As you read this, Julie and I are safely ensconced in rustic Oak Harbor. Rather than try and figure out any kind of family Thanksgiving, we fled to Whidbey Island for a four-and-a-half day holiday of loafing around and bookscouting and goofing off. Don’t tell my relatives.
Eventually, I’m sure, the highlights of our trip will end up here, since people seem to enjoy tales of our various back-roads expeditions. But in the meantime, here’s some bits and pieces to tide you over. Continue Reading »
Bits and pieces. This and that. You know the drill by now.
Bits and pieces. This and that. You know.
Little things I wanted to mention here are piling up on me again, so let’s see how many of them I can get off my desk today.
Yes, it’s that time again. Not a column, just a bunch of little column-ettes. A couple of Captain America observations, some pulp stuff, and a pair of puzzles — one literary, one visual. Enjoy.
Like several of you, I also decided I liked “Cross-Hatchings” best of all the suggestions for titling the occasional hodge-podge column. Many thanks to Sam L. for coining it.
Since embarking on the just-concluded month-long series of columns about comfort food, the hodge and the podge have been rather piling up, so let’s get to it, shall we?
Chad Nevett calls his Random Thoughts. Brad Curran calls his Randomer Thoughts. (Or Randomest? I can’t keep up.) Over at The Beat, Heidi calls hers Kibbles ‘n’ Bits. I should think of a clever name for my version. But it’s basically the collection of things that have been piling up that didn’t rate a full column of their own, but that I thought were worth mentioning nevertheless.
Once again I find myself with several smaller items that, in and of themselves, do not really constitute a full column’s worth of stuff. So here they all are together in another grab-bag effort. Some television thoughts, a bit of antiquarian book lore, and, oh yeah, comics.
So a whole bunch of stuff has been piling up around here and I am going to do my best to clear it all out of the In-Box in “one swell foop,” as Johnny Storm used to say.
This was another one of those weeks where there wasn’t any ONE thing to write about. So you get a lot of little things instead. Were this week’s column a Jeopardy category, it would be “Potpourri.” Continue Reading »
Sometimes I don’t have a whole column’s worth of stuff to say about something, but it still rates a mention here. Those miscellaneous items generally get put off to one side until enough of them stack up together to make a column’s worth, and this is one of those occasions.
So. Bits and pieces, today.
This is another one of those weeks when I wanted to talk about things that didn’t seem like whole columns in and of themselves, but nevertheless deserved some kind of a mention or remark, especially as they are sort-of-sequels or add-ons to columns I’ve already done. So here they all are. Continue Reading »
What with our beachfront art studio gearing up for the big Alki Beach Art Fair this weekend, and your humble servant hip-deep in trying to get my youthful cartoonists’ exhibit pulled together for the shindig, along with another zillion art-festival-related chores, well, I’ve had a horribly busy couple of weeks. (Note to potential volunteers — never, ever, shoot off your big mouth to the person in charge about what a volunteer effortÂ ”should” be accomplishing, unless you are prepared to back it up with actual efforts of your own.)
So once again this is going to be a bits-and-pieces kind of Friday. A little of this, a little of that. And we’ll hope it adds up to a column. Continue Reading »
Busy this week, but mostly with boring things that are not really column-type fodder. What that boils down to is that I haven’t actually got a column this time out. What I have are a bunch of scattershot notes that I jotted down over the course of the week on things like the original Outsiders, best superhero-based prose novels, possibilities for Marvel Essentials, stuff like that; and I meant to develop at least one of them more fully, but somehow I never quite got round to it. So here they all are anyway, in the hopes that if I stitch all these column-start, first-thoughts fragments together the result will at least end up as a sort of column for you.
Usually I have a real column when I put something up here on Friday. But this week I don’t. I have a lot of little bits and pieces. Mostly because it’s been an enormously busy week, both with work things and family things, neither of which have been any fun at all, or even terribly interesting, but they HAVE sucked up a lot of my time. So there wasn’t a lot left over for reading much of anything, let alone making the trip to the comics shop.
That means that this week, it’s mostly this and that. No one big thing, just a bunch of little ones. Continue Reading »