MFR Review: ODD TALES FROM THE CURIO SHOP is a Fun Throwback to Indie Horror Comics

If there's two things I love, it's comic books & the works of Kevin Smith. Imagine my delight when I discovered this piece of fun on Kickstarter, a graphic novel from Rocket Ink Studios with Brian O'Halloran (Dante from Clerks) penciled as the Shopkeeper. I paid my money to the Kickstarter & got my book … Continue reading MFR Review: ODD TALES FROM THE CURIO SHOP is a Fun Throwback to Indie Horror Comics

Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds: Writer Resolution, 2020: Write With A Knife To Your Back, The Cliff’s Edge At Your Feet

Chuck Wendig & his Terrible Minds site are a mine of incredible & hilarious tips on becoming a great writer. In addition to being a steward of the craft, Wendig is an awesome writer who has written awesome things, both fiction & writing guides for people like me who have words clawing to get out … Continue reading Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds: Writer Resolution, 2020: Write With A Knife To Your Back, The Cliff’s Edge At Your Feet

The Illusion of the Hard-Working Me

An incredibly rare pic of me doing real work. When I'm not bitching about politics or writing about comic books, I do drag racing stuff. Right here, I'm at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway doing PR for the legendary Street Car Super Nationals. It was my eighth-straight year doing it & to say … Continue reading The Illusion of the Hard-Working Me

MFR Review: TMNT 100-Believe The Hype

I was never a huge fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Granted, my experience is from the 80s cartoon & the brutal first movie, but I always dismissed them as lightweight. I had heard about how gritty the original comic was, but I've mostly been a Big 2 type of reader, so the whole phenomenon … Continue reading MFR Review: TMNT 100-Believe The Hype

Should Writers Use Social Media?

I'm a big fan of Writer's Digest. Been a subscriber for years, have entered their contests, and have paid to participate in classes & workshops they provide. In addition to tips, interviews, and the like, they're stewards of the craft, meaning they feel it necessary to leave the state of writing better than they found … Continue reading Should Writers Use Social Media?

MFR Review: BLACK CAT Annual #1 is Old-School Comic Book Fun

This is the comic book I have wanted to review for Monkeys Fighting Robots since I started. I loved the Spider-Man & Black Cat romance from waaaayyyyy back in the day, like pre-Secret Wars old school. Black Cat Annual #1 is just an incredible read. It's one of those perfect self-contained books that not only … Continue reading MFR Review: BLACK CAT Annual #1 is Old-School Comic Book Fun

Chuck Wendig: On Writing What You Want, Without Permission

If you spend any time here on my blog at all, you'll see Chuck Wendig's influence. Whether it's reviewing one of his books, writing flash fiction based off his challenges at Terrible Minds, or whether it's passing along his knowledge & tips on literary stewardship, Wendig is up there with Stephen King & Neil Gaiman … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: On Writing What You Want, Without Permission

MFR Review: THE MAGICIANS #1-If Hogwarts Had a Swear Jar

This week over at Monkeys Fighting Robots, I reviewed The Magicians #1, co-written by Lev Grossman, the writer of the original series of novels. I haven't read the novels (although my son has & he highly recommends them), but have heard good things. Less so about the television series, but still a solid property. The … Continue reading MFR Review: THE MAGICIANS #1-If Hogwarts Had a Swear Jar

MFR Review: CONAN #10, Mo’ Babies, Mo’ Problems

For my latest comic book review over at Monkeys Fighting Robots, I look at Jason Aaron's run on Conan, specifically Conan #10. On the heels of his legendary Thor residency, Jason Aaron shows off a human side of the Tales of the Barbarian, if not for Conan himself. The blood of Conan has strength, due to … Continue reading MFR Review: CONAN #10, Mo’ Babies, Mo’ Problems

MFR Review: NIGHTWING Annual #2

My latest work over at Monkeys Fighting Robots is a review on Nightwing Annual #2, in which Dick (er, RICHARD) Grayson recovers from the bullet to the dome he took from KGBeast over at Batman. While some annuals over the years have been integral parts of the title's mythology, others have the feel of a … Continue reading MFR Review: NIGHTWING Annual #2