Ghosts of Halloween Past

This week’s Halloween episode features a review of a certain controversial ghost-related reboot as well as a Legends of the Blackcat about my Halloweens growing up. Plus I recall walking through a haunted cornfield during my time at Herkimer College.

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Red Hook High School Drifter

An extended version of my first Legends of the Blackcat vlog about my life at Red Hook High School during the 90’s.

The written version of my high school story is here: http://talesoftheblackcat.blogspot.com/2016/03/red-hook-high-school-drifter.html

 

Legends of the Blackcat: Where Was I on 9/11?

All-new installment of Legends of the Blackcat where I talk about where I was and what I was doing on 9/11.

I have a written version of the story as a memoir on my writing site, Tales of the Blackcat:

http://talesoftheblackcat.blogspot.com/2015/09/where-was-i-on-911.html

Legends of the Blackcat: An Ode to My Childhood

A Legends of the Blackcat installment vlog where I talk about my childhood growing up in Red Hook, NY during the 80’s and 90’s.

 

The written version of An Ode to My Childhood for my website Tales of the Blackcat: http://talesoftheblackcat.blogspot.com/2015/08/an-ode-to-my-childhood.html

Superhero

Since I don’t really have too much to blog about, I figured I’d take the time to talk about one of my hobbies growing up in Red Hook, mainly because I feel that my life both outside of work as well as my online life as Blackcatloner. I feel as though I am living a double life. There’s my life off the Internet which consists of work and not much else. Then there’s my life online. Here, I can be myself without any fears at all.

Anyway, the point of this blog is basically about me talking about the four years I spent collecting comic books. Before then, I bought a comic here and there, but it wasn’t until sometime after I moved to Tivoli in 1992 that I actually took up comic book collecting.

I mainly collected Spider-Man comics because he is my all-time favorite comic book superhero. He has these amazing abilities and yet he was imperfect and the superhero who is most like us. He had job problems, family problems, money problems, and girl problems (even though when I started collecting comics, he was already married to MJ)… you name it and yet he still had to go out and fight the bad guys, kind of like yours truly. No wonder I refer to myself as “your friendly neighborhood Blackcatloner.”

In addition to the Spider-Man comics, I also collected Batman, beginning with the “Knightfall” storyline where Batman got his back broken by a then-new villain called Bane and had to be replaced with another Batman with a cooler-looking costume. Up until then, the only Batman comics I had were the adaptations of the first two movies. I had seen both and actually enjoyed them. I continued collecting all through high school because the stories were all so closely knit together and had a real feel to them. I made it my weekly routine until very early in my senior year of high school, partly because the stroe I bought my comics from had for some reason stopped carrying them.

And so this concludes another trip down memory lane into the secret past of the real-life superhero known as “Blackcatloner.” What will he do next? Find out next time (as Stan Lee would say), “true believers.”