December 16, 2002 · 10:00 PM PST ·
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR columns posted here seems to be the one about me going to see Barry
Manilow. In it, I decided my friends who like to think of themselves as "hip" (whatever that means, these days) would mock his show as
corny and square, but that I had to recognize how much sheer pleasure he was dispensing to his audience including, ultimately, me. We often
prove — or strain to prove some sort of sophistication by disdaining entertainment: It may please the unwashed masses but I have higher
standards. That kind of thing. If something's bad, then fine. Say it's bad. Or ignore it and go look for something good,
which is what I increasingly do as I get older. But don't ridicule it just because it appeals to people you'd like to believe you're better
than...and don't close yourself off to the possibility that you might enjoy it, too. At least on some level.
I have just come from a show that reminded me of what I might call my Manilow Epiphany. I'm here in Las Vegas at the Orleans
Hotel, where Tony Orlando is starring in "Santa and Me," a Christmas revue which he wrote. Basically, it's the story of Tony Orlando meeting up
with Santa, and they talk about what Christmas means, and sing "Jingle Bell Rock" and "White Christmas" and "O, Come All Ye Faithful." There's
an Elvis impersonator in the show, and a singing Christmas tree, and elves who join in a hip-hop version of "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak
Tree," and Tony spends a goodly amount of time out in the audience, leading them in sing-alongs. If it sounds schmaltzy and syrupy...well, it
is. But most of a showroom full of people had a very good time.
What makes it work is that Mr. Orlando is a delightful, sincere man who works his butt off. He's also a touchy-feely kind of
guy. I met him Sunday night and thanked him for a long-forgotten favor he did for me...and all of a sudden, I'm getting hugged. By Tony
Orlando. I have friends I've had for thirty years and we don't hug. But that's just the kind of guy he is and I decided — this is
going to be an awkward phrase but it's the only way to say it — that I wouldn't like myself if I were the kind of person who ridiculed a guy
just for being passionate and emotional and loving.
Did I like his show? I don't think I did, but I liked him. I liked the fact that he cares so much, and that he sent most of
the audience out feeling not only entertained but that they'd spent a lovely hour with a lovely man. Most Vegas-style entertainment is like
fast food that's prepared by assembly line and utterly unmemorable. This particular Vegas-style entertainment gave some people something
they'll be talking about for years to come, and in a good way.
One person in particular. In the front row, there was a gentleman in a wheelchair. He obviously had dystrophy or some other
neurological disorder. As Tony was scurrying up and down the aisles with the wireless mike, leading us in "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," he
stopped at the wheelchair. He made a fast check to make sure its occupant was singing along and wouldn't be embarrassed, then held out the mike
so the man could sing a few bars for everyone. The audience cheered, Tony hugged the guy and kissed him on the forehead, and I saw that the
fellow was crying with joy, as were the people with him.
As I describe it here, you might think it was corny and mushy and everything we don't like about the Jerry Lewis Telethon. But
Tony Orlando gave a guy in a wheelchair one of the happiest moments in what has probably not been much of a life. I'll bet you can't do
December 16, 2002 · 2:00 AM PST ·
I'M IN LAS VEGAS where I won $40 in a slot machine, spent a lovely evening chatting with Paul Harris, and got hugged by Tony
Paul Harris is, of course, the terrific talk radio host on KTRS, 550 on your dial in St. Louis. He and fifty of his many
listeners are here in Sin City and tomorrow morning (actually, this morning, since it's after midnight), I'll be among the guests on his
show. One of them may be Tony Orlando so I may get another hug. You can find out all about Paul and his peachy program over at his website.
THE AL GORE episode of Saturday Night Live got a 7.6 rating and a 17 share in the overnights — the show's highest
numbers since last February when Britney Spears hosted. Maybe Al's not going to run in 2004 because he wants to host that talk show Bill
Clinton turned down.
December 14, 2002 · 10:30 PM PST ·
I DIDN'T THINK MUCH of Al Gore's appearance tonight on Saturday Night Live
but I'll be surprised if it doesn't get monster numbers. The show's been
doing great (ratings-wise) even without the stunt of someone like Gore hosting.
Folks who like Gore probably tuned-in to support him. Folks who don't like
Gore probably tuned-in hoping he'd embarrass himself. I think that covers
everybody in the country. Gore seemed more at ease than one might have
Of course, he wants to run again someday. They all want to run again, including the ones who lose with fewer votes than the other
guy. Right now though, he's got to do what the press repeatedly and probably unfairly accused him of doing throughout the last election:
Reinvent himself. So he's just doing whatever seems likely to shake up his image and cause anyone anywhere to say, "Hmm...maybe I was wrong
about that guy." My guess is it'll take a lot more than this, but maybe it's a start.
Anyway, I didn't much enjoy the show...but then, I didn't expect to. The segment I liked least didn't involve Gore. It was
Robert Smigel's parody of A Charlie Brown Christmas, which I couldn't enjoy because I know how much it would have enraged Charles
Schulz. The piece I thought had the most unrealized potential was the Stuart Smalley interview of Al and Tipper, and I was surprised that Al
Franken's character is still hanging in there. Good for him...but isn't it about time to retire that Phil Hartman voiceover intro?
December 14, 2002 · 6:30 PM PST ·
POP CULTURE GADABOUT Bill Sherman (that's the name of his fine
weblog) calls my attention to the "other side" in the matter of The Youngbloods not appearing on Johnny Carson's show. An article about the
group can be found here and I'll quote the relevant
Although [group leader Jesse Colin] Young at times would get annoyed with record companies that did not promote his albums enough
and although he walked out on the Tonight Show when Johnny Carson went back on a promise to let the Youngbloods perform two songs, the singer
enjoyed a fairly idyllic life in West Marin.
It's always possible there was a misunderstanding but I find it hard to believe The Tonight Show promised two numbers to a
musical act of such limited stardom. With most performers, even one wasn't guaranteed if the show was running long. At best, they'd tell
an act to rehearse a second song just in case Johnny decided the first had left the audience eager for more.
December 14, 2002 · 10:30 AM PST ·
THIS STORY has gotten a small amount of attention in the press — and, come to think of it, that's about all it's
The Australian grunge band The Vines was doing a sound check in advance of a scheduled appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jay
Leno shortly before the taping was to begin. When things did not go well, the band's lead singer, Craig Nicholls, apparently went crazy, knocking
things over and wrecking equipment. When Leno heard, he cancelled their appearance on the show immediately, reports the New York Post, citing
a report in the Los Angeles Times. [link to full report]
What my Compulsion To Add Trivia To Everything can't resist noting is that a similar situation occurred around 1969, back when Johnny
Carson was hosting The Tonight Show. A rock group called The Youngbloods had been booked, almost as an experiment to see if acts of that
sort could draw in younger viewers. (One book on Carson ascribes this incident to The Young Rascals, which was a completely different
group. But the best sources say it was The Youngbloods.)
During sound check, the story goes, the performers became abusive towards Johnny's musical director and booth director. Carson
caught a little of the proceedings on the monitor in his office, marched down to the stage and told the group, "Wipe your noses and go home."
I'm not sure if the reference to their noses was because they were acting like babies or ingesting drugs. Either way, that group never appeared
and the industry buzz about the incident did much to make what probably would have been a brief career anyway even briefer.
It was a long time before another rock act graced Johnny's stage. When one finally did, it was very well behaved.
December 13, 2002 · 8:30 PM PST ·
WILLIAM SALETAN, a writer I usually admire, presents a surprising defense of Trent Lott. I don't buy most of his argument
but there are a few good points in there, and I'm inclined to think a bit less unfavorably of Lott than I did before reading it. Just a
bit. Here's the link.
AND, HEY, Kissinger as chair of the 9/11 investigating committee didn't last long, did it? Given the choice of quitting or
disclosing his business interests, he went for the bucks and the secrecy. Who, apart from everyone, would have imagined such a thing?
MY AMIGO, Sergio Aragonés, recently received another award for his cartooning skill. (I think he was getting
worried...it had been almost two weeks since his last one.) This one was in Mexico and here's a website that has an online video of the ceremony. It's in Spanish and the audio isn't great.
But there it is.
A FRIEND OF MINE who works at Marvel writes, "People who are upset that Marvel is imposing a controversial, adult storyline on
an old character are missing the point of this new Rawhide Kid series. If they're going to be upset, they should be upset that Marvel
has decided, 'We don't know what to do with this old strip so let's turn it into a parody.' The big idea here was not to make the character gay
but just to make him a joke."
December 13, 2002 · 9:30 AM PST ·
TWO MEN have been found guilty of making off with funds from the brief shining light of Internet businesses known as Stan Lee
Media, and face at least four years in prison. Read all about
IT'S KIND OF FUN watching all the role reversal in the Trent Lott matter: Republicans, who two weeks ago embraced him as a vital
mover and shaker of their party, want him gone. Democrats, who stand for everything he's against (and vice-versa), see him as — in the
phrase of Joshua Micah Marshall — "the gift that keeps on
giving" and want him to stay. The thing I find fascinating is based on my belief that most public political figures are basically dishonest and
pander to whatever faction they believe will come through with money and support in the immediate future. I think most of them say plenty of
things that are appallingly disingenuous and/or reveal unpleasant aspects of their personal morality. Certainly, as is now coming out, Lott has
been saying such things for decades. Usually, they pass unnoticed but every so often, the Quote Fairy comes along and arbitrarily decrees that
the nation make an issue of one unfortunate remark. Then, everyone seizes upon it to advance their interests. Will Lott stay or will he
go? It was probably quite candid of Paul Begala, yesterday on Crossfire, to say that as an American, he thought the man should be out
but, as a partisan Democrat, he wanted him there to run against. That's the kind of moral dilemma that drives American politics, and the choice
that will aid your party invariably wins out. My guess is the Republicans' need to be rid of him will ultimately trump the Democrats' desire to
retain him as their Boogeyman. But that's just a guess...
I'VE BEEN POSTING a lot here lately but now must turn my attention to a mess of deadlines. So, barring those late-breaking
news stories, don't expect to see much that's new here for a few days. But rest assured you'll be in my heart and mind...
December 13, 2002 · 1:30 AM PST ·
THAT HANDSOME GENT is Joe Sinnott, one of the most-admired comic book artists of the last half-century. Joe is a dear
friend and a very nice, classy guy who is currently semi-retired. When he was working, a lot of folks called him the best inker in the business
— meaning that others would draw the comic in pencil and then he'd go in with a pen, brush and India Ink to trace, interpret and otherwise
finish their work. He made poor pencilers look good and good pencilers look better and you're probably wondering where I got that photo of him
as a teen-ager. Well, I tweaked it a bit in Adobe Photoshop but I got it off an eBay listing where someone is auctioning off Joe's 1947 high school
yearbook. There's a curio for his many fans.
THE SMOKING GUN (a wonderful website, indeed) has posted the platform statement for Strom Thurmond's 1948 presidential bid
— the one Trent Lott praised. Have a look. And
then go over and read Paul Krugman's latest.
A FINE WRITER-FRIEND named Peter David recently became a father again. He and his wife Kathleen named their new daughter
Caroline after a friend of ours named Carol Kalish who died way too young. Realizing that some folks who recently came to comics might not know
who Carol Kalish was, Peter has written a fine article recalling
this fine lady.
ABOUT 30% of the hits this site receives each day come to us via search engines — about half from Google, another chunk
from Yahoo! and the rest from the rest. You might be interested in what folks were searching for that brought them here. This is the top
20 for the past week...and except for that last search term, it's fairly typical...
- nude scenes
- mel blanc
- garfield and friends
- sam kinison
- rod hull
- jack kirby
- soupy sales
- how to make a comic book business
- nude movie scenes
- lorenzo music
- mark evanier
- paul winchell
- bob kane
- nude actresses
- free stuff in las vegas
- famous nude scenes
- warner bros
- milton berle's penis
"Nude scenes" has been at the top of the list every week since I put up the one article I have here on
the subject. This means that an awful lot of web surfers have been very disappointed to arrive here and find a lot of stuff about It's a
Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and almost nothing about nude scenes. Still, it's a good lesson on how to increase Internet traffic. And if
the ongoing restoration of Mad World ever turns up racy footage of Milton Berle and Ethel Merman, I'll be able to appease most of my visitors
at the same time.
December 12, 2002 · 6:30 PM PST ·
IF YOU want proof of how good a host Bill Maher is, just catch the Politically Incorrect clone, Tough Crowd With Colin
Quinn, that's currently getting a trial run on Comedy Central. It's the same show but the four panelists are all stand-up comedians and
Quinn fires topics at them, presuming they have the material with which to respond. Granted, the show is just starting up, but it wasn't this
awkward Maher's first week. He got his guests talking to one another, and going for more than the fast one-liner.
I've usually liked Colin Quinn, and would prefer a half-hour of him just bitching to the camera. He's funny, and I always get the
feeling he really believes what he's saying and isn't just groping for a joke. That has not been the case with most of what he's extracted thus
far from his guests...but I suspect there's a good show in there somewhere. Hope they find it before their two weeks are up.
CNN fixed the Stan Lee Superman/Spider-Man gaffe about 90 minutes after it was posted. (By the way: What I was posted was
not me retyping what they posted. It was a screen capture.)
Stan did okay on the show, floating nicely above a rather silly argument about a rather silly publicity stunt. I have the feeling
dealers are going to order a ton of this comic...and get stuck with most of them.
In the meantime, a lawsuit that Stan's former partner, Peter Paul, filed against Bill and Hillary Clinton has been dismissed on the
grounds that you can't demand justice when you, yourself, are a fugitive from it. Here's a link to a news story about this.
AN ATTRACTIVE and serious magazine called Comic Art has just debuted, with great features on Frank King, Noel Sickles,
Gary Panter, Daniel Clowes and many other important folks of the art form. I'll probably write something for an upcoming issue but I'd be
recommending this classy publication even if they hadn't asked. R.C. Harvey's piece on Sickles and his artistic relationship with Milton Caniff
is, all by itself, worth the nine bucks to a serious student of comic strip illustration, and there's plenty more beyond that. Find out more
over at the magazine's website, www.comicartmagazine.com. Better still, order a
subscription. I'd like to see this thing come out more often than quarterly.
December 12, 2002 · 12:40 PM PST ·
BREAKING NEWS: Stan Lee is on CNN's Crossfire this evening to discuss the Rawhide Kid learning to ride side-saddle.
But that's not the big scoop. Here's the guest list as it's currently posted on the CNN website...
My God, that Stan Lee created everything!
December 12, 2002 · 12:30 PM PST ·
TWO OF THE funniest comedians I've ever worked with are currently touring in a variety revue entitled, "A Tribute to Ed
Sullivan." John Byner (left) was on Mr. Sullivan's show many-a-time, often doing a hilarious impression of the host which, one assumes, is seen
to full advantage in this current venture. Pete Barbutti (right) holds the world's record for the most appearances by a stand-up comic on
Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. I've seen both gents live in the last few years and laughed my not-inconsiderable derriere off. The
show also features the lovely Annie Gaybis (Mrs. Byner), singer Anna Maria Alberghetti, The Amazing Platters, and a couple of other acts, including a
I can't find a website listing the entire schedule but they seem to be all over Southern California the first month of 2003 — in
Orange County on January 12, in Thousand Oaks on January 15, in Glendora on January 19, in
San Diego on January 24, and in Palm Springs on January 25.
There are probably other gigs but these are all I could find with a fast Google search. I'm
going to try to make it to one of these.
December 12, 2002 · 10:00 AM PST ·
MICHAEL KINSLEY has an article today about one of those topics that particularly interests me — plea bargaining and what
it does to our justice system. This is one of those "wrongs" that is so wrong — that will require so much correction and
apology — that it's easier to just pretend it doesn't exist. There are also people out there who seem to have an odd love of the Death
Penalty, and don't want to have that venerable pastime tainted by the suggestion that maybe the wrong people sometimes get executed. (I had an
ex-friend who used to turn magenta at the suggestion that anyone on Death Row didn't deserve to be tortured and then killed in the most painful
manner, then tortured again. And if you pointed out to him that punishing the wrong guy for a crime means that the real wrongdoer goes
completely unpunished, my ex-friend would refuse to hear you...because that minor detail did too much damage to what he fervently wished to
believe. If you suggested that courts ought to only convict people who are really guilty, he'd accuse you of coddling criminals and being "soft
Anyway, read Kinsley. However you feel about the Death Penalty and
the justice system in general, this is an anomaly that isn't going away. As DNA testing proves the innocence of more and more convicts —
including many coerced into confession — the elephant in the living room will get bigger and bigger and bigger. And a certain segment of
the population will strain harder to say, in the immortal words of Mr. James Durante, "What elephant?"
December 12, 2002 · 12:30 AM PST ·
YOU CAN HELP the Toys for Tots campaign. After you finish here, go to
www.excedrin.com and click where they tell you to click. You'll get an ad to read and the charity will get cash from the Excedrin
people. Matter of fact, don't wait 'til you're finished here. Do it now.
LIKE MANY OF YOU, I have a whole list of websites that I hit at least once a day — some about media, some about the world,
some so bizarre I still haven't figured out what I'm reading. Among my favorite political visits is a stop at Talking Points Memo, a "blog" run by a fine writer named Joshua Micah Marshall. I've recommended his site to
you in the past, and I'll recommend it again. In the last week, he was way out ahead of everyone on the "Trent Lott says something racist
and/or stupid" story to the point where he was almost daring others not to report on it. A lot of what they did report, they got from him,
proving that you don't have to be Matt Drudge to have your website drive the mainstream news. Read Marshall back a few days to see how this
I'M GOING TO bitch again about the problems that network scheduling creates for those of us who record TV shows via TiVo.
(This also applies, though not as severely, to folks who employ one of those primitive, Paleolithic-era "video cassette recorders.") How long
is The Tonight Show with Jay Leno? No, it's not an hour. TiVo says it's 1 hour and 2 minutes long. It runs from 11:35 PM to
12:37 AM. How long is Late Night With Conan O'Brien? Says TiVo, it's 59 minutes. It airs from 12:37 AM to 1:36 AM.
Now, even these numbers are about fifteen seconds off but let's ignore that. When I record both shows via TiVo's automatic
selection, all is right with the world...that is, as long as I don't wish to record a show on another station that starts at 1:30 AM or even
1:35. I wish to do this tonight so what I had to do was to cancel my one-touch recording for Conan, then do a manual recording from 12:40 to
1:30, with the "start" time padded by three minutes. I'll lose the last six minutes of the show, but that's unavoidable and acceptable, since
it'll just be commercials and thanking Bruce Springsteen. Still, in a world where most video recorders work in five minute increments, why
can't TV be programmed that way?
Even better would be if everything started on the half-hour but I guess the local stations will never give up the extra minutes of ad
revenue they score by having the late night shows start at 11:35. Years ago, I heard an NBC exec say he was going to push to have The
Tonight Show run from 11:35 to 12:45, followed by Late Night from 12:45 to 2:00 AM, with Later and other programming to follow on
the half-hour. I'd be curious to know if that was ever seriously discussed.
IN COMICS, we do a lot of work with other folks' creations, taking over their books and characters or just doing work clearly
inspired by others. If you have the slightest sensitivity to the notion that you're poaching on someone else's creativity — and, sadly,
some writers and artists either don't, or don't care — it raises issues. Over in his column at Comic Book Resources, my pal Steven Grant deals with some of this in this week's installment. I agree with his views and, if
anything, feel they don't go far enough.
CORRECTION: The version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas running on StarZ is the live-action one with Jim Carrey.
You don't want to watch that.
DO YOU RECEIVE a lot of e-mailed photos of weird things from friends? Then you might want to take the Hoax Photo Test.
December 11, 2002 · 11:30 AM PST ·
SEVERAL FOLKS inform me that Salon offers a "day pass" to its premium
section. Apparently, you have to click past several screens of advertising but you get access to the whole site for the rest of the day.
(As a subscriber, I don't see this offer.) Good way to read the Bill Maher interview...or any of several other interesting articles over
THIS WHOLE BROUHAHA about Trent Lott's dumb remarks seems to flow from the fact that, basically, nobody has ever liked this
guy. Why Democrats don't is pretty obvious, but even Republicans are seizing on this as an opening to dump a lox of a Majority Leader, and to
look like they're doing so out of principled, anti-racist sentiment. Trent is now an obstacle to the G.O.P. dream of siphoning off some of that
Mr. Maher makes a salient point in the aforementioned interview. It's that he got trampled for a remark on his show that was
widely misinterpreted. At the same time, Ari Fleischer made his clumsy remark about how people need to "watch what they say" — but he
somehow managed to deflect most of the criticism by saying folks were misinterpreting what he said. I think people over-reacted to both
statements, reading more into them than was meant. But somehow, it was okay for the official spokesperson for the White House to muddle his
sentiments a bit but there was no wiggle room for an unelected, powerless TV comedian. Ultimately, Maher made the same mistake Mr. Lott has now
made: He gave the folks who already didn't like him something they could sell as an outrage.
I never thought much of Trent Lott but whatever he is, he's been it for a long time. The people who are suddenly incensed that he
may be nostalgic for segregation are like the piano player in the brothel who's suddenly shocked to learn what's been transpiring upstairs.
This applies as much to Democrats as it does to Republicans. They treat Strom Thurmond as an elder statesman but condemn Lott for praising the
December 11, 2002 · 1:00 AM PST ·
THE LATE, LOVELY Billy Barty is the subject of a much-deserved Biography profile, this Thursday (12/12) on the Arts and
Entertainment Network. He is also the subject of an about-to-be-released book, Within Reach, which includes loads of biographical
material on him, plus reminiscences by friends and colleagues, including this column which I wrote about him.
You can order a copy at www.billybarty.com and, while you're there, read all the wonderful
things there about Billy, some of which are left over from when he was with us and actively pursuing to right some of the injustices that folks have
to endure when they are shorter than the average person.
OVER AT Salon, the online magazine, they have a terrific interview up
today with Bill Maher. You have to be a subscriber to read it, so I'll just offer you this one quote from the gent, which I think summarizes
what makes him different from most other comedians these days. It's self-serving but I think it's valid...
There's a big difference between the way most comedians handle George Bush, going after that obvious "dumb" line of humor and what I
did, which was mentioning things like how he jumps on the bandwagon of something like the recent financial CEO scandals and stages a big photo-op and
says things like, "We will hold corporate America to high ethical standards" when the reason corporate America is behaving unethically is because of
politicians like Mr. Bush. [Corporations] give him millions in campaign contributions so he can print up a sign saying he's demanding the
highest ethical standards, and fools the people into thinking that when in fact he's doing the opposite. That's what I want Jay Leno and the
others to make fun of. But they won't. They make fun of him for mispronouncing a word.
THE ODD COUPLE in German? Jawohl! Here's part of an item that ran the other day in Daily
German helmer Doris Dorrie ("Naked") has reteamed with veteran thesps Heiner Lauterbach and Uwe Ochsenknecht for a Teutonic take on
Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple." Produced for pubcaster ZDF, "Ein seltsames Paar" is shooting in Munich, where Lauterbach and Ochsenknecht also
can be seen on stage at the Bayerischer Hof as, respectively, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. It's the second time Simon's play has been adapted by
ZDF. The pubcaster produced the short-lived "Felix und Oskar" in 1980 with Heinz Baumann as Oskar and Horst Bollmann as Felix.
The notion conjures up all sorts of jokes about a German Oscar ordering a German Felix out of the house mach schnell, and about
brown knackwurst and green knackwurst, and of the both of them attempting to occupy The Pigeon Sisters. But here's my big question: The
longest laugh in the play is when Oscar says to Felix...
You leave little notes on my pillow. I've told you a thousand times, I cannot stand little notes on my pillow. "We are
all out of corn flakes — F.U." It took me three hours to figure out that "F.U." was Felix Unger.
Since they've apparently kept the names the same, does this joke work in German? That is, does the German language have a
comparable vulgar slang term that suggests the initials, "F.U.?" And if not, why didn't they change Felix's name?
PRESENT AT THE CREATION is a feature over at National Public Radio, discussing the origins of various icons. They have a
page up right now about Batman that includes video clips, an audio interview with Bob Kane, and links to various sites, including this one.
Click here to go there.
ANYONE HERE interested in fancy network press kits? If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, you can read NBC's press handout to cover all their holiday
programming for the month of December. Click
here to do so and notice the total lack of Magoo. Looks to me like they knew a long time ago they weren't running it.
ANYONE HERE miss the Up Close interview with Garry Trudeau? Here's an article about it.
TOMORROW NIGHT, Late Night With Conan O'Brien features Al Gore and Bruce Springsteen. And it isn't even sweeps.
is available at any comic book shop with a lick of sense. This scintillating collection of Evanier's POV columns features amusing
pictures by Sergio Aragonés and bizarre articles about the history of comics and the world of comic book fandom. If your store is
senseless, you can order a copy over at the website for TwoMorrows Publishing or
from Amazon.Com. You'll be glad you
did...or, at the very least, I will be.
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