Sock Puppets Get Newspaperman Disciplined

As reported in the New York Times, [The Los Angeles Times] suspended the blog of one of its columnists after it was revealed that he had posted comments on the paper’s website and elsewhere on the web under false names…. [The actions] had violated the newspaper’s ethics guidelines, “which requires editors and reporters to identify themselves when dealing with the public.” That policy “applies to both the print and online editions of the newspaper.” I like that guideline, although I […]

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Head Cases

Steven Grant (Permanent Damage columnist and comic book writer) has released a new PDF book, Head Cases. His earlier volume, Totally Obvious, was a fascinating, informative read, and this book is no different. It’s a collection of nine comic scripts. There are few enough scriptbooks (Panel One and its successor Panel Two are the ones I recommend) that simply collecting more examples from a working writer with a long career is valuable in itself. But beyond that, there’s the introduction, […]

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Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming

Rachel Hartman’s Amy Unbounded is one of the most charming series in comics. Amy is an imaginative, rambunctious nine-year-old, the daughter of a weaver and a barbarian ex-warrior clockbuilder living in the queendom of Goredd. Until now, she’s been independent, but as she becomes aware that she’s growing up, she has hints that becoming an adult might not be a completely pleasant experience. Previously, she’d get carried away in her fantasies about living lives more interesting than her own. Although […]

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Ocean

This action movie in a science fiction setting rings a few changes on Warren Ellis’ typical “hard man” character. For one thing, he’s black, resembling Laurence Fishburne — for another, he’s rather restrained, compared to the loonies around him. He’s still got the key characteristics, though, of being tired of the world around him, frequently bad-tempered, and willing to kill when necessary. “A hundred years from today”, a huge fleet of ancient alien coffins is discovered in the ice-covered ocean […]

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Slowpoke: America Gone Bonkers

Jen Sorensen is deeply concerned about the mismatch between the crazy behavior we’ve come to accept as normal and what America should stand for. She’s mad about the distractions government serves up in lieu of handling real problems. She’s disturbed by how odd our popular culture can be. So she draws cartoons, because making fun is her catharsis. Her primary warning is that “fighting terrorism” should not be a blanket “get out of jail free” card. We need to examine […]

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The Interman

In his introduction, Mark Schultz places this original full-color graphic novel firmly in the thoughtful adventure tradition, where exciting heroes engage in daring action that tests their core values. It’s a good analysis. Van Meach, a normal man with extraordinary abilities, was created as part of a cold war CIA program. His body is able to adapt as needed to extreme situations, so he can survive any environment by growing gills or changing his cell structure subconsciously. Now he’s a […]

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Slowpoke: Café Pompous

This collection of weekly alternative newspaper strips by Jen Sorensen won the Xeric Grant. The name “Slowpoke” comes from an appreciation of the need to slow down to appreciate life. Slowpokes, according to the author, “value quality over quickness” and so don’t always fit into the modern world. The four-panel strips elaborate on that theme, whether presenting personal character insights or larger cultural commentary. Café Pompous is, of course, located at the corner of Malaise and Ennui. The strips deal […]

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Scooter Girl

In Chynna Clugston’s Scooter Girl, Ashton Archer is king. He’s immaculately dressed in the coolest clothes, rides the snazziest scooter, gets any girl he wants, and oh yeah, he’s loaded. For generations, it’s a family trait to be the luckiest, most charming, sexiest, most popular guy around. Then Margaret arrives. Suddenly, he’s a klutz. Nothing unusual about that — many boys become tongue-tied and stumble-footed when they meet a beautiful girl and develop a crush. Ashton, though, gets it bad. […]

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