Laying out the damn PennySaver

So I’m reading this book “Looking for Calvin & Hobbes” by Nevin Martell – which is a biography on the publicity-shy cartoonist Bill Watterson who wrote and drew the greatest comic strip of all time  (Umm Calvin & Hobbes)…

The introduction which is really good is about how the author tracked down, and eventually got an interview with the elusive Watterson…   Since the intro tho (I’m currently 85 pages in), the book has been pretty boring and dry.  And while Martell describes individual C&H strips which I remember, he doesn’t actually SHOW them…  I guess he couldn’t get the rights…

Either way, I’m intrigued to see what happens when he meets the cartoonist, so I’m reading on…   But this isn’t a book review blog, so I’m gonna stop there and be egotistical and show how this book involves “me”…

I was reading the part of the book where Bill Watterson quit his job doing layout for the local PennySaver magazine to take his shot at newspaper comic strip stardom…  The newspaper job wasn’t paying much, and the risks were huge, but the rewards were limitless..  In the book, one of Watterson’s contemporaries said that  “(Bill) wanted to give everything he had to Calvin and Hobbes. If it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out, but it wasn’t going to be because he had to spend eight hours a day laying out the damn Pennysaver.” Read the rest of this entry »

RiffSurfers + Star Wars + Smithereens = ANOTHER night to remember!

(Sorry for the rawness of this note (again) – just got in and had to get the story out before I went to bed)

Ok, do me a favor, and read Part 1 of the Pat DiNizio saga first. This note will make a LOT more sense if you have read that one…

The short version if you dont have time or inclination: Jeff Hornlien of the RiffSurfers and I put together a goofy Star Wars-ish video of Jeff singing the Smithereens “Blood and Roses” while Jeff was dressed in his Han Solo costume See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5Gwq_CCg6g ). A week later. we had a night of MANY coincidences, and actually ran into Pat DiNizio – the lead singer of the Smithereens, at a local diner… AND HE HAD SEEN OUR VIDEO.. Long story short, he loved it, and we made it into the documentary on Pat’s, and just had a great time that night… Read the rest of this entry »

Late night tales from a NJ Diner

Holy Shit – This was a night for the record books. We just got in and its 2am, but I had to write this down while it was still fresh in my mind. It will probably get cleaned up a bit in the near future, but for now, you’re getting rawness.

Lets start at the beginning…

A few weeks ago, Jackie & I were bored watching TV, and I saw that the NJN channel was doing a special on the Star Wars Concert where they perform 16 clips from the 6 movies with a live orchestra. I had heard about it, but didn’t think much about it, but I have to admit the TV special made it look interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

Download Fest 2008 – The Full Report

Download Fest 2008 – The Full Report
August 2nd, 2008

Originally posted at http://jameshannon.com

Part 1 – Almost Didn’t Go

For those of you who don’t know, my beautiful wife Jackie is a HUGE fan of the band The Killers, and specifically their lead singer Brandon Flowers.  If this Brandon guy and I were in a burning building, and Jackie could save only one of us, I would be quite worried who she would pick… Luckily, the Killers don’t play the New York/New Jersey area very often, and that scenario’s possibility is at a minimum…

Last night (August 2nd, 2008), the stars aligned for Jackie, and the Killers played the Susquehanna Bank Center just outside Philadelphia in Camden, NJ.  (Yeah, I know, I was worried about Camden’s reputation as well – but the police were all over the place).

Personally, I think the band is pretty good, but I wouldn’t have gone to seen them on my own… But since it is Jackie’s favorite band, how could I not go?  If you look thru all my pictures, she has ALWAYS gone to all my goofy things…  So Jackie got the tickets about a month or two ago the day they went on sale (and I didn’t look at them closely until yesterday morning – you’ll see why that’s important to mention later)…

After Jackie ordered the tickets, I went online to see exactly where they were playing…  And I found out they weren’t playing their own show, but were part of this thing called the Download Festival 2008…  I thought, “Oh great – in the middle of a bunch of teeny-boppers watching bands like the Jonas Brothers and Hansen” until the Killers came on some time between 2pm and Midnight…

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