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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.

The Walk

posted on October 29, 2009

The inaugural Lisa’s Legacy 5K Run and Walk took place on October 18th on a brisk and beautiful Fall day in Cleveland’s University Circle area. Over four hundred participants ran, walked and ambled past the Natural History Museum, the Art Museum, Severance Hall and the site of University Hospitals’ new Cancer Hospital where the Lisa’s Legacy Fund will be supporting ongoing cancer research.

It was a great crowd and a terrific course to run. I got a chance before and after the race to meet with a lot of fans of Funky and Lisa, and even got to hand out the awards to the winners in each age category. Modesty, of course, precludes my mentioning that I finished third in my age group… which isn’t too bad considering that as recently as this past January I was still barely able to run a lap following my close encounter of the automotive kind. We even enjoyed pizza supplied by Luigi’s, the pizzeria in Akron that I’ve stolen down to the nails in the floor to create Montoni’s in Funky. In short, it was a perfect morning and a perfect race. The only problem I could see is that it set a pretty high bar for next year’s run.

If you’d like to see a bit of what went on, check out the slide show under the Lisa’s Legacy Fund section of this site. As for me, it’s time to get started on next year’s run both in the strip and in real life as Lisa’s legacy continues.

Lisa’s Legacy 5K Run and Walk

posted on August 31, 2009

I’d promised you more information regarding the Lisa’s Legacy 5K Run and Walk and, by golly, it turns out I wasn’t kidding, was I? The event will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2009 in Cleveland’s University Circle area. Part of the race will take you past University Hospitals’ new Cancer Hospital which is now under construction. The University Circle area should be beautiful in the Fall and the weather for running should be much better than the sweltering conditions I’m running in now as I get ready for it.

Along with running, I’ll also be there to meet many of Lisa’s friends who’ve contacted me here at the web-site, and to sign any books, tees or scraps of paper. We can talk about Lisa or blisters or whatever you’d like. If you’d like to check it out and or sign up, there’s a link at the Lisa’s Legacy section of this site. I hope to see you there.