Category Archives: Excursions

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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Hanging with Mr. Michelinie

  “It’s been years since I signed one of these,” David Michelinie said as he autographed my copy of DC Super Stars #16.   Then he picked up my copy of Adventure Comics #456.  “And I don’t believe I’ve ever signed … Continue reading

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A Conversation with a Golden Age Great

  Of all the guests who’ve visited the Cobalt Club, Allen Bellman isn’t one I’m likely to forget any time soon.  Sporting a red shirt, Betty Boop suspenders, and sunglasses beneath a white coiffure, the octogenarian is a distinctive figure … Continue reading

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At the Alabama Phoenix Festival: The Sequel

“I’m glad you’re here,” Millicent said as I walked into the club a couple of nights ago.  “Currie and Emsworth are beside themselves.” “What’s wrong?” “I’m not exactly sure.  But I’ve no doubt they’ll find you soon enough to let … Continue reading

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At the Alabama Phoenix Festival

With the Alabama Phoenix Festival in town, I knew I’d be spending more time there than at the club this weekend.  And it’s an absolute blast. The event celebrates creativity and imagination, and whether your interests are anime, comic books, … Continue reading

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When the Shutter Releases

“Stopped by Friday night, but I didn’t see you here,” Wade Smith said offhandedly as he settled into the octopus chair. “Friday,” I mused, sticking my index finger into The Ghosts’ High Noon to mark my place.  “Oh, right.  I … Continue reading

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At The Green Wave Invitational

As is usually the case this time of year, I haven’t been able to hang out at the club as much as I’d like to.  Much of my time has been spent on the hardwood of a basketball court or … Continue reading

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At the Magic City Art Connection

With BBVA Compass presenting the 29th Magic City Art Connection over the weekend, it seemed like a good occasion to add a few pieces to the decor at the club. And, as the following scenes show, the festival — spotlighting … Continue reading

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