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A Change in the Weather

posted on July 25, 2012

I had a post all set to add to the blog when life changed my plans. As many of you are aware, Cathy and I never made it out to the San Diego Comic Con. A family situation arose on Cathy’s side of the family which has thrown everything into a state of flux and has forced us to pull out of the upcoming comic cons. I won’t be doing signings at any comic cons until the Akron Comic Con in November. Man plans, the Gods laugh. I’m actually still going to put up the original post as is about summertime in the Funkyverse because it had a lot of heartfelt thanks that I wanted to get out and info I wanted to share. Unfortunately, it just didn’t all work out as planned. But there’s always another summer on the calendar, and a Volume Two of the Complete Funky to sign, so if you’ll accept a rain check, we’ll just do it a little farther down the road. Sometimes our plans are as vulnerable as life itself.

Summer in the Funkyverse

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I’m putting up this post because it says a lot of things I wanted to share. Life has stepped in to make it less timely and an explanation follows in the next post. However, it’s most salient points still hold. The videos haven’t been posted as promised, but I hope to get them up shortly. They’re also out there elsewhere on the net if you just can’t wait. Not as tidy as I wanted, but life seldom is. What follows is the original post.

Life in the Funkyverse is moving at light speed ( 299,792,458 m/s ) these days as I try to catch up on events that seem to have overtaken me. The first thing want to do is thank the folks at my alma mater Kent State for the Funky mural they put up in their student center, and it really is a Funky ( and Crankshaft mural ). Both Chuck Ayers ( the artist on Crankshaft ) were totally blown away by be asked, and totally thrilled by the result. To see for yourself, check out the photos posted in the archive. Also, the Philly comic con has come and gone and, as usual, Wizard World did their usual stellar job with the event. They treat their guests and their guest artists with the same outstanding courtesy and, if you’ve never been to one, you owe yourself. It was great to meet Funky’s readers from the Philly area ( including getting to spend time with a former high school classmate – hi,Terry ) and I even found a collection of the Hunter stories from Eerie magazine. Also while in Philly, I also got to spend time my friend from college who was the inspiration for Les which made the trip especially enjoyable. You can’t ask for a better weekend than that.

That all came on the heels of a boatload of interviews throughout the month of May regarding the prom story arc. Two of the interviews, CBS This Morning and the AP Wire story are now cached at the Bio/Interviews section on this site if you want to check ’em out.

When I got home, I dug right into a story arc for next Spring featuring the return of a long lost Funky character. Plus, I started work on Volume II of the Complete Funky which will come out next year. And,  in two weeks, my wife Cathy and I are off to the San Diego Comic Con International. So like I said, light speed. I barely have time to kick back and enjoy Les and Summer’s climb of Kilimanjaro. I’m looking forward to meeting more of you down the road this summer so for now, cheers.

Funky’s Fortieth

posted on April 26, 2012

Things are a little crazy here in the Funkyverse as the serious book signing season gets underway. If you check out the events page, you’ll see that the San Diego Comic Con International has been added in July. The San Diego con is truly the preeminent comic con experience in the world. I was fortunate to be there a few years back and it’s only gotten bigger and better since then. I’ll be looking forward to not only geeking out in the dealers room, but to meeting Funky fans from the San Diego area and seeing if they’ve downloaded our free 4oth anniversary wallpapers. Colorist Alex Sinclair, who colored the Lion’s share of the Sundays in Lisa’s Story, will be joining me on my panel so it will be fun providing an insider’s look at how that work came about. And along with that, we’ll be taking a walk down memory lane and 4o years of life in the Funkyverse.

Speaking of which, I just wanted to thanks all of the kind and generous emails that have poured in concerning Funky’s 40th anniversary. I even heard from several students that I had in art class at Eastern Heights Junior High way back when. They all seemed to have turned out okay, so I’m not going to worry about ’em any more. It was great to hear from one and all. When I was starting out, I remember reading that Red Ryder had run for forty years and thinking I’d give a small nonessential body part to have Funky run that long. In hindsight, I probably should have made my deal with the devil for fifty. It’s as if I sat down at my drawing board, shifted into the Funkyverse, and, when I shifted back out and looked at the clock,  it was forty years later. I think there’s something seriously wrong with the space time continuum, but it will have to wait for this book touring year to be over before I can sit down and figure it out. For now, that’s about the size of it.