Month: December 2006 Page 1 of 2
I just experienced an odd sensation which I’ve felt before, but never really put a name for. I have decided to call it “flashback whiplash”.
Flashback whiplash is that disoriented feeling you get from being reminded of something that you once knew quite well but had so thoroughly forgotten that your mind has difficulty processing to reminder. In this case, perusing a list of “Things that ought to be on DVD but aren’t” in doctorpop‘s LJ, I came across the following words:
that weird Thing cartoon where the kid had a ring that turned him into The Thing
Oh, dear lord, I hadn’t thought about *that* in…..quite possibly since it aired in 1979. The show was Fred and Barney Meet The Thing, which also later featured Al Capp’s Shmoos, which explains where I remembered a Shmoo cartoon I really liked but could not recall.
Goodness gracious. That’s just something….
- Leave requested and approved….check.
- Membership submitted to concom….check
- Airline tickets booked…check.
Everything is squared away, and that means, barring the unexpected, I will be at the UK filkcon in February. I will be arriving on Thursday morning and returning on Tuesday, so it’s just a short jaunt this time, but I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.
kitanzi will not, unfortunately, be with me this time. We can’t really afford two airline tickets, and as much as she likes being over there, she hates the long flight. But she insisted on sending me as my Christmas present from her. So I will have lots of hugs to distribute on her behalf.
Looking forward to seeing everyone who will be there!
The first line from the first post of each month of 2006:
Today, I finally got the answer I’d been waiting for. Ok, now that everyone’s done slashdotting the poor guy into oblivion, let’s give this one a whirl. When I was a kid, I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books. Chris Clarke commemorates The Thirtieth Anniversary of a Suicide. I was just mistaken for a Canadian on rec.arts.comics.strips. You know, every time I think I can no longer be utterly dumbfounded by the stupid things that politicians get up to, along comes a story like this one in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing. “The country is run by extremists, because moderates have shit to do.” “Middle age is when you’re faced with a choice between two evils, and you choose the one that will let you get home by 9:30.” I really have nothing interesting to say right now, aside from being very amused by this icon, which I made from today’s Sinfest. Just wanted to take a moment to wish a happy birthday to my lovely faraway sweetie, aiela. An amusing thread on rec.arts.comics.strips that telynor suggested I share here. We are oh so very bouncy bouncy happy over the opportunity to have sf, alternate history and fantasy author Steve Stirling join us at GAFilk this year.
Yep, that sums up the year, I guess.
Universal Press Syndicate has announced that cartoonist Bill Amend, creator of the comic strip Foxtrot, will stop doing daily strips at the end of the year, continuing the strip as a Sundays only feature:
Kansas City, MO (12/05/2006) Bill Amend’s popular FoxTrot comic strip will go to a Sunday-only publication schedule as of Dec. 31, 2006, announced Universal Press Syndicate today. The last daily will be Saturday, Dec. 30. Reruns of dailies will be available for Web usage.
“After spending close to half of my life writing and drawing FoxTrot cartoons, I think it’s time I got out of the house and tried some new things,” said Amend. “I love cartooning and I absolutely want to continue doing the strip, just not at the current all-consuming pace. I’ve been blessed over the years with a terrific syndicate, patient newspaper clients, and more support from readers than I probably deserve, and I want to assure them all that while I’ll be now a less-frequent participant on the comics pages, I’ll continue to treat my visits as the special privilege they are.”
I’m always sad when a favourite strip retires, so I’m glad there will at least be new Sunday installments, and I certainly don’t begrudge Amend the chance to explore new creative outlets. But, darn.