I thought I ruined my chances.
Once I finally settled in my treestand, two bucks about 80 yards out headed toward each other, one coming in from each side. They met each other and headed along my right side but they were too far for a shot.
Awhile later, a large doe came down from the slashings about 125 yards out and headed south up near the trail. I grunted but after she failed to respond, I bleated a few times and she came in. She sauntered in about 40 yards and I waited for her to take one more step out from beyond the trees. Suddenly she was spooked and took off back toward the slashings. I set my bow down and sighed.
Twenty minutes later a doe walked in my direction and stood within 30 yards of my stand. However, she was too small to shoot so I just watched her circle around for a while and let her pass.
I had seen four deer at this point, more in one day than I have seen any other day all season. I was sure that my luck was going to run out if it hadn't already.
Not more than 15 minutes later, a buck was headed toward my stand to the left. He came within 50 yards of my stand behind some trees and brush and then began to meander back up the slope to my rear left.
He was about 60 yards out when I grunted. He stopped in his tracks. He looked around and then started up the slope again. He reached 70 yards and I grunted again but he kept going. I grunted once more, now 80 yards out, and he stopped once again in his tracks. He circled back and ran from behind me to ahead of me on the left side.
I grunted. He moved closer.
I grunted. He moved closer, now 60 yards.
I grunted. He moved closer, now 40 yards.
I drew my bow and waited. There he was, 25 yards away directly facing me, staring me down as I pointed my bow at him. He snorted trying to get me to respond in some way. He stomped his foot thinking I would somehow move and he would discover my identity. We stared at each for what seemed an eternity. He turned broadside and I took my shot.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
You heard it right, the man said no.
And it doesn't matter if you are walking in the same suiteholder hallway as him . . . If you find Jim Brown passing you by, don't bother to ask for the man's autograph. He'll just say no.
So you were the number one draft pick in 1957. So you were were the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1965. So you were the second-youngest player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame at age 35 (behind Gayle Sayers, who was inducted at age 34). So you have some pretty impressive stats and set some records, for the Cleveland Browns especially. And who cares if a Cleveland Browns throwback jersey with your name on it still sells online for $125.00.
I'll tell you who used to care.
I'll tell you who used to watch reruns of you running the field.
I'll tell you who even bought 2 of your rookie cards just this past year.
And with that Mr. Jim Brown, let me just tell you this: You were not surrounded by a bunch of street fans that would keep you for hours and hours signing every article of clothing they brought with them; You were walking through the halls of the suiteholders.
And it wasn't as if you were walking through Pittsburgh stadium. You were in Cleveland, the city where you are admired by many because you hold the Browns' record for the most combined net yards, most career yards rushing, most points in one season, career touchdowns, most consecutive games scoring a touchdown and most 1,000-yard seasons.
Your fans have cheered you on for years and this is your gratitude? Your appreciation for stardom? My mistake for not appreciating that you are a self made man and the fans mean nothing to you unless they attend a paid autograph signing. And if that isn't the truth, you certainly have a way of implying it directly to their face.
Have a nice day, Mr. Brown. I'll be sure to tell little Johnny he'll need to save up his allowance in order to get you to sign your rookie card he already paid a hundred dollars for.
The first touchdown of the game was amazing to watch from the stands. If the Browns could only have this sort of fancy footwork and teamwork in every game, at least once during the game, I would guarantee more crazy half-naked fans freezing in cold weather, more positive support from Cleveland sportsfans, and possibly less talk about the arm ability of Cleveland sportsfans to throw bottles. Reuben Droughns, #33 DB, dodged all incoming traffic and sweved around every obstacle.
Maybe Phil Dawson, #4 K, should have borrowed one of Droughns legs before he attempted and missed the extra point. Followed by a no wind, no rain, no snow 30 yd punt in the 4th quarter. He must have had breakfast that morning with Kyle Richardson as Richardson was nearly out of bounds and his punting skills were not impressive this week.
In the second quarter, full back Terrelle Smith, #42, scored the second touchdown of the game. Dawson tried again with success and picked up the extra point for the Browns.
Another awesome play included Charlie Frye as he runs, stumbles, regains control and just before he was sacked, manages to throw the ball to Braylon Edwards, #17 WR, to make the Browns' first down in the 4th quarter. Granted, I would have loved to have seen more of Northcutt, #86 WR, on the field besides his 30 yd punt return, but Edwards started and made a significant impact in the game.
Distraught could be seen on Nick Saban's face, Head Coach of the Dolphins. Was he counting the number of incomplete passes thrown by Gus Frerotte, #11 QB? Or was he rehashing the fumbles of Marty Booker, #86 WR, and Randy McMichael, #81 TE, in his mind?
Or maybe he was wondering why in the world Reuben Droughns, #34 RB, remained in the game during the 4th quarter when the scoreboard read 0 Dolphins, 22 Browns? Looking for a stellar play or not, he should have been pulled to avoid injury.
So although the Browns and the Dolphins entered the stadium with the same record and majority vote choosing the Dolphins to win, Cleveland barked its way to a shutout, 22/0.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
On a chilly Sunday afternoon at The Art Factory in Akron, Ohio, I met with artist Dave Nestler, photographer and owner of The Art Factory Bruce Gates, and TV producer Ronnie James. While Dave choreographed and Bruce worked his magic with the camera, we collected the shots needed for Dave’s upcoming painting, "Bored of Education."
Dave, a global leader in pinup art, will be exhibiting the finished 25 x 30 canvas for the first time at the Mid-Ohio-Con in Columbus, Ohio on November 26th and 27th. The book will be released to the public and available for purchase Summer 2006. Look for me on the cover.
See me there signing pictures and prints along with Playboy Playmates Destiny Davis, Angela Malini, Kathy St. George and Internet model Jasmine Grey. Admission tickets to the convention are available for $20.00/one day pass or $30.00/two day pass.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
The International Boxing Triad took place on Thursday, October 6th, at the Woolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Here are a few pictures from the matches and the legendary Boom Boom Mancini.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
So it is hunting season again . . .
Archery, Oct. 1-Jan. 31
Early muzzleloader Oct. 24-29
Gun, Nov. 28-Dec. 4
Statewide muzzleloader, Dec. 27-30.
Youth season: Nov. 19-20 for 17 and younger with supervision
from a non-hunting adult.
An Ohio hunting license (resident, $19, youth or senior, $10, non-resident $125) is needed, along with a special deer permit ($24 adult, $12 youth, senior) or urban deer permit ($15).
Dates: Shotgun season is Oct. 8-23;
Archery-Oct. 24-Nov. 27.
The fall season is open only in designated counties in southeast Ohio and Ashtabula, Trumbull and Geauga counties in northeast Ohio.
Youth season: Hunters have to wait until spring for a special turkey season.
An Ohio hunting license (resident, $19, youth or senior, $10, non-resident $125) is needed, along with a special turkey permit ($24 adult, $12 youth, senior).
(I'm not a waterfowl hunter, but here is the schedule and fees)
The North Zone duck season is Oct. 15-Dec. 4 and Dec. 24-Jan. 1.
The Lake Erie Goose Zone season is Oct. 15-31 and Dec. 10-Jan. 1.
The North Zone Goose Season is Oct. 15-Nov. 27 and Dec. 17-Jan. 1.
Youth season: The special Youth Waterfowl Hunt for hunters 15 and under is Saturday and Sunday. Ducks, geese, coots and mergansers are permitted. Youth hunters must be supervised by a non-hunting adult.
An Ohio hunting license (resident, $19, youth or senior, $10, non-resident $125) is needed, along with Ohio ($15) and federal ($15) waterfowl stamps.
Friday, September 30, 2005
I am sure he is completely harmless. However, I have changed up my route a bit so I can never be given a reason to think he is anything other than harmless.
I also noticed a woman in a black Ford Taurus that also passes by me at about the same time each morning probably on her way to work. Not that I have not thought about it before, but it made me realize even more that we put ourselves in harms way by maintaining the same schedule, driving the same routes, and being habitual in our behaviors. Wrongdoers consider habitual people easy victims.
- Do Not Be Predictable. Change up the days you go to the gym, where you park your car in the parking lot at work, the time you take out the garbage at night, and even take the elevator one day and the stairs the next.
- Understand Your Surroundings. Pay attention to what is happening around you or what could take place. Be prepared to drop your belongings if you need to defend yourself. Be alert to the alleys you pass or trees up ahead that can block you vision or hide perpetrators behind them. Plan one step ahead as you walk along, asking yourself, “What would I do and where would I go if someone attacked me at this very moment?” Understand that just because you have made it to your car or inside it, does not mean you are out of harms way. Did it ever cross your mind that someone who was really out to get you could wait underneath your car and grab or slash your ankle as you tried to put your belongings inside? Or worse yet, have already broken into your car to hide in the backseat?
- Gut Feelings. If you feel uncomfortable or have a false sense of security, remove yourself from the situation. It is always better to be safe than sorry. As they say, if it is too good to be true then it probably is? If it does not seem right then it probably isn’t.
- All By Myself. Each one of us cannot afford a personal escort or expect another person to always stay by our side. However, you can make the effort to walk through illuminated areas, walk with colleagues, and take the most direct route to your destination.
- Confidence as Demotivation. If you look like you know where you are going and are not in the mood to let anyone get in your way, an attacker might fend for an easier, less confident target. Look at your watch as if you are late and someone is expecting you; walk briskly with your shoulders back and do not make eye contact with passers-by. Talk to yourself if you need to but never lose sight of your surroundings.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
All this even after the cameras declared in the play before, Ginn was down before he released the ball and the Buckeyes were given another shot to win the game, Buckeyes 22, Longhorns 23.
I can't speak for the rest of the Buckeye fans, but what exactly was Tressel thinking when he put Zwick back in the game? Was there something I missed? Did Smith "play enough" for one night and Tressel thought it was time for Zwick to jump back into the light? If it's not broken, don't fix it. Or you might end up with a fumble in the fourth quarter that costs you a game.
A game that has been a hundred plus years in the making.
But are either Zwick or Tressel completely to blame? I'm afraid not. Zwick could have used some help from his teammates yesterday in his second (and hopefully last) start of the season. The first play of the game Ginn dropped a pass and Gonzalez repeated this fancy step with messy hands on the third play. On the Buckeyes' fourth play, Texas' defensive line shift forced Zwick to hesitate and take a delay-of-game penalty.
All I can with sadness in my voice is that Ohio State has never lost a night game in Columbus and hasn't lost at home outside the Big 10 since 1990. Until last night.
We'll see if the rematch tickets for next year's game in Austin, Texas are still selling for $1,500.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
TE David Thomas (Texas) has 12 career touchdown receptions. And freshman or not, RB Jamaal Charles ran with 135 yards in the Texas opener.
Texas has no fear when it comes to large crowds and big stadiums as proven with their track record of victories in 21 of 22 of their last games at opponents' home games.
The Buckeyes have won 22 of their last 23 home games and is 33-4 all time against the Big 12. But does this boost their confidence? Are previous stats enough to crush the motivation of the Longhorns? I'm hoping so, but probably not.
But Tressel has been challenged before and brought home the championship to the masses of Buckeye fans. Regardless if it is just the beginning of the season, the Buckeyes need to win this game.
Monday, May 16, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
1. Falling in love.
2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
3. A hot shower.
4. No lines at the supermarket.
5. A special glance.
6. Getting mail from someone you like.
7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
12. A bubble bath.
14. A good conversation.
15. The beach.
16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.
17. Laughing at yourself.
18. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
19. Running through sprinklers.
20. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
21. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
22. Laughing at an inside joke.
24. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
25. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
26. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).
27. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
28. Playing with a new puppy.
29. Having someone play with your hair.
30. Sweet dreams.
31. Hot chocolate.
32. Road trips with friends.
33. Swinging on swings.
34. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
35. Making chocolate chip cookies.
36. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
37. Holding hands with someone you care about.
38. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good > or bad) never change.
39. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you.
40. Watching the sunrise.
41. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
42. Knowing that somebody misses you.
43. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.
44. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.
45. Making a mess without worrying about the time it will take you to clean it up.