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Cuttings from The Super Dictionary

This is The Super Dictionary: It was published in 1978. It provides key vocabulary in a manner appealing to children. I like it a lot. Here’s a smattering of its dictionary goodness: I…I don’t know what to say. But that’s exactly what ‘goodness’ means. Green Arrow is crap at sweet nothings. El Dragon is pretty super. He is totally the right man for this definition. Read More »


First thing today a Dinosaur Comics link pointed me towards minus, and with that half my morning was gone. It’s the most beautifully painted comic strip, and I ended up reading the whole archive. Shouldn’t have done that. It’s hard to pin down, and I’m not the most knowledgeable comic reader, but mix the small-town atmosphere of Peanuts with the touching wonder of Calvin & Hobbes or xkcd, and you’re getting there. The stories always go off in odd directions, with the multiple-strip arcs delightfully bonkers, and the individuals sometimes making sense, and sometimes remaining ambiguous. But it’s the art-style ... Read More »

Costumes and identities

Even if you’re not into superheroes1, read this for the writing: This sad outcome even in the wake of thousands of dollars spent and months of hard work given to sewing and to packing foam rubber into helmets has an obvious, an unavoidable, explanation: a superhero’s costume is constructed not of fabric, foam rubber, or adamantium but of halftone dots, Pantone color values, inked containment lines, and all the cartoonist’s sleight of hand. The superhero costume as drawn disdains the customary relationship in the fashion world between sketch and garment. It makes no suggestions. It has no agenda. Above all, ... Read More »

Marvel’s demeaning Mary-Jane comiquette

In the wake of Spider-man III, Marvel have released a ‘comiquette’ of Mary-Jane. ‘Comiquettes’ are small sculptures depicting the character in a particular situation1 and the Mary-Jane depiction is causing quite the stir. With good reason. Most comic-book artists and writers are, for whatever reason, male. For this reason you find a large number of thin-ish male superheroes who look relatively realistic – if the average guy went to the gym all day every day for a year, he could probably get a similar physique – and female superheroes who definitely don’t. Finding actresses to play Wonder Woman is really, ... Read More »

Waiting for iTunes…

It’s always such fun when my iPod decides to delete and re-copy all purchased music. Not like I’m in a hurry or anything. Ah well. Something that amused me today: Last week’s xkcd (linked to host site if it doesn’t fit): Cory at ETech on Tuesday: Made me laugh, anyway. Read More »

Valentine’s Day

I had a great Valentine’s Day. I spent a lovely evening with a delightful companion, and I miss her today. Must. Concentrate. On. Work. Elsewhere, Google had a clever logo, xkcd was sarcastic (but has been beautifully touching before, so I don’t think he means it) and T-Rex wasn’t around, but a couple of years ago was rightfully getting told off by Utahraptor. While on the Valentine’s theme, I really like this: I sometimes see these things and later find out it’s a terrible photographic cliché, but I don’t think that matters. Read More »

I must not investigate Super Monkey

While there are many other things I could be doing, I’m irresistibly drawn to really bad comic covers. This one in particular is truly excellent, for: Not only does it feature a ‘Legion of Super-Pets’… Not only does the left-hand cover claim that shapeshifting isn’t a superpower… Not only does it feature Krypto the Superdog biting somebody in the butt… There’s a Super Monkey!!!!! It is now my mission to discover more about Super Monkey. Except not now, because I have things to do. I must not investigate Super Monkey. Mustn’t. I will do something useful. I will not investigate ... Read More »

Comic Cancellation

I’ve figured out a budget for moving into the flat, and it’s pretty tight. I’m having to cut back on a few things, including my regular comic order. I’ve been receiving the Superman / JLA comics each month for a few years now, but it’s one of those luxuries that has to go (at least until I can start earning some decent money 🙂 .) I just wanted to recommend my suppliers: Kathies Comics in Bristol. They’ve been friendly in emails, and have delivered everything just like you’d want. If there’s ever a supply problem at their end they always ... Read More »

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