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Hey Kids, Comics!

In the planning stages for years, my friend Rob Kelly, who you might know better as the writer and co-creator of the fabulous webcomic Ace Kilroy and the founder of The Aquaman Shrine, has finally released Hey Kids, Comics! True-Life Tales from the Spinner Rack.

Hey Kids, Comics! is a collection of essays, compiled by Rob Kelly, about the love and nostalgia of comics. These stories, by media and industry professionals like Alan Brennert, Glen Weldon, Evan Narcisse, Steve Englehart, J.M. DeMattieis, Paul Kupperberg, Elisabeth Rappe, Sholly Fisch, Doug Slack, and Roxanna Meta, among many others, are experiences and remembrances of the joy of comics.

I love this book, and I’m so proud of my friend for putting this together. I can’t recommend Hey Kids, Comics! enough. You can check out Ray Cornwall‘s and my interview with Rob Kelly on The GAR! Podcast here, and you can buy the book here. Check it out.

Ace Kilroy Kickstarter

Ace Kilroy is one of the coolest webcomics out there, let’s keep it coming, folks! Get more details here. And don’t forget to check out writer Rob Kelly’s interview on Episode 11 of The GAR! Podcast.

Ace Kilroy Returns!

Ace Kilroy by Rob Kelly and Dan O’Connor returns today with a new strip daily.

What is Ace Kilroy?

“THE YEAR IS 1937. Another World War is brewing in Europe, and the United States Government, headed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is doing all it can to prepare. However, recent intelligence from that part of the world has uncovered an even more disturbing, almost unbelievable, set of facts: that the world’s worst supernatural monsters, thought only to be the stuff of nightmares, are real! Even worse, that Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich has unleashed a multi-pronged effort to turn those monsters to the side of the axis powers!

“President Roosevelt, backed by a small band of his most trusted advisers, has decided to commission decorated World War One veteran and soldier of fortune Ace Kilroy to go undercover in Transylvania and see if the threat is real–and if it is, to stop it…at all costs.

“ACE KILROY harkens back to the classic American newspaper comic strips of the mid-20th Century like Dick Tracy, Steve Canyon, and Buz Sawyer. We feature a new black and white daily installment every day, with an extra-large “color supplement” on Sundays!”

Check it out now, right here!

Vote for Ace Kilroy!

A message from the creators of Ace Kilroy:

Dear Friends of Ace –

Dan and I are proud as punch to announce Ace Kilroy has been nominated for an Eagle Award, the comics industry longest-running award. Out of the dozens of entries that were in the initial round earlier in the year, it was announced today we made it to the final five contestants and are now officially nominated.

Voting is now open, so we implore you to head over to the Eagle Awards official ballot: …and vote for Ace Kilroy in category #19, Favourite Web-Based Comic.

Dan and I have been doing Ace Kilroy entirely on our own, and just receiving this nomination is a thrill. If we were lucky enough to win, it would be a huge PR push for us, and would help get the word out about the strip to literally thousands of potential new fans.

Voting is open NOW, and ends April 2nd. Please show your support for us and Ace Kilroy, and spread the word about the nomination far and wide.

Thank you for your continued support, and wish us luck!

Rob & Dan
Creators, Ace Kilroy!/AceKilroy

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It’s Mera’s Turn!

Continuing a two day tradition of promoting other folks’ blogs, but guaranteed cool folks and their cool blogs, I have an announcement about The Aquaman Shrine.

February on The Shrine will be Mera Month. For those of you who read the comics, watch the animated series, or just have to live with those of us who do, I don’t have to introduce one of the sexiest redheads in comics. For those of you not in the know, Mera is Aquaman’s wife, the queen of an otherdimensional water world who gave up her crown to rule beside Aquaman in Atlantis.

Mera has been around since the early 1960s, has appeared in numerous animated versions, and in the new DC Comics reboot has even been a member of the Justice League. Check out The Aquaman Shrine throughout February to learn more about the sea queen.

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Ace Kilroy Wants You!

Rob Kelly is a guy who understands passion, and the concept of the phrase “labor of love.” Not only is he the man behind The Aquaman Shrine, he is also the writer of the smashing new webcomic Ace Kilroy, along with artist Dan O’Connor. This is his newest labor of love, and with just a few clicks of the mouse, you can help make this adventure last a good long time. It’s worth it!

Ace Kilroy is a loving tribute to the high adventure comic strips of yesteryear. My first glance at the work, which started on Halloween this year, conjured memories of Steve Canyon, and sure enough, that’s one of the strip’s inspirations. I have fond memories of the newspaper strips as a kid, reading their adventures in the black and white dailies and then in full color on Sunday – and this is the method of webcomic Ace Kilroy.

The man, Ace Kilroy, is the spitting image of Clark Gable, and a classic soldier of fortune in the late 1930s. Summoned by President Roosevelt to combat the monsters of our childhood like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man, who might now be working with Hitler’s sinister Third Reich. It’s clean cut but gritty action with a square-jawed hero facing off against the solid evils of monsters and Nazis. Really, Ace Kilroy is everything you want in an old-fashioned (and that’s a good thing) adventure comic. It’s good versus evil, where the good guys wear white and the bad guys wear black. You know who to root for and you know who to boo and hiss. Like I said, it’s a good thing.

Rob Kelly has an extensive background studying both comics and film, giving his sequential storytelling flow and cinematic flair. Dan O’Connor has an artistic style that perfectly matches the era and feeling needed for the strip. Together, they make the noir adventure breathe and jump off the page. Their Ace Kilroy really is a 1940s adventure movie and/or comic (take your pick, it’s both) come to life. Less than two weeks in, I am hooked.

And Rob and Dan are doing this great old-fashioned comic strip with a twist of contemporary internet promotion, and also using Kickstarter to fund it. So if you dig Ace Kilroy, become a backer! Find Ace Kilroy at the following links:

The Actual Webcomic is here.

A quick who’s who background file on the characters can be found here.

The Blog, behind the scenes at Ace Kilroy is here.

Ace is on Facebook here.

You can even follow Ace Kilroy on Twitter here.

You can find the official Kickstarter page here.

And to join Ace’s Allies, click here and become an official backer!

Join the adventure!

* This article appeared in slightly different form over at The All Things Fun! Blogs, check it out here!

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French Fry Diary 275: Aquaman #1 2011

Happy Birthday, Aquaman!

This week will be a historic week for fans of DC Comics’ reigning Sea King – Aquaman! Not only is it the launch of his new ongoing series by the all-star creative team of Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, but Aquaman #1 also just happens to coincide with the King of the Seven Seas’ 70th anniversary of his first appearance in More Fun Comics #73!

The Aquaman Shrine will be marking this special event in a unique way on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25th by throwing a birthday party for Aquaman exactly 70 years to-the-day after More Fun Comics #73 hit the stands for sale on September 25, 1941!

Who will be attending this party? Dan Abnett, Tony Bedard, Kurt Busiek, Nick Cardy, J.M. DeMatteis, Ramona Fradon, Pat Gleason, Dan Jurgens, Paul Levitz, and Joe Prado are just a few of the many creators who will be visiting the Shrine on Sunday to wish Aquaman a Happy 70th and to share their unique perspective with fans, friends, and family of Arthur Curry. Special surprises will be in store and this event will be fun for comic book fans of all ages!

And that’s not all! In addition, the Shrine will be following up the big 70th birthday party with EXCLUSIVE CONTENT from Aquaman artist Ivan Reis every day leading up to the release of Aquaman #1 on September 28!

Check it all out here at The Aquaman Shrine!

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The Fire and Water Podcast

I’m a big fan of my friend Rob Kelly’s Aquaman Shrine (as well as both Rob and Aquaman separately too), and recently he, along with the Irredeemable Shag of the Firestorm Fan site got together to do a podcast about their mutual loves of the characters Aquaman and Firestorm – The Fire and Water Podcast.

The first episode is an entertaining voyage into the hows and whys of doing blogs devoted to Aquaman and Firestorm, the new DC 52 and what it has in store for their favorite characters and just some really fun chemistry that doesn’t often happen in many podcasts. Rob and Shag are a good team and provide a really good listen. And it’s not just Aquaman and Firestorm talk here, there’s a bit of comics history as well and even some love for the classic Mark Evanier/Dan Spiegle Blackhawk, always a plus for me. Recommended, check it out here or on iTunes.

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The Live Midnight Justice League Release Party

In case you missed it earlier tonight, here’s the live vidcast from the All Things Fun! Midnight Release Party and Sale, featuring the many origins of the Justice League of America, Flashpoint #5, Justice League #1, and Rob Kelly from The Aquaman Shrine.

Watch live streaming video from allthingsfun at

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