All Good Things . . .

In a surprise posts (at least to me) on Facebook, Chris Latshaw of the North Texas Comic Book Shows stated that he is “hanging up his spurs.” I am saddened by this because his shows were always a true congregation of comic creators and comic lovers. Though I have not attended in the last few years, I used to be a vendor at the show well before I actually sold comics.

He’s stated that there will not be a summer show and he still doesn’t know if he’ll do another next February, but I’m hoping that he’ll slide in one more so that we can say good-bye in style!

HANGING UP MY SPURS

It has been a great run but I am beginning to think it is time to wind down. I have thought about this before but then a few of you will come up to me at the show and tell me how much you appreciate what we’ve built. The comments are always sincere and meaningful so it has been the catalyst to doing one more.

When I say what we’ve built I mean YOU and me. You folks have been the greatest! Your attendance and support of the North Texas Comic Book Show has truly made it what it is today. My appreciation for you as a fan cannot be properly expressed. The show has become a nationally recognized regional event and has a great reputation among the creator community.

The show, as it stands today, has surpassed anything I thought it would become when I got it up and running. The guests that we have been able to host have been a virtual who’s who of comics. Where it will go from here is yet to be decided. If someone emerges that wants to carry the torch forward then it may continue. Honestly, I’d hate to see the show die but I may not be capable of carrying it forward.

I will not be doing a summer show as I shared with a few of you this past weekend. I have not decided about doing another February show yet. I may try and blow it out one last time. I’ll keep you updated.

Chris

Want to be an astronaut?

Explorers Wanted: NASA to Hire More Artemis Generation Astronauts

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NASA is hiring new astronauts to explore the Moon and Mars! If you have what it takes to be an Artemis Generation astronaut, apply online March 2-31.Credits: NASA

As NASA prepares to launch American astronauts this year on American rockets from American soil to the International Space Station – with an eye toward the Moon and Mars – the agency is announcing it will accept applications March 2 to 31 for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.

Since the 1960s, NASA has selected 350 people to train as astronaut candidates for its increasingly challenging missions to explore space. With 48 astronauts in the active astronaut corps, more will be needed to crew spacecraft bound for multiple destinations and propel exploration forward as part of Artemis missions and beyond.

“We’re celebrating our 20th year of continuous presence aboard the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit this year, and we’re on the verge of sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “For the handful of highly talented women and men we will hire to join our diverse astronaut corps, it’s an incredible time in human spaceflight to be an astronaut. We’re asking all eligible Americans if they have what it to takes to apply beginning March 2.”

The basic requirements to apply include United States citizenship and a master’s degree in a STEM field, including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution. The requirement for the master’s degree can also be met by:

  • Two years (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) of work toward a Ph.D. program in a related science, technology, engineering or math field;
  • A completed doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree;
  • Completion (or current enrollment that will result in completion by June 2021) of a nationally recognized test pilot school program.

Candidates also must have at least two years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical.

Americans may apply to #BeAnAstronaut at:

www.usajobs.gov

As part of the application process, applicants will, for the first time, be required to take an online assessment that will require up to two hours to complete.

After completing training, the new astronauts could launch on American rockets and spacecraft developed for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to live and work aboard the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, where they will take part in experiments that benefit life at home and prepare us for more distant exploration.

They may also launch on NASA’s powerful new Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, docking the spacecraft at the Gateway in lunar orbit before taking a new human landing system to the Moon’s surface. After returning humans to the Moon in 2024, NASA plans to establish sustainable lunar exploration by 2028. Gaining new experiences on and around the Moon will prepare NASA to send the first humans to Mars in the mid-2030s.

NASA expects to select the new class of astronaut candidates in mid-2021 to begin training as the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.

For more information about a career as a NASA astronaut, and application requirements, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

New Digs

So, I haven’t posted in over two months, but I’ve had my reasons. Holidays, traveling, and a move. I’m now an hour and a half east of the metroplex, but I’m still tied to it for all my geeky needs.

This is how we roll!

I’m still in limbo on what I want for my website. The overall intention was to write about things geeky that I love and also about the local area. I’ve decided that the website will be about things that happen to me personally, geeky or otherwise. I actually geek out about a lot of things, and I will discuss those on the site. I will also start to make videos for my channel. These will be every day observances, a look at retro pieces that I used to own and have found online or own, and little snippets of my new community. The A Galaxy Called Dallas Facebook page will be about products, comics, books, movies and reviews of things that I think deserve exposure. The Galactic Daddy page will be more personal items about everything from my favorite books to being a widower geek and raising a pre-teen daughter. I’m always open to suggestions of topics that you are interested in, don’t hesitate to ask.

So, thanks for sticking it out and waiting patiently and there is more to come.