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Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, I hope the holiday season finds you happy, warm, and content. Thanks for all the words of encouragement and books you bought from me this year. I hope to see or meet even more of you in 2013!

And of course, Click Here if you’d like a copy of any of my books. They make great gifts!

Many thanks again to Steve Kyte for his wonderful cover art for Arctic Adventure!, which I have ham-fistedly butchered above in the spirit of the season.

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Here’s my panel schedule for Dragon*Con, which takes place in downtown Atlanta from Aug. 30th – Sept. 3rd. Also known as Nerd Prom and Nerdapalooza, Dragon*Con is an enormous show (approximately 70,000 attendees) and boasts thirty-some odd individual programming tracks. I had a great time there last year, and interviewing Martin Landau on stage about Space: 1999 was definitely the highlight for me. Take a look at what I’ll be doing there this year…


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Title: In Memoriam: Ray Bradbury
Description: One of the giants of the field passed away this year. We remember him and celebrate him and his contributions to the genre.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: International North – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: He Saved Us From Lonely Summers: Ray Bradbury in TV and Movies
Description: Remembering the science fiction magician’s stories for TV and movies, including Ray Bradbury Theater!
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: A703 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Hammer Horror
Description: A look back at the legendary British film studio, as well as their modern re-emergence
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Embassy A-B – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: British Horror: Film Viewing and Discussion
Description: A chat on the history of British Horror films and a viewing of Hammer Horror Productions classics The Curse of Frankenstein & Horror of Dracula.
Time: Sat 11:30 pm Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 4 Hours)

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Title: Agents of S.P.Y.F.I. — Super-Spies in Sci-Fi TV and Movies
Description: Double-naught status panelists shake and stir movies and TV to find super-spies, serious and spoof.
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: A703 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: From Sea View to Jupiter 2: The Many Worlds of Irwin Allen
Description: Probing creations of 1960s sci-fi pioneer Irwin Allen, including Lost in Space, Time Tunnel, Poseidon Adventure, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea!
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: A703 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: The Other Avengers
Description: No armor, no demigods, no tights. Just two British spies who drink tea and kick butt; A talk on the 60s spy classic TV Series.
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)

I’m toploading on British Horror and Ray Bradbury, two of my favorite subjects.

Hope you’ll come to any or all of my panels – see you there!

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This gorgeous NASA model of three Identical Reusable Space Planes is being auctioned in the Bonham’s New York Space History Auction on Thursday, April 26th. Designated lot 1303, I bought it near Huntsville, AL (where it was created at NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center) last year on the World’s Longest Yard Sale. I won’t tell you what I paid for it, but I was shocked to get it for so little – the dealer I bought it from had this model, a few other household items, and a whole bunch of replacement lawnmower blades.

The following day, I took it to the Antiques Roadshow when they stopped here in Atlanta, and it was appraised for $1,000.00, but the appraiser told me to check with Matthew Haley at Bonhams as he is the real expert and conducts a yearly space history auction. Matthew’s appraisal was $2,000.00 – $4,000.00.

Matthew convinced me to consign the model, and after a little bit of restoration to one plane’s engine bells and some paint touch ups by Lucas Francis Studios, it was on it’s way to New York where it will be sold on the 26th.

Though I’m very fond of the model, I hope it will find a home with someone who will truly appreciate its uniqueness – as far as I can tell, its a one-of-a-kind prototype that was created when NASA began their reusable space plane program in the early 1970’s.

If you’re interested, I encourage you to bid – if not, please share this post with anyone you think might want a piece of space program history!

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And no jokes about “To BALDLY Go…”, please! Once again, Rich Smith has delivered the goods and made me look heroic as a stalwart starship captain in the vein of the Filmation animated Star Trek TV series. Thanks, Rich!

I’ll be in Memphis for MidSouthCon this weekend, see the link on the right side of this page for more information – hope you’ll join me!

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s BOND AND BEYOND concerts are this Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm at Symphony Hall in Woodruff Arts Center. A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr. No, the concerts feature suites and themes from a variety of Bond and other spy films, with vocals by Debbie Gravitte. Read my story and interview with conductor Michael Krajewski on the ATLRetro website by CLICKING HERE.

I’m attending Friday night, hope to see you there!

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I’m heading down to Peachtree City, GA this weekend to check out the first Days of the Dead convention in the Atlanta area. Guests include Roddy Piper, Gary Busey, Jake Busey, PJ Soles (Riff!), Sid Haig, Linnea Quigley, Bill Mosely, director Jeff Burr, the usual extras from The Walking Dead making the most of their fifteen minutes of fame, Crow creator James O’Barr, Barbara Crampton from Re-Animator, and many more.

I’m especially looking forward to the screening of “Dear God No!” at 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, starring my pals Madeline Brumby, Rachelle Lynn, and Shane Morton.

Here’s a link to the show’s website – http://www.daysofthedead.net/atlanta/

Hope to see you there!

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I got my schedule for MidSouthCon today.

Friday, 3/23 9:00 PM  – A Bigger Slice – Discuss breaking away from
licensed characters and creating your own

Saturday, 3/24 11:00 AM – Playing in Other People’s Sandboxes – How to
write and publish media tie-in novels.

Saturday, 3/24 2:00 PM – Pro-Row – Sat-2p Autograph Sessions

Saturday, 3/24 8:00 PM – Bad Guys – The villains we love, hate, and love to hate.

Sunday, 3/25 11:00 AM – From Ink to Film – The good, the bad, and the
comics we would actually like to see on film.

Sunday, 3/25 3:00 PM – Fan Boy Christmas Tree – Hallmark has made fan
based ornaments for years. What fan based traditions do you have?
What collectible ornaments adorn your tree?

It all looks like fun, interesting stuff and I’m looking forward to getting back to Memphis and seeing so many friends. I’m planning on bringing a few ornaments to trade on Sunday – anyone got a Robby the Robot they’d like to swap?

For more information on MidSouthCon, click on the link at the right of this page.

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Woohoo! For the tenth straight year, I remain UN-nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award! I was only going for a three-peat, but this is overwhelming. >choke!<

Ok, so I may have actually done nothing nomination-worthy for about seven of those years, and its possible that the taste of sour grapes is in my mouth, but that could also be the cheap wine. Sometimes Boone’s Farm is the only balm that will heal, as I’m sure all of you would agree.

Many of you.

Any of you?

I would love to have seen any of the interviews or articles I had published this year nominated, and I think at least two were contenders, but I do believe that the ones that actually made the cut earned their spots. This year as for the past nine, David Colton, Kerry Gammill and the all volunteer staff of the Rondo Awards have worked very hard to field a ballot jam-packed with classic monster goodness, and I thank them for their efforts.

Here are just a few of my favorites on the ballot this year, and if you’re waffling on who to vote for, by all means let me influence you.

BEST SHORT FILM

— YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHAT THIS AD IS ABOUT, directed by Andreas Roth. German commercial will surprise you. CLICK HERE to view.

BEST BOOK

— THE HAMMER VAULT, by Marcus Hearn. (Titan Books, hardcover, 176 pages, $34.95). From the studio archives, documents, stills and memorabilia in a handsome package.

— MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads! by Kirk Demarais. (Insight, hardcover, 156 pages, $19.95). The shocking truth about what you really got if you ordered those X-Ray Glasses or Six-Foot Monsters.

BEST ARTICLE

— ‘Dare You See It? James Whale’s Frankenstein,’ by Pierre Fournier. MONSTERPALOOZA #1. Using vintage newspaper stories, ads and ballyhoo, what the public was told about the filming of Frankenstein in 1931.

— ‘The Making of Hands of the Ripper,’ by Bruce G. Hallenbeck. LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #26. How the shocking tale made it to theaters mostly intact.

— ‘Music by James Bernard: Themes For a Tapestry of Terror,’ by Steve Vertlieb, FILM MUSIC REVIEW, Fall 2011. Scoring the master of suspense and thrills.

BEST INTERVIEW

— Mimsy Farmer: ‘The Mimsy Farmer Experience,’ by Mark F. Berry. VIDEO WATCHDOG #162. Extensive talk with star of dragstrip films, Four Flies on Grey Velvet and more.

— Haruo Nakajima: ‘The Original Godzilla,’ by August Ragone. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #256. The man who played Godzilla, Rodan, Gargantua and many others recalls the hot suit, the staged battles and the work ethic.

BEST MAGAZINE COVER

My pal Mark Maddox has three in contention this year – Little Shoppe of Horrors #27, MAD SCIENTIST #23, and Undying Monsters #1 – A vote for any of them is a vote for great art.

In addition, Jeff Preston’s cover for Monsterpalooza #1 is in the race as well, and it’s a beauty, too.

BEST CONVENTION

Wonderfest. ‘Natch.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

I’m writing in Mark Maddox.

These are just a few of my favorites – the full ballot is now available online, and anyone can vote. The awards ceremony will be held again this year at Wonderfest in May, in Louisville, Kentucky. See you there.

 

Click the Rondo Banner below to be whisked to the website so that you may vote forthwith!

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Bad news! The EarthStation One Podcast we recorded at Dr. No’s Comics and Games on Sunday had some sound issues due to technical problems and had to be scrapped. We’re on track to re-record it in April.

What can you do? Sometimes shit happens.

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