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Mixed Notes - June 1: "Bachelor" Wedding Bells, Comic-Book Prize Winner

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 1, 2012

Northeast Ohio's own Holly Durst ("The Bachelor," "Bachelor Pad") is getting married tomorrow to another veteran of the "Bachelor/ette/Pad" franchise, Blake Julian. The publisher of Holly's book "Chocolate Socks" sent along a reminder including this:

People magazine will be covering the event and dozens of Bachelor and Bachelorette stars will be attending the South Carolina affair.

In honor of the happy couple, Holly's publisher Ambassador International is giving her fans a wedding gift-- a shot at one of two autographed copies of Holly's new children's book Chocolate Socks! To enter visit Ambassador International's Facebook page and click on the "Chocolate Socks Giveaway" box. Entries will be collected until June 15th. (

Chocolate Socks is also now available on iTunes for $9.99:

You may recall a print HeldenFiles item about Revere High's Alex Wilson some time back. What? You don't? Well, here it is again, with a followup:

Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer) is not the only lauded comics creator to come out of Revere High School. Alex Wilson, Revere '95, is in contention for a prestigious Eagle Award for new talents.
The Time of Reflection, written by Wilson with art by Silvio dB, is one of two finalists for the Huntsman's Challenge (so named because of a promotional tie to the new movie Snow White and the Huntsman). Competitors had to create "a fully finished, coloured and lettered five-page story with a plot relevant to the film's dark fantasy setting," according to the Eagle website.
The British-based Eagle Awards have been given almost every year since 1976 to various comic-book titles and creators and call themselves "the comics industry's longest established awards."
The award will be based on fan votes. You can vote at Voting, which must be done by Monday, includes taking a short survey; the awards will be presented in London on May 25.
You can read more about Wilson at, where you can also read The Time of Reflection. Wilson, by the way, says the comic is PG-13-level for its violence

The new news: Wilson's work won the award. And that puts him among the last winners of an Eagle Award, since the prizes are getting a new name and possible other changes next year.


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