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Sep 25, 2014

In the history of comic book art, Don Heck was one of the... most ordinary artists there ever was. That’s not me being disrespectful, just honest. He was a craftsman, but in an era when his counterparts were Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, and Steranko—to name a few—Don Heck was pretty average.

JOHN COATES...


Sep 23, 2014

I love rock 'n' roll. And I still love Joan Jett. Earlier today I saw that it was Joan Jett's 56th birthday. I believe it is her day, but I don't believe the black-haired sprite will ever be a day over 26, which is roughly the age she was when I conducted this telephone interview with her on December 23, 1983.

JOAN JETT...


Sep 18, 2014

If you watch only one Tony Award-winning video that encompasses the history of ventriloquism this year... make it Jay Johnson: “The Two and Only. Now, I know what some of you are thinking—ventriloquism? Blecch! But hear me out.

JAY JOHNSON podcast excerpt: "On 'Soap,' the show's creator, Susan Harris, would give us...


Sep 15, 2014

I miss Anne Hartford already. This is not a spoiler for Leaving Ashwood, Cynthia Kraack’s third and final book in the “Ashwood” futuristic fiction trilogy. I’m just sad to see it come to an end.

CYNTHIA KRAACK podcast excerpt: "Anne Hartford came to me when I was doing my MFA program. I started writing a story...


Sep 9, 2014

A good day in my business is one in which I learn that a favorite author has released a new book. That means good reading ahead and, more than likely, a good interview in my immediate future. Today is one of those days, as one of the Great Lakes’ favorite sons of modern literature, William Kent Krueger, is joining me...