Monday, December 31, 2012
I love in the third panel how Vance is shown through the drawn bow of Dave. Very clever, Russell.
For more information on Russell and an indepth look at his art, view his website at:
The Urchin is a full length novel about boys from an isolated boarding school who struggle for survival in the post-apocalypse as they battle their former teachers and classmates who have been transformed into vampires.
It's about friendship, survival, betrayal and yes, there is even a romance told through Vance's backstory. If you're curious and would like to read the first chapter, go here.
The Urchin is available on all ebook platforms for 99 cents.
Barnes and Noble
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
ComiXology is having a sale of all Archaia all-ages titles. This includes Fraggle Rock, volume one. (Hey, hey - yes, that's the one where I have two stories). So, if you want to get downloadable on Fraggle Rock, go here now:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
There are very few iconic pajamas out there, good or bad, but I think if you are a designer of sleepwear, you should some sense of history. I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but should Victoria Secret really be putting out an Auschwitz line? These are definitely going back to the store. Creepy, to say the least.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Urchin is my 95K word novel now available as an ebook on Amazon for 99 cents and soon to be available on all ebook retailers for the same price. (Check to see if it's been posted on your preferred carrier.) Here's the blurb to pull you in:
Since the End came, leaving the United States a confused and desolate wasteland, what is left of society has been trying to pick up the pieces and put itself back together. Nick Miller is willing to do whatever it takes, and is flying a top-secret mission over the devastation when he is forced to make a crash landing. Luckily, he is rescued by the brooding, enigmatic Vance Amherst and his dubious crew of teenage boys, who are eking out an existence in the remains of their boarding school. But Nick quickly realizes that something is very wrong at Stanton Academy: the school has been turned into a fortress bristling with giant spikes; the boys, armed to the teeth with wooden stakes, exude a desperate, fearful discipline; the teaching staff is conspicuously absent. And night is falling…
Here is a sample chapter to get you started:
Monday, July 16, 2012
Do you like it in the car? Do you like when we drive far?
No, I do not like it in the car. I do not like to be driven far.
Do you like it in the sling? Are you happy in the swing?
No, no, no, I do not like it, no I don't. I will not sleep, no, no I won't.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
We'll start signing at 11:00 at Isotope. I'm not sure when we're through, but there's a lot of buzz about this hardcover, so I'm sure they'll go fast.
See you there!
Friday, April 27, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
I was wondering if I just found the film boring because I'd read the book and knew what was going to happen, but my mom was quite bored too and she had no idea about the story. A lot of the action sequences are filmed with a joggley camera which eventually caused me to simply close my eyes to avoid being nauseated. Maybe it was filmed that way to give you the feeling of being right there, but I found it distancing. I know the Katniss character is very reserved, but she just came off as flat. The only character that is at all endearing in Peta.
After all that hype and really quite a suspenseful book, I personally give it a thumbs down. Even the action scenes were not pulling me in. Pity.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Because it's awesome. (Open up your mind, you star bellied sneetch, there are more than just three cool spots on the planet.)
Anyway, I was pleased as punch to see Details doing an article that features my honey:
Dredgers Union (Photo: Sean Bilovecky and Danielle DeBoe)Dredgers Union Boutique
Once, Cleveland stood alongside New York City and Paris as a preeminent garment center. While the city is unlikely to reclaim that stature, the Dredgers Union is bringing back made-in-the-Midwest style. Located in a 10,000-square-foot former department store on happening East 4th Street, the 10-month-old boutique does a brisk business in its in-house sportswear lines, which are produced entirely in the heartland: "Our region minus manufacturing equals broken," explains menswear designer Sean Bilovecky, 36, who founded the company with Danielle DeBoe. The store also stocks more than 100 other apparel-and housewares-makers, ranging from the emerging (Lifetime Collective) to the established (Ben Sherman). “In the past, record companies thought, ‘If new acts make it in the Midwest, they can make it anywhere,’” Bilovecky adds. “I think this logic goes for brands and retailers today.”
2043 E 4th St, Cleveland OH, 44115; 216-357-2911; http://dredgersunion.wordpress.com/
Greenhouse Tavern (Photo: Jonathon Sawyer)Greenhouse Tavern
Culinary wunderkinder often leave cities like Cleveland; they rarely come home. But after stints in New York City at the now-defunct Kitchen 22 and Parea, native son Jonathon Sawyer returned with dreams of owning his own place. In 2009, he opened the Greenhouse Tavern, a three-story eatery built with reclaimed materials that serves French-inspired dishes with ingredients—heirloom beans, foraged ramps, freshwater prawns—sourced from within state lines, often accented with Sawyer's acclaimed made-from-scratch beer and wine vinegars. After the restaurant became a hit, the 31-year-old chef opened Noodlecat, a ramen shop inspired by spots in Tokyo and New York, around the corner; its space doubles as the venue for Brick & Mortar Pop-ups, a dining series featuring visiting chefs. “We’re tired of being behind the rest of the country,” Sawyer says. “We’ll open every kind of niche concept to keep our city viable.”
2038 E. 4th St, Cleveland OH; 216-443-0511; thegreenhousetavern.com
Noodlecat and Brick & Mortar Pop-ups
234 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH: 216-589-0007; noodlecat.com
Market Garden Brewery & Distillery (Photo: Sam McNulty)McNulty's Bier Markt, Bar Cento, and Market Garden Brewery & Distillery
When he was growing up, Sam McNulty and his family would go grocery shopping at the century-old West Side Market, then the only reason to come to Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. "The area was sketchy, but it was so cool—all these empty old brick buildings across the river from modern Cleveland," the 37-year-old brewer and local booster says. "I knew I'd end up back here." In 2005 he did return, opening the Belgian-focused McNulty's Bier Markt in a storefront across the street from the venerable food bazaar. Two years later he partnered with chef Jonathon Sawyer on Bar Cento, an Italian joint next door that pairs a deep beer and wine list with gourmet pizzas, and in 2009 unveiled Speakeasy, a retro cocktail bardownstairs in (natch) a onetime speakeasy. His latest contribution to the now-thriving hood is Market Garden Brewery & Distillery, a bar-restaurant in a former slaughterhouse that lets you store perishables from the West Side Market while sipping one of 32 craft brews made on site (and soon small-batch whiskey, rum, and vodka, too). As McNulty's favorite saying goes: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
Bier Markt & Bar Cento
1948 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio, 44113 (Across from the West Side Market); 216-274-1010; http://bier-markt.com/
Market Garden Brewery & Distillery
1947 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216-621-4000; http://marketgardenbrewery.com/
Friday, April 6, 2012
Stop it! We've all had enough. No more eighties, no more classic oldies, no more overplayed attempts at irony. It's fine if one of you does it, but if you all do it the monotony sets in.
Here is a song that I still love and rarely hear around the Mission:
The Letter by The Box Tops
Yes, Alex Chilton might need a lozenge, but it's still a damn good song.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Am I allowed to mention the title yet? Not sure. But I can tell you that the lovely and delightful Monica Gallagher is the illustrator and she did an amazing job. Check out her site. She's got some funny stuff posted there.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Phoenix is launching a new line of sparkly spandex pants called Glitter Britches on Kickstarter. I've seen these pants in action and they are amazing! Super-duper fun and sassy. The cool thing is, by pledging $65 on Kickstarter, you're actually just pre-ordering a pair of pants.
Kickstarter is amazingly easy to use. If you already have an Amazon account, you don't even have to give them any credit information. You just create a name and password, then they bump you over to Amazon. Super slick and a great way to support small businesses while having fun.
I've already pre-ordered a pair of Glitter Britches to sparkle up my rump. Check out Phoenix's interview below and then go to Kickstarter to add a little sparkle to your life.
AA - What was the inspiration behind creating Glitter Britches?
PZ - Basically I really, REALLY like shiny things. I wanted some crazy-shiny tights for a costume, and it seemed unlikely I'd find exactly what I wanted in any stores, so I made some. The experience of making the first pair sparked off a design-frenzy, because anything I decide to make I want to make REALLY WELL, and suddenly there were all these things I wanted to do or figure out--how to make them fit the best, how to make the pants as versatile as possible, how to make legs look longer... it grew beyond one meager little David Bowie costume very quickly.
AA - Why does everyone need more sparkle in their lives?
PZ - Well, I don't know about everything else, but my Dad has suggested that there may have been a "magpie in the woodpile", because I have always just loved anything that sparkles. When you wear Glitter Britches, you can't stop looking at your own legs, you're just so shiny, you must be a freaking super hero! They provoke random dancing and kung-fu kicks. Who doesn't need more of that?
AA - What makes Glitter Britches superior to other tights and pants, be they sparkle or non-sparkle?
PZ - Glitter Britches are made with a great deal of attention to fit, look and feel. They're designed with only one leg seam for increased comfort and for an uninterrupted visual line. They're made out of 4-way stretch spandex for the most tush-lifting, never saggy fit. They're higher in the bum, lower on the hips, so they feel secure but not like granny-pants. They have a reinforced crotch seam for safer high-kicking. Also, they're very versatile in terms of style. With an extra-long inseam and a mild boot-cut starting at about calf-height, they can be worn under boots as leggings, over heels as pants or rolled up for yoga or rock-climbing. Also, they're handmade in San Francisco by glittery elves. Top that, American Apparel!
AA - Why did you decide to pursue Kickstarter to finance your business?
PZ - Fashion, at its best, creates community. That's what draws me to it, over other artistic pursuits. Clothing is inherently personal, but can bring people together. When I design clothes, I'm not just making one painting for one person; I'm making something special for many people, and that, particularly if the item is easily recognizable, creates a bond. That sense of, and desire for, community is what brought me to Kickstarter. I love the concept of crowd-funding; it allows people to join the group before the product even exists, and be a very real component in its creation.
AA - What inducements are you offering to get people to participate in your Kickstarter campaign?
PZ - Well, I do have a degree in illustration, so I'll be doing some fashion illustrations of the pants and making postcards of them--basically mini art-prints. Those, and the original art, will all be available, along with some other goodies, on the low end of the spectrum. The main feature, of course, is the pants themselves, and you are able to pre-order your very own pair and help bring them into existence all at once. You can even, if you really want to get involved, choose one of the colors we'll be making for the first run, and we'll name that style after you, with identifying tags and everything. How cool is that... immortalized in holographic spandex.
AA - You also create furry animal hats and tails. How does that tie in to sparkly pants?
PZ - I'm not sure that it does, in any direct way! One of the central mantras of the brand (picture Loki saying this, if you will) is "I do what I want!" I make things that interest me, or that I want to wear RIGHT NOW, and then I figure out how to make them even better, and then I pass them on the world, and hopefully you will love them and do what you want while wearing them. So there. Really, I can't say that furry hats and shiny pants have much of anything to do with each other, except that I enjoy making both, and both are fun to wear and make you look more awesome than you did before. Bam.
AA - Anything else?
PZ - Just thanks to you and to everyone who supports us along the way. We're one tiny company and every bit of support and kindness means the world to me.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Do you love sparkly pants? (Who doesn't?)
Well, my fabulous friends over at Beast Parlor are making some really cool glitter pants and they're financing their latest endeavor through Kickstarter. Here's the deal, if you pledge, $65 to the Glitter Britches campaign at Kickstarter, you get your choice of pants. You're really just pre-ordering some super fun pants.
Beast Parlor does quality wares, low-rise yet high-rump so you won't be in the bathroom at the club yanking up your glitter. Four way stretch, reinforced seams. They understand the female shape.
So get over to Kickstarter and pre-order your Glitter Britches today!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
This woman is amazing!
This is a youtube clip that's a bit hard to watch because it's about breast cancer, but wow am I impressed by this woman.
The only thing I'd like to add to her list of what breast cancer is not is a way for morally defunct people to earn large salaries and claim they're working for charity. I'm looking at you Komen Foundation. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here are two articles that might surprise you:
Some stuff I wasn't aware of: