Link’n’Blog – 8.7.2020 | Lucy Saved Star Trek

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

This week was Lucille Ball’s birthday. The incredibly talented comedian, actor and Hollywood mogul is best remembered for her amazing work during television’s early day on I Love Lucy and, later, The Lucy Show. What is not as widely recogized about her is that, without Lucy, there would be no Star Trek.

That’s true… and fascinating!

Enjoy THIS ARTICLE from startrek.com on the history of Lucy and Star Trek!

I LOVE LUCY, (from left): Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, 1951-57.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 29 – August 4, 2020

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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

Comics I Read Last Week:

The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Batman and Superman #10

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Artist: Clayton Henry

Without question, the best part of Batman and Superman is the dynamic between DC’s two oldest and most famous characters. Writer Joshua Williamson nails the relationship in panel-after-panel and in issue after issue of this latest reboot of the series. His take on the icons is that they are friends with history, not just begrudging allies. His take is that they know each other perhaps better than they know themselves. His take is they are the cornerstones of their respective universe.

It’s a great take.

Clayton Henry is a terrific fit for the tone of the book. His Superman is grand. His Batman is moody. His layouts are solid and the expressions he renders are distinct and clever. He’s not yet a star, but he’s on his way.

The story is greatly aided by the use of a villain I really enjoy: the Ultra Humanite. Williamson has a great sense of this character, too. And UH should be a formidable opponent to the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Hopefully, this will be a start to an ongoing place of menace within the DC Universe.


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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 7 – 13, 2020

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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

Comics I Read Last Week:

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The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Superman #23

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Kevin Maguire and John Timms

Superman has come back to life in this new era of publishing and has not missed a beat. With the steady, creative and, somehow, always surprising hand of Brian Michael Bendis at the helm, I should not be particularly surprised. Leading the Man of Steel from one plot driven crisis to another is exciting in-and-of-itself, but the real magic here is found in Clark’s interactions with the other denizens of the DC Universe.

This month, Doctor Fate and Superman converse for the first (not really) time and their chemistry is terrific. Bendis has consistently delivered these moments and they have been wonderful to read. They bring a smile to my face each time I read one. The exchange throughout this issue is particularly fun.

John Timms is rapidly becoming one of my favorite artists and, though his style is radically different from bookmate Kevin Maguire here, he more than holds his own.

Maguire is a master. Has been for years. This month, he delivers the single best panel I’ve seen in… forever. Way to go dad or mom taking the picture (if you’ve read the issue you know what I mean) and way to go Kevin McGuire!




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My Favorite July Birthday – Over the Moon


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Today is The Cinnamon Girl’s birthday which makes her astrological sign Cancer. I don’t know how much you know about astrology and signs. I have learned a lot in these wonderful years I’ve been married to The Cinnamon Girl and what her sign implies is powerful.

Moon

I have learned that Cancers are guided by the moon and The Cinnamon Girl surely loves the night and the moonlight and looks beautiful on our walks when it is full.

She looks beautiful all the time…

Cancers are tenacious. My amazing wife has passion and drive and when her brilliant mind takes hold of something, she does not let go. Ever.  She’s a woman who used to bill her time in 15 minute increments. She knows how to get the job done.

Cancers are highly imaginative. The Cinnamon Girl’s creativity so often plays out like those images of someone writing feverishly on a window with a dry erase marker. It plays out fast. It plays out richly. It plays out in breathtaking fashion.

Cancers are loyal. My wife’s loyalty might be her most incredible quality. When she takes you in, it’s forever, friends. You want to be taken in.

Cancers are sympathetic and The Cinnamon Girl’s sympathy is as boundless as anyone I’ve ever met.

Today, on your birthday, remember those who know you know all of this about you. It’s why they celebrate you and praise you, want to be near you and give you gifts.

It’s why I am the luckiest man in the world to celebrate and praise you and give you gifts.

Here’s the truth: The Cinnamon Girl is the real gift.

Happy birthday, baby.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: Don’t Call it a Comeback…

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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

Let’s Go!

As the comic book world has come back to life or, at least, come back to a regular publishing schedule, I am happy to have enough new comics to read to return to a weekly, comic book review post.

I have missed this!

Re-beginning next week, The Best Sequential Art returns!

I am eager to reengage this passion.

With real life heroes all around us, the world of superheroes will have to work hard to catch up…

With DC releasing their Death Metal event and Marvel unleashing Empyre along with Johnathan Hickman’s continuing take on The X-Men and Brian Michael Bendis on the Superman (and related) titles, there is a lot to which I am looking forward.


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Lucky 13 – Best. Decision. Ever.


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Longer than 13 years ago, The Cinnamon Girl and I decided to marry. 13 years ago, we officially did. What has followed has been a lucky 13 years very few days of which I would even consider changing.

The story of which I briefly write today started longer than 13 years ago, but it was on a clear and bright June 9th a baker’s dozen of orbits around the sun past that The Cinnamon Girl and I said “I do” in front of a small group of family and friends.

All that has happened in the intervening years is too much to recount here, all the joy and fun and laughs, all the challenges and loss and trauma, and the peace and faith and love.

All of it follows from one incredible decision.

All of it adds up to a one life that was once two.

All of it adds up to magic.

Happy Anniversary, Cinnamon Girl

How do you feel about another 13? And then 13 more after that? And then 13 more…?

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Link’n’Blog – 6.5.2020 | Simple. Truth.

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

Simple truth.

You have to take time for this.

CNN/Sesame Street

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Link’n’Blog – 5.29.2020 | Not a Boys’ Club

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

Trina Robbins is a name every comic book fan should know.

You don’t?

Take a read from the San Francisco Senior Beat. This pioneer continues to pioneer at 81!

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Link’n’Blog – 5.22.2020 | Empire at 40!

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

The Empire Strikes Back is 40 years old!

Wow!

In my opinion this is the best of all the Star Wars movies. Your mileage may vary… USA Today published some wonderful behind-the-scenes pictures of Mark Hamill during filming which you can see HERE

 

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Link’n’Blog – 5.17.2020 | Feel Good for Good People!

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

This story means so much to so many. I have no claim over it. I can only say that I know some of the players… and that God is good.

Take a look at an act of love and sacrifice and service HERE.

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