Orby Rises From the Grave (Kind of)!

About a year ago a good friend, and man who helped to make the book possible by connecting me to Jerry Vile and other threads, Rick Manore started talking to me about the idea of an “Orbit Takeover” of the Metro Times. I have to say, I loved the idea. Here...

Kid Rock’s “First Kiss” at DTE

I’ve told the story so many times people are probably sick of hearing it. The story is how Kid Rock donated to my book campaign, received my original Niagara “Hot Box #1” painting as a gift, and decided to make it the cover art for his “First...

Face-to-Face with His Story

Today, August 7th, was the day Jerry Vile had the chance to come face-to-face with himself through the pages of the book. Before now, Jerry had read the text of the book with some descriptions of what might be on the pages in terms of reprints, images, and other...

IT’S HERE! Kind of…

Four years of work has comes to this – holding the book in my hands for the first time today. Around noon I went to WSU Press and thumbed through the full proof copy of “The Orbit Magazine Anthology”. This is the copy the designers at the Press used...

Feel Free – Judge this Book by it’s Cover!

It’s been here, there, and a few places – but, I didn’t realize I hadn’t officially released the cover of the book to you, dear reader. Well, here you go! Click the image to make it bigger! It’s a beauty from the great Glenn Barr. He is...

This is the End of the Beginning!

Cover Page When you work on something long enough it starts to feel like a part of you – like a limb or a growth (don’t worry, it’s benign). It’s been 4 years since I started to the ORBIT book project and, now, it’s “done.” I put “done” in quotes because...

First Day for “First Kiss”

As I talked about before, it’s been a great honor and just amazing to see a painting that used to hang on my wall is now the cover of Kid Rock’s new album. “First Kiss” was released today and Bob has been making the rounds. He was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon...

Dirty Show, Pre-Order and Final Review!

I know I’ve said it before, but it’s getting exciting now. First, the 16thannual edition of The Dirty Show is on as I write this. Last night kicked off with legendary indie filmmaker, artist, and raconteur John Waters. Jerry Vile was very excited to land John for the...