Writing for the Beat

Hi, friends! Apologies for lack of posts here — I’ve been writing for other sites for a bit. And that’s what this note is about: I had the fun of covering the new Doctor Who news (which I’m SO excited about!) for the Comics Beat. As well as chiming in on the Weekend Reading column. I hope to be making some additional posts there about the New York Comic Con in a couple of weeks, and we’ll see what else […]

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RushOrderTees Made Me a CWR Shirt!

Thanks to RushOrderTees, I now have a shirt with my website URL on it! They agreed to send me a sample in return for me mentioning them here. And I’m glad to know of a site that can do single copies of shirts, hoodies, and cups with a logo or design on them. They have plenty of styles and colors to choose from. I’ve already washed it, and both the logo and the size held up, plus it arrived more […]

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What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 15

I love this series so much. Each new volume of What Did You Eat Yesterday? continues to appeal for the same reasons: small stories about a caring couple having everyday meals together while coping with adult concerns. They’re punctuated by neat food ideas and great art, focused on expression and recipe details. Volume 15 opens with Shiro visiting his housewife friend and her family to congratulate her grandchild on starting elementary school. He doesn’t know what one gets a child […]

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Becoming Brianna

Terri Libenson’s latest in the Emmie & Friends series — after Invisible Emmie, Positively Izzy, and Just Jaime — follows the same model, alternating copiously illustrated diary sections with large-panel comics. In Becoming Brianna, the diary pages describe the past, while the comics show the present. Brianna is Emmie’s best friend, and as we saw in Positively Izzy, she’s subject to stage fright. That makes what she’s doing more of a challenge for her — she’s celebrating her bat mitzvah. […]

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Site Update: An Explanation

There are a number of reasons why posting around here is intermittent at best. The most recent, and most frustrating, is medical. I haven’t been able to accurately read on screen since fall of last year. I thought I was just overdue to get my glasses prescription adjusted, but after several exams and lenses, I am still seeing double and fuzziness when I try to focus on text. As someone who prides themselves on great proofreading, this is particularly annoying. […]

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Is Sherlock a Superhero?

I found myself pondering this question, as one does on a slow holiday afternoon. The first part of the answer is to figure out how you define a superhero. I’ve done this previously. My definition of superhero is categorical, looking at whether a given character has a preponderance of the common characteristics associated with the genre. So let’s run those down, looking at both the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories as well as the character from the Sherlock TV show. […]

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The Full Convention Experience Game

Found myself thinking this weekend about the last comic convention and when we might be able to travel to see friends and gather again. So in honor of my resolution to be more optimistic, here’s a silly little game in honor of convention gatherings. Have you had the full 100% convention experience? (Most of my experience is comic cons, but I’ve tried to make this more inclusive for other kinds of media conventions.) Give yourself the following points for anything […]

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Thanks, Mike, for Sticking Around — Blogging About Blogging

Mike Sterling, of Progressive Ruin and Sterling Silver Comics, put up a post recently that brought back all kinds of memories. He looks at long-time comic bloggers (a group I am privileged to be part of, having run this site for over 20 years, although I like to think of it as a combination blog/website, since “blogging” feels as a term a little more self-indulgent than I aim for). Mike has been going over 16 years himself, and he’s unique […]

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