January 20th, 2017

wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

#thenandnow -- me in 1997 and in 2017

A study in contrasts, and an even bigger study in lack of contrasts. Here's me in 1997 (at the San Diego Comic-Con, photo by Ken Estes) on the left and me in 2017 (in my home office, photo by my phone's selfie function):

  • Current Music
    "Budapest" by Jethro Tull
sucks, penguin5

Larry Smith, RIP

Larry Smith died today. For those of you who didn't know him, he and his wife Sally Kobee have been selling books at conventions for ages and ages. They didn't have an actual store, they just set up at cons all the time. He was a good dealer, a good book pusher, and I was always tickled that he loved the "Precinct" series and kept bugging me to write more original stuff.

We just saw him at Arisia, but I didn't get a chance to talk to him. My heart goes out to Sally and to everyone (including me) who bought books from him at conventions over the decades. We've lost a good one.

Rest in peace, you crotchety old bastard. We'll miss you.
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    "Pavane" by Ian Anderson w/orchestra

Holy Rewatch Batman! "Surf's Up! Joker's Under!"

Everybody's gone surfin', surfin' Gotham City...... The Bat-rewatch catches a wave with "Surf's Up! Joker's Under!"

An excerpt:
It’s pretty much the same dumb plot we’ve already gotten in “Ring Around the Riddler,” “The Sport of Penguins” / “A Horse of a Different Color,” and “Louie, the Lilac.” Like Riddler and Penguin, Joker is taking on a sport to master in order to, like Louie, win over the youth of Gotham as a stepping stone to greater power. It’s less clear how, exactly, winning a surfing championship will lead to Joker’s plans for world domination (at least Riddler and Penguin had some cash attached to winning, and Louie actually actively tried to recruit the flower children), but then this is a guy who invents time machines and devices that can transfer someone’s surfing skills and athletic ability, yet hasn’t become incredibly rich selling these things to the highest bidder. Go fig’.
  • Current Music
    "Locomotive Breath" by Ian Anderson w/orchestra