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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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Link’n’Blog – 4.3.2020 | Puppy Will Survive

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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.

We need some laughs these days, and some sweet moments.

How about both? How about a video of a puppy singing a brilliantly funny (and furry?) version of I Will Survive? I dare you not to smile

See this amazing puppy HERE

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Link’n’Blog – 3.13.2020 | 80 Years of ROBIN

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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.

I am not certain why Robin (yes, the later half of “Batman and…”) has ever been my favorite comic book character, but he has been. I’ve loved Dick Grayson since I was a kid and have followed his transformation from Robin to Nightwing to fill in Batman on a monthly basis since I was in the first grade. 

This week, Robin turns 80! 

80 years of Robin… it was an important enough event to warrant a piece in The New York Times! You can read it HERE!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: March 4 – 10, 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 Villains #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Various

Though the “Superman reveals his secret identity” shtick has been done before, leave it to Brian Michael Bendis to make trope seem higher stakes than any attempt at the storyline in the past. In a series of stories told in issues of Superman and in one shots including Superman Heroes and Superman Villains, Bendis molds the idea of Clark Kent’s coming out into something powerful, something operatic and something very touching. While it may strike one as odd, the stories told in Villains felt more more heartwarming or, at least, emotional than those told in Heroes.

In Villains, the results of the revelation of Superman’s identity as they affect the Man of Steel’s rogues gallery – and a few left over members of his supporting cast sneaked in – are played out over a series of short stories each of which is lovingly and excitingly illustrated. Some of the best of these involve Lex Luthor and Ma and Pa Kent – back from the grave again – and those vignettes are terrifically done.

But the issue actually belongs to the relationship among Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Perry White. The dynamic among these long-time friends who now are negotiating a very, very new normal is really something and it’s the backbone of this issue.

Bendis has traditionally known that the stories of his protagonists are made richer by the cast that supports them and that philosophy is on clear display in Superman Villains. The establishment of a new and challenging status quo is explored, expanded and exploded here and I cannot wait to see what is to come.

More than a tie-in, Superman Villains is an essential part of a colossally entertaining Superman arc. It’s a wonderful book.


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Happiest of Birthdays Today – HJ Jr


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There are very few people I know who are as concerned about the next steps in life as HJ jr is. He has made plans and kept them. That’s ever impressed me. He has done so all his life with determination and drive. He has looked to the next step – the next place he wants to be – and has worked to get there. He has decided what he wants and how to achieve it. Each time I speak with him about his goals and his dreams and I hear how far-reaching they are, I want to remind him: you’ve got time, amigo. You’ve got plenty of time.

Today on his 23rd birthday, I can say this: Each year is the happiest, the best. And I hope that he experiences that this year!

I know that he will…

Happiest of birthdays!

I know you’ll hit the jackpot!

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The Happiest Age
Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch

What age is happiest?
Had you asked me,
I would have made this plea:
the Now is best.

What joy to live with zest each newborn day;
and from the Moment wrest what Life will give away.
The Past is but a guest who came and went,
and left this one behest: to be content.

Think how To-day is blest!
We’ve eyes to see Nature in Beauty drest for you, for me.
What matter that the crest of Youth is past.
Youth lives within the breast with joys that last.
The will to do our best, and hands for giving.
Oh! Now’s the happiest, best time for living!

What age is happiest?
Oh! hear my vow, for I have put the test –
the happiest’s Now.
Sweet sighs and kindly jest for warmth and cheer;
and Love’s most high bequest to crown the year.

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Link’n’Blog – 3.6.2020 | Happy Birthday, Superman!

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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.

You can read about Superman’s birthday from comicbookresources.com HERE. It’s only appropriate to do so this week as it has been established as February 29!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: February 26 – March 3, 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 X-Men #7

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Lenil Francis Yu

Monthly, Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men is a classic. What he and his rotating cast of artists – this month featuring main penciller Lenil Francis Yu in a terrific return to form – are doing with this book is truly special. It is unlike any comic I am currently reading and it stuns with its depth, its themes and its execution.

I have mentioned before how bold this book is, and that remains true here. What also emerges in this issue is the overall plan that Hickman has. In delivering bits and pieces of the new status quo for mutants, how they have come to be in this position and what it will mean for the Marvel Universe, Hickman has slow played content. Yet here, in issue 7, the realities of what is happening within the mutant community, how they are working together, function as a family, getting along, is played brilliantly. There are cracks in this new world. One wonders when they will develop into fissures.

This issue features conversations that I have been waiting for: one between Cyclops and Wolverine, which is perfect, and one between Cyclops and Nightcrawler, which is poetic.

In the midst of the big screen re-imagining of the title, Hickman delivers perhaps the most important issue yet primarily through conversation.

It’s a pretty amazing issue.


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Link’n’Blog – 2.21.2020 | Teacher Halftime Interview

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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.

Yes! As people say: This the the content why I am on Twitter.

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Link’n’Blog – 2.14.2020 | I Love You 70,000 Times!

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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.

Valentine’s Day is today and I am lucky enough to have a Valentine (I’m looking at you Cinnamon Girl).

But this story about a man who received over 70,000 love letters this year really got to me!

It’s worth your time!

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This 104-Year-old Veteran Who Never Before Celebrated Valentine’s Day Gets 70,000 Love Letters

 

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Finders Keepers – Valentines Day 2020


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I found her. I found her a long time ago.

  • I found the woman who knows what I am thinking before I know what I am thinking…
  • I found the woman who looks at me like all those memes say… and like I am her whole world. She is surely mine.
  • I found the woman who listens to my every story, my every worry, my every idea.
  • I found the woman who values what I value because I value it.
  • I found the woman who roots for my success and does what she can to help me succeed.
  • I found the woman who sees magic inside me even when I do not.
  • I found the woman I will be with, forever.

She found me. She found me a long time ago.

  • I like to think I know what she is thinking before she does
  • I know I look at her like all those memes say… She is surely my whole world.
  • I like to think I listen to her every story, her every worry, her every idea.
  • I value what she values because she values it.
  • I know I root for her success and do what I can to help her succeed.
  • I see the magic inside her even when she does not.
  • I found the woman I will be with, forever.

Happy Valentines, Day, Valentine!

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