SC Comicon

Even though in recent years Myrtle Beach has not one but two comic conventions (XCon and Myrtle Beach Comicon), I have been keeping an eye on SC Comicon in Greenville. Last year it was the same weekend as XCon and even so I was tempted to go as it had the far superior guest list. […]

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Best Micropayment Joke Ever

From the Surviving Creativity podcast, episode 23: Scott Kurtz: “If I had a nickel for every time Scott McCloud said micropayments would work, micropayments would work.” Also on:Facebook Twitter

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Darkness – Barbarians

Yesterday I listened to Michael Butler do a track by track of the new Darkness album Last of Our Kind. I liked it, I like the Darkness in general. This album is something special though. It is somewhere between a theme album and a rock opera. What do you suppose the theme would be? Well, […]

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No Balticon in 2015

As much as I’d like to go to Balticon this year, yet again it is not happening. There is always next year (my rallying cry since 2011.) Have the fun for me! Also on:Facebook Twitter

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Game of Thrones Game for Free

I bought the Telltale Games app of the Game of Thrones game a month ago. Now and for a limited time, that game is free on various platforms. I’m still early in Episode 1, and am considering just going ahead and getting the season pass while it is on sale for 25% off. I wish […]

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Scott Sigler 10 Year Anniversary

Today is Scott Sigler’s 10th anniversary since he entered the new media world, podcasting and giving away his fiction. It’s worked for him, and he is celebrating with a special deal. For TODAY ONLY – which is code for “don’t dawdle” – he is giving away 10 ebooks for his 10th anniversary. This is all […]

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Soaking in Game of Thrones

I’ve spent since Thanksgiving reading A Song of Ice and Fire. I finished Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows and now I’m a third of the way through A Dance with Dragons. Three books in 4 or 5 months is pretty good for me in recent years. However when you consider this is […]

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Sonic Subversion on Radio Valencia

Back in January, my friend Michael Butler was a guest on Sonic Subversion, a program on Radio Valencia. I’m finally getting around to listening it today. I heard my own name mentioned in the first few minutes, so I think that counts as a great show. Rock on! Also on:Facebook Twitter

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What’s on my Headphones?

People in my neighborhood that see me walking my dog with headphones on. They might imagine a guy like me rocking out to Blue Oyster Cult or Black Sabbath in my cans. Little do they know, I’m listening to Gregg Schigiel talk to Chris Staros about the history of Top Shelf Comix. Also on:Facebook Twitter

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What Say You, Fast and Furious?

I really enjoy the What Say You podcast with Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano. I went about things bass-ackwards, first listening to and enjoying their podcast enough that I decided to try an episode of the Impractical Jokers TV show. I’d expect most people went the other way around. I was already a listener of […]

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Rock and Roll Geek Scoring System

By and large, I really like Michael Butler’s Rock and Roll Geek album scoring system. He gives each song a 0, 1/2 or 1 and then adds it up and it almost always comes up with something sensible. However… I am listening to this episode where he is scoring both the new Scorpions album “Return […]

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James Mason Shark

Dear Octonauts, I noticed what you did in the “Artifical Reef” episode, giving the sharks all James Mason voices. Thanks for keeping it interesting for the parents, and the older ones at that. Also on:Twitter

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SciFi Tavern in Charlotte

Here is a Kickstarter I can get behind, even though I am not a direct beneficiary of it. A guy is trying to raise money to start a science fiction and fantasy bookstore tavern in Charlotte NC. Even as Borderlands in San Francisco is planning to shut down, that some crazy bastard is willing to […]

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Ebook Errors?

People who know about the inside working of big publishing, I need your help. I have been hearing people talk about ebook editions that appear to have OCR type errors in them. This sounded suspicious to me, in that “publishing can’t possibly be doing what I think they are doing” type way. I have now […]

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Octonauts FTW

Punkin has really taken to The Octonauts cartoon. These things come and go in waves (no pun intended) but this one seems to be sticking. We had Octonauts stuff at her birthday party and she spent her birthday money mostly on various Gup vehicles. What I really like about the show is that every single […]

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From Coffee and Cider

From the Coffee and Cider podcast episode entitled “Criterion Velocity“: Rich Stevens: “I feel that my role in our community as a moderately tall white male is to find the creeps and make them creeped out. If I know you are a creep and you are a dude and there are women in this general […]

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Pretending To Be An Artist

A few weeks ago, we made the last minute decision to make Punkin a birthday card with some of her current favorite characters. I’m not an artist, but I know enough about comic books to understand the process and try to emulate it. I tried to go through the standard cycle as a layman understands […]

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Superbowl Commercials

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl. Somewhere after child bedtime I realized the game was on but I didn’t care enough to even turn it on. I didn’t look at social media at all last night, opting to go to bed at the first moment possible. Today I see many people predictably talking about the […]

The Adventure of English

I am a listener of the In Our Time podcast from BBC Radio 4. It makes me feel marginally smarter and more informed on historical events that Americans seldom know. I really enjoy the host Melvyn Bragg. Through January 26th, his book The Adventure of English is on sale on the Kindle store for $1.99. […]

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Bag of Holding

I in no way need another bag. I have multiple backpacks provided by employers on top of the various ones purchased myself. In addition I have multiple bags that come from conferences. I have so many that I have taken to setting different ones up for different contexts. I have the backpack I take for […]

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