Monthly Archives: July 2008

Big-time Update: Life is Good.

Hello my friends.  I hope life is treating you well, because she is dancing for me.  Some amazing new things I have to share.   Hang on tight.

My one and only sister got married Saturday, to a former Michigan Wolverine football player.  He has mad stories about Bo Schembechler, and he makes my sister really happy.  A very welcome addition to our family, especially since the rehearsal dinner was conducted on a local wooden roller coaster with all the kids!

 

One of my former students made the biggest of big-time splashes in the art world.  Stephen Bauman now sports a New York Gallery and a feature in Art Collector magazine.  He is also selling every painting he finishes for thousands of dollars.  Huge pride swells in me.  Steve is the most talented artist I have ever known, and the three years he spent in my class were the best of times.  He really deserves this.

This is what Steve looked like (on the right) when he graduated from my high school program, before he got his scholarship to Italy:

And now, my new job!  I taught last summer at the most wonderful old-school Elementary.  It sits a mere two miles from my house.  It is Heaven on Earth.  When I lost my job officially at the alternative high school that I had spent the last 12 years of my career, the phone started ringing.  I went to three interviews and was offered all three positions.  The morning I was about to make my decision, I decided to call Greynolds Park just to make sure that my dream gig was not available before I committed to another school.   My dreams came true.  The one school in the whole world that I would choose above all others had a new opening.  They remembered me from the previous summer, and hired me on the spot.  I am typing from my office, smack dab in the middle of paradise.  Thanks to everyone who sent me prayers and good vibes.  We did it!

Those are two windows into my new world, taken last summer.  Stay tuned during the upcoming year for some spectacular kid’s stuff.  My life is floating through the clouds with a dream job, and it is good.

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Hellboy: Hottest Myth on Earth.

How do I love Hellboy? Let me count the ways.

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1.  Liz Sherman, Uncontrollable Power.  When Mike Mignola’s myth burst its way onto Vs. System cardboard with the Hellboy Essential Collection, the hottest firestarter in comics was given a major ugrade in image.  She was rather muted and moody in the books.  Our game got her to shed her clothes, and that painting by Dave Johnson is one of the most gorgeous things that I have ever been a part of.

2.  Vs. System allows legends of all flavors to be blended together.  In anticipation of tonight’s premiere of  Hellboy II: The Golden Army, I was actually able to team-up Squirrel Girl and her hungry horde with Liz Sherman and Hecate.  What would have been reserved for mere fantasy became a reality… right in our own home on the kitchen table.

3.  Hecate was a major star of the new animated feature called Hellboy: Blood and Iron. It is one of the greatest cartoon films I have ever seen, and we had a special connection to it thanks to the cardboard incarnations that we had been turning sideways all day.

4.  Guillermo Del Toro is the man.  I am especially excited about the brilliant design of the big orchid-headed Angel of Death.  It reminds me so much of the Heedless One, from Magic the Gathering.  That painting is the closest thing to a fully accurate portrait of my wife that I have ever seen.  It is by Mark Zug, and I will leave you with its incomparable beauty now.  I have a premiere to attend.  The new Hellboy opens tonight, and it is the Hottest Myth on Earth.

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Summertime, and the livin’s easy.

Yaus!  Cybercamps is over, and I get to konk for a couple weeks.  Just like that pic of Mike Watt last week in Brussels.  I’ll see you back here when I am recharged.  Happy Summer!

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Three new videos for your perusal.

We just keep having a large time here at Cybercamps.  Three days left, three more videos to share.

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It’s a Squirrel Girl Birthday Party!

Mad props to Mechachu on Realms for that alternate art fantasy card.  Little did he know that it would make the ultimate party favor for tonight’s festivities.  That’s right, I was born on this date in 1961.  So was Princess Diana.

I would also like to thank Jacob Gillham for rocking the 1-cost Army dudes to the top table at the Vs. System World Championships.  I built his deck for my birthday, and it is hot.

“Squirrels Gone Wild”

16 S.H.I.E.L.D Agents, Army Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

4 Speedball ◊ Penance, Painmonger

4 Squirrel Girl, Doreen Green

4 Jessica Drew ◊ Spider-Woman, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. HYDRA

4 Wolverine, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. HYDRA

3 Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

1 Barbara Gordon ◊ Oracle, Hacker Elite

3 Life Model Decoy, More Human than Human

4 Blinding Rage

4 Savage Beatdown

2 Evil Lair

3 Torture Chamber

4 Birthing Chamber

4 S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier

Finally, I would like to thank every single human that has laid eyes on this blog over the past year.  It has been a real pleasure to share my stuff with you.  Stay tuned for one more spin around the Earth, at least.  My Saturn has returned, and it should be a very interesting new cycle.

Party on!

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