Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A few things...

One of the things that I promised myself when the new year began was I would try to commit to doing some type of regular essay writing.  The local paper(s) don’t seem much interested in freelance workers these days, and the reality is that my “day job” might make them a wee bit gun shy about hiring me, especially if I decide to comment on the blood sport of politics.  So, here I am in cyberspace (where all the hep cats are anyway) to offer my observations, musings, and opinions.

If you’ve come here looking for gossip or sordid tales of tomfoolery, I’m afraid that you’ll be more than a bit disappointed.  That’s not the game I’m into.  I do, however, reserve the right to have opinions (even unpopular ones) and I will gladly engage anyone in the gentlemanly art of discussion about those opinions.  Remember, as a friend once told me, “…differences challenge assumptions…”.  There is nothing wrong with challenging the assumptions, and I welcome differences as that is what makes life interesting.

No, the column will provide me with an opportunity to talk about a medium close to my heart “comics” and will allow me to talk about and opine on what an old geezer like me wants to crab about a bit.  Mostly, it will be about the GOOD things that are coming out of the medium and the brave new world that comic book/strip creators are headed into.  The internet will change everything.  It HAS changed everything!  Comic Book Resources ran an excellent piece about the future a few days back.  I would encourage all of you to read it.  I’ll provide a link at the bottom of this essay. 

Where was I?  Oh, yeah…the purpose of this here column.

I will, of course, also take the opportunity to plug various MPH projects that are chugging along.  I’m a terrible carnival barker, though, so be warned.  Plugs may be awkward.

I plan on each of these little essays to run about 500 words or some.  Some weeks a wee bit more, other weeks a wee bit less.  But, 500 is a good number to shoot for.

I also plan on using this blog to showcase editorial cartoons (I’m going to shoot for doing TWO a week) and various other media type projects, including my first ever attempt at sculpture.  Should be a hoot.

On another website, you’ll soon find the daily adventures of a boy and his tabby cat.  Marty is a boy who lives in a world all his own…or does he?  What is real?  What is his imagination?  It might not even matter as long as I spin a good yarn worthy of entertainment value for the whole family.

So that’s what my pledge (at least for now) is to you, determined reader.  One essay and two editorial cartoons a week, plus whatever other madness I find amusing and worthy.  Oh, and THAT is 500 words.


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