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Happy Christmans and Merry New Year!


A Christmas Story

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1425796_675027932541633_1816864993_nYou know, the Christmas Story is really more my wife’s thing, but that’s okay. She helps put it in perspective for me. Sometimes you need someone else to help you realize why something is cool.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the film and here in Cleveland we love it because parts of it were shot here. I’ve been to the house before, in particular to meet Ian Patrella (Randy, the little brother) but this year the people who run the house and museum decided o throw a small convention. It was scattered around town unfortunately and that made it a little hard to find at times. I hit the cast meet and greet over at the renaissance hotel in Public square and got my poster all marked up. I’d sent it to Peter Billinglsly (Ralphie, the main character) several years ago and he’d signed it through the mail. Ian had already autographed it as well. But there were still some fun cast members there including the evil elf from the Santa visit, the bullies and Ralphie’s friend Flick (who got his tongue stuck to the flagpole). I was especially excited to meet Zack Ward, the bully 1425796_675027939208299_1096394837_nFarkus because he also has a small part in “Freddy vs. Jason”. He was charming, funny and extremely friendly.

Last weekend, they were screening the film in Cleveland. There were showings at both the Capitol and at the Cedar Lee. The Capitol is always my preferred venue because it’s closer and parking is free. It’s also a nice theatre. It’s not the palace, but it tries. The Cedar Lee is a bit of a dive (that’s not a bad thing by the way. You expect theatre that show Rocky Horror, or art and foreign films to be a little grimey!)

Usually I hit these theatres alone. Amy isn’t into a lot of the kinds of movies that they show at these places…but this time I packed her up and we headed out for a morning screening of A Christmas Story! $5.00 tickets and about a half full house.  The snow was keeping some people away I think. It’s also possibly that it just wasn’t promoted enough. I’m not sure.

1463000_682566698454423_600504286_nThere’s a reason I like going to the theatre to see films…even ones I’ve already seen. It’s a wonderful collective experience and you always see things on the big screen that you miss at home. Like this for instance. Randy falls asleep amid a mass of presents….one of which IS A FRANKENSTEIN MASK! Who gets a Frankenstein mask for Christmas??? You know… besides me….

We hope it’ll show somewhere next year so we can take the kids, and perhaps make this a part of our Christmas traditions just like tomorrow when we watch it play for 24 hours on TV!

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And a quick reminder, we’ll be taking this week off for Christmas, not only here at Argo City, but also over at Violent Blue. There’ll be some “lost” strips up for the vacation week, and regular comics and blogging will resume after the new year!

Christmas party at Carol and John’s


Got the girls ready for the Christmas party by watching Santa Claus vs. the Martians! Then we loaded up and hit the party!

The girls got photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, loaded up thier plates at the snack bar and put in thier raffle tickets for comics with custom covers. Maddie wanted the one with Ivy and Harly, and Lydia decided she wanted a Spidey comic with a kind of racy image of MJ on the cover – I really hope we don’t win that one actually (my wife will never believe that was Lyds and not me).

I think my favorite moment came early in the night though when Maddie ran over  to the toys and seized a figure of the Governor’s daughter and was in love. You may remember the Governor’s daughter was a zombie….then she found the comics while we were in line.

All in all we had a good night, the girls had fun and came away with some new books of thier own. Maddie loved her DC kids sampler and Lydia was thrilled to find a Scooby Doo book! I was just happy to hang out with the Pop! club and my daughters.

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This year, as we head into the Christmas Season, we’re going to do a Christmas video every Thursday from when my girls were younger. Hopefully this will become a Christmas tradition!

And don’t forget, there new Violent Blue up tomorrow!


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Maddie BannerMaddie wanted a special game for the party. She wanted to do “Pin-The-Tail-on-The-PONY”, and because Daddy can draw anything she asked me to make it up for her. I told her that was fine but she would have to color it, then asked which pony she wanted. She asked for Princess Celestia.

Here it is, about two feet by two and a half, colored by Maddie!


Flag map

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I just want to take a moment to point this out. Violent Blue by it’s very nature as a webcomic was always potentially international.

I had no idea it would reach as many places as it has in the last four years. Every state in the US, almost every province in Canada and fully 79 countries.

For some reason it’s especially popular in Denmark.

One of the things that keeps me going is checking out this map from time to time, and today I thought I’d share it with you. Thanks so much to all of my readers, both local, and abroad!

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essentialPosting the best strips from the series, in order from the beginning.

Every Wednesday and Friday