Friday Flashback #054 …

I’ve visited Leeds three times now and loved it each time. This photo is from my last trip in September of last year. I had never seen this golden owl before, but somehow it seemed like a lost statue honoring Watchmen, which is appropriate, since the Leeds area is home to a particularly great small comics convention called Thought Bubble, which is what drew me to the city in the first place.

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Friday Flashback #052 …

Last fall, I took a wonderful trip to England, which included the lovely city of York. Believe it or not, this was the view from my hotel window of Clifford’s Tower, part of York Castle and it was taken on the first day I was there. York is an incredible maze of winding cobblestone streets filled with great shops and restaurants and I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay there. The hotel was the Hilton York on (appropriately) Tower Street, and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Great restaurant downstairs, too!

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Friday Flashback #050 …

For my fiftieth Friday Flashback I picked this bucolic photo from the small village of Hay-on-Wye. One of the highlights from my fall 2018 3-week trip to the UK was my visit to Hay. Located on the England/Wales border (but decidedly in Wales as I was reminded on more than one occasion), this is the original “booktown,” a concept created in the 1960s by a local bookseller looking to provide a hook to return Hay to greatness. While the number of bookstores in town has fallen to around 20 from it’s original 35-40, the town is still strongly bookish and some of the stores are really impressive (more photos coming soon).

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Friday Flashback #049 …

2018 saw the passing of both Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the co-creators of Spider-Man. The hero is one of the most recognizable and popular in the world, and a lot of that comes from Lee and Ditko’s original 40 or so Spidey stories (38 issues of Amazing Spider-Man, plus Amazing Fantasy #15 and 2 Annuals), which built the world of Peter Parker and his friends and family. Everything else is derivative, done by other talents, sometimes well, and sometimes well … not so well. This shot is from the Marvel Universe of Super Heroes exhibit at MoPOP in Seattle. I like to think that’s Stan silhouetted in the window on the left, and John Romita and Steve Ditko on the right (not that Romita and Ditko every worked together). The exhibit itself is amazing and runs until March 3, so hurry if you want to see it!

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Friday Flashback #048 …

This is my favorite part of London, on the South Bank, with the Millennium Bridge connecting the area around St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Bankside area of the city, across the Thames. This is normally where I stay (right around the corner from the bridge) and it’s such a vibrant part of an amazingly vibrant city. I truly believe London is the capitol of the world, in many different ways: art, culture, music, and the most metropolitan and diverse of all cities.

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Friday Flashback #046 …

The beach at Brighton in England was a revelation to me. While I knew of the existence of “pebble” beaches, I had never been on one before, so walking on this every-shifting pile of small rocks was a weird sensation, to say the least. The photo above shows the beach itself, facing the English Channel, and the insert shows the incredibly voluminous assortment of pebbles and stones that make up the shoreline. Some of them were so fascinating and beautiful, I had to bring them home … but just a few. Purely for science purposes, I assure you.

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Friday Flashback #044 …

This majestic shot of the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern Museum in London is one of my personal faves from my September/October 3-week sojourn to the UK in 2018. The Tate is a bit high-falutin’ for my taste (but I love their gift shops!), and it’s certainly an amazing structure and a great reusage of an old power plant. Regardless of how I feel about it, I do visit every time I go to London.

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