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Goosebumps #17: Why I’m Afraid of Bees is one of the worst-rated in the series, but I didn’t find it to be quite that bad.

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EUPHORIA

EUPHORIA

Last year I wrote and produced a short comic called "Euphoria" with artist Eleonora Kortsarz and letterer Frank Cvetkovic. The LGBTQIA+anthology it was intended for never went to print, but I wanted to share the comic we worked really hard on. Read More

HAUNTED

HAUNTED

Fear Street #7 is a creepy redemption ghost story that I liked in spite of it's more problematic elements. One of the more solid books in the series so far. Read More

WHISPER OF DEATH

WHISPER OF DEATH

Christopher Pike's Whisper of Death was a twisted one, even by his standards. For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Read More

FENCE

FENCE

In my latest review for Geeks OUT, I took a look at the first three volumes of the heartwarming YA comic series Fence. Read More

THE BEAST WITHIN

THE BEAST WITHIN

There's a new chapter of Dream Crasher out, and I wanted to shed some light on what goes on behind-the-scenes in my creative process. Read More

ONE DAY AT HORRORLAND

ONE DAY AT HORRORLAND

Goosebumps #16: One Day at Horrorland is for the fan-favorite and one of the most iconic books in the series. I'm happy to say that this one lives up to its hype. Read More

THE ACCIDENT

THE ACCIDENT

Diane Hoh's The Accident is my first attempt at diversifying my reading selections for the Pulp Horror series. I can't let R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike have all of the glory, it just so happens that most of the Point Horror writers were women. Read More

YOU CAN’T SCARE ME!

YOU CAN’T SCARE ME!

Goosebumps #15: You' Can't Scare was... tedious. I came for the mud monsters but all I got was a series of failed pranks. Read More

THE WHITE TREES

THE WHITE TREES

My latest review for Geeks OUT takes a look at fantasy miniseries The White Trees by Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka, and Matt Wilson. Read More

BROKEN HEARTS

BROKEN HEARTS

Fear Street Super Chiller #4: Broken Hearts is an extra twisted Valentine's Day extravaganza. I hope you're ready lots of murder, petty drama, and bad poetry! Read More

THE WEREWOLF OF FEVER SWAMP

THE WEREWOLF OF FEVER SWAMP

Goosebumps #14: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp started out strong, but then got lost in the woods. It's still worthy of its status as one of the fan favorites, even if it did fall short of what it could have been. Read More

THE SLEEPWALKER

THE SLEEPWALKER

Fear Street #6: The Sleepwalker was exactly the sort of creepy atmospheric horror story that I live for; the kind that sticks around for awhile long after you’ve finished the book. Read More

FAVORITE BOOKS & COMICS 2019

FAVORITE BOOKS & COMICS 2019

A list of my favorite books and comics in 2019. Read More

FAVORITE ALBUMS 2019

FAVORITE ALBUMS 2019

A list of my favorite albums from 2019. Read More

PIANO LESSONS CAN BE MURDER

PIANO LESSONS CAN BE MURDER

Goosebumps #13: Piano Lessons Can Be Murder is a weird one. Like, I thought I knew where it was going until I hit the last twenty pages and the book took a nosedive into WTF territory. The ending felt less like a plot twist and more like a fever dream. Read More

MONSTER

MONSTER

Christopher Pike's Monster really surprised me with it's brutal and unflinching nature. It was easily my favorite nostalgia read since I started doing this crazy project. Read More

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…

Goosebumps #12: Be Careful What You Wish For... is a messy one. It's got everything from unoriginal tropes to confusing character motives. I was even inspired to write a motivational pep talk for the protagonist, who proved incapable of learning anything over the course of the story. Read More

NEW YORK COMIC CON 2019

NEW YORK COMIC CON 2019

I didn't have a table at NYCC this year, but I still went! It was a four day whirlwind that left me with lots to unpack. Read More

THE HAUNTED MASK

THE HAUNTED MASK

Goosebumps #11: The Haunted Mask is one of the best-remembered books from the series, and it holds up pretty well. And my review is here just in time for Halloween. Read More

CHEERLEADERS: THE THIRD EVIL

CHEERLEADERS: THE THIRD EVIL

Fear Street Cheerleaders #3 is here to finish what The Evil started. I hope you're ready to read about the horrors of cheerleading camp and the shortcomings of demon logic. Read More

CHEERLEADERS: THE SECOND EVIL

CHEERLEADERS: THE SECOND EVIL

Fear Street Cheerleaders #2 is here, which means The Evil is back! Things are about to get bloody repetitive in here. GO TEAM! Read More

CHEERLEADERS: THE FIRST EVIL

CHEERLEADERS: THE FIRST EVIL

Fear Street Cheerleaders #1 kicked off the first of the infamous Fear Street trilogies. It's got teen spirit, a notorious Evil spirit, and plenty of Razzmatazz. Read More

THE WRONG NUMBER

THE WRONG NUMBER

Fear Street #5: The Wrong Number is easily one of my favorite book covers in this series. Even though I didn't find this one all that scary, I still really enjoyed it. Read More

FLAME CON 2019

FLAME CON 2019

I had another great year at Flame Con, selling some books and catching up with some of my favorite comic creators out there. Read More

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR

Goosebumps #10: The Ghost Next Door scared the shit out of me as a kid. It still holds up as one of the creepiest and most unsettling books in the series. Read More

ELECTRIC CITY COMIC CON 2019

ELECTRIC CITY COMIC CON 2019

A new post detailing my adventures in tabling, this time at the magnificent Electric City Comic Con. This little one-day show in upstate New York has been my favorite so far this year. Read More

GOODNIGHT KISS

GOODNIGHT KISS

Fear Street Super Chiller #3: Goodnight Kiss is perhaps best known for its vampires that refer to blood as "nectar." It made me think of hummingbirds instead of bats. Read More

FORTUNATE BEASTS

FORTUNATE BEASTS

In my latest review for Geeks OUT, I take a look at Letters for Lucardo: Fortunate Beasts. It is the second book of the acclaimed Iron Circus graphic novel series by Otava Heikkila. Read More

HUDSON VALLEY COMIC CON 2019

HUDSON VALLEY COMIC CON 2019

A brief write-up of my tabling experience at Hudson Valley Comic Con in May 2019. Read More

WELCOME TO CAMP NIGHTMARE

WELCOME TO CAMP NIGHTMARE

Goosebumps #9: Welcome to Camp Nightmare is the first book in the series I’m giving a perfect score to. It's well-constructed, unpredictable, and isn't afraid to get weird. Read More

MY BROTHER’S HUSBAND

MY BROTHER’S HUSBAND

My latest review for Geeks OUT. My Brother's Husband is an all-ages manga series that tells a powerful and heartwarming story of grief, family, homophobia, and forgiveness. Read More

THE GIRL WHO CRIED MONSTER

THE GIRL WHO CRIED MONSTER

Goosebumps #8: The Girl Who Cried Monster is about a monster librarian who likes to remove his human face and eat flies after the library closes. Unfortunately for him, Lucy is dead set on snitching exposing him. One of the wilder twist endings in the series. Read More

THE NEW GIRL

THE NEW GIRL

Fear Street #1: The New Girl is the book that first introduced us to Shadyside back in 1989. The ghostly cover and the creepy prologue had me hoping for something better, but this review is for the book that I got. Read More

NYC QUEER COMIC FAIR 2019

NYC QUEER COMIC FAIR 2019

NYC Comic Fair April 27th & 28th, 2019 Bureau of General Services, Queer Division  208 W 13th St #210, New York, NY 10011     Overview The NYC Queer Comic Fair is a small convention put on by the Bureau of General Services Queer Divison, Carmine Street Comics, and Wabisabizinez. ... Read More

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY

Goosebumps #7: Night of the Living Dummy is probably the most iconic book in the original series. It's really a shame that it doesn't come close to living up to its hype. Read More

LET’S GET INVISIBLE!

LET’S GET INVISIBLE!

Goosebumps #6: Let's Get Invisible was a bit slow-moving for a Goosebumps book, but it paid off with one of the creepiest endings in the series. It should surprise no one that the creepy endings were always my favorite. Read More

THE DREAMER’S PARASITE

THE DREAMER’S PARASITE

Dream Crasher #5 is here and I couldn't be more excited about starting the second arc of the story. I wrote up a little post on what went into making this particular chapter. It touches on some of Dream Crasher's history, reveals some of its literary influences, and divulges how an ... Read More

THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB

THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB

Goosebumps #5: Curse of the Mummy's Tomb is probably my favorite Goosebumps book so far, even though I have no memory of reading it as a kid. It's got adventure, a fast-moving plot, and some really legitimate scares. Read More

KENYA PART III: KISUMU

KENYA PART III: KISUMU

The last part of my Kenya trip took us to the shore of Lake Victoria in the Southwestern corner of the country. It is an area of the country that has been historically neglected by the national government, and our site visits reflected as much. The task of writing out this whole trip has been a Read More

FAVORITE BOOKS & COMICS 2018

FAVORITE BOOKS & COMICS 2018

I've been doing one of these every year since 2012 on my old blog. It's a new blog on a new website, but rules have stayed the same. These are my favorite books and comics that I read this year, not necessarily books that were released this year. Read More

FAVORITE ALBUMS 2018

FAVORITE ALBUMS 2018

My Top 10 favorite (not necessarily new) albums from 2018, plus some rediscovered gems. Read More

SILENT NIGHT

SILENT NIGHT

Fear Street Super Chiller #2: Silent Night is sort of like Mean Girls but with more murder. I usually prefer the supernatural books in this series, but this one really delivered. Just in time for Christmas. Read More

KENYA PART II: MOMBASA

KENYA PART II: MOMBASA

The second part of my Kenya trip took us to Mombasa, along the East African coast. As with part one, this is a journal style recount of my trip; I'll be saving some of the deeper reflections for later posts. Read More

REMEMBER ME

REMEMBER ME

Christopher Pike's Remember Me seemed like the perfect book to kick off this Pulp Horror subseries with. Overall, it was a solid story with a great creepy premise. Read More

NEW YORK COMIC CON 2018

NEW YORK COMIC CON 2018

I tabled for the first time at New York Comic Con and had a hell of a weekend. I put together some of the highlights with some pictures and observations. This was a great way to close out my cons for the year. Read More

SAY CHEESE AND DIE

SAY CHEESE AND DIE

Goosebumps #4: Say Cheese and Die is hands down one of the best titles and covers in the original series. I only wish the story was equally as good. Read More

KENYA PART I: NAIROBI

KENYA PART I: NAIROBI

I recently went on a 10 day trip to Kenya. It was a remarkable experience and I am still processing it. But I went ahead and wrote up a journal-style post with lots of pictures and some video. I will be breaking it up in to three separate parts because it's a lot to cover. Part I will focus Read More

MONSTER BLOOD

MONSTER BLOOD

Goosebumps #3: Monster Blood is the only book in the original series to get 3 sequels... which is kinda perplexing given that the first installment is a bit of a mess, and not just in the way that the cover implies. Read More

SOME LIKE IT HOT

SOME LIKE IT HOT

Living in the moment takes a lot of work for me. Sometimes it takes balancing on one leg for standing bow with sweat dripping from every pore in order to actually feel present. For my blog this week, I wrote about hot yoga with Yoga To The People and the impact it's had on my mental and ... Read More

PARTY SUMMER

PARTY SUMMER

Fear Street Super Chiller #1: Party Summer was the book that launched the Super Chillers; my favorite Fear Street subset when I was a kid. It had some good characters and setup, but the execution was disappointing. Don't tease supernatural and give me an over-used trope. Read More

STAY OUT OF THE BASEMENT

STAY OUT OF THE BASEMENT

Goosebumps #2: Stay Out of the Basement had some great ideas but wasted a lot of time with fake scares. Margaret was an incredibly dull protagonist, even by Goosebumps standards. Read More

WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE

WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE

Goosebumps #1: Welcome to Dead House is where it all started. It still holds up as one of the more solid and genuinely creepy books in the series. Read More

FLAME CON 2018

FLAME CON 2018

Flame Con August 16-17, 2019 The Times Square Sheraton New York, NY     Overview: This was my fourth time at Flame Con. In 2018 they moved to yet another new venue, leaving Brooklyn for Times Square. Tables sold out in a matter of hours and I was initially on the waitlist, but I ... Read More

KICKSTARTER & THE ANXIETY FACTOR

KICKSTARTER & THE ANXIETY FACTOR

Thoughts on Pursuing Your Dreams Without Sacrificing Your Own Well Being. Last September, I ran my second successful Kickstarter Campaign with my creative partner Reed Olsen. This is my experience, and what I learned. Read More

THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE

THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE

The Red Threads of Fortune by nonbinary queer Singaporean author JY Yang picks up four years after the events of The Black Tides of Heaven and centers on the prophetic twin Mokoya. Read More

BARCELONA 2018

BARCELONA 2018

Me at peak tourist, #touristAF. I landed around noon in sunny Barcelona, and easily found my way to my friends Anton & Sion’s apartment. We went out for a delicious lunch at Dual Cafe. It was nice catching up and talking Drag Race drama. After that, Anton and I wandered around the beautiful Read More

LONDON 2018

LONDON 2018

  I’m trying something new here. In the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to travel abroad for work, and in turn I’ve made the most out of exploring these different parts of the world every chance I get. This is not my attempt to become a travel blogger, but I’m trying my hand […] Read More

3 RIVERS COMIC CON 2018

3 RIVERS COMIC CON 2018

When I am driving by myself and in a stressful amount of traffic, I am really good at going in the opposite direction that the GPS tells me to do. I did this no less than three times on my drive out to Pittsburgh for 3 Rivers Comic Con. Nothing like making a long trip […] Read More

X CON 2018

X CON 2018

  This is the second post in the blog series I’m dubbing Convention Logs. I am going to try and write up one of these every time I do a show. It’s a way of both documenting and sharing what I did and who I met, and I can never resist the opportunity to sneak […] Read More

THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN

THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN

The Black Tides of Heaven by nonbinary queer Singaporean writer JY Yang is an impressive feat of both subtly and depth. While fantasy isn’t usually known for its brevity, Yang manages to deliver a richly textured world packed with fascinating characters in a single 236-page novella. Thankfully, Read More

SARATOGA COMIC CON 2018

SARATOGA COMIC CON 2018

The Saratoga Comic Con has consistently been one of my better shows since I started tabling, and for the third year in a row did not disappoint. Sales were great. I hosted a panel and participated on another. This was also the first show I had copies of Dream Crasher Volume 1 on hand. I […] Read More

EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES

EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES

For my latest Geeks OUT Review, I take a look at the first issue of the new Snagglepus miniseries. Read More

EXTRACTING BEAUTY FROM THE DARKEST OF PLACES

EXTRACTING BEAUTY FROM THE DARKEST OF PLACES

This essay was originally posted on Geeks OUT. Seven years ago, I started working on a comic book with my good friend Reed Olsen. It would go on to become the series Dream Crasher, which we are now self-publishing through Kickstarter. Dream Crasher is a 12-chapter story about a group of ... Read More

THE DYNAMIC QUEER CHARACTERS OF BONE STREET RUMBA

THE DYNAMIC QUEER CHARACTERS OF BONE STREET RUMBA

I first discovered Daniel José Older when he appeared on the excellent When Toxic Masculinity is a Villain panel at Readercon in 2015. I was inspired enough to immediately to pick up my own copy of Half-Resurrection Blues and started reading it on my way home. One of the most satisfying ... Read More

LETTERS FOR LUCARDO

LETTERS FOR LUCARDO

In my latest review for Geeks OUT I take a look at the latest Iron Circus Comics graphic novel series, Letters For Lucardo by writer and artist Noora Heikkila. It tells the story of an interracial, inter-generational queer Vampire/Human couple, and does so with the tenderness its subjects deserve. Read More

THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF DIGGER

THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF DIGGER

In my latest article for Geeks OUT, I did an exposé on the eccentric characters of my favorite webcomic: Digger. Read More

NULL SPACE: LGBT REPRESENTATION IN THE FINAL FRONTIER

NULL SPACE: LGBT REPRESENTATION IN THE FINAL FRONTIER

In my second article for Geeks OUT, I took a closer look at the infamous "gay" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Read More

SCI-FI ALIEN(ATION): DIVERSITY AND BIGOTRY IN SCI-FI FANTASY

SCI-FI ALIEN(ATION): DIVERSITY AND BIGOTRY IN SCI-FI FANTASY

In my first blog for Geeks OUT, I wrote about a panel discussion I attended on diversity and alienation in the world of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Read More

NYCC 2014: PART III

NYCC 2014: PART III

Saturday – October 11 After a solid night’s sleep, Jaime and I started our day in Artist Ally. I picked up volume one of Runners by Sean Wang. I’m in the middle of reading it now, and it’s really quite good.  I also stopped by Dirk Manning’s booth in isle H8 (easy to remember from Friday’s ... Read More

NYCC 2014: Part II

NYCC 2014: Part II

Friday – October 10 Jaime and I left bright and early on Friday so that I could get there in time for the panel Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way.       I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. From all of the stories and bits of advice I keep hearing, I […] Read More

NYCC 2014: PART I

NYCC 2014: PART I

Back in June, Jaime and I both sat in the NYCC ticket queue for a good hour before he finally got in and grabbed us both passes for Friday and Saturday. When my spot in the queue finally broke I snagged one for myself for Thursday. This would be my first year going to Comic Con with […] Read More

STAR TREK: SEASON ONE SCRAPBOOK

STAR TREK: SEASON ONE SCRAPBOOK

I decided to watch Star Trek: The Original Series in its entirety, and I found myself really struck by the show's photography. I finally decided to port them over from Tumblr. Read More

SOMETIMES I DON’T MIND

SOMETIMES I DON’T MIND

I celebrated New Years 2011 with a kiss. I was in love for the first time in my life. Not infatuated, but actually in love – with someone who changed the way I thought about that over-used, intangible word. Blair was poet and a musician. He had a voice that could fill a crowded subway tunnel ... Read More

WHAT STARTED AS A WHISPER SLOWLY TURNED INTO A SCREAM

WHAT STARTED AS A WHISPER SLOWLY TURNED INTO A SCREAM

July 23, 2011.   My sister and I went to catch a matinee of The Deathly Hollows – Part II. As we left the theater, I noticed that you hadn’t called or texted me back. I had grown accustomed to your daily text “Good Morning, Punk,” or some variation. This was when I first realized that ... Read More