Archive for July, 2009

Everyone’s Okay

Just as I finished recording this week’s Why I Love Comics review podcast with Eric, I received a call from my mom in Ohio.  Ever the resilient and caring individual, she was steadfastly refusing to go in for a heart operation before talking with me and letting me know what had happened this evening.
What exactly had happened?  Well, my wonderful mother had just suffered the first of two heart attacks which struck her tonight.  Thankfully, a friend of the family is a doctor and she had called him for some aspirin.  Since he lives just a block or so away, he came right over.  By the time he arrived, she was in so much pain she knew she had to head to the emergency room.  Upon arrival there, they quickly confirmed that she had in fact had a heart attack.  A second would follow as a major artery was blocked.  She was quickly taken in for corrective action and a stint.
Following her call to me, I raced up to Ohio to be by her side and learned along the way (it’s roughly a 2.5 hour drive) that she was out of surgery and everything looked stable.
I’m now catching a few hours sleep before heading back over to meet with her doctor in the morning.  Thankfully, the CR army (with Brant, Darren and John in the lead) have jumped in to cover for me in my unexpected absence.  If you can, please go easy on those who are manning the ship while I’m up here taking care of family.  I’m keeping an eye on this situation while they keep the site flowing and I am eternally grateful to have such amazing friends.
The most important thing right now is my mom is in good spirits despite her surprise at having had a heart attack and the nurses and those working the cardiac center are positive and giving her great care.

Just as I finished recording this week’s Why I Love Comics review podcast with Eric, I received a call from my mom in Ohio.  Ever the resilient and caring individual, she was steadfastly refusing to go in for a heart operation before talking with me and letting me know what had happened this evening.

momWhat exactly had happened?  Well, my wonderful mother had just suffered the first of two heart attacks which struck her tonight.  Thankfully, a friend of the family is a doctor and she had called him for some aspirin.  Since he lives just a block or so away, he came right over.  By the time he arrived, she was in so much pain she knew she had to head to the emergency room.  Upon arrival there, they quickly confirmed that she had in fact had a heart attack.  A second would follow as a major artery was blocked.  She was quickly taken in for corrective action and a stint.

Following her call to me, I raced up to Ohio to be by her side and learned along the way (it’s roughly a 2.5 hour drive) that she was out of surgery and everything looked stable.

I’m now catching a few hours sleep before heading back over to meet with her doctor in the morning.  Thankfully, the CR army (with Brant, Darren and John in the lead) have jumped in to cover for me in my unexpected absence.  If you can, please go easy on those who are manning the ship while I’m up here taking care of family.  I’m keeping an eye on this situation while they keep the site flowing and I am eternally grateful to have such amazing friends.

The most important thing right now is my mom is in good spirits despite her surprise at having had a heart attack and the nurses and those working the cardiac center are positive and giving her great care.

San Diego Bound!

sdcomiccon08_120Well friends it has been an amazing and interesting day as we did our first full comicsXP summit. The company is really coming together as an organization and we’re gearing up to take on San Diego and do a little promo/recruitment work there.

This sumit comes just a week after the Comic Related sumit and was just as productive. Many of the players are the same between the two companies and I’m blessed to have not one but two projects really coming together and finding their footing. I cannot imagine where we will be this time next year. It fills me with excitement to think about the future based on our current rate of growth.

You know CR, but you may not know that I also serve as the Marketing and PR Director for comicsXP (which you can basically visualize as a web based marketplace for digital comics). That is a job that is about to kick into high gear as we blitz San Diego Comic Con, Chicago Comic Con and Baltimore Comic Con over the next few months.

Today we confirmed that I will be heading west to take on the 900 lb gorilla of conventions as I attend my first San Diego representing comicsXP and Comic Related. I plan to do some blog coverage of the show and farm back news to our acecoverage team but this will be a show more focused on talking to publishers than doing full coverage. We’ll share our story and paint a picture of the show but full coverage will cone in 2010.

It’s gonna be a wild ride and I cannot wait!  Follow all the action throughout the trip right here.

Everybody Knows

Well friends, the ole blogger is back.

It’s been a roller coaster ride since returning from HeroesCon. Let’s see, we’ve had a Comic Related two day sumit and now this coming Sunday, a sumit is planned for comicsXP. Along the way we’ve re-imagined blogs at CR and so much more. Add to that the fact that my day job (I work for the University of Kentucky in finance) is at it’s fiscal year end close out period and my life has been crazy with a capital …ZY (Why zy… because even the word itself is passing so quickly I can only catch the very end).

piratesweekI want to toss something your way this fine day. PIRATES! I have to tip my hat to Lackluster World creator Eric Adams who recently turned me on to the Pirates Week podcast. Pirates Week is dedicated not to the sea faring fiends who have been the villains on the news the last few months, but rather to pirate radio enthusiasts from across this fair nation and around the world. Featuring news from this underground world along with recorded snippets from the shows, I’ve found this show to be a trip I enjoy taking and I invite you to set sail as well.

I have to admit a personal fascination with these folks. Every since I first discovered the movie Pump Up the Volume (a personal guilty pleasure) back in the 1990, I’ve always wanted to broadcast a bit off the radar. That desire started back in my radio days on WFRL 88.1 manning the overnight shift at first and later serving as the station’s general manager. The interest has ultimately manifested itself in my podcast and the songs I use to start it. There is something about the underground broadcasting world that has always seemed attractive though. Maybe it started with Pump Up the Volume turning me on to Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen (heard in the video clips below). That intro music lead me to the entire musical catalog of this literary master.

In today’s podcasting world, it’s easy to look up the numbers and get a feel for the audiance you have listening. Everything can be quantified. There’s something unbelievably romantic about those 3:00 AM home grown broadcasters tossing out their signal in defiance of the FCC not knowing if anyone is listening. Like ghosts in the night, they’re just doing it for themselves and the love of having a voice in the dark.

Me? I’ll be somewhere up in the Tower of Song, tuned to Pirates Week and podcasting away. Thanks Eric!

Cheers!

Everybody Knows with Clips from Pump Up the Volume

Tower of Song

(PS, Now, where can I track down some of these Commander Bunny recordings I keep hearing about?)