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Bloom County in Contexts « The Hooded Utilitarian

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Best Books of 2017 : NPR

In honor of the great Icelandic holiday tradition, Here’s a list of some of the best books of the last year for you to peruse, think about, ponder and maybe, just maybe, if you have the time, read. It’s a list with something for everyone and easily searchable. And as an added bonus, they have their lists for the past 9 years linked as well. Enjoy! #bookconcierge

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Comic Book Plus – Free And Legal Public Domain Books

When you absolutely, positively need comic books and pulp magazines from decades ago.

Seriously… how amazing is it that these things are all online and available for research or just plain fun!

Source: Comic Book Plus – Free And Legal Public Domain Books

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A Virtuoso Graphic Novel, Painted While in Hiding From the Nazis | Literary Hub

Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) was the last Jewish student at the Berlin Fine Arts Academy. The danger for her had become so great by late 1938 that her family decided to get her out of Germany.

This is an amazing, and sad and angering, story. What sucks is we’re STILL learning the extent of the damage done to the arts and sciences some 70 years after the fact.

What a different world we might have had.

Source: A Virtuoso Graphic Novel, Painted While in Hiding From the Nazis | Literary Hub

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Toxic fan culture

Really interesting piece here about toxic fan culture. The writer references Rick and Morty, a show I’ve never seen (and to be honest, I’m getting mixed reports and have such limited time I don’t know if I ever will) but the idea of the Revenge of the Nerds seems so odd to me. Continue reading

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Len Wein Dies, At 69 – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

When I lived in LA, I met Len through mutual friends and we became friendly. Every couple of months or so, we would go out for lunch or meet up at a movie and hang out. Yes, I was a comic fan, but honestly, I didn’t know the half of who he was or what he’d done (hell, I’m still learning now as I delve deep into comics history for my own research).

What I did know was that he was a hell of a guy. He took the time to hang out with a young punk who thought he knew much more than he did. And even though we hadn’t really seen each other in years, the mark he left on my life is indelible and he will certainly be missed.

Rest easy, my friend. And may they have great delis wherever you’re going.

Source: Len Wein Dies, At 69 – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

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The death of reading is threatening the soul – The Washington Post

So there was this article a few weeks back in The Washington Post: The death of reading is threatening the soul. Pretty heady stuff. Their subhead is Commitment to reading is an ongoing battle.

And I read it at a most opportune time.  Continue reading

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Wonder Gal | David Magazine

David May 17 CoverThis month, for David Magazine, I take a look at the new Wonder Woman film starring Gal Godot, as well as a brief history of the character and her creator. Of course, while you’re there, you might want to check out this related article about women in the Israeli army (of which Gadot herself was a member a few years back)

At the same time, there’s some interesting commentary happening at The Mary Sue about the lack of advertising and promotion for this film.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Character Creators Fight for Cash and Credit – The New York Times

“It’s like the advice I give my granddaughter,” he said. “If you can help it, don’t be a creator. Be the exploiter. They get rich. You never will.”

Comics creators have long been saddled with the idea of “work for hire.”

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11 things you need to know about the Far Side

wrong-solar-systemSo when I was growing up, aside from Bloom County (which, thankfully, returned on my birthday in 2015), The Far Side was probably the funniest cartoon out there. And if you ever need a quick laugh, Gary Larson’s got you covered. So with that in mind, here’s 11 things you need to know about the Far Side.

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