i was just chatting on line with a pal regarding my radio show and that she couldn’t pull up the web site.  so just checked i and it came up fine for me. this last wednesday was my first day back on the air in a month due to the book tour keeping me out of town. all the radio shows on there are archived for a week so if anyone wants to hear last wednesday’s show you can hit here and look up my show…then hit listen…my show is wednesday’s 11am to 12:30pm east coast time called “overrated” and here is the link  archive.  the main page of the site is here wcsb.org. this wednesday you can listen live to my show and then that show will be archived for a week, and so on.

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Regarding the Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade tragic suicides….you can see how suicide/depression/addiction is an equal opportunity offender. Anyone can have it no matter how successful you are or how happy you seem to be. Robin Williams is another example, you can appear like you have it all, but emotionally you may have nothing. This is why everyone should be open to learning and being understanding about mental illness. Mental illness can be a killer, it doesn’t care who you are, but it can be treated. Suicide is not the answer, it’s a by product than can be prevented. If you’re struggling you don’t have to be alone, talk or text someone, the suicide hotline is a 24 hour thing, reach out if need be to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or Crisis Text Line text HOME to 741741…take care of yourselves and those around you.

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ok! my home town comic book store is the best one in cleveland..north coast nostalgia. it’s nice to be home

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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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