Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A Few Notes For Myself On Turning Fifty

I turned fifty last month, and was surprised with a trip to Mardi Gras by my partner. 

Fifty was a surprise to me as I always expected to die from the same thing and at the same age that my mother did. I got open heart surgery instead, and survived. In a lot of ways that left me completely unprepared for everything that was to come after. I didn't expect any of it. 

I had a very vain and selfish goal for my fiftieth birthday. I wanted to train hard in the gym and end up doing a naked pictorial on the street outside my apartment documenting being in the best shape of my life and generally just not giving much of a shit what anyone thought.

So, I set out last March training for that photo shoot. And I blew out my shoulder immediately. Followed by both elbows. Then I sprained my foot so badly I could barely walk.

But I trained through it all. I wanted to be like one of those guys in the commercials for fitness products who says "I'm fifty, and I'm in the best shape of my life." Yest nothing went right. It was the most agonizing training cycle in my entire life. 

February came around, and every part of my body hurt, and the photo shoot never happened. Like almost everyone else who ever lived on planet Earth, I didn't get to stand in the middle of the street at fifty years old documenting how robust and powerful I was. Instead, I didn't achieve the results I dreamed of, and I took a selfie in my bathroom mirror.


Then I went to New Orleans and ate my way through the city with my partner and came home to the best friends a guy ever had.

I may not be in the best shape of my life, but I never had it so good. I have become the Dungeon Master for my Tuesday night Dungeons and Dragons group, and I am part of an art collective where I have two shows this month. 

So, please indulge me in the sharing of a clearly self-centered photograph. Maybe I'll be back at 100 and do another one. 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mermaid By Jenny Mathews

This is what's on my rolltop desk right now. 

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Zombie Logic Press Productions VHS Intro Animation

Growing up as a teen in the 80's the video store was a sacred place in my life. And the animations for a hundred different horror movie distribution companies still elicit a Pavlovian response from me. There's still a void in my life sometimes on Friday night when I feel this irresistable draw towards the video store, but there isn't one around.

Hearing of my longing for those days, and knowing I wanted nothing more in this life than an animation for my own production company, Zombie Logic Press, my workout partner and long-time friend Tim Stotz set out to work.

And today after our workout at the Y, instead of doing cardio, we decided to finish this...

Or rather, he decided to finish it while I sat there and drank a Candian Club on the rocks. 

Well, I did help a little, by providing the sound effects. And now forever after I have my own animation for my production company. Now we just have to finish my movie Dead Drunk. 
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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Buy The Blood Dark Sea By Dennis Gulling

What amazes me about the poems in this book is how elegantly they delve into some really dark subject matter, but are never once prurient, or mean-spirited. There's humanity to these observations of people in some pretty awful situations. But there's also a sense of humor and no judgement. These things happen. The Blood Dark Sea is the kind of book where you can be glad they are happening to someone else, and a poet with a keen eye and flair for the subject matter is there to report back, so to speak.

This illustration by Jenny Mathews is a pefect visual metaphor for the lives of the people described in the poems of The Blood Dark Sea, a book of noir poems.

The Blood Dark Sea By Dennis Gulling

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Buy Iced Scream By Jesus Correa

I've decided to see my archival copies of the legendary Iced Cream by Jesus Correa and do a second printing, so this is absolutely your last chance to get a copy of the 1st printing of this highly sought after collectible. 

Iced Cream By Jesus Correa

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Freshwater Mermaids of North America Poster By Jenny Mathews

This 22X28 poster is a field guide to all the freshwater mermaids that reside in the waters of North America. It was drawn by renowned illustrator Jenny Mathews of Rockford Illustrating. The perfect gift for the fisherperson or mermaid in your life.

Freshwater Mermaids of North America by Jenny Mathews



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Friday, July 13, 2018

This Is Where You Buy The Koa Tree By Stephen Schreiner

Had a blast today at the Rockford Area Arts Council booth at Rockford City Market unveiling The Koa Tree, the second children's book by Stephen Schreiner. Now it is available here at Zombie Logic Press. 

The Koa Tree By Stephen Schreiner


The book, which Schreiner co-wrote with his grandaughter Ava Fitzsimmons, was lavishly illustrated by Renee Noelle Jacobs, and is a fable of the lessons learned by a tribe of native islanders on their quest to build a boat mighty enough to reach Tahiti. Both authors, as well as the illustraot, will be available to sign copies and discuss their book.

The Koa Tree is the sixth book in the Rock River Literary Series, which seeks to publish and promote Rockford area writers to a local, regional, and national audience. The series is dedicated to long time local publisher Frank Schier, who passed away in 2017. 

Working in tandem with local design wizards at Mainfraim, the author was able to realize a dream of his to have this book made available with a glass cover. Copies of the book with the glass cover will be available as well a paperback version. Previously Zombie Logic Press has worked with Mainfraim to release a book with a wooden cover, and has plans to experiment with even more unique formats in the near future. Those books are assembled entirely here in Rockford.

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