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Michael Thorton Free

I'm a plain Holden Caulfield or a pretty Jimmy Hopkins, depending on what kind of nerd you are. (In a situation like mine, you can only think in metaphors...)

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  1. about 1 month ago on Harley

    This is why I prefer Japanese movies for date night – at least they’re deep.

    “A Silent Voice” is one of my favorite date night movies – a passionate story about what love truly means: a deaf girl, an ostracized ex-school bully, all wrapped up in a story of compassion that truly explores every meaning of the word “love”, not just the romantic.

    But there’s always “The Garden of Words”, “Birds Without Names”, “Before We Vanish” and “Close Knit” if you want something more conventional…

    …“Birds Without Names” is a passionate unrequited love story that would do well to be remade with David Anthony Higgins and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles…

    …“Before We Vanish” juxtaposes H.G. Welles and Nicholas Sparks in a way that has to be seen to be believed…

    …and “The Garden of Words”, well…it’s Makoto Shinkai. ’Nuff said.

  2. about 1 month ago on Frazz

    I understand there are some pet owners who spin their shed pet hair – dog and/or cat, as far as I’ve seen – into a sort of wool…

  3. about 2 months ago on Bloom County

    Just out of curiosity, could we categorize Bechdel as a mainstream writer during that time? She seemed a little too close to counterculture. (My research is focused on the newspaper comics page as an avenue of “normalization” by increasing social tolerance rather than imposing successive restrictions.)

    And as for Sanjak, I’ll concede your point.

    Although it’s going to be tricky for me to see “Terry and the Pirates” as a newspaper comic, since I grew up seeing it (and Garth, Buz Sawyer, and the Phantom) as individual issues in Indrajal Comics rather than in newspapers…

  4. about 2 months ago on Bloom County

    Andy Lippincott, in 1982? I think Alf Mushpie preceded him by a few days, but I’m not that sure…

  5. about 2 months ago on Bloom County

    Mark Slackmeyer was open back then? Maybe I meant first lesbian.

  6. about 2 months ago on Bloom County

    It is a tragic and yet historically period-accurate fact that the first LGBTQ character on an Anglophonic comics page was depicted as enacting the community’s repression-induced frustrations through what can be perceived as anguish-loaded misandry which most sociotypicals – testosterous or not – will (mis?)attribute to feminist extremism, even though the boundaries between the two are distinct. (This sort of overlap is one of the things that make people misunderstand feminism as “exchanging one power system for another” when its definitions are closer to “balancing the scales evenly and fairly”)

    Breathed himself would admit to as much when these strips were collected in book form.

  7. 3 months ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    Technically, the cosmonaut shotgun (properly dubbed the TP-82 survival pistol) was mainly to be used upon landing in the wilderness to defend them from wild animals…

    …a concern mainly held during the days of the Voskhod capsule because of the fears of one crazy cosmonaut. (That same crazy cosmonaut would have been the USSR’s Neil Armstrong had their moon program not been cancelled. Anyway, the Leonov crater was named in his honour, so I suppose that’s something.)

    Admittedly, the buttstock machete would have been a nice feature to implement in the survival rifles of today.

    See the history of this unique weapon below:


  8. 3 months ago on Ink Pen

    @Barnabus Blackoak

    I think if we base it on voices alone, maybe we should consider these picks:

    Captain Victorious – Patrick Warburton (at least we agree on that)

    Bixby – Jonathan Mangum or Jeff Bryan Davis (from “Whose Line Is It Anyway”), or Joey Fatone

    Fritz – Josh Radnor, Pedro Pascal, Thomas Middleditch

    Dynaman – Chris Pratt or Oscar Isaac

    Jenn Erica – Tiya Sircar, Zoe Perry, Anna Faris, Mylene Dinh-Robic

    Mr Negato – Raphael Sbarge, Mark Meer, Troy Baker

    Scrappy Lad – Iain Armitage, Lonnie Chavis, Parker Bates (the last two from “This Is Us”)

    Moxie Gumption – Kiernan Shipka, McKenna Grace

    Tyr – Jason Segel, Jason Alexander, Jason Kravits

    Did I miss anyone?

  9. 3 months ago on Ink Pen

    Why do I hear Rainn Wilson’s voice whenever Ralston talks?

  10. 3 months ago on Grand Avenue

    In his treatise “Cracking Jokes” (Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young @$#!), Art Spiegelman discusses how all humour is at some level a highly refined form of cruelty and goes on to examine it in scrutinous depth.

    He might well be on to something…