Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Comics I've Read Recently, May 11, 2021
















 

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More Classic Signet Paperback Covers

 






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Nix Comics' Ken Eppstein's How I Spent My 2020 Staycation


Help Nix Comics publisher Ken Eppstein publish some of the work he's done over the past year. $15 for two zines includes shipping in the US! http://kck.st/3xTuCbv

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Conan the Barbarian, drawn by Alfredo Alcala

 


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Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Columbus Museum of Art Interviews Columbus-based Artist Bryan Christopher Moss

 


The interview includes previews of his comics created during the pandemic, commissioned by the Columbus Museum of Arthttps://www.columbusmuseum.org/blog/2021/04/27/35391/

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Classical CDs I've Listened to Recently, May 8, 2021

 









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Friday, May 7, 2021

Recently Read: On the Way Home, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

 


A diary kept (and unintended for publication) by Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Way Home details the covered wagon trip her, Almonzo, young daughter Rose and some fellow adventurers took from De Smet, South Dakota (where their luck had long ago ran out) to Mansfield, Missouri, where they would live for the rest of their lives.

Containing observations on the towns they traveled through, the people they met, the worthiness (or unworthiness) of the countryside, Wilder's short notes will be of interest to those who have read the nine "canon" Wilder books and want to know what Laura and Almonzo did next. What really makes it a worthwhile read is the context Rose gives the diary. The text is accompanied by photographs of the family and contemporary pictures of the towns they traveled through, along with a map of their travels, easily referenced with the text. An afterward by Rose really brings the book to life and we realize while reading it that the "voice" of Laura in this book series has been, at least partly, the voice of Rose all along. It's like seeing a curtain drawn revealing the machinery inside. Rose's memories of the homecoming are vivid, full of emotion and suspense. Especially effective is Rose's explanation of a photograph (included in the book) taken of her at the age of two years and four months. Rose remembers the annoying occasion with clarity and sharp wit.

I will be interested to learn, in biographies of Laura and Rose, to what extent Rose shaped the sound and structure of Laura's writing. I'm guessing it was substantial - a fact that, however interesting, does nothing to dispel the quality and the magic of the books. 

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

1981 Rolling Stone Ad

 


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Indie and Small Press Comics & Fanzines I've Read Recently, May 4, 2021

















 

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A Quiet Evening at Home, Painted by Earl Norem

 


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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Magazines I've Read Recently, April 28, 2021









 

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