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Atom Agency Vol 1: The Begum’s Jewels

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A fun, yes fun, detective adventure with thrills and spills galore. Post War France is a great setting, and Yann brings it to life with aplomb. This is the first volume so our main characters are introduced and fleshed out, with Atom and Mimi driving the story, supported by a large cast. We’re given enough to feed dozens of additional stories. It was the cover art that stopped me scrolling and immediately dove into this volume. Schwartz has a wonderful line quality to his work, with a style that pays…read more

The Complete Little Orphan Annie Volume Three: 1929-1931

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Now with Sundays in color for the first time in more than 75 years. The action never stops as Annie gets shipwrecked with Spike Marlin. Then the Depression and rival businessmen wreck “Daddy” Warbucks’s empire, leaving him broke and ruined. Annie gets a job, while “Daddy” finds work as a truck driver. But a near fatal accident leaves him…well, we don’t want to give away the plot! Let’s just say that with Flop-House Bill at his side, “Daddy” tries to claw his way back to the top! Library Of American…read more

Is Eisner Awards voting broken?

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The 2019 Eisner Awards took place over the weekend during the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). This is an industry award with no public voting, only open to industry professionals. And it works under the flawed principle that voters have read all the material in a category they are voting on. Here are the criteria provided under Who is eligible to vote? The following working comics industry professionals are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards: Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists) All nominees in any…read more

Thorgal: Child Of The Stars

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In the wild and inhospitable European far north, in the land of Scandinavian myth and runic legend, Viking warriors discover a child in a space capsule. Leif Haraldson adopts him and gives him the names of his gods: Thorgal Aegirsson, son of Thor (god of lightning) and son of Aegir (master of the sea). Upon Leif’s death, the Viking chief Gandalf the Insane isolates Thorgal from others. Only the friendship of Aaricia, the daughter of Gandalf, brightens Thorgal’s solitary childhood. Their mutual affection quickly turns into true love.  This two-volume…read more

The Complete Little Orphan Annie Volume Two: 1927-1929

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America’s spunkiest kid stands for fair play as she gives the scoundrels and rats their just desserts! Little Orphan Annie-the original female comics hero-takes on chiseling business men and a gang of thieves, armed only with her sharp wit and mean left hook. Then she helps her surrogate parents by nursing “Daddy” Warbucks to health and helping save the Silos’ family farm. Library Of American Comics, January 2009 320 pages, 11″ x 8.5″ ISBN 978-1-60010-197-7 $39.99 USD Order online: Amazon Following Annie into her second volume and we start to see a…read more

Find previous versions of WordPress plugins

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I ran the WordPress Updates as normal but found one plugin had taken some of the free features and moved them to the premium version. I needed one feature and started looking for the previous version. Turns out the WordPress repository keeps them all available. On the plugin page look on the right side under the initial stats and click Advanced View. Now scroll to the bottom and you’ll see a new section called Previous Versions with a drop down menu listing all the plugin’s versions available for download.

iPhone photos, EXIF, sideways photos and WordPress

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I like to include a good amount of photos in my book reviews and have always followed the same procedure. I take the photos with my iPhone and edit them in Gimp for use in on various WordPress sites. This worked well, until two weeks ago. I had just completed my review for Will Eisner’s A Contract with God Curator’s Collection and published it. It looked good on the site, which I viewed on my Windows 10 PC with Chrome, but when I checked the social media posts on Facebook…read more

Foolish Questions & Other Odd Observations

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Before his incredible inventions made him a household word, Rube Goldberg was one of the most popular comic-strip artists in America. This hilarious collection contains the complete Sunday comics run of his first hit, “Foolish Questions,” a daily strip panel that was expanded and colorized for the pages of the Sunday Chicago Tribune from 1909 and 1910. Plus a brain-scrambling assortment from 1910 to 1919 of the other panels from his daily comics series that gave birth to this wise-cracking classic. BONUS: a facsimile set of four Foolish Questions postcards…read more

Star Wars The Complete Classic Newspaper Comics Vol 1

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The first of three volumes that reprint for the first time the classic Star Wars newspaper strip from 1979-1984 in its complete format — including each Sunday title header and “bonus” panels in their meticulously restored original color. Initially the color Sundays and B&W dailies told separate stories, but within six months the incomparable Russ Manning merged the adventures to tell brand new epic seven-days-a-week sagas that rivaled the best science fiction comics of all time. Volume One contains 575 sequential comic strips from the strip’s premiere on March 11,…read more

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