Brush With Joe Kubert!

Found! Perhaps the only existing Craig Boldman/Joe Kubert art collaboration.

I was one of the early students at The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey, and as such, would occasionally be treated/subjected to the terrifying advent of Joe Kubert, comic book legend, looking over my shoulder while I was still trying to find my way around a piece of drawing paper and which end of a pencil was up. And once in a while, he’d excuse me from my chair and say, “Let me show you…”

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Popeye Card Game!

I went looking for one thing; found this instead!

Yesterday while rummaging in the basement I uncovered a box of keepsakes I had all but forgotten. Among the items in the box were several decks of card games I and my siblings (as kids) used to entertain ourselves during visits to our grandparents.

This Popeye Card Game is one of several we played that were manufactured by Ed-U-Cards Mfg. Corp L.I.C. of New York. The instructions to this game states that the rules are similar to “Rummy.” The attraction for me, however, was the flip-card animation that was a part of many of these Ed-U-Card games, as you can see in the video.

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Pikeville Comic-Con!

Here’s a piece of promotional art for next week’s Pikeville (KY) Comic-Con! Should be a great occasion. I’ll be seated next to my friend and Cap’n Catnip collaborator, Tim Fuller. Also in the house will be Gary Kwapisz (artist of many issues of Savage Sword of Conan, among many other credits), whom I haven’t seen in a few years since a Lexington convention. 

Please come if you can! I’ll be selling books, doing my Super-Caricatures and meeting, greeting and chatting. You can’t avoid me; I’ll be seated opposite the TARDIS!

Youngstown – All Americon

I had a great time this past weekend at All AmeriCon in Youngstown, OH. Here’s a glimpse of the goings-on courtesy of The Business Journal of Youngstown. I look forward to returning to this show!

All AmeriCon Draws Super Crowd

Around 4,000 comic fans attended All AmeriCon in the Covelli Centre this past weekend where over 100 vendors sold comic books, art and other pop culture memorabilia.

Posted by The Business Journal on Monday, July 10, 2017

Superheroes! Show Recap


Saturday’s ‘Superheroes!’ Presentation by the Cincinnati Pops at Taft Theatre was more than I was expecting. I had looked forward to a replay of 2013’s amazing ‘Superheroes!’ concert, but instead found that the show had been refashioned into a full-blown musical, charting the adventures of heroes Conduktor and Rubáto, and villains Purrfect Pitch and Otto Tüün, as portrayed by members of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. The plot had the heroes laying waste to the bad guys’ scheme to replace live music with electronic, and — as an aside — destroy the world with a phalanx of gigantic tuning forks. An origin story was tucked in there as well. Songs from Hercules, The Wiz, Newsies, and Hairspray were repurposed to help tell the story along with selections from the Pops’ original Superheroes! concert. Great fun to see the characters I co-created with Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell live onstage.

Many of the kids, and even parents, in the audience came dressed in their best superhero outfits, and conductor Russell and I had a great time meeting attendees and signing programs and masks for them afterward.

Many thanks to the Cincinnati Pops team and the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati!

That’s me with Joseph Hamzy (who played Conduktor in the show) and Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell. Other featured performers were Xavier Carnicom, Brooke Chamberlin, Austin Harvey, Trinity Gibson, C. J. Zimmer, Ethan Marx, Marlo D’Ascenzo, Mia D’Ascenzo, and Courtney Hammonds.

Tuning Forks of Doom!
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