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The Ration Book of Mystery!

Look what I found in a drawer:

This folder, with the Thrift ‘E’ Markets imprint, was created to hold WWII-era ration coupons.
Today, however, it contains a variety of random, assorted and sometimes inexplicable items of  interest, presumably placed there after the book outlived its original purpose — most likely by my Grandparents, Nellie and Oscar Boldman.
I’ll be unveiling and presenting the folder’s contents in posts during the coming days. ‘Rationing’ them out, so to speak, get it? Yuk yuk!

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Stan Lee’s More “You Don’t Say!”

Seems like my Dad was a Stan Lee fan before I’d ever heard of the guy. I uncovered this hand-me-down in one of the boxes from my house disaster of a few years ago. More “You Don’t Say!” is a little-seen non-Marvel Universe project by Stan, consisting of his humorous dialogue affixed to photos of political figures of the day, namely President Kennedy and crew.

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On Exhibit – Middletown Arts Center

A show of my work is currently on display in the front gallery of the Middletown Arts Center in Middletown, Ohio.

Our opening reception, part of the Betty Hughes Memorial Exhibition, is scheduled for Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m. I hope to see all of you there!

My work will remain on display through September 6, 2018 — A great opportunity to get copies of my books and comics, which will be sold through the center. All three volumes of my Tailipoe series, as well as copes of the Cap’n Catnip comic are available. 

Included for your enjoyment: Archie artwork; book illustrations; an art series based on classic games and toys; and the complete artwork from a 6-page Archie story with collaborator Stan Goldberg, from Archie Comics #540, “The Man of Mystery.”

Prodigal, Rereleased

Very pleased that my late brother Loyd’s 80’s contemporary Christian band, Prodigal, is getting the reissue treatment from Retroactive Records (courtesy of Silver Orb Media) and available at https://boonesoverstock.com/search?q=Prodigal
Prodigal’s acclaimed albums had never been released on CD until 2014, as a limited edition box set. Prodigal’s entire output, consisting of three albums (self-titled, ‘Electric Eye’ and ‘Just Like Real Life’ are available as of 4/10/18. In addition, Loyd’s solo album, ‘Sleep Without Dreams,’ is being made available on CD for the first time.

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Bad Date!

One of my favorite go-to sites has long been A Bad Case Of the Dates, a daily repository of true stories (contributed by readers) of dates and romances gone horribly wrong. The site’s creator, Jared M. Gordon, has chosen to bring it to a conclusion at the end of 2017 with the story of his own personal worst experience in the dating pool.
Jared kindly invited me to contribute a bit of art to illustrate his sad tale.
It’s not to late to visit abadcaseofthedates.com and enjoy the collection of horror stories there!

Mixies!

Here’s the last of the Ed-U-Card decks featuring flip animation that I found while going through boxes. Unlike the others, this deck features original characters, not licensed properties. 

The illustrations are really beautiful; I’m sorry I couldn’t find an artist credit on the package.

Mixies is a game designed to be played as a solitaire game, or as a memory-type game for 2 to 3 players.
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Henry, Animated!

Yet another Ed-U-Card game with flip animation on the back. This one, called Easy 3’s, features an eclectic assortment of characters from the King Features Syndicate stable. It has characters from Thimble Theatre, but not Popeye. It has Dagwood, but not Blondie. And the animation stars that peculiar mutant kid, Henry. When I was a kid I thought Henry and Popeye were related because they had similar chins and were similarly homely.

The game itself enjoins players to collect three fragments of each character to form a whole. The instructions call it “A new game of educational fun for children. Helps train powers of observation and relationship needed in developing reading skills.”

I hope you enjoy the show!