THAT TIME MY MOM MET TONY BENNET

I grew up in Florence, WI, a town about a hundred miles north of Green Bay. It was seven blocks long and sported seven taverns—two of them were bowling alleys. That’s how my mom and her Women’s League team wound up at the state championships in Milwaukee in the early 1950’s.

We never really know what went on during the bowling league championship weekend, other than the fact that, after driving over 200 miles of terrible roads, they were certainly entitled to unwind a bit. After all, even in those days, what happened in Milwaukee STAYED in Milwaukee.

They always stayed at a nice hotel near the bowling alley – defined as someplace with a restaurant and bar. My aunt Lois sat next to mom at the bar and complained in a loud voice: “You’d think at these prices they’d at least have decent entertainment.”

“They do,” mom said. “Tony Bennet is singing here.”

“Tony Bennet?” said my aunt.  “Who the hell is Tony Bennet?”

That would be the guy sitting on the barstool next to her.

He turned to his brother-in-law—his manager at the time—seated next to him and said, “Some public relations man you are.”

He wound up buying drinks for the team and mom told us that story whenever he came on the radio.

Almost all of my generation have a memory of Tony Bennet, whether it’s a first dance or a first kiss or the Senior Prom. My favorite is mom and dad dancing in the kitchen…

Mike

Jon Peacock as GREEN ARROW at Lexington Comic and Toy Con

I will NOT be attending Megacon 2023

Sadly, due to a massive miscommunication I will NOT be attending Megacon 2023. Organizers have assured me I’ll be on the list for 2024. Of course, that’s what they said a year ago when I got Covid and had to cancel at the last minute. I started to get worried when they hadn’t been in contact to arrange flights. Now it seems they’ve spent their entire guest budget for this year, so I’ll have to wait. I hate to disappoint fans, but I’m no less disappointed for myself. Megacon has been my “white whale” for 30 years and I thought I was finally going to land it. Oh, well, 2024 will be the 50th Anniversary of The Warlord, so that’s something to look forward to.

Mike

YELLOWSTONE, 1923, and JON SABLE

Hi, Guys-

Like many of you, I’m a huge fan of YELLOWSTONE and its spinoffs 1883 and 1923. Having just begun to watch 1923, I’ve come to the conclusion that creator/writer Taylor Sheridan just might be a fan of JON SABLE, FREELANCE. Episode 1 of 1923 begins with a scene in Africa where Spencer Dutton faces a charging lion in a scene straight out of JSF issue 3. Right down to the broken tooth on the lion.

I’m not saying it was stolen but–given that Sheridan was born in 1969–it’s entirely possible he read SABLE as a kid and was inspired by the scene to the extent that it found its way through his subconscious to the script of what just may be my all-time favorite TV series.

At least that’s the way I’m telling it.

Mike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Shaman’s Tears Audio Movie Podcast

Hi, guys –

The first crowdfunding campaign for the Shaman’s Tears Audio Movie Podcast begins Monday at 5pm PST, in time to make it into Native American Heritage Month! The prelaunch URL is below.  Please feel free to spread this far and wide.

Thanks so much everyone!

Mike

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pocketplot/mike-grells-shamans-tears-digital-omnibus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JON SABLE, FREELANCE REMASTERED OMNIBUS

Hi, guys- 

I’m happy to announce that the first volume of the JON SABLE, FREELANCE REMASTERED OMNIBUS is at the printers! 

It’s been a long haul complicated by Covid, supply chain problems, production delays, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the Ten Plagues of Egypt (seems like it, anyway), but we finally made it to the finish line. 

I want to thank everyone for your patience and support.  

On to the next volume… as soon as I sweep up these damned frogs… 

Mike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CANCELLING PORTUGAL

Due to a family medical crisis, I am forced to cancel my appearance at Comic Con Portugal for a second year in a row. Mary and I were looking forward to our trip and hoped to take extra time to explore that beautiful country. I once had a brief 24-hour stopover in Lisbon and have always wanted to return. 

My sincere apologies to the organizers and fans I have disappointed, but I hope you will understand that family must come first. 

I look forward to attending at a later date.

Mike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CANCELLING DUBAI

Due to the US State Department’s travel advisory, we are unfortunately forced to cancel my appearance at Middle East Film & Comic Con in Dubai. My sincere apologies to the organizers and fans. I hope we will be able to visit in the future when the world is at peace.

Best regards,
Mike

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/united-arab-emirates-travel-advisory.html

Creator Spotlight #6 – Mike Grell: World’s Finest True Believers

“This episode we bring you another WFTB Creator Spotlight. Chris is pleased to welcome legendary writer and artist Mike Grell to the show. In a career that has spanned 49 years, he has written for DC, Marvel, Image, First Comics, and Pacific Comics … “

Link to Podcast episode here

Congratulations to my pals on their new series SALVAGE MARINES

Congratulations to my pals Casper Van Dien (STARSHP TROOPERS; TARZAN AND THE LOST CITY) and Peter Shinkoda (FALLING SKIES; DAREDEVIL;) on their new series SALVAGE MARINES. The trailer and teasers for the series–which will be available on Popcornflix and Crackle–will be aired at SDCC in August. 

I had the pleasure of working with Casper (the only Tarzan star to actually ride a real African elephant) in a small budget film, STAR RAIDERS: THE ADVENTURES OF SABER RAINE. His sense of humor and dedicated professionalism made the hectic shoot a most enjoyable experience. Peter Shinkoda has been a “convention buddy” for years and I’m so glad to see him in a role that will give him a chance to show his talent to the max. 

I can’t wait to see what they will bring to the screen. 

Mike

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