Tuesday, September 30, 2008

the publisher turns 38!!





Yes, the last day of the convention was my birthday. I was/am 38. I told Martin I didn't want a clapping happy birthday like they give at Shoney's, Outback, but he didn't heed my warning and had a bunch of people come in with the delicious chocolate movie cake you see here. So nice of Martin and Michelle. Long may their convention live!

Monday, September 29, 2008

it's Tinkerbell!!





Yes, we met the lovely lady who was the inspiration for Tinkerbell, from my 2nd favorite Disney cartoon, Peter Pan. I even told her, "No offense, but Peter Pan is my 2nd favorite." And she said, "Mine too. My favorite is Mary Poppins." Go figure!

Anyway, she was delightful. Mayu got 2 signed photos from her, which Mayu is going to hang up in Japan, once she figures out what frames are best. That's going to take a while!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

more from the convention



Don't worry, I'm not drunk in the picture. Nor unhappy. In fact, it was a super con! We didn't take a Lot of pictures, but I'll post a few daily. Here we see our undrunk publisher setting up the table on our first day. And the first day was the best of the 3 sales-wise!

The 2nd picture shows me interviewed by Derek Tague about voice actors. Not a big audience, but I wasn't as nervous as I expected either. I played a portion of Mel Blanc from one of his radio shows, and a bunch of Paul Frees rarities, including Paul looping for a Richard Pryor movie! That stuff is all on the free cd that comes with The Writings of Paul Frees.

Martin Grams is a wonder. The kid is 30 now and is So adept at organization and friendly and helpful and if there's not yet a patron saint for collectors and movie fans, he just might fill in the gap someday.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

new book


I wanted to mentioned a good looking, New book of ours that deserves more attention. Pablo Stories which you can see here.

Friday, September 26, 2008

before the convention

















Before going to the convention, we stopped off in Washington DC (we Had to drive thru it!) at a nice, but expensive, seafood buffet right in the harbor. Good stuff and good selection - even stranger things like turkey and dressing - but I had to jump up and put more coins in the meter halfway thru. Not a city boy, I.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ghost Town

We saw this last night - and we were the only 2 people in the theatre. As I told Mayu, as soon as I saw the trailer the first time, I knew we would be, if we see it. I was the only person in the theatre to see Hamlet 2. I don't know why British actor films come to Albany. Perhaps it's a tax write off. We've got a 16-theatre place (alas, the only theatre in town; when I was a kid growing up here there were 2, in completely different areas of town), but only 4 of the rooms are Big theatres. 2 of these big ones still have the new Tyler Perry movie. Those are the films they like here, so I don't know why else, besides intentional $$ loss, they bring certain eclectic films here.

Anyway, it was good, not great. I've never seen The Office, British or American version, but this starred the star of the British version. Now they just need to get British writers to write American films for Brit actors, and maybe they'll have some hits!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

more on the MANC convention

First off, go here so you can see photos from the con and know who was there. We only got back a day ago, so I haven't had time to unload the camera yet. Hope to post photos We took on here tomorrow.

The highlight of the show for my wife was getting to meet the woman who modeled for the original Tinkerbell character, a lovely lady selling her colorful signed photos. Mayumi bought 2! One was a wonderful color mock-up for the cover of the autobiography she's working on now. I hope to talk to her more about her book, because it's something that would fit in our catalog Perfectly. She's a Wonderful lady, and Mayu calls her cute - then and now. I can't believe she was the one reading the Blanche Bickerson part the night we left (we didn't get to see it) because she's too nice to do it!

Perhaps the best thing to Me was that we did well on sales. :) I saw a Lot of familiar faces from the Newark OTR con that I've been to 3 or 4 times. And it's nice to go to a con where everyone doesn't automatically shut off their eyes when they see you've got a full table of books! Well, we had 2 tables. And even that wasn't enough for all the titles we have. So when we return next year or 2010, we'll have to have 3 tables at Least.

More tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

back from Martin Grams' convention!


We got back in at midnight last night from the Very fun convention in Aberdeen, MD. And I'll be posting more about it once we've caught up on some work!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Martin Grams' convention




Martin sent me some photos of his previous convention, which I'll post here. BearManor Media authors who have appeared at past conventions include Michael Hayde, Martin Grams, Jack French, Jim Cox, Kenny Miller, Terry Salomonson, Sandy Sagala and JoAnne Bagwell!

Friday, September 12, 2008

convention next week!

I posted this on my mailing list yesterday, but it's worth saying here too!

I wanted to remind you all again, if you didn't see it on our site, that we're gonna be at Martin Grams Jr.'s convention next week:

http://www.midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com/

In fact, I'm gonna be giving my first talk (gulp) ever, on voice actors. Paul Frees, Daws Butler, Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, playing rare audio and answering as many questions as will fill out the hour on Thurs. 4-5pm. So, even if you don't want to meet a lovely young publishing couple, why not come over to meet the gal who modeled as Disney's Tinkerbell. Or meet Lassie's boy. Or see Edd Byrnes comb his hair. Or watch Larry Storch get goofy. These celebs and more will be here, jammed between a plethora of sellers of all the best DVDs, collectibles and, yes, BOOKS you'll ever want.

I'll be there to sign copies of my books on Joan Davis, Don Ameche and even footballs and track suits if you bring them in.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

movies

I find this article funny. It was a good movie, but as we were watching it, I told Mayu that this is Rear Window. She only knows the name Hitchcock, and I'm not sure if she'd enjoy the original. But how come this lawsuit took a whole year, when anyone who knows anything about movies can spot that this is a ripoff? I thought it was a redo ("remake" implies they are not starting from scratch), being so close to the original. It seems like the only difference between homage and ripoff is how much it upsets the other side.

I just wanted to comment on a few films I've seen recently. First off, I rarely agree with critics because they must have different minds. I don't have a populace mind. And I like a wide variety of things. But I won't be seeing Burn After Reading because No Country for Old Men was one of the most boring films I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot.

I saw Woody Allen's latest film a few weeks ago - the first I'd seen in a theatre for about 10 or 15 years. I was very bored with this critically acclaimed one, too. First off, I'm not a fan of narration. I find it a cheap, easy way to get through a lot of information and personality without having to work for it. Second, it was much like a short story, with little plot and lots of relationship dialogue. I do like reading Paris Review, but I don't care for watching it. This is also why I'm not a fan of foreign films in general - I read all day, I don't want to read subtitles at night.

But it's not all complaints! I really liked The House Bunny. Anna Farris has that Rare ability of being a hottie with perfect comic delivery and timing. I hope she does a sequel and a lot more movies. This was much better than her average Scary Movie, I assure you.

I also saw Step Brothers with a friend of mine in Tallahassee, and we were howling at it the whole time. Yes, Zohan and Love Guru got a Lot more press than this film, but in a way, it was better. You have to like the "man as a child" type humor, but that's what you expect from Will Ferrell anyway, isn't it? The combo of the stars though made it the best WF film I've seen since his racecar movie.

And I did like Babylon AD for the kind of movie it was.

Of course I'm really looking forward to the new Fast and Furious movie next year. There was a long trailer for it in front of Death Race (also good, but shaky). Long, flowing scenes with a steady camera? Oh yes. F&F looks to be stylish and hot!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

mini-golf



We love mini-golf. Seems like wherever we go, we try to find one of these to do, especially at night when courses look best. Here we see a beautiful wife named Mayu trying her luck at a curved shot in our favorite place so far: Pirate's Cove on International Dr. in Orlando. Wish her luck!

Friday, September 5, 2008

the piano & train museum!


This is a picture from my first trip to Japan 2 years ago. It was a Great area to walk around - near the bamboo garden, which is one of the Loveliest walks I've ever had. I use the picture of the 2 of us there as my wikipedia picture too. (And I really need to update wiki soon!)

Anyway, near the train station is a train and piano museum! I love this combination! Granted, maybe it's about Mr. Piano, I don't know, we didn't go in. But the idea is great for a comedy lover like myself. :)

Just felt like sharing that today.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Disneyworld photos again!









Further Disneyworld photos - from our first trip! 2005. It's hard to believe it's been over 3 years already....... Wow.