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Cross-Hatchings for May 2016

Short one this week, because frankly I haven’t been reading a lot of new stuff. I wanted to point you towards a couple of the cool things I did read, give you a heads-up on a new podcast, and admit I was wrong about a couple of other things… and also, gloat about the thing I was completely RIGHT about. Join me, won’t you? Continue Reading »

Happy Marv Wolfman Day!

Marv Wolfman just had a birthday, which reminded me about a series of columns I’ve been meaning to do. Continue Reading »

Career Day


One of the nicest things about teaching the after-school Cartooning class is that quite a few of the kids stay in touch, and I’ve been teaching it long enough that many of those kids are adults now. (I’m still alternating between pride and mild dizziness that several have come by shows we’ve been working to introduce their spouses to “the coolest teacher ever.” Yes, and clearly, now also the oldest. But of course Julie and I love it, Julie especially– though we tease the new nerds-in-law mercilessly about having to pass inspection, the truth is that she mothers all of them.)

Other times former students come to us with problems. We don’t love that they are having difficulty, of course, but we are always moved that they ask us for help.

And not too long ago, we got one that might be of interest to the CBR readership. Moreover, I thought that maybe some of you might even have ideas on the subject as well. So here we go. Continue Reading »

Oh, Is It That Week Again?

I tried. I really did. I wanted to come up with something this week that was cheerful and upbeat and celebratory about comics and fandom and this world that I love.

But literally just DAYS after I tried to caution a couple of my former students about this particular phenomenon, here we are again. Continue Reading »

A Week Playing Catch-Up

In our household, the long nightmare is over. We finally have real internet back. Continue Reading »

Our Two-Convention Weekend

That was actually the most fun at a show– sorry, shows, plural– we’ve had in a while. Continue Reading »

Sunday, Quick and Dirty….

This is mostly a drive-by this week because we are right in the middle of the Emerald City Comic-Con. But I wanted to at least give you a little bit of a column-ette and let you know about a couple of links and things. Continue Reading »

Spring Exhibition!

As is traditional when the big Emerald City Con is approaching, I usually give this space over to my 6th and 7th grade Cartooning students to preview some of the pages of the comic they’ll be rolling out at the show. Continue Reading »

Cross-Hatchings for March 2016

You know, a little of this, a little of that. Mostly interesting links and event announcements. People sent some cool books and I came across some intriguing older ones. Oh, and Aquaman is BACK. Continue Reading »

Another Useless Friday Daydream… Old West Edition

Every so often I get ideas for stories that there’s no point in writing, but I can’t help writing them anyway. It happens. You get an idea stuck in your head, you keep thinking of cool refinements for it, and even though you know you’ll never get to use it, it just keeps bubbling up. Peter David calls these “Useless Stories.”

This is one of those… it’s the last adventure of the Lone Ranger. Continue Reading »

Sunday on the Broken Frontier

I almost never do this, build a whole column around a single book. But once in a while, a project comes along that’s worth putting front and center. Continue Reading »

Happy Birthday, Big Guy! Here’s to the Lost Years…

And by ‘big guy,’ of course, I mean… Superman.

Specifically, I’m talking about the pre-Crisis Superman. His birthday, according to DC Comics, is February 29th. That’s straight from E. Nelson Bridwell and if anybody at DC knew that stuff, it was him. He was THE MAN when it came to DC trivia.

But what’s this about ‘lost years,’ you ask? Continue Reading »

On This Day….

We’ve been playing with this interesting new widget. Continue Reading »


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