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Link’n’Blog – 1.17.20 | 2020 Oscar Nominees

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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.

While there are some notable snubs as far as I am concerned (diversity of nominees, please!), I am always excited by the Academy Award nominations and plan to see all the movies with a Best Picture nod… which leaves, oh my, 6 to go!

HERE is the CNN list.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: January 8 – 14, 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 Batman #86

Writer: James Tynion, IV

Artist: Tony S. Daniel

Talk about your tough acts to follow…

James Tynion, IV takes over Batman after a truly epic and inspiring run by Tom King – a run that reset Batman continuity, redefined relationships for the character and redirected the course of history for the Dark Knight and he knocks his debut issue out of the park.

Making a decision that had to be conscious not to mimic the style of King, Tynion instead takes the situations with which King left him and spins the beginnings of a new Batman story that has all the makings of being just as epic while seeming tonally and pleasing different as King’s run.

And there the comparisons should cease.

Over his years at DC, Tynion has proven himself a deft writer of small beats and big moments, a writer who understands the history of those he’s writing without being slavish to that history. He is setting up at a new angle to Gotham City and to Batman and clearly has his own, grand-scale plans in mind. It will be exciting to watch.

Providing the pencils in one of the most under appreciated artists of recent memory – Tony S. Daniel. His work across the DC Universe has been stunning for years and he is in top form in Batman #86. I believe his command of this character and his world makes him one of the defining Batman artists and he will eventually be mentioned in the same breath as Aparo and Adams. He should be. His work here is tremendous and I hope we have issue-after-issue of Daniel to come.

It’s also worth noting that the coda written by Tynion and illustrated by Guillem March is engaging, chilling and a terrific hook.

Amazing start here, gentlemen. Looking forward to the run!

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Link’n’Blog – 1.10.20 | Gilmour Guitar Generosity

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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.

Though this event actually happened back in June, I just read about it this week! What an amazing donation! You can read Rolling Stone’s article about Pink Floyd front man David Gilmour’s massive donation to fight climate change HERE.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: January 1 – 7, 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 #4

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

I have been digging if not completely understanding Jonathan Hickman’s take on the X-Men. And that’s okay. There are many things I don’t understand that I like… Frankly, I like when an author is smarter than I am (not that that is a particularly mean feat). When the story is more complex or unpredictable than I can write yet holds together with a clear internal logic, I am all in.

Hickman has changed almost everything about the X-Men. It feels to me almost like a Moore/Gibbons treatment of the Charlton characters than a reboot of a classic Marvel team. Though I happened to enjoy much of the X-Men mythos before this reboot, I have been all in on this X-Men relaunch.

And this has been my favorite issue of the bunch. What a tour de force of force. In changing the character’s relationships and societal status, Hickman is giving readers an utterly off-the-wall and unpredictable corner of the Marvel Universe.

Give me more… though I am very anxious to see what happens when this flavor of X-Men interacts with the more traditional characters populating Marvel Comics. That should be very interesting, indeed.

One surprising reaction I am having is to the normally distinctive work of Leinil Francis Yu. It seems he is pulling back from an earlier style – or developing as an artist from it – and that is obviously his call. His work, though – for me – has lost something of the uniqueness it had. It is not that it’s not solid, it’s just that is is simply solid.

That being said, a solid and monthly Yu is better than most artists in the business and X-Men is better than most books.

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Link’n’Blog – 1.3.20 | Good Winter Advice…

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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.

Worried about the upcoming winter months as we begin the new year… the Cinnamon Girl let me know we don’t have to do so. THIS ARTICLE from Fast Company details a lovely mindset we should all consider…

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: December 25 – 31, 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:

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The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Incoming #1

Writer: Various

Artist: Various

This preview for upcoming Marvel events was also the only comic I read last week, so…

It was fine. There were a few story threads to which I am looking forward, a few to which I am not and a few that made no sense to me at all.

It was fine.

I read many, many better comics last week… and I am sure I’ll have many, many more better comics this week. This is what happens when Christmas falls on a Wednesday it seems.

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Link’n’Blog – 12.27.19 | A Real World Jedi

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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.

When Star Wars fan Riley Howell sacrificed his life to stop a shooter at UNC Charlotte, he was already a hero.

He was also a Star Wars fan.

This week, his friends and family received an amazing surprise.

You can read the full story from NPR HERE.

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