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  • Archive for 'Life'

    Allie’s Letter To The President

    My daughter is ten now, so it was inevitable she’d begin writing letters to the Oval Office. Why mess around with Senators after all, she wants her issues addressed fast. Her main issue at the moment is gas-powered cars polluting the world, which I admit bothers me too. But I suspect her of using cars [...]

    A Bright Day.

    Happy Dr. King Day everyone. Hard to imagine a more perfect thing to fall on that day than President Obama’s second inauguration, wish I could have been there to see it. The only one I’ve been present for was Bill Clinton’s first. Party hard, D.C.! Here’s the President’s full speech at The Telegraph.


    Charlotte Bacon, 6 Daniel Barden, 7 Olivia Engel, 6 Josephine Gay, 7 Ana Marquez-Greene, 6 Dylan Hockley, 6 Madeleine Hsu, 6 Catherine Hubbard, 6 Chase Kowalski, 7 Jesse Lewis, 6 James Mattioli, 6 Grace McDonnell, 7 Emilie Parker, 6 Jack Pinto, 6 Noah Pozner, 6 Caroline Previdi, 6 Jessica Rekos, 6 Avielle Richman, 6 Benjamin [...]

    Andy Griffith: The Greatest Tarheel

    Woke up to the day I knew couldn’t be put off forever. I’m going to write a piece in the next couple of days about him, he commanded a lot of my mental landscape from childhood on. Thanks Ange.


    Today was gorgeous in the Portland area, and a group of us went out to Multnomah Falls to hike up to the top. We would have done that anyway, but this also met a Cub Scout hike requirement for our tiny Tiger Den. And all the siblings got pulled along too because it was a [...]

    Fiddle Time.

    Heading down to Salem in a little while so my daughter can be in an Old Time Fiddlers competition. She has four minutes to do three songs and she’s been practicing for weeks. The last time we went there just to watch and heard some very impressive amateurs who were clearly going to be a [...]

    Douglas Adams Day

    Today would have been Douglas Adams’ birthday, should have if he had proceeded beyond 2001. He probably wouldn’t have gotten more than one or two books out since then, but I promise you they’d be on my shelf. He’s one of the people unrelated to me that I still haven’t gotten used to being gone, [...]

    The Great Moebius Is Gone

    Looking for a piece of art to represent Jean Giraud is a thankless task- there’s so much unbelievably great work he made in his life. When anyone challenges the worth of comics as an art, you can always bash them with Moebius. I think I’ll watch this BBC documentary my friend James Sime just linked [...]

    The Great John Severin

    A long and productive 90 years and the definitive western artist in comics. Thank you for all the great work, John Severin.


    I wasn’t having that great a night, but I just looked through iPhoto for something else and came across this pic of Rocketgirl sneaking soup while my wife’s back was turned, and now I feel a little better. We must all observe eternal vigilance as long as there are cats in the world.

    It’s Been Two Years

    It’s hard to believe Mike Wieringo has been gone so long. Still rarely a week goes by that I don’t hear of something funny or remember a goofy quote and feel the impulse to call Mike or fill up his inbox with my babble. Think I’ll look through some of his old books today and [...]

    Walter Cronkite: The Real Deal

    Few people will ever cast as long a shadow as Walter Cronkite, and probably no one in TV news ever will again. Here’s a fairly thorough walk through his life at the New York Times. I was just thinking about him the other day, naturally, since we were observing the 40th anniversary of the moon [...]


    40 years ago today, three men sitting on top of a controlled bomb flipped off the rest of us on Earth and said “So long suckers. We’re going to THE MOON!” While we’re feeling all smug about our internet and connectivity, we should also remember that it’s been 40 years since the greatest 20th Century [...]

    Happy 4th of July!

    When the Colonial Revolutionaries organized their ramshackle armies to fight for independence from England, every Minuteman and patriot held to the hope that one day this country would be filled with backyards full of fat louts grilling meat, drinking non-stop and setting off illegal fireworks late into the night. My fellow Americans, we are living [...]

    Hate, Hate, Hates: eBay Vultures and Cell Phone Drivers.

    Colleen Coover was just showing me the thing most artists dread to see- someone eBaying a quick sketch she did at the New York Comicon for free (he’s got a bunch! Under “Wolverine Original Art Sketch”) Yeah sure, it’s yours to do with what you want, but when you clearly got a lot of them [...]