Entries from January 2008

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The Square Root of Fun

No fun, no fun, no fun – Since I’ve begun digging into the online comics community I’ve seen that complaint on one reviewing blog after another, but few of them have articulated just what the problem is. After recently plowing through a pile of stories that were written over the past few years, I’m coming […]

Monday, January 14th, 2008


I just learned of the death Thursday of Maila Nurmi, who became a TV pioneer in the early ’50s when she parlayed an award-winning masquerade costume into the “Vampira” persona and hosted late-night horror movies in Los Angeles. Nurmi was a dancer, an aspiring actress, a presence in the L.A. beat scene, an animal rights […]

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

But First, A Word on Our Betters

Oh, Alan, you layabout, what have you done for us lately? Yes, I’m in the middle of my hotshot-superhero-writer reading orgy, but I couldn’t resist taking time out for Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Black Dossier. (I would have found time for this book no matter what I was doing, but I’ll admit that I […]

Monday, January 7th, 2008

The Writing on the Phone Booth Wall

I’ve been too busy to even think about keeping up with superhero comics these days. Judging by the blogs I see in the course of my workday, the Great Mainstream seems to be the same old Republic serial nonsense it always was, a little nastier in its violence at times, but mostly still slapping new […]

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