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LAST MOMENT TO ESCAPE

I’m not the only writer in this marriage. Truth be told, my wife’s blog is much more interesting. This isn’t false modesty. She really is a great writer with a natural voice and sense of humor. I’m fortunate to have an intelligent and talented wife. She writes about her life and our life, and all the random thoughts that come to her. For the past few years, I’ve focused this blog on my writing career and on comics, with the occasional comment on my personal life. I don’t know how interesting it is to simply post: “graphic novel X will be out sometime next year and look for article Y coming soon” again and again. My blog is going change. I will try to have a life.

So, let’s start here: Read more

TRIUMPH OF SMART POP

In the mail, I received my TRIUMPH OF THE WALKING DEAD comps. The essay I wrote (“The Hero Wears the Hat”) marks my third contribution to the Smart Pop series. If you haven’t been to their site, it’s an online treasure of all good things in popular culture. Go there. Smart Pop was hip to geeks before G4 ever thought to take a camera crew to Comic Con. Respect must be given to the hardest working publisher in fandom. Read more

THAT DAVID HOPKINS DOT COM

It should be obvious, but you are no longer at antiherocomics.com. I switched my site over to thatdavidhopkins.com. Very little has changed about the design. (Thank you David Garlitz for the “viala” wordpress theme.) The content is all here. I did move from Doteasy as my host to Bluehost. Doteasy is a little cheaper, but I get more from Bluehost. It also seems to be more WordPress friendly.

Why the change? Read more

THE ANTI 9 TO 5

At April’s urging, I’m reading THE ANTI 9 TO 5 GUIDE: PRACTICAL CAREER ADVICE FOR WOMEN WHO THINK OUTSIDE THE CUBE by Michelle Goodman. It’s a good book, well written, and I plan to read her follow up MY SO-CALLED FREELANCE LIFE.

It’s amusing to read something written with default feminine pronouns. I sometimes forget I live in a culture that defaults to masculine pronouns. Read more

ASTRONAUT DAD NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

You can now order the complete ASTRONAUT DAD (160 pages, b&w) on Amazon and Createspace.com. We get a little more money per sale through Createspace, so if you don’t mind which online retailer you use — it’d be preferable to use the smaller guys. Since we’re publishing this book through a print-on-demand company, this book will not be available through the Previews catalog. Hence, you probably won’t find this book in comic book stores. If you want it, you’ll need to buy it online. Read more

CHESS CLUB FOR KIDS

Tonight, we hosted our first Chess Club for Kids. About 17 young ones were there, ranging in age from 5 to 14, from nine different schools in Arlington. Some were learning chess for the first time (I think I said “it moves like an ‘L’ ” at least twenty times), and a few were experienced tournament players.

All the kids received a sparkly chess pencil and a chess piece keychain. From the abundance of remaining bishops and pawns, you can guess which pieces are the most popular! All the parents received… a boring newsletter from me, pleading for their time and resources. Read more

ASTRONAUT DAD, THE COMPLETE STORY

As announced yesterday on Brent Schoonover’s blog and Robot 6, we have finally printed a complete ASTRONAUT DAD that will include both volumes 1 and 2, all six chapters. Brent will have copies available at NYCC, and then we should have it on Amazon and an ASTRONAUT DAD website.

To give you an idea of how long this book has been “in the making,” I mentioned it on my very first post on this website, back on August 17, 2003. Eight years ago. Read more

16 COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES

What can chess teach us?

As a public school teacher, when a student raises his or her hand, asking “When will we ever use this in real life?” — this is no small question. The short answer is: “It will be on the test and you need to know this to pass my class.” And then, I can continue with my lesson. However, the true answer is a little more complex and much more vital. We’ll get to that in a second.

Fact is chess in itself isn’t that useful in real life. I know. Shocking. Hear me out. Read more

SHOPPING MALL AT THE END OF THE WORLD

My story about Six Flags Mall is now available in the October issue of D Magazine. You can read it online, click here.

I’m talking with my editor about two future stories for D Magazine. So, there’s a possibility I will be writing more for them. This is a good thing.

Also, in about a month, Triumph of the Walking Dead will be available in stores. I contributed an essay to this anthology. It’s my third Smart Pop book. Previously: “A History of Violence” and “Secrets and Secret-Keepers.” Read more

FIRST MEETING AT THE SALVATION ARMY

We had a good group for our first Thursday night meeting. About 12 people were there, mostly folks I haven’t met before. Some arrived at 7 PM. Some showed up later in the evening. No one sat around for too long to wait for a game. There was a lot of 5 minute blitz (big surprise) and slower untimed games. I think everyone had a good time.

In particular, I’m very happy with our locale. After an entire month of searching Arlington for an ideal location, I feel vindicated. Read more

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