Friday, August 7, 2015

Accoring to Terry Gilliam this is one of the ten best animated movies of all time.

The Mascot - Stop Motion Animation by Vladislav Starevich (1933)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Proof that the Roomba is the technology of the future

Science Fiction Theatre's adaptation of Jack Finney's short story, Such Interesting Neighbors.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Volto from Mars

Reposted from A Statistician Walks into a Grocery Store...

Briefly, in 1945 and 1946, Volto was all over the funnies, both in comic books and the Sunday paper, drawn by two very well established Golden Age artists (Al Plastino and Frank Robbins), then he disappeared without a trace...

until God invented the internet.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Captain Marvel discusses the issues of the day (in 1945)

Which turn out to be a lot like the issues of the day seventy years later.

From Captain Marvel Adventures number 39.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Scoreless Thai by Lawrence Block -- a book you can judge by its cover

The Scoreless Thai is the fourth of Block's Evan Tanner novels, the author's first major series. It is also, arguably, his most problematic. There is a lot to like in these books, from genuine suspense and hard-edged adventure to sharp political satire to lighthearted farce. The trouble is that all of these fine parts often fail to come together into a coherent tone.

You can see this in the cover.

The illustration by Phil Parks is beautifully done and is taken directly from the harrowing passage that opens the book. The title is a clever pun on one of the central characters. Individually, both are well done but when combined they simply don't mesh.

It's a good read and an interesting time capsule but it would take a few more years for Block to truly hit his stride.