Ok, the tour ended on the 31st of May. we, Helen my road manager and myself, had a great time and met many good people who put a lot into making this tour successful, couldn’t have done it without the that local support and local mental health organizations who are doing the real hard work on the ground. Many of the places we hit I’ve never been before and found them to be very interesting and wish i had more time to spend at many of them…speaking of spending, I was also lucky to pick up up several nice comic books in many of these cities. It was fun hitting local comic book shops…back on point, the intention of the tour was to raise mental health and addiction awareness, a ton of folks wanted to tell their stories to help remove the stigma of that surrounds mental illness and addiction. Many strong people were ready for the negative perception to be lifted and the truth be told. Mental illness isn’t a choice, people can be born with it and it’s just something they have, we have, like anything else. Some folks may have diabetes, or cancer, we have mental illness….anyway thank you to all the people who gave support to the tour, you truly are amazing folks.
ps – Helen needs to be fed every three hours so i’m thinking about creating www.feedthehelen.org

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well, chicago and findlay went really well, met a TON of right on folks at both stops. ray from hopesfall stopped by and told me they’re playing some shows in NYC and are putting out a new record! my cousin kathy totally took care of us and put us up in a really nice hotel…thank you KATHY!..one bad thing in chicago, someone stole helen’s back pack that had a ton of info we needed, her lap top, cell phone, and credit cards. rat bastards, we did get the cards turned of, one of the bad guys tried it at a redbox and it was declined, hopefully there was a camera there to get a picture of them…..anyway, billy at gallery f in chicago was very accommodating and it is much appreciated. findlay went well, Jeremy the owner of gypsy tattoo is a great guy as well….oh, and the comic book stores in chicago are great too!

me and kathy hess

me and hopesfall ray

mark in chicago had me draw a figure on his leg and he went and got it tattooed pictured below…along with other pictures of the trip…

at the bean….

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well….i did some shopping while here in chicago…bought a nice copy of hulk 121. the gram crackers comic books was the store.

book signing tonight at gallery F….see you there

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here are the comics i’ve picked up so far on tour…spider-man #100 in great shape! black panther #1 that is in VF+, NM- condition, swamp thing #7 featuring batman in beautiful shape, a nice captain america #105 and a few nice x-men, a doc savage, key defenders, and a great strange tales featuring doctor strange from the late 1960’s

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ok, i leave to chicago and findlay ohio tomorrow to wrap up the 31 day’s in may tour. i’m into hitting some comic book stores in those areas that carry silver and bronze age comics…anyone with a lead on some let me know 🙂

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ok, first off, ft. wayne was cool…thanks to all who came out.

second off, i’ve been on a huge comic book buying binge since i’ve been on the road. i think i’ll get into more of it in the future posts…but for right now, here’s a shot of me in Indianapolis taken between stops.

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good times at yesterday’s signing at trader bob’s tatto shop in st. louis. it’s nice to be part of the discussion with ‘chads’ (communities healing adolescent depession and suicide), which is a local mental health organization. pictured are me, Ahmed from Trader Bobs Tattoos and Ryan from Chads Coalition.

off to dark horse tattoo parlor in ft. wayne today.

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hey hey! KC was cool, had a great time at the up town arts bar. lots of swell folks and a nice staff to work with. big shout out to steve (season to risk), great seeing you buddy. tomorrow st. louis at trader bob’s tattoo, see you then.

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had a great time tonight with the folks at Next Page Books in Cedar Rapids Iowa. pictured are the fine folks Karen Matthews and Michelle Takes from Creative Counseling, me, Jeremy Vega from Analog Vault and Bart Carithers from Next Page Books…oh and Brigitta and Bailey, the dog. thanks everybody! tomorrow is ‘uptown arts bar’ in kansas city for a movie screening and book signing, see you there.

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ok…today’s book signing and movie screening at the pioneer theater in fremont nebraska went great!…better than a few larger markets we hit. thanks to kelly and his crew for all the help putting it together. a big shout out to the woman who flew in from Colorado, you’re the greatest.
afterwards me and helen drove over to omaha and dined at 801, a steak and chops house…the filet medium rare with lobster mashed potatoes are to die for 😉
tomorrow is ‘next page books’ in cedar rapids iowa.

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