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The biggest news story about comics last week was that Disney would be moving the license to produce Star Wars comic books from Dark Horse, the license holder for over 22 years, to Marvel Comics, which is part of the Disney Empire. This was certainly big news but it was something we had all expected […]

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A Christmas Story is required Christmas viewing for me because it’s view of Christmas is most like mine. There are no miracles, no big family get-togethers, no life altering encounters or revelations, and no wacky travel hijinks. It’s a Christmas movie with no mention of religion, it’s just a small family who love each other […]

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70 minutes into Iron Man Three I looked at my watch and thought, “Oh god, there’s another hour of this.” I hated this movie. I was hoping for fun adventure like the preceding movies but this one was different, it had far too many problems that made it impossible to like. These problems fall into […]

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Brian Michael Bendis is one of the biggest comic book writers there is. I first started reading his comics in 2000 when he started doing work for Marvel Comics. I read his Ultimate Spider-Man and Daredevil and Powers. He’d been making comics on his own and through Image for years but when I found his David Mamet-inspired […]

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their world were created by Peter Laird & Kevin Eastman in May 1984. They were 30 & 22 years old respectively when their empire began. Eventually age and creative difference settled in and they had a falling out. Eastman sold his half to Laird beginning in 2000 (with the […]

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In October 2005 a doctor warned me I could be going blind in one eye. I imagined what life would be like without depth perception. The big loss would be not seeing Star Wars in 3d. I had grown up a Star Wars fan. I watched the original trilogy whenever it came on tv. I […]

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For more than eleven years I’ve lived in San Francisco I have been frustrating locals with my loyalty to San Diego sports teams. But what can I do? I lived there first? I moved to San Diego the summer before I turned four and was instilled with San Diego loyalty by my father who had […]

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In the lead up to today’s primary vote, I’ve been hearing/reading the phrase “South Carolina picks the President” which is always followed by a pair of disclaimers which invalidate the statement. In our current era of constant hyperbolic predictions by the media, I wanted to point out how important those disclaimers are. The first disclaimer […]

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The other day a coworker was comparing her son and her niece who are both my age. She was thinking about the promise these cousins had shown as children and how different parenting styles had encouraged or prodded them into their current situations. She reflected on how much resistance the kids had offered along the […]

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I first saw Patrice O’Neal in the fall of 2002 when he joined Comedy Central’s Contest: Searchlight. The mockumentary followed the imaginary contest that had lead to the creation of a tv show called “Jesus and the Gang.” Peter Gallagher had been “hit by a car” and could no longer play the title character so […]

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