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McKay’s Used Books and Collectibles Stores!

Today my wife and I are going to do something we really enjoy.  Any guesses?

No, not that.  Get your mind out of the gutter.  Try again?

Good guess, but HeroesCon doesn’t start until Friday.  Give up?  Ok, I’ll tell you.

Today we’re going to go to two McKay’s Used Book Stores.  We’ll be swinging by the Greensboro and Winston-Salem locations.  Later this week we’ll go to the Knoxville location.  Yeah, we’re used book store junkies, but especially McKay’s Used Book Store junkies.

McKay Used Books was founded in 1974. The idea was that it would be a…

…book store that would contain a wide variety of books that an individual could obtain cheaply, keep as long as they wanted to, and return for credit on other books in the future… Since that time, the brand split ownership and McKay’s was born in Tennessee. In 1985, the first Tennessee location opened in Knoxville. Since then, two more TN locations have been added: McKay’s Chattanooga opened in 1990, and McKay’s Nashville opened in 2007…  During this time, the original idea of a bookstore has expanded to include music, movies, electronics, games, musical instruments, collectibles, and more!

We love McKay’s not only because of the wide variety of books, music, movies and other things that they carry, but because we can trade in similar items we no longer want for either cash or store credit.  (Give us store credit, please!).  Plus McKay’s prices are reasonable and they always have sales.  (Where you will usually find my wife.)  I love finding books I need for my collection and discovering new authors thanks to McKays.  The only thing that would make McKay’s Used Book Stores better is if they had a central Florida location.

RIP – Stan Lee

Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.  Lee was a writer, editor, publisher, creator or co-creator of some of the most popular comic characters the world has ever seen.  Lee began his career in comics in 1939, but it was in the early 1960’s that he hit his stride.  Teaming with Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby they created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and so many other heroes beloved by children and adults throughout the world.  Under Lee’s leadership Marvel soared.

I had the good fortune to see Stan Lee at HeroesCon a few years ago.  My wife and I were attending the HeroesCon annual art auction.  It was probably 9 or 9:30 and the auction was well underway when a murmur went through the crowd.  Stan Lee had entered the banquet hall!  The crowd became quiet as Stan took the microphone and said a few words. When he’d finished, the crowd erupted with applause.  I’ve rarely seen a person who so captivated such a huge crowd.

Thanks Stan for the hours and hours of entertainment you provided or inspired.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Lee’s family, friends and fans.

Jack Carter Goes to Sin City by Karl Slominski

The Jack Carter & Marv (from Sin City) piece above was created as a commission for me at HeroesCon 2018 by Karl Slominski.  I met Karl for the first time at the 2017 Heroes convention when I requested Karl’s take on Jack Carter and John Wick (which will be posted in the near future).

When I picked up the sketch, my buddies LittleJohn and Mike Cross were with me.  They both liked my sketch so much they commissioned sketches of their own.  LittleJohn got John Wick and John McClane, while Mike asked for Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) and Maggie (Adrienne Barbeau).

This encouraged me to go back for another “Jack Carter and…” sketch, this time getting Carter and Raylan Givens from Justified.  I’ll post that in the near future as well. (Yes, I am way behind in posting my sketches.  I do plan to, ah, justify that in the coming weeks.)

If you’d like to see more of Karl Slominski’s art check out…

Jack Carter & John Wick by Andy Bennett!

Last week I shared Andy Bennett’s riff on a Jack Carter and Lono from 100 Bullets.  I liked Andy’s work on it so much, I’ve ordered a Jack Carter & John Wick piece for pick-up at HeroesCon this year.  Although Heroes is still a couple weeks away, Andy shared with me the piece that will be waiting for pick-up.  Yowzers! (And don’t you just love the nod to Tango & Cash?)

If you’d like to see more art from Andy, you can by clicking here.

Rocky by Chris Visions

Chris Visions created this beauty for me last year for pick-up at HeroesCon.  I’d been a Chris Visions fan for some time and the opportunity to get a commission from him was one I’d couldn’t pass up.

Check out Chris’ site when you have some time to spare.  You’ll be amazed at his talent!

Rocky was my first Chris Visions commission.  I hope it won’t be my last.

Meet Karl Slominski

The Mister Monster piece above was created as a commission for some lucky person at HeroesCon 2017 by Karl Slominski.  I met Karl for the first time at the same convention because I had requested Karl’s take on Jack Carter and John Wick (which will be posted in the near future).

When I picked up the sketch, my buddies LittleJohn and Mike Cross were with me.  They both liked my sketch so much they commissioned sketches of their own.  LittleJohn got John Wick and John McClane, while Mike asked for Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) and Maggie (Adrienne Barbeau).

This encouraged me to go back for another “Jack Carter and…” sketch, this time getting Carter and Raylan Givens from Justified.  I post that in the near future as well.

At any rate, you can see more of Karl’s art at his Instagram.  Check it out!

Joshua Greathouse Gets Carter!

This amazing watercolor was created by Joshua Greathouse. When I saw that Greathouse was taking pre-show commissions for HeroesCon, I contacted him about a Get Carter piece.  Man, did he nail it!

The funny thing is, when I picked up the art, Greathouse told me it was the second piece he’d ever done for me.  I was sure it was the first.  Greathouse went on to say he’d done a Rocky sketch for me at another show several years ago.  That night I checked my online posted art and there was nothing by Greathouse.  Of course I have many pieces that have not been scanned and posted yet.  When I returned home I found the piece Greathouse was talking about.  You won’t believe his growth as an artist.  I’ll post the Rocky piece soon.

In the meantime, if you’re a sketch collector, check out Greathouse on the web.  You can find him here and here.

RIP – Bernie Wrightson

It was announced today that Bernie Wrightson has passed away after a long battle with brain cancer.  Mr. Wrightson was 68.

Known best for his drawings and paintings in the horror genre, Mr. Wrightson was a humble and soft-spoken man who appreciated his fans.  Wrightson was an artist’s artist.  Not only was his work loved by fans, but professional artists were also in awe of his talent.  Best known as the co-creator (with Len Wein) of Swamp Thing, Wrightson was also known for…

  • Being one of the young upstart talents of “The Studio” (along with Barry Smith, Michael Kaluta, and Jeff Jones)
  • His horror work at Warren Publishing
  • His Frankenstein project (beautiful pen and ink illustrations for Mary Shelley’s classic tale)
  • His work with Stephen King – creating the poster for the movie Creepshow and illustrating King’s Cycle of the Werewolf novella, illustrations for The Stand (restored version), and art for the hardcover editions of From a Buick 8 and Dark Tower V.
  • His comics at Marvel (Punisher, Spider-Man), DC (Swamp Thing, Batman) and IDW (The Ghoul and Doc Macabre – both with co-creator Steve Niles)
  • His conceptual art for films such as The Faculty, Spiderman, and George Romero’s Land of the Dead, and The Mist.
  • So much more

I was fortunate enough to meet Berni Wrightson a couple of times at HeroesCon.  He was kind and humble and appreciative of the praise fans (myself included) gave him.  On the first occasion, when my wife learned that Mr. Wrightson was a guest at the con she came into the show to meet him.  She wasn’t a real comics fan, but she did love Mr. Wrightson’s art, appreciated his talent and wanted to meet him.  When she spoke to him, he seemed genuinely touched. As we were leaving his area other fans were coming over to share their appreciation.  I’m glad Bernie Wrightson was aware of how much his art positively impacted so many people.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Berni Wrightson’s family, friends and fans.

 

Dave Wachter and Barney Ross

Dave Wachter is back and he brought his take on Sly from The Expendables with him. I met Dave several years ago and became an instant fan. I wasn’t the only one to discover Dave’s fantastic sketches! How can you not like a great guy who is a terrific artist?

It has become a HeroesCon tradition that I get  Dave to draw his take on Sly.  Somehow this one was never posted until now.

You can see more of Dave’s art at his site. – Craig

Dave Wachter and the Rhinestone Cowboy

Dave Wachter is back and he brought his take on Sly from the Rhinestone. I met Dave several years ago and became an instant fan. I wasn’t the only one to discover Dave’s fantastic sketches! How can you not like a great guy who is a terrific artist?

It has become a HeroesCon tradition that I get  Dave to draw his take on Sly.  Somehow this one was never posted until now.

You can see more of Dave’s art at his site. – Craig

Dave Wachter and Jack Carter

Dave Wachter is back and he brought his take on Sly from the Get Carter. I met Dave several years ago and became an instant fan. I wasn’t the only one to discover Dave’s fantastic sketches! How can you not like a great guy who is a terrific artist?

It has become a HeroesCon tradition that I get  Dave to draw his take on Sly.  Somehow this one was never posted until now.

You can see more of Dave’s art at his site. – Craig