Baltimore Is Super Bueno!

One of the greatest things about travel is the cool stuff you can trip over if you let yourself explore. I had one of those serendipitous experiences Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.
After loading out of Baltimore Comic Con (which was amazing, post to follow) I found myself at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, so I wandered around checking out what they had to offer. The kiosks were full of books and reading related merchandise, and beer oh what wonderful beer Baltimore has!
So there I was, after completing 3 long days at Baltimore comic con, strolling along the harbor, drinking a Resurrection lager and looking at the sites. I was feeling tired yet accomplished, we had a good show and admittedly I was basking in it a bit.
Then I heard something. Live music up ahead. Those who know me outside of comics (or have listened to any of my numerous and long-winded stories) know that I was road crew and occasional sound engineer for bar bands for a good portion of my late teens/ early twenties. I love a live band. That being said as I made my way toward the stage the opening chords sounded unbelievably familiar. I knew the odds were that I couldn’t be hearing it right. Nobody plays that. Definitely not at an open air book festival on a Sunday afternoon…
But then with the bass pounding and the guitar screaming the lead singer opened his mouth and belted out one of the best covers of Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills I had heard in a decade, maybe two. He had the range, the band was tight, and the crowd was into it!
As they finished up and the song ended with the requisite drum fills and guitar licks, people were clapping and whistling and the band announced the final song of a set I wish I had heard more of.
That final song? Purple Rain.
What kind of a city sings along to Iron Maiden and then cheers for Prince? Baltimore does dammit, Baltimore does.
I looked around at all these people clapping and singing along and not for the first time this weekend I was impressed by Baltimore. It’s a city, with all the energy, weirdness, and of course the problems you’d expect but it’s a city full of some fun people and interesting places.
I will return, and next time? I’m exploring more. Super Bueno indeed.
The band is Super Bueno, they play the bar circuit around Baltimore, find them if you can you’ll have a blast. Here’s a bit of Run To The Hills, enjoy…
(Video shot by me! Editing by Andrew Boter Bugenis)

On a side note, I did take a moment to walk over to the band and tell them how blown away I was by the performance and the song choices. They were very cool and I was once again taken by how pleasant and fun the people of Baltimore have been this weekend.

Again, for info on the Baltimore Book Festival go here. And Super Bueno can be found on facebook, and on their site superbuenomusic.com.

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Just Keep Swimming!

So I’m still writing, and reviewing, and now social media managing! I’ve been lucky enough to land a position with Red Stylo Media as their Social Media Manager (I really wanted to be called the Social Media Czar but it got shot down.)

So now I have another reason to never leave my keyboard! And we all know you should never leave the comfort and security of one’s keyboard unless completely necessary, yes?

So, another transition and hopefully something that will grow. It’s also a learning experience, which I love, so don’t be surprised if you see me reading marketing books. Gotta keep moving forward right?

Hmmm never get out of the boat… just keep swimming… Am I mixing metaphors? Eh, no matter. Keep your eyes open for me and if you can be sure to check out Red Stylo’s feeds.

Twitter: @red_stylo 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RedStyloMedia/

 

And if you happen to be at Five Points Festival in NYC on May 20th and 21st stop by the Red Stylo Media booth (D7 ) and say Hi! Tickets are still available.

The Five Points Festival is a collision of toys, comics, and counterculture curated by Clutter Magazine and presented by Midtown Comics. A designer toy and comic convention in New York’s Lower East Side, Five Points is two days and nights of comic artists and writers, vinyl and plastic toys, original art, resin, plush, blind boxes, graphic novels, indie comics, blanks, minis, kaiju, Japanese vinyl, posters, prints, apparel, food trucks, and craft breweries – capped off by the 2017 Designer Toy Awards.

 

A Look Back – At The 27 Club Anthology

27-club_page_001In October of 2015 Red Stylo Media released a rock anthology like no other. The 27 Club Anthology brought 54 creators together to bring you 27 stories inspired by the music of some of the shooting stars of Rock N Roll.

“Stars burn hot, bright and then go out forever, but their light shines on for ages after. Members of the “27 Club” reached musical stardom early in life and died too young– specifically, the tender age of 27.”

Creators took songs by Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Jim Morrison (The Doors), Janis Joplin, Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Alexander Levy (composer), Robert Johnson, Rudy Lewis (The Drifters), Dave Alexander (The Stooges), Richey Edwards (Manic Street Preachers), Kristen Pfaff (Hole), Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeremy Michael Ward (Mars Volta), Helmut Kollen (Triumvirat), Mia Zapata (The Gits), Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (Canned Heat), and others and brought original , thought provoking, fun, freaky, and down right amazing tales.

This was the first project I, or Dan Charles I guess, had a story in. SHE WAITS FOR ME is the story of Jim Morrison and the vampire who stalked him. They shared a connection from Jim’s youth all the way to that fateful night in Paris where she finally found him, alone in his hotel but more prepared then she expected. Was it love? Fear? Hatred? Why would a creature of such immense power spend years trying to kill a music legend?

Of course mine wasn’t the only story of course, there were contributions by some truly amazing creators. Jennie Wood, Jeremy Whitely, Enrica Jang, Alex Cormack, Erica Schultz, Chuck Harrison, Ashley Leckwold, Mario Candelaria, Jarrod Perez, and many more. Check out all the contributors over at the Red Stylo page.

And when you decide that you want to order it click the link and get yours!

 

Baroque Pop Anthology – 3 Days Left!

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I was so stoked to be involved in this anthology. Taking a song and creating a story inspired by it is a lot of fun. And Lana Del Ray has some interesting music to work with. But the writing isn’t the best part, it’s when you start to see the art roll in!

Having Ashley St. Lawrence illustrate Summertime Sadness was so cool! I was already a fan of her work. Both Comare and Épilogue (which is available on Comixology) were fantastic and I couldn’t wait to see her take on the characters in my story.

The story I proposed was a James Bond opening style sequence, lots of action, some drama, and a cool twist. Ashley crafted a suave, swarthy pseudo-Bond and a gorgeous and possibly dangerous lady in red.

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It was also my first project where I had direct contact with a letterer, Scott Ewen is a total pro, both he and Ashley were more than willing to discuss the visualizations and the back and forth was so amazing, believe me when I say it comics can be a really great collaborative process.

So I love the story we contributed to this rockin’ anthology, and the more things I see from the rest of the book reinforces that this is a book you want to read.

The Kickstarter is ending, and the book won’t be available again until C2E2 in April (I think) so why not head over to the kickstarter and get your hands on a copy!

And feel free to let me know what you think!

The Next Chapter…

This blog served as the original whatchareading.com and for years its url redirected there, just in case any of my old business cards were floating around.

Well that changes now.

While I love reviewing comics, and will continue to do so, I’ve also been pitching scripts. Some of them have actually been published, some are waiting to be, and some are still drafts waiting for polishing before the next step.

I’ve had two published works under my pen name, Dan Charles, and after speaking to a few comic creators I respect I think it’s time to hang that up and just pitch as Chuck Suffel.

There are companies that will pass immediately simply because they know me as a reviewer and fear the appearance of impropriety. I get that. But if you know me, or have followed my work, then you know that I do not take money or any compensation for favorable reviews. Nor will I. Ever.

So here we go, the next chapter. Time to get writing, as me. This space will be for talking about writing, testing out ideas, showcasing upcoming projects, and networking with artists, writers, and publishers.

If you’d like to see the work I’ve done as Dan Charles check out the Harvey Award nominated 27 Club Anthology or the Baroque Pop Anthology (which is currently on kickstarter!)