Site Unseen


I have no idea why images have been failing to appear, leaving those charming little question-mark boxes. It's not happening with any rhyme or reason that I'm aware of; on a few occasions pictures that disappeared have reappeared before I can even check the post to ensure that links to Picasa (Google/Blogger's photo-hosting service) are correct. I've taken down posts that are largely depend on graphics and I won't republish them until this gets figured out because I'm just sick of having to constantly do so.

Bedtimes and Broomsticks


What's even better than hearing that my niece can't come to the phone because she's engrossed in reading Magic Trixie?

Magic Trixie, a young girl in a black frock and traditional witch's hat, with frizzy pink hair

I was recently made aware that E and her sister M — that's for privacy purposes, not because my family names its children after club drugs and Fritz Lang movies — lent their book to a friend and were eagerly awaiting the sequel, Magic Trixie Sleeps Over. Sharing is great! And they need wait no longer. I'd already bought it, and I mailed it out after hearing this rather than hold onto it for the girls' upcoming visit. HarperCollins was smart to advertise the next installment in each book, price them low ($7.99 each), and of course snap up this series from the brilliant Jill Thompson to begin with.

L Is for Links to...


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What's Future Is Prologue


I had to resist the temptation to tack this onto the brief Star Trek review that went
up the other day — a good thing, because it keeps getting un-posted somehow. Here, if we're lucky, are some expanded thoughts on the franchise and the film...

Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Nero in different colored sections of Starfleet insignia

I guess I'm a Trekkie. Star Trek's original series was in reruns as I grew up, and my mom introduced me to it; I even faintly recall seeing the early-'70s Saturday-morning cartoon incarnation — specifically, and amusingly given the plot of the new movie, the episode where Spock goes back in time and meets his younger self on Vulcan.

Eau de Kirk


Pon Farr perfume bottle, with title rendered in classic 'Star Trek' logo typeface

I'm not making this up.

Scary Good



Panel from Scary Godmother: The Mystery Date
© 1999 and characters
TM creator Jill Thompson.


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Vulcan A


Or at least a solid B, if not B+.

'Star Trek' 2009 poster depicting the Enterprise heading into warp

I'm talking about the new Star Trek film, of course.

Ric Estrada 1928-2009



Panels from All-Star Comics #58 © 1975 DC Comics. Script, Editing: Gerry Conway.
Pencils: Ric Estrada. Inks: Wally Wood. Letters: Ben Oda. Colors: Unknown.


Artist Ric Estrada passed away last Friday. He was 81.

While he didn’t rank among the best known comic-book pros, Estrada’s held a place
in my heart for decades thanks to his part in the revival of All-Star Comics in 1975.
I’ve been learning that he holds a place in the hearts of many others for very different work: illustrating passages from what's popularly known as the New Test-ament, plus The Book of Mormon, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as sampled below. Or perhaps not so different, given the superhero genre’s modern spins on ancient myth and legend, but that’s not the purview of this post.

Friday Firsts



Cover to Detective Comics #27 © 1939 DC Comics.

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