Wednesday, July 27, 2022




Last weekend’s Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sales were fairly successful. I achieved around 87% of my two-day goal. That will pay some bills and allow me to invest in some upcoming projects that I want to do. Good news on multiple fronts. With those sales in the rear view mirror, I can look forward to my next public appearance.

NEO Comicon will return to the North Olmsted Soccer Sportsplex at 31515 Lorain Road on Sunday, July 31, from 10 am to 4 pm. This is one of my favorite events, held in a spacious turf floor facility that’s really easy on my feet.

This year’s event will feature over 100 dealer and creator tables, covering 26,000 sq ft. For just $5 admission, you can enjoy comics,  cosplay, action figures, Funko Pops and gaming. The family-friendly
convention supports Elyria's Friendship APL.


Also supporting that charity will be a special commemorative poster celebrity my fifty years in the comics industry. I was knocked out when the convention surprised me with the news. I’ll let them tell you about it:


This year at NEO ComicCon, we're proud to present a new poster which both celebrates the career of one of our favorite guests AND benefits one of our favorite charities!

We asked eight artists to create images from the FIVE DECADE career of Tony Isabella; we picked the characters for which Tony is most well-known, including the iconic Black Lightning.

We assembled their art into a poster, printed the posters and hand- numbered 750 copies. The limited edition posters will be available for a $2 donation and proceeds will go to Friendship APL in Elyria. You'll be able to take your poster to the convention floor and have it signed by the artists themselves, most of whom will be there.  

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! All eight pieces of art will be auctioned individually at the show during our first ever silent auction. This is a great chance to start or add to your art collection, and all proceeds from the auction will also benefit the Friendship APL.

I am honored and humbled by such a wonderful surprise from one of my favorite conventions. If you purchase one of these posters, I’ll sign it for free.

Normally, with the exception of Isabella items purchased from me at NEO Comicon, I charge $10 per item for my signature. That pricing will be in effect for this event, but, as in past years, whatever money I make signing will be donated to the charity.

This year’s NEO guest list is, as usual, amazing:

Jay Fife (pin-up and poster artist)
Matt Horak (cartoonist, designer, comic-book artist whose credits include The Punisher)
Sean Wilson (comic-book writer)
Ted Sikora (comic-book creator and filmmaker, whose Apama is one of my favorites)
Rick Lozano (comic-book art and commissions)
Aaron Archer (illustrator and toy designer)
Dave Nestler (pin-up artist whose covers for Dynamite Comics stand out from others)
Jesse Marks (artist and illustrator)
Emily aka My Asylum (incredible artist)
Gary Dumm (a legendary artist who worked with me on CBG’s “Everett True” cartoons and with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor)
Dan Gorman (artist and illustrator)
Jason Moore (comic-book artist)
Jason Christner (artist for Cryptozoic Entertainment and Upper Deck
and my next-door neighbor at NEO Comicon)
Plus others whose work I don’t know but I’m hoping to learn about during the convention

My tables will be set up at the back of Field 2. If you longed to know what my Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sales are like, you can get a glimmer of that wonderment at NEO Comicon. I am bringing as many boxes of dollar comics, magazines, Isabella-written items, older comics, hardcovers and trade paperbacks as I can fit on the two tables I have. The more of this stuff I sell, the more stuff I can add to my next garage sale, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 5-6, 9 am to noon at 840 Damon Drive in Medina, Ohio.

That’s the scoop on NEO Comicon, but you’ll find even more details at the convention website. I’m looking forward to the event and to seeing my friends and the fans there.

I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2022 Tony Isabella

Tuesday, July 19, 2022



I’m working on my next Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sales and feeling pretty good about them. They take place at 840 Damon Drive, Medina, Ohio, Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, from 9am to noon. From today through Thursday night, I will be adding books, comics, magazines and collectibles to the sale. I’ll likely continue to add items after the sale on Friday.

I never know exactly what will be available at any of these garage sales, but I’m currently bagging and pricing Batman #178-242. The goal is to have all of these available on Friday, though I may hold back a few key issues for my Facebook page auctions.

My magazine boxes (plural for the first time in ages) will feature issues of G-Fan and other fantasy and science fiction magazines. As I read them this week, I’ll also be adding issues of MAD, Shudder and Vampiress Carmilla. I think these pumped-up magazine boxes are going to please my customers.

I’m hoping to put together at least a half-dozen of my popular $10 mystery boxes. I’ll also be adding new dollar comics, hardcovers, manga volumes, paperbacks and softcovers to my boxes and (for items too large for the boxes) tables.

I have a couple of cool additions to my clothing rack: Sailor Moon bedding and SuperFriends curtains. There are a lot of t-shirts and such on the rack right now and I hope to get a chance to excavate additional articles from my closets. Most of this stuff will have some relation to comic books and such, but I may include some more mundane shirts as well.

I have a tote filled with Godzilla toys, which I may or may not be able to get into this weekend’s garage sales. I’m researching them with the help of friends. I’m going to work hard to get these and other unusual items into the sales as soon as possible.

Time is my enemy because I’m doing all the garage sale preparation on my own. But I am hoping to add more Isabella-written comics and books, and, besides the Batman comics, more older comics. And, if you’ve come to my garage sales, you already know these items have been priced to sell. You will find amazing bargains.

I’ll definitely have the exclusive-to-me reprint of the very first appearance of Misty Knight. When my creation appeared on the Luke Cage TV series, Marvel reprinted that issue as part of the Marvel’s Greatest Creators series. The company also offered me the chance to have a special edition that only I would be selling. It’s limited to 1500 copies and features a cover exclusive to this edition. I’ve been selling these signed and numbered comics for $10 each and was planning to raise that price. However, after seeing how happy fans were to buy this item at Pensacon 2022, Saintly Wife Barb has asked me to keep that ridiculously low price a while longer. I’ll have at least twenty issues available for this weekend’s sales. At shows, I change $10 for my signature. With this special edition, you get an exclusive comic book and my signature.

I’ll try to post updates on the sales during the week. As always, whether you buy Isabella items from me at the sales or bring them from your collection, I’ll sign them for free at my garage sales.

Parking for the garage sales is on Bradley Court and across from my house on Damon Drive. Please take care not to block driveways and mailboxes. There will be signs on my front lawn and a huge banner from a convention on my back porch.

I’m looking forward to see my friends and customers this weekend. Besides making money that helps me cover unexpected expenses and finance future plans, I enjoy chatting with these fine folks and answering their questions about both the comics industry and my half-century working in that industry.

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon to tell you more. Thanks for stopping by today.
© 2022 Tony Isabella

Wednesday, July 13, 2022




My son Eddie and I will be hitting the road for Chicago/Rosemont to attend G-FEST XXVII. Due to the pandemic, it’s been two years since there has been a G-Fest. We and the fans (and organizers) of this best of all American Godzilla conventions are thrilled to be able return for another kaiju-size weekend of fun.

G-Fest takes place Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17. There is a new venue for the event this year: the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago, 9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018. This will be the first time I’ve been back at the hotel since I used to attend the late great Chicago Comicon. Some fine memories there.

To quote a recent e-mail from G-Fan publisher and G-Fest promoter J.D. Lees:

The special guests this year are Tomoko Ai, Hiroyuki Kawase, and Don Frye. Ms Ai (who played Katsura in Terror of Mechagodzilla) will be paying a return visit to G-FEST. She last attended in 2014, and subsequently joined G-TOUR for an evening dinner cruise in 2015! A great lady! The popular star of Godzilla Final Wars and a multi-winning UFC Champion, Don Frye needs no introduction. Hiroyuki Kawase played Roku-chan in Godzilla vs Megalon and Ken Yano in Godzilla vs Hedorah and then grew up to be a pilot for Japan Airlines, so he should be a very interesting guest.

The movie schedule: Friday night will be Godzilla vs Kong and Saturday night is Terror of Mechagodzilla. The Thursday afternoon double bill will be Godzilla vs the Smog Monster, followed by Godzilla vs Megalon. The Thursday night double bill is a tribute to Akira Takarada with Godzilla (1954) and Godzilla vs the Sea Monster. Tickets for the movies will be available at the box office of the Pickwick Theater prior to each show. Seeing kaiju films in the grand Pickwick Theater on their huge screen is a real treat, even if you've seen them many times before on TV.

With regard to the situation with Covid, in Illinois neither mask nor vaccine mandates are in effect. Therefore, we will be able to stage G-FEST as normal, with the sole exception of the Autograph Room. Currently, our Japanese guests have requested that the room be restricted to masked individuals. No proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test is required. Also, the mask may be removed for photographs if the person wishes. As for Don Frye, he will be situated in the Dealer Room, so that everyone may visit with him all weekend, no mask required.

Back to the convention... there will be opportunities to learn filmmaking, spfx techniques, costume making, model making, sculpting, fiction writing, and Minya's Place geared to young fans. There's also the G-FEST FILM-FEST, an Artist Alley, as well as games, contests, entertainment, camaraderie, and (oh yes) the biggest ever Dealers Room, plus lots of displays and activities. No wonder so many fans and families return to G-FEST year after year.

I’m not doing a presentation at this year’s event, but I do hope to create one for G-Fest XXVIII. In the meantime, I’ve love to meet my Facebook friends who will be attending the convention. Don’t be shy about introducing yourself. If you bring Isabella items which you would like me to sign, there will be no charge for my signature at the convention.

As soon as I return home from G-Fest, I’ll be getting to work on my next Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sale, which will talk place at 840 Damon Drive, Medina, Ohio, Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, from 9am to noon. From sometime Monday through Thursday, I will be adding hundreds of books, comics, magazines and collectibles to the sale. I’ll likely continue to add items after the sale on Friday. I’ll have to say about this sale next Tuesday, but you already know the basic deal on my garage sales. Lots of cool stuff at incredible low prices. And, as always, whether you buy Isabella items from me at the sales or bring them from your collection, I’ll sign them for free. I charge $10 per signature at conventions, so you can safe a bundle by coming to my garage sales.

That’s all for right now, but I’ll be back on Tuesday to tell you more. Thanks for stopping by.
© 2022 Tony Isabella

Thursday, July 7, 2022



This is a perilous time for the LGBTQIA community. Abandoning any pretense of being decent human beings, Republicans are attacking the community, especially trans kids and those who support them. It’s a typical GOP tactic, much in the manner of Ronald Reagan creating the non-existent “welfare queens” and using his creations to heap further abuse on those most in need.

The Supreme Court, having quite improperly taken away the right of a woman to control her own body, has already signaled its intent to abolish same-sex marriage and other human rights. The right-wing SCOTUS judges, who should be impeached and removed from office for lying under oath, are criminals and largely illegitimate. Not that I expect Republicans to be honorable human beings.

The LGBTQIA community needs all the allies it can get. This can be a difficult journey even for those allies, but it’s a noble effort nonetheless. Allies should not beat themselves up because of what they don’t know. Allies should endeavor to educate themselves about the community. The community should cut allies some slack during this process. We’re trying.

Recently, I’ve been reading several graphic novels and manga series with queer themes. As I write about them, please be helpful if I’m getting terms or anything else wrong. Use the comments section to correct me. Here we go...

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe [Oni Press; $17.99] is one of the most challenged books in the United States. This is mostly due to the anti-LGBTQAI rhetoric of the Republican Party and other hate groups. Yes, there are a very few arguably explicit illustrations in this graphic novel. I would agree it’s not for pre-teen readers. I strongly disagree these few scenes should keep it from being available for appropriately-aged readers in either public or school libraries. These handful of scenes don’t negate the educational and psychological value of this memoir.

Kobabe uses e/em/eir pronouns. From the back cover copy:

Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fan fiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears.

Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

Gender Queer has received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, for "books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18". In was also a finalist for the Stonewall Book Award for non-fiction. Because of these awards, and despite the challenges, the  book has become more widely available in libraries. More than ever, with the LGBTQAI community attacked by bigoted politicians and pseudo-Christians, it’s vital that young people have access to books like this.

ISBN 978-1-5493-0400-2


Call Me Nathan by Catherine Castro and illustrator Quentin Zuttion [SelfMadeHero; $19.99] is a “based on a true story” coming of age graphic novel about a young man assigned female at birth fighting to make his parents accept who he truly is during his transition. Because it’s a fictionalized account, I think it’s more dramatic in its storytelling than Gender Queer.

Gender Queer is the better of the two graphic novels, but Call Me Nathan is less sexual and maybe more suitable for younger readers. Don’t get me wrong. It will still be challenged by those who think any book that tells these stories and offers information that can help younger readers navigate these challenging roads are terrible simply because of their subject. But you can’t worry overmuch when it comes to the willfully bigoted and ignorant.

One of the elements I like here is the interactions between Nathan, his family and his friends as he transitions. It’s his journey, but it accurately shows that it does affect others. Their acceptance of who he is and who e must be is welcoming.

Originally published in French, Call Me Nathan has wonderful art by Zuttion. The storytelling is excellent, the images direct and more than occasionally beautifully ethereal.

Call Me Nathan is entertaining and informative. As the back cover copy states, it “issues a moving call for understanding, a powerful denunciation of prejudice, and a celebration of everything it means to love.” I recommend it to all, especially those buying books for public and school libraries.

ISBN 978-1914224010



Though based on real life, Gender Queer and Call Me Nathan are both excellent stories. But let’s switch to a non-fiction graphic novel meant to be an introduction to the LGBTQAI world.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by author/artists Mady G. and Jules Zuckerberg [Limerence Press; $9.99] was published in 2019. Available on Kindle and Comixology, it’s otherwise out of print. Paperback editions can be found on the secondary market for $9 and up and, possibly, from your local library system. That’s how I got the copy I read. From the Amazon come-on:

A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys! In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and Jules Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!      

I was looking forward to this book, but my interest withered as I saw how the authors decided to present this information. A cartoon snail and some magical forest creatures. This approach obscured the
quick and easy guide I was hoping for. This isn’t the guide I was looking for.

ISBN 978-1-62010-586-3

I’ll be returning to the “queer comics” subject soon with thoughts on a trio of some fictional stories. In the meantime, keep watching the bloggy thing for more news, views and reviews.

© 2022 Tony Isabella

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Monday, July 4, 2022




I am not celebrating Independence Day. Does this look like America to you? Or does it look more like a white supremacist country where the criminal treasonous Republican Party subverts the will of the majority of its citizens with its big lies and incessant attacks on our most at-risk brothers and sisters.

When Trump dies in prison, when his fellow traitors are sitting in prison waiting to die, that’s when I’ll start celebrating the birth of our country again.

Until then, the fourth of July is just another day.

© 2022 Tony Isabella

Sunday, July 3, 2022




Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and my future dear friend, does a regular segment on his show wherein he strives to know his famous guests better by asking them questions scientifically prepared by his research team towards that purpose. Since it’s a sure thing Colbert would want to be my friend if only he knew me, I figured I’d move things closer to that friendship by answering those questions.


Scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese on a sesame-seed bagel.


The collection of classical music albums I subscribed to when I was making really good money owning and running a comics store. If I could name two things, it would be the set of encyclopedia I bought at the same time.


Republican judges and politicians.






In my case, I’ll become a vengeful spirit who will make the Spectre look like Casper the Friendly Ghost. My divine mission will be to deal with those scariest animals I mentioned above. Enjoy your new life as a turtle, Mitch McConnell.




Mountain breezes.


Corrupt politicians.


Yes. I wish I had the drive to do it.






Don’t Stop Believing.




I inspire future generations positively.

There you have it, Stephen Colbert. Now that you know me better, I await your invitation to come to New York to hang out with you and the band. I’ll even reread the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or maybe just the Cliff’s Notes editions.

I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2022 Tony Isabella

Saturday, July 2, 2022


I know I’m repeating myself here, but public libraries have become an excellent source of comics entertainment for me. At a time when most everything costs more, at a time when my disposable income is low, at a time when I’m striving to reduce my vast accumulation of comics and books, I cherish my local library. Due to its being part of ClevNet, an organization of more than a hundred area libraries, I can get just about any comics collection, graphic novel or non-fiction book about comics. I can even take chances with my reading material because it doesn’t cost me anything and, if I don’t enjoy what I’m reading, I can stop reading it and return it without the least bit of guilt about wasting money.

Comics are being appreciated by readers old and new. Creators and publishers are still selling books. New comics fans are exposed to great comics and often go on to buy those books now and in years to come. It’s a win-win all around.

I get all kinds of comics collections and graphic novels from the library. From time to time, I write about them.

I’ve been dipping into the “Age of Krakoa” X-Men collections. Most recently, I read Way of X by Si Spurrier Vol. 1 [Marvel; $19.99]. Here’s the book’s back cover come-on:

Only one mutant senses the looming shadows. On Krakoa, mutantkind has built a new Eden — but there are serpents in this garden. Some mutants struggle to fit in. Some mutants turn to violence and death. And the children whisper of the Patchwork Man, singing in their hearts. Snared by questions of death, law and love, only Nightcrawler can fight for the soul of Krakoa. Only he — and the curious crew he assembles — can help mutants defeat their inner darkness and find a new way to live! But the malevolent force hiding within Krakoa has begun to show its true form, and answers are hidden…within the Mindscape! As the X-Men’s greatest foe — mutantkind’s primal evil — slithers in the minds of its most senior leaders, can Nightcrawler light the spark that will drive out the shadows, or will Krakoa slip into the abyss?

There are a lot of terrific ideas in what I call the X-Men’s “Age of Krakoa.” There’s a big terrific idea in this series: the quest to unite the mutants in embracing a way of life. Nightcrawler, his faith tested by events, is seeking that way of life. While it’s not a religion per se, it is kind of sort of spiritual. I enjoyed this collection of Way of X #1-5 plus X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation. Even though I was often lost because of how much happens in other X-Men titles. These “Age of Krakoa” titles are not easy-to-follow.

Sidebar. I would love to see Marvel publish some sort of “What You Need to Know about the X-Men” book that summarized all that’s been going on in the world of the X-Men. Sort of handbook to the giant ideas and challenges of their brave new world. If Marvel publishes it, I’ll buy it. The design-y snippets of graphics and text in the comics themselves just aren’t doing the job. End of sidebar.

Writer Spurrier is joined by artist Bob Quinn, color artist Java Tartaglia and VC’s Clayton Cowles on the lettering. Quinn’s art and storytelling are very good. Tartaglia offers varied color schemes that are neither too bright nor too dark. The lettering is great, easy to read. Editors Jake Thomas and Sarah Brunstad and Senior Editor Jordan D. White did a good job tying all the elements of story and visuals together.  

With the warning that this vast story can be confusing, I recommend you give Way of X and some of the other X-Men titles a chance. You might enjoy them.

ISBN 978-1302928070


I kind of sort of know stuff about Japan’s Kamen Rider, but kinda of sort of not really. I know it’s a popular manga. I know it’s a long-running super-hero series with multiple incarnations. But I’ve never read the manga or watched a full episode of any of the Kamen Rider live-action series. Which is why I was thrilled to get Kamen Rider - The Classic Manga Collection [Seven Seas; $32.99]. Over 850 pages of the comics by Shotaro Ishinomori. Here’s the back-cover copy from this hefty tome:

Fans the world over have long been enthralled by tales of Kamen Rider, the masked, motorcycle-riding superhero who protects the world from injustice. Kidnapped and experimented upon by the evil terrorist organization known as Shocker, Hongo Takeshi manages to escape their clutches and use his newfound strength to fight against their schemes. These are the first adventures in a legacy that spans dozens of television series and films, drawn and written by series creator and manga superstar Shotaro Ishinomori. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the classic 1971 publication, this collection is the first hardcover edition of Kamen Rider in English. It features the original Kamen Rider manga series plus special bonus materials and full-color inserts.

Here’s the rub. Try as I might, I couldn't read the last story in this volume. I just couldn’t keep going because every story was padded with repetitive actions and villains. The same evil organization in every story with their hybrid animal/cyborg hit men. The countless huge panels stretching not particularly deep stories to a hundred pages or more. It’s not that there was nothing there. It just did not hold my interest.

SPOILER WARNING. The most interesting aspect about Kamen Rider is that, a couple stories into the collection, it kills off its cyborg hero. The mantle of cyborg rebelling against the evil organization is taken over by a new character while the original Rider’s brain is in a lab and communications with his replacement. I thought that was an interesting plot development that, sadly, got weakened by the repetative fight scenes. END OF SPOILER.

If you’re a fan of Kamen Rider or similar Japanese super-heroes, I think you’ll get something out of this collection. But prepare for a long haul reading its 850+ pages.

ISBN 978-1-64505-942-4

Watch for more library reviews in future installments of the blog.I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2022 Tony Isabella

Friday, July 1, 2022




What made me happy in June? Well, it sure wasn’t the corrupt right-wingers on the Supreme Court or the vile Republicans ignoring the insurmountable evidence former President Petulant Traitor tried to overthrow democracy. However, lest I get consumed by my righteous rage, let’s focus on the positive.

This summer’s Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sales have gotten off to a great start. In addition, I’ve done “private” auctions on my Facebook page and those have brought in some much needed funds as well.

In two weeks, my son Eddie and I will drive to Chicago for G-FEST XXVII. It’s the first G-Fest in two years and we’re looking forward to a great weekend.

Here’s the other things that made me happy in June...

June 1: Tom Swift on the CW. I watched the pilot episode of the new series and was impressed by how much story it contained while also offering interesting character introductions and development. For now, I’m giving it a thumbs up.

June 2: The Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community 2021-2022 is here. Its updated content woll help fans and professionals explore the vibrant Black comic culture. I wish there were similar guides for other comics communities.  

June 3: My LGBTQAI+ friends and readers. I thank you for the love and respect you have always shown me and for the insights you have shared with me. I will forever be one of you.

June 4: The Boys. The show has upped the dread and violence in its new season.  The Homelander is scarier and more twisted than ever, as are the corporate types. This wouldn’t normally be to my taste, but the quality of the series is undeniable.


June 5: The Monolith Monster. I saw this 1957 film as a kid and was disappointed there were no actual monsters. Svengoolie showed it on Saturday and, questionable science aside, I loved it. What a neat and unique sci-fi thriller.

June 6: A National Council on Race & Ethnicity session included Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands on the syllabus for its Cultural Exploration and Social Change Through Comics and Superheroes course!

June 7: Larry Hama (Code Name: Creator) made a guest appearance on Collector’s Call and was mentioned several times during an episode featuring Allen Singleton’s incredible G.I. Joe collection. Well-deserved recognition for Hama’s work on the franchise.

June 8: Marvel’s June 1962. I squealed with delight when this was delivered to my house. This omnibus collects the first appearances of Spider-Man and Thor, as well as all the other Marvel comics from that month. More than 500 pages of goodness.  

June 9: Friday is Saintly Wife’s Barb’s last day as a full-timer at MetroHealth. The nurses at the Parma campus surprised her with this gift basket and celebration. She’ll work two days a week, but this is still a big deal.


June 10: Disney+’s Ms. Marvel. When I talk about core values being the most important thing in adapting comics to other media, this is what I mean. Quite different from the source material in many ways, but still the Kamala Khan we know and love.

June 11: Dark Horse’s Lady Killer Library Edition Volume 1. One of my favorite comics series of the past decade has been reprinted in an exquisite hardcover edition. I hope we haven’t seen the last of homemaker and assassin Josie Schuller.


June 12: Rising Boas in a Girls School. From YouTube, a fun Chinese (subtitled) movie. A giant snake and its aggressive posse attack a flight attendant school. Good characters. Non-stop action. A bit of humor. I loved this one big time.   

June 13: Netflix’s Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration. An hour-and-a-half of sometimes biting but always hilarious stand-up comedy from well over a dozen outstanding performers. It was joy and love for the community and its allies.

June 14: Jurassic World Dominion. An entertaining B movie with an A movie budget and cast, which was all I expected or needed from it. I especially loved seeing characters from the oldest and newest entries in the series having a team-up.

June 15: Marry Me. I enjoyed this often heartwarming and sometimes  hilarious Rom-Con starring the delightful Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. I’d not heard of the Bobby Crosby graphic novel on which it was based, but I’m looking forward to reading it.


June 16: It’s 38 years and counting. Looking forward to many more to come.

June 17: Secret Identity by Alex Segura. I loved this mystery about murder in the comics industry in the 1970s. I didn’t love how some scenes triggered me. I’ll write about it soon, but I do recommend this novel to one and all.

June 18: Saintly Wife Barb’s retirement party at the fantastic Blue Heron Brewery and Event Center in Medina. It was great to see her honored by so many of her co-workers, family members and friends.She deserved every bit of it.


June 19: This card from Kelly. “As far as dads go, you’re totally the sheet! Happy Father’s Day. Love ya!” Right back at you, my dear daughter.

June 20: Free Guy. Saintly Wife Barb and I finally viewed this 2021 action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds. We found it delightful with lots of laughs, crazy action, character development and a whole lot of heart. Highly recommended.

June 21: God’s Favorite Idiot. A mild-mannered tech support worker becomes a heavenly messenger. It’s a funny show, but what sells it is how the characters grow over the eight episodes. I’m looking forward to the second season.

June 22: The Boys Presents Diabolical. These are hilarious cartoons set in the world of The Boys. They are occasionally cute and always violent. Real violent. Body parts flying violent. I’m loving them.
I’m just a little concerned about that.

June 23: My local Huntington Bank. When my debit card went missing, they quickly canceled it, got me a temporary ATM card and start the process for a new debit card. This took less than 15 minutes and my new card is on its way to me.


June 24: Selling my oldest Batman comics was a tough call, but I’m enjoying seeing sheer delight from the fans buying them. Some revel in reacquiring beloved old issues, some are thrilled to get issues they never thought they could afford. It’s good.

June 25: Another successful Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sale. Despite construction/repair work that limited parking on Friday, I achieved 91% of my weekend goal.

June 26: My first Facebook auctions went very well. I’ll be doing more of them and also striving to spread the word about them much better. These additional funds will enable me to move forward on a number of projects.

June 27: Hard Cell. Written and directed by Catherine Tate, it’s a funny, weird show about an event-planner turned warden of a women’s prison. Tate plays the lead and several other characters. You can watch it on NetFlix.

NOTE: What the fuck is wrong with Catherine Tate? I was loving this show. Great character development. Lots of laughs. What seemed to be a very heartwarming finale...and then Tate decided to turn it to shit with incredible mean-spirited twists. I won’t be coming back for a second season.


June 28: Tinseltown: Losing he Light by David Lucarelli and Henry Ponciano. Published by Alterna Comics, this series starring Utopia Studios Officer Abigail Moore is an entertainment bargain at just $1.99 per issue. I love it a lot.

June 29: My pal Will Meugniot’s Monsters of Mirth. Humor ala Stan Lee’s Monsters to Laugh With. Brought back fine nostalgia memories of working with Stan on the later Monster Madness. This is the sold out first edition but a new edition is coming. 6-29-22.

June 30: My first Facebook auctions went very well. You can expect them to continue through garage sale season and beyond.

In addition to what I mentioned at the start of this bloggy thing, July promises to be very interesting. Besides G-Fest, my only other public appearance this month is the always wonderful NEO Comicon on Sunday, July 31, in North Olmsted, Ohio.

My main goal this month is to complete (or mostly complete) a new book, the first in a series of books in which I’ll be writing about the often-cheesy horror and monster movies I love. Each book will focus on a theme. This first one? Well, let’s just say you should be asking yourself if you’ve been naughty or nice.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back as soon as possible with more news, views and reviews.  

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