I haven't appeared at a convention since last year's Mid-Ohio-Con and hadn't planned at appearing at any shows this year beyond Mid-Ohio-Con 2007. But I'm making an exception for Jeff Watkins' SYRACUSE HEROES EXPO, which takes place on Saturday, October 21, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Syracuse, New York. It will be eight hours of fun - from 10 am to 6 pm - and I'll be there from start to finish.
Here's how the show's website describes the event:
Syracuse Heroes Expo is Central New York's premiere hobby convention. From comics to action figures, anime, scifi, manga, action figures, and video games we are dedicated to bringing the very best enthusiast gathering to the CNY region!
Besides me, the event's guest list includes Star Wars actors Daniel Logan and Bonnie Piesse; horror film icon Tom Savini; comics artists Ethan Van Sciver, Dave Ross, and Pop Mhan, and the always-delightful Brinke Stevens. The convention will also have an anime screening room, a horror movie screening room, dealers room, cosplay, and giveaways. Tickets are only $15 with children under 12 getting in for free. For the latest Syracuse Heroes Expo news, you can visit their website at:
I didn't decide to do this show lightly. I asked around and heard nothing but good things about it. But the deciding factor in my signing on as a guest was because I wanted to help dispel a vile cloud that's been hanging over the Central New York region for too many years. A cloud by the name of Rick Olney.
I'll spare you a detailed account of Olney's prevarications, frauds, and bullying. If you do a search on his name, you'll learn everything you need to know about it and discover how many leading industry professionals have worked to protect fans and freelancers from becoming new Olney victims. You'll also see how many impotent threats he's made against myself and others, including his saying that he's going to "fix [my] little red wagon" at the Syracuse show and also "legally serve" me there. This from a cowardly clown who didn't even show at the hearings for several lawsuits against him. Lawsuits he lost. Lawsuits that resulted in judgments against him. Judgments that cannot be overturned.
The good and true comics fans of Central New York deserve much better than the wretched likes of Olney. Watkins and the Syracuse Heroes Expo are providing those much better convention experiences and have been doing so for a few years now. I'm honored to be part of the grand tradition they are building there.
I'm looking forward to meeting the Central New York fans and any TOT readers who can make it to the event. Bring your books and comics to be signed, bring your questions for me to answer, bring your cameras to take photo after photo of me having a fine time at a quality event.
Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back soon with more stuff.
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ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
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