Monday, June 22, 2015

HEROES CONVENTION 2015: part 1

My posting for Heroes Con 2015 seems to have gone like my posting for this year, very poor.  I did get all my pictures posted on Google +.  I guess I didn't feel like it mattered since I never got included in the Heroes Con Blog report on sites with pics.  I did all kinds of stuff to get noticed, but I just did not have the energy and with my Blogging being so limited it did not seem to matter.  I think I suffered so depression during the trip.  If my friend Richard were not with me I believe I would have had a very bleak weekend.  I tried so hard to recapture the magic of the last few years, but it just felt off.  Some cool things happened, but i just felt lost a bit.

One thing was wanting to be CosPlaying.  I want to dress up so bad, but have just been behind in creativity and money for doing something.  I know whatever I do will look silly, but as long as I can make some people and kids smile it would be OK.  Knowing my body type is limited on the character I can play makes it challenging.  I want to at least attempt to look credible.  So I think that hampered me a great deal.

This was one of the biggest attendances in a long time.  Friday was especially busy this year.  It was hard to enjoy and get around on Friday and i got tired really fast.  The diabetes just sapped my strength.  It was different dealing with it this year.  Made me struggle to be able t stand around any length of time.  

I did get my three commissioned pieces set and agreed upon Friday.  They are awesome.  I held back mostly until Sunday for Prints.  One Liono print did come with me Friday.  I had to get it.  $5 trades was what I spent money on early.  This was the common early deal of the convention floor.  There was a crazy trend with customized Legos this year.  I never got a pic, seemed like those vendors would be the nit picky ones about pics.  

There were outstanding CosPlayers around.  Some of the costumes just blow your mind.  Lots of kids.  That was cool to see.  The number of future geeks.  It means that these kids will read and dream.  They will be the type to grow up with the type of hope where a man can fly or a tragic lose doesn't crush you.  

More later.

BDS

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

So I am able to post......

Life really has sapped the writing energy from me.  I took that second job and it did help with money issues, but the time schedule and the way it messed with my diabetes running made me have no energy.  I read stuff and even have purchased some books that I wanted to blog about, but when the time came I just felt to bad to do anything.

Still, it is time for HeroesCon and I wanted to post to let the few that do read when I get something up a "heads up" on my posting of pics and writing about the day.  I am looking forward more to just being away than anything.  I have no real goals this year.  I do want to get a sketch of Word Girl and Captain Huggyface done.  That would be cool.  I have a sketch cover Captain America #1 where the Falcon takes on the mantle.  Not sure what to get.  I want Redwing on there I know.  

Really just playing it by ear and going to browse for books and trades.  We will see how well my Print Addiction goes.  Anyway.  Be on the lookout for post on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Word Up!!!
BDS

Friday, April 24, 2015

Yesterday, A break

I will most likely not get a Flashback Friday up tonight.  We are getting ready to have a Youth Fundraiser for Summer Camp, a Yard Sale.  The best thing was that I was able to at long last get back to Campbell University Divinity School.  It was a break I needed. 

My favorite and the Professor that helped me the most retired this week.  All semester they have had Alumni come to his final Worship and Spiritual Formations class.  In March they had 59 alumni there, it is a class of about 12.  I am glad there were just four of us.  It made the very last class a bit special. 

He is a unique person that models and is a great example of what a Christian should be.  I wish there were a way I could have every church member I ever serve grasp the lessons he taught me.  It was just a nice visit that lead to another side trip.

I stopped to see my cousin that lives near Burlington and spend just a bit of time with her.  That was needed as well.  I needed these moments as the afterschool job and my health conditions have been wearing me down body and soul.

So now I just hope we can have a good Yard Sale and get much money to pay for summer camp.  Take care all.

BDS

Friday, April 17, 2015

Flashback Friday: 1 For 1 Ghost #1

I need to point out that this is the original cover for this comic.  The one I have is a special edition that was part of a $1 comic special where Dark Horse put beginning issues out to allow for new reader's to access them better.  The price I snagged this one for was 60 cents.  It confirmed what i already suspected, I would be enjoying this book if I were collecting it.

Ghost will be on my list as I look through collected editions at HeroesCon.  I will be getting Dark Horse that way for now.  They do seem to be producing some good books.  I just don't have the cash to commit $3.50 an issue to them.

The character has been around for some time now.  This rendering is the first time I have felt I understood and could follow her adventures.  The explanation on the inside cover page was helpful.  I am told how Elisa Cameron was an investigative reporter that uncovered a demonic conspiracy which lead to her banishment to a hellish dimension.  She comes back, sort of, as a supernatural being with fragmented memories.  She took down her original adversaries and now hunts down the demons that worked for the demonic mayor she beat.

Ryan Sook is well suited as artist on this book.  I know his work from the early days of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  He has a good balance of realistic people and scary good monsters.  I am glad that he has pulled back on the use of shadow here that was a trademark of his early Buffy TVS work.  Likewise, Kelly Sue DeConnick & Christopher Sebela have crafted a plausible backdrop for this woman caught between to realities.  The supporting cast come off as well rounded and all things make you want to know more.  It is a good book.

I will be looking to get the first two volumes of this current Ghost series.  It has sparked more interest.

BDS

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sorry -- No Energy

I really have not meant to be gone so long.  The second job and my health have eaten away my resolve to make my posts.  I have plenty of Ultraverse titles to do Malibu or Mantra Mondays, I just need to do them.  Even with the Blogger ability to write and have post at a later time I have fell hopelessly behind.  I even have Flashback Friday choices to my right as I type.  It is all a matter of just having no energy.  

What really is bad is my goal and hope of writing something everyday.  Whether a Blog post or a story Idea I have, it just has not happened.  I really feel like Linda Danvers in this pic here.  Beaten and just gone at times.  I have dreams of posting.  I just hope I can get back to it.

BDS

Monday, January 19, 2015

My Posting

Sorry I have been neglecting things.  I know people read because I see the stats and I hope those who are enjoy what I post and also maybe have some reference to the various back issues I write about.  I have just felt drained lately.  Not sure what it is, I will just blame the diabetes since it is a good scapegoat.  When I feel like this I have to prioritize and the Blog suffers.

I have had another encounter online that has upset me.  That is why I posted the picture I did.  I currently have this as my profile pic on Google + and I just like the pic.  The young woman that is Wonder Woman has been a fixture at HeroesCon over the years and I think she is an outstanding cosplayer.  I even wrote about this photo in my convention posts.  I had watched what I thought was a guy way older than me groping her when his buddy was taking a pic.  It made me hyper aware as this pic was taken as to where my hand went.  I was a bit upset at seeing that happen, but just was dumbfounded.

Anyway, what happened to make me sad was a comment I made on G+ to a posted video where a Pastor tells of punching a kid.  I work in the church with children and this was wrong to me.  I said so.  I was not preachy or anything, but thought I was a good balance for a Christian who thought this was as wrong as other commenters.  So dude wrote that my being a minister and having a pic with a busty babe made my comments invalid.  I realize he made no attempt to check my profile and see that I am a comic nerd or even question my opinion further as a Christian.  To me it was a slap a Christian and use judgmental opinions to make myself look big.

The bigger issue to those that scream about dialogue and freedom of expression is why do you not do as you say?  Why can a Christian not think it wrong to punch a kid as a way to convert them?  I watch this all the time.  I am sick of those that do not want to be stereotyped doing that to me.  I am sick of ultra conservative fundamentalists right wing Christians making me look like them.  They preach and judge and get all the attention.  I could spend hours detailing how my faith and beliefs differ from theirs.  Bottom line is that there will never be understanding in this world until trollz become silenced and reasonable people sit down and talk.

BDS

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

Been a rough end to the new year.  I have had a BAD head cold and my Dad has pneumonia.  I have made it to work and been OK watching the Kids, but am dragging today.  I did watch some Netflix while sick.

I finished Season 2 of Arrow.  Wow, what a second season.  It got even better.  I am glad that it and Flash are so strong.  Maybe the CW can become the DC goto station.  I am watching Farscape again and for the first time in its entirety.  I really liked that show.  It was never fully appreciated.

I want to catch up and do more writing this new year.  Here's Hoping!

BDS