Thursday, September 11, 2014

Baltimore Comic-Con Part 1: Meeting Artists!

Stacey and Rob 
On Sunday, September 7, I (Rob) went to the Baltimore Comic-con with our friends Stacey and Tom R. My Tom stayed home with the dogs and did work out in the garden.
  Once again, I went to the comic-con as the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan). This was Stacey's first ever comic-con and she was really excited to join me. We met Tom R. at the comic-con (he's a big comic book fan like me and he and I have been going to this for years together).
  Meeting some of the writers and artists is something a comics fan appreciates.
Dan Parent and Rob
Two of them were favorites of mine and I was excited to meet both of them.
One was Dan Parent.
 Dan Parent is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. WHY I RESPECT HIM: In 2012 Parent introduced the first openly gay character in Archie Comics when he created Kevin Keller
in Veronica #202, which he wrote and drew. In May 2013 Parent was presented with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book in San Francisco. Parent was nominated for a 2013 Harvey Award for Special Award for Humor in Comics.

Kevin Keller- a gay teen in Archie comics
  A graduate of The Kubert School, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation. His writing of the Love Showdown series from 1994 received widespread attention. Parent has also illustrated Felix the CatBarbieDisney Adventures, and a wide variety of other titles.
Andy Smith and Rob
   ANDY SMITH- I "met" Andy for the first time via facebook- and through a connection with our mutual friend John Sazaklis. After that, I got to meet him in person at the Baltimore comic-con! I've been a fan of his artwork for a long time!
  In fact, he's pencilled my favorite heroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and Aquaman) in the Justice League comics. 
  Andy Smith has been working as a professional artist since 1991. Mostly working in the field of comic books for major publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, Acclaim and Cross Gen Ent. Not content with just comic book projects Andy has also done a variety of commercial jobs for clients such as Bally’s Total Fitness, Real Song Records, The Idaho Potato Commission and Fidelity Investments to name a few. Andy is also the best selling author of “Drawing Dynamic Comics” published by Watson-Guptill in 2000. The book is currently in it’s seventh printing. Andy’s second book “Drawing American Manga Super-heroes” was published by Watson-Gutptill in 2007.  WEBSITE: http://www.andysmithart.com/

NEXT: COOL COSTUMES AT THE COMIC-CON

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14