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About this journal

I have two creative projects I will be discussing in this journal.

The first is The Crimebusters, a new comic series I am writing and drawing. Picking up where Boy Comics left off, The Crimebusters #120 is set in the fall of 1956, with Chuck Chandler — aka Crimebuster — returning to Curtiss Tech for his junior year of college. As always, though, intrigue and mystery abound, as Chuck is reluctantly forced to team up with girl reporter Trixie Trouble to investigate the shocking death of a beloved professor. This is my first comic book, so it's a real learning process trying to make it; I will be detailing that process here. I hope to have the issue complete by the end of March, with the goal of heading to Kickstarter in April for a May publication date. We'll see how it goes though!

The second project I have is the Classic Comics Forum Podcast, where I discuss classic comic book runs. I'm aiming for an episode a month at this point, and will provide updates whenever new episodes become available. 

Thanks for reading!

Entries in this journal

 

A new podcast and a couple new videos!

Episode #28 of the Classic Comics Forum Podcast is now live, with the second part of my three-part discussion about the Fall of Yellowjacket storyline. This time around we finish talking about the infamous court martial story in Avengers #213 before moving on to discuss #214-220: https://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classic-comics-forum-podcast-28-avengers-211-230-the-fall-of-yellowjacket-part-2/   Meanwhile, on the YouTube front, I've got a couple new videos to share with you. 

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

09/17/2020

 

Here's my CGC "unboxing" video

I made a video where I show the results of all 5 variants of my comic, The Crimebusters #1, that I sent into CGC. Results were mixed! But it was a good learning experience, particularly just trying to figure out how the submission process works when you are sending in your own signed books. The answer is: it's confusing!  

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

09/04/2020

 

Just back from CGC...

Cross-posting this from the main forum, because I'm just too excited to keep it to myself. I just got this back from CGC - it's the first issue blank variant of my self-published comic The Crimebusters, which I then signed and sketched with an homage to Archie #50, starring my character Trixie Trouble.  When I learned that artists can submit signature series books and act as their own witness, I had to try it!    

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

09/02/2020

 

Grail acquired! Plus: what's your origin story?

I've been churning out the YouTube videos, so there's a bunch to see on my channel, but I thought I'd just highlight these two.   In this video, I spend 5x as much as I ever have for a comic and acquire one of my personal grails:       And in this one, I start a new series called Origin Stories: The Comics That Shaped Us where I interview comic book fans about their origin story as a collector, though the lens of the 10 individual comics that had the bigge

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

08/31/2020

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09/01/2020

 

Back issue finds, and the best storylines ever!

I've been a busy beaver, buying comics and making videos about those comics, so I've got a batch of new videos for you today. First, here are two haul videos where I show off the stuff I've been picking up on ebay during the pandemic:         And then in this one, I discuss some of the my favorite storylines in comics history:      

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

08/14/2020

 

The Crimebusters #3 three page sneak preview

Hello, friends! I'm hard at work on The Crimebusters #3, so I thought I would share a sneak preview up the upcoming issue. Here's the first three pages. The forums here are compressing them slightly, so they look a tetch fuzzy, but don't worry, they are crisp and clear in real life.  

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

07/31/2020

 

Wonder Woman!

In my latest video, I show off the first part of my complete bronze Age Wonder Woman run - this one covers the I-Ching New Look era, as well as the 12 Labors era, with issues #178-227:  

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

07/29/2020

 

Star Wars podcasts! YouTube shenanigans! Actual CGC related stuff! Face it, this one has everything!

It's been a little while since I posted an update, because I've been too busy doing stuff to talk about the stuff I've been doing! Since this is the CGC forum, I'll start with a video I made about the process of trying to submit my own comic, The Crimebusters, to CGC. Let's just say it's been very confusing, to the point where multiple CGC reps have seemed almost as confused as I am. The main point of confusion seems to be that CGC has divided their services into two totally separate a

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

07/19/2020

 

Another batch of new YouTube videos!

Here's my latest batch of YouTube videos!   In this one, I go through a box of miscellaneous back issues I've picked up over the years for no real reason:     Here's a look at some foreign comics I have picked up as souvenirs on my travels:     In this one, I go through my run of Avengers #101-150:     And here's my latest group of new purchases:    

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

06/30/2020

 

new batch of YouTube videos from yours truly

I've been making a bunch of videos for my YouTube channel, so here they are if you've missed any of them.   In this one, I found a whole shortbox of Silver Age Superman comics I forgot I owned, so I recorded myself rediscovering what the heck they are:     In this one, I discuss the how and why I cosplay as Wonder Woman:     In my first test Livestream, I show off my small collection of unopened multi-packs   In this

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

06/17/2020

 

The Crimebusters #3 regular cover and virtual con appearance

Hello there, friends! I am currently toiling away on The Crimebusters #3 and wanted to show you the regular cover. I have some cleanup work to do on the logo, but otherwise, this is it!     I also wanted to announce that I will be "appearing" at this weekends virtual comic con, Stay At Home Con. I have a virtual booth set up at the show, which is mainly just links to my website. But on Sunday morning at 10:30 ET, I'll be doing a livestream event to chat with "convention goers

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

06/10/2020

 

Book Club, Back Issues, and answering your questions!

I'm back with three more videos from my YouTube channel.   First up, a look at some of my books about comics:   Next, it's an Ask Me Anything, where I answer viewer-submitted questions about everything under the sun, but mostly comics:     And finally, another back issue haul video, with some more new acquisitions, including a batch of Archie books purchased here on the boards! Plus: the thumbnail image is an homage to Gil Kane!!

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

06/01/2020

 

First look at The Crimebusters #3!

Hey everyone!  I'm just about done sending out the rewards to everyone who backed The Crimebusters #2 on Kickstarter — I'm hoping to get the last rewards shipped out this week — so I've finally returned to the drawing board to begin drawing issue #3. Here's a look at the Kickstarter exclusive legacy number variant cover for the third issue (#122 in this case with the numbering continued from Boy Comics), which is an homage to the work of Alphonse Mucha:  

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

05/31/2020

 

back issue haul, and the bizarre story behind Samuel R. Delany's cancelled Wonder Woman run

Hello, friends! I've made a couple new videos I thought you might enjoy.   First, here's a look at the revolutionary storyline science fiction grandmaster Samuel R. Delany had planned for Wonder Woman, and how it got abruptly cancelled by DC after just one issue thanks to some very unexpected and highly ironic political interference:   And here's a look at some of the back issues I've been buying as retail therapy during the quarantine. This is part one of what look

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

05/23/2020

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06/27/2020

 

I made a comic book - and so can you!

Hey there, friends! I made another YouTube video that I thought might be of interest to some of you. Since I started working on my self-published comic The Crimebusters a couple years ago, I've had a lot of questions about the process. I know many comic fans dream of making their own comics! So I decided to make a video that goes into as much detail as I could think of about every step of the creative process, from just being a fan, to unboxing the latest completed issue.  It's very lo

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

05/15/2020

 

New on YouTube: my Avengers #1-100!

Everyone these days seem to be about key issues, but while I like those as well, at heart I'm a full run guy. I know completists are out of fashion these days, but it's in my blood. So I decided to sit down and do a video showcasing the centerpiece of my collection, Avengers #1-100.  I have a full run of all 502 issues plus annuals, but just the first 100 issues resulted in a video that's almost two hours long! But if people like it I might do a follow up with, say, issues #101-150 and annu

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

04/26/2020

 

Adventures in YouTubing

A couple weeks ago now, I was inspired by a thread in the Comics General section to do a video for YouTube showing off the Top 50 comics in my collection. To my surprise, I discovered I really enjoyed making the video — and some people actually watched it! So I've decided to make some more YouTube videos about comics and comic collecting. I'm hoping to just post like one video a week, and every so often I'll share those videos here. Here's the link to my channel: https://www.youtu

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

04/18/2020

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04/26/2020

 

Classic Comic Forum Podcast #23 - Star Wars by Marvel Comics part 3

Well, it took me a full year to edit this episode, due both to major real life concerns as well as some messed up audio problems with the recordings. But I've finally got part 3 of my discussion of Marvel's classic Star Wars series ready.  this was originally supposed to be part 3 of 4, but now it's part 3 of 5, because there's still hours and hours of raw audio left to edit from this conversation! This episode discusses Star Wars #39-63: https://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classi

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

04/14/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - funding successful!

The Kickstarter for The Crimebusters #2 is over, and we successfully funded thanks to all your support! It really means a lot to me. I am humbled and grateful and I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I have enjoyed creating it. I'm still putting the finishing touches on issue #2, but I am nearly done and expect to send it to the printer by the end of the month, and I expect to also send out the digital version by the end of the month as well. And then I can get to work on issue

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

03/02/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - Kickstarter ending now!

Hey, comic book friends! First, thanks so much for all your support with this project, it really means a lot to me.  I wanted to let you know that the Kickstarter for The Crimebusters #2 is about to end. There are less than 36 hours left until it ends at midnight ET tomorrow night. I'm not one to do any kind of hard sell, but I did want to remind people who might have been waiting to decide, especially because the number of Kickstarter pledges I get determines how many copies of each varian

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

02/27/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - more stretch goals!

Whew. It's been a really long, hard week for me. Just feel like I'm sick all the time, and it was also the anniversary of my mother's death, which always leads to health issues for me.  But, on the bright side, the Kickstarter campaign to publish issue #2 of The Crimebusters is going really well! So, thank you for all your support.  We've hit a couple of big milestones, which means it's also time to announce the next round of big stretch goals. So check it out when you have a chance!

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

02/16/2020