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Obama is such a down-to-earth guy and this list of 50 Facts You Might Not Know has some very interesting things in it. I’m particularly impressed with these:
- He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics
- He has read every Harry Potter book
- He can speak Spanish
- His favourite book is Moby Dick
- His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- He enjoys Scrabble and poker
- He doesn’t drink coffee (that’s how us REAL outcasts roll these days)
- He uses a Mac laptop
- His favourite TV dramas are Mash and The Wire
- His favourite artist is Picasso
Some interesting stuff, no? I kept the British spelling in tact form the original article.
rating: 5 of 5 stars
Very good stuff. The whole modern suburban mysticism is neat. The book is a collection of stories about a character named Glenn Ganges that share the theme of religion or spirituality. The best ones are the hilarious and interesting 28th Street, about a magic feather and secret fertility ceremony, and Jeepers Jacobs, about a seminary student and preacher who’s working on a thesis about Hell.
I liked this more than another collection of stories based on the titular character, titled Ganges.
rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great stuff from a master in the medium. Visually inventive and ahead of its time. I disagree with other reviewers comments it’s completely misogynistic. The Spirit gets beat up a lot and several of the most clever and independent characters are women. One of the few ‘negative lights’ you see them portrayed in that most of them are “bad guys.”
The stories are fun and the character’s genesis is fairly unique, although I think I know where the name Cobra, for the evil forces from G.I. Joe, may have come from now.
The collection does span the entire run but rightfully skips out on the years ghost writers took over while Will Eisner was in WWII. If, like me, you become interested in more after getting a taste, note that the DC Archives hardcover reprint editions include even those years when Eisner wasn’t involved, so you can skip volumes 3-11. That’s a big help when there’s like 28 volumes. :)
rating: 3 of 5 stars
The first six issues of Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten’s Wasteland are a bit of a mixed bag. There’s the post-apocalyptic wasteland (“I had the titular line in that” tee hee), supernatural powers and a fairly intriguing main character.
There’s also dialogue with too many made-up words (if you haven’t read the xkcd strip on this theory, do so now at xkcd.com/483/), a hokey religion of sun and moon worship and cities with pretty dumb names.
Despite all of this, there was enough drama that I am encouraged to read more. But the second volume will determine whether or not the bad parts outweigh the good ones. So far they do.