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Books, given and received:

During the holidays, I promised myself that I would write about the books I gave at the end of 2008. They ranged from manga to cookbooks to hard sf to satire. I had no idea I’d get to brag so much about the books I got, too. (Spook Country needs its own post, because it’s just painfully good. It’s rare…

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Memento

Henna paste, courtesy of Holly Monster, used in a fit of pique to remind myself to finish what I start: The end result: It’s amazing how cathartic this little thing is. I sometimes can’t resist and end up kissing my wrist (I always imagine Walter Kovacs cringing and twisting away, like an embarrassed little boy). The moment the paste hit…

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indecision 08: the bridge choice

Tonight a thought blossomed in my head whose seed was planted the Saturday afternoon that I saw The Dark Knight. And if you couldn’t infer it from the title, that thought is this: This whole election is The Bridge Choice. The Bridge Choice has a long history in comics. It starts with Spider-Man and Gwen Stacey, but TDK gave it…

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Canadians like it on top

All dressed up with nowhere to go.

I have just come to the startling realization that Mr. Ashby would look spectacular in a Rorschach costume: He even has a fedora. And a trenchoat. And, you know, I could probably cosplay Sarah Palin (who would be hot for Rorschach anyway, given his leanings). If I had a party to go to.

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Project: Rooftop

Sometimes I stumble upon links which make me absurdly happy. Case in point: Project: Rooftop, which unites both pro and fan artists around the huge drawing board that is the history of superhero costume design. My favourite so far is the tribute to Stephanie Brown, AKA Spoiler, AKA Robin. Stephanie got a raw deal from Detective Comics, which they have…

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Pimp: "Jobnik!"

         Jobnik! is an autobiographical graphic novel by my friend Miriam Libicki. It’s about Miriam’s time as an American girl in the Israeli army. Here’s the summary: Miriam Libicki, an American-Jewish girl from a religious home, enlists in the Israeli army (IDF) in the summer of 2000, against everyone’s better judgement. Many qualities seem to make her unsuited…

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