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Auld Lang Syne

posted on December 28, 2012

I just wanted to take a moment here as things wind down to thank all of the people who helped make this 40th anniversary year a very special one. I’d like to thank the gang at King Features for getting my back throughout an incredibly hectic and busy 2012. Also the folks at the Kent State University Press for their hard work in support of Volume One of the Complete Funky Winkerbean. Had I known when I started out that a collection like this would one day exist, I definetly would have spent more time on the name. A shout out as well to my long time friends at C.L.Barnhouse, my other publisher, for hosting me at the Mid-West Clinic in Chicago during the holidays. I was great to spend time with old friends and a very satisfying way to tie a bow on this special year. Finally I’d like to thank Funky’s readers for coming out to the signings and for all of their emails and good wishes during the year.

Looking ahead, this coming year promises to be just as exciting. Volume Two is at the printers and we’ll be kicking things off like we did last year with a signing at the Ohio Music Educators conference in Columbus in February. I’m also very happy to announce that the good folks at the San Diego Comic-Con International have kindly given me a raincheck and invited me back as a special guest this year. I’m especially pleased about this because Comic-Con will be an integral part of a cool story arc in Funky that starts next year and wraps-up at the con in San Diego in 2014. So I’ll have a great opportunity for some boots on the ground research which is one of the many fun things about this job. Much more about all of this later. For now, I’d simply like to wish everyone a happy new year and the very best of years in 2013. At least we don’t have the Mayan Calendar to worry about anymore.

T.B.

Akron Comic Con

posted on November 15, 2012

I just wanted to say a few words about the Akron Comic Con this past weekend. For a first time endeavor, the con organizers Michael Savene and Robert Jenkins pulled it all off in amazing fashion. It was the perfect comic con experience and it was great talking with all of the Funky readers who stopped by. If this first go at it is any indication, the Akron Comic Con is going to have a long and successful run.

For me personally, it was a thrill to meet the great Joe Staten. I’ve been a fan of his work for a long long time, and Joe is also helping me kick off a very cool project involving Funky which will be taking place next year. Can’t really say too much more at the moment, but I’ll be keeping everyone posted as things begin to roll out.

T.B.

Son of This and That

posted on November 6, 2012

First a thank you to everyone who sent in good wishes to Les and Cayla for their wedding. The good thoughts were all very nice although I wouldn’t have said no to a waffle iron either. You can never have too many waffle irons here at the Cartoon Castle. And also a thanks to everyone who came out to the signing last week for the Medina Historical Society. Great venue, great crowd.

Speaking of great venues, this past weekend’s Buckeye Book Fair was a blast as usual. I hadn’t been there in awhile thanks to the car accident et al (he said lapsing into his native Latin), but it was like I’d never been away. And with The Complete Funky rolling out a book every year, I may never be away again, which would be fine with me. It was great to touch bases with a lot of old friends there.

And I love my new scanner.

At the moment, I’m hard at work on what is turning out to be a bit of a coda to Lisa’s Story. Events in the present will spark a sort of flashback/prequel which will crossover into real life with a visit to my old apartment in Elyria (check out the intro to Volume One of The Complete Funky to see the house where Funky was born) as well as a crossover with Crankshaft thrown in for good measure. Oh, and lest I forget, a long lost character as well. The whole thing was sparked by a drive past my old apartment a couple of summers ago. For some reason I stopped and took a lot of pictures without knowing exactly why (I don’t love cell phones to the extent that most people seem to, but at times like that, I’m glad they’re around). It wasn’t until a little later that I realized that an important part of Lisa’s story happened near there involving characters from both Crankshaft and Funky. The story won’t roll out until next year, but when it does it will change everything (not really… I’ve just always wanted to say that). Stay tuned.

Did I mention I love my new scanner?

Let me close by reminding you that my almost last big appearance of the year will be at the Akron Comic Con on Saturday November 10th. I’m looking forward to meeting the great Joe Staton and Gerry Conway as well. I’m going to ask Gerry who put the “snap” in. If you have no idea what that’s about, you missed something great.I hope to see you there. For now, that’s about the size of it.

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