May the Fourth Be With You!

May 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

See you all Saturday!
Star Wars Day 2014

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Road Trippin’ with a Comic

December 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , )

road trippinTitle: Road Trippin’

Author: Jeff Hodge

When you’re reading about the life and times of a comic on the run, you get a lot of information you’d probably rather not – unless you’re a dude.  This is definitely a dude’s memoir!

It’s good! Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying getting to know Jeff Hodge.  I’m enjoying reading up on all the little adventures that made up his life.  But more than his adventures and sexcapades, I love his bits about growing up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and then in Houston.  Those are my favorite parts.

I’m preemptively writing this review.  I’ve had the book in my possession for awhile now (longer than I usually do when I am sent a review copy) and I’ve been picking it up and reading it leisurely.  I do this with memoirs sometimes, and Hodge’s is a memoir to take in over a long time, because I want to actually become acquainted.  I want to hang out once a week, as you would with an old friend, and absorb his life story – not just read the book in a day and forget about him like a one night stand.

Maybe it’s because he’s sort of wonderful.  Maybe it’s because going into it, his one night stand stories made me sad before I even heard them.  Call me a judgmental Christian homeschool mom, but tromping around with your pants down in bars all the time doesn’t sound like a happy life to me.  The fact that he seems to innocently stumble into these situations is both endearing and frustrating as hell.  But  I do love that Hodge has way more going on than that in his memoir.  So rather than dismiss getting to know him through his book after reading about his rendezvous with a married woman (for shame!), I calmly set it aside, and pick it up another day when my irritation has worn off – curious to see what he learned from the experience.  Exactly how I would be if I was hearing this story in person.

Road Trippin’ belongs on the shelf with Dave Barry and alongside I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell.  A little more than halfway through his book, with full intentions of finishing, I’m curious to see one of his acts.  Next time Hodge is in Houston, I plan to pay him a visit.  But as a true fan – for the record – not as a skanky hoe (and no matter how pretty you dress these girls up, I think for the most part, they were skanky hoes).

I’ll keep you posted how it all turns out in the end.  Or, you could download the 99 cent ebook and read it yourself.

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When I Am Not Reading – Comicpalooza 2013 Day One

May 25, 2013 at 3:04 am (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Jacory visit thru Comicpalooza 014Our fabulous booth!

Jacory visit thru Comicpalooza 018Our very own Wonder Woman and Daenerys!

Jacory visit thru Comicpalooza 029This little girl was so adorable! Can’t wait to take my kiddo!

Jacory visit thru Comicpalooza 034Me and Kristen Holden- Ried

Jacory visit thru Comicpalooza 036I love me some Storm Troopers!

Jacory visit thru Comicpalooza 042Can’t wait for tomorrow!

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A Weekend With Super Heroes

May 7, 2013 at 3:31 am (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Half Price Books Humble just celebrated May the Fourth Be With You in serious style.  There was a costume contest, a raffle, Comicpalooza tickets to give away, free comic books, and free art work by some amazing artists.

Bright and early in the morning, sporting a Spiderman t-shirt and super awesome white frilly skirt, my daughter showed up bright eyed and bushy tailed to get her own free artwork.  Here she is chatting with artist Merrick Shaka Khan.

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Shortly after this photo our costume contest winner also showed up bright and early. Meet Doctor Who:

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In the early afternoon we had free ice cream from Amy’s Ice Creams and lots of coupons to share…

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Then, Aoristos – Creationeer arrived to offer his artistic talents to our customers for a few hours. It was amazing to watch him put peoples’ faces into their favorite characters.

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Aoristos at HPB

Finally, we were able to wrap up the day by announcing our Comicpalooza ticket raffle winner!

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Stay posted to join in all the fun at Half Price Books in Humble.  Next Event… a Celebration of Nurse Appreciation, May 11th.  Starts at 1:00 pm.

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Comic Palooza and Half Price Books Event!

April 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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