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ARCHIE EXHIBIT AT CARTOON ART MUSEUM

Hey all!

Just got back from the San Diego Comic-Con...still attempting to recover from the exhaustion! Awesome show as always and I had an equally awesome (and exhausting) time meeting fans, selling and signing books and partying at night (every night...ugh). I won't bore you with all the details and famous actors I rubbed elbows with, let's just say it was another fantastic year.

The next EVENT I'll be attending is the ARCHIE ART EXHIBITION and the details are listed below. If you're a fan of Archie this is going to be a pretty special exhibit and event. I hope to see you there!

70 Years of Archie Comics

Cartoon Art Museum Exhibition: July 16 – December 4, 2011 Archie Family Fun Day: Sunday, August 7, 2011

San Francisco, CA: The Riverdale gang makes its way to San Francisco this summer for an all-new original art exhibition celebrating 70 Years of Archie Comics! America’s favorite teenager, Archie Andrews, has been entertaining readers worldwide since his 1941 debut, through hundreds of different titles and over one billion comics sold. The Cartoon Art Museum looks back at seven decades with Archie’s friends Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose and special guests including Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats.

This retrospective includes over 40 pieces of original artwork spanning Archie’s publication history, with ephemera including a special look at the Archie newspaper strip, preliminary sketches, correspondence and other rarities. Featured artists include Bob Bolling, Gene Colan, Dan DeCarlo, Frank Doyle, Stan Goldberg, Rich Koslowski, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana and others.

The Cartoon Art Museum will host an Archie Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 7, 2011 as we welcome Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics and Developer of Comic Book Fairs; David Rojas, Director of Education for Archie Comics; and veteran Archie Comics artist Rich Koslowski for a fun-filled afternoon including drawing activities, free Archie comic books for visitors, and a birthday cake celebrating Archie’s birthday! Rojas will run workshops for kids and premier Archie’s Education program for kids, teachers and parents throughout the day. The Archie Family Fun Day programming is free with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum.

Visitors to the Cartoon Art Museum bookstore can purchase Archie Comics through Comic Book Fairs, which will donate 40% of Archie’s sales to CAM throughout the year. Please visit http://www.comicbookfairs.com/ for more information about this program.

About Archie Comics:

The Archie Comics line of comic books is one of the most successful, longest running brands in the history of the comic industry. Archie Comics have sold 1.5 billion comics and are published in a dozen different foreign languages and distributed all over the world. Archie Comics has spawned characters whose popularity has spilled over into other media and who have become part of popular culture. SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS are just some of the many legendary franchises that are part of the Archie Comics Library.

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CASEY ANTHONY/A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN!

No, as the title of this blog might make one think I DO NOT for a nano-second believe that Casey Anthony is a "Law Abiding Citizen." I think she killed her daughter and the jury that found her Not Guilty are a bunch of idiots. There's a special place in Hell for all of them.

I wrote my title as such because we happened to watch the movie A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN last night, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx and it just got me thinking... Movie was MUCH better than I thought it would be BTW. Anyway, it got me thinking about how lousy our "justice" system is at times. Yeah, I know, better that 12 guilty people go free than 1 innocent and all that crap...blah, blah, blah... But in a case like this one or the OJ trial we need to use just a hair of common sense. Of course I truly believe that 90% of the world lacks common sense so the point is moot, I guess.

Anyway, in the movie Gerard's character goes on a rampage after the "justice" system frees one of his family's murderers on a "technicality"...such as with Casey's, y'know, lack of concrete evidence and all.

Movie felt good. Just, y'know, got me thinking...

Um, NO, I would NEVER suggest anyone do what Gerard's character did. But everyone down in the Orlando area really should watch this movie.

Because it's a good movie is all... Far better than we thought it would be.

Just sayin'....

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GUEST BLOG BY RUSS COLCHAMIRO

Good afternoon,

Today I am enclosing my good friend, Russ Colchamiro's, newsletter as my blog. As some of you may know I published Russ' novel FINDERS KEEPERS last year and in a very short time the book has garnered some very fantastic reviews and has recently landed a significant distribution deal. So, without further ado, here's a nice update from Russell...

Hey Gang- I hope everybody had a great July 4th weekend. Besides their first Independence Day, so far this summer Liz and I also took Nate and Abby on their very first family vacation to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, where we all soaked up some pool time and stared out at the ocean as the sun set. Plus, Liz and I had our very first weekend away together -- without the babies -- notching up some beach and restaurant time at Spring Lake, NJ, while my in-laws had a wonderful weekend babysitting their grandkids. They very seriously thought about not giving Nate and Abby back, but exhaustion changed their minds! And on that note, I've got a slew of summer fun to share about Finders Keepers: * A few months back I announced that Small Press United signed me to a deal to distribute Finders Keepers to booksellers across the country. Well, we're starting to see some momentum! It's still early in the process, but to date, Barnes & Noble has ordered more than 50 copies of Finders Keepers, to be sold in various locations! Not sure yet which particular stores will be carrying it, but it sure is a good feeling to know that at long last Finders Keepers will be on the shelves. I will update as I know more. * Speaking of being on the shelves, I am extending the Finders Keepers summer sale throughout the month! To order you signed copy of Finders Keepers for the freakin' sweet summer sale price of just $10, visit http://www.richkoslowski.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=233. Plus FREE shipping in the U.S! * But wait. You say you want to see me in person at a convention this summer. Well ... you're in luck! Throughout July you have not one, but two chances to stop by my booth where I'll be selling and autographing copies of Finders Keepers. Here's where you can find me: Long Island Toy Show, Holiday Inn Hotel, 215 Sunnyside Blvd Plainview, NY - July 17

East Hanover Comic Book Expo, Ramada Inn Conference Center Hotel, Ramada Inn Conference Center Hotel, 130 Rt 10 West East Hanover, NJ - July 23

* In addition, the latest round of reviews are in. Check out this one from Ruled by Books, who said: "[Finders Keepers is] incredibly funny. ... When [Colchamiro] becomes a best seller, you’ll be able to say you knew him when." For the full review, click here: http://bit.ly/kDJRci

* And for this month's shout-out, if you haven't already, check out the collective works of Rich Henn (Zoomies, Timespell, www.timespell.com), Finders Keepers publisher and cover artist Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs, The King, The List, 3 Geeks, www.richkoslowski.com) and JD Arnold (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs, http://www.bbwolfandthethreelps.com/), will all be attending this year's San Diego Comic-Con. They are all excellent creators and big Finders Keepers supporters, so even though I won't be there for the usual summer mayhem, join me with them in spirit. That's all she wrote for this edition. I'll be back later in the summer with new updates, plus some BIG, BIG plans I've got in the works. All the Best, Russ

So there you have it! And as the reviewer above suggested, you might want your First Edition copy now before Russ becomes all rich and famous and those First Printings sell for outrageous prices on eBay.

Just sayin'...

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ITEM!!!!

Greetings and salutations!

A few quick notes as of this day, July 3rd, 2011.

First off, Happy 4th Of July/Independence Day to all my fellow Americans! Let's celebrate our freedom together as one...as brothers and sisters of one great nation. Let's stop the petty bickerings amongst ourselves for one day and remember that Great Britain was the bad guy. Yeah, I know, we're great pals now, but for one day a year I think it's important to regurgitate our hatred and mistrust of them. That'll keep it real...keep us grounded, man! So if you see a Brit tomorrow, I'm not gonna suggest bodily harm or gratuitous violence certainly, but hurling a few nasty insults and possibly a little spittle directed at their shoes, all in the spirit of the day, would certainly be appropriate.

2nd item. SHE'S GUILTY! For crap's sake SHE'S GUILTY. Can we please (and by "we" I mean the jury) get this one right??? She's an evil, narcissistic bitch who, at the very least, killed her daughter by "accident" and attempted a ridiculous cover-up laden with dozens of obvious lies. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs an x-ray of their brain. CT scan..MRI...whatever for those of you who were about to shoot back some snarky comment like, "Um, yes, any educated person would know that an "x-ray" doesn't properly show actual brain content and it's capacity to...blah, blah, blah!"

To those snarky persons out there let me repeat...SHE'S GUILTY!!!!

3rd item. San Diego Comic-Con. Yeah, I know. I devoted last week's blog to the subject but it bears repeating, folks. SDCC is a comin' and we should all be girding our collective loins. Gear up and bear down cuz it's less than three weeks away! I will be hiding, er, I mean WORKING the Top Shelf Productions booth for most of the time I'm there so please come on by and say hello--and buy lots of my stuff while you're at it. And if you're a movie mogul type with deep pockets feel free to throw a few briefcases full my way. You won't be sorry, man...I'm tellin' ya. I'm a veritable font of ideas for pity's sake! My body of published work, to date, barely scratches the surface of the endless array of winning ideas I have socked away in my mind. So seriously, Movie guys, come on by and back this horse. Results guaranteed.

4th item. Movie moguls, see "Item 3."

5th item. While at SDCC I will be drinking like a sailor on shore leave. So if you see me out-and-about on the streets of downtown San Diego, Gaslamp District, odds are in your favor that I''ve filled my guts with high quantities of alcoholic imbibements. What does this have to do with you, you ask? It means that I'm probably gonna either a) be fast and loose with my money and buy YOU a drink or b) be out of my money and hit you up for one. Either way we both win so make sure to stop me on the streets and steer me to the closest drinking establishment...or if we're near the Hustler store or F-Street and you're a female and cute direct me there!!! Those two establishments are really great places for souvenirs.

6th item. How does a movie like "Walled In" get made? Yeesh, wasted an hour and a half of my life last night on that beaut! How??? Why???? Really??? Predictable? yes. Badly directed, edited, acted? Yes. And yet somebody ponied up a good chunk of change to make this stinker. Now, I shouldn't single out one unfortunate mistake like Walled In because, to be fair, we all know a LOT of bad movies are made and deserve equal vilification, but this one's fresh on my mind. This madness has to stop. With all of Hollywood's resources and talent they really should be capable of making more good movies. I'm not expecting a 100% success rate. That's impossible. But at least 50% should be good, right? And if you think I'm crazy suggesting that 50% is shooting high think again. More than half the movies made are terrible. To be completely fair I'd say it's closer to 90% that stink. Think about it...we only get a fraction of the movies produced screened at the local theaters. And of those most are mediocre to poor. Very few are what one should consider to be good or great. I'll end this rant here cuz I could go on and on for hours breaking it down. I'm just still mad about that damned awful movie last night is all.

I mean, really...it was really bad.

7th item. Congrats to Milwaukee Brewers players Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks for making the All-Star game. I've had my problems with Weeks in years past as he'd never lived up to expectations but this year he's deserving of the nod. And Braun is just flat-out a baseball stud! He's Top 10 in the entire league and his future is bright white if he stays healthy. Future Hall Of Famer for sure. And Prince is also having another mind-blowing year! The Brewers are one of the things I miss most since the move.

8th item. I am now ending this blog.

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