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  1. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Brewster Rockit 1 day ago

    Coming awfully close to the plot of an actual “Babylon 5” episode here.

  2. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Richard's Poor Almanac 6 days ago

    That’s not a glockenspiel. A glockenspiel is a tabletop instrument like a xylophone, but with bars made of metal instead of wood. This is a bell lyre. It’s mostly played by oboists and others who, when not marching, play instruments unfit to march with.

  3. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 10 days ago

    King Bela I died in 1063, not 1603.

  4. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 10 days ago

    Never been to Des Moines, but Dubuque was cool when we visited last year to see a production of my wife’s play, “Like Music”.

  5. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Gray Matters 16 days ago

    It’s a great relief to turn 65 so that you know for sure.

  6. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 23 days ago

    Disney had topless centaur girls in “Fantasia”. The rules for breasts are complicated. (In real life, too. More or less topless fashions were to be seen in Elizabethan England and in Napoleonic France.)

  7. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 27 days ago

    Interesting that, although he clearly included more modern submarines in his research, he clearly based the cutaway view on Bushnell’s “Turtle” of 1775.

  8. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Heavenly Nostrils 30 days ago

    In 1963–4, Major Lance had his biggest hit with “Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um”.

  9. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not about 1 month ago

    Christians used codices (singular: codex; meaning: the kind of book with pages fastened together at the edge) almost from the beginning. By the middle ages, no one was using scrolls in the west except Jews. But I don’t know about Arabs.

    It takes a lot less to verify that something is an OK translation than it does to create one. The one requires expertise in the source language and competence in the target language. The other requires expertise in both languages and literary talent, to boot.

  10. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Mutt & Jeff about 1 month ago

    If you can actually remember silver half-dimes, you belong in the cast of “Gasoline Alley” as Walt’s grandfather.