New Webcomics - Arkhaven

New Webcomics - Arkhaven

While a number of people have waxed eloquent about the new webcomics project at Arkhaven.com, I've held off. I know that Razor and Jon Mollison have had good things to say, and a good word from Razor, given his depth of knowledge of comics is certainly worth something. I want to be more tempered. So, first, how is it? It's good. No, not amazing, superlative, spectacular, or anything else like that. In part, because there are definitely features that need to be brought to the table, but in part in the mode of the old Cosby (?) joke, people say…

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A Frame to Die For

A Frame to Die For

Unless you live under a rock, you've likely heard something like the following: "Invalid plates are no reason to die.""Passing a bad 20 is no reason to die""jogging in a neighborhood is no reason to die."Those statements, taken at face value, are, of course, absolutely true in any just system of proportionality. The problem is that those statements are utterly dishonestly used to defend behavior that ended up getting people killed. A friend uses the expression "above reproach, beneath agency" - and those statements are the ultimate example of that. Should Daunte Wright have died that night?…

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Damned by Faint Praise, and False Advertising

Damned by Faint Praise, and False Advertising

DMR recently published two reviews of Bugman's Appendix N, one strongly taking the stance that the new one fatally misunderstands what it is dealing with, and not worthy of even beaing a torchbearing peasant to Jeffro's work, the other, kindly, being best described as "damned by faint praise." What nevertheless sticks in my craw, is something almost pointed out, but not critiqued, in the "positive" review: Peter Bebergal is the editor of Appendix N: The Eldritch Roots of Dungeons and Dragons. In this collection he introduces the reader to D&D, Gary Gygax, and Appendix N. Bebergal explains his…

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FakeN - Take 2

FakeN - Take 2

I don't keep a twitter account so it took me a while to stumble into this, but: The book with the exciting cover is @JohnsonJeffro’s collection of literary criticism that helped kick off the #PulpRev movement. The other one is an anthology of stories taken from Appendix N. Along with some personal additions the editor apparently felt like making. 1/11 pic.twitter.com/vkLBKq2sYY — Daniel J Davis (@DanielJWrites) March 24, 2021 The thread is pure gold. For posterity, if twitter kills it:…

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Lovely People

Lovely People

I've written before about a webcomic called Stand Still, Stay Silent. Love the artwork and storytelling on it. Unfortunately, I don't follow it daily, as only a few pages a week are released, so I often go a month or two before catching up, only to find myself waiting for the next installment yet again. It seems Minna, the artist and writer, has been busy with a new short comic/standalone story. The first clue I had was a piece of artwork posted with "a new comic about cute animals in a dystopian social credit system," - and the style…

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Appendix N-

Appendix N-

It's always year zero for the social justice (and believing) set - so the events of but a few short years back, namely the nomination of Jeffro Johnson's Appendix N to the Hugo slate, and being dismissed among other works and editors for being liked by the wrong people are already ancient history lost in the antiquity of time. And one surely cannot expect a writer for a prestigious outlet like Boingboing to do better than indian tech support, and go off script enough to check if there are any books out there on the subject of the stories that…

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Poetry is for the Soul

Poetry is for the Soul

At MOTW, Ian writes of why we should read, respect, and learn to appreciate poetry. No, not the self indulgent crap angsty teenagers put to paper, but the real stuff. Also not generally the shit they shoved down your throat at school - though several of them I ran into courtesy of english teachers have held up where the books and stories they tried to plug my mind with generally haven't. Why should you care about it? The Iliad, the Odyssey, the book of Psalms, the Song of Solomon, the Aeneid, just to name a few reasons to care. Poetry…

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Richard's Worth

Richard's Worth

I'd posted before about Ethan Nicolle's Bearmageddon, and how he'd stepped away from a lot of his attitudes towards country people, and that he got in the city in general. If you continue thruogh the series, it shows. In one page, he neatly wraps up several moral questions, including one that Spider Man spent far too much time and angst over. In one page he covers valuing life and living it well - as opposed to in luxury - honor, duty, what separates humanity from animals, and last but not least, how to deal with a world that has far…

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