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Lisa’s Legacy Second Annual Run/Walk

posted on September 14, 2010

We’ve been doing some remodeling this summer at casa Funky which has caused this crazy summer to fly by at warp speed. So fast in fact, that I was caught a bit short when I realized that the second annual Lisa’s Legacy Run/Walk is coming up in a little more than a month. I’d planned to say something a bit sooner, but I’ll start with the fact that this year’s run takes place on Sunday, October 17th starting in front of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History which is at 1 Wade Oval Drive in Cleveland.

Next, I’ll direct you to the Lisa’s Legacy Fund section on this site where you’ll find a registration form along with all of the other information that you’ll need to participate. The Events/Links section will tell you that I’ll be there before and after the race to sign copies of Lisa’s Story, along with shirts, hats, socks or whatever you want signed. That’s it for now. I’ve got to run to keep the power company from sawing down some trees in my yard. Like I said, it’s been a crazy summer, but I’ll have some more posts about the event shortly.

Jungle Comics

posted on April 11, 2010

The Funky Sunday for Sunday, April 11, features another one of my comic book homages featuring a classic comic book cover cleverly integrated into the current story arc. Normally, these are comic books to which I have a personal connection, but, as we all know, these aren’t normal times. So as Funky shutters the doomed New York City Montoni’s franchise, we see in the background the cover to Jungle Comics #116 which I simply picked up at a convention a few years back. But the concept still works because ever since reading some of the Tarzan books in my youth, as well as watching Ramar and Sheena on TV, I’ve long harbored a desire to make it to the deepest, darkest heart the African jungle.

Which is what I finally got to do this past February when I journeyed to the deepest, darkest heart of, well, Tanzania actually, to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (and you wonder why there aren’t more blog posts). If you look at the deep background silhouettes in this Sunday’s strip, you can make out a little monkey climbing along a branch. As I stood in the jungle and actually saw that scene, I knew that I had in some strange way I’d finally made it home. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, then you probably wouldn’t understand.

Anyway, that’s the raison d’etre for using that particular cover. Which leaves us with the burning question in the inquiring minds out there… did he make it to the top? Check out the photo in the archive section.

Comics Book

posted on December 15, 2009

As I noted in an earlier blog or two, I’ve been periodically doing tributes to some of my favorite comic books and by extension their creators in my Funky Sundays. I’ve been able to tip the Funky fedora (what’s that?) to number of my heroes so far with a few more yet to come. I do this because I love the comic book medium and the pleasure it has brought me over the years, and I want to share that feeling with my good and gentle readers because I know there’s a lot of others like me out there (I think maybe kind of).

So imagine my excitement when I came across Tony Isabella’s new book “1000 Comic Books You Must Read” (actually I went over to Tony’s house and picked it up, but that’s sort of neither here nor there, except to say that you don’t need to get me one for Christmas). It’s the mother of all mother loads of info on comics all packed in to one handsome volume. If you love comic books, or know someone who does (I’m speaking mainly to the wives here) (and, yes, I understand that that’s a broad generalization, no pun intended, but based on who I see in the Halo sewing bee at my local comics shop, generally a true one methinks) (and might I add as I approach the new world’s record for consecutive parenthetical breaks, political correctness really stinks) anyway, as I was saying… someone who loves comic books will really geek out over this cool tomb.

And did I mention that I’ve posted the book in the “Books” section of this very site you’re on? I didn’t? Well, I did. So, if you’re of a mind, please check it out. And happy… no…. merry Christmas.