Friday, March 27, 2015

WALKING THE WALK

I just made a very painful decision. Because the governor of Indiana and its state legislature have come down on the side of bigotry and discrimination, I cancelled what would have been my first convention appearance in that state in a decade or three. Sometimes a writer has to walk the walk.

I will have more to say on this in the near future.

Monday, March 23, 2015

TONY'S TIPS #100

This week in TONY'S TIPS...

My 100th column for Tales of Wonder is all about the Batman.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TONY'S TIPS #99

This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...Flash Gordon and his pals at Dynamite, Loki Agent of Asgard, Silver Surfer!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

THE COMPLETE FUNKY WINKERBEAN VOLUME 4

Just published:

The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 4: 1981-1983 by Tom Batiuk [Black Squirrel Press; $45]. With a foreword by Stan Lee, this handsome hardcover book collects three more years of the Funky Winkerbean newspaper comic strip, both dailies and Sundays. As regular readers of this column will recall, Batiuk is my friend, neighbor and occasional employer. But, long before I met Tom, I was a big fan of this strip. I'm looking forward to rereading these strips and, of course, I recommend this volume to you as well.

ISBN 978-1-60635-229-8

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TONY'S TIPS #98

This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...Silk, Manga Dogs, Afterlife with Archie. I really loathe one of the above. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

CONVENTIONAL THINKING

Where’s Tony? He could be coming to a convention, library, school or store near you.

Sometime next week, I’ll be sitting down and going over the various invitations I’ve received to be a convention guest, to give talks at libraries and schools, to do signings at comic-book shops and to appear at other events. The plan is for me to make two appearances a month, commencing in April. I’m staying home in March to handle various matters and make as certain as humanly possible that I will be able to fulfill all my future commitments.

If you’ve contacted me in the past about a 2015 appearance, please contact me again to confirm your interest. If you haven’t contacted me, you should do that sooner rather than later. Those two monthly spots could get filled quickly.

My minimum requirements for most appearances are hotel and travel expenses, some sort of per diem for meals and a table where I can sign Isabella-written stuff and sell various items from my famous Vast Accumulation of Stuff. There are occasions when I will charge an appearance or speaking fee, but those occasions have been rare and are likely to remain so.

If you’re interested in having me appear at your convention, store, library, school or event, e-mail me as soon as possible. I’ll get back to you within a day or three.

Once an agreement for me to appear is in place, I’ll promote said appearance in all the online venues available to me and at my other appearances. Given time to prepare, I’m always happy to appear on convention panels or host them. In a pinch, and if it’s a subject that truly engages me, I can jump on a panel with as little as two hours notice. I’ve ridden in a lot of rodeos.

I can’t guarantee that my presence at your event will sell enough tickets to cover the cost of bringing me to the event. What I can guarantee is that I will do everything I can to make sure the fans who attend your event enjoy whatever time they spend with me. I’m fun that way.

That’s all for now. My full-size and nigh-daily bloggy things will be back very soon.

© 2015 Tony Isabella

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TONY'S TIPS #97

This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Doctor Solar Man of the Atom and Classic Hot Rods!