About Ken Gale

Ken Gale producer, co-host, interviewer and eventually engineer for 'Nuff Said!, is also a
professional comics writer and editor. His first professional sale, an interview with Jerry
Robinson, was published in
DC Comics' Amazing World of DC Comics #4 in late 1974. During
this period he started personal relationships with many comics professionals, which has been a
great asset in obtaining the quality and diversity of guests for
'Nuff Said!. His first fiction
appeared in
Creepy #106 and he has also written for math textbooks (those questions at the end
of the chapters, "Practice Your Skills"), numerous magazine, e-zine and newspaper articles, and
a number of other comic book titles including
The Good Guys #7-10 for Defiant and wrote the
comic strip
Miranda for Puritan magazine from 1996-2000. His first radio experience was via Ed
Menje at the now-defunct WHBI-FM in NYC.

He conducts and moderates panels at the
Big Apple Con in New York City. Those panels usually
become episodes of
'Nuff Said! He's been a member of several apas and is still a member of
Interlac. More recently, he's put out a
dvd version of his radio show. Look for an environmental
horror story he wrote in
Psychosis #2 (2007). And he was on the Board of Directors of the Celtic
League American Branch for quite a while.

By the way,
Re-animator fans, he also happens to be the nephew of actor David Gale.
Ken Gale -- May 12, 2007
Post Meeting Write-up

Saturday's Face the Fiction - what to say....awesome wouldn't begin to cover it.  But, before I go
into details -
Steve and Jim left before the end so they didn't get to hear themselves being
thanked.  It was their generosity that paid for the night - thank you so much.  We have thoughtful
people in this group!

Steve mentioned, I had to let them in when they arrived.  Why?  We were told to lock the door
after the museum volunteer (who was named
Annmarie oddly enough) left.  Her words were,
"you may want to lock this after me - in case."  In case?!  In case what?!  Of course,
lovely reminder of the movie
Dawn of the Dead immediately jumped into my mind - my already
overactive mind!  Did museum lady know something we didn't?  Is this why the Bergen Mall has
no shoppers?  Zombies eat them all!!  Great - I tried not to think about it - tried being the operative
word.  During the course of the night, you couldn't avoid thinking about it.  Creepy things did

People started arriving before 7 - our guest, his wife and a friend included.  What a nice man
is.  He was approachable, friendly and downright nice.  Todd and I noticed the refreshments
going quickly and took a run to ShopRite - the long way.  
Todd took a wrong turn and then
grumbled how he always does that on that particular road.  He wasn't joking either.  He knew
everything coming up and exactly where he had to turn around to get to where we needed to be!  
didn't laugh - much.  When we got back, walking toward the doors were
Brian O and Kat, as well
Aurelia and Remi.  The six of us went downstairs to find a VERY full house patiently waiting.  
The house was so full that we had to drag chairs out of a small TV room in the back - we used
not only all of the 32 available chairs, but the 8 from the back room, a rolling desk chair (
swiped to play on!) and
Steve H and I were standing!!

Ken Gale started his what turned out to be a 2 and a half hour presentation, with the "usual how I
got into this business introduction". He provided fascinating tidbits, gossip and history.  He
discussed the ban on comics in the 50's and hearings about how immoral comics were.  He
talked about the drought of "good" comics in the 80's and that was his inspiration to do
something about it.  The timeline he presented was informative and had many members
nodding their heads in agreement.  He was also very funny - the man had a sense of humor and
used it.  One such moment - he proudly told us how interviewers got angry Harlan Ellison, or irate
Harlan, but he got SAD Harlan!  It was easy to see how he became so popular both on air and in
the comic business.   He then showed us his DVD with the disclaimer, "I hate the music and had
nothing to do with it."  The DVD included interviews, out-takes, etc. from his radio show "Nuf said".

Steve pointed out, Ken went through the various artists, editors, inkers, etc. he worked with
(Alexei Kondratiev, Ed Menje and many others).  He told us who to avoid and never work with.  He
offered suggestions to those who may be thinking about entering the field.  He told us never get
into comics for what they're worth - it's about what it's worth to you.  He talked about different
forms of art, how to practice drawing and what books would be beneficial.  He said he didn't have
favorites and would name hundreds if asked.  He discussed the frustration of raising over
$10,000 in less than three weeks for the radio station and still getting cancelled because of
Mr. Gale has strong feelings about the innate "wrongness" of those who abuse power
and do only what is right for them.  He points out - and the whole room agreed - that with power
comes responsibility.  To abuse that responsibility/power is wrong.  His show was cancelled
because "someone" (Bernard White) didn't like comics.  It didn't matter that the public had
spoken, that he had raised more money than any other show, and that this was a personal bias -
the man with the power did what was what he wanted to do - no explanation!   Wrong!  The whole
time he frantically waves his arms and makes disgusted facial expressions - he's very dynamic
as a speaker.  He warned us of the politics involved with radio and how sad it is.

We took a short break, went touring the mall with laughable hijinks, and had a lot of fun.  
joined me and group of intrepid curiosity seekers to explore the bottom floor.  Her next
10 books could come from this one night alone!  We laughed our way through the Village Mall
peeking into empty rooms, scaring the heck out of each other and creating stories as to what
happened.  We then moved down the hall the find freaky holes in the walls and a set of steel
doors with a padlock - the doors also had what looked like bullet holes.  We looked through them
- ok, I didn't because I wasn't tall enough to reach.  I had to try to look under the doors.  What was
back there?  
Bill took a picture through the holes, but, alas, no clear image.  He jokingly said
there was an eye looking back - we left him there!  At this point, it was getting late and a few
members headed home.  We went back for the rest of
Mr. Gale's presentation.

Ken talked about a few other things and opened the floor to questions.  He was floored by not
only the amount of questions, but also the quality of the questions.  One in particular was
question about killing off characters only to bring them back, like Superman, but then added the
caveat of "would you have done that?"  
Ken's "oh, that's a goooood one," was too funny.  Bill and I
were in the back of the room at this point, when we heard three distinct taps on the door.  I
assumed it was a member who couldn't get out of the mall and was coming back.  When
Bill and
I went to go look – no one was there.  I am very serious.  Trust me when I tell you 1) there is no
place to hide in the hall to the right and 2) if you go to the left, you'd have to run pretty darn fast to
get there so we would've heard something.  We looked askance at each other, locked the door
and went back.  At 10:20 the museum volunteer returned (she had to make sure nothing was
broken, missing, and lock up).  As the presentation was still in full swing,
I stood in the main
gallery with her, as did
Bill, and chatted. All of the sudden we heard a crash from the kitchen
area.  I looked at
Annmarie, she looked at me and at the same time said, "you heard that?!"  The
three of us went back to investigate although every one of my horror-movie-watching-senses was
saying, "NO, do not go back there - run!"  We found nothing out of place and all doors locked back
there.  Creepy. I asked if stuff like that happened often and the response was, "well, I avoid being
here alone if I can." Hmm.

Mr. Gale begrudgingly finished up a little after 10:30.  People went back up to buy more of the
items he provided.  Clean up began complete with a fun "chair brigade".  A quick check found all
in order and we headed off to the Surburban Diner for more fun.  This is when
Bill and I had chills
run up our spines!  As we stood in the lobby waiting for seats,
Chris H walked up and asked us
"who the heck was that tapping on the windows trying to get in?"  Creeeeepy!  We were joined at
the diner by
Liz M and her friend Hannah.  It's a good thing Sam (host at the diner) likes us and
turned a blind eye to
Brian K swiping, moving and adding a table to our group.  Topics of
conversation at the diner ranged from
Spider-Man 3, Hot Fuzz, a giant bosom rampaging through
the countryside (thanks Woody Allen), music, art, OATMEAL & Ted,
Brian's "youth group" days and
more.  We left the diner after 2am to only continue talking in the parking lot.  
Bill pushed Sandy
into a puddle!  
Brian showed us his armor that he made himself - then Brian and Steve H made
like hooligans and sparred.  I behaved.  An awesome location, awesome guest (who wants to
come back - they all want to come back!!), and fantastic night.  Thanks to all who helped with set-
up, clean up, and everything in between.  Please join us next month for best-selling author