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In the fall of 1984, my family moved out of our cramped North Woburn apartment and into the other side of my grandparents’ duplex just north of Woburn Center. Lil Bro and I got our own room with bunkbeds and a door and everything. That may not sound like a radical development, but it was […]

John Byrne wasn’t too thrilled with working on Alpha Flight, which probably explains why his run on the series was so damn weird and full of Cronenbergian body horror. It hasn’t aged gracefully enough to be labeled a “classic” (which, to be fair, applies to most Eighties superhero comics), but it’s still a pretty interesting […]

In the spring of 1985, my mom and dad took us on a Sunday drive along the Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts. The trip was one of many we took that year as a way of reestablishing ourselves as a nuclear family during one of the (all-too-brief) stretches where it seemed our home life might […]

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 22

February 22nd, 2017

(from “Worlds in Limbo” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Jerry Ordway in Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, August 1985) Even the most unique bloom can be overlooked in an over-crowded arrangement.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 21

February 21st, 2017

(from “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” by Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, Paris Cullins, Gary Martin & Bill Collins in Blue Devil Annual #1, 1985) The dispute over the specimen’s pedigree continues to rage among experts.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 20

February 20th, 2017

(from “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” by Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, Paris Cullins, Gary Martin & Bill Collins in Blue Devil Annual #1, 1985) Be wary of less scrupulous types who claim purportedly supernatural knowledge about orchids and their pedigrees.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 19

February 19th, 2017

(from “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” by Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, Paris Cullins, Gary Martin & Bill Collins in Blue Devil Annual #1, 1985) Be careful when placing orchids near creepers or other climbing plants.

Sometime in the early months of 1985, I was flipping through the current month’s issue of Twilight Zone Magazine and came across a half-page ad for an upcoming novel. The premise of the book fascinated me, which was a bit unusual since I strongly preferred to get my horror fiction in short story form. Novels […]

In the corner of my grandma’s attic rest two storage crates which contain roughly two decades’ worth of my life as an RPG player. Barring some victims of entropic attrition or deliberate destruction, it’s all in there: well-thumbed rulebooks, grease-stained character sheets, smudged graph paper maps, and all the other detritus that comes with the […]

What you call hell

November 24th, 2015

While hip-hop music faced an uphill struggle to make inroads into white mainstream culture, treatment there was one part of the unhip hegemony that embraced “street music” with unbridled, gynecologist mercenary passion — comedic hacks looking some of that sweet novelty record dough. It was the tire fire of 1980s mimetic trends, syringe with a […]

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