ANDY FISH is a comic book artist, writer, painter, pop culture
archaeologist and film historian. He has written and drawn numerous How To Art Books, Graphic Novels, Screenplays and Comic Books.

He lectures on art related subjects and even has a painting in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington DC.
This blog will attempt to focus on all manner of art, film and pop culture but don't hold much hope that it will stay focused.

He lives 40 miles outside of Boston MA with his artist wife Veronica Lane Fish.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Why Twitter and Facebook and all the rest of social media are evil.

I'm not reporting anything new here.

When you really boil it down we never graduate high school.  Those mentalities and social mores and cliques and everything else we learn in high school stay with us for the rest of our lives.

There are the cool kids, the jocks, the geeks, the partiers, the book lovers and any other label we can apply-- and if nothing else social media just proves that for the vast majority of us nothing's changed.

TWITTER and FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM and TUMBLR and every other social media app that people use to, well, socialize, are destroying the very fabric of our lives and adding stress we may not even be aware of.

In the old days, you had friends.  Remember those?  People you would see and hang out with, have dinner with, go to the movies with-- they were people, flesh and blood and if you were lucky you had one really good friend, and if you were really lucky you had two maybe three.


People have thousands of "friends".  And if you don't-- you feel like some kind of outcast.  You spend hours hanging with these friends made of pixels and you look at countless pictures of how skinny they are, how much fun they're having, what food they just ate or you're remarking how funny they are.

And just like in high school you post things in the hopes of getting it "liked"-- or Re-Tweeted, or anything else that just shouts NOTICE ME!

When it doesn't happen you feel a sense of sadness.

We blur the lines between people who are friends and people who are "friends".

You call a friend and hope they answer.  You make plans with them and follow through.  On their birthdays you either call or send a real card.   If they call you at 2 in the morning with a flat tire you go and help.   Real friend.

Real friends don't just shoot you an email once in a while, or worse, invite you to things via a Facebook posting.  "So sorry you missed it!"

The internet is a ridiculous thing.  We didn't know we couldn't live without it twenty years ago-- and now it can get people to dump ice water over their heads in an effort to raise money and awareness to ALS.

I myself post to Tumblr and Twitter and Instagram and LinkedIN so am I a hypocrite?  Maybe a little bit.   I don't spend much time on any of those sites, instead I use a handly little program called IFFT that links all of my accounts (including this one) to my phone so when I post something to Instagram it posts everywhere causing countless people who follow me on more than one service to end our friendship.  

But honestly what I don't do is spend any time on any of those sites looking at the amazing lives my friends have, instead I do what I can to make my own life pretty good.

And it is.

So rather than dumping ice water on yourself for a good cause-- do something even better for yourself.  Call a friend.   Make some plans to have dinner, have a conversation, get out there and do something.    The internet will be here when you get back.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WHAT is going on with this BLOG???

Well, new header for one-- makes me laugh.

I haven't abandoned the blog, not by a longshot-- but time and time to BLOG has gotten away from me-- so I opted to switch over to TUMBLR as my official blog but I still get emails everyday from people who come to this one, so I linked them.

It's not always a perfect marriage-- sometimes the images load, sometimes they don't-- and you get far less witty commentary from me.

My switch to a smart phone also made a huge difference, I do almost everything web-related from my phone now.

Speaking of which, I've been with them for three months now and I can't say enough good things about REPUBLIC WIRELESS.

I have a Motorola G 16GB phone with nearly unlimited data (52GB a month-- I use an average of 500MB) all for $25 a month.  I switched over from Page Plus who was charging me $12 a month for my dumb phone-- and I'll tell you switching to a smart phone was the second best decision I made this year (buying a new car with better gas mileage was first).

Check them out at the link above. 

A FEW Things you'll want to know going in;

1. You need to buy one of their Wi-Fi enabled phones.  Moto G or Moto X.  It'll cost you between $150- $300 depending on the phone you get.

2. They have virtually NO customer service, so if you're someone who needs your hand held when you're dealing with technology they may not be for you.  They respond almost instantly to me via Twitter when I do have a question, but they have no customer service number and are slow at email, which is where all the complaints come in.  However the vast majority of people who need to call in probably shouldn't have a smart phone in the first place.

3. It's a wi-fi 3G or 4G phone (you choose the plan) and the call clarity is great.  The switch from WiFi to 3G (my choice) is seamless. 

4. I LOVE this phone.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BATMAN '66 Original Comic Book Art

BATMAN '66 ORIGINAL COMIC ART issue 26 page 7 from DC Comics.
The actual hand drawn artwork used to create the comic book.  Great 11x17 page featuring Batman and Robin.
Art by Craig Rousseau
$200 USD or Make me an offer