Links: Love, Music, and Joy: The Story of Core Demo

  I have to admit, I’m bad about reading things my talented friends write as much as I should. But Matt Peters posted something with Mighty Ink Comics the other day on Core Demo, a fundraiser he started and with which I was honored to be involved a few years back. I hosted the inaugural event, despite my usual stage fright. It was an incredibly strange event — I wrote fictional biographies for unsuspecting belly dancers, if you were wondering just how strange — but for a great cause. It was something personal for Matt, and he tells the story Continue reading Links: Love, Music, and Joy: The Story of Core Demo

Links: Orland Park couple’s container garden

I put together a story on a couple’s container garden, which I didn’t expect to do much with. But I was taken by the personalities of the couple, thought what they had done was really cool and found a lot of interesting little story threads in the bigger picture. So I wound up doing a few things in a different style than I normally try with news/features writing at the day job, and I wound up pretty happy with the way this little story about a garden turned out 1,600 words later. The story is on a subscription site, FYI, Continue reading Links: Orland Park couple’s container garden

Cool People No. 7 – Paul Pape

At Pads & Panels, I originally launched a series called Cool People, designed to put a spotlight on some awesome people closely related to the video games and comics industries, though not necessarily creators of the core products themselves. I decided it would be a worthwhile thing to bring over to Bill Jones Ink. Paul Pape seemed like a great guy to get it rolling. It’s his Paul Pape Designs that captured my attention, with his custom geek designs, from action figures and replicas to ring boxes and cake toppers. I exchanged emails with Pape to learn a little more Continue reading Cool People No. 7 – Paul Pape