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Happy 2000-Plus-A-Dozen: Part 1

Well, goodbye (and in many ways good riddance) to 2011! Hello to 2000-plus-a-dozen, aka 2012, aka Year That Time Ended. Or something like that. I hope you and yours had fun and stayed safe for the big party night (and college bowl day). There are a couple ways I like to have fun on New Year’s, neither of which involve booze or the company of drunken strangers. (WARNING: The following may be sleep-inducing to some…

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Another Year of Thanks

Howdy! Hope every one of you had a merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah week. Or whatever you celebrated that didn’t involve anything illegal. As mentioned in last year’s final blog, every morning I write down three things for which I’m thankful. I keep a pad and pen next to the bed and write them upon waking, so I begin the day in a grateful mood. They range from the mundane to the profound, personal to…

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A Brief Tribute To An Even Longer Career: Things You May Not Know or Recall About Joe Simon

This is getting morbid. No sooner did I write about Jerry Robinson’s passing as an “alarming trend of late”, did I learn about the passing of yet another great, Joe Simon (as well as Eduardo Baretto, with whose work I’m sadly unfamiliar. I hope to rectify that next year). Just like Jerry, Joe had a very long life and career, full of major industry accomplishments which made him one of the giants upon whose shoulders…

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Painting On Plastic For Decorating A Door…Or Martha Stewart Does Redford Comic Shop!

A few years ago, my pal Andy who owns the Back to The Past Pop Culture Warehouse moved from a rented spot in Livonia to his current building in Redford, Michigan (just north of Detroit). The building had an odd looking “garage” door which was filled with panels. Since this door would be permanently closed since it opens into the retail area, he hired (asked) me to decorate it. Since the building is in an…

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Huge Hugo 3D Pros and 1D Cons (and Zero Spoilers)

If you’ve not yet seen Martin Scorsese’s latest visual masterpiece, HUGO, I urge you to check it out–but in 3D. That’s right, Mr. “3D wastes my dough” is recommending paying the extra four bucks to put on the lame plastic glasses that make everything darker. Only because finally, I’ve seen a 3D film that not only works better with the effect, but to me serves as the epitome of what can and should be done…

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Frank Miller, Political Cartoonist

As you no doubt have heard (unless you work for The Huffington Post, which just “broke” a critique yesterday–nice “scoop”!), Frank Miller wrote a rather scathing opinion about the Occupy Wall Street “movement” last week. Among other things, he called the entirety of their members “louts, thieves and rapists”, “iPhone, iPad wielding [sic] spoiled brats” and “pond scum.”

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Writers vs. Artists

Among a half-myriad other things  (I’m trying not to hyperbolize unless it’s necessary), I’m a fan of lists. And judging by the massive success of David Letterman’s “Top Ten” lists and all the imitations/off-shoots/spin-offs for the last 20 or 30 years, many others are as well. Therefore, I’ve made up two for this week’s blog. As someone who frequently and arbitrarily traverses between titles of writer and artist (meaning I’m either multi-skilled or–more likely–lacking in…

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