Saturday, January 27, 2018

New Year, New Medium, New Project!

The first comic book I ever wrote and the franchise that started the entertainment giant that would become Source Point Press, is making his triumphant return in the medium that originally inspired him. The Jack of Spades returns in 2018 in his first ever old time radio show!

Jack of Spades artist, Joshua Werner, dressed up as the masked detective himself
As a kid my grandfather introduced me to the old time radio shows that he had listened to growing up. The Shadow, The Avenger, Green Hornet, and the Lone Ranger sparked my imagination and would later lead to my love of comic books.

There has been talk about bringing JoS to the airwaves (or in this day and age, iTunes) since the first issue of the comic was released in 2013 at the Motor City Comic Con. 

Finally, the noir detective returns to the medium that inspired him. The first episode will be based on the prose story that was featured in Alter Egos Volume I and the Jack of Spades trade paperback, A Wild Card. Original artist, Joshua Werner voices JoS and actress Krissi Kinney plays Allysa Desmond, a rich debutante that hires Jack to investigate the strange goings on at her mansion.

Keep an eye out for the first episode, Lonely Tower Lives, to be released the Summer of 2018 on podcast platforms (Stitcher, Soundcloud, iTunes, etc)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I have a feature article in Flint Comix this month!

This month's issue of Flint Comix features an article I wrote about the history of the Lone Ranger and the character's connection to Michigan. The article is based on a presentation I did for the Whaley Historic House during their History Happy Hour (which in turn was based on a documentary film I worked on). 

As a long time fan of Flint Comix (which is a free publication that brings the joy of comics to everyone in the Flint, Michigan area) and an even longer time fan of Flint Comix owner, Randy Zimmerman, I was very honored to have an article published in this paper. I'm looking forward to writing future articles for this periodical because of the inspiring public service they provide.

My interview with Crimson Rider author, Zach Davis, for

Hello Folks,

Check out this interview I did with one of my favorite creators, Zach Davis, for IndieVolt Magazine. We discuss his new comic series, Crimson Rider, and we judge who has the most epic beard in the indie comic scene.

Zach Davis Interview

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Term, Same Sense of Excitement and Gratitude

Tomorrow is the start of my fourth term teaching at the University of the People. I'm teaching two sections of the history course that covers ancient Greece and ancient Rome which are my favorite subjects to teach. I'm so excited to be an instructor at UoPeople because it allows me to teach students from all over the world and from different walks of life. I'm not only making historians, I'm making them around the world.

Showbiz by Charles Bukowski

The international film project I worked on a few months ago is edited and on tour at film festivals around the world. I am very honored to have been part of it and to represent the U.S. in this international indie film. All the teams did an amazing job filming their scenes and the man behind it all, Erik Ros, is a genius.

Our team here in the metro Detroit area was a dream to work with. Krissi Kinney organized everything and cast our extras. Stephen Florentine did very well directing and Warren Jackson proved to be a brilliant actor.

I can't wait for my next project with these talented individuals.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Professor is IN

My "I'm grading papers" face
This has been another amazing term as a professor at the University of the People. It has been a bit more time consuming (I'm teaching two sections of Ancient Greek and Roman History this term) but I have really grown as an instructor.

I started the term with some great one-on-one mentoring from the faculty director that really helped me to hone my skills as a faculty member.

Even though I had twice the amount of students, I made a promise to myself that I would still give each one the same amount of attention that I have always given my students. The results were a resounding success. The course evaluations I have received from students have been some of the best I have ever received. This term ends in the next couple days but I can't wait to teach again and share my love of history. #IMakeHistorians

Showbiz Filming

At the Sunrise 45 Film Festival in Alpena, MI. I had the pleasure of meeting Erik Ros, an independent filmmaker from the Netherlands. He was very impressed with the work Warren Jackson and I did on UFO: The Otis Files as well as the amazing work Krissi Kinney and Stephen Florentine did on their film, Replicator, so he invited us to become part of a multi-national film project he was working on called Showbiz. 

The film is based on a poem by Charles Bukowski. It follows the trials and tribulations of starving actors from several nations. Our team was tasked with depicting an American actor (played by Warren Jackson) as he preps for an audition with a casting agent (played by Krissi Kinney). We filmed our scenes on September 22 and 23rd in and around Rochester Hills, Michigan. 

Filming was an amazing experience. I'm so proud to have been a part of this project with other teams from around the world and to work with an innovative filmmaker like Erik. I've seen a couple rough cuts of the film and it looks amazing! I can't wait to see the audience's response at film festivals next summer.