Flash: Hocus Pocus — Get it fast!

Flash coverWhat’s that, you say? You say you can’t wait to read Flash: Hocus Pocus, the first book in my trilogy based on the TV show?

And what’s that? You say you haven’t preordered the book yet???

Gadzooks!

Let’s remedy this right the hell now! Here are handy-dandy preorder links for you. Or, of course, hie thee to thy local independent bookstore and tell ’em to put aside a copy for you the day it comes in!

Stories I Never Told: The Time I Read Mark Waid’s Mind

SPOILER ALERT for “The Return of Barry Allen”

Last time, I said that there were some startling coincidences related to some of the Stories I Never Told. I’ve decided to spend this week focusing on two of them, both of which happen to relate directly to one of my favorite comic book writers, Mark Waid.

A little background, for those of you who don’t know: Waid started in comics in the ’80s as an editor, but didn’t really hit his stride until the ’90s, when he became the main writer on Flash. When he first took on the writing chores, no one really took note — Flash wasn’t a book most people were paying attention to, and Waid was pretty much unknown. In short order, though, he made the book his own and did some truly astounding things with it, sending his reputation into the stratosphere and cementing his bonafides as a truly talented comic book writer.

I’ve always loved the Flash. In the early eighties, Barry Allen (the Flash of my childhood) was forced into a situation where he had to kill his nemesis, the time-traveling Reverse-Flash, in order to save an innocent life. A trial for manslaughter ensued, there was much drama, and in the end, Barry ended up sacrificing himself to save the universe.

So that ended well. [Read more…]

Swag, Swag, Swag!

It was a good week for swag at the Lyga house this week. Check out the coolness that arrived via my friendly postal delivery human:

Swag Delivered Week of July 13

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On the top row, from left to right, we have: S.T.A.R. Labs mousepad, Flash emblem letter opener (both courtesy of my brother’s trip to Comic-Con), an inscribed copy of Terry Davis’s amazing Vision Quest, and the Danish edition of Blood of My Blood.

Then, on the bottom row (again, left to right), we have the German edition of Blood of My Blood, the Japanese edition of I Hunt Killers, the Thai edition of Game, and a finished copy of After the Red Rain.

Whew! And that doesn’t even take into account the crap I ordered on Prime Day, which will arrive this weekend.

Memory Monday: Super-Hero Faux Pas

Oh, Flash… Don’t you know you should always invite your teammates to your wedding? Otherwise, they’ll just gossip about you in the satellite headquarters.

flash_wedding(From Flash #323, July 1983. Written by Cary Bates. Art by Carmine Infantino and Rodin Rodriguez.)

Memory Monday: Flash & Zee

So, the Flash heads up to the JLA satellite and hangs out with Zatanna. They chat. He makes dinner for them. [Read more…]