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Hey kids,

As I was writing late last night, I heard the familiar ping of my Google chat popping up. I don’t IM all that often but, whenever I do, nine times out of ten, it’s with my Punch-Up artist, the Amazing David Brame. Last night was no different.

Sitting in a Gchat window marked ‘David Brame,’ was a link to a youTube video. After clicking the link, which took me to this page, — before I had seen even one single frame of video — I heard a very familiar voice. A voice that belonged to, you guessed it, the Amazing David Brame himself.

As I had mentioned a few months ago, Dave was given a grant to draw a research comic about testicular cancer and, late last year, he was given the opportunity to speak about it at a TEDx event in Toronto. The title of his lecture? Nerd Power: Using Your Six Year-Old Mind to Inspire Your Future

Check it out.


It amazes me how calm and cool and genuinely funny he was up on stage — like he had done this sort of thin millions of times before — especially after he told me how much he was freaking out inside. But he did it. He belonged there. He owned that stage.

I guess that’s why he’s called the Amazing David Brame…

Frankie

Hey kids,

Just a friendly reminder: I will back in beautiful Columbus, OH this weekend, selling my wares at the Small Press & Alternative Comic Expo this weekend!

The convention will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, located at 4900 Sinclair Road Columbus, OH 43229, March 19th and 20th, from 10:00 AM through 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Sunday. Admission is $5.00 a day or $8.00 for a weekend pass.

Once inside, you can find me over at Table 118.

I’ll have copies of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket for sale — both written by me and illustrated by the Amazing David Brame — as well as FREE postcards and stickers advertising Punch-Up.net! Also, if all goes well, I may even have a extra special item for sale, courtesy of the wonderful Ms. Abigail Kokai. If asked, I may even ruin some perfectly good sketch cards with my doodles for ya!

AND, if that wasn’t enough, I’ll have the ever-bearded Rob G doing sketches beside me for most of the weekend!

So come on down to S.P.A.C.E. this weekend, buy a book or two, grab some sketches, pick up your FREE swag, or just say hi! Either way, this weekend should be a blast!

And, as always, fist bumps are free!

Frankie

Hey kids,

So, as it turns out, today is my birthday. Yeah, yeah. Happy birthday to me. Blow out candles. Whatever.

The thing is, it’s my twenty-ninth birthday.

In one year – ONE YEAR FROM RIGHT NOW, THIS VERY MOMENT – I will be thirty years old.

Now, I’m not one of those guys who freaks out about turning thirty. It’s just a number. Really. A big, scary number. But just a number, nonetheless. I do, however, feel like I haven’t accomplished as much as I would have hoped at this point in time.

Y’see, a long time ago, when I was a wee lad of only 28 and 364/365th years old, I made a list of thirty things I wanted to do before I turned thirty years old. And, so far, I’ve barely made a dent in that list! Which is un-fucking-forgivable!

The list went as follows:

30 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 30

  1. Start writing a list of 30 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 30. (Off to a good start.)
  2. Make some comics.
  3. Be the guy that starts a slow clap, like in movies when something applause worthy happens, and one person claps kinda slow, then someone else joins in, and soon everyone is clapping.
  4. Fight a zombie.
  5. Prank call a stranger. And then become their best friend.
  6. Drink all the whiskey.
  7. Start a cult.
  8. Make up my own language and then force other people to start speaking it.
  9. Grow bored being in a cult. Pass out refreshments.
  10. Take part in a hostage negotiation. Either side. I’m not picky.
  11. Eat more bacon.
  12. Get divorced.
  13. Catch up on Fringe and Doctor Who.
  14. Build a time machine.
  15. Spatter myself in fake blood, go back in time to just before I use the time machine for the first time, warn myself of the horrible things I will have been through. Y’know, just to fuck with Past Me.
  16. Play Zelda again.
  17. Add another wild emotion to the fold and bump up my bipolar disorder to a tripolar disorder. Not sure which one just yet. Maybe horniness. That has a nice ring to it. Manic-depressive-horniness disorder.
  18. Charge my iPod.
  19. Have grandchildren.
  20. Use Kickstarter to finance my off-off-off-off-Broadway dream project, Die Hard: The Musical.
  21. Watch The Iron Giant again. That shit was awesome.
  22. Become a Private Investigator.
  23. Solve the case of “The Forged Private Investigator Badges .”
  24. Kiss a girl. On the mouth.
  25. Learn a new language. Preferably, Jive.
  26. Fake my death.
  27. Participate in a police lineup.
  28. Hitchhike across the street.
  29. Eat a burrito. But, like, a really big burrito.
  30. Finish writing a list of 30 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 30.

Alright. Two down, twenty-eight to go, 366 days to do it in.

Let’s do this!

Frankie

…I designed some artwork for my friend Scott Carelli’s new music podcast, Geekshow Sound Check, which debuted yesterday.

You can listen to Geekshow Sound Check here or subscribe on iTunes! And be sure to check out the rest of  Scott’s site for more awesome geeky goodness.

More to come.

Frankie

…recently launched a website to showcase — and sell prints of — her beautiful nature photography.

To show her appreciation for your patronage, Candace is offering a 20% off coupon code — 20OFFPHOTO — for all photography prints, valid through April 30th, 2011!

Go check it out. She has some gorgeous work.

Frankie

Have you ever thought about living the glamorous life of a Booth Bitch?

Do you dream of getting into a small press and alternative comic convention for free? Do you wish that you could carry a comic creator’s shit from his car to the convention floor and set it up for him? And vice versa? Do you long to walk through aisles crowded with nerds, collecting comics printed and stapled together at the local Kinkos, while getting a comic creator a cup of coffee? Do you yearn to sit behind a table, selling comics and merchandise, while the creator of those comics takes a break to walk around, network with other writers and artists, buy some comics, pee?

If you have answered “yes” to any or all of these questions and desire to live the life of a Booth Bitch, but never thought that you could ever aspire to that level of pure awesomeness, then you’re in luck!

The 12th annual Small Press & Alternative Comic Expo is in two weeks and I am in need of a Booth Bitch! I can get you into the convention for free, saving you the whopping $5 entrance fee, and will even possibly buy you lunch! Maybe!

We are an equal-opportunity organization and accept applications from all genders, races and creeds. Must be 18 years of age or older and legally permitted to work in the United States. (This organization does not employ minors as that is, like, super creepy.)

If interested, there are like a brajillion ways to let me know: leave a comment below, gimme a call, send me an email, or shoot me a message on Facebook or Twitter. (If — somehow — more than one person in interested, we can always divide up the days. One person goes Saturday, one on Sunday.)

I look forward to having you work for — I mean, with — me.

Frankie