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

Tony Zizzo: ‘We’re Going To St. Louis’ Team Owner Adamant To Race After Brain Surgery

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com 10/2/20) There are times in our sport when life gets in the way of racing. This was the case for Zizzo Racing after the NHRA US Nationals in September. Team owner Tony Zizzo was scheduled for brain surgery to remove a longtime tumor. Any plans to resume racing the Rust-Oleum Rocket … Continue reading Tony Zizzo: ‘We’re Going To St. Louis’ Team Owner Adamant To Race After Brain Surgery

Shawn Gann: 1978-2020

(Originally published at DragIllustrated.com 5/19/20) I met Shawn Gann in the spring of 2008. I was the PR director at what was then Gateway International Raceway and was about to work my first NHRA National event. Over the course of Race Week, any number of people will come through your office for any number of … Continue reading Shawn Gann: 1978-2020

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

MFR Review-Graphic Novel Review: OVER MY DEAD BODY is a Pulpy Good Time

One of my latest contributions over at Monkeys Fighting Robots is my review of Over My Dead Body, a graphic novel from Image Comics. It's part of the Near Death canon featuring Markham, a contract killer looking for redemption. Sounds done to death, right? Nope. The creative team does an incredible job making this feel … Continue reading MFR Review-Graphic Novel Review: OVER MY DEAD BODY is a Pulpy Good Time