June 24, 2017 § Leave a comment
I am proud to announce the release of my book. You can find the paperback of My Life is Fiction: The Coaching Diaries, on Amazon right now. Pre-order is up for the Kindle version. It will go live next Friday, June 30th. The Kindle version is much cheaper, and the version that I strongly recommend. Plus the Kindle version is at an introductory price of $2.99. So grab it before it goes up to $3.99 soon.
The Coaching Diaries is a fictionalized version my experience coaching youth baseball.
Read in real time journal entries the thoughts of a coach throughout a season. Seen through the eyes of a coach who is battling depression. Join the ride with him as he takes you through two season in a competitive youth baseball league; coaching kids ages three to six.
At times situations are funny. Others are sad. This book has it all.
This book covers two seasons so it is essentially two books in one.
It is a great value at 280 pages. Truthfully you can probably get through it in three or four bathroom sittings.
Why My Life is Fiction? For starters, I might write more books under this heading. I write what I know best, and allow myself to be a character. So you are getting a fictionalized version of Daniel A. DuBay
June 16, 2017 § Leave a comment
Going to give it to your straight readers: I did not do any card activity at all this week. My budget simply didn’t allow it.
I have two packs of cards that I need to open but am waiting until I absolutely need to squash my appetite to open some packs; even though the packs I have are retail. I even have a few posts written as backup in case I have a week where I am sick. I am just using this entry to point out that even though I wish that I could have something newsworthy to my card collection every week, it is not doable.
I am working on a e-book. Look for announcement on that soon.
I have been obsessed with this site of late:
– Punched.com <<<Check out the “Knockout Deals.” I have been able to load up on gifts for my my loved ones.
May 28, 2017 § Leave a comment
It took a while to hit me but I am finally melting over losing my uncle. Probably because my mom is back in town after traveling to his funeral. The amount of people that have come out of the woodwork to send their condolences has been amazing. I am passing them all along to my mom who appreciates all the love. My family has had a field day sharing all of the links and photos that people have shared.
It is crazy to think that my mom would have never met my dad if it wasn’t for my dad being roommates and fellow artist with my uncle. They were struggling artists trying to make ends meet by doing something they loved. Comics literally helped breed my immediate family into existence.
Anyway, I am sick of writing about me on here. A lot of tributes have come in for my uncle and below is just a small glimpse:
Deathlok was true subversive 70’s sci-fi and quite a good looking boy. R.I.P. Rich Buckler, one of my early Marvel art gods pic.twitter.com/k0SQ8Il4Ix
— Joss Whedon (@joss) May 21, 2017
Marvel posted a nice remembrance that can be found here: https://news.marvel.com/comics/65645/marvel-remembers-rich-buckler/
5 Rich Buckler comics you must read: http://comicbook.com/comics/2017/05/23/5-rich-buckler-comics-you-need-to-read/#1
Not sure how legit this is but someone started a fundraiser for a scholarship in his name: https://www.gofundme.com/RichBucklerScholarship
Bleeding Cool seems to be the go to source for his obituary as many places are linking back to their article on his death: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/05/20/deathlok-star-squadron-co-creator-marvel-dc-comics-artist-rich-buckler-passed/
Hollywood Reporter was on of the sites that mentioned the Bleeding Cool article: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/rich-buckler-dead-marvel-dc-comics-artist-was-68-1005867
Smash Pages has a well written piece on him: http://smashpages.net/2017/05/26/remembering-rich-buckler/
Mentioned in the Smash Pages article was this: http://www.inkwellawards.com/?p=5853
This post mentions his “how to” books. Those were fun reads as a kid: http://www.ibtimes.com/rich-buckler-facts-things-know-about-marvel-dc-comics-artist-deathlok-co-creator-2541672
A comic book artists death covered appropriately on ComicBook.com: http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/05/20/rich-buckler-passes-away-marvel-dc-comic-artist-deathlok-creator/
I also wrote a letter to him following his death that gained this site traction. That can be found here: Dear Uncle Rick
More can be found:
The tributes on his Facebook page have been beyond amazing. Over 150 people from several different countries, and even in different languages have shared their well wishes; amazing. (Side note: this also happened when my dad died but it still crazy to see the impact that my family had on people. I still can barely comprehend it.) I wish that I had enough room to share all the screenshots that I have taken of the tributes. Instead here is a sampling:
“The Hendrix of comics art.”
Tomorrow I am going to post some of my pickups of his stuff. I will gladly add your link if you wrote a memorial on my Uncle, just Tweet me or any other avenue.
May 21, 2017 § 1 Comment
Dear Uncle Rick,
Your fans know you as Rich, your wife as Richard, my mom as Rick or pain in the ass. I know that we weren’t close but I was closer to you than I was any of my many aunts and uncles. Perhaps it is because we are both six and a half feet. Perhaps it is because we are critical thinkers. Who am I kidding? It is because my mom thought the world of you and only said good things about you. We had a lot more in common that you realized. In reality we were closer than either of us gave credit for. Like a true Buckler, you were humble. You probably didn’t think our email exchanges meant that much to me, and I probably didn’t think our email exchanges meant much to you. We both know the truth and I am sure that we each held each other closer to our hearts than we realized.
I was proud that you were my Uncle. I love my family but it is not easy to be open about it. It’s not like it comes up in conversation how one’s mom or uncle is cool. Comics gave me that opening to brag about family when I wish I could talk about them constantly. “Oh you liked the Fantastic Four movie, did you read the comic? Oh by the way, my Uncle worked on it.” You came up in conversation at least once a week. I am sure people around me are sick of me bragging about my Uncle Rick.
You had a hand in so many great comics that it is crazy. I don’t even need to go to your Wikipedia page to rattle them off and I have never been a comic person. Off the top of my head, Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Eerie/Creepy with my dad, and everyone’s favorite: Deathlok. That is just what I can rattle off the top of my head without checking. You worked with the greats: Ditko, Sinnot, and you were mentored by Jack Kirby. Your peers were all times greats because you were an all time great. My personal favorite thing about you is that your art was turned into a stamp by the United States Postal Service. It is so easy to get 15 minutes of fame this day and age but your 15 minutes are an infinity because your legacy cannot be ignored.
My favorite memories with anyone, were going to San Diego Comic Con when you were there and we would hang out together. I know how much you were suffering the past few months and it pained me. Every time the phone would ring from New York, my heart would drop because it never got better. You said that you had good days but I know how strong you tried to stay for your family. I know that you didn’t want to be sick and would rather be drawing or at a convention than in bed. You are a fighter and while cancer may have won, I know that it rued the day that it ever messed with you because you gave it the fight of your life. Hopefully you scared it away for the rest of us.
Even taking away all of your comic achievements I would still think the world of you. Your comic achievements just make it easier to bring up how awesome my family is.
You were the reason why my parents met for crying out loud.
We come from a great family full of great people. You were no exception. I mean you were the reason that my parents met.
Have fun in heaven Uncle Rick and buy Jack Kirby and my father a beer for me while you are up there. Meanwhile, here is to you: my great Uncle Rick.
Your favorite nephew
May 14, 2017 § Leave a comment
Three posts in less than a week on here, that’s crazy but I was inspired today. With it being Mother’s Day, you don’t really think of card collecting and moms going hand in hand. Well my mom is the exception. I find it fitting that I am writing this while my mom is in the room with me and the Dodgers game is on.
I grew up during the great baseball card boom of the 1990s where everyone was collecting. So naturally my mom and I did a lot of collecting together. Unlike a ton of collectors during that time we collected because we loved the game. During the early 1990s we went to so many Dodgers games. Those games with my mom are the very reason that I started collecting. My card collecting started out as my mom buying me Dodgers team sets during the games. We went to games on school nights, weekends, with friends, whenever.
The team sets turned into player collections and packs. From 1992 to 1996 the Dodgers swept the rookie of the year category. I cringe to think how much money we spent on rookie cards, adjusted for inflation – although I don’t regret it because these cards made me feel closer to my favorite team and players. It wasn’t out of the question to spend $25 on a Mike Piazza rookie; darn thing isn’t even selling for half that now. She loved it. She even collected as a child. We were able to share the hobby together.
I have to give my mom credit. She did all of this while working full time, going through a divorce, and pretty much raising me single-handedly. So here’s to you mom and any other mom that kicks ass just like my mom.
I would love to see comments and stories of your mom and collecting. I know that I am not the only one.
May 10, 2017 § 1 Comment
All of these were impulse buys with the exception of one: Eric Davis the corner-back. All but that one were under $5, and usually well under.
Robin Ventura’s autograph has been on my must have list. One of my all time favorite players. He was a personal favorite before he became a Dodger in the later stages of his career. I never caught a foul ball at Dodger Stadium so I got the next best thing, a card with a game used ball in it. Fleer Authentix is one of my all time favorite releases. I picked this one up because the ticket was from the days when I went to games regularly. If only this ticket was actual size.
Below is an autograph and a rookie card from Eric Davis the football player. I actually have one of his autographs but not certified. That autograph, from my one and only 49ers game. He signed a football for me from his car after the game. From that day on he became my favorite player. When he joined the Panthers, that further cemented his legacy in my heart.
Jordan Gross was the heart and soul of Panthers teams in the 00s. I love the look of the Unparalleled Funchess card; another underrated set. The others were cheap impulse buys that fill some gaps in my collection.
I ended up with two of the same card, Stephen Davis helmet. When I took a hard look at the Panthers helmet, I realized the black was from a sticker so to me they are two different cards. I picked up the Munnerlyn before he re-signed with the Panthers. I like that the Short card was a similar parallel to the Panthers color. I paid 35 cents for the mini.
May 10, 2017 § Leave a comment
When my COMC shipment came in, I got some good stuff. Mainly, I was able to finish up some of my Prestige sets. Only half my haul was Prestige. The rest was stuff on my wishlist, stuff from my favorite teams, and other goodies. Today I am showing you the odds and ends. All were picked up under $5 and almost all fall in the impulse yet cool category for me.
Above: My Danish personal collection items.
Below: Took a flyer on an over-sized Chrome jersey card because I wanted to see what it looked like. TNA autographs from Earl “I Screwed Brett” Hebner, and Jason Hervey of The Wonder Years. Also Skylar Astin.
Top: All but the McNair jersey and goal post pad are from colleges that I have a connection to. I wanted the McNair because goal post pads that sell for under ten bucks are a deal, plus I like unique cards and a goal post pad is unique. I love the UCONN stamp on this Donald Brown jersey card. I wanted to make sure that I had a Jason Pierre Paul rookie card in my collection as he starred for two years at my community college. My university doesn’t have a football team but they did. DJ Hackett was the last player to make it to the NFL from California State University Northridge. I made sure to get a rookie card that mention our football program.
The original booklet card, a Bowman jersey from Adam Wainwright. Kirk Manwaring autograph is the other card. Sorry for the blurry picture.
Card below is a nice story. I missed adding this card to the shipment and it was the only card left in my account. When I realized it, it was a day or two after and I emailed COMC asking if they could help me. What I didn’t realize was that they shipped it separately than my big package. I should’ve paid the shipping but they gave it to me free. Even though I asked to get this shipped a few days after this came in a day before the big package. Dieng is a sleeper in my book. If he was playing Los Angeles or New York, he would be a bigger star but he is solid starter in the league; and a young one with room to grow at that. I like players like him and Nicola Vucevic.