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Déjà Vu on the Night of the Stalker


It’s probably my favorite Batman story of all time… well, okay, tied for first with “The Laughing Fish” and “Half an Evil.” Continue Reading »

Mystery Weekend

Writing the Sherlock Holmes column a couple of weeks ago reminded me of something we used to see in comics all the time and now we don’t. Continue Reading »

Sunday in My Head

Okay, this is kind of nerdy and silly, but apparently this dumb habit of mine is shared by enough other people that there’s actually a name for it now. Continue Reading »

Cross-Hatchings for August 2015

Bits and pieces. Random items that didn’t rate a full column. You all know the drill by now. Continue Reading »

Saturday’s Sherlockian Conundrum

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 »

Another Couch Potato Weekend

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 »

Sunday’s Statistical Standard

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 »

Our Retro-Renaissance, Late 1980s to Early 1990s Edition

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 Invitations For Today and Tomorrow- UPDATED!

Two cool things you can do… today’s is for anyone in the world, tomorrow’s is for Pacific Northwest types. Continue Reading »

Housebound Weekend In The Stacks

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 »

A Week With The Perennials

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 »

Saturday In the Overcrowded Batcave

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 »

Sunday At The Back of the Book


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 »

Our Saturday in Olympia

…and by that I naturally mean our annual class trip to the Olympia Comics Festival. Continue Reading »


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