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June 1, 2020   Trip to the Grand Canyon (last year),
Code Talker
Mar 21, 2020   The World Famous San Diego ComicFest
and the testament to dorkness that is my cubicle
and my sad, sad little doodles
Mar 8, 2020   A return to Potterland,
Meg & Dia's Christmas album, December Darling,
some other random stuff
Feb 21, 2020   Agorafabulous!,
Emeli's amazing creations
Nov 27, 2019   David Savakerrva Volume 1
The cubicle of nerdishness
Oct 28, 2019   Art Matters, Neil Gaiman
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Eric Idle
Alternate Routes, Tim Powers
Disneyland - Galaxy's Edge
Oct 4, 2019   Meg & Dia, HappySad tour San Diego 09/18/19
September 21. 2019   David Bowie - Scary Monsters,
More Adventures in Leasing,
More cubicle fun,
A new doodle
September 10. 2019   The Cranberries - In The End,
The Cranberries - Something Else,
Icicle Works, Icicle Works (vinyl),
Dia Frampton, Red,
Juliana Hatfield, Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton John,
The Lemonheads, The Lemonheads,
Green Day, Insomniac ,
Flight of the Conchords, Flight of the Conchords Live in London
August 28, 2019   Heir of Ra (Maciek Sasinowski,
The Catalyst Series (JK Franks): Downward Cycle, Kingdom of Sorrow, Ghost Country
May 11, 2019   Goodbye, little friend
Nov 30, 2018   Fire of Our Fathers,
a Science Fiction Book Club rant
Nov 24, 2018   The Dinosaur Lords,
Dragon Teeth
Nov 20, 2018   My cubicle revisited, really-old ComicCon stuff, Emeli's Art, More Disney Adventures, The Zoo and Safari Park
September 9, 2018   Perimeter - an eBook thriller
September 3, 2018   Take Back the Sky Starcraft Evolution
August 11, 2018   Idaho Dunes Awesome soda Ethanol-free gas an awesome Bald Guy card Our rough dig Harry Potter Interlude story
July 21, 2018   The Cup in the Shadows (The Forbidden Powers Book 1)
June 24, 2018   Jake, Lucid Dreamer
June 13, 2018   Troll-stalking
May 23, 2018   Another badbartopia email spoofer, A sunny-day Disney adventure, Raymond E Feist book signing
May 15, 2018   A rainy-day Disneyland trip The Bassoon King
Apr 28, 2018   Down and Out in Purgatory
Apr 13, 2018   Operation Hail Storm
Mar 4, 2018   American Exodus
Jan 22, 2018   Christmas, Didn't Get Frazzled, The Sea People, The Rooster Bar, Last Burial Night, Doctor Who and the Krikkit Men
Dec 15, 2017   Mistrial, City of Death and Disneyland
Nov 14, 2017   Grace Vanderwaal - Just the Beginning
Nov 11, 2017   Tim Powers Signing at Mysterious Galaxy for Down and Out in Purgatory
November 4, 2017   Return to Disneyland, Halloween at the office, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Long Cosmos Maximus One year After War Dogs, Killing Titan Daddy, Stop Talking
October 29, 2017   Bruce Campbell Signing, Hail to the Chin, Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor
October 20, 2017   Meg & Dia, Imagine Dragons in concert, 2 Years 8 months and 28 Nights
October 17, 2017   All Apologies
October 16, 2017   Thrawn
Septempber 7, 2017   The Rage of Dragons, The Lincoln Myth
August 10, 2017   The Molly Ringwalds, Dia Frampton Musical awesomeness, Beauty and the Feast
July 28, 2017   The IT Sweatshop revisited, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, American Gods and The Magicians, Rogue One, Camino Island
July 24, 2017   CRV glovebox difficulties, San Diego Comic Con rant
July 11, 2017   Beauty and the Beast at the Lyceum, Earthweeds, Sons of Neptune Book 1, Aftermath, Empire's End, If Chin's Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor
June 30, 2017   Eastwood: No Direction Home book 2
June 23, 2017   Excellent Adventures on the PCH (part 4/4) - The PCH family vacation tale concludes, my new record, record player, and Emeli's site is live!
Jun 14, 2017   A noteworthy eBook mention before I return to my vacation ranting - No Direction Home
June 9, 2017   Excellent Adventures on the PCH (part 3/4) - The PCH family vacation tale concludes...almost. More pictures of spooky old houses, trees, rocks, and other things that nobody cares about! Plus, Goonies stuff
June 2, 2017   Excellent Adventures on the PCH (part 2/4) - The PCH family vacation tale continues... And more pictures of trees and other things that nobody cares about!
May 31, 2017   Excellent Adventures on the PCH (part 1/4) - Way more detail than anyone wants about our vacation up the coast of California and Oregon. And lots of pictures of trees!
Apr 26, 2017   Resurrection America, Pizza Studio art, AmandaLynn, Emeli art, and Disney art, and Gifted
Apr 14, 2017   My San Fransisco OSI PI adventure & "Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be"
Apr 12, 2017   Neil Gaiman speaks, Norse Mythology, American Gods comic adaptation, The Magicians TV series, and Dirk Gently on TV
Feb 2, 2017   A trip to the ever-less-magical land of Disney, The Prince of Outcasts, the Whistler, and a brief mention of The Magicians.
Jan 21, 2017   An update to my nerd wall at work, Found out about Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac) being gone, A list of all the stuff (or most, anyway) I've given up to new homes, A review of Dave! and Warp, and a couple of new doodles.
Dec 23, 2016   My final visit to Potterland and a couple of doodles
Dec 11, 2016   Books and related comics, and free/cheap stuff. Not taco Bell Material, President Me, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, The Hedge Knight (comic), The Sworn Sword (comic) Ooma, Ringplus, Amazon prime and other money-saving stuff.
Dec 4, 2016   I'm sharing my sad doodles with the world again. They're not very good, but I'll bet they're better than your scribbles!
Nov 12, 2016   Yet another trip to The Wonderful World of Harry Potter!
Nov 7, 2016   Blathering on about a few of the books I've read recently - Spire, The Check, and Dangercide, Pirate Detective
Oct 7, 2016   Yet another Visit to Harry Potterland. Oh, and my lease-mileage calculator.
July 25, 2016   Another Visit to Harry Potterland, a new car, a new shirt, a new dog, and a whole lot of the same old complaining
May 17, 2016   Email spoofers, Phishing emails, and scammers galore!
Apr 30, 2016   Winter's Edge and a Management zombie attack
Apr 23, 2016   Harry Potter land re-visited
Apr 9, 2016   Xenia...again
Apr 2, 2016   Sing Street, Batman vs Superman, Craigslist griping
Mar 1, 2016   The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood preview, fun at work, Xenia's new song, A Vanishing Glow, Our Fair Eden, Race Wars, The Force Awakens
Jan 27, 2016   Text Wars, Books I've read... Yup, that's pretty much it
Jul 30, 2015   Xenia Martinez news Still selling stuff on eBay, Hyperbole and a Half (the book), The Path Between the Seas, Trigger Warning, In Fifty years We'll all Be Chicks
Mar 17, 2015   Selling my treasures on eBay, Hyperbole and a Half, the Long Mars, Gray Mountain, Anathem, The Golden Princess, The Given Sacrifice
Mar 12, 2015   You'll be sorely missed, Sir Terry
Jan 21, 2015   More BBC 4 radio dramatizations by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett: The Amazing Maurice, Guards! Guards!, Neverwhere, Night Watch, Small Gods, Wyrd Sisters
Jan 10, 2015   JabberWocky, Neil Gaiman style!
Dec 24, 2014   The Good Omens BBC treatment
Aug 03, 2014   Every hobby has to end eventually, right?
Oct 8, 2013   Warning: Extreme Geekness ahead!
Oct 1, 2013   The Bloody Crown of iGoogle
Aug 26, 2013   Headphones at work
Aug 22, 2013   The guvmint is gonna getcha
June 25, 2013   Dweebs vs Big Bang vs IT Crowd
Jul 3, 2012   Xenia Martinez & Dia Frampton concert
Feb 24, 2012   Reading...just not much
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Being an idiot with Lev Grossman
Jan 7, 2012   If it ain't broke...
Aug 22, 2011   non-ComicCon report 2011
A Thousand Splendid Suns
An Act of Self Defense
May 5, 2011   On Stranger Tides
On Stranger Tides
March 2, 2011   I'm a gigantic slacker...
Wild Guns
Lord of Ultima
Metin 2
Lord of the Rings Online
Dec 15, 2010   Bring out your dead!
Aug 17, 2010   San DiegoComicCon 2010
August 11, 2010   I'm not dead yet...
May 3, 2010   Hero Comics
Liberty Comics
Dr Horrible
Neil Gaiman & Sam Keith in Batman
The Guild, Felicia Day
April 27, 2010   Mean Gene Wilder! Grrr!!!
April 24, 2010   If it's not one Jihad, it's another...
April 20, 2010   The Satanic Verses
March 15, 2010   Unseen Academicals
Feblueberry 8, 2010   The un-reading shelf (from most of 2009)
Feblueberry 2, 2010   Emily the Strange, the Lost Days...a novel
Nov 25, 2009   Happy Halloween, Mom!
Nov 18, 2009   Summer Vacation in Idaho
Aug 20, 2009   San Diego ComicCon 2009
Aug 12, 2009   I'm a big, fat slacker
June 05, 2009   The networks are helping me cut back on my TV viewing
June 04, 2009   Mandy Moore's Amanda Leigh,
Chris Isaak's Mr Lucky
My name is Bruce?
and Emmy Rossum? Where am I going with this?
May 21, 2009   Randy would have really liked Fanboys...sigh
May 3, 2009   The Spring reading shelf
Apr 21, 2009   Holidays On Ice (a little late for Christmas)
Apr 18, 2009   Leviticus Cross and other Hector Sevilla comic book stuff
Apr 16, 2009   The fantastically amazing and banal Badbartopia RSS Feed
Mar 31, 2009   Neil Gaiman's Blueberry Girl
Mar 30, 2009   My Amazon mis-order turns out to be not so annoying as previously expected...
(AKA the Dr Horrible soundtrack)
Mar 23, 2009   Stephan Pastis & Richard Thompson have me looking forward to the 2009 SD ComicCon
Mar 19, 2009   Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog,
The Guild
Mar 08, 2009   The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comic adaptation,
Neil Gaiman's Sandman: The Dream Hunters
Mar 04, 2009   Little Brother
Mar 1, 2009   Pete & Pickles
Feb 11, 2009   She & Him
Pushing Daisies
Jan 26, 2009   The Scourge of God,
When You are Engulfed in Flames
Jan 14, 2009   On the Road = hippy nonsense
Jan 12, 2009   One-by-one, my fish have met their maker
Dec 26, 2008   My Azeroth-avoidance continues
Dec 23, 2008   Nothing to see...move along
Dec 15, 2008   New scribbles
Dec 10, 2008   The Oct-Nov-Dec reading shelf
Dec 1, 2008   Shalimar the Clown
the economic impact of the events in Mumbai
Nov 21, 2008   Star Wars: Allegiance
Nov 20, 2008   Daredevil Black Widow: Abattoir
Nov 17, 2008   Travel Team
Nov 16, 2008   A new comic adaptation of The Wizard of Oz
Nov 14, 2008   Berke's Books:
The Last Basselope
Edward Fudwupper Fibbed Big
Mars Needs Moms
Opus: 25 years
Nov 13, 2008   Return to Azeroth?
Nov 12, 2008   Goodbye, Opus
Oct 29, 2008   Halloween costumes of 2008
Project Superpowers
Oct 23, 2008   The Graveyard Book
Oct 16, 2008   Nation
Oct 10, 2008   The Joy of Programming
My foray into Ajax
Oct 9, 2008   My Saturn Scare
Opus ends
Terry Pratchett's condition
Oct 3, 2008   The Hitchhiker's Guide, Book Eoin Colfer?
Oct 2, 2008   Media master - music online
Sony builds a "better" camera
Sept 24, 2008   The September reading shelf
Sept 17, 2008   Still missing Randall
The Fish tank...again
The Graveyard Book
Sept 15, 2008 usual
The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang
Sept 9, 2008   The dearth of Opus strips
yes, I meant to say "dearth"
Sept 8, 2008   A new monitor goes bad...but it all ends happily
Sept 3, 2008   A Boy and His Dog,
Richard Corben,
H.P. Lovecraft's Haunt of Horror
Sept 2, 2008   A slightly newish look
(aka "why I will never be a graphic designer")
Aug 11, 2008   Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in all its incarnations Mike Kunkel's re-imagining of Shazam
July 29, 2008   San Diego Comiccon 2008
July 24, 2008   Neil Gaiman
July 17, 2008   Chris Isaak!
June 30, 2008   The Woman Who Wouldn't
Legends II
Mouse Guard Fall 1152
the Jetta's latest round of repairs
fishtank overpopulation
June 10, 2008   The Reading Shelf
Fish tank jungle
Attack of the bees
June 3, 2008   Missing Randall
May 9, 2008   My French Whore
Apr 28, 2008   Fish tank fatality
Flight of the Conchords
The Dangerous Alphabet
Mar 5, 2008   Gene Wilder book signing at Borders
new fish tank
Jan 11, 2008   The Jetta Strikes back!
The Plucker
The Anubis Gates
National Treasure II
Nov 8, 2007   San Diego on Fire,
A clean break from WoW,
UCSD Extension Java I graduation (kinda)
Making Money
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Oct 2, 2007   Back to school, Java class at UCSD
AT&T's Uverse
new sketches
Blockbuster movie pass
August 28, 2007   Mandy Moore concert!
Aug 19, 2007   ComicCon 2007 - Neil Gaiman, Iron Man and all the usual suspects
May 22, 2007   World of Spamcraft (and other spamalicious topics), forum fun...gus, the woes of being a contractor and PIRATES!!
Apr 5, 2007   I'm a conservative - bite me!
Timbaland? Dumb!
Marie Antoinette - snaggle teeth and teasing glimpes. Sweet!
John Q - a lesson about fatherhood or a liberal-propoganda film?
Mar 30, 2007   Things that make me grumpy-er,
employed again at last,
Finn and assorted other ramblings
Feb 8, 2007   The search for employment continues..and the unemployment benefits are NOT pouring in!
Jan, 22, 2007   Freed from the bondage of employment, a very brief review of a few books and films
Dec 17, 2006   Sad excuses, The Innocent Man, 1776, THe Man in High Castle, Absolute Sandman, Wintersmith, garage sale treasures: Ghost in the Machine
Aug 20, 2006   Writers of the Future XXII/Tim Powers, more movie reivews
July 20, 2006   San Diego ComicCon 2006
July 15, 2006   Superman Returns, inconsiderate morons, Peewee's Playhouse returns, my plea for more pirate movies
July 8, 2006   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Wild Animal Park critters, site remodeling
Jun 27, 2006   The good, the bad and the mediocre (a bunch of movie reviews in the new forum).
June 15, 2006   Because of Romek - A Holocaust Survivor's Memoir
May 21, 2006   The DaVinci Code, Aeon Flux, Everything You Want
May 12, 2006   World of Warcrack, the Office, Coraline, my apologies...
Jan 24, 2006   Christmas Vacation 2006, Syriana, Traveling Pants, Wish You Were Here
Dec 19, 2005   Festive Neighbors, the death of Olivia, Media Misinformation surrounding Brent Wilkes/ADCS, Make Love the bruce campbell way
Nov 15, 2005   Microsoft Technet 2005 launch party, Lexmark printer problem, a bad, bad day, changing dentists.
Oct 22, 2005   Thud!, Anansi Boys, Where's my cow
Oct 18, 2005   Terry Pratchet Thud! signing, Neil Gaiman Anansi Boys signing
Oct 15, 2005   A very, very late Comiccon 2005 report.
Jun 23, 2005   The black hole of Warcraft, The Years of Rice and Salt, After the Sunset, Madagascar, Mr and Mrs Smith, Taxi.
Jun 3, 2005   All is quiet on the PM Front, War of the Worlds (the novel), Kingdom of Heaven, Sahara, Star Wars Episode III, Flight of the Phoenix
May 9, 2005   The program managers strike again, More of my horrendous sketches, Spanglish, A Lot Like Love, Elektra, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the film)
Apr 9, 2005   Stuck in Corporate Hell, a few of my recent sketches, Miss Congeniality 2, Collateral
Mar 21, 2005   Revenge of the Jetta (car problems), a Newegg purchase, a few new drawings, more Opus
Feb 13, 2005   The Mail mystery solved, more of my crappy sketches, A few new photos of the girls, bill-bert (introducing the new Project Manager), sweet phone skills, Opus, Dungeons and Dragons, In Good Company
Jan 27, 2005   Mystery mail, new photos of my beautiful kids, some new sketches, an Episode 3 spoiler, Opus, Going Postal, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik, Remember the Titans, Lemony Snicket`s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dodgeball
Jan 7, 2005   Christmas 2004, Update to the site, Elf & King Arthur revisited, National Treasure, Opus, Blade Runner
Dec 18, 2004   A new Stephanie sketch, another Target web page goof, the SD Union Tribune confirms Greg Bear`s research for Vitals, Miramar VW proves my dealer service assertions wrong, neighborhood Christmas fun, Opus
Nov 24, 2004   More of my mediocre drawings, nw russian mail-order coins, Star Wars toys, a big green spider comes to visit, Opus, Dies the Fire, Digital fortress, The Incredibles, Twisted, Van Helsing
Nov 03, 2004   Some thoughts regarding the 2004 election, rants about the environment, a memory rebate update, new computer issues, Opus, The Lone Drow, Deception Point, Roswell season 2 on DVD
Oct 12, 2004   An interesting quiz, mal-in rebates, a parrot joke, my new computer, thoughts on frame removal, web logs, Opus, Vitals, Star Wars trilogy on DVD, Ladykillers
Sep 23, 2004   My "Heath" sketch for Mark Oakley, an update on my a PNY rebate check, the fictitious AWNA Act, Browser Issues with the site, Opus/Pickles, The DaVinci Code, Garden State (Natalie Portman), Man on Fire
Sep 11, 2004   A new drawing: "Stephanie", redneck wisdom, my salary to hourly reclassification, funny video: news from iraq, an update on my mail-in pny rebate, a new rebate through Costco, Ella Enchanted, Highlander Endgame, Princess of Thieves, The Whole Ten Yards
Aug 27, 2004   Fun with my VW Warranty, Opus, Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix, The Land of SokMunster, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Wedding, Napoleon Dynamite, Hidalgo, Chasing Liberty, Out of Time
Jul 23, 2004   San Diego ComicCon 2004, the family summer vacation, Bruce Campbell, Opus, Nanny Ogg`s Cookbook, Angels & Demons, Folk of the fringe, Bourne Supremacy, i robot, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Cody Banks 2, Hellboy
Jul 19, 2004   *** PNY Rebate fun, IE Patch, Linux and socialism, liberal scum, Opus, BIM, timeline, master and commander, tad hamilton, stuck on you,cold mountain, 50 first dates, the terminal, spiderman 2, king arthur, a hat full of sky, the thousand orcs, meditations on middle earth
Jun 20, 2004   Memorial day pictures, Duplex, Mark Oakley/Heroes, Wild Animal Park Dinosaurs, B-52s concertman, Say After Tomorrow, Big Fish, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Eragon, A Hat Full of Sky, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
May 08, 2004   Pat Tillman, LOTR Toys, 13 Going on 30, Mean Girls, Tolkien Miscellany, Last Juror, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Pork Tornado
Apr 06, 2004   Roswell season 1 DVD and a some other mindless drivel
Feb 19, 2004   Highlander site contest results, new downloads, princess gallery updates, lord of the rings toys, harry potter, underworld. lost in translation, the hunted, a tolkien miscellany...
Feb 09, 2004   Murder at 1600, Radio, Cheaper by the Dozen, King Arthur, Spiderman 2, Van Helsing, Harry Potter, Tolkien Miscellany, Mark Oakley, massive snow in Idaho...
Jan 28, 2004   Swat, Uptown Girls, Somethings Gotta Give, Along Came Polly, Seabiscuit, Ashley Judd Marathon, Van Helsing, Harry Potter, Science Fiction Bok Club, Nanny Ogg`s Cookbook, RA Salvatore, Mythology (Alex Ross), Fastner & Larson, Best page in the universe, etc, etc...
Jan 07, 2004   Clint`s rules, X-Men 2, Holes, Pirates, Two Towers, Freaky Friday (Haley Hudson), new drawings, Thieves` World, Playskool Star Wars, new Interest section
Jan 02, 2004   nothing all that interesting...
Dec 21, 2003   Nemo, Highlander page, Christmas vacation 2003, star wars kid
Dec 12, 2003   E.T. (Erika Eleniak), new drawings, Opus, Santa Claus 2 (Elizabeth Mitchell), Legolas toy/pics, How to Deal (Mandy Moore), Myth update, Last Samurai
Nov 27, 2003   Another Fine Myth, Elf
Nov 22, 2003   Dude, Where`s Bill & Ted
Nov 18, 2003   Not much to say
Nov 15, 2003   Disneyland, Astronaut`s Wife, Dumer and Dumber-er, Monstrous Regiment
Nov 10, 2003   Terry Pratchett, Matrix Revolutions
110103   School of Rock, Terry Pratchett signing, Darth Vader MBNA bust, San Diego fires
Aug 17, 2003   Johnny English, San Diego Comic-Con
Jun 17, 2003   Assorted ramblings
May 28, 2003   Not much to say
May 24, 2003   Almost nothing of note
May 17, 2003   Matrix Reloaded, Pirates
Mar 23, 2003   The Police, Pirates, Lord of the Rings grievances part II
Mar 16, 2003   Lord of the Rings grievances part 1
Super auld stuff   A big list of old submissions with boat loads of broken links

Hail to the Chin, baby!

I attended the San Diego stop of the Bruce Campbell signing tour for his latest book, Hail to the Chin, Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor (at the Mysterious Galaxy book store) on Thursday, October 26. It was probably the largest crowd I've seen at a book store signing, other than the Gene Wilder signing at Borders many, many moons ago. The last Neil Gaiman signing, also at Mysterious Galaxy (at the old store location on Clairemont Mesa Blvd), was also pretty well-attended...but my point is that there were a of of people at the Bruce Campbell signing. I heard that there were around 600, but that might have been books sold, not attendees. It's hard to know for sure (many people I saw there bought multiple books).

First, an observation about the Balboa Mysterious Galaxy location - this is only the second time I've been here. The first was when I purchased the book just after hearing about the signing in the Mysterious Galaxy newsletter email. It's possibly a little larger square footage-wise and the store seems to be better laid out, but it's also much further away from my house so unless there's a very special reason to drop in, I don't. That's not to say you shouldn't. If you like Sci-Fi/Fantasy or Mysteries (or apparently actor biographies related to those genres), this is probably your best bet for finding it. They have just about everything old and new. And a few related odds and ends that are fun (I also picked up a pair of HHGTTG socks when I bought the book in September). But enough about the store, on to the signing...

I arrived around 30 minutes before the signing was scheduled to begin and miraculously even found a good parking space right outside the store. But there were probably already at least 200 people crammed into the not-exactly-roomy confines of the store, waiting for Bruce to arrive. I didn't feel like elbowing my way to the front so I just stood near the store's entrance and waited as more and more people squeezed into the already-crowded store. At one point I heard one of the store employees saying that everyone would be jettisoned from the store and brought back in by ticket number (each book purchased came with a numbered ticket for the signing - no ticket, no signing). So I made my way even closer to the entrance and allowed later-arrivals to occupy my slightly closer-to-Bruce's-table spot. Then an announcement was made by the store , outlining the evening's events. I found, to my dismay, that we would only be removed from the store after Bruce read an excerpt from his book and then answered a few questions. While only around twenty or thirty feet away from Bruce, there were a lot of large, sweaty, hairy bodies between us.

The Bruce Campbell fan demographic is pretty well-varied, but seems to lean toward extreme-nerd or extreme-piercings - both were well-represented at the signing. Two fans stood out for their dedication - one was a small, attractive woman dressed as Ash (from Army of Darkness for you infidels), complete with bleeding scratches. I only saw her once, so I didn't manage to take a photo. The other - complete opposite - fan was a large, very heavyset, young man (in his twenties, probably) wearing an Evil Dead t-shirt and a hat that had to have been made by him. The hat had a Lego Evil Dead diorama on the brim with a banner sign , also made from Legos, above the diorama that said "Evil Dead." He was near the back, so none of my photos capture more than a tiny glimpse of Bruce's #1 fan because once Bruce arrived, I stopped paying attention to the freaks and geeks in the crowd.

Bruce read an excerpt from the Bulgaria Vespa story in the book (I will share some of that in a second) and mentioned a couple of other events from his time shooting in Bulgaria (getting his friend arrested, was one). I had managed to read the book before the signing (an infrequent occurrence for most signings I go to - I'm usually already in the middle of other books so I never get around to the book being signed), so I was well-acquainted with the stories. He was conversational and very funny in front of the crowd throughout the reading and afterward.

And then the Q&A session began. One of the small and hairy super-nerds near me shouted out "How does it feel to know you're the standard by which all men shall be measured?!", but he was ignored by all and the session began. Only a few of the questions really stand out in my damaged memory. Several people didn't even ask questions, they just talked about things they appreciated about Bruce's movies/TV gigs (to which Bruce would reply "and the question is...")

  • The questions got off to a rough start for one of the audience members (but not for the rest of us). he asked Bruce if "they" gave Bruce the evil Ash mask from Army of Darkness? Bruce's reply was classic - "If by 'they,' you mean 'me' since it was my movie, then no. I don't collect that crap." The guy went on to comment about how he had created his own replica and Bruce responded with, Oh, so this was all just about self-promotion." Or something to that effect.
  • One really entertaining question was asked by a soldier in the crowd. he held up his phone and asked Bruce to say something to his brother back in Alabama. Bruce's response surprised everyone when he told the guy to dial his brother's number so he could just say it to him directly. Apparently the brother was unavailable so Bruce left him a voice mail. "Hello, this is Agent Smith with the Federal Government. You have been accused of malicious...ness. And lasciviousness..." I don't remember the rest of the message (even the part I quoted above isn't verbatim - but it was similar to what I quoted), but it was funny and right off the top of Bruce's head.
  • Somebody asked Bruce what his favorite movie was - anser: "The Bridge on the River Kwai" one comment he made about the movie that I rememerb is that is didn't have a soundtrack - it has a score.
  • Another perosn asked if he would want to take a part on "The Walking Dead." Answer: "No, watch Ash vs the Army of Darkness, season 3 start on Starz February 25"
  • A girl in the crowd made some random statements about Michigan (she was apparently from Michigan, so she and Bruce talked about Michigan stuff for a few minutes - including Bruce asking the crowd how to remember the names of the Great lakes - and then telling us "HOMES".
  • Another classic Bruce rip was when an audience member asked if Bruce played the same character in all three of the Toby Maguire Spider-Man movies. Bruce's response: "Well, let's see. I was the ring announcer in the first film. And changed Toby's 'The Human Spider' name to 'The Amazing Spider-man'. So I pretty much named the character. And I was an usher at the theater Mary Jane was performing within in the second Film. And stopped Toby from getting into the theater. So you could say that I am the only person to ever defeat Spider-man. And I was a snooty Maitre D' in the third film who screwed up Toby's proposal to Mary Jane. Again thwarting Spider-man's plans. So I was the unconquerable super-villain of the films."
  • The dumber questions received very sarcastically funny responses. Small & Hairy's question above was asked again later and this time answered by Bruce. Though not in the way S&H may have expected. Instead, Bruce told him it was sad if anybody looked up to him, a B-movie actor with no real admirable traits. So nobody should put him on a pedestal. So get a life (he didn't say that last part - that's me reading between the lines).

After the Q&A ended, we were all ushered out of the store and told to line up in order of out ticket numbers. Mine was 33, so I was in the second group of people brought into the store. The rules for the signing, made clear when I bought the book, were that either two items could be signed by Bruce per book purchase, or the book could be signed and personalized. I chose two items and brought my Dark Horse Army of Darkness issue #1 to be signed, along with my book.

When it was my turn to come into the store, I snapped a few photos of Bruce (one of the other rules of the signing - no posed photos, no photos with Bruce). The line moved like a well-oiled machine. When it was my turn, Bruce's assistant (not sure who he was, but he appeared to be with Bruce) brought my stuff to Bruce to be signed and I approached the table. Bruce approved of my choice of comics, signed the book, and I asked what his next writing project would be - autobiography #3 or Make Love TBCW #2. He responded that autobiography #3 was till 15 years away and didn't respond directly to my query about Make Love TBCW #2 - so my money's on Make Love TBCW #2 coming out in a couple of years.

Here are a few really poorly focused/framed photos I took...

And then I went home. So without further ado, the book for which I left the house in the evening - something I am loath to do - and mingled with the corpulent, sweaty masses...

Hail to the Chin, Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor

I read Bruce Campbell's first autobiography of a B-movie shemp If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor just a few months ago. If not for the comedic actor biographies of Adam Carolla, Joel McHale, and others I've been reading lately, I don't know that I would have bothered with If Chins Could Kill. But I'm glad I did. It was very well-written and entertaining (if not as laugh-out-loud funny as the over-the-top nonsense in Carolla's and McHale's books). And then I likely would not have read Hail to the Chin, which would have been a real shame, because it's another well-written and interesting - totally true - story. And it's filled with all kinds of amusing, yet informative, stories from the acting adventures of Bruce Campbell. If acting is a career you really want to pursue, reading Bruce Campbell's book is highly advised.

Hail to the Chin picks up where If Chins Could Kill ended - right around the end of the Xena acting days. The book starts out with a walk down memory lane (there are a bunch of those throughout the narrative) that helps explain why Bruce grew up to be...well, Bruce.

Bruce shares the details of he and Ida (wife #2) escaping California to very-rural Oregon (where he buys a huge lot with a tiny little Hobbit house) and all the fun that goes along with living there - including using neighbor Steven Seagal's essential oil extraction equipment to process the lavender crop they didn't realize they were buying. Bruce talks about the movie he financed and shot in his back yard, My Name is Bruce, and all the unexpected difficulties that went along with being the boss.

Bruce talks about his adventures in New Mexico, where he filmed another movie that has yet to be released, but hopefully will be some day, Highly Functional. We hear about the unpleasantness of shooting a TV show, Burn Notice in the summer in Miami. And get a little glimpse into his co-stars lives (not much of a glimpse, but they get a brief mention). And we get to hear about Bruce, brother Don, and , Burn Notice co-star, Jeff Donovan's trip through the middle east to visit the troops.

Bruce talks a lot about the gray Soviet-inspired despair and culture shock Bruce experienced when he shot two movies for the Sci-Fi channel (neither of which have I seen) in Sofia, Bulgaria. And more importantly, we hear about the trademark Bruce Campbell shenanigans in Bulgaria. Here's the story he read to the crowd at the book signing.


What comes with shooting in countries with far greater needs than those of an American exploitation film is what I call the Bulgarian Box of Chocolates, whereby you never really know, day to day, what you are going to get.

A key scene in the film involved a Vespa. I'll spare you the narrative details of why it was critical, but the Vespa had to be pink, with streamers from the handlebars, and it had to be completely destroyed on film. At the time, I felt that my first meeting with the transportation department had gone well. Since only a small handful of crew members spoke English, my translator, Assia, was there as well. We discussed the alleged Vespa with Uri, the head of the transportation department.

"Now, look, Uri," I remember saying. "I'm assuming that when I say 'a Vespa' we're all talking about the same type of machine."

I brought this up because of the array of odd vehicles I had seen on the Bulgarian roads, and I drew a crude picture on my dry-erase board.

"Of course," Uri nodded in recognition. "No problem."

"And I can paint it pink, right?"

"Of course," Uri said, rolling his head from side to side in the Bulgarian way of expressing "understood."

About a week later, I passed Uri in the hallway of the production office and I couldn't help but follow up on the Vespa. Through Assia, who was continually at my side, I asked, "Hey, Uri, are we good on the Vespa?"

Uri thrust a thumb in the air and smiled confidently. "Of course."

"And we can paint it pink and wreck it, right?"

Uri responded simply by rolling his head in that "way."

A week after that, with no Vespa news, I began to get nervous - we were only a few days away from needing it. I insisted that Uri bring me an actual picture of the Vespa he intended to use. He did, in fact, produce a picture - of a blue Vespa.

"This is fine, Uri, but it's blue. You can paint it pink, right?"

Through translation, Uri assured me again that it was not a problem.

"Okay," I said, chewing on my lower lip. "We shoot with that in two days. Good luck."

Forty-eight hours later, the second unit was preparing for the shot of the Vespa careening out of control, sans rider, and smashing into the side of a parked car. I was filming in a laboratory set across the street but peeked out when I had a chance. I was relieved to see the crew prepping a perfectly pink Vespa with cute girlie tassels fluttering from the handlebars.

A few minutes later, the ill-fated machine was rolled to its doom. Bouncing off the parked car, it smashed to the ground and let out a final gasp. courtesy of a cheesy spark effect. The crew applauded politely, as is usually the case after a "stunt" is performed, but as I glanced at Assia I was shocked to see tears streaming down her face. This was very unusual, because Assia had always been calm and professional. I looked to Ioel, the first assistant director.

"Joel, why is Assia crying?"

"Oh, that's because it's her Vespa," he said, glancing at the smoldering wreck. "It was a gift from her father on her birthday.

I guess they never told her they were going to wreck it."

"But she is the fucking translator," I fumed. "She was there. How could she not know?"

Joel shrugged. "Welcome to Bulgaria." After an almost physical altercation with Uri, the sorry-ass "transportation" captain, I stepped away to cool down. The area I called Bruce's Backlot had plenty of room to ruminate about my lot in life.

For Chrissakes, I'm a middle-aged man. I shouldn't be dicking around Eastern Europe, wrecking the personal property of poor people just to make a movie about a jerk with a brain transplant! Grown men don't glue prosthetic appliance just to make a movie about a jerk with a brain transplant.' Grown men don't glue prosthetic appliances to their faces and run around in silly costumes, fighting digital creatures that aren't even there. Actors my age should be doing Shakespeare in the Park or at the very least headlining some innocuous Neil Simon comedy in Branson, Missouri.

Bruce also talks about the many failed projects he's been a part of (I was surprised to hear about a pilot with Psych star James Roday that didn't get picked up). And he talks about his adventures on the convention circuit with stars from Star Trek, Batman, Stan Lee, etc. as well as the current TV stars from The Walking Dead. And his current project, Ash vs The Walking Dead, is mentioned a lot. I was shocked that one of the shemps from Michigan, Rob, that he's known forever is actually married to Lucy Lawless. And Rob is no Brad Pitt. I can't help but wonder how he pulled that off.

The photos spread all throughout the book are plentiful and mostly authentic (there are a few photo-shopped photos here and there).

There's so much in this book that I can't possibly tell you everything that was hilarious or amazing. So just buy it and read it.

I also went to Disneyland last week, so there's plenty to complain about there, too. But I'm exhausted. Maybe later.

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