Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Best of Booksteve's Library


I have good news and I have bad news.

This next week marks exactly a dozen years since the debut of BOOKSTEVE'S LIBRARY. Wow. It seems like only yesterday. But then, to me, so does 1974, and even 1968. 

Blogging, for me, has been a way for me to write, a way for me to stay in touch with the outside world as I became more and more reclusive over time.

But blogging also seems to have had its moment, with less and less visits per day and less and less time for me to actually blog anything substantial. My social needs have relocated to Facebook, where my posts get more feedback all around than anything I post here. 

So it is with some disappointment that I announce my retirement from regular blogging. My two remaining active blogs will cease to be updated after next week.

BUT...

That's the bad news. The GOOD news is that we will cap this all with THE BEST OF BOOKSTEVE'S LIBRARY! THE BEST OF BOOKSTEVE'S LIBRARY is a nearly 500 page book due out next week that features 100 annotated, illustrated highlights from the past 12 years--reviews, articles, essays, interviews, short stories, etc. And it won't be that expensive (although I don't yet have an exact price) and signed copies will be available directly from me for anyone who wants one. 

I appreciate everyone's support and can't wait for you to see the book! Ordering details will be available very, very soon!

Kathy Coleman In Singapore



Mark your calendars! On September 5th, Kathy Coleman will be addressing the Singapore Film Society IN Singapore, on the subjects of her life, her career, and OUR book! Looks like it will be streamed LIVE on Facebook, too! Stay tuned for more details. She is SO excited!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Back Issue Batman

One of my favorite things I've worked on this past year has been BACK ISSUE # 99, from TwoMorrows, which hits the stores either this week or next with mail-order copies arriving already.

Although normally dealing with the Bronze Age of Comics, editor Michael Eury themes this issue as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of one of THE great cartoon series ever, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. I have a two-page article in it on my late friend, Bob Hastings, who played Commissioner Gordon on the series.

The real hero here, though, turns out to be writer John Trumbull who interviewed nearly everyone associated with the series and pieced the talks together into a fascinating oral history. Along with my fellow blogger, Jon B. Knutson, I transcribed many of John's interviews for this and for his separate article on Harley Quinn!

The issue even covers the related comics as well! If you ever enjoyed an episode of the animated BATMAN, you'll enjoy this issue.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

R.I.P. Glen Campbell


I got to see him in person once, in November of 1978, here with Bob Hope's charity show in Cincinnati. Personally, it wasn't his best period, but man, he was still entertaining! Not just the expected great singing and guitar playing but he marched through the audience of mostly families as he played bagpipes of all things!