At this rate, even with cheats,
I won't finish have the usual
number of books.

Thanks a lot, plan.


041) The Devil Is Due in Dreary by David Parkin and Allan Jefferson, finished August 19

This was given to me by Parkin at Comic-Con and we went to dinner together later and talked more about sundry related topics.

I intend to write a longer look at the book for Motley Vision, so when that link works, you'll know I've succeeded.

In the meantime, this.

two days


040) No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, finished August 1

Finally finished my final audiobook from the Comic-Con trip. And it was as good as I expected. The reader was excellent (it's almost like the Coen's cast actors to match some of his characters). It goes on longer than the movie (which is coming to Prime soon and therefore I'm looking forward to rewatching), but that's okay. It does what only novels can do. It gets into thoughts and symbols etc. The nature of audiobooks is such that when you zone out for ten seconds, that part of the book is just gone, never to return. And so it goes. (At least I didn't have to deal with McCarthy's punctuation.) But instead of rereading it, I think I'll go to Blood Meridian next....
eleven days


039) Lady Killer by Jamie S. Rich & Joelle Jones & Laura Allred, finished July 30

Eisner Exception

Wow! What a bloodbath! Even with its '50s gloss, this is pretty horrific stuff. This first volume doesn't let us get inside the protag, but it promises that we'll get inside her soon. I hope so. Although fun in its way, it's a bit soulless.

under a week


038) Tribute to Sparky, finished July 25

Every time we've been to the Charles M. Schulz Museum I've spent some time in the gift shop with this volume. I read all the strips and one-panels comics artists made honoring Schulz back when he died in 2000 and they choked me up then. This is the first time I've read the book all the way through. It's also the first time I've cried in a museum gift shop. Tears on my cheeks and everything.

I think we need a couple centuries to figure out how important Charles Schulz was to human culture. But this book gives a hint.
long enough to embarrass fellow shoppers

Previously in 2016


The Tick (2016)


So I've seen the full live-action run and several of the cartoons and read a handful of hundreds of pages of the comics. Thus, a new series excites me.

I just watched Amazon's pilot and I'm going to vote for it (I laughed sufficiently if not abundantly), but I do have a few reservations to share here:
Why go for the MA rating? The Tick should be something I can watch with my kids. A few extra swears to make it [whatever swears are supposed to make it] is value subtracted.

The costumes---Arthur's in particular---are a bit too cool.

I worry about the people-think-Arthur's-crazy element.

The Tick's metaphors can be cranked up even more. You'll never get all of them to hit, but it should be, let's say 75%. But I trust you here!
That's all.


Lost Songs: Old Hippy


This is always available in the ol' Internal Jukebox. It came up today and I decided to look it up on YouTube and play it for the kids and darn it if they didn't enjoy it. Good song.

Holy crap though but the Old Hippy is thirty-five.

Holy crap.

Free bonus! Letting YouTube play through, I heard "Pancho and Lefty" and, lost song, Waylon Jenning's "Luckenbach Texas." This is a melody I still hum, but I never knew he was saying luckenback texas. The song makes way more sense now.

Next up: "Good Hearted Woman." I like this autoplay list.