October 23rd, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 22 October 2009

The Cuban Missile Crisis began when Soviet missile bases were discovered in Cuba (1962)


The personal joke book of Thomas Lawrence (c.1820-96), long considered one of the finest Victorian clowns, was discovered in 2007. His gags included:

What's the difference between a rowing boat and Joan of Arc? One is made of wood and the other is Maid of Orleans.

You know I'm very fond of the ladies--
I say bless those wives that fill our lives,
With little bees and honey.
They ease life's shocks, they mend our socks--
But can't they spend the money.

Bad husbands are like bad coals--they smoke, they go out, and they don't keep the pot boiling.

My mother loved children--she would have given anything if I had been one.
Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
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some Farscape reviews

Louis Johnson of Fandomania has provided two recent reviews of my Farscape comics, D'Argo's Trial #3 and Gone and Back #4.

Money quote the first:
I’ve enjoyed the subtle elements of a pre-established backstory. I’d love to see an issue that delves into what happens to Jothee, how he ends up a slave and the eventual resentment he feels towards his father.

As it stands, the D’Argo’s Trial series has consisted of some solid storytelling, interwoven with predilection towards those that have watched the series. This issue is probably the best thus far, as it highlights the profound complexity of D’Argo’s character.

Money quote the second:
Consummately, the Gone and Back issues are geared towards the Farscape devotee, providing juicy morsels spawned from the series itself, and an excellent setup for the upcoming continuing series. That’s why it makes my Fandomania Must Read List - even though it’s the only thing in the list so far.

Also Andrea Speed at comiXtreme has reviewed D'Argo's Trial #3, giving it 3/5.

Money quote:
And the art by Cleveland! Wow. It's gotten better each issue, but this issue is his best yet, with clean lines, expressive characters, and just the right coloring. His artwork alone may be the reason to pick this one up, although if you're a D'Argo fan, I bet that's the best reason of all.
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