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Comics Code Authority is dead – Boing Boing

Comics Code Authority is dead – Boing Boing It’s not yet confirmed that the Comics Code Authority will still continue in some form; presumably not, as its membership was representatives from the very publishers that submitted to its authority. While some will look at the practice of the CCA as "censorship," the dividing lines are […]

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"The Novel" or What’s wrong with Marvel?

I’m not sure of the background of this writer, but he hits plenty of nails on his head with his claim that the innovation of the Marvel Age of Comics ended in 1991. I read the phone-book compendium "Essential Fantastic Four" a while back, collecting #1-#20 of the magazine, and was impressed at how, even […]

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‘Plaster Caster’ Mounts Mayoral Campaign

Finally, someone who’s proven she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty! I actually met Cynthia Plaster Caster once, when the Chicago Psychotronic Film Society was going on in the 80s. Don’t remember if she was part of the program, or just showed up because she knew the hosts. One of those showings did run […]

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One for my homiez!

This past week, my parents were out to visit us. Largely because my dad, well retired, still looks for projects to work on, and we settled on replacing the very wobbly wood handrailing on our concrete deck. The deck over the attached garage, so one side has a ten-foot plunge onto asphalt if the railing […]

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You have NEVER seen this cartoon before!

Unearthed after nearly 60 years, a "lost" UPA cartoon, the first directed by Gene Deitch. It was a pilot for a proposed theatrical cartoon series to star Howdy Doody, but Buffalo Bob is said have hated it. Too bad. A successful series of cartoon would have kept the character popular today, as I don’t think […]

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Julia Goes Up the Wall

Sunday, we took Julia to Hummer Park in DG. For the first time, she decided to try out the climbing wall on the toddler jungle gym set, and just scurried right on up. This cell phone video is actually her third time going on up.

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I started a meme!

Check the article by the Tribune’s Maureen Ryan on "Lost." In the Comments section, I remark on the similarity between the pool the Others tried to revive Sayid in, and the "Lazarus Pit" used by Batman’s nemesis Ra’s al Ghul. See how the comments since all refer to the Lazarus Pit. The ‘Lost’ season premiere […]

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Peace Prize! It’s Wonderful

It’s just as I was suspecting. Merely Not Being George Bush is enough to earn a Nobel Peace Prize!

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A Prepress Specialist Looks at 50

I’ve been really too busy to fuss with my "main" blog here, what with an 8-year-old boy and a 16-month-old girl. That, and I’ve started writing for Examiner.com as their Chicago Craft Beer Examiner; check it out, this actually pays per page view instead of waiting for you to click on an ad! 2017 update: […]

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Further Adventures in Publication!

Once again, I can look forward to the ego-stroke of seeing my name as a byline. This time it’s for a collection of academic essays called "Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero," edited by Robert G. Weiner. I was able to dust off an article I written a few years ago on Roy […]