ON MY BRAIN: November 11, 2004
My dear friends, I am sorry I have not posted the past few weeks…my
dear, dear, dear friend William (Bill) Liebowitz passed away on October
I have been coming to LA since 1989, and would go to the "Golden
Apple" comic book store on every trip. I had the good fortune to
get to know Bill very well--and even luckier to get to know his lovely
wife Sharon. I moved here in 1993, and have rarely missed a new comic
day at the "Apple" and would always enjoy sitting in front
of the store with Bill, me having a smoke, and we'd talk about everything--the
business of comics most of all. He was a true "Staple" of
the industry and then some---most of all--and fuck the business--he
was my friend.
So I knew this wonderful person, his wife, and his family for nearly
20 years, which speaks for it's self, the best people you'd (anyone)
meet in your life---but how could anyone say more? Easy, I met my wife
Julie Strain is the love of my life--I knew it the first time I met
her--and when I was to scared to call her for three months, then we
met again, it was love at first and second sight--I blame it all on
Bill--let me explain…
was working on the forth TMNT movie in 1994, which was never made, yet
I was flown to LA many times to work on it. Every time I would come
to LA I would go by to visit my friend Bill, and on November 11, 1994
(today in 2004!) I stopped by to see Bill,(see the flyer, picture one)
and he was having a "Scream Queens" signing and I got to see
Julie for the first time. I met no one else (see the other girls signing
that day in photo two)--I stood in Julie's line, joined her fan club,
she had no clue who I was--I had no clue who she was--but we liked each
other, and I was just thrilled to meet her. End of story so far…
I come BACK for the TMNT 4 film in February, go by to say "Hi"
to Bill, and there's another signing going on--(see image three)--and
guess who's there? That's right--we got to meet again--still no clue of
who each other is--we get married six months later--that that was nearly
ten years ago. Fuck. I met the girl of my dreams in my dear friend's store… |
never enough payback for that--but that was never a factor of Bill as
a fucking great guy, and well--just a fucking nice guy. |
One of my greatest--of many, many great memories with Bill is something
I want to share…when Julie and I decided to publish her first book
there was no other place we considered but the "Golden Apple."
Here's a cool photo of Julie's first billboard ever, and it was of course
for her signing at Bill's.
next image is of my lovely wife, having the time of her life posing
in front the "Golden Apple" at the event of a LIFETIME!
sixth photo is of Julie and I kissing in the same location where we actually
"MET" in Bill's store a few years before--I still think of that
moment everytime I go there, on new comic day every Wednesday. |
next image is just a great photo of Julie signing her first book, the
infamous "It's only Art if it's Well Hung"--in full freak,
and happy to be there. That dress certainly makes her look…good…
and Joel Beren were great friends of ours at the event--in fact I was
so in love with Julie before our "First date" I bought this
painting of her, and we got to display at the event. Killer--killer---!|
here's one of Julie's favorite shot from the night, (her and Olivia
holding the "Golden Apple banner)---she didn't want to show any
photos of her and Bill together because she'd be crying out loud everytime
I showed her what I wanted to post for "our" fans--so she
said, and I agreed, we'd just show a few of our favorite moments.
Okay--so where can I go from here--I called my best friend Simon, and
told him Bill had passed--Simon was also a friend of Bill's--he just
said "fucking Cunt" and had to hang up and take a moment to
himself. Simon, like me, thinks Bill is a cunt for leaving us way to
Please take the word "cunt" as Simon and I's highest term
of endearment--we call each other that daily--with love and affection--and
that is all that I think of Bill.
Bill was kind, thoughtful, hard, critical of the business--especially
when the business deserved it, his family is more than the best--Sharon,
Damon, Ryan, I considered the kind of folks I would be there as quickly
as my own family--they're so few people I EVER think of in that way--and
I FEEL really blessed that I am lucky enough in this world to think
I can cal Bill and family…THAT.
As you know Bill--I miss you more than I ever told you--but you knew--you
had so many people that love/loved you--I think they'll be a long line
of folks standing in front of the store, hoping for the chance to sit
with you in those plastic chairs--and have the pleasure to share a moment
Fuck. For extended friends--on November 14th from six to nine, ALLOT
of dear friends will gather at the "Golden Apple" comic store
to toast and share a great memory--Julie and I will be there--hope to
see you there too.
For any more details, or to leave a message for Bill and family, go
Days of sorrow for sure.