I will be published again soon.

Quick happy note!

Yesterday I got an email from the San Mateo County Fair Literacy Contest. My audio story, “The Intellecta Rhapsody,” won first place in the audiobook division, and my short story, “The Lutefisk Door,” won third place in the scifi/fantasy senior division. Yay, I will be in Carry The Light again! Looks like my Trumpy villain Billington Stumpfinger will be in print soon (in “The Lutefisk Door”, he built some nasty walls to trap Super Holly Hansson).

Silicon Valley Comic Con was fun!

First things first. Christie Shinn of Hora Tora Studios drew how Super Holly feels about writer’s block.

I was on pop-culture writer (and my friend) Valerie Frankel’s Superheroines panel, and I was quite honored to sit next to the great cartoonist and wonderful HERstorian Trina Robbins! When I said that I was writing a female superhero (hey, gotta plug my stuff), and said that I listened to the ladies on my writing critique groups, Trina said that was very good advice for guys writing female characters. That was nice of her.

And I saw a kid flash conquer the evil reverse Flash!

At at Valerie’s table, I sold four (count ’em: 4) of my little Super Holly books. You know, the ones I print through Createspace, and when I sell them at comic cons, I include a CD with some Super Holly art and my audio short stories with a royalty free music background. Such a deal for five bucks!

I will be on a panel at Silicon Valley Comic Con Saturday April 22

At 3:30, room 114, I will be with the great Valerie Frankel and a few others on the SUPERHEROINES! panel. And I will be doing the authorly/writerly thing at Valerie’s table, selling some of my little books with CDs including digital stories, artwork, and a few of my awesome audio stories!

 

Colossus Con!

I was at Colossus Con in Pleasanton today. I got a couple of Super Holly art commissions and met an author and a nice actress. Scroll to see it all.

From artist Robin Holstein, here is what Super Holly does when her e-bracelet can’t get a signal, and thus her Google Maps fails, and thus she can’t find the Colossus Con where she was gonna be at a table signing her graphic novel.

Here is a little Super Holly doodle from artist Alexis Villanueva at House of Doodle.

Here is author Mike Lynch holding the book Mind Writer, which I bought.

Here is actress Cathy Garver (my big fat head hides a little of her name). She was Cissy on the TV show Family Affair, and the voice of Firestar on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and a bunch of other acting and voice-over roles (I should have talked to her about doing voices, darn it). I bought her autobiography, which she will mail to me (she ran out of copies at the con). I respect actors. That is a tough way to make a living; the work is usually not steady.

And Kathy had at her table the SCARIEST DOLLY FACE OF ALL TIME, MRS. BEASLY! AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

I talked to a couple other artists about doing a couple little commissions later. It will take a while, but I will post when I get them.

 

Book Signing May 13!

Mark your calendar. On May 13, 2017 10am-4pm, at Round Table Pizza, 37480 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA, authors from the Fremont Area Writers Group and I will eat pizza and sell books. My book is the Createspace printed version of my superheroine stories, Super Holly Hansson in Super Bad Hair Day! This book comes with a CD containing:

  • ebook files: Kindle, epub, PDF.
  • Super Holly artwork from Batton Lash and other artists.
  • Audio versions of my stories: hear me read with a musical score!

At Round Table on May 13, you can likely see me and the other writers do open mic readings! Eat pizza! Buy books! Have authors sign the books! Watch authors doing readings, or as I call it, open mic opera! And especially, meet local authors, storytellers, and poets.

Oldie Cartoon: Roger Ramjet and Dr. What’s evil comic books!

In this 1965 episode, Dr. What plans to corrupt children with a plan for evil comic books that is so fiendish, so diabolical, so horrible, that I cannot blog about it! To find out what is so evil, watch Roger Ramjet vs. Dr. What! Watch what? Yes, What! What? Yes, Dr. What. Who? No, What! What?!?!

This crude and frenetic animation shows that it is all in the face! And wonderful voice acting! Roger Ramjet was voiced by the great Gary Owens. The Proton Energy Pill gives Roger the strength of 20 atom bombs for 20 seconds! I googled, and TV censors kept Roger off the air for several years because of this pill, a pill that led to crudely animated slapstick that rivals Adam West Batman! I can think of a use for a Proton Energy Pill right now. And maybe a censoring supervillain, maybe with a Lionel Barrymore voice. I can learn so much from these oldie cartoon voice actors.

My audio story, The Malevolent Mystery Meat, is online!

Click the Carry The Light picture to the left, or click here, to hear my audio short story: The Malevolent Mystery Meat! It stars the grade-schoolers Tucker and Wrigley, the two brothers with super doggie powers who save Super Holly Hansson from the evil lunch ladies. Super doggie car chase! Icky mystery meat! Licky doggie tongues! Go, Puppy Brothers, go! BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK!!!

Click here to read the text version, if you like reading along with my dramatic narration. I used the William Tell Overture (royalty free on YouTube) as the background music. Remember The Lone Ranger? Hi yo, puppies, away!