John and Bully in 3-D!

It’s Bully’s pal John’s birthday today! John is a great guy. We have never met in person and we know each other only via our blogs. John is, to paraphrase a professional blogger, a real internet friend. John had helped me when I was going through a very bad time by sending me literally thousands of dollars worth of books. By doing this John kept me entertained when my resources were severely curtailed and I was unable to access the art and stories I enjoy. I was incredibly depressed and stressed and John helped keep my spirits up by sending care packages. A whole bunch of bright spots in a pretty dark time. Those lights had to be cast by someone and that was John. He shines. His kindness helped in ways I can’t ever repay. If John and Bully make it to the San Diego Con this year I want to shake his hand, Bully’s hoof and buy them both lunch everyday.

So I can’t think of a better treat than letting everyone wishing John and his pal Bully a happy birthday than for everyone to do so in person. On my budget the cost of flying the thousands of his fans around the country would be impossible but I can make it happen through the magicks of the internet!

So break out the red & blue glasses folks, because while most of you can’t meet John in person I can bring the next best thing, JOHN & BULLY in 3-D!

So click on over to Bully’s place and join the party!

Bully & John in 3D
Happy Birthday, John!

Colletta hands

Oh, Vinnie. Well, you made the deadline, and that was what was most important back in the day.

Today’s fans complaining about delays in publication amuses me a bit more than it annoys. Would fans now accept anything that had a rushed, Colletta-style production value to it or do the demands of the market require stylized, photo-realistic, highly-detailed computer-enhanced work with snappy presentation? In times past a good story would often balance out poor art (ie, many comics published in the 1990s). Could the same be said of today, or is it that technological advances and consumer expectations no longer allows creators to give less than an endless series of mind-boggling blockbusters?

Lovers #85 (June 1957).

Scene from an S-Mart

“Are there any new movies out?”
“Not really. There was that one about the really old guy trying to have sex with a teen-aged slave.”
“What? I don’t know that one. What is it called.”
Twilight.
“Oh. Oh! Is it any good?”
“It is…If you are a 15 year old girl and have no sense of self-esteem.”

– A conversation between my wife and I while shopping.