In this latest installment of a continuing series of blog posts I am reading an old comic book. And when I say old, I’m not joking. This issue of 2000 AD was released in June 1979. I cannot overstate how different life was way back in the late 1970s, but I can give you a flavor. This was a world where a stripped down cassette player was considered high tech, as 1979 was the year that Sony launched the Walkman, which sold in the US for $200.
A website I have been reading for years is The Mary Sue. It’s a fun source of nerdy goodness, with an emphasis on diversity and feminism. The articles are cool, but I particularly enjoy the discussions in the comments. Russian trolls regularly attack it, but it is still one of those comments sections I fell very comfortable haunting, unlike somewhere such as YouTube, which has comments that are a cesspit of the worst impulses of humanity.
I was in my local bookshop today, in the micro section devoted to English language books, looking for something to read. This is the sort of section you are probably familiar with from airports, where only blockbusters such as Ken Follet, Jack Reacher, Harry Potter and every other kind of lowest common denominator, unreadable crap can be found. Among this collection of the usual suspects was a Patricia Cornwell book, a crime thriller from her Kay Scarpetta series.
I was reading an interesting article on Slate earlier today, about how Facebook is no longer sending visitors to them. Apparently Facebook has started to prioritize sites that its own users think are trusted. Hah, what could go wrong with that feedback loop? As you might expect, it turns out mostly to be Fox News that Facebook users consider a trusted site for their news. Yikes. Under this updated news feed algorithm, a left-leaning news chat site like Slate must be purged.
I am on a bit of a nostalgia trip, reading an old comic book from my youth, and I have been for a while now. The one I’m reading is called 2000 AD, and I’ve reached issue 117. The cover is drawn by Ron Smith, who is an artist I have started to appreciate more and more since starting to read these ancient publications again. This is a wonderful image that captures some of the action from one of the stories inside the comic this issue, and allows Smith to show off his skill at rendering shiny, futuristic vehicles.
I just gave up on reading Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. It took me a while to work out what the author’s intentions are, with this book, and the attractive but vanilla sci-fi cover is no help. This looks, from the cover, like a slice of space opera, but it is very much not. Right from the get go, it is obsessed with religion, and not in a good way.
If you are a comic book collector, preserving your comic books in slabs of plastic, then you may want to rethink. It’s actually very rare for a comic to retain its value, much less go up in price, but don’t worry that doesn’t mean you should throw your comic books away. You can keep them, and one day read them all over again. This makes a lot of sense for some titles that really lend themselves to being reread.