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Free Comic Book Day: Hazel’s Heroes Haul

Kelsey and I popped into Hazel’s Heroes this afternoon because a) Free Comic Book Day, and b) Sean and Stephanie Forney were there, and it’s all of three miles from my house. (Hey: Before I forget – Sean’s running a Kickstarter for his Scarlet Huntress Anthology, and it’s packing a bunch of cool stuff at pretty much all the backer levels, for both individuals and comic shop owners. Try as I might, I can’t get the video to embed, but it’s really worth checking out.)

Here’s what I brought home from the store:

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Four freebies on the right, and two purchases. That July 1983 Comics Scene is full of good stuff I’m going to scan and share, and I bought the Star Trek IV adaptation for Kelsey. (Could I have said no? Sure, but then it would have been double dumbass on me.)

 

May 4, 2013 Posted by | 1980s, Film, geek, Ohio | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free Comic Book Day

Despite an overcast afternoon – and, in fact, a brief period of really light sprinkling – Free Comic Book Day over at The Toys Time Forgot was fun. Met and hung out with some awfully nice people from the Little Hollywood Ohio film community and SuperHero 101,  picked up the FCBD “Owly & Friends” issue (for Kelsey, of course!), and sold a couple copies of Collect All 21.

And hey, any opportunity to wander among shelves of old Atari, Activision and Imagic video game cartridges, comic-and-cartoon-and-movie-scene-laden drinking glasses (Collect Them All!), and racks of 1980s action figures – well, that’s time well spent.

Besides, I also got to set up shop next to this life-sized fantastically-detailed replica of the B9 robot from “Lost in Space.”

Danger, Will Robinson!

Photo courtesy of my OSWCC friend Ryan Meister.

May 1, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, Current Affairs, eighties, geek, Ohio, science fiction | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t forget Free Comic Book Day is Saturday!

Saturday’s weather forecast looks iffy, but  FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is still on over at The Toys Time Forgot in Canal Fulton, Ohio, so rain or not – come over and get free comics from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What free comics, you ask? Look, here’s the whole list of possibilities – and not every shop is going to have them all – but any day is a good day to visit this place anyway. I’ve seen a lot of stores carrying old toys, but never anyplace that has such a ridiculously cool load of “holy-crap-I-forgot-they-even-MADE-this” stuff in addition to the high-profile toy lines like Star Wars and G.I. Joe and Transformers and Sea Wee- um, never mind. Here’s a peek, though it barely hints at the wonders within.

There may or may not be some cool movie and TV vehicles on hand, depending on the weather, but I can tell you this much: Darth Vader and a stormtrooper lackey or two are likely to show, and I’ll be there helping nostalgify things with copies of Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek.

You want I should draw you a map? Here –

Mappity mapping, mappily.

Easy to find. Tough to leave empty-handed. Click to embiggen.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, 1990s, Books, Current Affairs, eighties, Film, geek, Ohio, science fiction, Travel | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Road trips, readings, cons and prose

My calendar checked itself out this morning and honestly seemed a little surprised: “You know,” it said, “I don’t look half-bad the next eight weekends.”

“Don’t sell yourself short,” I said. “Four of those weekends look fantastic.” I did my best Peter Venkman (which isn’t very good) and added, “I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it! Let’s do it!”

First, there’s this coming weekend, which begins for me on Thursday with a road trip to kick off PAX East, and while there’s no direct Collect All 21! tie-in, the topic of growing up on Star Wars and sharing it with the next generation seems awfully likely to come up on the GeekDad panel (Friday night – 7 p.m.!) which I’m lucky enough to be a part of. To say nothing of the rest of the weekend. Can you tell I’m a wee bit thrilled about all this?

Then I’ve got three weekends off to get ready for April 23-25 and the Pittsburgh Comicon, where I’m doing two panels thanks to the members of the Science Fiction Alliance of Pittsburgh: First up is a Collect All 21! presentation/reading, Super Deluxe Special But-Han-Still-Shoots-First Extended Edition, and that’s followed by a publishing panel which also includes my friend and Deus Ex Comica author Adam Besenyodi, and writer Paul Anderson, too.

Bonus Points: Adam went to last fall’s Pittsburgh con and met Stan Lee, so for me, the incredible thing about this edition of the con is that Roy Thomas is going to be there – and while I didn’t grow up a comic-book addict, I most certainly did read and re-read and re-re-read the early-run Marvel Star Wars comics. (And I don’t care what anybody says, Roy, JAXXON RULES!)

The weekend after that includes Saturday, May 1, which is Free Comic Book Day, and I should be spending the day alongside Stormtroopers and the Batmobile and a bunch of other pop-culture coolness at The Toys Time Forgot in Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Finally, on May 15 I’ll be at the Fairlawn-Bath branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with a 1 p.m. presentation, Memories of an Empire: Reminiscing and Readings from Collect All 21!

So, to sum up: Eight weeks. Four weekends of gaming, comics, toys and Star Wars. I like those numbers.

March 23, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, Books, Current Affairs, eighties, Film, Games, geek, Ohio, science fiction, Travel, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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