This Made My Day

TWITTER: You can like anyone, follow anyone, and throw your comments into the ocean, never to be heard from again.

Sometimes though, just once in a great while, a message comes back.

So this happened today.

ICE-T is one of the folks I follow. The guy made hardcore rap albums but he first appeared on my personal radar when, in 1995 (yeah I’m that old, shut yer cakehole!), I saw the theatrical release of two movies which would become my GoTo cult favorites (I have a top ten): TANK GIRL and JOHNNY MNEMONIC.

Such great concepts! Such great performances! Such great Productions! So poorly executed.

Yet Ice-T stuck in my head. His characters came into both movies – two wildly different stories – like a bystander who was actually living there his whole life when a film crew came in to make their movie. He might as well have been the Eddie Valiant in ToonTown: He was that genuine.

So anyway, I’m on Twitter, I follow certain folks, and Ice-T is one of them.

Today Ice-T tweeted this,ice-t

I thought about it for a second, okay maybe twenty, then respondedseriously

And that’s all I expected to happen. Message in a bottle cast along with thousands of others from thousands of people, all into the great ocean of the Twittersphere.

Then this came back,icetlike

Ice T dropped by long enough to give my comment a Like. So yeah. That bit of positive vibe, that virtual passing smile and a handshake from someone I respect, made my day. And yeah, I’ll definitely be buying his album on March 31.

I hope your day went well.

In getting these screengrabs I accidentally hit Unfollow and had to follow Ice T again.

One day someone will probably throw that in my face. 😉

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It begins like this.

I was on Facebook, minding my own affairs. When this ad from !!!TRIGGER WARNING!!! Walmart, caught me unawares.


That was the biggest Millennium Falcon toy I ever saw. I recall talk about selling such a big freaking wookie of a toy, but I think this was the biggest wookie of a M.F. spaceship yet!

I was so impressed I posted this,

FBSWMFWalMartThis is my sense of humor, it’s the way I joke.

But then this happened,

HSFAMFHank Schwaeble is the Bram Stoker award winning writer of the novel, DAMNABLE. He is used to my kind of joking, and year after year jokes back in the same vein.

So when he said this,

HSMCI came back with this!

FAToyJoking aside, this is the Star Wars geek version of promising to introduce me to Halle Berry (STORM!). Don’t joke around about a thing like that!

But Hank said,

HS2Today is Monday, December 15, 2014. So what did I get in my email today? A forward from Hank.

GreatNewsHoly crap! Is this for real? Is this a joke?

Dare I freaking dream?

Let’s be clear here.

This is a massive scale toy for children (*wink! wink!*).

star-wars-poster For children who sat enthralled in their theater seats in the 1970s and 1980s, watching the most awesome movie they had ever seen in their lives!

So I went to my local Walmart, and lo and behold, this is what I brought back!

FeoSWSo yes, my buddy Hank Schwaebel loves me!


The Two Sides of Todd McFarlane

Me at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con

First, there is the side of Todd McFarlane that Jim McLauchlin knows and has dealt with for decades,


Now let me tell you what I know of Todd McFarlane from years of signings at comic cons and comic book stores.

He’s no prima donna and he waits.

As long as no one else has the table after him, as long as the store is open, as long as it isn’t a hassle for anyone, he stays.

At his 2002 signing at the San Diego Comic Con, he stayed at his table on the Sail Pavilion for about an hour and a half  after his slot. Long after the long line was depleted, long after the last stragglers had left.

He sat there all by himself and didn’t have to.

I was a volunteer at the Comic Con at the time (a celebrity wrangler), and asked Todd if there was any problem? Help with something?

Todd told me he was waiting for the ones who were rushing across town to see him and were running late.

“Someone in particular?”

“No,” he said. “But it happens. Fans made me. I’m only here because of them.”

A months later in September, Todd did a signing with Clive Barker at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood.

Todd did it again.

A multimillionaire just hanging out until the store was about to close, all to sign a $3 buck comic. Clive waited with Todd, because Clive was his ride (or maybe Todd was Clive’s ride?).

So they stayed, and stayed, and stayed. It’s who Todd is.

A fan may be running late.

Posing with Clive Barker and Todd McFarlane at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, CA
Posing with Clive Barker and Todd McFarlane at the 2002 Meltdown Comics signing, Hollywood, CA