posted on June 29, 2011
I’ve been receiving numerous questions about this past Sunday’s strip so here’s the back story on it. Sometime over the winter I heard the Rodney Crowell song ” ‘Til I Gain Control Again” and was knocked sideways by the beautiful lyrics. I often use song lyrics as a soundtrack for events in Funky and I thought that these would be perfect for an anniversary strip for Funky and Holly. As I began looking for a Sunday slot, I realized that my own 40th wedding anniversary fell on a Sunday this year. So I set about getting permission to secure the lyrics and chose Montoni’s as the obvious setting for the celebration in the strip.
Now Montoni’s, as I’ve explained before, is based on the real Luigi’s located in Akron, Ohio. I suddenly thought that holding a surprise party for my wife Cathy at the real Luigi’s on the same day the strip ran would be kind of cool. Luigi’s went out of their way to accommodate my plans even going so far as to putting a mix CD which included the Rodney Crowell song on their juke box. In short, somehow I was able to pull off the surprise, and it turned out to be one of those perfect days that life allows us once awhile. If you ever want to visit Montoni’s, all you have to do is drop by Luigi’s and you’re there. The place is magical, the people are wonderful, and it’s a party every day. A million thanks to Luigi’s owner Mickey Ciriello for not only making our anniversary so special, but also for allowing me to use Luigi’s as a stage on which my characters can perform.
And now you know the rest of the story.
posted on May 13, 2011
I’ve had a number of inquiries about the recent comic book Sunday that ran on April 24th, so here’s a bit of backstory. My dad had always deflected my early attempts to buy a comic book on the grounds that they were too violent. My big breakthrough came oddly enough on a visit to the dentist. Our dentist, who obviously was no fool, used to give my sister and me a prescription for an ice cream cone at the end of our exam. The scrip was worth a dime at the drugstore on the corner.
One time as we stood at the ice cream counter my dad said that we could buy anything we wanted. I had him repeat that so there would be no question as to exactly what had been said, and then I responded, “I want one of those.”, pointing at the comics spinner rack with it’s seductive “Hey, kids! Comics!” sign sitting on top. I left that afternoon with with my very first comic book, a copy of Tom Corbett Space Cadet. To help seal the deal. I had pointed out that I was allowed to watch Tom Corbett on TV so the comic book must, by extension, be okay as well. Besides, my dad had specifically said, “Anything you want…”
So the April 24th Sunday was my homage to my first comic book and it’s brilliant artist, Mort Meskin. If you missed it, I’ve posted a copy under the ‘archives’ section on my site.
A New Season
posted on March 18, 2011
It looks like winter’s hibernation is over here on the shores of Lake Erie and bears, groundhogs, and cartoonists find themselves blinking in the bright light of day. It’s time to get out and about, and the purpose of this short post is to let you know about some spring signings that are coming up.
On April 16th, I’ll be speaking and signing at the Parma Libraries Book and Author Luncheon at noon. I don’t know what they’re serving, but I’m sure it will be good. Then later in April on the 28th, I’ll be taking part in the Kent Reads program at the University Library.
Finally, in October on the 22nd and 23rd, I’ll be returning to Mid-Ohio Con in Columbus. My history with this show goes all the way back to the time that it was held in a big barn at the Richland Fairgrounds. The show was always a ton of fun and has only become more so as it’s grown. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends there.
All of the details for these signings and talks can be found under the events link on this site, along with maps and directions. Hope to see many of you there.