Monday, April 16, 2018

Nice Article On The Michigan City Zine Fest!

Michele McDannold, the organizer of the Michigan City, Indiana USA Zine Fest forwarded me a nice article about the event.  It is here.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Palookaville 23: Clyde Fans Finally Finishes!

I must have missed this last year when it came out, possible because I had given up hope of it ever happening, but Seth finally finished Clyde Fans.  The long-running serial started in the late 1990s in Palookaville.  The serial started in issue 10 and has concluded in issue 23, which doesn't sound unreasonable until one realizes that 10 was published in 1997 and 23 in 2017.  That's 20 years!

Anyway, another enjoyable issue of Paolokaville, and I am glad that I lived long enough to read the end of the story.  If you want to see what I have written about Palookaville over the years, then you can click here, though I apparently had no comment on issue 22 since there is no post on that one.  I must have liked it though because I read 23.  Will there be a 24 now that Clyde Fans is done?  Maybe not even Seth knows . . .

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Song: "Window Shopping"

This one is about online dating, a very interesting phenomenon in the Internet age. Some people are very serious about finding a mate while others are just window shopping.  Hilarity ensues when the two collide.  I had a lot of fun with the toy piano on the recording.  You can check out the MP3 here.  Really, this stuff is much more fun and cheaper than therapy.  The lyrics are below.  It's the same deal as always.  If you like a song, then feel free to cover it if you're in a band or whatnot.  I love to hear covers of my songs, so please let me know about your version.  If you start making money, then send me a check/we can work out a deal.  Similarly, if you want to use a song for your Youtube video or whatnot, then just let me know.  It's usually fine by me unless it's a commercial product or whatnot (and then it's likely fine as well--I just want my cut).  Find out first though.  Write me at wredfright ATATAT yahoo DOTT com.

He's got a box of expired condoms.
He doesn't know why he hasn't thrown them away yet.
The sight of them depresses him.
He's trying hard to forget.

She's going window shopping.
She's going to find herself a new man.
She's going window shopping.
She's going to swipe right on whomever she can.

She can.

She wants to go on her last first date
They say that love is a wonderful thing.
She should really know by now
That they say a lot of things.

He's going window shopping.
He's going to find himself a new woman.
He's going window shopping.
He's going to swipe right on whomever he can.

He can.

That old man isn't lonely; he's happy.
He's ready to deploy.
He's living on donuts and fear.
Feels like he did when he was a boy.

He's going window shopping.
He's going to find himself a new man.
He's going window shopping.
He's going to swipe right on whomever he can.

She didn't fuck Karen or Laura.
She did not fuck Pauline.
Anita said that she'd go out,
But she's nowhere to be seen.

She's going window shopping.
She's going to find himself a new woman.
She's going window shopping.
She's going to swipe right on whomever she can.

Written April 2018
Recorded April 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

All American Reunions Video With GoGoBots Music

I found this video while going through my old videocassettes. It dates from 2000 or so. The reunion planning company that I worked for hired my buddy Mike Dee to make a video to send to prospective high school classes to let us organize their reunions for them. I ended up doing the voiceover announcing, and somehow Mike and I, or my boss, decided it was a good idea to have our band, The GoGoBots, provide the background music. I'm guessing my boss didn't want to mess around with paying royalties for real music licensing because why otherwise would you let an obscure punk band be the soundtrack for your corporate video? In any case, this was fun to watch. And, no, the company can't plan your reunion. They're out of business now. Just like The GoGoBots.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mariko Tamaki's She-Hulk

One of the subjects that I have posted about over the years that gets the strongest response, oddly enough, is She-Hulk.  That subject was fairly random.  I was shedding my comic book collection and there were a few titles where I was missing an issue or two, and I decided to fill in the holes before I disposed of the rest.  As such, I set them aside until the end of the project.  She-Hulk was one of them.  At that time, I was trying to post daily on here, and I needed material, so it was pretty natural to write about the comics that I was reading and disposing of.  Since then, I have kept tabs on Shulkie and her exploits from time to time.  The last time I checked in, She-Hulk had her first lawyer for a writer, and now, finally, a She-Hulk series got her first woman for a writer (it only took nearly 40 years).

Strangely enough, the writer was Mariko Tamaki, who once stayed at my house while she and some other Canadian writers were promoting an anthology called Girls Who Bite Back on a book tour (marking the second time a Marvel comics writer crashed at my house, as Joe Meno once wrote a Beast story or two).  As usual, She-Hulk seems to be very fortunate in whom she gets as a creative team.  And, as also sadly usual, most comics readers don't care, and the series gets canceled.

Oh, well, Marvel seems to have a fondness for the character, as I do, so they will likely bring her back at some point.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

It's 2018. Can We Finally Take The Stupid Signs With The Governor's and Lieutenant Governor's Names Off The Welocme To Ohio Highway Signs?

A few years back, I complained about Ohio sticking the names of the governor and lieutenant governor on the welcome to Ohio highway signs.  Upon further investigation, I found out that it cost about $25,000 for those signs.  Last time, only The Green Party candidates pledged to do away with that waste of money.  Well, it's 2018, so let's see if we can finally get rid of those signs.  I will be asking the various gubernatorial  campaigns if they will be doing away with this practice.  We'll see what they say!  I will keep you posted.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Michigan City Zine & Small Press Fest

I will be attending the Michigan City, Indiana USA Zine & Small Press Fest in April.  I will be giving a talk about the history of zines, be on a panel about zines, and be reading some of my fiction/poetry.  I also will have some books for sale and free stuff to give away at a table.  It should be fun!  If you are in the area, come on by.  They have some other fun weekend events planned around the event also.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Read An EBook Week!

It is Read An EBook Week!  To celebrate, Smashwords is having a big sale, including on Blog Love Omega Glee and Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead.  I, meanwhile, will continue reading the ebook I have already been reading, Derz's And In That Grove There Was A Bat.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Another Review Of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead!

I particularly like this review because it's by The Derz, whose writing I dig!  It's also fun to have a review in the U.K.!  If you want to read the book, The Derz writes of, then it is available here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

New Novel From Ann Antognoli!

A couple of years ago, I read a book by Ann Antognoli and wrote about it on the blog.  At that time, I noted that Ann was thinking of writing another novel.  Well, she did, and it is here!  It's available on Amazon in print and as an ebook.  And, while you are there, pick up this one also!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Want A Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead Postcard?

I had some postcards printed up to promote Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead.  If you want one, then please email me at wredfright AT yahoo DOTT com.  I'll probably send you a bunch if you send me a self-addressed stamped envelope.  You are welcome to distribute them at the cool places in your neighborhood such as coffee shops.  Thanks for the help in spreading the word! 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day From Wred Fright!

Looking for something unique to get your lover for Valentine's Day, or maybe you don't have a lover and that's bumming you out and you want to cheer up?:  How about a copy of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead?  It's a weird love story, but it's still a love story.  It will last longer than flowers, it won't put weight on you like chocolate will, and it will make me love you also!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Autographed Print Copies Of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead Are Now Available!

Autographed print copies of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead are now available!  They are $20, and that includes postage.  Just select that option from the order menu instead of EPUB or PDF.  I can also personalize the autograph; please just send me an email with the specifics if your PayPal order doesn't have an option to include a note.  Of course, include your shipping address if PayPal doesn't do that automatically for you.  I'll probably still email you to clarify the details.  The print book looks pretty nice; Amazon's print on demand unit has done an excellent job!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Updated Bear And Snake Strip For The Trump Era!

I bet I could run this same comic every presidential administration.  I just need to update the name of the current disappointing officeholder.  I also should probably add Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead or whatever new novel I have out then.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Print Edition Of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead

I wasn't planning on putting out a print edition of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead, but I am sure glad that I did!  When I uploaded the Kindle edition to Amazon, I saw they had an option to work up a print counterpart.  I decided to try it as an experiment.  I knew that some of my readers still prefer print, so I wanted to have it as an option even if it wouldn't be as cheap as the ebook due to printing costs.  There were a couple of minor hurdles, but I got it uploaded.  I was a little concerned about how the printed book would look since the book wasn't designed with print in mind, but Amazon's print on demand service did a great job!  I just got my print copy today, and the book looks great!  I had thought about doing a print run, but what can be done with print on demand is amazing these days.  The books are quite akin to any trade paperback, and it's nice to know that there won't be any remainder copies floating around unloved in bookstores.  It's probably a little more environmentally sound to only get these books printed up when someone actually wants one.  You can check out the print edition here.

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Book About The Afterlife!

Michael Shermer has come out with a new book that seems interesting.  It's called Heavens On Earth:  The Scientific Search For The Afterlife, Immortality, And Utopia.  I plan on reading it.  It seems like a nice, nonfictional counterpart to Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead.  I wonder what Shermer would think of that fictional afterlife.  I hope he would get a laugh out of it!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bruce Goose, Where Are You?

One of my favorite minor characters in Blog Love Omega Glee is the cranky old man, Bruce Goose, who likes to tell Jake such sage advice as "Never marry a poet."  Goose, of course, tries his hand at some poetry of his own and tries to get published in Francine's blog.  Well, although Goose is a fictional character, I was delighted to discover that there apparently is a real poet who went by the name of Bruce Goose.   There is no connection between the two; I just liked the name for the character, and if I had known that a poet went by that name, I would have chosen another name for the character, which would have been sad because I really like that name.

In any case, the nonfictional Bruce Goose, someone is looking for you.  It is Tom Prince.  I will let Tom send out the APB for Bruce in his own words from the email he sent me:  "He is (was) the son of Kenneth Fearing. If he lives (surprisingly), are you able to contact him? I am doing a documentary about Read Sky Poetry Theatre and Bruce would be interested to know that. If he can't recall me, mention the Five 0 Tavern and the Cause Celebre Cafe."

So Bruce if you're out there, please get in touch with me, and I'll put you in touch with Tom if you can't reach him directly.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Freedom Of Speech Under Attack In Egypt

I read recently about the government of Egypt hassling Ahmed Naji about his novel.  It is sad to note that things that should have been settled for good during the Enlightenment still have to be fought for in the 21st Century.  A person should be free to express herself or himself without the government shutting her or him up.  I am certainly glad to live in a country that recognizes the right to freedom of speech and guarantees it through the First Amendment.  No government has tried to shut me up because of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead and other things that I have written.  The same courtesy should be extended to Naji.  Maybe someday writers worldwide will not have to go through what Naji is going through.  We will have to work to make that world.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

If You Buy Two Books This Year . . .

The latest publishing craze seems to be Fire And Fury:  Inside The Trump White House by Michael Wolff.  It is nice to see people reading and, with my publisher's hat on, buying a book, but it's a tad surprising that people need to read a book and spend money to find out that the president is a bit of an idiot (well, he's more an idiot savant.  No other confidence man ever charmed himself into The White House).  But, if anyone needs a laugh after reading of the horror that a man with little impulse control has access to nuclear weapons, then buy another book this year:  mine.  Not only is it less likely to end up moldering in Goodwill stores in a few years (you can check out all the Bush and Obama books there now), but it's a lot cheaper and probably more fun.  It just hasn't been on tv nor has the president tweeted about it, though both are welcome developments (I'd send Trump a copy, but he apparently doesn't read).  So, after you read about some fake news, read some fake story, otherwise known as fiction.  Even with all the conflict driving the plot, you might find it more relaxing than the real world at the moment.  And if Trump ends up causing us to get all dead, then you'll know what to expect from the afterlife, or at least a silly version of it.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wred Fright Bundle On Etsy!

Like the eBay special, I am also running a bundle special on Etsy.  For $15, you get all three of my novels (a print copy of The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus and ebook copies of Blog Love Omega Glee and Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead).  That includes shipping, so it is a good way to kick off your reading in 2018!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Review Of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead!

Thanks to the gang at Twenty-Two Twenty-Eight and reviewer Rose Smith for being first to run a review of Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead!  It is very hard for indie books to get any reviews, so it is very nice to get such a thoughtful review straight out of the gate!  

Monday, January 1, 2018

Wred Fright Bundle On eBay!

I'm running a special on eBay.  For $15, you get all three of my novels (a print copy of The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus and ebook copies of Blog Love Omega Glee and Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead).  That includes shipping, so it is a good way to kick off your reading in 2018!

Book Trailer For Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead

Book trailers are pretty silly in general, but this one is really silly! It is for Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead.