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John Mutford
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Reader's Diary #1867- Camy Tang: Idiot
Camy Tang's " Idiot ," is a cliched tale of love at first sight, beginning with the cliched line, "Their eyes met across the room." Clearly this is all intentional and it's still entertaining in any case. It also rings true. Told through a man's inner voice...
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Reader's Diary #1864- Kalman Andrasofszky (writer), Leonard Kirk (artist): Captain Canuck Aleph
I really want to like Captain Canuck but cannot get behind the character at all.

I found the original by Richard Comely to be really really cheesy and poorly done, even compared to other superhero comics of the time which were themselves cheesy. Still, I'v...
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Reader's Diary #1863- Sinead Moriarty: Lost and Found
Sinead Moriarty's " Lost and Found " is a too uncommon tale of a deadbeat father and the emotional stress that puts on the mother. The story zips along, not so much domestic imagery as one might expect, but more dialogue and insight into the mother's doubts...
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Reader's Diary #1860- Gail Simone (writer), Aaron Lopresti (artist): Wonder Woman / Conan
I've never seemed to have gotten a good sense of Wonder Woman, at least in comparison to some of the other DC Comics superheroes (Superman's the over-powered goody two shoes, Batman's the under-powered grumpy one), but I felt that I knew enough that I didn'...
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Reader's Diary #1859- Kate Harty: A Canadian Summer
Whenever we leave the country and chat with the locals, they most often follow the revelation that we're from Canada with the question, "Toronto?" When roughly a sixth of the population lives in the GTA, I suppose it's not a totally asinine question. And co...
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Reader's Diary #1856- Sean Howe: Marvel Comics the Untold Story
Despite raking in billions for every movie they produce, Marvel Studios has its share of critics as well as a few problems on the horizon: As many of the actors are aging, retiring, what should be done with their characters- retired/killed off? Replaced wit...
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Reader's Diary #1855- Augusto Monterroso: The Dinosaur
In this link, NPR host Lynn Neary talks to Edgar O'Hara, a professor, about why Augusto Monterroso's single sentence " The Dinosaur " is in fact, a short story. First off, in the text of the article it refers to "The Dinosaur" as the shortest story in the h...
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Reader's Diary #1854- Mana Neyestani: An Iranian Metamorphosis
More than once I've expressed my shock and admiration for those cartoonists who tackle their home country's tyrannical regimes. The bravery that this must take! Mana Neyestani's story is likewise brave but one feels the Iranian government inadvertently push...
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Reader's Diary #1852- Zac Gorman (writer), CJ Cannon (illustrator): Rick and Morty Volume 1
I don't watch as much TV as I used to. This is not some intellectual brag as there is not some "bettering myself" agenda, it's simply that I don't seem to have the time anymore. In saying that there are a few shows I'd like to be better up on. I'm way behin...
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Reader's Diary #1848- Thomas Mann: Death in Venice
So Thomas Mann's Death in Venice is a rather piece of shit. It involves a vacationer in Venice who becomes attracted to and obsessed with a young boy. He's a pretentious windbag from the get-go and he manages to get infinitely worse by trying to rationalize...
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