Category: Influences

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION! A Disturbing World-building Resource By Jay S. Willis I was honored to have this essay World Building with the Spanish Inquisition published by Author and Scientist Dan Koboldt on his ongoing series for writers and fans of speculative fiction called Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fiction. Monty Python and Mel Brooks’s modern portrayals of…
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Writing A Brief History of Real World Magic

A Brief History of Real World Magic I am honored to have my essay A Brief History of Real World Magic published by Author and Scientist Dan Koboldt on his ongoing series for writers and fans of speculative fiction called Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fiction. I came across Dan’s blog series last fall when…
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A Farewell to Kings

A Farewell to Kings Rush-Clockwork Angels Tour-Columbus, Ohio 2012 June 8, 2015 Rush played Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio opening the second leg of their R40 Tour marking their 40th Anniversary as a band. I was privileged to take my wife and two children and share a special evening with Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, and…
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Welcome to Nightvale!

Welcome to Nightvale!   Earlier this week I had the pleasure of visiting the auspicious town Nightvale by way of Cincinnati. The wildly popular podcast is currently touring its live show “The Investigators”. Watching Cecil Baldwin was truly a treat. The man is a consummate acting professional. All the performers in this production were excellent…
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Visions of The Avengers

Visions of The Avengers I’m anxious to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, in a good way, and a bad way.  The Avengers was my favorite comic book growing up. It’s one of the first books I ever bought with my own money and started collecting.  I was thrilled with Joss Whedon’s take on my Avengers…
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The Influence of Batman

The Influence of Batman Since I was a little kid I’ve always been fascinated by Batman.  I grew up watching Adam West and Burt Ward fighting Caesar Romero, Burgess Merdith, Frank Gorshin, and Julie Newmar (the only Real Catwoman, Earth Kitt, Blech!).  Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.  I even had a talking Batman alarm…
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