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July 30, 2007

Poor Magneto

Lisa's out of town on business, so I'm left to my own devices for amusement. Here. This amuses me:

Xavier! Return my copy of Deathly Hollows or face the wrath of MAGNETO!

Book came out over a week ago; you wouldn't think Professor X would be a slow reader. At this point, the mutant master of magnetism might be better off springing for another copy.

July 26, 2007

No Satan, No!

50 day short rejection from Ms. VanderMeer, new head honcho of Weird Tales.

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In startling news, comic deities Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, and Alan Freaking Moore will appear in the October 7th episode of The Simpsons. Short summary: Comic Book Guy gets competition, thanks to a new locale run by guest voice Jack Black.

Which will no doubt mean:


Original image from Adventures into Darkness #14 (April 1954).
A blank for your own amusement can be found at Progressive Ruin. You're welcome.

Reading: EuroTemps, edited by Alex Stewart.

July 25, 2007

When Life Hands You Lemons, Hand Them To Babies

Because you have to learn somehow, I guess. And while you're learning, why not film it, then make that film clip part of a montage with other people learning, and then set the whole thing to a Beatles song? Can't argue with that logic, can you?

Reading: Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman.

July 24, 2007

I Didn't Eat Here To Be Insulted

Just finished lunch. Sesame chicken and rice, bought over in the student union, washed down with iced tea. All tasty. And then my fortune cookie has to go and say something like this:

You would make a good lawyer.
That's hitting below the belt, if you ask me.

July 23, 2007

Harry Potter And The Double Entendre

"This isn't your average book," said Ron. "It's pure gold: Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Explains everything you need to know about girls. If only I'd had this last year I'd have known exactly how to get rid of Lavender and I would've known how to get going with... Well, Fred and George gave me a copy, and I've learned a lot. You'd be surprised, it's not all about wandwork, either."
--Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows
"Wandwork." Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

July 19, 2007

Arrr! Or Aww! The Choice Is Yours!


It's never too early to start teaching Ian about Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Also, the observant among you may notice that I am in the process of growing a beard. Alternatively, I have stopped the process of shaving regularly. It's all in the interpretation.

July 18, 2007

Mutant Sympathizer

43 day rejection from Strange Horizons. Amused only one out of three editors, which is not the ratio you need. Ah well.

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In news that's only particularly important to me, and since this is my space I'll tell you anyway, I'm happy to report that ILL finally came through for me: I now have a complete copy of my ancient Batman book, which means I can replace the missing pages.

Here, some sample panels that show the evolution of the Dark Knight over the last seventy years!

1939:


2007:*


Keep telling yourself that, Bruce. I also like how he was called "Bat-Man," with the name in quotes.

Ironically, although I'm quite fond of Batman, he was the only one in the DC line I cared for. I was a Marvel boy.

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It looks like Lisa might be going to the Boston area for work in a couple weeks. Clambakes and Salem witches. What's not to like?

* Not panel from actual Batman comic, but panel from Shortpacked! webcomic. Keep back, you fanboy savages! I've got a harpoon gun!

July 13, 2007

You've Foiled Me Again, Batman!

Ian's follow-up appointment with the doctor for the holes of the head went well. No worries, tubes look fine, come back in a few months. Huzzah!

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I've noted that a few web cartoons have been taking shots at For Better or For Worse.

Nothing insightful to add. Just remarking on the pattern.

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Went to my parents' house last weekend and brought home a book I read until the pages fell apart: Batman from the 30s to the 70s, a collection of stories from the Dark Knight's comic book over the years. My copy is missing some pages, so in the interest of correcting that, I ordered a copy through interlibrary loan. My plan was foolproof: scan and reprint the missing pages, then my book would once more be complete.

Got the word Wednesday that the book had arrived. Went and picked it up at the circ desk, only to find this copy was missing the exact same pages! Curses! Perhaps Luthor has some suggestions on what to do...

Reading: Ragamuffin, by the one and only Tobias Buckell. Is teh awesome.

July 10, 2007

Crazy With The Cheese Whiz

I'd forgotten to mention last week that there'd been another rejection what come down the pike: 28 day rejection from Noctem Aeternus. Keep on keeping on.

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In our local online news, Heather and Tim are having a boy! See the fetus in all his three dimensional glory!

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I got a mailer for this a while back, and I couldn't believe it. A flyer for a magazine called Reminisce. I kid you not. With article titles like, "Hey! I Remember That! Discover the fun of Reminiscing", "The Days of Green Stamps", and "The Recollections of Dutch Reagan." (Reagan? The President who pioneered "I don't recall"?) I can't help but feel that, like Grandpa Simpson's stories about Nineteen-Dickey-Two, the articles in this august periodical will be a bit hazy on some of details about those Good Old Days. You know, like segregation.

Yes, I know, that's not the point of the magazine. Yes, I--yes. Yes. Yes. Sigh. Fine. You win. Can't beat 'em, join 'em.

And now for this evening's nostalgia installment: "The Rabbit of Seville."

Thank you, Internets.

Reading: It's Superman!, by Tom DeHaven, an interesting retelling of the youth of Superman. I wonder if he had permission from DC, as he takes a few liberties from the usual story. Like this matters, of course.

July 09, 2007

With My Spear And Magic Helmet

I happened to be thinking about this cartoon the other day, and today I found out why. Today is Yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of "What's Opera, Doc?", one of the best Bugs Bunny cartoons ever made. I used to love watching these with my brother (hi, Paul!) and my dad (hi, Dad!). As to how it got made, the secret is revealed:

Chuck told me he and his team of writers and animators never saw themselves as making cartoons for anyone but themselves. Months, and sometimes years, passed before their work ended up in theatres, and by then they had made so many new cartoons public reaction just wasn't on their radar. It was because they made cartoons to humour themselves, and because studio executives didn't much care what they did so long as they stayed on time and on budget, that "What's Opera, Doc?" was possible.

The key was placing it between two Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons in the production schedule. Formulaic by design, those ones could be done fast and cheap. Knock off the Coyote films ahead of schedule and under budget, reallocate the time and money to "What's Opera, Doc?" so the overall budgets remained intact, and voila! A masterpiece created right under the noses of studio executives who would have vetoed the idea long before Elmer Fudd could have raised his spear and donned his magic helmet.

And now, let's watch that one more time.

Sniff. Beautiful, man.

July 05, 2007

Trucks Downshifting On The Highway?

It's quiet here at the library. So quiet I can hear a guy in one of the study cubes snoring. And frankly, I feel sorry for his significant other, if any.

There's more to report and update and reply to and expound upon and compose and fashion out of whole cloth. But not now. Later.

July 02, 2007

Best. Headline. Evar.

"Babies not as innocent as they pretend."

I KNEW IT!