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Wednesday, March 03, 2004
  CHESS (Calvin and Hobbes Extensive Strip Search)
Here's an index to the Calvin and Hobbes' strips that actually includes the comics. It'll probably be shut down soon (and rightfully so) but if you want to read every single Calvin and Hobbes online, you can for a while anyway. (found at TCJ's message board) 
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
  A Tribute to Jack Kirby
Another kirby tribute thing, this one being a bit better than that comicon one ('capepunk'? punk as in 'gets raped in prison'?) but still, they're kinda depressing. Of course I don't mind anyone saying that Kirby's a genius and that his art's amazing etc., I say that myself. I'm reading that black and white Mr. Miracle collection right now and it's incredible. What bothers me is everyone talking about how we're all in Jack Kirby's industry. How no one can ever be as good as him and we should all just be content to see people spend years rehashing a character he created on a whim. Of course a lot of pros would say that as they earn their checks off of doing that. Kirby wrote comics for kids, and any attempt to make them 'mature' enough for the 30-somethings that read comics today is just going to result in ridiculous material that only a few thousand people in the world are interested in reading. Imagine where children's books would be if nearly all books out there were poor retellings of Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss. That's kind of where Marvel is right now, except they're doing it for adults. 
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