Advertisements

Category Archives: Glenn Walker

Remembering our Glenn Walker

It’s with a heavy heart that I’m writing to let everyone know that Biff Bam Pop!’s Glenn Walker passed away on Wednesday, December 6th. Though seemingly indestructible in my eyes, the truth is that Glenn had suffered from various health issues over the years and finally, and so sadly, his time had come.

Glenn
Though he wasn’t a founding member of the Biff Bam Pop! team, this site eventually became one of his many online homes, probably his favourite. Glenn often told me that Biff Bam Pop! was the best job he ever had, paid or unpaid. I always referred to Glenn as second-in-command, but the truth is simply that he kept this place going for years, as I was caught up in family life, new jobs, and writing books – outside endeavours that he encouraged and supported fully. He brought to Biff Bam Pop! his unmatched knowledge of pop culture, including Silver Age Comics and Eurovision, neither of which I understood, but which he could pontificate about with ease.

Glenn loved the world he wrote about, and he talked about those loves across a variety of platforms – our Biff Bam Popcasts, the Nerdfect Strangers podcast, the GAR podcast with his friend Ray, and the wonderful Make Mine Magic podcast, which he hosted with his beloved wife, Jennifer. Our Biff Bam Popcast’s were incredibly fun, as he and I, along with Marie Gilbert, JP Fallavollita and others, would debate and discuss pop culture happenings. Nobody ever agreed with me, to the best of my recollection. Especially Glenn.

Prior to moving down south to Florida, Glenn was an essential part of the South Jersey Writer’s Group, where he inspired and organized, and met some wonderful writers along the way, including James Knipp, Sarah Miduski and Loraine Swearingen Sisco, who he would invite into the Biff Bam Pop! fold as well. His longtime friend Robin Renee was also part of our team, and he spoke of her often and fondly.

But take all this away, and at the end of the day, Glenn Walker was my friend. One of my best friends.

Glenn and I met online through a shared Facebook connection in Jonathan Maberry. I remember our first online conversation, which took place over Facebook Messenger in March 2009, as we discussed the website. Eventually, I asked Glenn to contribute an article, then another, and then he became part of the team, and my life. Our friendship transcended location or age (he was much, much older than me), and was about mutual respect and eventually a brotherly love for one another. We’d chat nearly everyday on Messenger, about life, the universe and everything. When we finally met face to face in the spring of 2015, when he picked me up at the airport as I ventured to Jersey to see my friend, I said, “Nice to meet you.” We both laughed. We already knew each other better than most.

Glenn, Jenn, Princess and me

This year, on January 2nd, I turned 40. I threw a birthday party for myself and, to my honour and amazement, Jenn and Glenn traveled from Florida to Toronto to be there for it. We managed to spend some meals together, and have some great times. The plan was for me and Biff Bam Pop’s Princess to travel down to see Jenn and Glenn and take in Disney. While I’m sorry it didn’t work out, and that time was against this plan, I’ll make a point of the Princess, Jenn and I going together. I think Glenn would absolutely want that.

The truth is, as I sit here writing this, I’m in complete denial that Glenn Walker is gone. I keep waiting for a text from Jenn saying differently. We should be so lucky. But through what is a new sort of grief for me, the loss of a friend, I also think about what Glenn would tell me to do, to handle it and process it.

He’d tell me to write. And then keep writing. Because that’s what Glenn Walker would do.

And so I’ll keep writing, though with an emptiness in my heart knowing that my friend isn’t here to read my words any longer.

I love you, buddy. See you on the other side.

IMG_2126

Advertisements

The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow: ‘Crisis on Earth-X’

afla1

The big CW DCTV crossover event is finally here, bringing The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow together for one big four-hour adventure. In this case, it’s the wedding of Barry (the Flash) Allen and Iris West and the Crisis on Earth-X. For my review of the first two parts, click here. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the concluding two chapters, the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow chapters of Crisis on Earth-X!

Read the rest of this entry

Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 11-29-2017

amar1

This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on The Doomsday Clock #1, Cross #1-6, Rick and Morty #32, Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #5, Kaijumax Season Three #5, and more… be warned, as always, there may be spoilers…

Read the rest of this entry

Supergirl/Arrow: ‘Crisis on Earth-X’

afla1

The big CW DCTV crossover event is finally here, bringing The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow together for one big four-hour adventure. In this case, it’s the wedding of Barry (the Flash) Allen and Iris West and the Crisis on Earth-X. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the first two chapters, the Supergirl and Arrow chapters of Crisis on Earth-X!

Read the rest of this entry

Heroes and Villains – Thanksgiving Edition

amar1

For this special Thanksgiving edition of Heroes and Villains, we’ll be doing things a bit differently, and looking at comics currently on Kickstarter in a way of giving thanks to friends in the field who will give thanks if you give. Meet me after the jump for some thoughts on The Atomic Thunderbolt, Super!, Lazarus the Forever Man, Squirt: Heroes Come in All Sizes, and more… check it out!

Read the rest of this entry

The Flash S04 E07: ‘Therefore I Am’

afla1

What happens when The Flash gets outthought by the Thinker?  Team Flash thinks they have the goods on the master criminal but he succeeds in turning the tables on our heroes by using the law against them.  Proof is a valuable weapon, see it thwart the Flash at every turn, after the super speed jump to conclusions with my review of “Therefore I Am.”

Read the rest of this entry

Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 11-15-2017

amar1

This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Sky Masters of the Space Force: The Complete Sunday Strips in Color – 1959-1960, Merry Men #4, Volcanosaurus #1, Fence #1, Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1, Misfit City #7, The Space Heists of Vyvy and Qwerty #1, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

Read the rest of this entry

The Flash S04 E06: ‘When Harry Met Harry…’

afla1

Following in the footsteps of Kang the Conqueror, Jonathan Hickman’s Reed Richards, and Rick Sanchez of Rick and Morty, this episode of The Flash features a multiversal meeting of multiple Harrison Welles. There’s also a new dark matter metahuman called the Black Bison and a ridiculous superhero costume for Ralph Dibny. Meet me after the extradimensional and extra-stretchable super speed jump for my thoughts on “When Harry Met Harry…”

Read the rest of this entry

Heroes and Villains: Road to Justice League Edition

aj1

Later this week a little movie called Justice League opens, and I was curious what might be waiting at the comic shop should anyone wander in after seeing the movie. I hate to say, there’s not much new, and what there is might be confusing. So here’s where this special Road to Justice League edition of Heroes and Villains comes into play. Meet me after the jump so I can let you know what is out right now, and what you should be reading when it comes to Justice League.

Read the rest of this entry

Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 11-8-2017

amar1

This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Captain America #695, Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1, Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1, Coyotes #1, Port of Earth #1, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

Read the rest of this entry

%d bloggers like this: