RIP Mike Esposito

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(image ©Marv Wolfman)

Silver Age inking manstay Mike Esposito has passed away at the age of 83, according to numerous online sources. Esposito was best known for his collaboration with penciller Ross Andru on Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and hundreds of other books.

Mark Evanier has a brief remembrance here:

Mike was a jovial, dependable gent who was trusted by editors and liked by his peers. In the seventies, he gave assisting work to a number of young artists, helping them to learn the industry and gain a foot in the door. He was also a good friend to other inkers, always ready to aid a colleague with a deadline problem. For many years, friends tried to persuade him to travel to San Diego to be honored and interviewed at the Comic-Con International but he always declined, citing health problems and a reticence to fly. I’m sorry we never got him to make the trip because I think he would have been surprised and overwhemed to learn how many fans he had.

It's Wonder Woman Day

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In Portland, OR and Flemington, NJ.. Celebrate the season and please give to help stop domestic violence.

31 Days of Halloween: Dave Roman

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Dave Roman is the writer of AGNES QUILL and TEEN BOAT, the manga X-Men, LAST AIRBENDER comics, the cartoonist behind ASTRONAUT ELEMENTARY and obviously a big Halloween fan. He’s swell.

Camera update

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As you may recall, I lost my camera at this year’s SPX. Soon after, Jen Vaughn, bless her heart, started a fund raising drive to buy me a new camera, and — mostly I’m sure because of Jen’s enthusiasm — folks had donated about enough for a more than decent digital camera. I remain profoundly touched by people’s generosity, and strive to pay this kindness forward in as may ways as I can. But anyway, I thought for the folks who donated their money, and for anyone who wants to know about buying a new camera, I would give an update on the disbursement of the funds.

I had hoped to go get a new camera before NYCC, but there literally wasn’t time and I wanted to do some research to figure out the best camera to get. After some research I think I’m set on the Canon Powershot SX210IS, which is the latest update of the kinds of feature set that the lost camera possessed. I’ve read some reviews that have some complaints about the ergonomics of this model, but I’ve always purchased Canon Powershots, and they have always fit all my programmable, low-light needs. Plus, it’s purple.

Honestly, there are probably slightly better cameras in this price class, but I’m lazy and yes, I went with this one mostly because it’s purple, and I’m less likely to lose it.

OH yeah one other thing, I am usually very religious about downloading all my old pictures, but for some reason I now find out that I hadn’t done it in months, and lost 100s of pictures from Heroes Con, family events and more. Very sad. So…the moral is…BACK UP, BACK UP! and then BACK UP some more!