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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.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I hope none of your eggs today ended up like this! But this is a nice little metaphor for the rebirth spring brings. And since Chicago made it into the high 70s today, I guess we can count on winter having passed, even if we do end up some more unexpected snow cover before it's all over.

After the year I've had, I'm certainly up for some rebirth. How about you?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Play Ball!

It's finally spring, and here comes the latest baseball season, not a moment too soon. There was concern last week that the White Sox would be opening on a frozen field (appropriately enough, they're playing Minnesota, who might not notice the ice themselves), but everything seems to have thawed just fine. My beloved Red Sox are defending world champions after John Farrell managed them out of the failure of 2012. It'll be interesting to see how he leads from a place of success, instead.

Up above we've got the baseball stylings of Will Eisner, one of comics' all-time greats. Look him up, if you don't believe me. Good luck to everybody! Have a great season!

Monday, March 17, 2014

It's Everybody's Irish Day!

When St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday, it just means that you've got Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to get warmed up for real celebrating on the holiday itself. And by waiting toward the end of a busy day, I can dazzle at least a few of you with the two or even three comics covers you see posted here.

I saw this movie in one of its reissues when I was about ten or so, and I'm not ashamed to admit that the banshee scared the daylights out of me. It probably also gave me a nice, strong underpinning to enjoy the full implications of Siouxsie Sioux and her band when they came on the scene a few years later. Enjoy what's left of your celebrations!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Even the best of us can't avoid it. It's that day when we're reminded that it's good to be in love. Of course, it's good to be in love on other days, as well, and not everyone's in love on this one. But that's life, isn't it? I'm just as happy to stand with Larry Hart, who wrote, "Each day is Valentine's Day" (even though he likely didn't believe that). Enjoy your candy, if you get any.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!

Getting to the blog awfully late today, but given the reputation that last night inevitably carries, I guess that's understandable. . . .

This is good-bye to 2013, and none too soon, if you ask me. It's just one more in a line of far too many years that have more than worn out their welcome by the time they were done. We can only hope that 2014 will be an improvement. If Superman can leap into the new year, then surely the rest of us can enter into it with optimism.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Looks like some people are still trying to get their tree into shape. Marvel Comics didn't tend to go as whole hog on the Christmas covers as DC did. If they had a Christmas story in a regular issue, you might get a hint with a wreath or tree or something somewhere in the background (here are a couple of examples) or sometimes nothing at all. But if it's an oversize Christmas special, well, I guess they had to go all out.

If you're celebrating Christmas, I hope that Santa brought you everything on your list (and that, if he didn't, you have the wherewithal to go out and buy it yourself). And to everyone, I hope you're able to be with the loved ones of your choice. Spread your cheer, everyone!