July 1-5 at the Philadelphia Sheraton. Lucky kid me was there, but didn't get to meet Guest of Honor John Stanley, which still brings adult me down. But a good time was had, and consequently, to me, July 4th = FUNNYBOOKS.
Raymond and I are both contributors to this super-swell book (put together by the mighty Chris Sparks), info about which can be found here. Please go, read, and BUY THE BOOK!
Here's pics of Raymond reading the book AND one of the page we share, which is an awesome father/son thing, I think.
Out August 8th: a funnybook drawn by me, with a cover by Christopher Mitten. There's some not safe for kids language, so don't pick it up for junior. If you have a comic shop in the neighborhood, tell 'em you'd like a copy before 6/27. Here's a link to buy online at TFAW.
Raymond drew this months ago- I'm sure I posted it somewhere, but I can't find it on the blog, so here it is. In 1969 I saw my first rock show (I was super-young, really!) and it was the immediately post-Tork Monkees. My first fan letter to a famous person was to Davy Jones, and I got a lost forever signed 8x10 in the mail. So of course I've shared my childhood enthusiasm with my kids, who are always down with some accessible pop.
Mr. Jones is the maraca wielding tiny person in the background above, and despite his lack of prominence, my almost 9 year-old boy cried tonight when I let him know that Davy had died. And Valerie sang along with I Wanna Be Free, to cheer him.
Then she danced like a maniac to Valleri. Rock on, Mr. Jones. My kids love you.
A reprint of Severin's triumphant return to Marvel in the 60s, working over Kirby layouts. I'm sure I could have found a more fitting, all-Severin tribute to post, but this was handy. And BADASS.
John Severin, 1921-2012.