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The Tom Cherry Experience

Sunday, April 13, 2014

At This Moment

I’m pet sitting for my friends, Jerry and Judy, so the weight of responsibilty falls on my meager shoulders again. Must keep the animals alive! I'm such a weak man.

I'm eating a piece of colby jack cheese.

S.P.A.C.E. is this weekend. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend this year. Still frustrated with myself for not writing about my last S.P.A.C.E. experience a couple years back. One of these days I’ll get my act together!

Got tickets to see Cabaret at the Muncie Civic next Saturday. Looking forward to seeing my friend, Rita Wessel, back on the big stage again!

Might see a movie today. Haven’t braved a multiplex in a couple years.

Mad Men returns tonight. Game of Thrones is on, too. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see Games. Sigh.

Got scripts to write. Radio show in a couple weeks. We'll be performing an episode of Dragnet. At least, I have one script I don't have to worry about! Thanks, genericradio.com!

Have I mentioned I'm a weak man?

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Yesterday's Comic Haul (4/12/14)

Mermaid Man
Astro City #11
Rocky and Bullwinkle #2
SpongeBob Comics #31
The Walking Dead #125
Purchased at Bob's Comic Castle. Total cost: $14.98
Notes- I have to admit I’ve been shirking my blogger duties in regard to my recent comic hauls. With my laptop freezing at the drop of the hat nowadays (Some days are better than others, of course), sometimes it’s better to surf the web than provide new content. Anyway that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it…Saturday’s purchases felt ho-hum collectively. Astro City was lightweight to me (Nice cover tho!), The “All Out War” storyline in The Walking Dead appears to be ending in a whimper (That's how Negan goes down? Really?), and, despite a Mermaid Man story with art by Ramona Fradon, SpongeBob has been lacking its usual thrills the last issue or two. Only Rocky and Bullwinkle provided any pep so I name it the winner of this haul!
Mermaid Man was created by Stephen Hillenburg.

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Athena and the Senator

Athena and the Senator
A placemat drawing I drew with a permanent marker that left a stain on the restaurant's tabletop (4/6/14). In retrospect, not my brightest idea.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Bathtime for Gumshoe

Bathtime for Gumshoe
P.I. Samurai Slate takes a bath.
Samurai Slate was created by Keith O'Brien.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Indy Radio

Tom Cherry's Old Time Radio Show
Tom Cherry's Old Time Radio Show hit the road on March 31 and performed in Foundation Hall at the Marquette Retirement Community in Indianapolis! In front of a rather sizable crowd (Nearly a hundred or so), we recreated a classic script from Fibber McGee and Molly and then we introduced our attentive audience to The Happy Hoppy Hopper Show and The Mayor of Farmland. Jerry and Judy Cole sang a bit and then we had one of our best contestants on It Pays to Be Ignorant basically steal the show away from us (Thank you, Ethel Booth, for allowing us to take it back!). It was a great experience and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I know I certainly did!
Thanks to Marilyn Martin and Casey Wente for their kindness and care as they opened their wonderful facility to us! And more thanks to our wonderful cast and crew (Wendy Carpenter, Sean Heline, Gabe Carpenter, Bob Green, Katie Wolfe, Jerry and Judy Cole, and Lindsey Cox) for creating another hour of pure radio fun! They truly are the best, folks, and it's always an honor to be in their company!
Hopefully we'll have more opportunities to take the show on the road in the near future! I'm already looking forward to it!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

My Comic Book Collection: Close to Home #2

Dear Bongo
It was a pleasant surprise leafing through Sergio Aragones Funnies #12 and finding a letter by my friend (and super cartoonist) Dale Martin on the letter page! Dale's letter shared my exact feelings upon finding out that SAF was ending its run. How fitting that they published Dale's missive in the last issue. Fortunately, it sounds like Sergio Aragones Funnies will return in the near future at another publisher. Something for me and Dale to look forward to, I'm sure!
Tiny toon figure by Sergio Aragones. Bongo Comics

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My Comic Book Collection: Close to Home #1

Exciting Muncie, Indiana
Captain Peachfuzz takes Rocky and Bullwinkle to Muncie, Indiana (My hometown!) in Rocky and Bullwinkle #1 by Mark Evanier (Writer), Roger Langridge (Artist/Letterer), Jeremy Colwell (Colorist), and Sarah Gaydos (Editor). Of course, with Evanier's work with Garfield's Jim Davis and PAWS Studios, he should be well familiar with the charms of the East side of Muncie!*
*Davis's PAWS Studio is located in Albany, Indiana which is a few miles East of Muncie.
Peachfuzz, Rocky and Bullwinkle were created by Jay Ward. IDW Publishing

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Radio Active

Idiots on the Radio
Just wanted to take a moment to note that the third season of Tom Cherry's Old Time Radio Show began last Saturday in front of an enthusiastic audience, full of familiar faces and a few newcomers as well! It was a wonderful start to a new year of old time radio show goodness! Special thanks to our fantastic cast (Sean Orlosky, Bob Green, Sean Heline, Judy and Jerry Cole, and Katie Wolfe) and our incredible guest stars (Annette Heline, Amanda Heline, Emily Heline, Nathan Heline, and Rita Wessel) for creating an fun hour of radio magic! More thanks to Lindsey Cox for her amazing technical support and to Cindy Lowe for bringing her homemade brownies for everyone to enjoy! Our next show is April 26 at 3:00pm at the Farmland Center with Dragnet, The Happy Hoppy Hopper Show, and Those Funky Idiots! Plus It Pays to Be Ignorant and a special musical guest! Hope to see you there!

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Ten Years on Stage

The Robber Bridegroom
I’m lousy with anniversaries. I rarely acknowledge them. I never celebrate them, but last Monday marked a special event that changed my life for the better. On February 24, 2004 I received an e-mail that notified me that I got cast as “Little Harp” in The Robber Bridegroom at the Muncie Civic Theatre. I couldn’t believe it. After years of trying and failing at assorted auditions, I actually got a part in a show! And a musical at that! This was a big deal for me, but little did I know at the time just how big a deal it was.

By getting cast in that one show, my journey into the realm of community theater soon began and for the past ten years this wonderful journey continues to enrich my life in numerous ways. I have been blessed to be part of so many great productions and have had the pleasure of working with so many talented and creative people. Even better I have become good friends with most of these fine folks and, as much as I love to perform on stage, I treasure these precious friendships even more.

So I want to take a moment to thank Darrin Murriel and Julie Lyn Barber for taking a chance on a fat cartoonist ten years ago and giving me the opportunity to become part of a creative community that strengthens my imagination, challenges my meager talents, and connects me to some incredible people. It is truly a gift that I hope I can be part of until the end of my days. Thank you to all my friends, my collaborators, and fellow travelers who made these past ten years, on stage and off, so rich and meaningful for me. You all mean more to me than I can truly express. I just hope the next ten years of my journey continues to be as rich and as full as the first.

The poster drawing for The Robber Bridegroom was by Eugene Mumaw.

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