Vintage Obsession

Arthur Rackham illustrations to Wagner's THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, Joe Sacco Palestine, Los Angeles, California. Fujifilm Neopan 1600 35mm BW film.
Los Angeles, Wilshire

Mankind are, in all ages, caught by the same baits: The same tricks, played over and over again, still trepan them. The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny; flattery to treachery; standing armies to arbitrary government; and the glory of God to the temporal interest of the clergy.
David Hume, “Of Public Credit,” pt. ii, essay ix in: Essays Moral, Political and Literary (3d ed. 1754) in the Liberty Fund ed., p. 363.

Transition

Art Schooled by Larry Witham, Reading Glasses, iPad 2, House, Tahanan, Paranaque, Metro Manila.

Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.
Douglas Adams, 2001

I used to believe that I would always prefer to read from the printed page. Under ideal conditions, I still do. But two events changed my habits: I was eventually forced to acquire reading glasses. Then the iPad came out. Now, I zoom and pinch the text.

Dark Knight

75 Years of Batman: Batman Comic Books, SM Mall BF, Paranaque, Metro Manila.
Parañaque

75 years of Batman! No one could have predicted the longevity and the continued relevance of this comic book hero that has become a cultural icon when my grandfather, Bill Finger, collaborated with Bob Kane back in 1939. My grandfather has never been properly credited as the co-creator of Batman although was an open secret in the comic book industry and is widely known now. It is now my time to come out of the shadows and speak up and end 75 years of exploitation of my grandfather, whose biggest flaw was his inability to defend his extraordinary talent. Due to what I feel is continued mistreatment of a true artist, I am currently exploring our rights and considering how best to establish the recognition that my grandfather deserves.
Athena Finger (May 7, 2014)

Now that my longtime friend and collaborator is gone, I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved. He was an unsung hero… I never thought of giving him a by-line and he never asked for one.

I often tell my wife “If I could go back 15 years, before he died, I would like to say ‘I’ll put your name on it now, you deserve it.’ “
Bob Kane, Batman and Me (1989).

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Tankōbon


If only this store’s copies weren’t localized for Cantonese speakers, they’d be perfect for me. This is the most manga I’ve seen with my own eyes in a single setting.

Damaged Goods


I’m a finicky reader when it comes to my graphic novel acquisitions. I don’t really like anything less than near mint.

An unrelated question to all the Photoshop users out there: When it comes time to replace CS6 or any older version still being used, will you be upgrading to the Creative Cloud, or will you be seeking out alternatives?