Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 2, 2022, or: Things to Ponder on a Chilly Florida Winter’s Day

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s morning here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. It is a chilly “Florida winter” day. Currently, the temperature is 58˚F (15˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 87% and the wind blowing from the east at 5 MPH (8 KM/H). the feels-like temperature is 56˚F (13˚C). We are seeingContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 2, 2022, or: Things to Ponder on a Chilly Florida Winter’s Day”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 30, 2022, or: Just a ‘Quick’ Sunday Update from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida on Sunday, January 30, 2022. It is a chilly winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 51˚F (11˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 6 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 28%, the wind chill factorContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 30, 2022, or: Just a ‘Quick’ Sunday Update from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 29, 2022, or: Of ‘Maus’ and McMinn

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida on Saturday, January 29, 2022. It is a chilly winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 51˚F (11˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 40% and the wind blowing from the northwest at 17 MPH (28 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 29, 2022, or: Of ‘Maus’ and McMinn”

Life in Trump-Era America: Tennessee County School Board Bans Pulitzer Prize-Winning ‘Maus’ – on Holocaust Remembrance Day!

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is midday here in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, January 28, 2022. It is a chilly winter day. Currently, the temperature is 64˚F (18˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the wind-chill factor is 62˚F (17˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Life in Trump-Era America: Tennessee County School Board Bans Pulitzer Prize-Winning ‘Maus’ – on Holocaust Remembrance Day!”

Book Review: ‘The Complete Maus’

On November 19, 1996, Pantheon Books published the hardcover edition of Art Spiegelman’s The Complete Maus, a 295-page omnibus edition that combines the two volumes of Spiegelman’s graphic novel, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, with a related comic, Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case Story, included as a unifying element. Originally published in Raw –Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Complete Maus’”

Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages New New New’

Wacky Packages. If you were a kid growing up in the early to mid-1970s, you probably remember Topps’s Wacky Packages stickers, which were parodies of American consumer products and their packaging (hence the name “Wacky Packages”). More than likely, if you were around 10 years old in 1973 when Topps – known for its BazookaContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages New New New’”

Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages’

On June 1, 2008, Abrams ComicArts published Wacky Packages, a collection of the first seven series of Topps Chewing Gum Company’s irreverent trading cards that featured parodies of American consumer goods. Created by a team of artists that included Art Spiegelman (Maus), Norm Saunders, Jay Lynch, Kim Deitch, and Tom Sutton, Wacky Packages became aContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages’”