From Russia with Love…

Or … To Russia with Comics, Books, & DVDs … Or … Don’t Turn Around, the Commissar’s in Town … Or … Moscow from the Hudson … Or … How many Eastern European clichés/stereotypes can I come up with? Anyway, ever want to meet me? Ever wanted to visit Moscow sometime between May 19th and
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Santa C. is Coming to Old Greenwich?

I’ve heard a rumor. If you attend the First Church Preschool Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction on Wednesday November 4th, 2015, a certain red-and-white-suited jolly old elf might appear at around 2pm to take photos with anyone interested from 3 to 7pm. He might even have copies of his new book, Santa Confidential, available. Just
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C4 Part 3

Some of my fondest memories (lunching with both William Shatner and Jonathan Frakes, punching Kevin Sorbo in the face, etc.) come courtesy of the Central Canada Comic Con, otherwise known as C4. Well, thanks to some appreciated oversight, they’ve invited me back a third time, so even though you’d think Winnipeg has had its fill
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Martial Arts in Media 11/13

Oh brother. First, I’m sorry this column is so late in the month, and second, sorry it’s going to be so short. Anyone who knows me probably understands at least one of the reasons why this is such a busy time of the year for me (hint: ho ho ho, second hint: santaconfidential.com). But also,
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RIC CON = Rhode Island Comic Con!

Well, how could I not RSVP a comic con seemingly named after me? If you’re at or around the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence Rhode Island the second two days in November, not only can you get any of my three newest books (For One Week Only: The World of Exploitation Films, Films of
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New Artist of Note

My life is full of art. Little wonder. I started my career in 1974 as assistant editor for Atlas Comics, which published a whole bunch of superhero titles. I served as Special Media Consultant for Browne Creative Enterprises, which produces the internationally famous comic strip, Hagar the Horrible. I was the Northeast regional animation reporter
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Got Another ACE Up My Sleeve…

…my second appearance at the Albuquerque Comic Expo, that is. Not only did they film The Avengers, The Lone Ranger, and Breaking Bad in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but Greg Derrick and his cool crew put on a great annual “popculcon” as well. And, although I haven’t dabbled in comics for a while, I’m lucky they
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A Word From Your Host

Hey all. If you check in here on a (semi)regular basis, you may have noticed that my updates are getting few and far between. This happens every now and again, and is most often caused by a corresponding diminishing of my free time. In other words, when I get really busy in my professional life,
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Toys (& me) on the Hudson

This weekend: Laying turkey-stuffed on the sofa watching football? Braving the best America has to offer in the way of products and people on Black Thursday/Friday? Lucky you. Me: I’ll be somewhat out of place at Toys on the Hudson, the “tri-state area’s first family-focused toy fair.” According to their press release, “Featured will be
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O Canada (Comic Con [Again])!

I love Canada. The people are so nice, the air is so crisp and clean, and the poutine is both so warming and decadent. I’ve been to most of their major cities: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, but I have a special place in my heart for Winnipeg, because that’s where the Central Canada Comic
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