Some Thoughts on Traveling Again …

I took a trip last week, my first since November 2019. It was just a short up-and-back, three-day trip to Seattle, one of my favorite cities, but a trip nonetheless. I called it my “training-wheel trip,” just a quick jaunt to see what travel felt like in this new world. And make no mistake about... Continue Reading →

An Evening with Groucho …

It was a dark and stormy night. Seriously. If memory serves me right, it was December 1972. I was a senior in high school and a veteran Marx Brothers fan for oh, about four whole years. My love affair with Les Fréres Marx started in 1968 when my brother slipped a copy of the paperback... Continue Reading →

Leaving on a Jet Plane …

I'm about to take my first trip in 18 months, something I'm calling my "training wheel" trip. While I only have a couple of trips planned this year, this first one is just for a few nights, just to get used to the whole procedure of travel again: the airport, the plane ride, the hotel... Continue Reading →

May 2021 Books …

Slowed down a little this month with only six books read. They are: DAREDEVIL Vol. 1: KNOW FEAR by Chip Zdarsky and Marco ChecchettoZdarsky’s down-and-dirty take on DD begins here and, as I've mentioned before, it’s Marvel’s best written book right now. While Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s run on the blind hero restored some... Continue Reading →

Beach town …

The Memorial Day weekend unleashes the onslaught of tourists to my little private island. Even last year, during the midst of the Pandemic, Coronado was crowded, especially on the weekends. I'm afraid it will be even worse this year since restrictions are easing and people--myself included--are antsy to get back out there. Still, I knew... Continue Reading →

Line of Duty …

I am currently in Line of Duty heaven—or hell, depending on your point of view. Heaven because there’s a new season (#6) available (sadly only on BritBox in the USA) and hell because they’re releasing it one episode per week. So far I’ve seen the first two episodes of the new season, starring the wonderful... Continue Reading →

Greg Eide • 1951–2021

Greg Eide died on May 20, 2021 at the age of 69. He died of complications from COVID-19. Even though he had just had a second vaccination shot, he became symptomatic and spent the last two weeks of his life in hospital, according to a post on Facebook. I’m sure a lot of people reading... Continue Reading →

Escape Velocity …

Like pretty much everyone else, I miss travel. My last trip was in November 2019, which marked my sixth in that year alone, by far the most I've ever traveled in any one year. I visited Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, New York, and the UK, with stays in both Harrogate and London. I'm about... Continue Reading →

Art School (Not-So) Confidential

A “My Life in Comics” Side Trip I’ve been thinking about my years at the Art institute of Pittsburgh since I wrote the last installment of “My Life in Comics” (which you can read by clicking here). I attended AIP from March 1974 through March 1976. Beyond an Associates Degree in Applied Something-or-Other (I graduated... Continue Reading →

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