Friday, November 30, 2007

Jeff Olsen - A Brief History




















Since Jeff Olsen’s recent return to Kyle’s B&B, I’ve had some inquiries from newer readers of the strip for some background info on the hairy-chested hunk. So, without further ado, here are some highlights of Jeff’s long & illustrious history at Kyle’s B&B.

Jeff Olsen actually goes way back almost to the very beginning of Kyle’s B&B. His first appearance was in Episode # 5, as the newly-arrived catcher on Brad’s baseball team… who, (unlike Brad), happened to be out of the closet:























It wasn’t too long before Jeff had moved into the B&B, and got into some serious conflict with Brad, (in Episode # 6):






















Things were tense for a while there, but by the time Jeff got traded to another team in Alabama, (Episode # 11), he & Brad had reached what was essentially a truce.























We didn’t see Jeff again for quite a few months, but he surprised everyone by showing up unexpectedly for Christmas in Episode # 38. By this point, he & Brad had forged somewhat of a friendship while playing on a winter-league baseball team in Brazil together.























Jeff didn’t show up again until Episode # 86, but his surprise appearance for a Halloween party, in which the B&B guys were dressing up as the Village People, was especially memorable as he capably took on the role of the “Leather Guy”.























Continuing his string of “surprise” appearances, Jeff was back for an extended stay starting in Episode # 117. However, he had some stunning news, as this 2-panel sequence from Episode # 118 shows:





















After a series of rather dramatic episodes, with Brad & Jeff dancing around the idea of having a romance, (but never actually doing anything about it), Jeff once again left to play baseball in another part of the country, in Episode # 123, (which led to another tearful airport goodbye for Brad):






















Months later, Jeff pulled another surprise appearance at the Fire Island barbecue that Kyle arranged for all of the B&B “family”. Jeff & Brad’s tenuous relationship is best shown in this series of panels from Episode # 185:





















And that leads us up to his recent return to the B&B in Episode # 217. How long will he be around for this time? That remains to be seen. But you can be sure there’ll be drama every step of the way… seems like Jeff just can’t help but create it wherever he goes!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Episode # 218 - November 20th, 2007

Hey, we're sorry.... this episode is no longer posted online. But you can see it in the third Kyle's B&B
book collection "Kyle's Bed & Breakfast: Hot Off the Griddle".   (This is the first Kyle's B&B book
to feature FULL COLOR episodes!). By the way, if you prefer Kyle's B&B in black & white,
there is also a special black & white edition available of the third book, too!

Both are easily available to order on Amazon.  Just click on either of the banner links below to get there!


Additionally, if you want to see the strip from the very beginning, you can order the first two book collections,
"Kyle's Bed & Breakfast" and "Kyle's Bed & Breakfast: A Second Bowl of Serial".
Both are also easily available from Amazon by clicking on the banner links below:




One more thing: if you're not already a fan of Kyle's B&B on Facebook, well.... you really ought to
be! It's a great way to keep up with the B&B guys between episodes, and get all sorts of fun pics
and interesting tidbits that don't make it here to the B&B website. Just click on the banner link
below, and click on "Like" when you get there. Don't be left out in the cold!


 Also, to follow Kyle's B&B on TWITTER, just click here:




And a big thank you to everyone who sent me Happy Birthday wishes... I'm really touched!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Autumn in Northport



















The Fall foliage is just about hitting its peak here on Long Island this week. I took these shots this morning, walking around my hometown of Northport. (Clicking on them will make 'em a bit larger, for your undiluted viewing pleasure!). Notice in the second pic, the gorgeous hills across the harbor, often seen in the backgrounds, through the windows, at Kyle's B&B.
















It's unusual for the leaves to hit their peak this late in the season. Normally, the foliage reaches its peak color around here during Halloween week. Yet, here we are, over 2 weeks later, and things are just getting into the vibrant color that marks Autumn's height. I don't know what you believe about global warming, but... clearly, we're having a remarkably warmer Fall season this year. However, things chilled down quite a bit last night, and today has been a crisp, cool, classic Fall day with strong winds rumbling through the trees. Time to break out the heavy quilts!



















You probably know that I often extoll the virtues of Vermont, and how I love traveling up there, etc. But Long Island has a beauty all of its own, with plenty of glowing maples & New England charm. Especially the town of Northport, nestled up here on the north shore, with its harbor, clanging fishing boats, winding, hilly streets, and breathtaking sunsets . Sometimes I marvel at the sheer loveliness of living here. Certainly, it's what inspired me to set Kyle's B&B in this town.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Episode # 217 - November 6th, 2007

Hey, we're sorry.... this episode is no longer posted online. But you can see it in the third Kyle's B&B
book collection "Kyle's Bed & Breakfast: Hot Off the Griddle".   (This is the first Kyle's B&B book
to feature FULL COLOR episodes!). By the way, if you prefer Kyle's B&B in black & white,
there is also a special black & white edition available of the third book, too!

Both are easily available to order on Amazon.  Just click on either of the banner links below to get there!


Additionally, if you want to see the strip from the very beginning, you can order the first two book collections,
"Kyle's Bed & Breakfast" and "Kyle's Bed & Breakfast: A Second Bowl of Serial".
Both are also easily available from Amazon by clicking on the banner links below:




One more thing: if you're not already a fan of Kyle's B&B on Facebook, well.... you really ought to
be! It's a great way to keep up with the B&B guys between episodes, and get all sorts of fun pics
and interesting tidbits that don't make it here to the B&B website. Just click on the banner link
below, and click on "Like" when you get there. Don't be left out in the cold!


 Also, to follow Kyle's B&B on TWITTER, just click here:



And be sure to check out my heavy metal Halloween pics, (next post down!).

OH.... and being that this is Election Day here in the USA.... if that's applicable to you, well, don't forget to vote!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Heavy Metal Halloween

What better way to spend Halloween than being at a Slash book signing in Huntington, (the next town over from Northport), at my favorite bookstore in the world, Book Revue.

Slash, being Slash of Guns & Roses, now with Velvet Revolver, who just released his own autobiography this past month.

Yes, that is really me in the picture above, (and in the several to follow, below), along with Caitlin as 1920s flapper, and Anne in the background. (Click it to see full sized). I guess those years I spent in rock bands and working as an electric guitar salesman left me with the ability to, when the time is right, work that 1980's metal rocker thing. (Or maybe not...you be the judge! LOL).

And if you're wondering.... Slash was wonderful. Truly friendly, down to earth, a pleasure to meet and speak with.

It was also fun to see lots of folks out in costume for the holiday. And I was a bit surprised to see so many young kids, pre-teens, who were there to meet Slash. Kind of cute to see some parents and kids who were both fans, there to meet him.

I was also quite excited to run into my friend Sabine, who's here visiting from Los Angeles, (that's her with me in the third pic).

I feel bad that I didn't get to take more pictures of the night... what ended up happening is that my friends took pictures of me, and that is the majority of pics that I have.

And no, no pics here of Slash, save for the pic of his poster above. He had a strict no-photos rule, and while I got to meet him "behind the scenes" and have a nice, warm chat, the last thing on my mind was whipping out my camera and asking for a photo at that point. (For the record, he was wearing the famous top-hat, and he looked great!).

All in all, a fun, wild, heavy metal Halloween night!
All three Kyle's B&B books are now in stock & available at Amazon ... makes the perfect gift for just about anyone ! Click on the links below to get your copies today!!!