Free Comic Book Day

May is a pretty exciting month in Boltonshire.  Michael will be home from his first year of college.  May will also mark the end of the first home schooling year for the children.  Kristie gets stoked about May because there’s Mother’s Day AND her birthday.  But more important than the coming home from college. More important than celebrating of the woman who deals with my children on a daily basis.  More important than saying “Mission: Accomplished” with home school.  The most important thing about May is comics.

Free comics.

Free comics on Free Comic Book Day.


May 4th, 2013 will be this year’s Free Comic Book Day. Just as the name applies, you can walk into a participating comic store with no cash and walk out with a handful of comics.  Now you can’t go in there and grab an issue of Incredible Hulk 181, the first full appearance of Wolverine and say, “See ya suckers!!!”  It doesn’t work like that.  There are specific comics that are given out on Free Comic Book Day.  They usually have “FREE COMIC BOOK DAY” across the top of them.

This will be Boltonshire’s fourth foray into Free Comic Book Day.  We try to make it out early, just so we can get the good swag.  Also because we hit up at least three stores each time too.  Each store may have a different policy on how many  comics they give out to each person (it can range from 2 to whatever).  This is why I would bring the kids along at first.  If the store had a two book limit, I would get “two for Emma” if you know what I mean.  “Yes sir” I would say to the comic book guy. “ my six months old LOOOOOVES comics.”  She would get an Avengers or Transformers for me and I’d let her have a Smurfs to chew on while we’re going home.

Now they’re older, they actually want to keep them.  I taught them how to properly care for a comic with the bags and boards.  Michael, Loreli and Seth are the only ones that really care.  I’ll eventually find Araceli’s or Emma’s torn up or under a dresser or something.

But regardless of the outcome of the book’s condition, we always have fun when we go.

Loreli at FCBD 2010

Seth taking care of his new comics FCBD 2010
Our score FCBD 2011

FCBD 2012

When asked about Free Comic Book Day, the following people may or may not have said the following…

I believe we’re going to try and get the following books:

There’s about 2 dozen or so that are available.  Though not every comic book store may have every title. So even if you aren’t an awesome comic book geek like me, be one for a day.  Go get a free comic.  You can find a location near you by going to where you can also view the comics available this year.

And if you go and you happen to see those grown men playing with action figures saying, “PEW PEW PEW!” Please don’t judge them.  It’ll make their mother’s cry.

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How to Be A Dad

With Baby Number Six coming in five months, I figure I needed to get a refresher on how to be a dad again. So where does anyone who wants to know how to be a dad go?  

YouTube of course.

I think this video sums it up nicely, from the people who hire dads.  



In summation...

1 - Get a hairy chest.
2 - Don't kill them.
3 - Don't EVER EVER say, "toodles"

Oh I got this...

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Why I Hate The New Superman Movie

[SPOILER ALERT] This blog post contains spoilers to TV Shows and or Movies that have been out a while.  If you don’t want to be spoiled go watch every movie and every TV show ever made then come back here and read.  Don’t say I didn't warn you.

I’m going to let you know a secret…

Watching the following are examples that can make me cry:
-          The part in the movie Courageous when the main character is “dancing” with his daughter.
-          In LOST when Sun is trapped in the submarine and it is sinking, and her husband     Jin refuses to leave her to save himself.
-          Also in LOST when Jack dies.
-          The last scene in Prison Break when everyone visits Michael.
-          The end scene in Spider-Man when Mary Jane wants to be with Peter, but he can’t because he’s really Spider-Man even though he really wants too.
-          Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
-          Secret Millionaire
-          Undercover Boss
-          The Doctor [Tenth Incarnation] on his “farewell” tour.
-          Any YouTube video of military personnel coming home and surprising their kids.
-          Amy and Rory's last episode on Doctor Who.

Now because I cry during those things (and others because it’s not an all-inclusive list), I usually make some sort of comment saying,  “I hate [blank]”.  My wife knows what it means, and if I say it on Facebook now you do too.  Being a dude, you're not supposed to cry at these things.

With that being said, “I HATE THE NEW MAN OF STEEL TRAILER!!!!!”

See for yourself.  And I’m assuming you already know the Superman back story  baby born on another planet and his parents put him in a rocket headed towards Earth.  Earth’s yellow sun gives him super power, etc. etc.

The first line of the trailer, had me hating it already. 

When Jor-El (Superman’s Biological Father) played by Russell Crowe says, “Good bye my son, my hopes and dreams travel with you” .  ARE YOU STINKIN’ KIDDING ME?!?!?  Then when Jonathan Kent (Supes adopted Father) played by Kevin Costner follows it up with,  “I have to believe you were sent here for a reason.. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is..”  

That’s it. I seriously already HATE this movie!!

“My hopes and dreams travel with you.”

What involved and loving parent doesn’t have hopes and dreams for this kid?  But to preface that with a “goodbye”, knowing they will never see their infant again?  Forget about it!  My wife and I have hopes and dreams for all five of our kids.  When the sixth one comes later this year, we’ll have the same for them.  The dreams aren’t necessarily to be rich and powerful, but to be strong and courageous.  To be able to make the right decisions and be able to stand up for those who aren’t able to. 

“I have to believe you were sent here for a reason.. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is..”  

But these hopes and dreams are mine.  They may not exactly be theirs.  So I can start them in the right direction, give them a good foundation, and it is going to be up them to find out their true purpose.

The dreams of Superman’s fathers in this movie should be the dream for every father for their kids.

These things also make me cry:
-          Sitting in the audience of Michael’s play and seeing him walk onstage before he says a word.
-          Watching Loreli catch a line drive in softball, then the first person she looks at when she catches it being me.
-          Witnessing Seth at five years old, know where every play should be made in a baseball game.
-          Araceli somehow knowing how to strike a pose and model an outfit she created.
-          Emma doing something we had no idea she learned.

I don’t hate these things though.

But I still hate the Man of Steel trailer.

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Alamo City Comic Con is Coming!!!

The doctor that delivered me from my mother’s womb knew two things about me when I was born.  One, I was awesome. And B, I was a dork.  For the past 38 (sadly almost 39) years of my life, I have been living a dual role as both awesome AND a dork.  A lot of times, and my jerk friends from middle and high school and even college might have seen more of the dork side versus the awesome side.  Rarely did the two sides manifest at the same time. 

Sometimes awesomness and dorkiness combine to form something so incredibly dorkily awesome, you have to be a part of the event.

An event like... COMIC CON!!

San Diego Comic Con 2012

A convention of all things awesome and all things dork. 

For the past seventeen years or so, I’d see pictures and articles about comic conventions in far off cities like San Diego,  Chicago and New York.  But nothing major in San Antonio.  Sure there was Austin, but going to Austin is like walking through Mordor.  You simply cannot just walk into Austin.

So one day my awesome friend Steve and I were talking about how there needs to be a major comic convention here in San Antonio.  I came up with the idea of us starting one and told him about how my best friend growing up in Houston did his own con.  Then Steven got a phone call and we never talked about it again…

Then it’s like God heard my prayer.  Well it wasn't really a prayer, just a dream.  Not really a dream dream, but a day dream.  But it’s still classified as a dream, all right?!?!  I saw on Facebook that there’s going to a comic con here in San Antonio.  An actual comic con!!!
I gave myself a self-fist bump.

I was relieved, I didn't have to put one together now.  With my history, no one would show up.  It would just be me, my kids, and my brother dressed as something racist or offending.  The only star I would have would be LaVar Burton’s Twitter Page Updates.

That’s Geordi LaForge from Star Trek: The Next Generation for all you non-awesome and non-dork people.  He’s also of Reading Rainbow fame.

Alamo City Comic Con is coming to San Antonio October 25th, 26th, and 27th.

I giggled in excitement for two days nonstop.

I talked with Apple, (yes his name is Apple, it’s awesome) the head honcho of the con as well as some of his staff, and they are letting me blog about the con here as another way to get the word out about the event.   

I first want to invite you to their webpage as well as Facebook page.  There you’ll get a lot of information and updates about the convention.

Tickets do go on sale this Saturday, April 27th.  They are having a launch party at Heroes and Fantasies on Summit Parkway tickets are available at the party and then go for sale online at 12PM.

I will not be able to make the launch party due to the kids’ baseball games.

Price for an Alamo City Comic Con daily pass are as follows:
-          Ages 1 Day Old to 4 Years Old – Free
-          Ages 5 Years to 11 Years - $10.00
-          Ages 12 to Infinity - $25.00

There are other packages available, which will be discussed later, but can also be viewed on their webpage.

I’m pretty excited about it.  Do you plan on attending?

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My Very Own Story Books [ REVIEW ]

I was given the chance to review a book published by I See Me. 

See Me  [ facebook ] personalized books take a child imagination into world’s they could only dream of before. Children ages birth to 12 can take their own journey into the world of make-believe and beyond.  With such great titles ABC, What Can I Be, Snuggle BunnyMy Very Own Fairy Tale, My Very Own Pirate Tale, Super Incredible Big Brother, Super Incredible Big Sister and of course, there is the top selling, My Very Own Name, there is something for every child! 

The book sent to us was titled My Very Own Fairy Tale.  What was special about this book was that it was made especially for my daughter Loreli.    

When the book arrived, my wife was concerned the other girls would be upset because they did not get one.  My determination for it to be only for Loreli was on account she is the only one who can read right now as well as an incentive for her to stay focused during home school.

The book comes in hardback cover format and the pages are high gloss.  

The story is about the fairies coming together to choose a new Fairy Princess.  The fairies come out in the spelling order of the child's name.  In this case it was Loreli Miah Bolton.  Each fairy represents another letter.

The illustrations are gorgeous and the quality of the entire book is excellent.  While this story is traditionally for girls, I See You also offers other stories for the boys in the family.  Here's a few other stories they offer.

You can click the link to find more books and stories.
Loreli LOVED LOVED LOVED this book.  She was very excited about the ending she made sure she told me when I got home one evening.
At just under $35.00 the price may seem a little high when it comes to books, but then you have to realize what you're getting here. You're getting a beautiful book specifically for your child.  The maximum number of letters in your child's name can not exceed 45.  Fifteen for the first, fifteen for the middle, fifteen for the last.If you're looking for a personalized gift for a child in your life, I suggest you check out I See You's website and browse through all books. You will be sure to find something to your liking.
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The Daddy, The Daughter and The Doctor

I started watching Doctor Who about a year ago on Netflix.  I caught most of the episodes at night while Kristie was at work.  There were times when Emma had a late nap and would not go to sleep at a normal time (8:30-ish) and would watch it with me. 

This is her watching it with me the other night.  When there's a scary part we cover her eyes, yet she still comes back for more.

When I say I'm going to watch TV, she asks if I'm going to watch Doctor Who.  When I fall asleep on the couch watching it, she'll stay awake and finish watching.

She also recognizes both David Tennant and Matt Smith as The Doctor, although I'm not sure which one she favors more.

So last night, I finally made it to Series 7.  It was late (10:30-ish), she had a late nap and I had to get some stuff done before I went to bed.  She wasn't going to take that as an answer and I got this response from her.

This fit actually went on about 2 minutes all with the same request of wanting to watch Doctor Who.  Araceli was up as well, but she doesn't share the same love for The Doctor as Emma because you can hear her request to watch Good Luck Charlie.

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