Thursday, September 22, 2016

Faith #1 & Gotham City Limits

This week I was able to get out to Gotham City Limits, a comic shop in Jacksonville, FL. It's located at 3373 Southside Blvd, Suite 7. I went in because Donnie, the owner, had ordered some magazine bags and boards for me. I picked those up, and got to have a good visit with Donnie, who I've known for many years.

If you haven't been to Gotham City Limits, it's worth the trip. It's a nice little shop with a great selection of action figures and comics. Of course, I mention the action figures first because these days I seem to get more figures than comics. The staff are friendly, and able to order items that might not be in stock when you visit. 

And I apologize... I knew I would blog about it, and I forgot to snap a pic of the store. You can check out the store online at https://www.facebook.com/GothamCityLimits/

While there, Donnie gave me a copy of Faith #1. I remember the character from a book called Harbinger, back in the 1990's. I read it off and on. This first issue of Faith was very good, and I'm interested in seeing more of this heroine.



The story, by Jody Houser, was well told. Artist Pere Perez, with guest sequences by Marguerite Sauvage and Colleen Doran, did a great job! It's refreshing to read about a heroine who doesn't have the typical super-heroine body. Faith could be anyone. I'm looking forward to reading more!  

Be sure to pick up a copy of Faith, and if you happen to be on Southside Blvd, stop in at Gotham City Limits and say "hello!"

Monday, September 19, 2016

Superman of Earth 23

My latest sketch card is the Superman of Earth 23. 



You can get the card at: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/381778924136?

Other sketch cards are available too! Check 'em out. (Look for the ACEO/Sketch Card link in my store.)

Have a groovy week!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Retroesque Mix 9-2016 volume 2





* How To Be A Zillionaire (Wall St. Mix) - ABC
* The Extravaganza Megamix (Club Mix) - RuPaul
* Catch Me (U.K. Mix) - Betty Boo
* Rise (Funk3d Club Mix) - Katy Perry
* Fascidubed - Company B
* Give It Up (Nu Kid Remix) - Nathan Sykes
* Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Division 4 Remix) - Tears For Fears
* Do You Wanna Come Over (Country Club Martini Crew Remix) - Britney Spears
* Make Me (U-Go-Boy Remix) - Britney Spears
* Can’t Stop The Feeling (Division 4 Remix) - Justin Timberlake
* I Feel Love (Direct Hit Mix) - Donna Summer
* Always (Manhattan Clique Remix) - Erasure
* Fabulous (Dirty Disco Mainroom Remix) - Dirty Disco f/ Jeanie Tracy
* International Rescue (The Orgasmatron Mix) - Fuzzbox
* Just In Love (Moto Blanco Club Mix) - Joe Jonas
* Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake) (12" Dance Mix) - Jason Prince
* Say It To Me (Offer Nissim Remix) - Pet Shop Boys
* What Have I Done To Deserve This (Thee Werq’n B!tches Rumoured Mix) - Pet Shop Boys f/ Dusty Springfield
* We Belong Together (Ralphi Rosario Club) - KC & The Sunshine Band
* Obsession (Matt Pop Club Mix) - Ross Alexander f/ Zoe
* Santa Maria (Wayne G Remastered 2k10 Mix) - Tatjana
* If You’re Not The One (Metro Remix) - Daniel Bedingfield
* Just Can’t Get Enough (Ded Cred Happy Vox Mix) - Sam Walker
* I Think We’re Alone Now (DMC 239 Mix) - Tiffany
* Sunshine In The Rain (Sound Factory Glamourama Anthem Mix) - BWO
 
 
more mixes on my Hulkshare page...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gay Dating

So, as a single gay male, I am on some dating sites. Sad to say, there ain't much to them. If you're not on the make for sex, no one is interested. Sorry that I want more from you than a one-time sexual encounter. However, I'm on one site, and actually do have someone there I chat with regularly. He's the only reason I stay there. Well, I had looked at someone else's profile, and sent him a generic "Hi, how are you" message. It was, in my mind at least, an invitation for further conversation. What was the response? Instead of the usual deafening silence, I got hit with "I'm a big bottom!" 

Really? You felt the need to respond to "Hello" with "I'm a big bottom!"??? I responded to him because this guy wrote, at length, about how he wanted a relationship and other things about himself. Now, I don't expect anything from online dating except that it's an introduction. You have to meet in the real world to see if there's any chemistry. I just couldn't believe that response. Even if I had been looking for sex, that type of response is such a turn off!

Dating seems to be beyond me. I'm 47, overweight, introverted, and I identify more as a comics geek than gay man. But it wasn't any easier when I was in my 20's and slender. A big part of the problem is that the gay community is very clique-ish, and I don't fit in. I never have fit in. It took a long time for me to get there, but I'm okay with that. I'd rather stand out than fit in. Yes, I have tried to fit in. It never works out, so I'd rather just be me. The only place I really seem to fit in is with comic geeks, and most of them are straight/hetero.

These days, I don't meet many new people. I don't go to the bars anymore. I don't drink (or smoke, or take drugs) and I'm not too interested in dancing, so I don't see the point. I never really liked the people I met in bars. I'm tired of getting hit on by men who are already partnered (or married). I'm not the other man, so stop trying to make me into that! I've always managed to attract the wrong person, and I'm tired of that.

So, what should I do? People will say that there's more places to meet gay men than the bars. Really? In my city, it's the bars or the gay church. I've been to the gay church. It's just as clique-ish as the bars, but with the added bonus of militant lesbians glaring at you for daring to be male! (Yes, really! There is a faction of lesbians who are anti-male, and a faction of gay men who are anti-female.) I have noticed Meet-Up groups popping up, but most of those meetings seem to dovetail with 1) other plans that have been made or 2) a lack of funds to go do anything.
 
So, what's a guy to do? I'll muddle on through, I suppose. I'm content with my own company, and I don't feel that I *NEED* to be in a relationship. I'm thankful for that. I have friends I can hang out with, and I'm also happy to go out on my own. It would be nice to meet more people, and with these online dating sites, I approach it as meeting a potential friend. Maybe we'd all have a better time of finding what we want (relationship, a good lay, etc...) if we took the approach of meeting a potential friend, instead of answering people with "I'm a big bottom!"

Monday, September 12, 2016

Happy Gay Anniversary!

I was at Target last week, looking for an anniversary card for my parents. Lo and behold, I stumble across this:
 
 

Anniversary cards for Male/Male couples!

AWESOME!

It's about time that cards like this are available in mainstream stores! Sorry ladies, I didn't check to see if there were any for two women in love. I was just so excited to see this! 

It's a little thing, I know. But it's a sign of acceptance, and I like seeing this.

BTW, my folks celebrated their 56th Anniversary! How awesome is that?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Corn & Cheddar Mashed Potato Fritters

Once again, I tried a new recipe. The other night, I made barbeque chicken, mashed potatoes, and fresh corn. Yummy! Well, what to do with the leftovers? I looked up and found a recipe here:





So, I set out to try it. I had the corn and the potatoes. I used a mixture of shredded cheese, and I didn't have any green onions, sadly. Still, the fritters were easy to make, and turned out tasting delicious! They heat up a treat too! I took photos during the cook process so you could see them done in a regular kitchen.




I still have leftovers, so I may just make up another batch...


ANNT Solar Powered String Lights


Recently, I received a set of ANNT Solar Powered String Lights. These were provided free (I paid postage) for an honest review. I like seeing the lights out during the Holidays, and it's something I'd like to get into. I thought solar powered lights would be a good way to go, and that these would be worth trying. 








So, shortly after I received them, we were in the path of a hurricane. It was cloudy out, getting ready to storm. I put the solar panel in the window anyway, to give it a shot. I wasn't ready to put lights up, but it was worth seeing if they worked. To my surprise, the lights charged. When I was going to bed, I turned them on again, and the lights worked, giving off a good light. In fact, the power went out that night (3am-ish), and used them as a light source. I'm not ashamed to say that I'm afraid of the dark, and liked having the light available. The hurricane was not a direct hit for us, by the way. We just had a lot of rain and wind, as well as minor power loss.



The lights have two modes. Press the button once, and the light is on. Press it again, and they blink. Press again to turn off. The lights also came with a spike you can attach the solar panel to. I liked the lights a lot and look forward to using them outside during the upcoming holidays. 
The pictures attached are mine, both with lights on and off. And yes, they're in my messy bedroom, but it still gives you a regular person's view of the lights.



If you're looking for some solar powered lights, give these a shot!