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Vonnegut Week.

April 17th, 2007 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

Harrison Bergeron
THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, [...]

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Vonnegut Week - LIBERAL CRAP I NEVER WANT TO HEAR AGAIN

April 16th, 2007 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

LIBERAL CRAP I NEVER WANT TO HEAR AGAIN
Give us this day our daily bread.
Oh sure.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Nobody better trespass against me. I’ll tell you that.
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are the merciful.
You mean we can’t use torture?
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Jane Fonda?
Love your enemies. [...]

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Vonnegut Week - Day One

April 13th, 2007 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

Because I won’t be able to resist fixating on it anyway, I hereby declare the next week to be VONNEGUT WEEK. I am also doing this to try and rebalance the scales, since far more people seem concerned about the career of professional skeleton cowboy Don Imus that with the passing of a literary [...]

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - November 11, 1922–April 11, 2007

April 11th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Art

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. has passed away.
So it goes.

God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud, ‘Sit up!’
‘See all I’ve made,’ said God, ‘the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars.’
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat [...]

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REQUEST DENIED.

March 23rd, 2007 · No Comments · Art, Politics

A Brit friend of mine, discussing the Iranian capture of British sailors earlier today, noted:
What’s annoying me is the limp-dicked attitude of the government to it. I mean god almighty, imagine if it was Thatcher at the top?
Which made me think of one thing and one thing only:

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Public Service Announcement

March 7th, 2007 · No Comments · Art, Rants

To anyone who has any intention of reading any major Marvel Comics this month, please avoid all major news outlets for the rest of the day. Go out and get the new issues of Captain America, Initiative and Mighty Avengers and read them in a sealed room.
As a side note, a big “fuck you” [...]

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R.I.P. Martin Nodell

December 10th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

Martin Nodell has passed away at the age of 91. He was the artist responsible for the original golden age Green Lantern (he also created the Pillsbury Doughboy during his years in the advertising business).

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R.I.P. Dave Cockrum

November 28th, 2006 · No Comments · Art

Another dead hero.
Most folks know Dave from his creation (along with Len Wein) of a trifling little thing we call the modern X-Men:

Neil Gaiman - as he so often does - sums things up nicely:
The golden age of comics is when you’re twelve. The silver age is around fourteen, fifteen – that nebulous [...]

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Customary Election Day words from Spider Jerusalem.

November 7th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Politics


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24 Hour Comics

October 3rd, 2006 · No Comments · Art

This Saturday is the annual 24 Hour Comic contest. Created by Scott McCloud, the schtick is that you have to write, pencil, ink and (if you want to) color a 24 page comic in a single, uninterrupted 24 hour period. Needless to say, it’s exceedingly difficult to pull off a full comic in [...]

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At long last…

October 3rd, 2006 · No Comments · Art

…Authentic Pirate Hip Hop.
As gimmick albums go, it’s actually pretty decent. Nerdcore mated with the current meme-obsession with pirates.
Their video for Blackbeard’s Treasure is disturbingly well done.

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10-year-old GIF-based debauchery.

September 27th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

It’s late. I’m poking around, trying to remember the name of a video store that was near my old dorm in college when I stumble across an interview with an old roommate (who apparently now owns the coffee shop across the street from said dorm). Obviously, it’s googlin’ time. All I find [...]

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World War Z

September 25th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

When it comes to fluff reading, I don’t mind grabbing audiobook versions of various novels and churning through them while I work. Recently, I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Max Brooks’ “World War Z.” So far, it’s great. Like the best works of horror, it’s actually a clever commentary on [...]

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Attn: 13 year-old me.

September 13th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

Fear not that the Master’s skills might fade over time.
Weird Al’s new album is really good.

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Cooler than Banksy.

September 3rd, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Rants

Noted “guerilla artist” Banksy’s latest stunt is making headlines.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help but think there was something… familiar about the whole affair. It’s probably the fact that, WAAAY back in 2001, my friends and I pulled essentially the same stunt - repeatedly. The only difference is that [...]

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Action Comics #842.

August 31st, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

This issue has restored my love of Superman. It’s been a long, LONG time, but godDAMN this was a good issue. A version of Superman that isn’t just a mess of muscles with no brain to back the brawn is dull as dirt. I THINK - between this and All Star Superman [...]

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The dark world of Thomas Kinkade.

August 30th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Rants

I noticed that the FBI is apparently after Thomas Kinkade - the guy behind those pastel fairy tale hut paintings that you see all over the place. I always assumed he was like Bob Ross - really good at one, specific thing and able to churn out a ton of product at breakneck speed. [...]

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Review: Superman Returns

July 12th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Movies

This is mostly spoiler-free, but there are a handful of implied plot-points that I touch on, so click below if you want to see the full deal.

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Alex Toth, June 25, 1928 – May 27, 2006

May 30th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

I returned from vacation yesterday to find that the great Alex Toth passed away on Saturday.

Toth was largely responsible for the design of many of the most memorable cartoons of the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. I’m just old enough to have caught the latter portion of some of the classic Hanna-Barbera shows that [...]

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Reviewapalooza - The Bookening.

February 21st, 2006 · 1 Comment · Art, Misc.

Comments on some books I’ve gone through recently.

Me Write Book: It Bigfoot Memoir by Graham Roumieu
A small nugget of perfect comedy, hiding on a bookstore shelf near you.

Earthboy Jacobus by Doug TenNapel
Gorgeous art marred by bitterness, arrogance and conceit.

The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
So much funny it’s almost TOO much [...]

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