Friday, June 28, 2013

Shoot the Basket. I Dare You.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Signifiers Letterhead for 2013!

Get three free copies of the new Signifiers Universe letterhead for 2013 with any order of The Signifiers #1 or 2, Reactionary Tales #1, The Quacky Pig and Friends Coloring Book or The Lovey Dovey Puzzle Book Summer Special! Be sure to mention the letterhead when ordering:
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Booker T. and the MGs at Bicentennial Park

Stax Records legend Booker T. Jones gave a free concert in Columbus, Ohio on June 14th. The MGs were hot and a huge crowd turned out for the show.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Comics I've Read Recently, June 24th, 2013

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Recently Read: Marvel Comics: the Untold Story, by Sean Howe

I recommend this compelling and well-researched overview of Marvel Comics' history. It wisely doesn't dwell on Marvel's earliest days, which is being covered in Michael Vassello and Blake Bell's The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire. Nor does it dwell on the story of the Silver Age of the '60s, a period which has been described and dissected in numerous books and countless essays and articles.

Instead, Howe's book concentrates on the '70s when, after Stan Lee left the helm, a blur of editorships allowed for a brief flourishing of artistic freedom and experimentation, followed by what you might call the corporatization of the company, starting with the micro-managing of Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter. There's then a succession of corporate mergers and acquisitions, leading to comics that literally became less readable, if not unreadable, as the decades rolled on (though Marvel has pulled itself out of artistic purgatory over the last eight years or so).

Marvel Comics: the Untold Story is informed by a wealth of interviews with writers, artists, office personnel, editors and the like. If you lived through this era, as I did, and care about the rise and downfall of a great publishing company, you'll find this book hard to set down.

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Illustrations by G.H. Mitchell for Edgar Allen Poe Short Stories

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Spaghetti Warehouse in Columbus, Ohio

Considering it's a national chain, I've had some pretty good meals at the Columbus Spaghetti Warehouse over the years.

I was disappointed at our most recent visit, though. My favorite meal, the Trolley Stop (flat sirloin steak with spaghetti) is no longer on the menu (replaced with an "upscale" thick steak w/risotto). Since that dish was the reason I went there, I may not be back. I was also disappointed that the Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga arcade game was out of order - another reason I went there. Bummer. The service, though, was very good.

Some pics from our recent visit:

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Royal Portable

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The Lovey Dovey Puzzle Book Summer Special - Perfect for Lazy Summer Days!

A sequel to the beloved Quacky Pig and Friends Coloring Book, the Lovey Dovey Puzzle Book Summer Special is a wacked-out homage to Whitman coloring books. It's magazine-sized, 24 pages and can be autographed upon request. You can order your own copy to the right of your screen!

"The whole family cracked up over every page." - A.M. Siriano, author of Nod and Current:
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I'll Never Let You Down. I'm Your Best Friend. I Am Your Lucky Strike.

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Movie Posters Today Don't Look the Same...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lundstrom Sectional Bookcases

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Monday, June 17, 2013

New Studio Ghibli Movie "From Up on Poppy Hill"

I wanna see this when it comes to Columbus.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Art for Tales From the Motherland

Wraparound cover art for the new edition of Sterling Clark's Tales From the Motherland. Sterling penciled; I inked and colored. Enjoy!
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