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Holmes

Holmes

A few months ago I mentioned on this website/blog about the book I had won in a drawing at our local library – the Butte Valley Library. That book, for those who don’t recall, or who missed that post, was The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This edition is a collected volume of every Sherlock Holmes story written by the man who created the character.

I’ve finally gotten around to starting the book. I’m only 375 pages, roughly, into at this point – not even halfway through. A few of the stories I’ve read before. Many of them are new to me. I first began reading Sherlock Holmes stories when I was a child in elementary school – no pun intended! I think I read my first Holmes case in 3rd or 4th grade. I always was an advanced reader.

Now, as an adult, reading these stories, I find that I’m not as overcome with awe at the fictional detective’s remarkable deductive skills as I had been as a child. But, still, I’m very much enjoying the book. And I had completely forgotten how humorous parts of the Holmes stories are, too! Both Sherlock Holmes, and Dr. John Watson – from whose point of view we are told these stories – both had senses of dry humor that I quite appreciate. And, I’m also not ashamed to say that short story titled The Adventure of the Speckled Band creeps me out just as much as an adult as it did when I read it as a child! Even remembering it, and how Holmes solved that mystery, knowing what was coming, I was still unnerved by it. I have no idea as to why; I’m not afraid of snakes. Yet something about that story gives me chills each time I read it!

Who else out there is a Sherlock Holmes fan?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Butte Valley Library

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Thanks to Butte Valley Library for the contest/drawing, and my win in it! I’m looking forward to reading the book I claimed as my prize – “The Complete Sherlock Holmes”. It’s ever Sherlock Holmes novel, and short story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, collected in one hardcover volume. I haven’t had the chance to begin reading it, yet, but look forward to doing so. Desiree Lee has already latched onto it, and begun reading it, though!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Centennial

Desirée Lee and I were very happy to be able to attend the festivities at the Butte Valley Library‘s 100th birthday celebration this past Saturday. Given the scheduling, and everything else we have going on, we don’t make it in to the library nearly often enough. We hope to be able to change that. We had a great time. We look forward to our next visit. And here’s to the next 100 years!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Stolen Library Books

Library

As a bestselling, award-winning writer, I do a lot of research on various topics. As a paranormal author, a lot of the topics I find myself looking into are things that most people tend to brush aside as pure fiction and fantasy. Do an on-line search for any given supernatural subject, and you’re more apt to find hundreds, if not thousands, of links to sites pertaining to works of fiction, comic books, television programs, and movies than you are to find anything serious on the topic at hand. Likewise, most libraries I’ve ever been in have a very limited selection devoted to mythology, legends, the paranormal, and magick.

So, I’m more upset than the average person probably is over this brief article. It’s hard enough to find such material available in libraries without people stealing it. Everyone, please, do not do this! Return your library books so that others can make use of that resource, too. If you want a copy of a given title so badly, then buy one. By stealing it, you hurt everyone. If it’s an out of print book, look on-line. Odds are you’ll find a copy for sale somewhere. Spend the money. Buy it legally. We’ll all be better off.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Wow!

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Wow! Desirée Lee and I are overwhelmed at the response from the 1st Annual Klamath Library ComicCon event we partook in yesterday. Our thanks to everyone who turned out for the event – not just for us, but for everyone who was there.

Our thanks, too, to everyone at the South Suburban Library in Klamath Falls, Oregon for putting this event together. Such things aren’t easy. They take a huge amount of work. Thank you, everyone, for putting the effort into making the event happen. Hopefully Desirée and I can join in next year for the 2nd Annual Klamath Library ComicCon. It was a true honor for us to be included in this years’ event. Being part of next years’ would be just as big of a pleasure for us.

Ongoing annual events such as this tend to grow from year to year to year. We look forward to seeing the Annual Klamath Library ComicCon enjoy that sort of prosperity and development. It would be our pleasure to help that to come about, as well.

Again, our thanks to everyone for yesterday – pre-existing fans, new fans, people who just stopped to say hi, and everyone else, including the staff at the South Suburban Library!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Join Us!

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Today’s the day, everyone! The 1st Annual Klamath Library ComicCon!

When? Today, from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Where? South Suburban Library – 3625 Summers Lane, Klamath Falls, Oregon.

What’s going on? A lot! My wonderful, talented, gorgeous wife Desirée Lee and I will be there with some of our books, and copies of our new, ongoing, bimonthly comic book series “Confluence“. In addition to selling these, and signing autographs, we’ll be giving a talk on our artwork process for “Confluence”, and our hit webcomic “MoonWraith“, and covering the subject of story plotting as pertaining to short stories, books, movies, and comic books based on our own personal experience and work methods.

There will be other celebrity guests in attendance, too. Please see my recent post regarding the press release for the event for a full list of names, and any presentations they will be doing.

Also, there will be a variety of contests, and other happenings going on there today. So, please show your support for the arts in general by attending. This is a FREE event. That’s right – no admission fee!

We look forward to seeing you there later today!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Press Release

Here it is, everyone! The official press release for the 1st Annual Klamath Library ComicCon. Desiree and I hope to see you there!

South Suburban Library Hosts Klamath’s First Comic Con

Saturday, October 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3625 Summers Lane, Klamath Falls, OR 97601

The South Suburban branch library will host the first Klamath Falls Comic Con on Saturday, October 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. What is a Comic Con? For those who don’t know, a Comic Con is an event dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms. The South Suburban library Comic Con will showcase local businesses and talent; everything from videogames to web comics, and from computers to cartoons.

In addition to vendors, discussions and demonstrations, there will be costume and art contests, crafts, and photo booths. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite comic book, anime, manga, sci-fi, movie, video game or series character. Costume contest prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Villain, Best Team/Couple, Kids (0-10) male/female, Youth (11-18) male/female, Adult (18+) male/female. Costumes will be judged at 4:00 p.m. with prizes awarded to the winners. Any extremely risqué, overly gory or costumes deemed inappropriate by our staff will be asked to leave or change. All costumes must adhere to event costume rules and weapons MUST be peace bonded before entering the building. A peace bonded weapon is one tied to its sheath, holster, or container with a functional binding. It prevents another from taking a costume weapon without permission, and is a traditional and visible sign to others that the bearer is a responsible person. Bonding material will be available at the prop check station.

This Free public event is for all ages and only requires pre-registration for competing in the art contest; no other registration is required. Anyone interested in competing in the art contest may submit artwork along with a registration form through October 11th at the checkout desk at the South Suburban branch. Art larger than 24 x 36 or explicit subjects will not be accepted. Entries will be judged on creativity, style, and drawing ability.

Scott Harper and his wife Desiree Lee will host a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. Their topics will include plot, writing process, and illustration software. Scott is the author of more than 30 published short stories and several novels. There has been talk, from several fronts, about turning his fourth novel, “Predators or Prey?”, the first book in his Wendy Markland series, into a live-action project.

Harper graduated from Marysville High School in 1993 and began screenwriting in 2007, after the publication of several short stories and novels, and has worked on projects for James Tucker Productions and 11th Dimension Films. He is currently involved with several projects, covering literature, film and comic books. His wife, Desiree Lee, coauthors several of their comic books and writes her own fantasy and paranormal novels.

Chris Purcell is a video game animator, graphic designer, and special effects artist who has worked on the likes of the “Men in Black TV series”, and the video games “Zork: Grand Inquisitor”, and “The Simpsons”. He will be giving a demonstration and discussion at 1:00 p.m.

From 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Don Pedro Colley, a Hollywood actor, will be speaking about filmmaking and his experience in the industry. Colley was born in Klamath Falls to Muriel and Pete Colley. Colley attended Klamath Union High School and was active in athletics, playing football, and especially enjoying track and field. He tried out for the 1960 Olympics in discus, placing 6th. Colley attended the University of Oregon, studying architecture, and became interested in acting by accident after joining some friends for a play rehearsal. He is probably best known for his roles as Gideon in the series “Daniel Boone”, as Ongaro in the film “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”, and as Sheriff Little in the TV series “Dukes of Hazard”.

Jim Snook, a local cartoonist, will be giving a demonstration at 3:30 p.m. Jim Snook has been an Outdoor Sports Cartoonist for the last 30+ years, marketing hunting, fishing, RV and golfing posters, books, calendars, and art prints worldwide. He is an avid photographer and oil painter as well, and when he’s not creating he’s usually outdoors soaking up inspiration. Snook was born in Concordia, Kansas. His folks made their living in agriculture, but out of desperation moved their family to Oregon in 1944. He attended and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, Loretta, in 1955. Jim spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and then attended Southern Oregon University to earn his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He worked as a cartoonist for a short time, and then taught Art for eight years at Eagle Point High School. Jim and Loretta now live in Rocky Point.

There will be food items available for purchase at Mia’s and Pia’s Pizzeria & Brew House across the parking lot from the library.

For more information, please contact Holly at the South Suburban Library: 541-273-3679.

Scott Harper
http://www.scottharper.net

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