LOLA XOXO #4 Preview.

LOLA XOXO #4

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Siya Oum – Story & Art

Aspen’s newest hit series continues!

The Wasteland Trading Company arrives in the town on Sinmora, where they find their fair share of alcohol and debauchery to satisfy their thirst for action. However, as is often the case in the Wasteland, they bite off more than they can chew, as they learn of a place that no merchant has yet to return from alive, a mysterious site that piques Lola’s curiosity—even if the risk of exploration could mean her life!

One of 2014’s most exciting debuts, LOLA XOXO is ready to take you on an incredible adventure unlike any other!

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LOLA XOXO #4 is in stores September 3rd, 2014!

All New Soulfire #7 Preview.

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #7

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JT Krul – Story / V. Ken Marion – Art

It’s the final showdown as PJ finds himself facing off against his new girlfriend, Alori, for the championship! Little does he know that she’s in the employ of Abel, the mastermind who is about to make his dangerous move against Benoist – one that could be the end of Papa Bear forever!

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ALL NEW SOULFIRE #7 is in stores September 3rd, 2014!

Fear of Flying Review.

From Brian Canini and Drunken Cat Comics.

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I made a new friend today, and his name is Brian Canini.

Here’s what happened.  A little while back I reviewed some comics from Drunken Cat.  They were enjoyable and I wrote a positive review and then Brian sent me some other comics.  However, life got in the way and its taken me a little while to review them.  Fear of Flying was sent to me July 19th.

Since then I got laid off from the big money making job and have yet to find something else that earns enough money so I don’t feel stressed out.  In the mean time I’ve been immersing myself into the freelance writing world and taking the time to catch up on some review copies.  Enter Fear of Flying.

Like any good friend, Brian entered my life exactly when I needed him most.  Fear of Flying is an epic original graphic novel.  Every day for one year Brian drew one page detailing the events of the day.  Sometimes silly, sometimes upsetting, but every day it is an honest representation of what was the biggest part of the day.  As days become weeks and weeks become months a larger picture emerges.

Brian is going through a major life change as well.

We held hands through this year.  Brian, holding the paper while he puts down ink and me holding that paper to see the drawings many months later.  Reaching out through time and space I saw the journey he has taken over a year.  I read it over the span of a couple days instead of experiencing them over 365.  This has made my current life seem less like a barrier and more like a wall with a door I need to find.

Brian has a long distance relationship, he searches for work, he is an artist and thus feels that horrible doubt we all do.  But it is all temporary.

I needed that lesson.

Feeling sick after eating all the Cheez Whiz wont last forever.  That problem at work wont last forever.  Feeling lonely and broke wont last forever either.

What does last forever is the stories and lessons of experiences.  After reading Fear of Flying I feel like Brian and I sat down at a bar and caught up on the last year of our lives.  It has been rough at times and fun at others.  Through it all there has been growth.  Brian is a better man for all of this and I will be as well.

Its nigh impossible to see the clearing ahead while going through shit.  After reading about Brian’s year I can see how A led to O…hi…o but also see how b, c, d and so on were necessary along the way.

Fear of Flying needs to be put next to Blankets on the graphic novel shelf.  Its a beautiful open examination of what we all feel and a much needed positive note at the end to help other believers carry on.

You can order Fear of Flying at the link below.

http://drunkencatcomics.com/comics.php?com=21

The League: Cryptozoology.

I think the only long thought dead or never existed thing is me writing weekly in the League.  But, jokes aside, lets get back into this habit.

So, every week Brian at Cool and Collected gives out an assignment.  Bloggers from around the world respond and we all get to read and discover some fun stuff.  Many of us have become friends as well.  This week’s assignment is:

Cryptozoology

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Hoo boy.

I’m still working on what I think and believe about the unknown.  I was raised Catholic so there’s that belief in angels and an afterlife and thus ghosts blah blah.  I was also the kid who would watch In Search Of repeats and then run down to the local library to take out “Mysteries of the Unexplained” and similar books.  There is part of me that believes in every one of these things.  Ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot, Mothman.  All of it.

Then there is the part of me that wasted a lot of time watching ghosts shows.

I used to watch all of them.  Ghost Hunters.  Ghost College.  Ghost and Mrs Muir.  All of it.  I would get wrapped up in it and jump where the edits and the music told me.  Then I would hear some sound distortion and take that as absolute certainty that the paranormal was real.

However, my wife and I had this conversation:

Elise: “Honey, how long have you been watching these shows?”

Most of my life.  They’ve waned in popularity but at least 20 years I’m sure.  Probably hundreds if not thousands of hours.

“In all that time, have they ever found something?  Something that is so irrefutable that we all know ghosts exist?”

You know what, they haven’t.

The fact is there are now dozens of TV shows about the paranormal.  There are hundreds that have come before and I’m sure there will be hundreds in the future.  Not one, not one of them has rewritten the science books.  Discovery channel gets one giant squid on one camera and every biologist on Earth needs to alter their way of thinking.

Over one video.  One.

Yet there are thousands of hours of video of people chasing shadows and knocks around dark buildings and acquiring “evidence” yet there are crickets from the scientific communities.  G-g-g-ghost crickets!

Like Mulder, I want to believe.  I just need a lot more evidence at this point in my life.

All this being said, I do have an odd theory about the paranormal but I would love to turn it into a story first.

 

Hey, what is the rest of the League talking about?

Adam Nori

GI Jigsaw

Nerd Nook

Revenge of the Toy Box

Cool and Collected

Primordial Badgers

That Yellow Duck

Super Powered Fiction

Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks

Damsels in Excess #2 Preview.

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DAMSELS IN EXCESS #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – Art

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

As the remaining ladies turn on Bethany following the reveal of the men’s final wish, the princess finds herself alone in the Five Realms with everyone out to murder her. Yet, not all citizens—and rulers—of the Five believe in following the pleas of a dying gender, as she will discover. However, first, she must find a way to escape Crossman’s Hall before Barra’s soldiers can end her reign—and her life!

Creator Vince Hernandez and artist Mirka Andolfo present to you the newest Aspen hit series – DAMSELS IN EXCESS!

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #2 is in stores August 27th, 2014!

 

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Well… Its Friday 8/22/14.

Huh?  What’s happening?  Oh time to dust off this feature and post something new?  Alright, let me put some pants on.

(Kidding, I’m totally not wearing pants right now.)

I wrote a few of these to keep fans updated on the crazy things in my life.  Those things that don’t really fit into other posts during the week.  But then it fell by the wayside.  Recently on an episode of the UnderScoopFire podcast host Corey Chapman mentioned how much he loves Fridays because of two guaranteed blog posts.  Will’s West Week Ever and USF’s own Can We Talk?  I felt jealous.  I want that kind of anticipation for my own site.  So after some contemplation I decided to try to write a Well column for every Friday.

Lets see how well I do.

By the way if you want to read those other columns head over to the links below:

http://www.williambrucewest.com/

http://underscoopfire.com/

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Well… I’ve started to haggle.

When people ask “what do you want to do with your life?” I have two answers.  Actually three.  The first being I’m 36 why in the hell have I not figured this out yet?  The second and third though are to be paid to either write or run my own book and pop culture shop.  As you know because you’re reading this, I write constantly.  So that part is on the cusp of being a great income generator.  The other is actually building up nicely during this trying time in our lives.  EBay pictures are being taken, posts are uploading, and most items have sold very fast on Craigslist.  However as things go out I need to bring more in.  Much to the frustration of my wife.  Also frustrating her is my new love of related TV shows.  Storage Wars, Thrift Hunters and my current Netflix binge, Salvage Hunters.  I’m a small fish but I try to take the lessons of these shows and apply them to my own buying.  Three dollars each?  How about both for five?  Really what does a dollar matter?  But I felt like I accomplished something.

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Well… Monster is a joke.

I have my resume out there on all the sites.  No stone unturned in this job search.  But I have never received more spam and bullshit calls then I did after posting my resume on Monster.  “We’re interested in you!  You can make so much money with our company.  And for just one training class and a $35 fee we’ll tell you how.”  No thank you.  I don’t pay you, you pay me.  That’s how capitalism works dammit!

Well… Here’s what I’ve absorbed.

Its this week in pop culture!  We have internet, Netflix, Hulu, a library, a bookstore 20 minutes away, plus our own massive collections.  There’s always something to enjoy.  This week’s enjoyment (and thus things that can be talked about in the comments) included:

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Away We Go

50/50

Pretty Little Liars season 4

Salvage Hunters

SummerSlam and the next night’s Raw

Parallel Man #1.

 

Go ahead and start a conversation below.  Ask questions for the next Well.  And if anyone wants to make me a logo I’d be thrilled.