Archive for June, 2007

Comic cover browser

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

This is a great resource/productivity killer. I saw a mislabeled Cerebus cover, so it’s not perfect. Still a cool cross-section of comic covers.

Why do I read Wil Wheaton?

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Well, certainly I read him partially to feed my raging fanboy jealousy. And then there’s something like his piece on Roddenberry’s induction into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, which convinces me both that he’s a writer and that he’s a great guy.

A guy this decent deserves to be Cosmic Boy. Of course, I’ve always thought of myself as more of an Ultra Boy.

Gatsby review

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I wrote a short review of The Great Gatsby, which deserves a long one. Fortunately, many others have handled that for me. Mine is up in Bell, Book, and Candle.

And I noticed that for the last 8 years my pages have had Jane Austen’s name spelled wrong. That’s the way to critical credibility.

What’s wrong with America

Monday, June 25th, 2007


Two In One

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

I was feeling kind of crappy this weekend and spent most of Saturday just vegging out. To help with that, I picked up Volume 2 of The Essential Marvel Two In One, and really a better time is tough to imagine.

Two in One was one of those great 70’s titles that was hanging out there on the edge of the Marvel Universe, but that didn’t have to be The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine every month. It wasn’t exactly the Marvel flagship. It had two important things going for it – the creators didn’t take it more seriously than a comic book, and lots of great creators were thrown an issue or two as a chance to prove themselves. It also starred the Thing, one of Marvel’s most over-the-top heroes.

The result is a charming set of fun stories and general tour around the characters and situations in the Marvel Universe. Several series had their loose ends tied up in MTIO and a few actual important Marvel Universe events happened in there, too. Mostly, though, they’re fun single-issue or two-issue stories with a charismatic and visually appealing star that make it a great way to waste an afternoon.

A pleasurable guilty pleasure. (To get a feel for the series, I recommend Mark O’English’s amazingly complete and remarkably entertaining Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Home Page.)

O. Henry review

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

My review of the 2007 O. Henry award winners is up a on Bell, Book, and Candle.

Review of Maugham

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

My review of W. Somerset Maugham’s Collected Short Stories, Volume 3 is up on Bell, Book, and Candle.

Grap RPM

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

John Heidemann was kind enough to provide a Fedora 7 grap binary RPM.  It’s also available from the grap page.

To Review A Mockingbird

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

I finally read Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, and put up a short review on Bell, Book, and Candle.