Notes on an Absence

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Hi all! I’m sure you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to that’s taken me away from the blog for so long. Well, as you probably know – I like to write longer articles, and if I don’t have the time to make a post that meets my standards for this blog, I just don’t post. That isn’t to say… Read more »

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes by Nevin Martell

Bill Watterson created one of the most indelible parts of literature and pop culture in the late 20th century, the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Begun in 1985 and ending its run in 1995, Calvin and Hobbes took its readers onto a magical journey – one that nobody wanted to end. Adding to the intrigue – Bill Watterson has become… Read more »

[GN] RASL – The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla by Jeff Smith

The RASL trade paperback review series finally concludes with its final volume, The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla which collates RASL #12-15 into one final oversized deluxe paperback. The pace of the storyline picks up its intensity to a frenzy for the concluding arc. RASL is trying to piece the puzzle together of how to survive and escape the clutches… Read more »

Furrow Books Kickstarter

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As you may or may not have noticed, I have a thing for notebooks. Especially nice-looking, not-too-thick notebooks that don’t have a hard cover. Over the years, I’ve tried various paper and notebook brands such as Moleskine and Rhodia. My favorite brand thus far is obviously Field Notes Brand notebooks. However, as nice as these are – there’s two downfalls:… Read more »

[GN] RASL – Romance at the Speed of Light by Jeff Smith

We continue the RASL series reviews with volume 3 of the deluxe paperback editions (vol 1 and vol 2 have been previously reviewed here). Volume 3 has the subtitle of “Romance at the Speed of Light”, which is actually what “RASL” is an acronym for, even though it’s missing the the. This trade paperback collates issues numbers #8-11. Smith’s mastery… Read more »

[GN] RASL – The Fire of St. George by Jeff Smith

RASL: The Fires of St. George continues the RASL comic series trade collation by collecting RASL #4-7 in this deluxe paperback edition. The first volume, RASL: The Drift was previously reviewed here. Continuing where The Drift left off, we’re introduced to the start of a common theme: that of Nikola Tesla and his ideas interwoven throughout the narrative. The quote… Read more »

[GN] RASL – The Drift by Jeff Smith

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Jeff Smith is best known (and for good reason) for his magnum opus, Bone. His recently completed comic project (RASL) is a worthy successor to one of the best comic series of all time. The entire run was recently collated in four separate trade paperbacks – I’ll review each of these volumes. Obviously, you’ll have to start with the first… Read more »

Eve of Destruction by Patrick Carman

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The sequel to the strangely entertaining Dark Eden continues the multimedia frenzy that began with the original book. A variety of files, links, and add-ons are all available in various formats but this review focuses on the physical printed book itself alone. We return to the world of Will Besting and his fellow patients, after their first go-around at Fort… Read more »

The Tower by Simon Toyne

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The final installment in the Sanctus trilogy, The Tower (Sanctus and The Key being the other two) brings the trilogy to an unsatisfying end. After keeping pace with the exploits of Liv and Gabriel, we’re brought back to the world of Ruin in an unconventional way. The Hubble Space Telescope has been sabotaged and of course, an ancient religious order… Read more »

Melissa Explains It All by Melissa Joan Hart

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Melissa Joan Hart has been better known as “Clarissa”, “Sabrina”, and even “Mel Burke”. But the role that introduced most of us to the singular talent that is Melissa Joan Hart would be her first breakout role as Clarissa in Clarissa Explains It All on Nickelodeon. Now considered a cult nostalgic television show, it was merely popular back then. Running… Read more »