‘No Good Losses, No Bad Wins’: The Story of WJ’s Final Wally

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com on 5/5/21) I was the PR director at Gateway International Raceway (now World Wide Technology Raceway) across the Big Muddy from St. Louis when Warren Johnson earned his final NHRA Pro Stock win. It was one of the most bizarre victories I’ve seen in any form of motorsports, similar to Frankie “The Madman” … Continue reading ‘No Good Losses, No Bad Wins’: The Story of WJ’s Final Wally

Racing Community Rallies Behind PSCA’s ‘Krusty’ Ramsey Amid Colon Cancer Battle

(Originally published on DragIllustrated.com 4/29/21) The first time I was at the drag strip and heard an announcement for a racer needing parts, I thought the announcer was nuts (SPOILER: He was, but that’s a story for a different day). I had come from the circle-track world. The idea of a team giving their competition the boost … Continue reading Racing Community Rallies Behind PSCA’s ‘Krusty’ Ramsey Amid Colon Cancer Battle

MFR Review: THE MANY DEATHS OF LAILA STARR #1 is a Trope-Busting Wonder of Storytelling

After a year (or so), I got back to writing because, you know, 2020 & all. My first new review with Monkeys Fighting Robots is a legitimate five-star book called The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, written by the amazing Ram V. & illustrated by the incomparable Filipe Andrade, is the first issue of a … Continue reading MFR Review: THE MANY DEATHS OF LAILA STARR #1 is a Trope-Busting Wonder of Storytelling

OPINION: Enders Isn’t ‘Just a Girl,’ She’s the Best in the Business

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com 4/26/21) Sunday, April 18th, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Erica Enders won the NHRA Camping World Series Pro Stock race in her 300th career start. It was her eighth win and second straight at Vegas and her 30th overall in the class. She is currently at the top … Continue reading OPINION: Enders Isn’t ‘Just a Girl,’ She’s the Best in the Business

MFR Review: FALLEN is Modern Mythology Unafraid to Delve Into Deities’ Dirt

Over at Monkeys Fighting Robots, I reviewed a fun Kickstarter-produced comic book called Fallen. It's the story of some of the gods from the Greek, Norse, Shinto, and other mythologies who've been banished from their respective heavens. We find them in 1986 New York City as, well, basically as mobsters. When Zeus is murdered, all … Continue reading MFR Review: FALLEN is Modern Mythology Unafraid to Delve Into Deities’ Dirt

MFR Longbox Legends: Batman’s The Killing Joke Rises Above Its Problematic Origin

With the new normal we're all experiencing thanks to what appears to be a supervillain "poison the world's water supply" scheme, the folks at Monkeys Fighting Robots have created Longbox Legends. With no new comics to review, they're going back into the archives to provide new looks at some of the greatest comics ever produced. … Continue reading MFR Longbox Legends: Batman’s The Killing Joke Rises Above Its Problematic Origin

The 17 Most Popular Genres in Fiction

Writing is awesome & I'm a big fan of sites/magazines that help me become a better participant of the craft. The site WritersWrite.co.za is pretty great. They send a small daily newsletter to your email featuring various lists along with writer quotes, a daily cartoon, word of the day, et al. I highly recommend signing … Continue reading The 17 Most Popular Genres in Fiction

MFR Review-ROM: DIRE WRAITHS #1 Mixes Modern Comics with Silver-Age Sci-Fi

I wasn't a big Rom guy back in the day, but I loved me some Dire Wraiths. Their appearance in Uncanny X-Men 185-187 was, to me, their best-ever arc. Plus, having Barry Windsor-Smith pencil them in the seminal "LifeDeath" story gave them a level of terrifying they hadn't had before or since. This particular series … Continue reading MFR Review-ROM: DIRE WRAITHS #1 Mixes Modern Comics with Silver-Age Sci-Fi