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GLYPH AWARDS WINNER! WOO-HOO!!!

Hello True Believers!

I just received some very fantastic and flattering news! I won the 2011 Glyph Award for my work on BB Wolf And The Three LPs. I won for "Best Artist" and we were also nominated in three other categories...Best Writer; Best Story; and Best Lead Character.

The Glyph Awards recognizes achievement in graphic novels/comics that represent American Black History and culture. It was a phenomenal honor to be nominated in four categories for our efforts on BB Wolf. When JD and I were working together on this we were cognizant of the parallels our story made with Black History and felt we were creating an important piece of work but to be recognized by the Glyphs like we were was beyond flattering.

Since I wasn't in Philadelphia for the ceremony I'll give my brief acceptance speech right here...

"This was a team effort and so I have to give thanks to the following people... JD Arnold, Troy Geddes, Chris Staros and Brett Warnock of Top Shelf, Rob Venditti and Leigh Walton, CJ Bettin, Katie Arnold, and Sandy and Stella. Also all of the musicians who helped create the awesome BB Wolf & The Howlers soundtrack! The entire project was a massive amount of work but to be recognized like this for it makes it all the more worthwhile."

And thanks to all of you who have purchased the book and/or cds and those reviewers who have been so kind to us this past year!

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STELLA MONTH!

Yep, proud Daddy time again, folks! First, Stella brought me to tears by standing up to a classmate when that classmate was making very insensitive comments about a Special Needs child at their school. After Stella commented on how nice the Special Needs girls' outfit was that day her classmate called the Special Needs student a very insensitive name. Stella proceeded to tell her that what she said was "mean and cruel" and that people shouldn't say things about others like that! She stood up to the bully even though the bully is much bigger than her. Pretty mature response for a 9-year-old I thought and I was very proud, indeed!

We were then told by her teacher last week that Stella is ranked Numero uno in the A.R. reading program at her school. This is a system for the kids where they can read a book then take a test to see how well their aptitude and retention is. The A.R. system scores you and also keeps track of how many books you've read all year and how many words. It's pretty amazing. Then, last weekend she ran in her "GIRLS ON THE RUN" 5K run and was a trooper! This was her first long distant run of any kind and we (I was her running buddy) finished in a very respectable time of 38 minutes. We had to walk a few times so she could catch her breath but those walks were brief and the attitude was top-notch! Over 2,500 runners participated!

Then, tonight we attended her school's choir recital. Stella's class sang three songs and they were terrific! Stella was very serious about the performance and really wanted to do her very best. I sat with video camera rolling the whole time, grinning ear-to-ear!

So, yeah, a lot of pride from this papa this month. This year, actually. Heck, her whole life really. She's truly my pride and joy.

In other news... I will be attending the BIG WOW! COMIC CONVENTION this weekend (May 21-22) in San Jose, CA. Mr JD Arnold and I (along with Jon "Bean" Hastings) will be manning a booth there so if you get a chance come on out and stop by. We'll be running ridiculous deals all weekend and I have a KILLER piece of art donated for the art auction! I might be bidding on it myself cuz I like it that much.

and... I am excited to announce that I am finally embarking on my next Graphic Novel! I can't say too much yet but this will be my first foray into a creator-owned super-hero story. So I am very excited. I've actually had this baby going on and off for a few years but things kept getting in the way of my starting it. But as of this week I am finally moving on it...and when I get a goin' it usually means full steam ahead. I'm anticipating having preview art at Comic-Con International so if you're there stop[ by the Top Shelf booth and I'll give you a peek.

OH!... forgot to mentuon that Stella also dug on the THOR movie so that definitely made me a very proud papa indeed!

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THOR MOVIE REVIEW!! BY ODIN!!!

Greetings comrades! A hale and hearty hello! It doth bringst me great joy to announce to thou allst that the THOR film production were't, indeed, Mighty and didst shine ever-so-brightly as doth the mighty Rainbow Bridge itself!

In other words I really, really liked it a lot. Although it did not rank quite as highly as, say, IRON MAN or THE DARK KNIGHT it came pretty darn close! A very, very solid B to B+. As a Thor aficianado I may have been too close to the subject and possibly over-scrutinized certain elements of the adaptation...The Destroyer for instance... I'm NOT going to spoil anything here but let's just say that anyone who knows the comics knows that that part of the film could have had much more gravitas had they stayed true to the comic (you comic geeks know of which I speak and I doth speak right, By the All-Father's eyepatch!)!

A minor quibble though as, overall, they did a spectacular job with just about everything else. And the casting was superb as well. I cannot wait for all these Marvel Movies ultimate payoff when The Avengers finally hits! I believe we have Captain America next and then we'll get The Avengers at last. Really looking forward that that as The Avengers is probably my all-time favorite comic book series. Top 2 or 3 at the very least.

So go and check it out True Believers! And I'm still waiting on my royalty checks as, as you can plainly see, they've been plastering my visage all over Odin's green earth and haven't sent me a penny!

In other news!... FCBD (Free Comic Book Day) was a total blast down at Comicopolis in downtown Santa Cruz, CA! The turn out was fantastic, the people were enthused, the sales at Troy and JD's shop also reflected the overall enthusiasm and I sketched like a madman! I did $1 sketches for the customers and they took FULL advantage lemme tell you.

Anyway, it was a fun event and I can't wait to do it again next year. Kudos to Joe Field for spearheading this nationwide idea/event in the first place, what?...Ten years ago now? Wow!

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