“Mothers Tales” : Thomas Lampion’s Generational Journey

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

I can’t speak to whether Thomas Lampion conceived of and created his semi-recent (as in early 2020, perhaps? Or late 2019?) mini Mothers Tales ( and before you ask, I assume the lack of an apostrophe in the title is intentional) — an impressive riso-printed number, featuring a subtle array of third “spot” colors, lovingly and painstakingly produced by an outfit out of Moscow, Russia called ESH-PRINT — while he was at work on his long-form graphic novel (previously reviewed on this site) The Burning Hotels, or not, but there’s some serious serendipity going on either way. That book, after all, deals with an unplanned move home on the cartoonist’s part from Philadelphia to Appalachia (a town called Hot Springs, N.C., to be specific) and how the same things he was going through in the here and now oddly mimicked and echoed events that took place in his mother’s…

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“Death Plays A Mean Harmonica” — And Steve Lafler Crafts A Really Nice Comic

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Oaxaca is an interesting, dare I say even magical place — a unique intersection of indigenous traditions, modern-day Mexican culture, and American expat bon vivant-ism that’s been added to the mix thanks to its large gringo transplant community. On any given night, anything can happen, and the air is pregnant with festivity, possibility, and even a dash intrigue.

Or so I’m told, at any rate — largely by my parents, who became part of that aforementioned gringo transplant community when they retired down there nearly two years ago. I’d dearly love to visit, but the pandemic has made that wish an impossibility for the time being, although hopefully not for too much longer. Until then, though, I’ve got their emails and photos — and the comics of EX-expat Steve Lafler, who returns to the place he once called home (or, in a pinch, a home away from home) for his…

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Artwork of the Day: Your Most Intimate Problems (Artist Unknown)

Unknown Artist

This book was published in 1948!  Even in 1948, people were wrestling with the question of whether men were more likely to cheat than women.  I don’t know what answer Lawrence Gould provided for the questions on the cover.  My answers are as follows:

  1. Can a wife be too affectionate?  Yes.
  2. Are men “less faithful” than women?  Hell yes.
  3. Why do some girls like older men?  Maturity is sexy.
  4. Can anyone be popular who wants to be? No.
  5. Are women more jealous than men? Yes and with good reason.
  6. Is money necessary for real happiness? No but it does help.
  7. Can a girl love two men at once? Yes.

I hope that helps to clear things up.

The artist of this cover is unknown.

Music Video of the Day: Kind & Generous by Natalie Merchant (1998, directed by Mark Seliger and Fred Woodward)

“I’m proud of the song because I always wanted to write a song that had an extremely universal, simple sentiment. And just gratitude, that’s all this song is about and really I feel like I accomplished my mission: simple, to the point. And everyone knows what I’m talking about the first time they hear the song, and they can sing along.”

— Natalie Merchant on Kind and Generous 

I always wonder how many people actually know the name of this song.  I always just think of it as being the “thank you song,” better than Alanis Morrisette’s but not quite as good as Dido’s.  For the record, the end of the song features Natalie singing “Thank you” a total of 30 times before the song fades out.

The music video finds Natalie as a member of the circus.  The members of the circus were all actual circus performers which lends this video an authenticity.

Thank you and enjoy!