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AFTER CHRISTMAS MATH

Get it?... "After Christmas Math"? Like Aftermath!... Like Christmas was, y'know, all hellish and a pain-in-the-ass and everything... Ha! Damn, I show my cleverness once again with this witty and insightfully poignant play on words! THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is WHY I am an award-winning writer!

Whoo!

Okay, well, that being said I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. And if you don't celebrate or recognize the holiday, well, whatever. I'm sure you still took advantage of the days off of work or school and didn't gripe about it, eh? Or swooped in and saved a few bucks on the after holiday sales, perhaps? Hmm?....

Sure you did.

Anyway, our holiday was rather enjoyable going back to the frozen tundra (or as I unaffectionately refer to it, "Hell") and seeing family and a few friends. Stella, of course, reaped the biggest harvest being the only grandchild on Sandy's side of the family and just plain old being the most awesome on mine!

So, again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance!... and don't drink and drive!

To all of you who took advantage of my Holiday Sale on the website a very big Thank You! I'll get around to adjusting the prices back soon but right now I'm just too tired and lazy so if you missed out, guess what?...you haven't missed out yet! Order away while the sale lasts.

In other BIG NEWS!!!!... My boy, Russ Colchamiro of Finders Keepers fame has landed "the BIG ONE" and got himself and his debut book reviewed by Publishers Weekly! And anyone in this business can testify that that ain't no easy feat! So, without further ado I shall post the review right here right now for your reading pleasure!

Web Exclusive Finders Keepers Russ Colchamiro, illus. by Rich Koslowski, 3 Finger Press (www.richkoslowski.com), $13.99 trade paper (301p) ISBN 978-09794801-4-0 As the Milky Way Galaxy is being created in Eternity's laboratories, a jar of CBM (cosmic building material) goes missing on Earth (thanks to the on-the-clock "getting' it on" of two employees). Hapless New Zealander Theo Barnes discovers the jar but has no idea what it contains; when the sea creatures start talking, however, even he realizes that it holds great significance. Eager to learn more, he goes on a backpacking trip through Europe, where he meets Jason Medley, an aimless American on a quest of self-discovery. The two meander across the continent, while all around them people search desperately for the CBM, intent on salvaging the scheduled unveiling of the Milky Way. What Colchamiro's unique and funny novel lacks in coherence, it makes up for in style and panache. The author has created the quintessential bumbling duo in Barnes and Medley, two clueless dudes drifting through a rather dense narrative, and most of the large supporting cast from Eternity (from ex-lovers Emma and Lex to the husband-and-wife team of Donald and Danielle, who lost the jar in the first place) are funny and well-drawn. This is a strong debut from a very imaginative writer. (Nov.)

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/reviews/fiction.html?page=8

Congrats to Russ! I know just how hard he's worked on his book (available on this here site! And STILL on sale I might add) and how hard he's worked on promoting it. This is a very well-deserved recognition of that work and I am proud to have been a part of the project. Dang it...I said I wasn't going to cry!...sniff...

Okay, thassit for this week's installment of witty banter, observations and social commentary!

Word.

R

THIS AND THAT AND OTHER THINGS...

Well, hello again dear friends! I hope this blog is finding you all well.

To start I have to "pimp" the unbelievable Sacramento Train Museum! We went up to Sacramento last weekend for a small comic convention (Sac-Con) so we thought we'd tour our new state capitol and check out some highlights. Well, the Train museum and Old Town were two things that were recommended by friends so, what the heck, we went. We're not "big train enthusiasts" here by any means so we went in with a mildly curious attitude.

Best freaking museum I (we've) ever seen! Well run, clean, aesthetically pleasing in every way, friendly, affordable...AND THE TRAINS! I expected to see a couple antique engines and then be bombarded by a gift shop. NO! This place was HUGE! And it housed some of the most amazingly beautiful trains you could ever imagine. It was awesome, inspiring and I can't recommend it highly enough. I can only imagine what a true train enthusiast must feel in this place because I was beside myself.

Old Town was very cool too. It's flooded with new shops now, and a lot of them really don't "fit" the feel, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Just seeing the old architecture is always cool.

Then we went ice skating downtown. Nice to skate in 50 degree weather as opposed to 10 degrees I say! We also luckily happened upon the Sacramento Christmas parade earlier in the day. So all-in-all a nice visit to our capitol (my meeting with the governor was postponed so that was a bummer but, oh well, Arnie will have more time to visit soon)!

Many of you were kind enough to congratulate Stella on her Accomplishments in the contests mentioned in earlier blogs. Thank you from both her and me. The Bookshop Santa Cruz now has the Young Writers Contest books available through their website as well as their retail location. Here's the website info...http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/young-writers-contest

We were very impressed with the overall quality and attention to detail that was put into this book! From it's gorgeous front cover design to the format and binding!...for a debut publication it's really quite astounding. And that doesn't even cover the wonderful stories held within.

So go check it out if you get a chance. Support these young authors and the store for hosting such an important event.

In other news...

My website sale's still on so if you do need any items for a loved one (including yourself) order now to receive by Christmas--or after if you'd like.

In other news...

Looks like Brett Favre's career may finally be over. The streak is anyway. And, at first I laughed and was happy, but after it actually ended I had mixed feelings. Sure, the whole "retirement drama queen act" got really really old three years ago and he's a wishy-washy hypocrite and degenerate cheating creepy sexter, but what he accomplished on the field in his career was amazing. I won't argue that. Is he the best QB who ever donned a uniform? No. Top five? No. But probably top ten. Regular season he was fantastic. The post-season, however?...Not so much. His tendency to throw those awful last second, game ending interceptions will probably be what people remember most (or second most after the streak) and they have every right to. In the most critical moments of most of the big games Favre screwed up time and again. I guess it's only fitting (and rather sad) that his last pass ever, the one that ended the streak and possibly his career, may very well be an interception as well!

But it's Favre! So we may be visiting the drama again this Spring, won't we?

A'ight, enough for now. Gotta ink me up some Archie pages so I can pay the rent and feed the family!

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R

HOLIDAY SALE! WOO-HOO!!!

Seasons Greetings fellow geeks!

In the spirit of the holidays I have decided to graciously and generously discount many of the fine items available on this here website...just for YOU! Yes, I'm just that nice.

So here are the fantastical items now reduced by 20%! 25% and sometimes more than 50%!!!...

All The 3 Geeks Trade paperbacks are on sale! The King, Three Fingers, BB Wolf And The Three LPs is on sale and the BB Wolf Box Set is slashed from $75 to $60!!!

The MCP (Marvel Comics Presents) 12 Pack! was $35, now $25 and includes a signed print illustrated by yours truly!

AND the novel Finders Keepers, by pal, Russ Colchamiro, is also on sale for $10 even! AND...AND Russell asked me if I'd be up for throwing in one of my Milo's children's books for any interested buyers for an additional 5 BUCKS? I say absolutely! So I went ahead and marked both Milo books on the site to that price for your shopping pleasure! Russ specifically asked me to offer the Milo books because his newborn Abby seems to really love them and he's also grown quite fond and wants to spread the joy! Sweet, ain't it?

And here's an additional note/update on Finders Keepers from good pal, Russ Colchamiro...

Now ... in the spirit of the holiday season, here's the latest on Finders Keepers: * First off ... Finders Keepers is now an e-book! That's right. I've gone techno, baby! For all you Kindle-type readers, Finders Keepers is now available for download through the gang at DriveThru Comics ... no matter what e-reader you use. And because there's no printing or shipping charges, it's only $4.99!

Whether you have a Kindle, iPad or any other device that reads e-books, Finders Keepers is just a click away! That's right. We serve 'em all! To order your e-book version of Finders Keepers, copy and paste: http://bit.ly/fshMh7

* Speaking of the holidays ... what better time to get a FREE, SIGNED copy of Finders Keepers? That's right. It's contest time! For the month of December only, you have the chance for a free, personalized copy of Finders Keepers, plus other goodies. To join the fun, copy and paste: http://bit.ly/f1JqWj

Okay, so that's the scoop(s)! Shop away and the shipping's FREE (in the Continental USA) and I can guarantee shipping by December 24th if you get your orders in by December 16th. That is if the Post Office don't screw it up! I'll do my part, folks to get it there on time.

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R

P.S. And, OH HECK!...I'm even gonna go ahead and throw in a FREE T-Shirt for any order over 50 Bucks (make a note of your size when you order)!!! And any order over $100 is going to get the t-shirt and, AND an original piece of art. Why the heck not I ask?

STELLA ROCKS THE LAST UNICORN CONTEST!

Proud Parent Alert! Gotta brag a little hear folks so bear with me...

Stella entered THE LAST UNICORN ART CONTEST last Spring and they finally announced the winners yesterday...Yep, Stella won 1st place in the "12 and younger" category! And she's 8 taking on 12 year olds! Woo-Hoo! So she won an autographed copy of the novel and all the winners are going to be featured on the "extras" dvd of the upcoming February release of THE LAST UNICORN. Very, very cool and I will be ordering a few dozen of those babies to pass out.

This wonderful news comes right on the heels of Stella's winning a local "Young Writers Contest" at the Bookshop Santa Cruz where she won 1st place in her age group with over 80 entries for her illustrated story, "The Happy Times Mouse!" There she won a $60 gift certificate and her story will be published alongside the other winner's in a tpb collection that will be sold at the store (I'll also be ordering heavy on that one!) So yeah, I'm going to be a proud papa and brag on her a bit. I'm also thinking she might end up being my "retirement plan" the way things are going lately in this economy.

Okay, I'm starting to tear up again so I've gotta stop now.

Check back on the site in the next couple days for an announcement on some great Christmas sales specials!

Word.

R

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