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Bits and pieces. Random items that didn’t rate a full column. You all know the drill by now. Continue Reading »
With Mr. Holmes in theaters and a new Sherlock special on the horizon, once again the ‘best version’ discussion-slash-friendly-wrangle-of-an-argument has cropped up among my Holmesian friends. Someone asked me about the best version of Holmes in COMICS and it stonkered me. Continue Reading »
I actually didn’t read any comics this week at all. But that doesn’t mean we were lacking for comics-related nerdy entertainment.
We mostly checked in with a lot of movies and TV that we normally wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy but for the kindness of friends, or occasionally strangers who supplied review copies. Anyway, all of these efforts have been piling up in my maybe-that’s-worth-a-column mention file. So here’s the rundown on the lot, capsule-review style. Continue Reading »
So this infographic showed up on my feeds a couple of days ago. You’ve probably seen it if you’re a book person. It’s depressing even if you’re not a writer, though it does explain certain media trends. Continue Reading »
Once upon a time, if you wanted to read collected comics in book form, you had to hit your local library and seek out the 740s in the non-fiction section. You could usually find a hardcover Peanuts treasury or two, or maybe if you got lucky, Les Daniels’s Comix! or Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes. And that was IT.
No more. Now we are surrounded by reprint editions of great comics from every era. Just this week I came across three collections of my favorite runs that for the most part, I was sure would NEVER be collected… even in a world that’s already given us the complete Creature Commandos. Continue Reading »
Two cool things you can do… today’s is for anyone in the world, tomorrow’s is for Pacific Northwest types. Continue Reading »
My various social media feeds are blowing up with news from all fronts; the outpouring of promotional clips and announcements from Comic-Con International, and closer to home, a bunch of hilarious party photos and such from Donna Barr and Roberta Gregory and others at the Clallam Bay Comic-Con out on the Olympic Peninsula.
Well, we’re not at San Diego this weekend, or even at Clallam Bay. Or at any of the half-dozen other local events we were thinking of dropping in on this weekend. Between the unscheduled Portland trip a couple of weeks ago and then the car suddenly sputtering out on us again, our recreational outings have been severely curtailed for the time being.
So I might as well get caught up with some quick capsule reviews of the books and comics that have been piling up here at home. Join me, won’t you? Continue Reading »
It’s been the kind of bad-news week where I find myself eschewing new books, instead gravitating toward some beloved old favorites for the week’s bus reads. Comfort food.
To me the essence of comfort food reading is the pleasure of the expected. It’s the same reassuring feeling you get from seeing a favorite band play the hits. Just for fun, I thought I’d share a few of those familiar old favorites with you this week. Continue Reading »
I had come to Portland for a funeral. Continue Reading »
Why do so many people think Batman should become a franchise?
I don’t mean in the real world. I understand why DC Comics has always published a bunch of Batman comics. No, I mean in Gotham City. Continue Reading »
This is just a silly little something that I came across during our recent trip along the Strait of Juan De Fuca, and it tickled me so that I thought it deserved its own post…. especially since it reminded me of an honorable old comics tradition that is largely gone today.
The tradition I’m speaking of is the ‘house ad.’ Continue Reading »
Here’s the thing… much as I’d love to be presenting you with the tale of our Memorial Day bookscouting adventures along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, various Life Events have intervened. So instead, here’s another short piece with some interesting links and things while I try and get caught up on various commitments, including getting the Cartooning and Young Authors class anthologies ready to roll out at the Olympia Comics Festival six days from now…. and getting the damn car fixed so we can transport them there. Continue Reading »
Chances are, with the end of the school year AND the Olympia Comics Festival class trip both hurtling towards me like a runaway train, the column’s going to be a little late posting this week… so here’s an article I wrote about bookscouting. It’s something I’ve been promising my friend Jim forever; he runs a site about having fun on the cheap called Blue Collar Black Tie and since that’s pretty much how Julie and I have lived for our whole lives, he recruited us as contributors. We finally made it. Check out the rest of the site while you’re there.
By the time you read this, we’ll be on the road again. With Julie now established in her new job and our work schedules actually aligned for the first time in about five years, the holiday weekend– all three glorious days of it!– is ours to enjoy as we wish. As it happens, since I have a printshop delivery that comes with a free hotel stay at the Tokeland, we are taking advantage of our three-day weekend to go to the coast.
But that tale will have to wait. This week I have something else. Continue Reading »
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