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I attended MegaCon on Friday and Saturday.  My goals were:

* Darwyn Cooke to autograph my hardcover of Slayground
* Charles Dixon to autograph my hardcovers of Winterworld and my hardcover of his and Zaffino's Punisher graphic novel
* Sketches from: Elliott Fernandez and Shawn Surface.
* Check into getting the Rawhide Kid Marvel Treasury Reprints [Volumes 1 and 2]
* Hang out with my bro, John Beatty.

I never did catch up with Darwyn Cooke.  He wasn't at his table when I made it by.  I did get Charles Dixon to autograph my books.  He told me that a new Winterworld series [with Butch Guice] was coming soon.  He also said that he enjoyed talking with Sly when Dixon worked on the Expendables graphic novel.  Dixon said Sly was loyal and has recommended him for other writing gigs.

I got two sketches from Elliott Fernandez.  THAT made my con.  I love Fernandez's art and he was a pleasure to meet.  I picked up my Shawn Surface sketch.  Shawn is a great guy.  He has a new comic coming soon.  I'll post more about it when it appears.  I also met an artist named Scott Quick and got two sketches from him.  I'll post more about him later.  I picked up both volumes of Rawhide Kid and got to hang with Big J at his table.  Overall, objectives met.

I liked that MegaCon was in a different hall.  There seemed to be more room, but it was still overcrowded.  Thankfully, my wife and I stayed in a nearby hotel.  Traffic was terrible getting to the show.  Once inside, on Saturday it took forever to move about.  I'm thinking that next year, I'll either do the same thing -- stay in a nearby hotel and come from Friday and Saturday or simply make it a one day [Friday] show.

Next up Heroes in June... 
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: Upgunned by David Schow
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: No time for games
  • Eating: Nothing now..
  • Drinking: Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee ... soon
Hey!  MegaCon is next weekend.  I'll be there Friday and Saturday hanging with my bro, John Beatty and looking to score some Stallone sketches.  If you're there stop by John's table [he should be there all weekend] or better yet, give me a shout out in the comments AND stop by!
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: Upgunned by David Schow
  • Watching: Nothing at the moment
  • Playing: No time for games
  • Eating: Nothing now..
  • Drinking: Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee
This week I am proud to present for the first time in my Stallone Sketch Collection: David Brohawk Williams.  Man, was I thrilled to get a piece from Brohawk.  This man is an amazing artist!

I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of the time change... especially when we spring forward.  Arrrgh.  It doesn't help that I've had a busy weekend and a crazy week ahead.  The good news is MegaCon is just a couple weeks away.

If you didn't check out the new series Those Who Kill, you might want to.  The first episode was fantastic.  It felt like I was watching a A-list movie, the production values were so good.  I also have to admit it was so creepy and at a couple of points scary, screams were heard from some of those viewing.

Until next weekend...
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: Upgunned by David Schow
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: No time for games
  • Eating: Nothing now..
  • Drinking: Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee
This week we have Jeremy Treece with his backing board packing quickie sketch.

Usually on Sunday mornings I update my StalloneZone site and then my blog and then my DA page and then my Comic Art Gallery.  Believe it or not, it is very relaxing... usually.

Today I was interrupted and forgot to come back and do my DA and Comic Art Gallery pages until now.  And it is bedtime.

So until next weekend...

best,

Craig
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: The Oscars in the other room
  • Reading: Upgunned by David Schow
  • Watching: My eyelids start to fall
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Nothing now..
  • Drinking: H2O
This week Jeremy Treece makes a return visit.

Not much else to say so until next weekend...

best,

Craig
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Morning sounds
  • Reading: Ready to start a new book...
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast soon...
  • Drinking: OJ
This week Jerry Gaylord is back.  I love his sketches.  Who wouldn't?

MegaCon is coming.  Soon...

best,

Craig
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Morning sounds
  • Reading: Saint Homicide by Jake Hinkson
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim\'s Diner
  • Drinking: Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee
Drew Moss is back and this time he brought Rocky with him.

TV this week... Justified just keeps getting better and better.  It was already the best written show on tv.  The opening for the Olympics was boring and I'm not a fan of the Winter Olympics so I'm done with that.  The Walking Dead returns tonight.  I can't wait.

Our dryer just died... and the wife has been wanting a new washer.  I have a feeling someone is going shopping today.

Until next weekend...

best,

Craig
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Morning sounds
  • Reading: Thuglit Volume 4
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim\'s Diner soon.
  • Drinking: OJ
This week we have Jerry Gaylord and his take on Sly as Jack Carter.

It was a crazy busy work week (it seems like they all are any more), but a really nice weekend... with more hours to go.  Friday night was spent with my brothers and sisters for dinner at a nice Japanese joint.  Saturday, my sons [with one's fiance] took my wife to a nice lunch.  Then my wife and I went to see "Labor Day" [she liked it, I didn't but it was her day so...].  The evening was spent watching UFC prelims followed by "Tarantula" hosted by Svengoolie. And we have the Super Bowl today.

Life is good.
  • Listening to: Morning sounds
  • Reading: Thuglit Volume 4
  • Watching: Super Bowl!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim\'s Diner soon.
  • Drinking: OJ
Thomas Boatwright is back with his second Rocky watercolor to bookend the series.  What an excellent idea and execution!

Starting back in the late 70's my buddy John Beatty and I would go to Orlando Con every year.  For a few years it was the only comic show that we could get to.  So it was a big deal.  

We'd make plans for what we wanted to find there, the sketches we hoped to get, the artists we hoped to meet and the comics we would track down.  As the date of the show grew closer and closer, we'd talk about our plans with great excitement.  One of us coined the term, CON FEVER.  

MegaCon is approaching in a couple of months and Heroes shortly after that.  

I feel I'm starting to get CON FEVER.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: 70's Music
  • Reading: Thuglit Volume 4
  • Watching: UFC Live Fights tonight
  • Playing: Nada.
  • Eating: Lunch at Tim's Diner in a couple of hours.
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
This week we have Thomas Boatwright's return with a sweet Rocky & Adrian watercolor.  Wait until you see what Thomas has created for next week... a really nice companion piece/bookend.

I went to the Deland Comic and Toy Show last Sunday.  It was fun seeing Alex Saviuk, Shawn Surface, Steven Myers, Cliff and others.  If time hadn't run out [I promised my son we'd watch the playoffs] I would have stuck around and gotten a sketch from Shawn Surface.  He was up for it, but time ran out before I had to go.  I'm happy to see how much the show has grown and I look forward to the next one.

Well, we're down to San Fran vs Seattle and New England vs Denver.  These should be awesome games.  So until next weekend...

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Background noise
  • Reading: Deadfall by Robert Liparulo
  • Watching: NFL Playoffs
  • Playing: Nada.
  • Eating: Had a great breakfast at Tim's Diner.
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
This week we have Mitch Gerads' first appearance in my Stallone theme sketch collection.  Hopefully it won't be his last.

Weather has been crazy.  Yesterday it was cold, today it's warm and Tuesday it will be below freezing.  Wha-What?

The NFL playoffs have been crazy.  Loved seeing Indy come back like that yesterday.  Today I'll be pulling for the 49ers.

Next week is the Deland Comics and Collectibles Show.   cfcollectibles.com/?page_id=27   Give a shout out if you plan to attend.

Until next weekend!
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Background noise
  • Reading: Deadfall by Robert Liparulo
  • Watching: NFL Playoffs
  • Playing: Nada.
  • Eating: Had a great breakfast at Tim's Diner.
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
This week we have Scott Godlewski's second appearance.

It is so hard to believe, at least for me, that Christmas has come and gone.  Boom!  Just like that.  Soon it will be New Year's Eve.  I always enjoy this time of year.  I guess I'd better since it comes and goes so quickly.

There's a little comics and collectibles show in Deland, Florida on January 12th.  The guest list continues to get bigger and bigger, so I think it's about time I check it out.  cfcollectibles.com/?page_id=27   Give a shout out if you plan to attend.

Until Next Week...

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Background noise
  • Reading: Thuglit Volume 3
  • Watching: Bears vs Packers today. Go Bears!
  • Playing: Video Poker.
  • Eating: Nothing so far...
  • Drinking: Nothing so far...
Manny Aguilera makes his second, but not last, appearance in my Stallone Sketch Gallery.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is in just a few days... I'd better finish, er, get started with my shopping!

Until next weekend...

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Background noise
  • Reading: Thuglit Volume 3
  • Watching: Bears vs Eagles tonight. Go Bears!
  • Playing: Not much lately.
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim's Corner Diner Soon
  • Drinking: Nothing so far...
Manny Aguilera makes his first, but not last, appearance in my Stallone Sketch Gallery.

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas.  There's a chill to the air, and Christmas Break is coming.  Counting it down, baby!
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Casey Kasem Countdown from the 70's
  • Reading: Thuglit Volume 3
  • Watching: Survivor Finale Tonight
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim's Corner Diner Soon
  • Drinking: Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee
This week Jerry Gaylord makes his fourth appearance in my Stallone Sketch Gallery!

Hey, if you're not watching Mob City by Frank Darabont on TNT, you're missing out.
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Casey Kasem Countdown from the 70's
  • Reading: Hellboy: Odder Jobs
  • Watching: The month/year wind down...
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim's Corner Diner Soon
  • Drinking: Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee
Jerry Gaylord is back for his third visit to my Stallone Sketch Gallery, but it won't be his last.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  I sure did.  Spent time visiting with family, getting some things done around the house and a bit of relaxing.  Back to work tomorrow.  

It was shocking and sad to hear about the death of Paul Walker.  Cherish each day, friends.  Cliche, but true.

Until next weekend...

  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Casey Kasem Countdown 12/4/76
  • Reading: Hellboy: Odder Jobs
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim's Corner Diner Soon
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd is back and he’s brought Sly and the cast of Demolition Man with him!  Mike often surprises me with his commissions.  Sometimes it is an extra character, placing Sly in a role you wouldn’t expect or upgrading a sketch card to include the entire major players.

Man, I am so ready for Thanksgiving and all that it brings.  Time off from work.  Catching up with family I don't see often enough.  Good food.  Down time to re-organize, re-energize, and re-prioritize.

My buddy, John Beatty used to do a Black Friday live U-stream where fans could order sketches and see them drawn live.  I believe Tom Hodges and Jon Riggle have as well.  Is anyone doing it this week?  I love watching, interacting with artists and fans and maybe getting some new art.  If you know of anyone sing out.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

best,

Craig
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Casey Kasem Countdown from the 70's
  • Reading: Thuglit Volume 2
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim's Corner Diner Soon
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
Jay Potts makes his second appearance in my Stallone Theme Sketch Gallery.

I'm looking forward to the new FOX series ALMOST HUMAN that premieres tonight.  It stars Karl Urban.  I'm hoping for good things...

We're about a week and a half out from Thanksgiving and I am ready.  The get-together with the family is a big part of it and no doubt, so it the turkey dinner, but honestly, I am looking forward to some extended down-time.

Until next week...


  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Casey Kasem Countdown from the 70's
  • Reading: Thuglit Volume 1
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim's Corner Diner Soon
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
This is Erin Humiston's first appearance in my Stallone Sketch Gallery.  It won't be his last.

Wish I could say more, but the Bears game has started.

Until Next Weekend!
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Casey Kasem Countdown from the 70's
  • Reading: The 10 Ounce Siesta by Norman Partridge
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim's Corner Diner Soon
  • Drinking: Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee
This week Gerardo Moreno is back with his "Escape Plan" poster.

Last week I mentioned I was thinking of getting a Kindle of some sort.  I was leaning toward the Kindle Fire so I could check Tweets and e-mail.  I ended up going with a Kindle basic model.  I won't be able to Tweet or check e-mail from it, but that's not why I bought it.  I bought it to read books and it will do that just fine.  It will be interesting to see how I like the experience of reading books digitally.  I'm a real-book guy.  I hope I find the new experience ok.  Time will tell.

It's been too long since my last con... 

Until Next Weekend...

Craig
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Casey Kasem Countdown from the 70's
  • Reading: The Extinction Machine by Jonathon Maberry
  • Watching: Walking Dead tonight!
  • Playing: Spades on my IPad
  • Eating: Breakfast at Tim's Corner Diner Soon
  • Drinking: Diet Coke