Author Archives: Buddy Roberts

The Inaugural Cobalt Club Wedding Reception

“A wedding reception at The Cobalt Club?” “Yes,” Millicent said firmly.  “Is there a problem with that?”  She was giving me the glare she hadn’t used on anyone since Mandy Shunnarah attempted to enter the premises while wearing roller skates. … Continue reading

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31 Days of Comic Art Obscurity

“You seemed to be having fun with your Instagram account last month,” the mysterious Story Girl said as she sat down across the table from me in the lounge. The indie publishing house owner had chosen a good night to … Continue reading

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George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy

It was shortly before the 238th anniversary of American independence that I received a copy of Swords in Their Hands.  Within five minutes, I had invited its author to the club. Published earlier this year by Pisgah Press, Dave Richards’ … Continue reading

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Comedy Ain’t No Joke

“How are you, Mr. Gregory?” I asked the Funniest Man in America as he walked into the club. “Buddy, you call me James, okay?” “Deal,” I said.  “Glad you stopped by.  You’re one of Birmingham’s favorite visitors, you know.” “Well, … Continue reading

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Red Velvet and Roundball

“Glad to see you here tonight,” I said to Karri Bentley.  “How are things?” She shrugged.  “It’s the most depressing time of year.  The Blazers’ season and March Madness are long over, and the NBA playoffs have just ended.” “How … Continue reading

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Art Crawling with Mary Catherine Fehr

Walking into the club, the first thing I saw was Mary Catherine Fehr aiming her Nikon 3100 at a group comprised of Currie, Millicent, and Emsworth.  The latter two wore appropriate portrait expressions, but the corners of Currie’s mouth were … Continue reading

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If You Like the Connection and the Walk, You’ll Love the Crawl

 “Did you go to Magic City Art Connection this year?” Miranda McPherson asked. “Briefly,” I said, handing her the tablet which had resided on a nearby tabletop.  “Long enough to take a few photos.” She began scrolling through the images.  … Continue reading

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At the Alabama Phoenix Festival, 2014

Organizers of the third Alabama Phoenix Festival said that this year’s science fiction, cosplay, gaming, anime, and comic book convention would be “bigger and better than before,” and they were right. If you didn’t get to stop by the Birmingham … Continue reading

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By the Numbers: The Indy 500

  John Kiernan has turned into one of our favorite regulars here at the club. The senior researcher for Wallethub has taken to dropping by before major sporting events – such as the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics – … Continue reading

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At the End of the Day, She’s Always Megan Rüger

  As I’d suspected she would, Megan Rüger brought the house down during her first performance at the club, but she disappeared from the lounge after a few minutes of greeting and shaking hands with members of the audience. I … Continue reading

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