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Tony Acree

Author of the Victor McCain Thrillers

Cinco Comic Expo Day 3

I had a fabulous time at the Cincy Comic Expo. My thanks to Paul and the volunteers for running a great convention. And I could’t have had better people on either side of me, with Cory Smith Art and Kelly Schierer making this a fun weekend.

It also didn’t hurt hanging out with Stu Thaman, Jessica J Sherwood, Michael Sherwood, Alexandra Nicole and Lydia Sherrer and David Sherrer. Our post convention dinner was one for the ages.

And thanks to all the new fans I got to meet this weekend. You guys were fantastic.

And of course, there were more cos play pictures.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Cincy Comic Expo Day 2

Fantastic day 2 at the CCE.  I sold a ton of books and met a lot of great people. My thanks to Jake and Tiffany, Kelly, Nicole, and Gabby and many others for picking up my novels. And of course there were the cos players.

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Cincy Comic Expo Day 1

I get to spend the weekend in the Queen City at the Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Center.  Friends Stuart Thaman, J.J. Sherwood, Lydia Sherrer and Eric Beebe are in the house.  And Cos players.    

    
    
    
    
     
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
     
 

Charles Hurt

This past week, Charles Hurt, passed away. We at Oldham County in the late 70’s new him as “Charlie” or enemy number one. He played for Shelby County and lead them to a state championship his junior year. Shelby County was our top rival and visits to their gym became a right of passage for those willing to brave the trip and their rowdy fan base.

My sophomore year, we played Shelby in the 8th Region semifinals and we beat them, ending Hurt’s high school career. It was during this game I asked out my first date (who said yes, thankfully) and with Shelby’s loss, the day was perfect.

Charlie Hurt went on to play for the University of Kentucky, eventually being drafted into the NBA. It was the first time in my life I had to find a way to cheer for a former member of the evil empire, but Charlie Hurt made it easy. I tireless worker, the man carried himself with class.

After bouncing around several leagues, Hurt joined the military and served overseas with the 82nd Airborne and by all accounts, did so with the same dedication to duty and his fellow soldiers he showed in his basketball worth ethic.

At the age of fifty-five, Hurt lost his battle with leukemia. Like ┬ámany UK fans, I had no idea he was ill until reading about his death in the paper. With Charlie’s passing, a part of my childhood passed with him. We need to all keep his family and friends in our prayers.

Victor McCain Thrillers on Sale

For a limited time you can pick up each book in the best selling Victor McCain thrillers for only 99 cents each for Amazon Kindle. Jam packed with action, dark humor and twists and turns that keep you guessing, the Victor McCain novels are non stop thrill ride.

Barnes and Noble Book Signing

I will be at the Barnes and Noble at the Paddock Shops this Saturday from noon until 10 pm promoting Revenge, the latest in the Victor McCain thrillers. This is an event I look forward to each year. You won’t find better people than those who work at B and N at the Paddock Shops. And they have a Starbucks inside. Woot.

 

Dad Learns Teen Slang

FandomFest 2016 Day 3 Recap

 

IMG_3817FandomFest 2016 wrapped up an incredibly fun weekend. I first want to think Ken and Myra Daniels for putting on a top notch event. Something this massive is not an easy thing to pull off, but they make it seem like a walk in the park. From our perspective. Thank you.

Huge shout out to Stephen Zimmer who ran the Literary Track for FandomFest. The man knows how to build panels which give the fans what they want. From Marvel to Ghostbusters to how to write the best horror novel possible. He manages to seem to be in ten places all at the same time. Makes me wonder….

I’d also like to thank my table mates for the weekend, Stuart Thaman and Dave Creek, two gifted writers who don’t seem to mind putting up with my insanity. Hanging with J.J. and Michael Sherwood and Alexandra Birr is always a highlight. J.J. thanks for doing the heavy lifting when it came to shopping for Katy and Lauren. They will love your choice of gift much better than anything I could ever pick out.

Another real highlight was getting to meet Anthony Michael Hall. I’ve been to dozens and dozens of comic cons and had the chance to see and meet many celebrities, yet I’ve never gone “fanboy” over one of them. Until today. The Dead Zone by Stephen King is one of my all time favorite novels. The TV show by the same name is also one of my all time favorites. Often when a book I love is made into a TV show or movie, it’s disappointing. Yet Mr. Anthony and crew took a great book and turned it into an even more amazing show. I got to meet him when he stopped in front of my booth and he could not have been nicer. This year, at FandomFest, I got to truly enjoy the “fandom” part of the name.

But the best thing about FandomFest is getting to see fans who show up year after year and come back to the table to buy the latest book. You guys are the reason I do what I do. Thank you.

Finally, a few more cosplay pictures with photos from the Batman vs Superman and Ghostbusters panels.

 

FandomFest 2016 Recap Day 2

Saturday at FandomFest is always a blast because we start with the Literary Track panels. I moderated two of them, Marvel vs DC and Star Wars. Both were standing room only and in both the other panelists and the people filling the room brought a ton of energy, knowledge and the ability to throw down.

 

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Here is my panel schedule for today:

 

12 noon Batman vs. Superman C112

1:30 pm Ghostbusters C112

 

3pm Publishing in the Modern Day C112

After the convention shuttered it’s doors for the night, as is tradition with the authors I am blessed to hang out with, we headed downtown to the Troll Pub for dinner.

And of course there were cos players and friends.

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