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New_146I’m not sure why, but sketches of Superman vs. Doctor Doom have been popping up in my sketchbooks for decades.


Alf! Thank you Paul Fusco!

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Special Maddie edition of autograph log! We watch Alf every afternoon during dinner and she decided to send him a letter. Look what she got back! She was SO excited!!

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Lake Effect Comicon 2014!

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Last year  took Maddie to her first comicon….this one. I wanted to see if she’d like it and perhaps she’d talk it up a bit to her sister Lydia who would have to wait until the following year. Maddie took to the convention scene and has accompanied me to Akron Comicon as well, now it was Lydia’s turn.

Lake Effect is a great con to start out a kid on. It’s small, friendly and free, but has a full con experience with screenings, panels, comic professionals, New_100_5771game tournaments and a good dealers room.

I wasn’t sure how Lydia would like it. Maddie enjoys superheros and monsters far more than her sister, very much Daddys girl, while Lydia is growing up more of a lady like her mother (and that’s a good thing). But she had asked me for a Wonder Woman costume a while back and I created one I really liked for her. She dove in and984093_10152103817681478_6271077514251689320_n before we even mad it into the theatre, we’d already been stopped for pictures three times.

Transor Z was recognized even less here than at FCBD. Not that surprising I suppose. Lake Effect draws a younger crowd and really, if you don’t know the Mazinger series, you automatically associate him with one of the later series he helped inspire, like Transformers or Voltron.

We started off our day with a screening of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. The girls didn’t quite make it through though. Don Knotts was freaking Maddie out, so we hit the artist alley. A quick stop over at Marc Sumerak’s table so the girls could get some comic’s signed (He recently wrote a book for the Elyria Comic Book Initiative and they received them in school). Down the line Lydia had a lot of fun trying to capture Bob Ingersol.

New_IMG_0506The costume contest grows bigger each year. I lost to a spartan and he really deserved that win. All of the kids in teh under 13 constest won, which was nice. Lydia loved it. Ther was a great Star Wars robot in the 13-18 that won and the stunning Harley Quinn that my girls posed with won the Women’s!

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New_IMG_0525The Heroclix tournament was across the street in the Mall. Separate location, though technically still part of the con, so we walked, costumes an all through JC Penny’s and over to the comic shop to say hello to Sam, Jim and Eric. The girls were fascinated by the pieces and we took a walk through the store. They immediately found the Godzilla toys then went back out to watch the game.

Back to the convention to shop. Lydia found a perler beaded Wonder Woman logo and an Iceman figure. I was curious why she wanted the Iceman, I mean, they have played him in the X-Men vs Street Fighter game, but she never showed any real interest in him as a character. I figured it out later. He squirts water. She loves it.

New_IMG_0533The girls ended the day in the theater’s arcade. Both had a lot of fun an Lydia can’t wait for her next con.

For the most part, I experienced this convention through the eyes of my girls, and that’s fine. It’s actually an advantage because If I’d gone on my own, I might have been a little disappointed.

I’ve always said Lake Effect is a great place for deals. All the vendors bring their excess inventory to dump. I can usually find a bunch of .25 cent bins.  This time around there were two .50 cent boxes and that was it. (That’s not the cons fault really, and they always have some great vendors). The action figures were really good prices though. One of my friends walked away with a cratefull  for about $30.  I still loaded up on comics, scring 18 titles with some great silver age Avengers and a couple of All Star Squadron, not to mention some Iron Spider! The girls got to find some things too, and Lydia loves her purchases. The film selection was a little lacking this year as well. Little shop of Horrors (the original), some Faulty Towers and the aforementioned Ghost and Mr. Chicken. In the past they’ve done some interesting Anime, Big Trouble in Little China, Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein and Spirited Away.  You can see why I wasn’t real thrilled with the screenings. However, with both girls in tow, I don’t think I would have made any of the movies even if they had better ones.

The Heroclix being separate was a bit of a pain, and next year, we probably won’t make the trip over. Finally, the guest list was okay, but no one I haven’t seen before. It’s disapointing, but not unexpected. It’s still a small show, but I watch it grow every year. I wouldn’t be surprised if in time it grew to the proportions of Akron Comicon. I do enjoy this convention and will be back next year.

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Lake Effect this Weekend!

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Hey guys! I’ll be at the 5th Annual Lake Effect Comicon this Sunday afternoon! This is a small con, but they try hard. There will be panels, lots of bargains in the dealers room and videos running on one of the movie screens all day (I see Faulty Towers and Little Shop of Horrors listed – I’m interested in seeing “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”). I’m planning on wearing my Mazanger costume one more time before I put it away for the summer, and expect to be accompined by a small Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman! Admission is free! See you there!

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By the way, don’t forget, new Violent Blue today!

 


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Glow comics

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I mentioned in the past that Last year, my Church attempted something different. Instead of a full blown VBS in the summer we went with what we called a “Kids Revival” In the fall, a way to wrap up the “Heros of the Bible” series we had been doing in Sunday School. instead of handing out flyers for this event however, I created a small comics with all of our information on the back! We went melodramatic and had the last page a full shot of the hero telling the kids to show up for the program so they could hear how he became a hero….here are the pages!

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And don’t forget, new Violent Blue tomorrow!


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The Fast and the Furious

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I mean the original is typical Corman exploitation featuring no one special, but just look at this description from IMDB :

The Fast and the Furious (1955) A man wrongly imprisoned for murder breaks out of jail. He wants to clear his name, but with the police pursuing him, he’s forced to take a beautiful young woman, driving a fast sports car, hostage and slip into a cross-border sports car race to try to make it to Mexico before the police get him

It’s not  a ring of thieves driving Hondas, but it is cops chasing the fugitive in sports cars…..

except the cars aren’t really that sporty….and it looks like they were under cranking  the camera to make them look like they were going fast…..still it’s a trip.  I still see these in the dollar bins and dollar stores. If you spot one, pick it up for the camp value alone.

 


OSS Zombie Walk

My friend Laverne noticed I was hitting the OSS zombie walk and asked “I thought you already did this?”

New_100_5745It’s easy to see why she was confused….in the last few weeks we’ve had zombie walk at the 5 O’Clock and Night of the Living Dead at the Apollo.

OSS is one of the oldest zombies walks in the Cleveland area, and these days it’s held at Mahalls on Madison in Lakewood. It always draws a big crowd and this year they added some extras such as the screening of night of the living Dead in the basement and the Zombie prom a little later on.

Maddie asked if she could be someone from the Walking Dead, but didn’t really want to wear much makeup…so we made her Lizzie. My wife asked Maddie “Please promise me to not grow up and become a serial killer.”

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I wanted to try something different too. I’ve been wanting to do a skinless Frank from Hellraiser for a couple of years, but the one time I tried it the makeup didn’t turn out very well. I decided to try again…and do it better, with good bones and a new bald cap.

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I’m very pleased with how it came out…except EVERYONE recognized me! I ran into Ryan and Halle spotted me before I even got into the Bowling Alley.

“Got here just in time!” Ryan told me “I’m just about to start this walk!”

Inside Jason and Tina caught me as well and knew me immediately.

New_100_5717How is everyone recognizing me in this makeup?”

“Three years at Wasteland, of course I’m going to recognize you!” Jason replied.

I had to grab a photo of Zombie cap, and he told me “Put this on my facebook!”

“Okay, what’s your name?”

“It’s me, Mark!” I felt like such a putz not recognizing him…but apparently most people were fooled.

Before the walk, WB reps came out and handed out posters then took photos of zombies holding them up to promote the movie. Maddie even got a frisbee! (And was amazingly excited about that….)

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It was a good walk, a lot of the zombies were getting into character, rushing the people watching on porches, chasing pedestrians and occasionally New_100_5746getting into skirmishes with the zombie hunters. Maddie loved watching the zombies run and fight.  It may have been the most fun she’s had at one of these.

Afterwards, it was downstairs at the bowling alley for Night of the Living Dead on 16mm film. Maddie made it thorough about half of it, then needed a break. We went upstairs and since we WERE in a bowling alley, we got a lane. There’s something surreal about watching a skinless man bowl….

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A good night for a good cause, with the canned goods and money going to the Cleveland food bank. I think I may need a break for zombies for a short while though. That’s okay, we’ve got Lake Effect Comicon this weekend, and new Violent Blue all week!

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