STAR CON III

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2012 by billyg67

Twilight Star Studios
Pack Rat Comics
Oct 6th

Hell Yeah!

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Headed For Retirement-Again.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2012 by billyg67

August 31st. Just a few days ago I checked out THE TOUR with Motley Crue and KISS with my wife…our oldest daughter and her husband and a friend from work.  I’ve seen KISS several times before…almost once for every different incarnation of the band…and seen the Crue once WAY BACK in 1983…0r 1984 opening up for Ozzy.

I’ve always liked both bands…was really impressed with the latest Motley album S.O.L.A…..while somewhat disappointed with Sonic Boom…the latest disc from KISS a few years back.

I thought this would be a cool show…but didn’t think I was going to go until our daughter called us and asked us if we wanted to go with her and her husband…this was way back in Feb….my wife and I agreed. And as the show got closer I thought I would enjoy the Crue more than KISS….once again I’ve seen KISS several times and Crue had added a lot of music too their studded belt since I last saw them live.

What’s really weird…I retired from going to concerts back in 1999. Since about 1983 until 1999 I’ve just about seen every band I wanted to see with just a few exceptions (AC/DC, Ted Nugent (by himself…saw him with the Damn Yankees), Alice Cooper, Metallica (not so much anymore) and VanHalen)….in all I’ve seen about 63 shows…not counting local level type bands. Some people think that’s a lot…but I know people that have seen four times as many shows , easily.

Back in 1999 I saw a show I never thought I would see. Black Sabbath with all the original members….to make this even better Pantera opened up for them….and the Def Tones opened for Pantera. After watching that show I was done…there was no reason to keep going to shows.

I had touched the face of GOD….there WOULD NEVER BE A SHOW BETTER THAN THAT ONE.

So I retired.

But like Micheal Jordan and Brett Farve ..not for long….I eventually started to creep back to seeing a few shows…I’d see Ace Frehley with an old friend I was in a band with…Hell I saw KISS two more times during my “retirement” with our youngest daughter….caught another show with my brother and another old band member….those type of things.

But I had the feeling that after this Crue and KISS show was done…I was done as well. And I was right. And this time I’m pretty sure done means done.

Don’t get me wrong…I had a great time and with great company. Crue was pretty good…Vince was….Vince. He either had a hard time remembering lyrics or just was too out of shape to keep up with the rest of the band who who just AMAZING!!! Thank God for the back up singers…not only did they do a great job filling in the blanks in the songs that Vince left behind….and they looked pretty damn good doing it. I mean if you were too busy watching them you didn’t notice Vince too much.

And KISS….kicked ass. They were tighter as a group of musicians than I had ever seen them before, and played WAR MACHINE live…never heard them play that live all the times I had seen them in the past.

But I was right back in 1999….nothing I’ve seen since….Hell….nothing I even saw before that show….could have come close to that Pantera/Sabbath show.

And like Michael Jordan and Brett Farve before me…I should have went out on top and stayed retired the first time.

Oh well…still had a great time at a rock concert….for the last time.

I’ve already framed my ticket.

 

Moonlight

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2012 by billyg67

I haven’t written a song for years…but today for whatever reason I felt like writing one.

This one is for my wife….it’s called Moonlight.

 

I was lost in my world

A place so dark and empty

Never really seeing

All the things that passed by me

 

 

Cause I was living in the shadow

Of all the things I could be

But trapped in my own Hell

For all Eternity

 

 

Then a crack formed in my pitch black world

And made the darkness bleed

And whispered to my very soul

And somehow set me free

 

 

You were the Moonlight

That shined into my heart

I can’t imagine me without you

I never want to start

 

 

You were the Moonlight

That outlined all my dreams

I don’t need to see everything

I just need to see you with me

You were the Moonlight

 

 

And there are times I find myself

Stumbling through the night

When everything turns out the same

And nothing turns out right

 

 

There are times I could give up

And surely lose my way

But the love you give to me

Keeps the night at bay

 

 

You are the Moonlight

You light up my heart

I can’t imagine me without you

I never want to start

 

 

You are the Moonlight

You outline all my dreams

I may not see everything…

…but I see everything I need

You are the Moonlight.

Alive And Well

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2012 by billyg67

Hey-

So this is where I put my Diary Of A Gladman blog! Haven’t been here for a while and thought I’d drop by to put aside all rumors that I have passed beyond to the great unknown and left this mortal coil behind.

I am very much alive and kickin’ (although recently found myself lost in (cyber) space…. yes I guess the end is near. I DID join FACEBOOK and cussed out twitter a couple of times)

No dirt nap here. It just ain’t true.

But I admit I have also been guilty of falling prey to incorrectly believing certain people were dead…when they were not (thankfully).

For a number of years (since the 11th grade as a matter of fact) I believed a guy that I used to draw and write comic books with (on note book paper) named Stephen Brewington had committed suicide when he “disappeared” towards the end of that same school year. Imagine the pleasant surprise when I learned from my Twilight Star partners in crime (Gary and Derron-better known as The Brothers Church) that Steve was alive and living in Xenia Ohio! They had actually been friends with the guy for a number of years!

And in a quirky twist of fate Stephen and I ended up working together on several comic books together….a few decades down the road! Stephen is on hiatus at the moment but look forward to his return and involvement with the studio again.

A few years ago I actually thought one of my favorite comic book writers, Roger McKenzie, who was a writer on Daredevil had died. Until during the recording of a RaynMan  podcast episode I was going to talk about his death and did a little research…and found out he was still alive!!!!

There was another guy named Roger McKenzie ( a jazz musician I believe) who unfortunately passed away and apparently I got the two confused.

AND just a few days ago this type of thing happened again….for many, many years I believed the guitarist from the rock band W.A.S.P…Chris Holmes was dead. I don’t know how I got that notion….but I thought he was pushing up daisies. (Man who can forget that scene in Decline Of Western Civilization Part II….guzzling that vodka in his pool)….I mean how could that guy still be alive?

Well he is! As a spur of a moment Google search proved.

So there you have it….if you have heard otherwise about me, Stephen, Roger, or Chris….I’m here to quote Keith Richards.

“I Ain’t Dead Yet!”

 

 

The Rock-N-Roll Hell Ride

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2012 by billyg67

When I first thought of doing this “Diary Of A Gladman” blog , I thought it would be cool to try to talk about the two things I enjoy most…..as far as a creative outlet goes. Those two things being comics and music.

I started out as a comic collector first and when I was  about 15 years old I would sell my first comic collection to purchase band equipment.  By the time I was 15 I was spending less time reading comics and more time listening to the music of the hard rock/heavy metal explosion of the 80’s. More of my money was going towards buying new music (anywhere from three to five albums or cassettes a week) and less money was going to buying comics.

Around that same time I realized a couple of other things as well.  My dreams of writing or drawing comics were slowly starting to be replaced by those of being a rock star. No doubt fueled by the fact that young women preferred rock stars about one million to one  over…..comic book writers and artists.

So if I was ever going to hit it off right with the ladies I was going to have to spend less time talking about Spider-Man and more time learning guitar chords. So the comics got sold…I bought a used Fender Duo Sonic II guitar, an amp, and even paid off the rest of my first drummer’s drum kit.

Well unfortunately me and the guys I was hanging with never became the next Motley Crue (but I have to admit the the whole thing with girls improved…Gene Simmons said it best….just play an instrument…you don’t even have to play it well…and girl’s clothes will fall off) and I played EVERYTHING over the years…started out on guitar and I really sucked. Tried to sing, even played a little keyboards…wasn’t very good at either of those things . Bought a drum kit…bought more than one as I would quit playing drums and pick them back up later more than a couple of times…but never got close to being as good as Eric Carr.

My strongest musical talent was my song writing….I wrote some truly great songs and became known in many circles as one of the best song writers in our area.

And with the help of my brother (who really got tired of me trying to be a drummer) I later became a slightly better than average bass player.

Many. many. many years later….I don’t know how many bands came and went…I know I burned through one marriage…and was married a second time  I ended up recording some pretty good music during that time period   and played some great shows with some very talented guys…but there came a time when my life seemed to have come full circle.

I was reading and collecting comics again. Spending a lot of time and money trying to hunt down every comic that I had sold off in that first collection that was worth a damn. And I came to the point where I decided to sell off all the recording equipment, the bass guitars, the amp, and the foot pedals and spend the money on my comic collection.

And somewhere after that I decided I got tired of buying and  reading “bad comics” and sold off half my collection to finance producing my own comics that I was writing and or drawing. (actually more than half…the comic collection dropped from 14,00 to 4,000…..and I got less than what I sold the original collection of 1,500 back in the 80’s….but got a good deal based on today’s comic market)

Music has always fueled my writing process….almost every story I write is named after a song. My Jack The Rabbit stories are greatly influenced by the music and lyrics of Ronnie James Dio.

But without a doubt the crown jewel in my attempt to combine my love for music and comics is the line of comics I am currently producing with a group of guys (and gals) just as talented as the guys (and gals) I once played music with.  The comics come out through TWILIGHT STAR STUDIOS  here in Springfield Ohio….and I’m talking specifically about the Rock-N-Roll Hell Ride line of comics produced by the studio.

When coming up with the characters, locations, story ideas, and story titles for this line of comics (which include the Necrotrancer books, the Un-Naturals books and Twilight Star Team Up which features Necrotrancer) I wanted to create something that when you saw the art and read the stories you could “feel” Rock-N-Roll.

I mean one the books is actually named Un-Naturals: Creatures Of The Night!!!

Not only is that the name of one of my favorite KISS albums  but it fits the book perfectly seeing how this book features solo stories of the members of the Un-Naturals….which is  a team of super-heroes (if you really want to use  the term super-heroes) which consist of a para-normal investigator/vigilante that is a mix between Batman and Wolverine named Moonshadow..a”cursed” heroine named Albatross (she gets her name from a song by the band Corrosion Of Conformity ….2nd song of their DELIVERANCE album)…

….a female/albino werewolf simply named She-Wolf (inspired by Megadeth’s song of the same name from their Cryptic Writings album)…

…to really emphasis the whole aspect of horror comics mixed with super-hero comics mixed with rock-n-roll that I’m going for here, Megadeth’s “She-Wolf” is inspired by the cult classic horror film “She-Wolf Of London”

……other members of the Un-Naturals include a Moth Man…..last of THIRTEEN (another Megadeth reference) Mothmen, an animated corpse named Epitaph and a female vampire who  was once a nun, named Challis….

Challis owes her “origin” to the dark inspiration of “Christian Woman” the first song from the album Bloody Kisses by the band Type O Negative….

As a matter of fact there is a TON of ideas that have found their way into the stories of the first few Un-Naturals comics that came bout from Type O Negative tunes including “Love You To Death” and “Blood And Fire”.

The Rock-N-Roll Hell Ride books are full of blood, bullets, demons, motorcycles, sex… and hard rock tunes. There’s a band called Xotica that appears in the Rock-N-Roll Hell Ride books…the lead singer is a demon half breed named …Xotica. Her lead guitarist is a vampire named Valentino and her drummer is named Spyder but also goes by the name R.J….short for Ronnie James.

If things goes as planned I hope to record four songs with the help of some of my of musician friends in town (and with me acting only as songwriter) that would be put on a “fake” live c.d by Xotica  which would be called Xotica “Almost Live At The Liberty Belle”. Those songs would be “Hell Behind My Eyes”, “A 1,000 Nights In The Fire”, “Blackheart”, and “Dead 2 Me” ( the last song would have to be sung by a male vocalist as Valentino sings that song in the comics. Xotica sings the other three …some of the lyrics do appear in some of the stories) and I would like a female vocalict on those songs who could channel her inner Lita Ford.

The Liberty Belle is a local bar in the Rock-N-Roll Hell Ride books that is owned by a guy named Buff (based on my dear departed friend Darrell Buffington) and who used to be a roadie for the band Yes. (in the books not in real life) The bar itself is haunted by several ghosts due to a deadly fire a few years ago that killed over a hundred people during a performance by the band White Warlock.

If you know your rock-n-roll history you know what real life tragic event this is based on. As for the band White Warlock that was actually the name of one of the bands I played bass for back in the 80’s.

That’s not the only part of my own personal music history to creep into these stories. That fire actually happened 11 Years Ago ( a song of mine that I recorded for the first time….live…with the band Violent Whisper) The title for the book Shades of Gray comes from one of the songs I wrote and recorded with while in a band called Project X (which featured Grace Deer on vocals, Rick Lazear and Doug Huff on guitars, me on bass and Rich Walden on drums)

Another song I wrote the lyrics for (my brother Larry wrote the music for) was called One Night In Chicago. Larry and I played this song while in the band Misled (with vocalist Brad Shumway and again drummer Rich Walden).

One Night In Chicago is also the name of the first story that appears in Twilight Star Team Up which features a team up between Necrotrancer and two characters created by fellow studio member Tim Hagans (Cyber-Cat and Zodiac)

The second story in the second issue of Twilight Star Team Up which my daughter Raichal helped me to write (Raichal’s old band …yeah she was in a band or two in the past too….Kid Chaos  gets mentioned in these books more than once. The drummer for Kid Chaos was Rich Walden’s son…Richie Walden)…anyway the title for the story Raichal and I worked on for the second issue of this book is called “Kiss Your Past Good-Bye” a song that appears of off Aerosmith’s Nine Live album.

Although I have to admit that equal amounts of  the song “Salvation On Sand Hill” by Sammy Hagar also played a large role in the inspiration of this story.

The song appears on the Marching To Mars album. the story features the characters Necrotrancer and Valentino (Raichal created Valentino with the help of local artist Kyle Hilt)

And the story for the third issue of the book is called “Fatal Portrait” ….any King Diamond fans out there?

And I think that when you consider that the next Necrotrancer book is called “Devil’s Dance” a tune by Metallica…the first Challis solo story is called “If You Want Blood” a song by the band AC/DC….and the bad guys (yeah…although the heroes in these books are “monsters” the bad guys are REALLY evil bad asses)…the bad guys in these books are named  Powerslave (an Iron Maiden tune)….

Widowmaker (any W.A.S.P. fans out there can Scream Until You Like it), Painkiller ( a Judas Priest tune), Harvester of Sorrow (another Metallica tune), Devil Digger (another Priest tune), Lucretia (yet another Megadeth tune) and Grave Dancer (a tune from Velvet Revolver)….you can see that when it comes to mixing my love for hard rock and comics….and horror films too……I’m turning my efforts up to 11.

I’m really proud of the books  that make up the Rock-N-Roll Hell Ride line of books from Twilight Star and I hope you check them out.

Want more info on the books…..you can get it here.

http://www.twilightstarstudios.com

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HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wrapping Up 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2011 by billyg67

As the year comes to a close I guess it’s time for a FEW New Year’s Resolutions. I’m the type of guy who actually takes making these resolutions to heart and USUALLY does a fair job of seeing them through.

So I thought I would share the resolutions I want to work on for the coming year of 2012.

#1-Try to make more updates here at the D.O.G blog-can’t believe I haven’t posted anything here in over two months!!!

#2-get a new computer…..one of the reasons I haven’t posted anything in the last two months….plus this computer has been slowly dying for a couple of years now….and I keep trying to stretch it’s life span out …but I think I am going to have to get something else very soon. Been a real pain in the ass on the Twilight Star production front and as the studio continues to grow….so does what I need to be able to do on my computer.

#3-lose some more weight. Yeah, I know that’s a pretty common resolution and has been one of mine in the past. But I have been very successful with past efforts but would like to get below 225 lbs. Currently hovering around 235 lbs.

#4-by the end of the year I would like to make a living working in the comic field…so I can give up the day job. If not I intend to stop producing comics and just focus on the day job (whatever day job that may be) and spend more time with the family. I ain’t getting any younger….time is too short to continue to divide it on so many different fronts but I’m not willing to give up on chasing my dreams. I’ve already come further than I ever thought I would and actually believe a goal of making comics my full time job in 2012 is very attainable.

#5-just to be a little more organized….in everything I do. Sometimes it feels like things get away from me and I want to focus a little more on the finer details …at work…here at home….and with the studio.

Not too bad of a list. At least I don’t think so.

Guess only time will tell.

2011 has been a pretty good year….with a lot of notable events…..

I was one of 20 writers nominated to write a comic series for Stan Lee and MTV…didn’t get the gig but a few very good things came from the nomination.

Champion City Comic Con which I organize with local comic shop owner Scott Riley turned three years old. This year’s show was not as successful as the previous two for several different reasons but Scott and I along with the help of a few good friends plan to get it back on track for 2012 and show # 4

Twilight Star Studios turned two years old and we produced 18 books in 2011….that’s six more than 2010 and a total of 30 books produced in two years!!!

And 2012 looks to be very productive with almost 30 books being worked on right now and that could be out before 2012 reaches the half way point!

After working on the weekly web comic NEW COMIC DAY with fellow creators Eric Ratcliffe, Chad Strohl, Lisa Moore, and Brant Fowler for two years I decided to leave the strip as of Strip # 104 this past July.

The strip does continue without me and you can check it out every Weds. at Comic Related and http://www.newcomicday,net

The RaynMan Power Hour Podcast which I co-host with good friends Frank Raynor and Brant Fowler turned two years old in 2011….and after a brief cancellation is now heard on TWO different websites…Comic Related and Underground Video Network. RaynMan just recently launched it’s own website at http://www.raynmanpodcast.com

And…..before I go and end what I’m sure will be my last D.O.G posting here for the year ….here are some of my thoughts about the best of 2011.

Best Book-

No Regrets-The Ace Frehley autobiography-couldn’t put this thing down. Read it in four days. If you’re a fan of The Space Man….which I most certainly am….this is a MUST READ!!!

Best Movie-

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes….although Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows was a VERY close second…this film still wins the number one spot on my list. I loved this film and was lucky enough to get the d.v.d as a Christmas gift.

Best Comic Book Movie-

2011 was a great year for comic book films. Perhaps the best year for comic book films ever. And we were treated to several high quality comic book adaptations….and one bright green turkey.

But Captain America was the best of the comic book films this year and one of the best comic book films ever made!

Best Television Series-

Fringe-Season Four.
In my opinion not only the best television series on the air at the moment but for me the ONLY t.v show worth watching!

Best Comic Book –

The new Daredevil series written by Mark Waid is what comics should be like….all the time!!!

Just when I was on the verge on giving up on main stream comics for good a book like this comes along and saves the day..

Best Album

Megadeth-Thirteen. Hands down the best music release of the year and the best Megadeth c.d in the last five years which features the return of original bassist Dave Effleson to the band’s line up.

And with that…..the year gets even closer to an end.

Let’s see what 2012 brings us!

Half A Lifetime Ago….

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2011 by billyg67

When I first decided to start posting random thoughts here at the good ol’ Diary Of A Gladman blogspot the plan was to try to post a new blog entry every week.

That didn’t really work out, if I’m lucky I get around to posting one every month.

I also wanted to kind of split the entries into two different subjects. Comics and music. Two things I love a great deal. Well as of late most of the entries have been some what “comic related” and more often than not they have been promoting something either tied to Main Street Comics And Games, Champion City Comic Con, a MTV writing contest, Twilight Star Studios or a combination of all the above. Well this blog entry does not have anything to do with any of those usually very cool subjects.

And the subject matter this time around does lend itself to my interest in music to a certain degree.

I admit when it comes to both comics and music I think the best stuff was created in the late 70’s, the 80’s and the early 90’s. As of March of this year I pretty much stopped collecting comics…new comics that is. I still buy about four a month which include two different Captain America titles. And my interest in attending out of town comic conventions has dwindled a great deal as well due to the fact there’s less than a dozen books I really need to complete what I think is a damn good collection. And I started reading my own collection in March….man this has really been great. Out of about 4,000 books I have read a little over 900 comics and still going strong. ( until just last September I had almost 14,000 books before selling a great deal of the collection off and trimmed the fat to just the stuff I couldn’t live without.) I try to read at least two books a night…sometimes I read as many as seven.

About the same time I started listening to my own personal c.d collection, working my way through the hundred and hundreds of compact discs that I own including all the Megadeth, Iron Maiden (and the Bruce Dickinson solo stuff, Black Sabbath,  Judas Priest, Kiss, and Motley Crue stuff….among others.

I usually listen to one c.d a day as I drive back and forth to work. And a little over a week ago while driving home I was listening to Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood album, which for the most part still holds up pretty well even today.

While stopped at a light I decided I wanted to see exactly what year this disc was released. A quick glance gave me a shocking answer.

1989. I have become that guy that listens to only music that is almost thirty years old. This album of course isn’t quite thirty years old…but the Crue’s debut album Too Fast for Love….

…. which I had just listened to days before and which still rocks to this very day….did come out exactly thirty years ago, released way back in 1981.

Dr. Feelgood on the other hand is only 22 years old.

Only 22 years old. I’m forty four now….this album came out when I was 22 …..half a freakin’ lifetime ago!

Back in 1989 I was married to my first wife, my daughter was just a year old and for the most part my life was happy. In some ways happier. Mimi ( the first wife in question) was a stay at home mother by choice…I was working a landscaping job in Centerville Ohio making a whooping $5.50 an hour and we were renting a four room house in the country that belonged to my parents.

I owned a 197o Chevy Impala that had a defroster that didn’t work and a 1977 Olds Cutlass Supreme ( the second of this year and model…I loved those 77 Cutlass Supremes)…which only had one windshield wiper….on the passenger side.

So I hoped for a lot of sunny days or at the very least rainy days that weren’t too cold.

But for the most  life back then was …I don’t know. Fresh. Vibrant. Stress free and full of energy. I wasn’t trying to be part of a band, although I did own a five piece Rogers drum kit that I kept stored away in the bedroom closet and that I would occasionally assemble in the living room and beat the Hell out of them when the wife and kid wasn’t at home….actually Raichal (my daughter) loved dancing to the drums when I played them…she did well for a kid who was just learning to walk.

I wasn’t trying to create comics either. Matter of fact I wasn’t even collecting comics back then, although I did own about 50 issues of Dr. Strange that I kept stashed away in a cabinet in the living room.

I was collecting comics before I met the first wife, but sold off my collection of about 3,000 books not long before I met her  (for a whooping $500) to purchase band equipment. At the time I met her the band I was playing bass for (The fourth or fifth version of a band called White Warlock) was about to break up and I sold my knock off Rickenbacker bass to buy the drum kit off my first boss….on a spur of the moment. But that was it. My dreams that I needed to be…something more than I was at the moment just didn’t exist at that time. I was content just being …..me.

Back then I didn’t want to be a rock star or a comic book creator….I was happy working my job, being a husband and a father. I could have spent the rest of my life doing just that.

But in less than five years later…that moment in time was lost to me.  It slipped through my fingers and crashed at my feet.

I hate to fail at anything , and although I am happily married to my second wife now and during the divorce from the first wife decided I was going to do things I always wanted to do but never got around to … record an album….(actually ended up recording five), write a novel (wrote four of these of which only the first has been published to date) and release my own full length comic (closing in on releasing my 50th comic book that I am either an artist or writer)….I will never shake the feeling I failed at keeping that first marriage together.

I failed to keep that moment in time, when everything seemed so easy and carefree together for what now seems just a few moments lost forever in time.

Back in 1989.

Half A Lifetime Ago.

STAR CON 2011JUST DAYS AWAY!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2011 by billyg67

STAR CON 2011

Springfield Ohio’s ONLY local comic publishing studio celebrates their 2nd anniversary
This coming Saturday October 15th at Main Street Comics And Games!!!!!

Join ALL the creators of TWILIGHT STAR STUDIOS….The studio that never sleeps at 2125 E. Main Street Springfield Ohio in the Sav-A Lot Shopping Center from 12:00 noon to …whenever the cows come home!

Over 16 brand new art prints, brand new Twilight Star T-Shirts and the release of their 28th comic book…..in JUST TWO YEARS!!!!!

Creator portfolios will be on hand, as will trading cards and many creators will be doing commission art at their tables.

A list of the local creators that will be appearing at the show includes:

Award winning artist and writer Gary Church-(Tales From The ‘Field, The Cowboy The Kid And The Samurai, The Un-Naturals Source Book, Twilight Star Annual WTF, The Un-Naturals, Saga Of The Neutron Gods, and Jack The Rabbit)

Award winning writer and artist Bill Gladman-(Tales From The ‘Field, Pandemonium Spotlight, Jack The Rabbit, Prodigy, The Un-Naturals Source Book, Necrotrancer Sketchbook, Did Somebody Call For A Hero: Hero Of The Day, Price For The Asking, Twilight Star Annual #1, Pandemonium Spotlight Annual, The Un-Naturals, Necrotrancer: Shades Of Gray, The Bumtastic Four, Young and Wasted and Twilight Star Team-Up)

Artist and writer Derron Church-(Tales From The ‘Field, The Un-Naturals Source Book, Did Somebody Call For A Hero: Hero Of The Day, Twilight Star Annual, The Un-Naturals, and Saga Of The Neutron Gods)

Writer Frank Raynor-(Tales From The ‘Field, Did Somebody Call For A Hero: Hero Of The Day, Twilight Star Annual, and WTF)

Writer and artist Joe Pruitt-(Tales From The ‘Field, Brit and Ivy: The Collected Edition, The Un-Naturals Source Book, The Bumtastic Four, Brit and Ivy, Necrotrancer: Shades Of Gray, Jack The Rabbit, and Prodigy)

Artist and writer Tim Hagans-(The Cowboy The Kid And The Samurai, Price For The Asking, Did Somebody Call For A Hero: Hero Of The Day, Tales From The ‘Field, Twilight Star Team-Up, and The Un-Naturals.)

Artist and writer Kevin Adkins-(Tales From The ‘Field, Pandemonium Spotlight, Ron Fortier’s Tales Of The Macabre, F.I.S.T.O.S., and Twilight Star Annual-creator of Twilight Star Hero Clix and Twilight Star trading card game)

Artist and colorist Dan Matthews-(Pandemonium Spotlight, The Un-Naturals Source Book, Twilight Star Annual, WTF and Cygann)

Writer and artist Raichal Gladman-(Tales From The ‘Field, The Un-Naturals Source Book, Pandemonium Spotlight, Twilight Star Team-Up, Twilight Star Annual, and The Anti-Humans)

Artist and writer Stacy Gaston-(Cygann, Tales From The ‘Field, Cyber-Christ, Pandemonium Spotlight, Twilight Star Team-Up, Twilight Star Annual, and Pandemonium Spotlight Annual)

Underground Video Network will be on location the entire day filming the show, interviewing creators, and fans who enjoy Twilight Star books.

http://www.undergroundvideonetwork.com/

Musical Soundtrack for the day provided by Derron Church and Bill Gladman

Special Guest Appearance by –DR. STRANGE!!!!! Master of the Mystic Arts!!!!


Hero Clix Tournaments All Day! Featuring Exclusive Twilight Star Hero Clix-times to be announced.

Live Musical Performance 2:00 p.m-Jimmy And Billy (not the Carter Brothers) featuring members of local bands Slack Jaw Saint, Black Out Method, and Killed By Art

Costume Contest: 5:00 pm-one winner will win dinner with the creators of Twilight Star, courtesy of Cassano’s Pizza!!! (dinner will be at 6:00 p.m)

Marvel Scene Movie Trivia Game-7:00 p.m-can anybody defeat reigning champion Bill “G-Man” Gladman?

Obsessed With Marvel Trivia Challenge-8:00 p.m-Test your knowledge of Marvel Trivia against true masters-Frank Raynor and Bill Gladman!!!!

Geek Street Episode #4- 9:00 p.m filmed in front of a live audience after the store close to the public.

Check out this link to past Geek Street episodes hosted by the Underground Video Network website.

http://undergroundvideonetwork.com/GeekStreet.htm

A fun filled day of comics, art, music, and games you won’t want to miss!!!!

For more information about Star Con 2011

937-324-2400

twilightstarstudios@gmail.com

Vote For The G-man!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2011 by billyg67

 

 

The Seekers Contest Writer Nominees Announced

by Brant W. Fowler

The top 20 writers in Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and MTV Comics’ The Seekers Contest have been announced. And one of the top 20 nominees is Comic Related’s own Bill Gladman!

The contest opened at San Diego Comic Con International in July, then ran online until September 23rd after an extended deadline. To enter, writers had to submit ten pages of script featuring a story taking place after a described scene in a provided treatment, as well as a two-page treatment of how they invisioned a 110-page graphic novel.

The 20 nominees are listed on MTV’s Geek subsite where you can download each of their scripts and treatments, then vote for the writer you like the best. Voting is open until 3pm Est, September 30th.

The top 5 vote getters will have their scripts sent to Stan Lee, who will then pick the winner. Said winner will receive a contract worth approximately $10,000 and will be the writer on The Seekers comic.

Head over to http://www.mtv.com/geek/comics/vote/best-writer and pick your favorite.

We wish everyone, especially our own Bill Gladman, the best of luck in the contest!

 

A Star Is Born

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2011 by billyg67

Star Con 2011 is coming to Springfield Ohio Saturday October 15th. And will be taking place at Main Street Comics And Games , 2125 E.Main Street.

What is Star Con? Well….that’s a very snazzy way of saying Twilight Star Studio’s 2nd year anniversary. Last year we celebrated our first year anniversary at Super Fly Comics And Games in Yellow Springs Ohio and had a blast with some of our closest friends  and fans!

A list of some of the special guests hanging out with us last year included R2-D2, Dr. Strange, Death, and Dave Chapelle…..no lie.

We had some great friends hanging out with us all day as well including Dustin Carson, Victor Dandridge, and the guys from Studio Akumakaze. One of the highlights of the afternoon which featured Hero Clix tournaments and a filming of “Geek Street” (the fan favorite video show featuring myself and co-host Frank Raynor seen on The Underground Video Network-NEW HOME OF RAYNMAN: THE ULTIMATE PODCAST)…was the fact that Kevin Adkins joined the studio that evening.

The event was covered by the local paper , Comic Related and U.V.N.

What a great day for Springfield Ohio’s only comic producing studio. the studio that never sleeps….Twilight Star!!!!

Believe it or not a whole year has passed since that event and plans are under way for the 2nd year anniversary celebration and the question that keeps popping up is …how in the Hell do we top what we did last year? Well the first step is to have the event in our home town of Springfield. We love Super Fly Comics And Games and they have always been very supportive of everything that we do but we can’t deny the fact that every event we hold on our home ‘Field has been an overwhelming success as the people of Champion City come out to support us in droves.

As a matter of fact the three most successful events to date that the studio was a part of have been Champion City Comic Con 2011, Champion City Comic Con 2010, and Free Comic Book Day at Main Street Comics And Games in that order….all taking place right here in our own home town. So it made sense to have this year’s celebration at Main Street Comics And Games and Scott Riley’s incredible new store front. The shop where Twilight Star comics are available all year long at their own section of the store!!!

If you happened to be at the store this past Free Comic Book Day you’ll remember the store hosted several indie creators…not only Twilight Star but Dave Arhar, Dustin Carson, Chad Lambert, and Studio Akumakaze. It had the feel of a small convention. Actually the first year celebration at Super-Fly felt that way as well.

And very recently while attending this year’s Champion City Disc Golf Tournament co-founder of the studio Gary Church and I were kidding around about making this 2nd year celebration a “real” convention….fellow studio member Tim Hagans joined the the discussion and the name Star Con popped up. A play on Twilight Star.

Needless to say……we liked it!

We had already made plans to set up the tables at the shop Oct. 15t much like we had on Free Comic Book Day. You see Twilight Star has several different members and this is the one event that promises to allow each creator involved with the studio to have their own table space for the whole day. We usually have to take turns and break the table time down into “shifts” when we appear at shows due to the size of the studio. Not this time. Each member will have a table to spotlight the various projects they are working on for Twilight Star.

Each member will be given an opportunity to be interviewed by U.V.N. who will be there covering the celebration.

Here’s a break down-

Gary Church-writer and artist of G-Code, artist on The Cowboy, The Kid, And The Samurai, artist of Perfect Day, artist of A Matter Of Life And Death and The Evil That Men Do , artist on WTF, artist for Jack The Rabbit: Shame On The Night and artist for The Un-Naturals Source Book

Bill Gladman-writer of A Matter Of Life And Death, artist of Business As Usual, artist of The Tree,writer of N.I.B., writer of Driver’s Seat, writer and artist on Jack The Rabbit, writer and artist of Prodigy, artist and inker for the Un-Naturals Source Book, writer of Necrotrancer, writer and inker on the Un-Naturals, writer of the Bumtastic Four, inker on Perfect Day, writer of Tales From The Longbox: Collective Soul, writer and inker on The Evil That Men Do,co- writer of Price For The Asking, writer on If Thy Hand Offends Thee, co-writer of Did Somebody Call for A Hero: Hero Of The Day, writer of Jack The Rabbit Shame On The Night, co-writer on One Night In Chicago and writer of Young And Wasted.

Derron Church-writer and artist on Legacy, artist on the Un-Naturals, finishing artist on A Matter Of Life And Death, artist for the Un-Naturals Source Book , cover artist for Did Somebody Call for A Hero: Hero Of The Day

Frank Raynor-writer of Business As Usual, writer of Dead Money, writer of Perfect Day, co-writer of Did Somebody Call For A Hero: Hero Of The Day, writer of WTF, and writer on Three Wise Men

Joe Pruitt-writer and artist on Brit And Ivy, inker on G-Code, artist on Bumtastic Four, inker on Necrotrancer, inker on Jack The Rabbit cover art and inker on Prodigy

Tim Hagans-writer and artist for The Cowboy, The Kid,And The Samurai, inker on G-Code, inker on Price For The Asking, inker for cover art on Did Somebody Call for A Hero: Hero Of The Day, and co-writer and inker on One Night In Chicago

Dan Matthews-cover colorist on Twilight Star Annual #1 and Cygann #1

Kevin Adkins-artist on Dragnet, writer and artist on The Crook, writer and artist The Lam, artist for Jersey Devil, creator of Twilight Star playing card and Heroclix sets.

Raichal Gladman-writer of The Tree, inker on The Un-Naturals Source Book, writer on Crossing Pon’s Bridge,and writer on The Anti-Humans

Stacy Gaston-writer and artist on Cygann, writer and artist on Cyber-Christ, artist on Crossing Pon’s Bridge

And of course Scott Riley will be there. Not only does Scott own Main Street Comics And Games, he hosts Champion City Comic Con, he was the artist on Tales From The Longbox: Collective Soul, and the inker on Butterfly Girl

We’re working on getting a couple of very special guests that have been very instrumental to the success of the studio to attend the show.  The 28th book that the studio has released in the two years of existence will be released the day of the  show….possibly even book # 29!!!! In two years….Hell Yeah!

It will be Halloween Season so feel free to come in costume. There will be Heroclix games hosted by Frank Raynor and Kevin Adkins featuring custom made Twilight Star Heroclix created by Kevin.

Bill will be hosting Marvel trivia games.

New comics, new art prints, new t-shirts. trading cards…and possibly even a live musical guest!!!

And (rumor has it) even the recording of the much anticipated Geek Street #4 for U.V.N. who will be at the shop with us all day.

Sounds like a convention to me!

Star Con 2011

Main Street Comics And Games-2125 E. Main Street

Springfield Ohio-45505

937-324-2400

Saturday October 15th-12:00 noon until-whenever!

BE THERE!!!!!!