Monthly Archives - September 2021

First Impressions: Foundation

If Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert had had a baby it would look like Apple TV’s Foundation… No, that isn’t it.   How about, if Apple TV’s programming chief wanted to buy Dune and it wasn’t available it would look like Apple TV’s Foundation?  Yeah, that’s the ticket. Foundation by Isaac Asimov is one of the most over-rated books in the history of science fiction.  It just isn’t as good as most people think it is.  The idea of a galactic empire falling, with an ensuing...

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Webtoons Killed the Comic Book Star

“The reason comic books are dying is that people just plain don't want to read them anymore. It has nothing to do with them having gone so-called, ‘Woke.’”   That is the explanation people like Dan Slott are giving for the complete collapse of the American comic book.  There is, of course, the problem of Manga sales.  Their reply to that is, “(*snort*) M-a-n-g-a, those aren’t comic books.” But the real problem for their argument is webtoons.  They generated 100 billion views in 2019. Think about that,...

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This Week’s Arktoons Roundup

In honor of our newest artist Joe Bennet. This week's BIC Arktoons Roundup spotlighted Brazil's comic book culture. The first Brazilian comic strip anthology magazine, O Tico-Tico began publication in 1905, twenty-eight years before Funnies on Parade hit the shelves.  O Tico-Tico would stay in print until 1977, which sadly beats out the vast majority of Brazilian comics. Given the problems of distribution and severe competition from American and Japanese imports, Brazilian titles tend to have a short shelf life. ...

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Life Hacks

Remember the toilet paper shortage? I actually used the one below when I was in the barracks. We weren't allowed to have hotplates back then. At least not in CONUS. Although you need to put foil over the iron or your service shirts are going to smell like pizza.

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Let Bond Die, Kill Him If You Have To

Apparently, Le Chiffre did too good of a job on Bond's balls. Here is the new 007 Lyshana Lynch, giggling girlishly over what she and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are bringing to the franchise. "Nothing says female depth, like menstruation". - jlongbone Never, never let the actors come up with story ideas. This is what you will get. Good luck with the Woke marketing, because it hasn't worked for five years. The last film to try it was Charlies Angels. This movie needs to...

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Good News for Doctor Who?!?!

Yeah, I know. Trust me, I know. Chinballs reign of terror over the franchise has resulted in such complete and utter devastation of sixty years of canon that there really can't be any genuine hope to be found anywhere. How can there be any good news for the most broken franchise in all of pop culture (and that's saying something)? Regardless, I am obligated to report this news to you. Russel T. Davies is returning to the show...

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EX-MARVEL ILLUSTRATOR JOE BENNETT JOINS ARKHAVEN

September 22, 2021 Longtime Marvel illustrator Joe Bennett is announced as the lead artist on two comics to be published by Arkhaven Comics. Earlier this month, Marvel Comics dropped longtime Marvel illustrator Joe Bennett from its Timeless comic for the thought crime of having drawn an illustration in support of a popular Brazilian politician, Jair Bolsonaro, in 2017, two years prior to Bolsonaro’s election as Brazil’s 38th President. It was widely reported that Bennett had not only been removed from the December one-shot, but was entirely cancelled by Marvel...

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Book Discussion: Monster Hunter Bloodlines

Larry Correia is the last of his kind. He started his career with an old fashioned vanity press publishing in 2008.   Larry had tried the usual route of sending his manuscript to everyone and getting rejected by everyone.  So, he decided to go with the court of last resort, self-publication. An accountant by day and a writer by night, Correia had made a name for himself far and wide in the gun-nut community, he contributed to several gun magazines.  He had been the...

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