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Marilee J. Layman


February 19th, 2007

05:22 pm: Comics
Don't worry, I'm not turning into James, but I am going to make three different entries today because the subjects are so different.

A couple of interesting comics yesterday -- the first one is from the WashPost Sunday Magazine and I can't find any instances of it online, so I, er, scanned it. I know Jo has trouble with comics, I do when the order isn't obvious (plus, I'm sure I miss comics "jargon"), and this is an illustration:


And Sunday's Flying McCoys - the GAP for SuperHeroes:


05:26 pm: Clark Ashton Smith reviewed by Michael Dirda
A journey to the fantastic realms of Clark Ashton Smith.

By Michael Dirda
Sunday, February 18, 2007; Page BW10

Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) was one of the three great contributors to the magazine Weird Tales (along with H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan) -- and some would argue that he was the best of them all. Certainly, the evidence of two new paperback reissues, a collection of substantial critical essays, the first volume of a scholarly edition of his collected fantasies, a recent volume of letters, and much else hint at the ongoing literary vitality of this fascinating and controversial writer.

05:30 pm: New Weapon of Pain
The US military has a new weapon -- it makes you feel like you're on fire, but it doesn't actually harm you. (Okay, physically -- who knows what harm feeling like you're on fire does?) I suspect that like tasers, these will be used quicker and in less dangerous situations.

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