Monthly Archives: August 2019

Link’n’Blog – 8.30.19 | Marvel and Star Wars Stream

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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.

It will be very hard to pass on Disney+. The amount of Marvel (not to mention Star Wars) content coming to the new streaming service is almost overwhelming… Click HERE for Marvel news! Click HERE for Star Wars news!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 21 – 27, 2019

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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 #77

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Tony S. Daniel

I can’t. I can’t go into it. Perhaps when the arc is complete.

Because, if what artist Tony S. Daniel and writer Tom King present as true is, in fact, true, then the world of Batman is forever changed and Batman #77 will be a seminal issue.

I want it to not be true. But it’s so good, I want it to be true.

I am conflicted and need more Batman which is exactly where an uber talented writer and artist want me to be.

Well done, Bat-Team and say it is/ain’t so.

 

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Link’n’Blog – 8.23.19 | Music and Sesame Street

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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.

It is hard for me to believe that Sesame Street is now only available to families on HBO. When I was a child, it was a staple in our house every day. What I didn’t know then was how much music I was encountering when watching the show.

The New York Times has a terrific retrospective about this topic which you can read HERE.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 14 – 20, 2019

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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 Event Leviathan #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:  Alex Maleev

Let us take this post to appreciate the artistry of Alex Maleev. Not only does he deliver pencils that are amazingly realistic and panels that are beautifully structured, he is also his own inker and colorist. As much as Brian Michael Bendis, superstar writer (and he remains a superstar as remakes much of the infrastructure of DC Comics), is responsible for developing Event Leviathan into, well, an EVENT, Maleev is equally responsible for making it so compelling. While Bendis’ dialogue and plotting here are worthy of The West Wing, the feeling of the book – its ethos – is so entirely Maleev that it is impossible to think of what’s going on here with anyone else illustrating it.

Batman has never looked better and the confidence with which Lois Lane is presented is spot on and perfectly rendered.

Event Leviathan is, perhaps, the best example of a perfect collaboration between writer and artist on the market today.

 

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The Lion King – A Movie Review


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MV5BMjIwMjE1Nzc4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDg4OTA1NzM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_The voice cast is amazing. The music remains some of the best ever composed for an animated film. The story continues to be compelling.

Why are many so worked up about The Lion King.

After hearing the mantra of “who was asking for this movie” on Solo: A Star Wars Story, I wondered why many care so much. My theory: if you do not want to see a movie, do not see it. Why some seem to get personally offended by this kind of thing is very, very far beyond me.

2019’s The Lion King is a perfectly charming return to the 1994 original. While it is not a beat-for-beat recreation of the classic, it hews very closely to the source material which results in a comfortable, easy experience. The movie is not a revelation. It doesn’t uncover a ton of new ground. Rather it puts one at ease as it entertains. That seems just fine to me.

The cast (no one save James Earl Jones is a holdover from the original) brings gravitas and star power to their work. Billy Eichner and John Oliver are particularly good in their roles as Zazu and Timon, respectively and, while Chiwetel Ejiofor cannot sing a lick, his Scar is an impressive creation. Beyonce and Donald Glover are wonderful as the adult Nala and Simba and the new song Beyonce composed for the film fits seamlessly into the narrative.

Some of the themes are a bit updated and the circle of life gets a visual shout out in a new scene that illustrates the power of the life cycle. Director Jon Favreau knows what he is going for and he pulls it off.   

Much more appealing, to this viewer anyway, than a re-release of the original would have been, The Lion King took me back to a place and time in my life decades past while charming me with new images and energy and a new interpretation of the story.

I am still trying to figure out what is wrong with that. 

THE LION KING receives THREE PASSING CRAZES out of a possible FIVE

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Link’n’Blog – 8.16.19 | Sorkinisms West Wing and More…

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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.

Are you an Aaron Sorkin fan? Have you ever wondered watching a Sorkin television show or movie if you have heard something in his characters’ dialogue somewhere else? Do you worry he might be stealing?

He is.

From himself:

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 6 – 13, 2019

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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 #76

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Tony S. Daniel

Batman. Again.

Predictable that I would select this book. That’s okay. It’s almost perfect.

I cannot remember a feat like this, like what writer Tom King is accomplishing in a very long time. This issue has call backs to his first on the title and that’s something else, given that he’s in the midst of over 80 issues (including Annuals and other specials) of Bat-Action. Talk about your basic long-form narrative.

Impressive.

Partnered for this arc with the terrific Tony S. Daniel, King shows other writers and collaborators how comics ought to be done.

It is almost impossible to judge the entirety of the accomplishment here but King’s run on Batman will be discussed for ages.

And it deserves to be.

 

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Dad, We Didn’t Really Lose You… Why Are You Laughing?



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g-sxgs2uEight years ago today, my father passed away. When writing about Dad on this anniversary, as I have done each of the last 8 years, I typically have the impulse to type “we lost Dad” but I hear the joke forming in my subconscious – a joke Dad would have loved – that it’s pretty careless to lose ones father.

That’s fair. And funny.

Dad loved jokes.

My sisters and mom and I and his grandkids and children-in-law learned much from him and all carry parts of him with us. I suspect they, like I, think about Dad each-and-every day. I know that I do.

There are occasions, though, when I hear my voice bouncing off the back wall of a classroom or when I catch my reflection just right in a mirror or when I have a thought pop in my head whose origin I quickly recognize as coming from him, when I feel so very close to Dad, when it feels – in some real and palpable way – like he is not really gone.

Our minds and our emotions are funny like that, aren’t they?

It’s 37 years ago and I am opening brown paper grocery bags full of DC Comics superhero cups that Dad collected for me.

It’s 32 years ago and during a blizzard and Dad is among fewer than 25 people in the audience of a play in which I was acting.

It’s 25 years ago and the family is gathering in the mountains of Colorado – mountains Dad said blocked the view – for the first of many, many weeks spent on vacation together.

It’s 24 years ago and Dad and I start work on a remodel of a bathroom he estimates will take 3 days. 10 days later we finish.

It’s 21 years ago and Dad and I are at Coors Field watching the All Star Game.

It’s 12 years ago and Dad is speaking about love at my marriage.

It’s 8 years ago and I am just leaving work with my wife and daughter hearing that Dad has died.

It’s 2 minutes ago and I feel closer to Dad than ever.

We haven’t lost him. But Dad would have loved that joke…

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Link’n’Blog – 8.9.19 | Abbey Road at 50

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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.

Do you need a smile this week? How about remembering the album below and listening to some Beatles music?

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 31 – August 6, 2019

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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: Last Night on Earth #2

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist:  Greg Capullo

For their swan song with what has become their signature character, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo apparently got together before they embarked on Batman: Last Night on Earth and said: “let’s do whatever we want.”

And they are doing it.

Bizarre, hilarious, over-the-top and brazen, this Black Label title is everything one expects from two daring creators who know what they are doing and why they are doing it. They seem very much to push one another to the limits of their talent and their imaginations and we, the readers, are the beneficiaries of this collaboration.

It is a collaboration the comic book world will deeply miss.

This post-apocalyptic (I think – you never really know what Snyder and Capullo have in mind) story is a clear culmination of the plot points and themes these two have been developing for over 10 years. What a pleasure to see them pull this off.

And what a pleasure to see DICK Grayson, not the ridiculous “Ric” Grayson running around in the Nightwing title…

 

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