I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of books lately. First it was the conversation I had with New York Times bestselling author Shaka Senghor about his discovery of literature in prison and how transformative that was for him. Then, a little bit after that, I heard local historian Matt Siegfried, standing in front […]
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Ann Arbor’s plans to take on Art Prize with Pop-X, Ypsi’s rising fame as a singles city, and empowering the poor …on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack
[Last weekend the specter of Pa Ingalls loomed large over the Saturday Six Pack. Grass Lake homesteader Joe Trumpey and I talked about Pa’s fiddle playing in the Big Woods, his reliance on spanking, and the homes he built with his family as they made their way across the American frontier. [Trumpey said he would […]
Having won the title of World’s Best Comic Book Store, Ann Arbor’s Vault of Midnight plots global domination
After years of shopping at Ann Arbor’s much-beloved comic book shop Vault of Midnight, I finally had the occasion a few weeks ago, at an event hosted by Concentrate Media, to meet the store’s founder Curtis Sullivan. What started as a friendly conversation on the current state of Ann Arbor retail quickly escalated into an […]
One of my favorite musicians, Daniel Johnston, turned 50 yesterday, and, to show their appreciation, a lot of his fans pledged money through Kickstarter so that he might be able to publish his first real comic book. Here’s a little video on the project, followed by a little more in the way of background. If […]
Well-respected autobiographical comic book writer and curmudgeon Harvey Pekar died at his home in Cleveland last night. He was 70 years old… I hope his old adversary David Letterman says something nice about him tonight. And, if he doesn’t, I hope that Harvey haunts the shit out of him.