Friday, November 27, 2015


Lights! Cameras! Movie Reviews! Coming soon...the return of nigh-daily bloggy things, including a marathon's worth of movie reviews. Target date for the return is Tuesday, December 1.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends and readers. Sainted Wife Barb, Eddie and Kelly are three of the best people I know. They bring me great joy every day. My friends and readers are right up there as well.

I am thankful for my continued employment as a writer. Any creative career has its ups and downs, but the ups are worth it.

I am thankful for the many forums available to me, this blog highest among them. I hope that I can continue to amuse and inform you.

I hope all of you have a happy and safe thanksgiving.

As ever, I'll be back soon with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

Monday, November 23, 2015


This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...Iron Fist the Living Weapon, Comics Revue and Religion: A Discovery in Comics.

Friday, November 20, 2015


I have made no secret of the chaos I face when I look at my lengthy “to do” list and my equally lengthy bucket list of things I want to write before I kick the bucket. As much as I often accomplish in a day, it never seems to be enough to satisfy me.

Starting almost immediately, I’m taking a slightly new approach to my “to do” list. I’m taking it apart and concentrating on one area at a time. This won’t be at the expense of my paying gigs and the book I’m writing and my blogging and all the nifty stuff I post on Facebook. All that stuff will still get done in a timely fashion. This is about the other stuff.

I’m addressing two areas first: convention and store appearances and interview requests. By the middle of next month, I want to come as close to finalizing my 2016 appearance schedule as humanly possible. By the end of the year, I want to fulfill all outstanding interview requests. These are lofty goals, but I am determined to accomplish them.

Here’s how you can help...

If you are a convention promoter who has invited me to attend your event, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. Even if we have already been discussing those appearances. I will be checking all my previous communications with you, but it will help if I can hear from you in the next couple of weeks.

If you have requested an interview with me or already send me your interview questions, get in touch with me as soon as possible. I’ll be checking all by previous communications with you as well, but, again, it will help if I hear from you in the next couple of weeks.

I apologize for any previous delays in communicating with you. I’m hoping this new approach will help me clear these important-to-me-and-you items from my “to do” list as quickly as possible. Then I can move on to other projects and requests.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2015 Tony Isabella

Monday, November 16, 2015


This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...Cartoons for Victory, Dennis the Menace: The Classic Comicbooks and Bob Powell’s Complete Jet Powers!

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Most of you know I have a 200-plus-item bucket list of the things I want to write before I kick the bucket. However, I have another, less focused bucket list, which I have cleverly named “My Other Bucket List.” The items on that list include actual goals, flights of fancy, life-hacks and downright silliness.

I post each day’s item on my Facebook page and on Twitter. People seem to enjoy them, so, once a month, I compile them into a bloggy thing for your edification and entertainment.

Here’s the list for October:

October 1: Live in the French Quarter of New Orleans for a month. Spend a week living on a Mississippi riverboat.

October 2: Produce videos of celebrities performing the brilliant parody poetry of Frank Jacobs at conventions.

October 3: Convince Hollywood to do a Home Alone reboot in which a grandfather (Morgan Freeman) is accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation. #bestmovieever

October 4: Have lunch with and spend an afternoon talking with Bill Watterson about comics and stuff.

October 5: Learn about Italian comics artists, write about them and perhaps collaborate with them.

October 6: Make time to reread Kurt Busiek’s Astro City from the start to present. It really is one of the best super-hero series of all time.

October 7: Work out a reasonable business plan that will make my convention appearances profitable for me.

October 8: Create new products to sell at conventions.

October 9:  Prepare for both the best and worst outcomes in current discussions; accept either with grace and dignity.

October 10: Catch up on and remain current on all TV shows based on comic books. I’m five episodes of iZombie and one episode each of Gotham and Arrow away from achieving this goal. [Confession. I am presently further away from achieving this goal than I was when I originally posted this list item.].

October 11: Reduce my online footprint by 90% for the rest of the month while I clear my schedule for new projects.

October 12: Convince a publisher to collect all the Barker stories from Quality’s National Comics and The Barker titles.

October 13: Learn how to use my Kindle Fire. Start using my Kindle Fire. I’ve had it for almost a year.

October 14: Watch the new Doctor Who series from start to current I watched the first couple years and, despite loving them, stopped. Bad move on my part.

October 15: In early 2016, rejoin LinkedIn to see if I can actually use it to further my publishing plans.

October 16: Find a diplomatic way to tell my Facebook friends that Thunderbirds isn’t as good as they remember.

October 17: Looking ahead to 2016, lose a pound a week throughout the year. This will be a challenge.

October 18: Looking ahead to 2016, write a one-page pitch every day for one of the items on my bucket list of things I want to write before I kick the bucket.

October 19: Go on a cruise with Sainted Wife Barb...despite having watched literally hundreds of killer shark and sea monster movies.

October 20: Spend a week in the writers room of either The Daily Show with Trevor Noah or The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. They are my favorite TV shows.

October 21: Buy every item listed in the monthly Previews catalog.This is more of a fantasy, than a bucket list item.

October 22: Visit the sets of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, iZombie and every other comic-book TV series. Because I’m an unapologetic fan.

October 23: Convince Marvel Comics to publish Black Panther by Don McGregor: the Complete Collection. It’s time.

October 24: Convince Marvel Comics to publish The Complete It! The Living Colossus: the pre-IT! tales, my run, and later appearances of the character.

October 25: Spend a week at a secluded cabin - close to some small-town restaurant, far from the Internet - with a stack of books. No legendary monsters or promiscuous teens would be a plus.

October 26: Convince someone to actually make a full-length movie of Hell, No: The Sensible Horror Film:

October 27: Read Bill Willingham’s Fables and all of its spin-offs from start to finish.

October 28: See Weird Al Yankovic inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

October 29: A Cleveland Entertainment Walk of Fame with the initial stars going to Bob Hope, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

October 30: Trick-or-treaters dressed as Black Lightning and Misty Knight coming to my house on Halloween. It’d probably be too cold for a Tigra costume.

October 31: Write a movie or TV script so good Dennis Franz would want to come out of acting retirement to be in it.

I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2015 Tony Isabella

Monday, November 9, 2015


This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder: Black Widow: Forever Red, a novel by Margaret Stohl; Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London; and Jonathan Case's The New Deal.