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Hey folks,

Before anyone asks, yes this post title is a reference to a line from a song… can’t remember which one though…

Anyway, things went great.

Attended the Vegas Valley comic book festival…

This event, a division of the annual Vegas Valley Book Festival is held every year in November at the Clark County library.

For those like myself who have attended Comic-Con in the past, this is a much smaller scale but offers just about the same schedule. There’s Artists’ Alley, Panels, Special guests and the like.

This year I met comicbook writer, Greg Rucka.

If anyone remembers the big Superman: World of New Krypton series published in 2009 by DC Comics, Greg was one of the main writers beyond that storyline which lasted for several months and issues.

Overall, he’s a nice guy and offered some great advice for writers starting out.

Another panel I attended was on how to write comicbooks.

Made me glad I got Final Draft which now features formatting for writing comic books.

Overall, I enjoyed myself.

Topped of the day with a steak dinner and seeing Lee Daniels.

I’ll admit this is one of the best films I have seen this year.

Coincidentally, it takes place within the same timeline of 42: The Jackie Robinson story.

Aside from that…

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday…

Off to work on my entry for National Novel writing month…

See ya soon!


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Hey folks, It’s Monday and I have to say the Blacks in Hollywood event was… great!

The event was hosted by actor, Phil Morris from the TV series Love That Girl. Phil has also done other series such as Moesha and voice acting in various DC animated series such as Justice League and Legion of Superheroes. The Blacks in Hollywood featured screenings of Static Shock, I Spy and Mission Impossible. Static Shock was a series by late Comicbook and Animation writer Dwayne McDuffie who has written a large number of comics and scripts for animation.  He also founded Milestone Comics, which is a black owned and operated publishing company for comicbooks. Dwayne and a handful of other black artists and writers started the company, feeling that blacks weren’t properly represented in the Comicbook industry.

Blacks were not only represented that much in the comics but also starting out in Hollywood they had minor roles in movies. Hattie McDaniel was the first black actress to win an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind. During that time, guests of color who attended the awards sat in the back row of the auditorium. 70 years later, Mo’Nique won an Oscar in the same category for her supporting role in the movie Precious. Bruce W. Smith, an animator who created the Disney Animated series, The Proud Family and founded Jumbalaya Studios first animated hit was Bebe’s Kids.

Over the years many, black characters have been featured in animated films and television series. Black Lightning, one of DC Comic’s first African American heroes is one of them.  Three of his biggest appearances in animation have been Batman/Superman: Public Enemies, in the film he is voiced by Lavarr Burton who played Kunta Kinte in the 1970s mini series, Roots. Black Lightning’s second animated appearance is in the series Young Justice and is voiced by Khary Payton. His other appearance has been in two DC animated shorts titled ‘Under the Weather’ and ‘Clothes make the Hero’ with appearances by his daughters, Thunder and Lightning. Juice, a young superhero in the Justice League Unlimited episode ‘Ultimatum’ is loosely based on Black Lightning. In a DC comics based skit on Saturday Night Live, Black Lightning was played black comedian and actor, Tracy Morgan. Other African American  superheroes from DC Comics have appeared in animation including Static, Shebang, Bumblebee and Rubberband Man. Bumblebee is DC Comics first female African American heroine. Rubberband Man was originally a villain in the Static Shock series, however after being released from prison he turned over a new leaf and became a superhero and friend of Static. His name may be based on the hit song, Rubberband Man. Other successful black television series are Sister, Sister, The Cosby Show, Everybody Hates Chris, The Parkers, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Good Times, Sanford & Son, What’s Happenin’?! The Steve Harvey Show, The Jamie Foxx Show and Family Matters just to name a few. There’s also black owned and operated tv channels, BET, TV One and Centric.  Either way, Blacks have a long history in Hollywood and that history continues. There is now a writer’s guild for Blacks as well as film festivals and writing contests which mainly focus on films and stories featuring characters of the same race. The NAACP awards, a sort of Golden Globes  and Academy Awards show for blacks, has given recognition to people of color in television and film. Overall, the Blacks in Hollywood event was worth attending. In 2010, there was a panel at Comic-Con for blacks in the film, tv and comicbook industries. I missed it but if there’s another one this year, I’m making sure I grab a seat and recommend those attending do the same. In the meantime, here’s some photos and screenshots of Hattie McDaniel, a few of DC Comics’ black superheroes and The Proud Family.

See ya on Wednesday and stay Black people!
 Hattie McDaniel


Black Lightning.


Rubberband Man

 The Proud Family.

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Hey folks,

Not my usual self today and here’s why, Last night, I got a message that somebody posted a comment on the wall of one of my Facebook friends. I immediately went to check and found out Animation screenwriter, Earl Kress had passed the day before after losing his struggle with live cancer(the very same disease that took famous comedian Flip Wilson). I’ve got misty eyed twice today.

I had met Mr. Kress during lunch hour at last year’s comic-con. Ironically, the theme for 2010’s show was “The year of the writer”.

While reading his writing credits on his website I found out he wrote for a number of TV  shows I grew up with, many of them my favorites. I found out I was the last person he ‘spoke’ to on Facebook, which over a month ago.

For the longest time, I’ve had an interest in screenwriting and would have enjoyed having Mr. Kress as a mentor since he’s had 40 years experience in the industry.

Earlier this year, Cartoon Network aired his final project, Tom & Jerry meet Sherlock Holmes. Which I have to say was the best Sherlock Holmes animated film I’ve seen since Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective. Both films are currently available on DVD.

I wish/hope  Access Hollywood, The Insider or one of the award shows such as the Emmys gives him a mention. I know I will in my book, Storywriting 101.  Hopefully at next year’s comic-con, they’ll do a tribute panel like their sister convention Wondercon did in March for DC comics writer, Dwayne McDuffie. I never got a chance to actually speak with Dwayne but I did see him at a Comicbook event in 2006, five months after the hit animated series, Justice League Unlimited ended. Like Earl, Dwayne was a screenwriter for animation. He also wrote comicbooks, many of which were DC comics. Sadly Dwayne met his end in February after complications of a heart surgery. He passed prior to the premiere of his last project, All Star Superman an animated feature film adaptation of  the 2004 DC comics publication of the same name.  This was a bit of a drag for me also since his death coincided with the anniversary of when my website went online.

Both he and Earl Kress are two of my favorite writers next to Bill Cosby and Maya Angelou.

More details about Earl in a blog post by a friend of his:

His Name Was Earl


I still have the business card he gave me at comic-con last year and plan to contact his wife, Denise Kress this week.

Here’s one of my favorite TV show episodes written by Mr. Kress himself.

Krypto the Superdog: “Now you see him…”



Commentary: I found out from him last November that a 3rd season of this series was planned but due to copyright/legal issues with Warner Bros and DC comics, season 3 never made it to production and the show was canceled in December 2006 but continued in comicbook miniseries with the final issue released in April 2007.

Two things came to mind today. Both of which are from the movie The Help.

The Living Proof- Mary J. Blige

Another song that also came to mind.

Losing You- Randy Newman


You is Kind… You is Smart… and You is Important.

– Abeleen (The Help)


See ya on Friday!

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Well folks it’s that time of the week again… Wednesday! and also part 2 of my Comic-Con adventure.

Sunday was… in a nutshell a rough ride at first while trying to find a parking space I missed the panel for Smallville. 😦 it put a damper on my day but I got over it(well not completely but you get the idea). I managed to see and hear some parts of the panel via watching behind a curtain. Headed down stairs to the exhibit hall and got some bargains. Two graphic novels for $10 some pins(freebies and purchased) and a couple comics. Also, I got to meet and take a photo with DC comic artist, Neal Adams. Neal has done artwork for Batman and has worked at DC for over 40 years.(See photo album page for said picture). The final panel I attended on Sunday was focused on using creativity on a part time schedule. Like all the other panels it was done well and had a lot of useful information, I even asked a question! I went and talked with a couple of the people on the panel afterwards and gave them my business cards and a sheet with my current projects.

Overall, for this being my first comic-con I have to say this was one the biggest highlights of my Summer vacation. I’ve already made plans for next year!

I’ll be out of town again. Starting tomorrow I’ll be heading back to L.A. 🙂 so, if you don’t see a post on Friday or next Monday, you’ll know why.

See ya next week!

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