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Monday, January 19, 2015

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

It's too easy to look at Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a sort of "Mission Accomplished" celebration, reflecting on what's been called our "post-racial" society. But one look at life today puts demonstrates the lie behind all of that. While we've made advancements in civil rights in areas of race, gender, and lifestyle since MLK's time, there's still a lot effort that lies ahead. And when we think of improvements down the road, it's helpful to take a closer look back at the struggle that's been necessary in the past. Nothing has been achieved easily.

The second volume of Congressman John Lewis's comics autobiography comes out this week, providing a dramatic cover to display today(the first volume has been out for a year and a half). And, of course, the film Selma dramatizes many of the same events. Looking back to the past can often help us in figuring out how to move into the future. Good luck!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope your New Year's Eve celebrations weren't quite so dramatic as Ms. Tree's apparently were, but our unseen assailant does make a good point. Now that 2014 is in the rear-view mirror (to which I say, "Good riddance," for the most part), maybe 2015 is a year to start making some noise. My To Do List is already bursting at the seams with new projects and new endeavors that need to get underway, and 2015 is guaranteed to bring its own surprises—good and bad—into the mix. But as a certain voice of his generation wrote a number of years ago, "Time is short and life is cruel—but it's up to us to change this town called malice (ooo-oooh, yeah)." Here's wishing all us a 2015 filled with health, happiness, and fun!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I've always found this to be one of the most striking Batman Christmas covers. I'm not exactly sure what it means--Batman's a protector and avenger, whereas Santa Claus is a provider. However it might've been intended, though, I wouldn't be unhappy to see the Caped Crusader bringing presents to my house.

Here's wishing happy and joyous holidays to all!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Much of the country may be more susceptible to snow rather than rain today, but just try to keep your hat dry. Nothing is worse than a drooping pilgrim hat.

I hope you get to spend Thanksgiving the way you prefer--with family if that's enjoyable; away from family if you'd prefer; watching football; ignoring the Chicago Bears--whatever makes you happy. And leave room for dessert.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Veterans Day Commemoration

"The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month." That saw the armistice that brought the end of World War I nearly 100 years ago, and it has been remembered in one way or another throughout much of the world ever since. After the Korean War, the United States renamed Armistice Day to Veterans Day in order to broaden its focus to all military veterans rather than just those who fought in the First World War. Thus, we thank and appreciate all who have served, but I hope you'll forgive me for sticking with the WWI imagery, which I still find stirring.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

The Avengers brace themselves for an attack from those who should be dead and long gone, but what do you expect on Halloween? Frankenstein's monster is prominent here to add yet another All Hallow's Eve chill. The Avengers' movie foes have been more science- or science-fiction-based, but anyone who knows anything about Ultron may be expecting something of a Frankenstein dynamic in the next film.

Speaking of chills, Chicago has taken a turn for the cold and damp (with a few snowflakes even making an appearance), but maybe the weather is holding up better in other parts of the country. Have a good (and safe) time tonight! And don't OD on the candy.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Relax for Labor Day!

You've been working hard (if you have been working hard)! Take time to relax today. Fire up the grill.

If you feel like it, you can surf around the Web today and find stories about the difficulties of the American worker (like this one) or reflections on the history of the holiday (such as this). You can think about a time when there was more upward mobility and regular people had more purchasing power. Or you can just flip another burger and wonder why it seems harder to make ends meet than it used to.

Whatever else you do, make sure you get the most out of whatever white you've got on. It's your last chance to wear it until May.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Keep Warm on the Fourth!

This is before Samuel L. Jackson took over the role of Nick Fury, of course, but even in the 1960s, Fury was prepared for the somewhat chilly summer we've been having 46 years later. And, he and his agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were completely anticipating 21st-century open carry laws. You just know they're hurrying on their way to a fireworks exhibition.

So there you have it--1968 Nick Fury, as contemporary, up-to-date, and ready for our day and age as could be. Enjoy the Fourth!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Celebrate Canada Day!

Here we are, halfway through 2014. And what better way to celebrate Canada Day than a brand-new issue of Captain Canuck! Last year we had the debut of the new web series, and now actual new comics. It's a good day to be Canadian.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Summer's Starting!

Is Memorial Day the official or the unofficial beginning of summer? We can all start wearing white, now. Swimming isn't limited strictly to the summer months, but wearing a bathing suit to a dinner party really isn't appropriate throughout the rest of the year.

Of course, today is also the day that we honor those who have died in service to their country. We're pretty good in talking about the honor we feel, but we're not always as strong in following through. It's important never to forget, but it's also important to act in ways that make these memories relevant. Memorial Day is particularly intended to remember those who have been lost, but we can best show that we honor them by honoring those who have served and those who continue to serve.