This past July marked the 4th Anniversary of Sorbo Writer’s Blog. And whereas I previously celebrated with stories and art from you, Kevin Sorbo’s fans, I did nothing for 2013.
So, I want to celebrate now!
A little history: As a freelance writer and long-time Sorbo fan I sought (and continue to seek) outlets for stories about him, things we all know and love, like his work with A World Fit For Kids! and numerous other charities, how well he respects and treats his fans, his many television and film credits (including awards), his love of family and country, his humor and sarcasm that make me laugh, and, following publication of his excellent book, True Strength, his candid confession about the four strokes that almost killed him and how he uses his experience to inspire and motivate others.
Upon not receiving the response from editors for which I had hoped, I decided to do it myself. I consulted some prior and new Sorbo friends about creating a place where fans could express their love for him however they wish (stories, art, vid, etc.). I received much feedback and support for which I am grateful.
One of those friends was Mara from Brazil who runs the Kevin Sorbo Brazilian Forum, as well as creates some beautiful Kevin art, including the monthly calendars that you see here. She was and remains one of my most positive supporters and dearest friends.
So, when I thought about what I should do to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of this blog, I immediately asked Mara if she would create some of her lovely art. Within hours she sent these two images. Aren’t they great? She’s fantastic! Obrigada, mi querida amiga!!!
Greetings, my friends. As Kevin Sorbo fans we have all been influenced by him in various ways, whether by him personally, professionally, the friendships that bind us or all three. Some of us have discovered him by way of very personal experiences, and I am so grateful to you for sharing them with us.
This amazing story is from our dear friend Vanessa in Belgium. It made me cry. Perhaps it will touch your hearts, too.
In 1982, I was involved in a serious accident. I was 5-years-old! My sister Muriel was killed instantly. She was 11-years-old. My left leg was full of scars, causes of serious injury. And my sister I miss so much!
My story with Kevin starts with “Hercules” (when I was) 17-years-old and completely under his spell, of course! Later, I learned (of) his health problems – he had almost died, too. I was upside-down! I admired him even more, and since, it never left me.
He is like an inspiration to me. He gives me the strength to move forward in life, and I dream to meet (him) to be able to tell him.
We are living as we are strong and faith in us.
Love to Sorbo fans!
(Images courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)
Yesterday, October 13, 2013, our beloved Sorbo Sister Charline Denis passed away. Although I didn’t know her personally, I occasionally corresponded with her via email and knew her as a loyal Kevin Sorbo fan, one of our fine Sorbo artists, and a supporter of and contributor to this blog and the Kevin Sorbo Brazilian Forum.
We will miss her, and offer our sincerest condolences and prayers to her family and friends.
I met Charline through Teresa from Spain. Charline was a huge fan of Kevin Sorbo, and so Teresa introduced her to the Brazilian forum…
Charline – when she was able to – would write something nice on the forum or send an artwork or a picture or even make some lovely clips about Kevin’s job, like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNkxw2wNdwE
She was suffering from an illness that kept her in a wheelchair, and meeting Kevin Sorbo was a huge dream for her… and she made it come true in 2009, as Jan wrote on her great blog: http://sorbowriter.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/more-facts-coverage/
She could not meet Kevin again, as she would like, but I’m sure Kevin and Hercules helped to make her life less sad and eased her pain along her sickness.
Yesterday, the pain was over, and now Charline is at peace. Coucou, ma belle!
(Video and Kevin Sorbo photos by Teresa; artwork by Mara, Evelyne, Malena and Vanessa)
If not, he voiced the Narrator opposite actor Jim O’Rear’s Roderick Usher in the excellent 2011 CD adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic Gothic tale of horror and intrigue written, directed and produced by Kevin Herren. Please refer to my previous review for more information: https://sorbowriter.wordpress.com/?s=House+of+Usher
The shirt has the CD’s cool tricolor cover design created by award-winning artist, Billy Tackett, and is available at Fast Custom Shirts.
Here’s how to get yours:
1. Head over to Fast Custom Shirts
2. Purchase the official “FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER” shirt before August 31, 2013. You will get an email from Fast Custom Shirts with an order confirmation number.
3: Email your order confirmation number and email address to Macabre Mansion at email@example.com.
Once your shirt has been shipped, the folks at Macabre Mansion will send you a link and instructions for downloading your free digital copy of their Audio Drama, “FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER” – a $10 value for FREE! Offer expires August 31, 2013.
**THERE’S NOT MUCH TIME, SO ORDER TODAY!!!**
It’s an awesome audio drama and really cool shirt! You don’t want to miss this!!
Check it out!
Here’s Macabre Mansion fan Marian Lamer wearing hers. Thanks for the great photo, Marian!
(Kevin Sorbo images courtesy of Macabre Mansion; T-Shirt photo by Marian Lamer)
Kevin’s fans are so creative in many ways from painting and computer art to writing and crafts. This lovely story is from Pilar in Spain, who sent it quite a while ago, and who made an amazing cross-stitch for Kevin. My humblest apologies for posting it so late, Pilar. Enjoy!
In January, 2011, my good friend, Teresa, asked me to make an artwork by using the cross-stitch so she could offer it to her idol, Kevin Sorbo, at the Film Festival in Estepona, Spain, in September, 2011.
She asked me to do it by using the ship of Kevin’s (television) series, “Andromeda,” so, I did it, and wrote “Sorbo/Hunt” on it.
Please take a look at Kevin holding it:
For me it feels so good being able to show you the photo right now. I’m very grateful to Teresa for it – it gives me great pleasure looking at my artwork in its owner’s hands.
Here’s Pilar’s beautiful work:
I am slowly catching up with the many amazing stories, movie reviews and artwork that you have faithfully contributed to this blog. My sincerest apologies for my tardiness. I know that you have been and are working hard for Kevin on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media outlets. Kudos to you all! Kevin’s fans are truly THE BEST ON THE PLANET!! Yeah!!!
Here is a story that our great friend Mara sent from Adriana in 2011. Many, many thanks for your extreme patience, ladies, and for forwarding this fantastic piece. Enjoy!
My name is Adriana and I live in São Paulo, Brazil. I’m married and have two beautiful daughters.
I “met” Kevin through a friend who asked me to be part of an international forum for Kevin Sorbo and I accepted it.
I was living a hard time in my life by then…
You could ask me, “What does Kevin to do with that?”
Oh! He’s got a lot to do with it…
I was living in a small little boring world; nothing was really amusing me… So, by being at the forum I eventually kept finding out another world (with) plenty of new, interesting and amazing things, and Kevin is among them.
I think he’s an example to be followed, and I love his characters, particularly Hercules. I’m sure he’s an adorable man…
I’ve got a signed photo by him – that made me so happy (that) my heart felt (like) going out through my mouth!
What beautiful eyes Kevin’s got – they reflect his soul. He’s a man of integrity with so many qualities I admire!
I’m still not able to understand what he says, but I’m learning English so (that) one day I’m going to meet him in person!
It’s finally here! International Kevin Sorbo Day! Yay!
No, Kevin doesn’t drop down your chimneys with presents or leave chocolate Kevins in your baskets or anything else you people are thinking. So, stop that!
This is HIS day, no matter how much he hates it. Some of us got together and created presents just for him. We hope you all enjoy them as much as we did making them.
Happy Birthday, Kevin!!!!
Many thanks to all who contributed: Loli, Nancy, Mara, Rhonda, Malena, Jan, Carol and Jacqui.
AMAZON WISHES TO KEVIN ON HIS BIRTHDAY
BY CAROL HOWELL (DESSY) 9/22/2012
One lovely sunny day I traveled down a new way
Went silently o’er the road and around the bend
Not expecting adventure, not expecting news
When to my surprise I ran into an old friend
‘Twas an Amazon from the wonderful days gone by
A comrade and warrior from long ago
A friend who walked with me and loves our Big Guy
And who also told stories of his adventures to and fro
As we sat and caught up she shared happy news
A celebration was drawing friends from near and far
Our dear Kevin was not sharing the clues
But the celebration of his birth was about to start
Excitement began to flow thru my veins
A smile crossed my weary face
Was time to gather our sisters together
And begin to decorate this quiet place
It had been a while since we’d gathered together in force
His faithful Amazons had been pretty quiet
But still we were near quietly staying the course
Now we joyfully prepared to start a happy riot
Its time to count our numbers
Its time to stand up and shout
His sweet Amazons no longer slumber
From every corner they’re dancing out
Each Amazon shouting their happy salutations
Each one crying out their wishes to the sky
All carrying presents and congratulations
We’re all here to celebrate the birthday of our Big Guy
Knowing he likes to keep it to himself
And not tell the world he’s a year older
His Amazons remind him he’s the same to them
And the Happy Birthday sign goes up from its folder
It’s time to celebrate; it’s time to dance
It’s time to gather together friends from times gone by
And share our love and stories of adventure and romance
And wish Happy Birthday and joy to our one and only Big Guy
We want you to know our hearts are bursting with joy
At the journey you’ve traveled and the great things you’ve done
The place you’ve come from and the places you are going
We stand together as always celebrating with you as ONE
So on your special day Kevin we send our love and cheer
We dance and sing and laugh still dear friends
Remember Kevin it is you that’s the reason for this lifetime bond
And YOU are the good and kind person who has brought us here
Remember Kevin no matter where you travel no matter where you go
Your Amazons are still here standing strong: It’s not past
We send this Amazon Birthday wish so you will always know
We stand with you all way, Your Ole Amazons love stands fast
Here’s the second of Jacqui-D’s Happy Birthday, Kevin videos: