Thursday, May 19, 2022


There will be no VAST ACCUMULATION OF STUFF COMIC AND POP CULTURE GARAGE SALE on Friday, May 20. I also had to cancel my appearance at my dear friend Teddy Hanes’ BUFFALO COMIC BOOK FANCON on Sunday, May 22. I announced these cancellations online yesterday, but, due to my uncertain Facebook connections, I had to get them out without a lot of nuance.

A member of my family has Covid. This was someone I spent a lot of time with recently, so, even though I tested negative, I felt the prudent course of action was to exercise caution and cancel both my garage sale and my appearance at the Buffalo event.

There were a couple of other problems as well. My clearly not 100% right knee and leg were inflamed by all the bumpy riding around I did in a rented jeep on our family vacation in the Virgin Islands. I’m going to take it easy for the next few days in the hopes this condition will improve. It seems to be working.

The other problem was that “Tina Fe,” my beloved Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, was not going be back from the repair shop before next week. It was struck by an Uber on the evening of the Cleveland Guardians home opener. The latest estimate is I’ll get it back sometime next week. If it had not been for the Covid and leg stuff, I could have rented something for the Buffalo event. But, honestly, since I was making the trip solo, I wasn’t really comfortable making said trip in an unfamiliar vehicle.

I really regret having to cancel the Buffalo convention. Teddy is an old friend I haven’t seen in way too long and who always puts on a great event. I will make this up to him and to the Buffalo fans who were hoping to meet me. As soon as he gives me the dates of his upcoming shows, we’ll find a way to make it work.

If I continue to test negative, I will hold my first garage sale of the year on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, from nine a.m. to noon. I’m showing absolutely no symptoms of the virus, so I think
these sales will happen as planned.

Though I’ll have two more garage sales in June, I won’t be going to any conventions that month. I’m going to stay at home to work on my next book, launch some fund-raising plans and catch up on a host of odds and ends I’ve neglected too long.

My next convention appearance will be at G-Fest, the huge Godzilla convention, July 15-17, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. I won’t be part of the programming this year, but my son Ed and I are looking forward to enjoying all the wonderful things found at that convention.

Some other notes:

If you’re an editor or publisher who would like to hire me to write for me, you can email me to discuss such work. I’m not looking for back-end deals. I’m looking for interesting challenging assignments
where I can have fun and where my clients don’t micro-manage me. Offhand, I can’t think of any format or genre I wouldn’t be willing to take a crack at.

If you’re a promoter of comics conventions and other such events, including comic shop appearances and lectures, e-mail me and we can discuss them. I know times are tough for promoters, libraries and schools, but I will try to work with you. If yours is a three-day event, I’ll give you one day free. If I’m driving to the event and charging you mileage, I’ll ignore the rising price of fuel and hold to my current fifty cents a mile.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2022 Tony Isabella


  1. Hi, Tony!

    Insofar as the knee/leg problems are concerned, have you tried cortisone shots? I did earlier this year and I love how they make my knees feel for a good three months. The downside is they do aggravate the blood sugar, so it's kind of taking the bad with the good. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

  2. Thanks for the correction on the Buffalo comics show, though it seems moot now anyway. It looks like I'll be isolating for the next few days!