Moose Milk?

This week was a big one for Umbi and I. We had visitors. His maternal grandparents have always been a huge help to both of us, but they are the adopted parents of his mother. This week he got the opportunity to meet his mom’s birth mother. She lives in another state, where his mama and I used to live. So, its never been easy to visit despite staying in touch. This year her and her husband (a man I had never met) decided to take their vacation here in the Flathead Valley. We were pretty excited/apprehensive over the visit. I hadn’t seen her since before Umbi’s mum’s death 5 years ago. And, he has a difficult time when anything reminds him of his mum. Its something we are working on. Play therapy is a grand thing. MOOSE MILK!!!! 

The first day that they were in the Flathead, I met them at Moose’s Saloon for dinner. Great pies and sandwiches. Big heavy pitchers of beer. We Uber on over to the VFW and have some drinks. Beer for him, wine for her and rum for me. It was a good way to break the ice. MOOSE MILK!!!

The next day, Umbi and I met them at the Conrad Mansion. It was the home of one of the town’s founding fathers and was built in the 1890s. We went on a tour given by a fine, young lady in period dress. I particularly liked the portrait of Theodore Roosevelt in Mr. Conrad’s office, who was a family friend and stayed at the mansion while visiting the valley. Umbi was expecting a haunted house like at the carnival, but was too embarrassed to ask about ghosts. In October they do a tour that focuses on the hauntings of the mansion. One of my goals is to have the opportunity to do an investigation with my paranormal team, SCREAM. We followed up the tour with dinner at Umbi’s newfound grandmother’s vacation home. We played Uno, ate Umbi’s favorite meal (mac ‘n’ cheese and pumpkin pie) and received gifts. Umbi got fidget spinners, lightsabers and a bag of gooey gak. I recieved a bottlen of rum, Bacardí Gran Resva Ron Años. Good stuff. We walked through Woodland Park, before returning to the vacation home and sipping rum as Umbi and his grandma did battle with gold sparkle filled gooey gak that ended up on the carpet, their clothes and Umbi’s curly hair. Two days later we are still finding gold glitter everywhere. Glitter… Smh! 

Day three of their visit was to feature a visit to the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park. I had hoped that we would be able to show them the crown jewel of the continent, but at 7 AM when I woke up, the road was still closed. It usually opens in late June, but this year plowing the giant drifts of snow took longer than usual. As I smoked my Marlboro and drank my coffee on the porch I was jacked to discover that the park had just announced the opening of the road. We took a side trip to show our visitors the place on the side of the road where Umbi had been born. At the Apgar visitor center Umbi was surprised by a gift. A stuffed wolverine. It was prominently featured in all the pictures we took of Umbi throughout the trip, including when we stopped to watch a large buck with velvety antlers cross McDonald Creek. We stopped at the loop and took photos of Heaven’s Peak. Umbi and grandma were a bit scared of the small road that clings to the side of a cliff, as we climbed to the visitor center at Logan Pass, over 6600 feet in the sky. At least it was only about 2 hours to cover the 50 mile drive. At the pass there were amazing peaks surronding us and despite it being 73° in the valley today, there were still many feet of snow in most parts of the pass. Other park visitors were skiing. Umbi picked up a wolf pup puppet before our ride down. We celebrated our return to the valley with dinner at one of his favorite restaurants, Asian Buffet. Before leaving us, our visitors bestowed a bevy of gifts upon Umbi and his 3 year old brother, Wyatt, including Lego sets, superhero outfits, and some very awesome art supplies. We are excited to bust into all the art suplies is weekend as I picked up a copy of Ben Caldwell’s “Action Cartooning” to help improve our art talents. Moose Milk!!!

Umbi has watched an unhealthy number of episodes of “Race to the Edge”, the “How to Train Your Dragon” Netflix show as I did my morning routine, so I will wrap this up and maybe we will start some action cartooning.

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Thank you for reading! MOOSE MILK!!!! (Umbi kept yelling that for no reason. All week… Help…)

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Let’s get this out of the way, to begin with. I’m not an artist. But, I want to be. I AM a writer. I started by doing comic book reviews for 411mania.com. Then, I moved on to writing a blog about professional wrestling. I managed to catch the eye of my favorite writer on the subject I covered in my blog, the National Wrestling Alliance. This fella, Jay Cal, invited me to cover NWA wrestling on his website, alliance-wrestling.com, and I jumped at the opportunity. That led to me meeting the owner and president of the NWA, R. Bruce Tharpe, who was kind enough to let me write for his organization’s official website, ringside.nwaondemand.com, which was a childhood dream come true. I was part of the organization that I watched on WTBS, The Superstation, as a kid. The same organization Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, the Road Warriors and many more of my childhood heroes rassled for. Whoooo!!! I then got the chance to co-write an independent comic, “The Black Books” with a fella named Emanuel Preta. We toured the northwest, promoting at comicons, prison towns and even Evel Knieval Days. It was super cool, but the partnership eventually dissolved. I believe Mr. Preta is still out there doing comics. Look him up. Talented fella. I went back to writing on the NWA website and doing a couple blogs, but deep inside my comic book experiment still was scratching away at my brain. So, I talked to the one guy on the planet that will listen intently to anything I have to say to get his advise. That guy is named Columbia Brown. His friends call him Umbi. He also happens to be my son. And he was 7 years old at the time. We put our heads together and decided to become business partners. We’d write a web comic together. And, I’d draw it. Like I said, I’m no artist. But, I want to be. Just like I wanted to be part of the NWA. So, I decided I’d become an artist. We set up a Facebook page and started posting comic news on it while we wrote and developed the web comic. I’m teaching my now 8 year old son how to promote our work, build websites, develop storylines, create merchandise related to the story and a bunch of other stuff. It’s a lot of work and took longer than I expected, but I think we are close to publishing our first web comic. I hope you follow along on our journey. Just go to @BrownBoyGangComics on Facebook to like and follow our page. We were originally going to call it Brown Label, but the two of us and his siblings referred to ourselves as the Brown Boy Gang and it stuck, becoming the name of our company. The Facebook page has comic related news and events posted as well as other independent comic artist and writers with their work and even how to articles and videos that teach how to be a comic book talent. Plus, it will be home to this blog and our Brown Boy Gang Comics first title, “Dark Scorpion & Dragon Boy”. It’s a father/son superhero team that was created by a 7 year old and tweaked by his dad to include some stories about what it’s like to be part of a family team that’s missing a major part. The mom. But, that’s another story for another time. Check us out on Facebook, like and follow the page, share it with your friends and keep coming back. We have a story that we want you to hear. One last thing. Go to https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=720221 and donate $5. It all goes to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and their programs to prevent suicide. It would mean a lot to both myself and to Umbi. Thank you and we hope to see you back here at Brown Boy Gang Comics.