Goodbye Defiant Comics

It’s a shame that as I wrote here before that one of my nephew and nieces comic book stores (Defiant Comics) was in dire straits in nearby Forest park, IL. At least I wrote about it and hoped that people in the comic book community went in to patronage this beautiful crazy place at least once as a result. Something that Forest park, il nor Oak Park, il tries to do is to actively promote the businesses in the area and I tried to at least via this blog.

Which considering Oak Park, Il champions Hemingway as a hero that they would be a village behind a good book store, a book store that leans towards younger readers, you know to encourage learning in the youngsters even if it’s in a close neighboring burb, I mean they do so for river forest why not for defiant comics in forest park, Il?

But no, alas it was defiant comics last day was on December 31st, another victim of 2016, closed forever. I will seriously miss my side discussions with big d and Brian there, but I wish that both communities would have assisted this little business thrive so this would not happen. Well, the area shitty as it is it just became a whole lot shitter, like brown solid dog turds to green dog diarrhea, if you need an example, due to their loss.

I hope the best for them in their future endeavors and to Oak Park, il/Forest Park, Il that know relies on a hole in the wall library on one side (forest park) and a gun totting wild west library on the other side (Oak Park, Il) good luck trying to stimulate your kids learning like this gem, defiant comics did, and fuck you for not recognizing its greatness and significance to the community that now sorely needs it!

P.S.: now we have one less (major) reason why not to shop in either forest park, Il or oak park, Il that is the only “silver lining” here. Take my dollars fucking elsewhere.

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Gun at Oak Park, IL Library

A Gun at the library? Oh great so now I have a reason not to return any books back to the library, I am surprised at the fact the library worker was so forward in engaging the offender when it was not really necessary for the situation to go that far.

But then again this is Oak Park, Il and the people here will tell you what they think no matter how it offends you, or makes the interaction even more dangerous. The idea that this person, from the library, was not reprimanded for escalating the situation and maybe causing safety issues for the other patrons is not understandable.

As anyone can tell you with any street experience that you do not escalate a situation with offenders who are armed in fact the right thing to do in this instance is to call the police. I am glad I do not frequent this den of stupidity, maybe next time there might be a fist fight for various weapons almost like Fight club only at our local library.

Here is the article detailed the stupidity at the library:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-6-2016/Oak-Park-teen-arrested-for-flashing-gun-at-library/#Comment-d8ebaf9a2bbc7a860e2cb8088501e540

Oak Park, IL nor Forest Park, IL do not how to promote local businesses (Save Defiant Comics)

One thing about this area is that they really do not know how to promote the businesses in their small area. Oak Park, IL nor the neighboring Forest Park, IL I have lived in both and they are both suburbs that have gained a lot from their reputations, not because of their marketing or business sense. Forest park does have a better grip upon bringing people to their local businesses on Madison Ave with their multiple festivals, so that is a plus in a way.

However, when it comes to an issue like construction (street repaving) in the area the businesses really suffer, similar to any metropolitan area but do to their small community nature marketing during these times are lacking. Suburbs like Oak park and Forest park need these small businesses not only necessary for tax purposes but to bring visitors in the area. The only thing that is good about where I am living is that with a young nephew, niece and a cosplaying teenage niece who love all the marvel movies is that I look terrific and awesome in their eyes because of two businesses in the area One Stop Comics (Oak Park, IL) and Defiant Comics (Forest Park, IL).

One Stop Comics is every pure comic book geek’s dream they have everything from the 1950s to present day, they have tons of room and tons of stuff encompassing that space. So for the younger kids visiting this idyllic so-called suburb of Oak Park, Il this was a candy land of toys, of all kinds, comic books, etc., it is one of the best places or stops in the area I can take them. The cosplaying niece loves this place because of the history that it represents and sells from multiple generations of comic book publishing, this history gives her tons of comic book characters to read about and possibly cosplay as.

Defiant Comics is the smaller independent store of the two focusing on independent books and the adult fan but kids as well, the two younger ones love this place due to the streamlined offerings this store has, focusing on the independents but also the modern era of comic books. Action figures, POP figures, and $1 comic book offerings, etc., the one dollar comics is something they can always plead that costs so little no matter how bad they make my nerves.

The combination of these two places is the yin and yang to keeping these visiting knuckleheads together and calm! But in recent weeks I learned that the latter Defiant Comics had to post a gofundme page due to a lack of business traffic brought on by the construction, street repaving done outside of their store! I literally screamed a little bit inside the idea that one part of the two punch whammy would be missing floored me. As both stores make the kids feel special and honestly I love those damn $1 comic books it makes their visits less expensive! however, the idea of losing a business that I like and no one in the community really from either village has done nothing about it seems like.

I mean I have to go down Madison avenue to get to the place so sometimes I would need to stop at either Mama Thai’s or the KFC to feed these kids, therefore, that means without it these other businesses lose my dollars if Defiant Comics was not there. I wonder if either village cares what the loss of a business like this that bring people of various demographics to this area just to buy a freakin book? How many people go comic store hopping like I do with the kids throwing dollars to the various businesses along the way? What does the loss of competition of one comic store does to the other?

It really sucks that Defiant Comics is going through this and I really don’t want to be the bearer of bad news to the kids as I am to everyone else on here when I talk about Oak Park, IL (ha!). Hopefully, people will go to their gofundme page and donate because they are giving discount membership cards if you give, so here’s the page”

Save Defiant Comics https://www.gofundme.com/2hnr3t8

You can link it to your Facebook page for more exposure for this business and/or go to their event on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 5:45 PM – 10 PM it is being held at Chalk 7414 Madison St, Forest Park, Illinois 60130

Not being a promote whore, but I hate either of these businesses to go the way of the old Chinese restaurant that was near the Harlem Green line stop for like tons of years, near the downtown Oak Park, IL area, what was its name? Yeah exactly you did not know it was over there, you cannot remember the name, now there’s some Ale house place there that was not busy for a while ..due to construction outside their door. Great marketing savvy from the village of Oak Park, IL now click on the link so I have two places to take these punk ass kids:

Save Defiant Comics https://www.gofundme.com/2hnr3t8 or go to their event on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 5:45 PM – 10 PM it is being held at Chalk 7414 Madison St, Forest Park, Illinois 60130 damn it!

Ernest Hemingway’s missing love letter

Its Ernest Hemingway week and Oak Park, IL is trying to celebrate the man, the literary icon himself, so when I saw this article on July 12th about a “lost love letter” I was not surprised. A coauthor of a new Hemingway book was recently on “Chicago Tonight” and he mentioned this revolutionary letter that was just found in time for Hemingway week.

I mean what is the coincidence? All of the sudden there is a love letter found, from what I gather is that Hemingway was a hoarder so “finding” a love letter from his past is not surprising. I guess it is the timing of this “find” that makes me wonder how pretentious this is. As if normal people cannot put two plus two together and get four, and that this whole finding is merely a publicity stunt done wrong. Hemingway would probably have a novel’s worth to say regarding the blatant exploitation of such letters especially when it is an obvious marketing ploy.

Seriously, how do you “find” a lost love letter in a museum or vault of Hemingway’s possessions as stated on the “Chicago Tonight” interview? Do you find “lost” money when you walk into a bank? Yeah I shook my head to both questions, the first because I wonder how unintelligent these promoters believe the general public is, and the other because it was a great analogy.

If you are going to attend a museum about Ernest Hemingway either you are a student, fan of, or someone who generally knows something about Hemingway, therefore, semi-intelligent, and such an announcement would have had greater weight if done any other time than before a week dedicated to the author himself. To me, it just cheapens the man, his life and his works, if you read some of the criticism leveled onto Hemingway by his mother alone, you will probably agree with me, that such stunts like this are simply tasteless.

Here is the article that mentions the “lost love letter” written by Ernest Hemingway to Von Kurowsky:

http://www.topix.com/city/oak-park-il/2016/07/hemingways-first-love-his-passionate-poem-is-found-in-oak-park

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Re-post of Hemingway Museum

Please read the re-blogged post I have up on here from “The Imperfect Organization”. On here it discusses positive (I know right) things/changes that would help the Hemingway museum be a little more enticing to visitors and those who are looking to kill a couple hours in Oak Park, IL. You may notice one of the pictures “imperfect” used was from one of my previous blogs posts, please note she asked permission!

BUT that is not necessary at all!!!! Please feel free to use any picture that I MYSELF have taken, or artwork that I recreated, manipulated in any form, for your own usage. It is my feeling that if I took the pictures in public places and/or public events like any photographer if I created it or took a picture of it I can decided what to do with it. Well, I believe something in Oak Park, Il should be free and like Ernest Hemingway this is my way of giving back. HA!

Oh and you can repost or use the videos I have on youtube.com of the Fourth of July parade as well, none of that “rights reserved” crap, its free for all. Again feel free to use the stuff I have taken pictures of for your usage whether it’s your own blogs, school projects, etc., no need to ask!

(PS: There are some pictures like the LGBT flag, typewriter, 2-hour parking sign, etc., that are stock images that I found on the net, and took and used. If you use those I found them on google so you can find the citation and other information there, if necessary because like my free will statement I understood these were posted in the same vein of sharing as I have aforementioned with my pictures.)

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Chicago Tonight interview about new Ernest Hemingway book

I watched the “Chicago Tonight” segment on Thursday regarding a new Hemingway book from the editor of the Oak Park, IL newsletter “Oak Leaves” the co-author (Robert K. Elder) it seemed had unlimited access to a treasure trove of Hemingway articles, letters, and all other sorts of paraphernalia. And really did not have too much to say regarding Hemingway or I should say anything new. Most of what he stated during the interview I heard during my tour of the Hemingway birthplace, in fact, the tour guide at the birthplace was more informative!!!

During one part of this interview, the co-author mentioned Hemingway’s famous line describing Oak Park, as the place of “wide lawns and narrow minds” as maybe Hemingway describing his parents this to me sounds like one of those “company line” kind of statement. The general one, like a big corporation, tells its employees to use when discussing matters of controversy to the public. The co-author even mentioned that he was not sure that Hemingway said it, but then states that Hemingway was referring to his family, not Oak Park, IL.

So which one is it? If you state Hemingway did not say this, then who did? Find out, because if you are writing a book and this is a question that comes up a lot, research it, thoroughly. If this statement is false in refereeing to Oak Park, IL as the co-author states then prove it. But then that means every other Hemingway quote is up for reinterpretation as well, and with access to all this material regarding Hemingway’s life the answer should be easy to find.

Just because Hemingway spoke at events at his alma mater (Oak Park High School) does not mean that he did not feel or change the fact about how Ernest felt about Oak Park, IL. Montgomery Ward fought for years to keep the Chicago lakefront clear for public usage, but after the 20 years and against the wishes of the Chicago public (at that time) he doubted if do it again. Meaning that even though Ward like Hemingway gave back to his community they both felt a certain way that does not fall in line with the positive outlook that is associated with these two or they had an opinion that worked contrary to their actions.

Although both men contributed to their communities and they felt a certain way afterward making their statements in the case with Montgomery Ward, public opinion nowadays, has changed and sides with him, and Chicago seems to agree with him, accept it and move on. In Hemingway’s case regarding his statement we have the exact opposite (being denied) and there is no acceptance of how he viewed Oak Park, IL or argument, presented with actual facts, that such attitudes have changed since then.

Here the co-author with access to so much material written by Hemingway could have made an argument either way about this statement but could not. The interview did give us insight in maybe Hemingway sleeping around with his sister in law, keeping hate mail, etc., but it did not really sell me on buying the book or promoting the upcoming Hemingway week. I think instead one of the Hemingway guides should have been interviewed as well, to help present Hemingway in a more authentic light. This interview though had interesting tidbits it just was confirmed how self-delusional people out here think of themselves, on a highly narcissistic level than would make any Grad level Psychology student salivate at the potential case studies that could be done with some of the residents in Oak Park, IL

This article covers the Chicago tonight interview and covers a couple more swipes that Hemingway took against Oak Park, IL in the last three paragraphs, will give you a great laugh.

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/07/14/oak-park-collections-reveal-hidden-hemingway