Friday, September 08, 2006

Happy 40th Anniversary Star Trek!

Star Trek debuted on this date 40 years ago. Needless to say that it is an important date to me as Star Trek has brought me endless entertainment, joy and creative energy. To me it is the greatest television show of all time. So I share my celebration with you.

Star Trek Lives! Long Live Star Trek!

Live long and prosper
Captain John M. Neal

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Donations for Lea Hernandez

A call to arms for my fellow Texan and fabulous talent Lea Hernandez. Below I have reprinted the plea that Gail Simone made on the Dixonverse. ( Give what you can folks.


Early this morning, the Texas home of award-winning writer/artist Lea Hernandez, my friend and co-creator of the graphic novel Killer Princesses, caught fire and burned. Half her house is now gone, and the rest is smoke-damaged. In addition, she lost at least six of her family’s beloved pets, two dogs and four cats. If you knew Lea, you’d know how devastating that is.

She’s lost a great deal of her family’s possessions, including irreplaceable art. She doesn’t yet know the full accounting of what’s been lost at this time.

Most know Lea as the brilliant creator of such works as Rumble Girls and Cathedral Child. She drew the Marvel Mangaverse PUNISHER book, and has drawn for TRANSMETROPOLITAN, among many other accomplishments. She is also the co-founder and original editor for GIRL-A-MATIC, one of the most important venues for female-friendly comics created to date.

She’s also my friend, and it’s entirely possible I wouldn’t have a career in comics if she hadn’t asked me to write Killer Princesses for her to draw.

And finally, Lea is one of the last great firebrand hellraisers in comics.

Lea has two (wonderful, amazing) special needs children and right now they need a place to stay and some clothes to wear. More than that, they need
some help, and fast, in the form of donations to her paypal account. Lea’s a proud person so I’m going to ask FOR her. This is important, and a great chance to do a wonderful thing for a creator who has consistently enriched this industry we all love so much. Please, take a moment and send WHATEVER YOU CAN to Lea’s paypal account and help make this time a little bit less painful for someone who would do the same for you if the positions were reversed.

If you’re a retailer, I ask that you set up a donations jar. If you’re a creator, I ask you to think of how devastating this would be to your career and donate what you can. If you’re a reader, I’m asking you to take a moment and hit the paypal link. You’ll be doing something heroic and you’ll feel great about it, I promise.

Read what Lea had to post on a neighbor’s computer while wearing her pajamas at:

Donate (PLEASE) to her paypal account at:

Finally, if I understand the story correctly (as told to me by Lea’s good friend and current Girl-a-matic editor), it was Lea’s daughter hearing the smoke alarm that allowed the family to get out in time, so for God’s sake, do everyone you love a favor and CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS.

Thank you so much for helping. Really, any amount you can send will make a difference. That’s all I can say.

And also, if you have a blog or a myspace account, please spread this around as best you can. Every little bit will help and every eye that sees this might be someone who donates.

Sincerely and gratefully,

Gail Simone

Thursday, August 31, 2006

TVology 101 and Tales of Aym Geronimo and the PostModern Pioneers!

Hiya folks. I want to tell you all about my new blog and another great new blog.

Mine is called TVology 101 and I will have commentary, information and special features all about television of the past, present and future over there. Visit or

There is a article on Star Trek news and rumors there now.

The other is Tales of Aym Geronimo and the PostModern Pioneers by Danielle 'Granny' Roh, one of the PostModern Pioneers herself and that is all about Aym and her world. You can view that one at

Granny's introductory post is currently there.

This blog will remain as a catch-all of everything else in my life.


Friday, July 28, 2006



For information, please contact:

Scott McCullar, Creative Director

Kearny, New Jersey (July 27, 2006) – Action. Adventure. Aym

Readers of the erstwhile SHOOTING STAR COMICS ANTHOLOGY series have
long recognized the science-loving heroine and her team of Post

Modern Pioneers as synonymous with high adventure when she appeared
in those earlier pages. This August finds Aym leaping into action in
her first full length adventure of her own!

The stakes have never been higher as Aym battles both time and

trickster. Aym takes on a man called Coyote, who is the world's
greatest thief, in order to recover an experimental and highly
dangerous device.

Debuting at Wizard World Chicago, Shooting Star Comics is pleased to

series creators J. Morgan Neal and Todd Fox (Booth #3256B). Both
writer and artist will also be on hand at the convention in Chicago
at the Shooting Star Comics Booth (Booth #S23). You can also visit

the official Aym Geronimo website at to learn

Don't worry. If you cannot make the trek to the Windy Cindy, AYM
will come to you! AYM GERONIMO: TRICKSTER is also available now for

pre-order via the Shooting Star Comics secure online store along
with Aym's earlier exploits in the pages of select issues of
SHOOTING STAR COMICS ANTHOLOGY (while supplies last). The Direct-to-
Readers edition of the AYM GERONIMO: TRICKSTER summer special will

begin shipping in mid-August for those who purchase this special
edition through our online store.

* * *
Shooting Star Comics is an independent publisher that produces a
variety of high-quality comics-related products from both new talent

and longtime legends in the industry. More information about
Shooting Star Comics can be found at the company's website,

Shooting Star Comics, LLC

188A Kearny Avenue #301
Kearny, NJ 07032

(862) 452 -8080


Saturday, July 22, 2006

It Came From A Test Tube!

Wanna watch a fun little movie?

Coke Brown a friend of mine just posted a student film he had a hand in in his wayward youth and for having no budget and a really green cast it actually is a fun little film. Coke co-wrote and co-directed it and it has some great lines and gags and great shots utilizing what they had avaiable.

Give it watch if you are so inclined.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Blowing back into the Windy City

After a two year absence I will finally be making it back to Chicago for the Wizard World convention. It will be wonderful to hook up with my Shooting Star and Dixonverse pals and the others I have met in the past and made fast friendships with. The whole thing was made possible by two very good and dear friends, Coke Brown and Cliff Roberts. This year is the biggest year of them all however as I have an even stronger personal involvement than ever before. I can't say why just yet, but I will post about it as soon as I can. Meanwhile if you are planning on attending the WW Chicago look me up in the artist alley and at the Shooting Star Comics booth. I will be splitting my time between the two. Chicago! Home of the Blues Brothers! :) Scott McCullar knows what I mean. ;)

Friday, June 23, 2006

Star Trek Rumour Time!

theINSIDER is reporting that J.J. Abrams & Co. are smitten with the notion of Matt Damon as James T. Kirk in their forthcoming theatrical relaunch of STAR TREK.
The article also says Abrams has already received Kirk progenitor William Shatner's blessing on this.