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Old people can be so funny. Unabashed owners of their eccentricities and idiosyncrasies, they really seem to be on to something – enjoying life. Golden years, indeed. But eventually, it all becomes a bit less fun. The body, the mind, or maybe both, grow tired. Death becomes imminent. In these twilight years, folks need help. In her memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast chronicles her parents’ decline into poorer and poorer health.


photo courtesy of Top Shelf Productions

photo courtesy of Top Shelf Productions

You know they say that each snowflake is completely unique, no two the same? Every life, all of fate’s permutations considered, would be too, wouldn’t it? Yet we seem to reject, suppress, and fear exceptionality, in ourselves and in others. It’s easier to blend. There’s safety in anonymity



The fourth and final tale in Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches miniseries is Jeff Stokely’s Vasilissa the Beautiful. Born into a village at the edge of the world, a village forgotten by god, our heroine is a little beacon of light and warmth. Until her mother dies. “Such cruelty,” our narrator muses, “makes you wonder where it comes from.”


Listen up you scruffy-looking nerf herders, this January Star Wars #1 is coming to stores near you and according to Marvel Comics‘, it is projected to sell over a million copies. Perhaps you can buy your copy at your local Maul… *Warning: many more puns to come** (more…)


If Chris Ware, as an entity, had to be represented as a symbol, it would have to be a funny bone, wouldn’t it? Sure, design-wise, there would be some problems to solve in that endeavor. And yes, the “funny” sensation is actually the ulnar nerve. But think about it. A laugh from Chris Ware does not come without a little pain. His work is not for everyone. It takes a bit of resignation – acceptance of human suffering, imperfection and, sometimes, ridiculousness. The Acme Novelty Library, published by Random House in 2005, serves as a compendium of his work. Cartoons, some seriously mini comics, and faux adverts, old and new, in a variety of styles and formats, are held together by a biting, sometimes nihilistic wit and charm.



Mortality is, more or less, the bane of human existence, wouldn’t you say? Looming over each of us, sometimes menacing and always mysterious, death is life’s only guarantee. Naturally, we fear it. We do not understand it and cannot prepare for it. For those of us left behind in its wake, it is tragic. It’s loss. But every living thing does it. Our very human response is to attempt to make sense of it, to make it okay. And we do this in a very human way. Storytelling. Matthew Dow Smith’s The Phantom Isle, tale three of four in Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches series, is a story about stories. And life. And death.


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This week Season One of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D will premiere on Netflix. The show revolves around the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division or the secretive government agency introduced in The Avengers to investigate superhuman phenomena from Thor to Captain America.

Joss Whedon is the series executive producer. The show has been on the rise with popularity since it’s debut (currently on season two).

Last year, Netflix and Disney signed a multiyear deal where Marvel will develop four original live action series by 2015. The series will be based on four of Marvel’s fan favorite street-hero characters like Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

S.H.I.E.L.D will streaming on Netflix November 20th.