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SLABBED SLAB MADNESS IN DA HOUSE

Good evening, I'm delighted to announce that the official, super-limited, signed and numbered, officially graded CGC slabbed copies of THE 3 GEEKS: SLAB MADNESS are now available on the website! All three issues and the Baltimore Exclusive issue are available and I did super-limited "Signature Series" of these issues of only 10 copies each and 5 of the Baltimore Edition! They're super exclusive and super cheap so check them out on the site and grab 'em while they last.

In other news...My daughter Stella is in the thick of a wonderful fundraising event at her new school, Valencia Elementary. The school is selling raffle tickets for $5 each or a booklet of 6 for $25 for a brand new 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid or $25,000.00 cash!!! Much better than selling crummy Mr. Z's pizzas! In addition to the top prizes mentioned above there will also be 100 other fantastic prizes donated by local merchants. From what I've been told this is a HUGE event every year here and the other prizes are all pretty fantastic as well. If anyone out there wants to purchase some tickets write me through the site and I'll arrange to get you some. I can take PayPal payments. And ALL profits go directly to the school for academics, art and physical education. A great cause and a chance to win some BIG BUCKS!!!

Heck, anyone who orders any tickets...I'll throw in an extra goodie for you! A comic, or a sketch, maybe a t-shirt!...So it's an automatic win already!

All orders must be in before October 14th and the drawing is October 25th down at the world famous Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.

In other news...Took Stella to see "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" today and it was a very pleasant surprise! Very clever, excellent animation, and a goodly amount of belly laughs. I would recommend this one giving it a very solid B+.

"PONYO" on the other hand?...Not. V-e-r-y s-l-o-w and very weird. Maybe it's a Japanese "film style" thing but there were so many scenes where absolutely nothing happened or they showed two characters walking for several minutes or doing some other inane thing for lengthy periods of time. Scenes that should have been a fraction as long to speed up the story--of which there was very little. And the spontaneous, maniacal laughs and facial gestures?... another Japanese style thing I guess. No laughs and a lot of yawns in the audience. Literally. When you can actually hear someone five rows in front of you yawning it's not good. And a big part of the boredom was due to the utter lack of a soundtrack or even sound effects of any kind. Not only was it painfully slow but it was painfully quiet. I know all the critics gave this one big thumbs ups and I'm baffled. My only guess is that they were all giving the creator a "lifelong achievement" reward for past works when they handed out their grades. My grade, the HONEST grade...D.

Other than that I'm going to be at the Alternative Press Expo (APE) October 17th & 18th in San Francisco so make sure to get out for that one. Deals aplenty will be there for your taking!

Thassit for now.

R

GET WELL BENNINATOR!

Hey all,

A quick blog/get well wish to my little bud Ben Breckenheimer. Ben is the son of my dear friends Big Tim and Mary Lyons and he was recently severely injured while serving our country in Afghanistan. Ben was traveling in an armored vehicle and they hit an IED (roadside explosive). Both of Ben's legs have multiple fractures and he's in for a very long road to recovery. They're shipping him back home tomorrow from Germany where he underwent what was, most likely, to be the first of many surgeries. Please send your good vibes his way, he's a decent kid and deserves better.

You can send well wishes on FaceBook by searching for Ben's name (or any other soldiers for that matter) and then simply writing him a quick note. I know it'd cheer him up during this tough time.

Thanks!

Rich

P.S. I'll be at the Slave Labor studio this weekend in San Jose for a very last minute comic book convention. Stop by if you're in the area.

GREAT HONOR!

Imagine my surprise today when a package arrived from Marvel Comics and I could immediately tell it was a bit too small to have comics inside and much too large to be an envelope with a big fat check inside (more on that later!). So I wondered what the heck it could be as I tore open the box...(BTW, the box went to our old address and then our tenant forwarded it to us here in CA--this took about 2 1/2 weeks--this little detail bears fruit in the "P.S." portion of the blog at the bottom of the page. Read on...)

Here's what I found...

"EIO and SAMHSA

present this PRISM COMMENDATION to Weapon Omega

In recognition of an outstanding contribution that demonstrates the entertainment industry's sincere efforts to accurately depict drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction or mental health in a comic book storyline or graphic novel.

April 23, 2009

Brian L. Dyak President & CEO Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.

Eric B. Broderick, D.D.S., M. P.H., Assistant Surgeon General Acting Administator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration"

How cool is that?! I/we got a plaque/commendation for the Weapon Omega series! Completely taken off-guard, was I! Flabbergasted and flattered. Pretty darned proud.

Yep, it's going up on the wall, true believers! And it's going right to the top of the ole resume!

I gotta stop now, the tears are making the screen blurry.

Word,

R

P.S. Regarding the "more on that later" thing...By COMPLETE coincidence I also got a royalty check from Marvel today for the Weapon Omega Trade Paperback! How COOL is that??!! For one brief moment the stars aligned for me. And, no, before anyone gets too excited I won't be buying a Mercedes Benz anytime soon. It wasn't a Bendis royalty check.

BIG MOVE!!!

Hey all,

Been way too long since my last entry but I have a decent excuse...I think. After many years of debating, discussing and deliberating we have finally made the move from Wisconsin to California. Just couldn't face the thought of another dismal winter. 41 years is way to many for any human being. And so we are here now in lovely Aptos, Ca (right next to sunny Santa Cruz) and settling in quite nicely. The weather's fantastic! Mild, cool in the mornings and evenings with nice clear sunny skies throughout the mid-day.

Stella's adjusted quickly and loves her new school, making many new friends right away. This was our biggest concern with the move and we had MANY a sleepless night worrying about her acclimating. Should've known better. If there's one thing Stella's always been it's an outgoing kid who easily makes friends. Within minutes she had a couple nice friends and within days the playdates were lining up! A HUGE relief for me and Sandy. H-U-G-E.

Already been up, down and across the area and are constantly discovering wonderful new things the area provides.

This will also put me near several area comic conventions that'll be more easily traveled to. I'll be at the APE show in San Francisco Oct 17th-18th (whatever that weekend is) and plan on being a regular at WonderCon now as well.

We're also living near my friend and BB Wolf collaborator, J.D. Arnold. "Johnnie" owns a fantastic comic shop in Santa Cruz with his business partner Troy called COMICOPOLIS! And a fine shop it is! If you're ever in the area make sure to swing in.

Well, that's it for now. Am still exhausted from the big move and catching up on much-needed sleep so I'll cut this short. But I'll have some more updates sooner and more frequently. I also have some very exciting news that I've had to hold my tongue for over 3 years to share!

How's that for a teaser?

word.

r

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