Book Drops Next Week

Last year as I was freelancing, temping, taking an evening computer class and planning a wedding, I squeezed in writing a joke book for Random House.

My former DC Comics co-worker gave me a call asked if I was interested, and at first I thought there was no way I could do this. And then I remembered I was getting married, sucked it up and started writing.

Who knows you might have seen me on the 6 train cracking myself up as I jumped from one gig to another. From there I cashed the checks, made revisions and forgot all about this project until my Google Alert went off. It told me that my name showed up somewhere on the web and at first I just thought that another one of my namesakes did something stupid. To my great surprise it was a listing for the book. Its a crazy feeling when you search a book site and your name pops up.

9781524719753_p0_v1_s550x406This was the craziest thing I’ve ever written, so I need to thank a few people. First on the list my editor Frank J. Berrios for giving me this shot. Thanks to artist Erik Doescher, who I’ve never met but did a great job bringing life to my super stab at humor. My niece and nephew for being my beta testers, I also dedicated it to them. To all my friends and family that pre-ordered my first published book. My Mother cuz you have to thank Moms, but really for supporting, if not fully understanding my love of 4 color characters.

My last thank you goes to my then fiancée, now wife Sharon for slowing my roll when I compared myself to Morrison and Heinlein. I’ll still expect my name in the next round of Pulitzer nominations and now I have proof that I’m the funniest cat I know.

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Flashback Friday – In da Begining 1700

Many moons ago (1996) I was beyond fortunate to be an intern at Milestone Media, not familiar shame on you. I had just finished school, had zero idea of what to do next, luckily I listened to my girlfriend at the time and wrote a letter to Milestone looking for work. The moon and stars lined up and I was called into interview for an internship, thank you Felicia for hiring me and starting me down a path that led to me meeting many important friends and professionals.

Milestone was located at 1700 Broadway, 7th floor, they shared space with DC Comics, but more on that later.

FlashbackHardwearBeing an intern was an amazing time for me, I was starting off in a field I’d always dreamed about, learned from some really great minds, had Lightsaber battles for comics and got to see behind the curtain which leads to this sketch. At the time there was talk about Hardwear getting new armor. As interns full of ourselves we’re all we can redo his armor, yeah we were young, dumb and full of it. I remember being so proud of the redesign and couldn’t wait to show the Editor-in-Chief Dwayne McDuffie. Needless to say he ripped it apart, but not in that way that crushes souls, he showed me why it wasn’t right for the character. More important to keep doing my thing.

Unfortunately, Milestone had to close its doors and I have the dubious distinction of being the last of the Milestone Interns. From there I was able to work my way into DC Comics with some of the connections I made while at Milestone and continue on this crazy road of funny books, for a while. Again, I got to meet many people, which to this day I’m still close too. So when I heard that they were finally going to move DC to the west coast I was bummed.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of catching up with folks before the move, making sure we all stay in touch and walking the halls one last time. Full circle, today the doors of DC Comics at 1700 Broadway shut as they move west to work on its next chapter.

To paraphrase Mr. Spock, “It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.” Thank you.