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Brain Before Blab #1: Buns and Weiners

This is the first in an off- and ongoing series titled, “Brain Before Blab”™. It’s about folks in the media whose filters between mind and mouth may be missing. We all say some things that we might not have if we’d taken a moment to think about or research them. That’s why God created “Edit” buttons on posts. (Although I really wish Facebook would allow editing of posts, and that LinkedIn would change their edit…

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Random Apes, Art, Robot Mice and Rewards!

Three bits for Monday’s musings: 1) I saw RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Recommended. Great setup to the series. (Thought I was gonna say I went “ape”, didn’t ya? Even I’m not that easy.) Some brilliant plot points (especially at the end. No button after the credits, but an important one after the first few begin to roll). Middle was a bit slow, but necessary. John Lithgow is brilliant, but James Franco could…

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Reading the Future of Comics

There’s an interesting current discussion on LinkedIn titled, “The iPad Could Destroy The Comic-Book Industry.” That rather fearfully hyperbolic title was in reference to an article about digital comics. As loyal readers of this column last week know, DC is going “day and date” with their “52” comics beginning August 31st. That bit of business gibberish simply means that the digital versions of their comics will now be available the same day as their printed…

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Comic-Con 2011: There’s A Wrap For That!

Wow. Can’t believe it’s over already. I survived another Comic-Con International:San Diego. For me, it was number 16 of 17 (I missed the year I got married…Who says I don’t have my priorities straight?) If you were to put a gun to my head and ask me to sum up the show in four words, I’d say first, “I hope that thing ain’t loaded!” Then I’d answer, Informative, Entertaining, Frustrating and Exhausting. (If I had…

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Comic-Con 2011 Preview…And a WARNING!

I’ll open this week of Comic-Con: San Diego 2011 with a lyrical ditty that says it all (sung to the tune of “Save Me, San Francisco” by the band Train): I’ve been high, I’ve been low I’ve been in line since 0-6: 0-0 I’ve been Hasbro and some Lego Won’t you save me, San Diego I’ve been Kirk, I’ve been Luke I’ve been Marvel, DC, Dark Horse too I’ve got sore feet and lumbago Won’t you…

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Conundrums and Confoundments: No. 1 of a Series

Hope all my U.S. readers had an enjoyable Independence Day. And I hope all of you, American or not, celebrated by reading an indie comic or watching an indie film! This week I won’t be able to insert pics (will explain next time) so I’m going on a stream of semi-consciousness instead. Hard as it may be to believe, even I get confused. Sometimes. Okay, a lot. Usually I eventually figure it out. Every now…

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Genial, Gentle, Generous and Just Great Gene Colan

This is one of those posts I knew I was going to write but never wanted to think about. Unless you live under a rock, or you only read my blog and no one else’s (bless you), you know that Gene Colan, one of the greatest storytellers and comic book artists in American history, if not world history, finally gave in and accepted God’s personal invitation to join the other greatest artists in that sublime…

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