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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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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 lesson in driving…and unpredictability

  “No, Coach, I’ve never heard that one before,” I said to Autumn Smith after she’d shared an observation with me upon encountering one another in the foyer.  “I get Tim Robbins every now and then, and I got Doogie … Continue reading

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The Great Sarah Miller Oscars Boycott

Considering it’s Oscars night, I had expected a lot of festivity at the club, especially after the bash Sarah Miller and Chanrda Chakravarthi threw last year to commemorate the 85thannual awards ceremony. Instead, I found things relatively quiet and, directed … Continue reading

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Super Bowl XLVIII, by the Numbers

  “Seriously?” I asked John Kiernan as we sat in the lounge waiting for Sunny Brown to begin her second comedy set.  “Seriously.  1.25 billion.” “Who would have thought so many chicken wings would be consumed in one day?” “It’s … 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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The Soprano and the Serpent

  Paula Reid placed the stuffed Hello Kitty figure on top of the amplifier – as she does before every Desperate Hero performance – and seemed completely oblivious that she’d just made one of the most remarkable statements ever heard … Continue reading

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There are no small roles…

As I passed by the lounge, I noticed Noelle Gunn sitting alone at a table for four, watching Desperate Hero set up for its first set.  She waved back at me as I crossed the room and sat down opposite … Continue reading

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