Monthly Archives: December 2012

Archie Comics – Now 300% More Awesome

As mentioned in previous posts, Archie Comics has decided to lead the pack, and has introduced a gay main character, Kevin Keller.  In one issue, he even got married.  To a man. This caused Archie Comics to be boycotted by One Million Moms (a right-wing group consisting of way fewer than one million).  There are quite a few of us now who keep an eye on what O.M.M. (snickers at acronym) boycotts, and then immediately buy whatever it is because odds are, it’s awesome.

Archie Comics decided they weren’t yet awesome enough, and have done three things:

  1. Had a cameo appearance of George Takei in the Kevin Keller series.  He’s Sulu.  He’s an awesome gay rights crusader.   He’s hilarious.  He’s Sulu.  
  2. Made their comics widely available in e-book format.  Not just directly from the publisher, but also from other sources, like Kobo and Barnes & Noble.  Not available via Amazon, yet.  Yay! (both to availability, and not being on Amazon – sorry Kindle users, but I really hate them)
  3. Had a cameo appearance of George Takei.  This is so awesome, I need to say it twice.

By the way, so far, regular e-readers can’t display graphic novels.  You have to have an Android device, iPhone, iPad, or a Kobo Arc or Kobo Vox.  It will work on the colour Nook.




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The Dragon Diet

First thing I thought when I saw this was “so you only eat virgins?”


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The Biblioburro and the Camel Bookmobile

Every once in a while, something reminds me how much I take for granted my easy access to books.  The photo, above, of a travelling library that brings books to villages that are not accessible by car in Colombia, makes me feel very lucky. In Kenya, there is a camel bookmobile (The Camel Bookmobile, a novel based on this true story, is an excellent book by Masha Hamilton).  I can’t even imagine being bereft of books.  And bravo to the people who came up with plans for how to ensure even people living in some very remote places will have access to the world of reading.


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The beginning of the e-book?


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I recently read an old paperback of Stuart Woods’, Run Before the Wind.  I quite often have mysterious books turn up, that I don’t recall owning, borrowing, or purchasing.  I’m okay with this.  I figure it might be a trade for the socks that go missing in the dryer.

It’s not a bad little mystery/adventure, and the writing doesn’t feel as dated as many books written in the eighties.  Have you noticed that?  Most eighties’ books scream eighties.  References to boom boxes, break dancing, Michael Jackson – it was an era in love with itself.  The books practically have mullets.  But I digress.

What really caught my eye was a little note in the back of the book.  I will reproduce it for you here, in its entirety:


For those writers who might be interested, this book was written on a PolyMorphic 8813 microcomputer using a word processing program written by Frank Stearns Associates of Vancouver, Washington, then all the necessary changes were made in the computer.  Using file transmission software prepared by Bob Bybee of Polyletter, the final manuscript was then transmitted over telephone lines to the Source Telecomputing Corporation, which sent it on IBM-compatible magnetic tape to ComCom, which then set the book in type directly from the tape.  This procedure both saved time over the usual method of retyping the manuscript into the typesetting machine, and prevented a new generation of typographical errors.

This is, to my knowledge, the first time a novel has been transmitted electronically from its author’s computer to a typesetting computer.  There were many technical snags to overcome, and I must here give my heartfelt thanks to my friend, Mark Sutherland, who so generously gave his time and expertise to solve these problems.  It was worth the trouble, and I believe that in the future, books will be routinely transmitted in this manner.

This was in 1983.  We’ve come a long way, baby.


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Retail Christmas

This is for all my retail peeps who are experiencing the joy that only comes at Christmas time, and all you other guys can enjoy it too.

Merry Christmas!


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You want to what my hair?

That’s right, I had a customer say he wanted to eat my hair.  Like cotton candy.

How do you even respond to that?  Running away seemed like a good option, but I was behind the cash desk.  He even made this weird gesture, like grabbing some hair and munching on it.

That strikes me as a weird thing to say, even to someone you know well.  Heck, it would be kind of weird to say to your spouse.  It’s even weirder to say to someone you don’t know at all.  And never, never will.

One of the managers at work has a theory that at this time of year, what with all the holidays abounding and such, people who usually don’t venture into stores, start venturing, in search of presents to bribe family members with so they won’t institutionalize them.  Admittedly, some of that was my theory.

So, the next month should be interesting.  And terrifying.

Good stories, though.


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Wearable Books?

The company Litographs has been doing books – entire books – on posters for a while.  But now it’s venturing into new territory: t-shirts.  Wear your heart, or at least your beloved book on your sleeve… and back, and chest etc.

They ran a Kickstarter campaign to get the funds to start printing the shirts, and it was very successful.  So now we literary nerds can wear Anna Karenina, or The Great Gatsby, or Heart of Darkness…. Alice in Wonderland, perhaps?  With illustrations would be awesome, but perhaps difficult to fit on a tee.

Soooo… if you were wondering what to get me for Christmas, or birthday… hint hint.


(For more info see this article)


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