Random Thoughts

I found myself thinking about my Father today, while I was on my way to my son’s Boy Scouts meeting. I think what started it was when I realized that Father’s Day is coming up. For a split second I thought about calling him.. Then the sad cold truth set in again…

I know it’s been it’s been almost three years since my Father passed away. But it really hasn’t felt like it, I still want to call him and telling him things. In that time there have been so many events that have changed everything about me as a person, as well as my life as a whole. Somethings have been hard to deal with, other’s needed to be done for the better. Good or bad, the choices I made are mine and I don’t regret them for one bit. It’s odd tho.. At this point in life things are going rather well, not perfect and that is fine. I don’t want perfect, I just want to live my life and have it drama free as possible. So far I think I’ve done a rather good job of that. Lilly (my oldest) is coming into her own. Finished ballet, reads all the time and over all super nerd. She has so much personality and a strong mind, it blows me away at times. I forgot she is 10 from time to time.

Jackson’s (my youngest) got into Boy Scouts earlier this year and is moving those the ranks fast. He loves it and draws all the time, he himself has become a mid-manner nerd as well. Everything from comics, Star Wars and Trek, Doctor Who, the list goes on and on. I took them both to Comic Con this year and I have to say that they were in their element. Even my personal life has been going rather well, I’ve been dating someone for almost a year now. Words are at a loss for me to explain to you on how happy I am. She is everything to me, and I’ve still in shock that she said yes to a date hahaha. Always thought that she might be out of my league. That is something else I wish I can share with my Dad.

I just wish my Father was still around, I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it really. I know it’s effective a lot of things I do, This blog for example, my art.. I just stand there and look blankly at the board, even the book I started writing. A lot of it has stop or just become rather lackluster. It’s not that I don’t want to do these things, I have the ideas and drive to do it. But once I start, I drift off and lose focus on everything. I know I want to change these things, but getting there is the hard part. Maybe I need to find another challenge like the Star Trek Book Challenge. I know I have a few Comic Con stories I need to finish. Plus a few updates on some pasted stories I’ve written.

Who know what the future will bring. I know I am looking forward to it.

Happy Father’s Day to the Dads out there!! Keep up the good work and keep everyone safe.

~Jason Roberts

John Kricfalusi

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

~Harvey Dent

John Kricfalusi……………..

This has been on my mind for a long, long time. It’s always hard to see someone who you look up to and influence your art style, just fall.. I mean it’s been no secret through out the art world, but nothing was ever conformed. I remember a small conversion with Bod Camp at Comic Con about John K.. He was vary short with his answers and seemed rather upset by the whole thing. Now this was in 2017 when I was talk with Bob. I first heard about sexual abuse and or underage dating sometime in 2005-08. When I was at a party in Burbank, Ca. But like most things it was just a “rumor” and nothing was ever said again.

But when I was talking with Bob Camp and his wife. There was no love there for John K.! Bob took over Ren and Stimpy because John wasn’t doing his job and was let go. All they said that things were going to be coming out soon. Also told me that the industry was hard when it came to things like that. Some people would loose their jobs, just because they spoke out on issues like at. Now that was back then, time have changed.

Now the reports that are coming against John K. are as follows:

Animators Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice alleged in a BuzzFeed report on March 29, 2018, that they were sexually harassed and groomed for sexual abuse by Kricfalusi while they were underage. Byrd said that she was in a sexual relationship with Kricfalusi in 1997, when she was 16, and moved in with him, in California, when she was 17. Rice said that she was sexually harassed by Kricfalusi when she turned 18 and began working at his animation studio, Spümcø. Documents they had saved from those years corroborate their stories, and several people who worked with Kricfalusi referred to his sexual harassment as an open secret in the animation industry. Kricfalusi was also alleged to possess child pornography on his computer. Kricfalusi’s lawyer confirmed that “for a brief time, 25 years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend”, but denied that Kricfalusi’s “avid pursuit” of Rice was sexual harassment or that he had ever possessed child pornography.

Personally I had no idea about said child pornography.. Rather sick to my stomach to even think about it. Now I don’t say his is out right guilty, because all the fact are not in. But damn…. I feel so let down by him and his actions. Growing up and John K. was one of the animators I looked up too, next to Chuck Jones & Bob Camp. It’s heartbreaking to hear these stories and leaves you in disbelief. I still love his cartoon and artwork and thank god people like Bob Camp are there to pick up the pieces. But I find myself hating John K. for what he has done. I’m truly have no words.

The last bit of news that I can find about all this is from The Washington Post . At one point there is a part were a John’s Lawyer states:

“The 1990s were a time of mental and emotional fragility for Mr. Kricfalusi, especially after losing ‘Ren and Stimpy,’ his most prized creation. For a brief time, 25 years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend. Over the years John struggled with what were eventually diagnosed mental illnesses in 2008. To that point, for nearly three decades he had relied primarily on alcohol to self-medicate. Since that time he has worked feverishly on his mental health issues, and has been successful in stabilizing his life over the last decade. This achievement has allowed John the opportunity to grow and mature in ways he’d never had a chance at before.”

The rest of the post is rather interesting and worth reading (‘Ren and Stimpy’ creator John Kricfalusi is the latest animation leader accused of misconduct). In the end, I hope any wrong doing will be fixed. What are your thoughts on this matter?

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Here’s what you can do to save the internet:

  • In mid-May, the Senate will vote on a resolution to overrule the FCC using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). We only need one more vote in the Senate to win. Write or call your Senators or Representatives. You can also text BATTLE to 384-387 to get more information on how to write to your reps.
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Ever Get To That Point?

So earlier today I made the mistake of weighing myself… My weight has also been something I’ve struggled with for years. The the heaviest I’ve been is 360lbs….! The lightest and normal weight for my height would be 185lbs. I was that once and I don’t think I’ll get back there. But I did manage to get back to 240lbs, this last year and thought I was doing good. Till recently I found it harder to do things, get tired all the time. Being out of breath doing basic things. So I weighed myself and found out I’m at 280lbs again…

Between stress eating and I started to drink soda again, plus eating heavy foods at night seems to be not helping me any 😱. So today I started my workout routine and made a eating plan stick by. I really don’t want to end up like my father. Trying to learn from his mistakes. So my goal is 200lbs.

Wizard World 2018!!! More Info

So the other day I got a few more updates on this coming up Wizard World Comic Con in Portland Oregon. Still waiting on the press credential to go through, been doing this for a number of years now. Don’t why it wouldn’t happen this year hahaha. Now this is the current line up for Celebrity Guests and Artist and more are to come as the time grows near!!

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Sebastian Stan, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher Among Top Celebrities Scheduled To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Portland, April 13-15

Ian Somerhalder, Bonnie Wright, Dave Bautista, Billy Boyd Also Headline Guest Roster; Talented Comics Creators, Live Entertainment, Variety of Exhibitors, Cosplayers, Robust Programming At Oregon Convention Center

 

Fisher Character Shot Image - Justice League-3.jpgPORTLAND, Ore., February 19, 2018 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) continues its 2018 schedule with its sixth trip to Oregon Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Portland, April 13-15. Sebastian Stan (Captain America franchise), the Justice League trio of Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher, Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Lost”), Dave Bautista ( Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter franchise), headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the comic con and pop culture extravaganza.

Stan Miller, Somerhalder and Bautista will appear on Saturday only; Momoa and Fisher will attend on Saturday and Sunday.

Other notables scheduled to appear to date include Billy Boyd ( The Lord of the Rings), Joe Flanigan (“Stargate: Atlantis”), Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), Sean Astin ( The Lord of the Rings, “Stranger Things”) and Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year, American Pie ). A full list of guests to date is available at http://wizd.me/PortlandPR.

Wizard World Comic Con Portland will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon.

Wizard World is the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley in Portland will feature Chad Hardin (“Harley Quinn,” “Justice League”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern,” “Deathstroke”), Gene Ha (“Mae,” “Top 10”), Marat Michaels (“Deadpool Corps,” “Brigade”), Ben Templesmith (“30 Days of Night”), Scott Koblish (“Deadpool”), Paul Gulacy (“Master of Kung-Fu,” “Sabre”), Tony Fleecs (“My Little Pony,” “Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth”) and many others.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The fourth event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, Portland show hours are Friday, April 13, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con Portland is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2018 Wizard World Portland, visit http://wizd.me/PortlandPR .

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com ) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, tech, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also teamed with Sony Pictures Entertainment to find the next generation of movies as well as to engage in a number of strategic initiatives. Additional initiatives may include an augmented touring schedule of Wizard World shows, fixed-site installations, curated e-commerce, and the production and distribution of content both in the U.S. and internationally. Fans can interact with Wizard World at www.wizardworld.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The 2018 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon .

Old Thoughts & Memories

So earlier today I stopped by my storage unit to clean things up. Also start clearing out old junk, so I’ll be able to move it later on next month.

I was doing okay till I opened a box that had a lot of my Dad’s things in it. It wasn’t so much the stuff that got to me. It was the smell… It smelled just like him. All those summers together, those random adventures we had driving from one end of California to the other. I thought I would be alright, but I found myself crying while holding his hat.. But then laughing, because within the hat was pictures of my father making goofy faces. That was my father…. Always trying to make people laugh or happy. In between this ride of emotions, found a old picture of me and him. Now if I remember correctly, this was taken in Santa Barbara California in the late 80s. Printers were becoming a big thing as well the beginnings of the digital photos.

If you look closely most of the picture is done in binary fashion. This has to be one of the coolest pictures I have of us. I thought it was lost so many years ago. But no! I found it! Cleaned it up and placed it in a nice heavy wooden frame.

I do miss you Dad. I guess I’m still trying to work through the fact your not around anymore. I keep finding myself trying to call you or message you. Specially with my youngest going into Boy Scouts. I thought you would really like that..

I just now realized I’m writing this like he would read this post.. Sorry, it happens from time to time. Grief is an odd thing.

Life & It’s Crossroads

Ever get to the point where your not to sure where you are going? 

Maybe I’m being impatient and wanting things to change for the better. Don’t get me wrong, I like where things are at and how my life is going so far. Given everything that has happen in the last two years. But sometimes I feel stuck in this loop that’s always repeating. 

I think that is one of the main reasons why I started this blog in the first place. Plus with podcasting again now, that adds another escape. I use to do a lot of paintings and/or drawing, but I find myself turned off by it. I think it was mostly cause by other people’s thoughts about my art. Or it became what the other person wanted, I got use to doing pictures for other people or changing my style because what I was painting bothered them.. I wasn’t doing it for me anymore… Infact I haven’t painted anything for myself in years. Maybe I should try and change that. I miss doing art shows and getting together with other artist and talking shop.

I know I started writing a book about a year and half ago. I think it only 25% done and I hit a wall. I have the idea where the book is going to go, as well as the subject matter. I mean it’s mostly stories from my life, it’s just shockingly hard to get down on paper. I think the problem I’m running into, is that I’m worried about people might think about it. Altho I’m at the point where I really don’t care anymore haha. Been judged on my past for so long, guess I got a little punchy. My history is what is it and I don’t regret one things at all.

When it is all said and done. I am happy, I have a job, a roof over my head and a wonderful girlfriend. Plus I have two health kids that cause grey hair and drive me up the wall at times hahaha.

Year End Review…. 2017

Yep…. Every year i do an year end review on everything to do with my blog, podcasts, life over all… This GIF of Captain Kirk fits everything for 2017… This year as been so up and down, mostly left over from the chaos that was 2016. I think this is the lowest the numbers have ever been. Of course I’ve done like ZERO writing or posting of anything for that matter. The website/blog was even shut down for a month. Wizard World media coverage was a bust, I have all these pictures and stories. Just never did anything with them sadly. I had another book challenge for Star Wars. Fail… Nothing worked out at all this year the way it was meant to.

I think the only thing that was active over this period of time was my Twitter and Instagram and the numbers there show a massive spike. So that is one positive there and I thank you guys!! Oh one other thing is I did start podcasting again!! Rejoining the team Geek Fallout, I plan I taking part a lot more podcasts with these guys. So having said all that, my plans for 2018 that are currently lined up are this:

  • Podcasting with Geek Fallout and Trek1701
  • Wizard World coverage and Comic Con media coverage over all in Oregon
  • Unboxings for GeekFuel and LootCrate or whatever else comings in
  • Book and comic book, movie reviews
  • A more scheduled writing and posting timeline

I really need to get back to what makes me happy. This blog has always been a part of me and would hate to see it go down in flames like this.  I’m also shutting down the Twitter feed for Nerdy Life Of Mine, and have everything go through my personal account. Keeps things easy and that way I’m not all spread out everywhere. As of right now the only social media outs for NLOM are:

That’s where I plan on keeping it till otherwise. So i would like to thank you for sticking around and making NLOM possible. I know I’ve lost a number of readers/followers over this year. I just hope I’ll be able to get them back. Have a happy and safe New YEARS!!  May you be in Heaven a full half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead. Happy New Years!!

 

Cleaning House

So as it states above. I’ll be closing the Twitter handle for Nerdy Life Of Mine and moving everything over to my personal one. Reasons for doing this was to make things easier for myself and less accounts to deal with. Plus I don’t check Nerdy Life Of Mine’s messages enough to make it fully active. Finding messages from people 4 to 8 months ago sucks. SO! Everything is being moved to @iRoberts3. Please make sure to follow me if you haven’t already!