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29 October 2013
  Lou Reed and John Cale, the Caped Crusaders

I think...this is real. Apparently Lou Reed and John Cale had a side job...cosplaying Robin and Batman. At children's parties. I direct your attention to a piece of fetish gear Lou apparently thought would be funny to use for his costume. Although, granted, with Robin, how do you tell?


Source: Atomic Samba. (thanks to Brook Mantia for directing me to it)

Rest in peace, Lou. Full of surprises.
By the way,  it goes well with this(around the same time), don't you think?



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26 October 2013
  Suzy Spreadwell: America's Sweetheart Episode 1, p. 12

Back to Earth in this week's Suzy.

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25 October 2013
  Supreme Court Fables: Scalia and the Thermostat
 One day, Justice Scalia said of  the Supreme Court's thermostat "It's  been doing a great job regulating temperature for decades. So it's obviously done its work. Let's have it removed." And it was.

A week later he died of pneumonia.


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21 October 2013
  LULU Book 1 Reviewed by Rachel Brandt at Sound on Sight

A very nice review of LULU I hadn't noticed, from back in July. Check it out. 

(As always, you can get LULU in print and digital here)

"Unlike many female characters who are engaged in her lifestyle, wrought with open sexual encounters, she is not manipulative. Unlike many women in comics and pop culture who use sex to get ahead, Lulu, is seeks out the things in life that are to be enjoyed and is naïve as to why other people don’t do it more often. She makes no attempt to manipulate the men she’s with or gain anything with her feminine wiles outside of her own pleasure...It's deviant and thought-provoking with beautiful line work and the perfect read for someone looking for a comic outside of mainstream."

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20 October 2013
  The GOP and the True Believers
A thought or two on the shutdown humiliation of the GOP, which is a textbook example of what "give 'em enough rope" means:

There has, in the past, usually been a difference between what the GOP actually wants, and what it is willing to use.  

What the GOP believed in was power and money, and the status quo of a particular class. All the things it used--racism, nationalism, xenophobia--are tools. They always are. They would use the religious right, for instance, but rarely actually deliver for them--and thank god for that. The Southern Strategy was about harnessing those forces, not about belief in them--that's why Goldwater was rejected, because he would have put the True Believer faction in power. It sounds strange to say so, but we should in some ways be grateful the GOP are such hypocrites usually.

That's not the case now. The people who have believed the rhetoric, who think these things are actually the point of the party, have gotten into control.



The problem with this is that these people do not believe government should work, mainly because they do not know what government does. Consider the senior citizens a few years ago who protested the government getting involved in their healthcare, and it turned out they didn't know Medicare was the government, or Social Security. This is a similar case. It's unclear if they understand the military too is part of the government they deplore. They think government is This Alien Occupying Force That Only Helps Poor People. So of course they want nothing but to slow it down or stop it. (Fox attempted, laughably, to call it a "slimdown")

Only one has to start realizing--even if one is a Republican--that a party that spends five years running proposing nor passing any useful legislation; pursuing no initiatives; and doing absolutely nothing but attempt to disrupt the government, either by action or by threat; that one has to question whether this is a political party at all. And if it is, just what is their function?

And not just disrupt what they don't like about government--disrupt all of it, in its entirety, and try to destroy the credit of the US as well. One has to ask if they are anything more than in the way.

The GOP grownups have to start considering just how this ensures money or power for them, to allow the crap they say to stoke the base to actually be pursued seriously.

And honestly, after five long years of this bullshit, I suggest many of the rest of us would like to get on with our lives and for the government to be realistic and boring again for a while.

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  Suzy Spreadwell: America's Sweetheart Episode 1, p. 11

This week's Suzy.

Read last week's here, and click on image to read full-size version!


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19 October 2013
  Charlie & Artemis Today

And now, a cat post. My new li'l boy (he's the grey one) and my somewhat older little girl, who hasn't been feeling so well,  hanging out today. As you might see, he's grown a bit. (He was 6 months old on Oct. 9)

She didn't like him at first, but Charlie doesn't seem to understand that concept and was tenacious.

(Photos by Christine Hannigan)
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13 October 2013
  New: Two More Illustrations for Robert Leitz' "Memoir of a King"

More from the commission I told you about a while back. New illustrations for a fantasy novel by Robert Leitz, "Memoir of a King." Click either image to embiggen. 

To talk to me about doing some awesome art for you, write me at john(dot)roberson(at)gmail(dot)com.



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12 October 2013
  Suzy Spreadwell: America's Sweetheart - Episode 1, p. 10

Well, that's not exactly avoiding temptation, Suzy.

Read last week's here, and click on image to read full-size version!



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05 October 2013
  Suzy Spreadwell: America's Sweetheart - Episode 1, p. 9

A bit of mixed feelings for Suzy this time around. 

Read last week's here, and click on image to read full-size version!



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02 October 2013
  Dušan Makavejev - MAN IS NOT A BIRD (1965)

You all know my love of Dušan Makavejev's WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM. Here is another favorite, MAN IS NOT A BIRD, from 1965.

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