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WEAPON OMEGA TRADE HITS STORES!!!

Hey kids,

Proud to announce that the trade paperback collection of the Weapon Omega story I wrote (art by the Italian duo of Andrea DiVito & Marco Checchetto!), which ran in the first 12 issues of Marvel Comics Presents, just hit the stores today! And I must say it's a pretty sweet package (much like myself). And not only does it collect the 12 8-page segments that I did but it also includes the Prologue of Micheal Pointer, aka Weapon Omega, aka The Guardian that appeared in the "Civil War: The Initiative" one-shot which was written by one Brian Bendis and penciled by Marc Silvestri! And the cover is eye-popping! It's by the brilliant Mike Choi with colors by Sonia Oback. So you're getting a very nice collection here all for the measly price of $12.99!

Get yer hind-ends off the couch and to your local comic shop now!

Or order it off this here very website and I'll sign it for you and give you FREE shipping and handling.

DO IT!!! NOW!!!

I will be at the "Windy City Con" this Saturday if you're in that neck of the woods. "That neck" being Chicago if you hadn't gleaned that by the name of the con. Google Windy City Con for directions. It's only the 2nd year this con's been held but from what I've heard about last year's show it's destined to become a serious playah on the con circuit. So be there!

Also!

I'm in the thick of the 2nd issue of the new 3 GEEKS mini-series which officially launches with #1 in January (Novembers Previews catalogue for ordering). It looks like it'll be a 3-issue mini-series right now and I couldn't be happier with the way the story's going thus far. It's called "Slab Madness" for those of you unawares, and it involves the boys and the CGC (Comics Guaranty Corp)--you know, the guys in Florida who grade comics. Anyway, it's the usual fun and hijinx you'd expect from The 3 Geeks so make sure you order your copies.

Some of you may have already picked up part 1 at the Baltimore Comic-Con where it debuted as an "exclusive." If so, thank you and be patient...I know part 2&3 is a ways away but it'll be worth the wait, I promise! And I'm running 1,2 & 3 in consecutive months. They'll be solicited in the Nov, Dec and January Previews catalogues for Jan, Feb and March shipping. So order heavy and please tell your local retailers to order copies as well.

Alright, that's enough pimpin' of my product for now.

Rays beat the Sox which delighted me to no end and the World Series starts tonight. I'm pulling for the Rays again...have to! From worst to first?! Come on...if you're not rooting for these guys you have no soul...and if you were rooting for the Phillies anyway that just proves my point!!! I'm sorry but it's true, Phillies fans are the WORST! I've seen them live and in person and it was not pretty. You fans don't deserve a champion. Sheesh, you're worse than Cubs fans.

A'ight, thassit.

Word.

R

FALLCON RECAP & OTHER CRAP

Hey kids, Well, if you were close enough to get to Fallcon and, for whatever reason, decided not to go then you effed up, man! GREAT SHOW this year! Record crowd in the newer, bigger, grander location and the boys who run that show were as friendly as ever. Plus we got to see a wedding there on Saturday night before gorging on New York strip steaks! And, of course, the Saturday night poker game! I lost this year but still had a grand ole time.

And the girls were in tow and also had a great time. Stella in the swimming pool=fun! And there was a "Rubber Stamp & Scrapbooking Show" right next door to our con this year so Stella had a blast over there.

I sold lots of stuff--mostly sketches--and had fantastic neighbors on either side of me again this year. Doug Mahnke was to my right and Keith Champagne to my left. Both talented chaps and both good-looking enough to properly compliment my own dashing handsomeness!

Brewers lost. No surprise there. Doesn't even seem like they made the post season at all, does it? Barely squeaked in and then barely showed up. Next year's going to be rough! They're going to lose pitching and probably a couple position players to free agency. sigh. Whattaya gonna do?

Nothing.

I just finished up the cover to The 3 Geeks: Slab Madness Issue #2 tonight and I'm pretty stoked! I think this might be my best cover yet. Really happy with the cover concept and then the execution (which I surprised myself by actually pulling off without any help from my lil bud, CJ!).

Issue #1 of this 3 issue mini-series will be solicited in the November Previews catalogue and then Issue #2 in the December catalogue, Issue #3 in January of '09. Yep, doing these three issues back-to-back-to-back people! I'm just that damn good!

In other news...It might be too late to advertise this but I'll be doing a signing tomorrow in Kenosha at "Heroes and Dreams" comic shop. 3020 Roosevelt drive. I'll be there from 12-3 so git yer scrawny asses out there or I will hunt you down and make you read back issues of Youngblood!!!

ALSO! Just did an interview that might be featured in the Midwest Airlines in flight magazine. Kind of cool. Up top is the uber special picture of me that millions of bored travelers will soon be taking into the plane's john and joining the half-mile high club to.

Sick, hey?

word.

r

TRYING TO POE IN BALTIMORE!

Some of you may remember my horror story of my trip to Baltimore last year when I had a multitude of failed attempts to have a bowel movement. Well, not this year! Success was had, and had, and had. This year's mishap was when we decided to visit Edgar Allen Poe's gravesite. Found the gravesite and it was very, very cool. Some of the headstones were so old and worn by the weather you couldn't read them anymore. It was after visiting the grave where the fun began. When we decided to walk up the road and see his house. Only a half mile away. Me in my walking cast. Sandy and Stella in tow.

I thought we were going to die.

Folks, stay away if you value your life. We found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a WIRE or HOMICIDE episode. i have seen many "bad" neighborhoods in my time but this one was, by far, the scariest! Luckily we ran into another couple making their way to Poe's house as well so we banded together--the old "strength in numbers" thing. And this was the looonnngest .5 miles I've ever seen.

The city of Baltimore should be ashamed of itself for not doing something about this. This is one of Baltimore's greatest treasures and it looks (IT IS!) a war-zone around it. It's no wonder the museum is only open 2 months out of the year! No one wants to go there for fear of there life!

But we survived. It was an adrenaline rush, but we made it.

The con was fantastic! The Baltimore Comic-Con! Marc Nathan and his crew did an outstanding job and the hospitality was amazing. I sold a bunch of the 3 Geeks Exclusives and other goodies and just flat-out had a great time in general! The crowd was BIG, the guest list was top-notch and the Harvey Awards went off without a hitch. If you'll recall I was honored to be asked to be a presenter again this year and got a few chuckles from the big crowd.

This weekend I'll be at the equally fantastic Minnesota FallCon located at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. So get yer buttocks out there for what is going to be the best FallCon yet! They're celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and have tons of great giveaways and guest lined up.

In other news...

The Brewers somehow managed to squeak into the post season! I couldn't believe it. Sadly, they just lost the first game (Rickie Weeks strikes again!) so they're going to have to rally and win game two or I fear this post-season celebration will be very brief. The good news is that CC Sabathia takes the hill tomorrow so we have a chance! And if we can get to game 5 he'll take the hill again. That means we have a chance.

Go Brewers!

A'ight, that's about it for now. Enjoy the illo I just knocked out tonight. That's the great character, USAgent for those who don't know. He was one of the main characters in my Weapon Omega storyline I did in Marvel Comics Presents. Issue #12 just came out and soon the Trade Paperback of my story will be out!!! Very cool! From what I understand my story is the only one from the series being collected into a tpb.

So there's that. I got that going for me.

Word.

r

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