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Link’n’Blog – 6.13.19: Sucker for Jo Bros

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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 can’t help it (and I don’t want to), I LOVE this song!

You can decide which version you like best:

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 5 – 11, 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 Young Justice #6

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:  John Timms

There were more “important” issues this week. There were more classic issues this week. But no comic this week made me smile as much as Young Justice #6. I was not a major fan of Young Justice during its heyday, I will admit, but I simply love what Brian Michael Bendis is doing with the characters. While I certain he has a plan to re-introduce them to the world and to the other heroes in the DC Universe, he has decided to drop readers and the team into the middle of impossible action and sort things out later.

Awesome.

The art by John Timms is absolutely the perfect counterpoint to the story and he captures young people amazingly well which I have noted in other installments must be harder to do than one might think as so many artists seem to have so much trouble doing so. I hope Timms stays around on the book.

And I hope readership is solid. Young Justice is fun, funny and over-the-top. It’s a perfect summer comic book!

 

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Columbine – A Book Review


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Columbine by Dave Cullen is utterly engrossing, disturbing and moving. Exhaustively research and intricately told, this story about sadness, violence and its aftermath pulls the reader in from the first paragraph and keeps its hooks in until the last. The players in the story become more than characters, they become people we know and understand. The events of the tragedy become more than plot points, the become signposts of change in the lives of those directly affected and in ours. Columbine is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism that sheds light on a crucible moment when, it is not too hyperbolic to say, the world completely changed.

Perhaps the most shocking thing about the book should not shock us anymore: the narrative of the attackers and the attacks is almost entirely wrong. Much of the misinformation and myth of the story of the Columbine High School shootings is being dispelled, especially as we approach the 20th anniversary of the massacre, but the pieces that hang on – the ideas of outcast gunmen, the trench coat mafia, the targeting of specific students, the girl who said “yes” – remain almost fixed in place as if dispelling them would somehow to a disservice to the memories of those who were lost and changed by this day.

As a high school administrator, I can say that my colleagues should, conversely, read this book immediately and avoid it patently. We should read it to allow ourselves into the important what if journey and to open ourselves to the more critical what can we do question. We should not read it because it is a terrifying and maddening experience invoking sadness and confusion and helplessness.

I am not one to avoid truths and there are many to uncover in Columbine. I can write with certainly that I am forever changed having read it.

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Link’n’Blog – 6.7.19: The Last Blockbuster

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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.

As a former video store employee in my youth, this one hits very close to my nostalgic heart.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 29 – June 4, 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 Doomsday Clock #10

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artists:  Gary Frank

This is the issue I have been waiting for. This issue redefines how the DC Universe functions, how we look at it and how it will proceed for years to come. This is Geoff Johns at the top of his game and Gary Frank turning in the best art of his amazing career. This is what we all signed on for and, if we can allow for the amount of time between issues, we can embrace Doomsday Clock as, perhaps, the best book of the year. Maybe of the last five.


Geoff Johns’ encyclopedic knowledge of the DC Universe has never been on better display than it is here. The manner in which he treats the various retconned origins of Superman and the ramifications of each action of Dr. Manhattan is breathtaking. If the plan was not present before this issue, it surely is now.

Gary Frank should be nominated and win an Eisner for his work on Doomsday Clock. Yes, it has taken time. YES, it is worth it.

This is the seminal book of the DC Universe at the moment. I hope the publisher follows through on the promise of it.

 

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Link’n’Blog – 5.31.19: On EDGE!

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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.

As if I could be more excited for GALAXY’S EDGE…

The Launch of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

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Link’n’Blog – 5.24.19: Star Trek | Picard!

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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.

Star Trek Picard is on the horizon…

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