Feb 11, 2008
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Book Recommedation: Kazu Kibuishi's "Amulet"

Monday, February 11, 2008 - 09:24 PM

Amid all my chatter about "How To Make Webcomics", I've been very remiss in not mentioning the most beautifully illustrated book to come along in years: Kazu Kibuishi's new work "Amulet".

I drove out to Alhambra last week for Kazu's book launch — and had a great time. Looking up close at his (gorgeous!) working drafts hanging in the art gallery, and chatting over his labor-intensive process for arriving at his final illustrations was a wonderful way to spend a night. Kazu is easily among the best illustrators alive — and this book the best expression yet of his talent.

If you're a parent, a librarian, or even have a pulse, you'll want to pick up "Amulet." It's a wonderful young adult story that all ages are sure to love. You won't be disappointed.

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Wassa Whossa?

Monday, February 11, 2008 - 01:02 PM

Sheldonista Harriet noticed this on Alibris this weekend: A copy of Sheldon Book One, "Pure Ducky Goodness," going for some ridiculous sum.

Lord knows how or why it's listed for fifty-two smackers. I guess this is good news for all of you who have a copy: They're goin' up in value on the secondary market! :)

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Bruno / Portabella Mushrooms

Monday, February 11, 2008 - 09:08 AM

Re: Today's strip...

I am so immensely happy the Writer's Strike is wrapping up this week, if for no other reason than "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann."

Now don't get me wrong: Even though I'm a grown man, I'm not immune to a well-structured talent show. I can dig 'em, when they're done well. But with the TV writer's out of work, the networks had to stretch the natural viewing length of a lot of these shows... and "Dance War" became an hour-and-a-half nightmare of Bruno's ridiculisms (as I call them). That man, and that long format for that show, are both pain-inducing to watch.

To watch that show slowly, painfully unfold over an hour and a half is like watching Portabello Mushrooms grow.

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