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Hurricane Sandy Dan Schoening Charity Cover Revealed

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Mar. 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM , Categories: Personal, Books , Tags: hurricane-sandy
Back in November of last year, as I was languishing away in a Red Cross emergency shelter, due to my family's home of 23 years being taken away from us by Hurricane Sandy, several Ghostheads put forth charitable efforts to help me in my time of need. One of these fine folks was renowned artist "Dapper" Dan Schoening.

As mentioned in the blog posts here and here, which were posted on Spook Central in my absence, Dan auctioned off a copy of IDW's Ghostbusters #9 RIB variant, with the winner getting to decide what Dan would draw on that blank cover. This was significant for the fact that all of the other hand-drawn covers for this issue were drawn by Tristan Jones - including the one I bought for Spook Central. This would be the only one to be drawn by Dan Schoening.

The eBay auction ended on (or about) November 16, 2012. The book sold for $380 with 32 bids; which was $350 after eBay fees. The winner of the auction was Tristan Boutros, who had Dan draw one of the most awesome covers I have ever seen for the entire Ghostbusters series. I dare anyone to try to name everyone that appears on the cover.

[UPDATE - Mrmichaelt commented below that the entities seen on the cover are Slimer, Sandman, Wat, Samhain, Grundel, Hob Anagarak, Boogieman, Zunk, Slug, Snarg, and the Big with Mean Teeth Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters intro sequence. Plus the blaster chair from Kenner's Ecto-1 toy is on the roof of the car, and the firehouse is in the background, of course. Tristan himself commented that the people in/on Ecto-1 are himself (the Ray lookalike), his wife (the Agent Ortiz lookalike), and his son (the boy on the roof).]

I'd like to express my eternal gratitude to Dan Schoening and Tristan Boutros, for helping me and my family. Mere words can't express how I truly feel.


While I'm on the subject of IDW comic book covers...

A few months ago I asked my long-time friend Doreen Mulman for a favor, since she knows voice artists Tara Strong (Kylie in Extreme Ghostbusters) and Laura Summer (first Janine in The Real Ghostbusters). Doreen, with a big assist from our mutual friend Nora Salisbury, managed to make it happen! And what, you may ask, was that favor? Well, take a look for yourself...



It's okay to be jealous :-)

[UPDATE - 3/26/2013]
The two signed comics arrived in the mail today. They are even more beautiful than they are in the photos seen above (taken by Doreen before she sent them out). I couldn't help but also notice how fitting it is that (A) there's a Real Ghostbusters back-up story in the book (though Janine isn't in Part 1), and (B) there's an ad for the My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle mini-series in the back of the book (Tara voices Twilight Sparkle on the television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic).

Spook Central Soon To Lose Its Oldest URL

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Mar. 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM , Categories: Spook Central
In the late 1990s Spook Central moved around quite a bit from free webhost to free webhost. As a way to give the site some stability, and prevent my regular visitors from having the hassle of constantly updating their bookmarks, I signed up for a free URL Forwarding/Redirection service from CJB.net. Instead of wondering where the site is now, visitors could bookmark SpookCentral.cjb.net and always be taken to the site no matter where it technically was located.

Over the years there were many annoyances that came along with the CJB.net service, such as pop-up ads being forced upon my visitors, or an interstitial "waiting" screen before the redirect, but for the most part the service was good. It even allowed me to set up forwarding urls pointing to specific pages and files, such as spookcentral.cjb.net/website_archives_paul.htm.

Within the past year or two, the company who runs CJB.net started a new annoyance, but this one was for me alone. Every 90 days I would be required to log in to the site and "renew" my CJB.net subdomain name. Mind you, I've been a loyal user for OVER 13 YEARS, and thus shouldn't have to be bothered with this annoyance, but I was willing to do it in order to keep the spookcentral.cjb.net url active, especially since there are still a lot of old links out there pointing to it.

On March 1st I received the usual "Your CJB.NET account will expire in 30 days!" e-mail. In the past (such as with the last e-mail on December 1, 2012), I would click on the link provided in the e-mail, log in, and the url would be renewed for another 90 days. This time, however, when I clicked on the renew link in the e-mail, it took me to PayPal where I was asked to pay $19.99 for a one-year renewal!!!

In the 13+ years that I've been using the CJB.net *FREE* url forwarding service, not once was I ever asked to pay for the service. Up until a few years ago, I didn't even need to go through the annoying renewal procedure. I was never informed that the *FREE* url forwarding service would be discontinued in favor of a paid service. I don't even see a notice stating as such on the CJB.net website, though I also don't see the url forwarding service (free or paid) being offered anymore.

I e-mailed CJB management (cjb@cjb.net -and- cjb@cjbmanagement.com) a week ago, but have yet to hear back from them. Considering how hidden these e-mails were on their website, I probably won't hear back from them as they obviously don't want their users to ever contact them.

For what it's worth, it might be for the best that I'm losing the spookcentral.cjb.net url, as nearly every major site currently around blocks CJB.net urls. Facebook, Wikipedia, and Wikia are three examples off the top of my head; though it's blocked by many e-mail servers as well (including CJB's own e-mail spam filter!). If you came here through the spookcentral.cjb.net url, or you have it bookmarked, change your links or bookmarks to SpookCentral.tk ASAP as the spookcentral.cjb.net url will cease to exist come April 1st. Talk about an April Fools trick!

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In Loving Memory of Joel Richard Rudoff (July 28, 1944 - January 20, 2014)

In Loving Memory of Linda Joyce Rudoff (July 12, 1948 - November 29, 2015)

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