By Beau Smith
This week has been a little hectic, even more than usual. Writing deadlines, hundreds of emails, appointments, family stuff, as well as getting things ready for this weekend’s Mid-Ohio Comic Book Convention where I will be a special guest and also moderating the Sgt. Rock: Yesterday and Today panel with Joe Kubert and Billy Tucci.
That means that this week’s Busted Knuckles column may not be as in-depth as what you’re used to. After all, I’ve been writing this column weekly for over five years now, even I get a little jammed for time now and then.
This week’s column is a small collection of thoughts and small bits of information that are in my head or on my desk. That can be a good thing.
Namor-The Avenging S.O.B.
This was sent to me by one of my readers, Lisa Randall. She came across this and remembered that I am still in line to write the manly adventures of Namor the Sub-Mariner one day. She remembered that it’s my goal to bring Namor back to the glory of his ass-kicking days of the 1940s and 50s when he was not only “the avenging son”, but “the avenging son of a bitch”. These panels will explain why. THIS is the Namor we need now!
Technology: My Friend, My Foe
Technology is the hot girl you’ve always wanted to have as your own, but once you have her you’re always afraid she’s doing something behind your back. I have a real love/distrust thing with technology. I love in the fact that when I’m writing a comic book I can instantly find reference at my fingertips. It used to mean a trip to the library or cutting out tons of stuff from magazines. I still do that, just not as much. I distrust it in the fact that I feel it’s also changing the way we communicate with each other and the loss of civility and manners that we once took pride in. I guess its not really technology’s fault. It all depends on the person using it. I hope I can remain strong enough to use technology for good and not evil. (Okay, I have used it for evil, but I’m trying to ease off.) They keep saying this is a new semi-lawless frontier. I think they’re kinda right. It’ll be interesting or scary to see how it all plays out in ten years.
I Miss My Newton
Speaking of technology, I was one of the first folks to buy a Newton message pad from Apple back in the day. It was a Model 1000. I still have it and it still works like a dream. Only thing is, it’s pretty useless in these modern times. Hell, it was pretty useless soon after they brought it out, but I used mine for eight years. It was the perfect size. It had a 3 inch by 4 1/2 inch screen that I could see and read. It fit in my saddlebag and my briefcase when I traveled. The thing I used it the most for was writing down and storing book titles of books I was looking for as well as comic books. I have over 10,000 hardback books in my personal library and I’m always looking for more. My Newton was a workhorse for me there. I also stored my address book and other “PDA” type of things in it, but it was mainly used in my book hunts.
Today I have my Apple iTouch. Basically it’s the iPhone without the phone part. I love it and use it a lot to play music and audiobooks when I’m walking my 5 miles a day, working out or ignoring people in the same room with me. Now and then I search the web, answer email, check sports scores, news and such, but it’s a three inch screen and I have to pull out my dollar store 1.25 reading glasses to see the darn thing really clear. I miss my Newton. I miss that bigger screen. I miss that heft and size. When you held it in your hand it was like holding a Smith & Wesson N-Frame .357 revolver. My iTouch tends to feel like a Derringer. It’s a personal thing, I know, but if only Steve Jobs hadn’t hated the Newton so much. If only he had given us (me) the choice between big and little. I daydream about my Newton being able to do all the things my iTouch does. (Yeah, I know, poor choice of daydreams.)
I always wanted the portable keyboard that went along with the Newton. I think they made it for the Newton that came after my Model 1000. One day I may search Ebay or trade somebody some of my comic book stuff for one. I still have the yearning to put the Clydesdale of hand held computers back to work. Maybe I will. Are there any more Newton lovers out there?
Waltz Across Texas
Wanna read a really good modern day western? One that rings of No Country For Old Men/The Getaway/Extreme Predjudice? If so, then read Waltz Across Texas by Max Crawford. The blurb reads: “He has a sprawling ranch, a restless wife, a six million dollar insurance policy and a whole lot of people that want him dead.” It’s a full throttle story of a good ol’ boy turned hired gun in a world full of treachery, scandal, murder and people that believe a tire iron is the weapon of choice in a bar fight.
If this ain’t a movie then it should be.
Busted Knuckles Manly Cover of the Week: Little Al Of The F.B.I. #10
Cover by Norm Saunders
When it comes to busting up Commies in the 1950’s there were few better at it than Little Al of The F.B.I. It also helped to have the great painter, Norm Saunders painting your actions on the cover. It also was fun to have a story called “The Beaver Strikes!” Read the comic to figure that one out, amigos.
Busted Knuckles Babe of the Week: Malia Jones
As a lifetime lover of the surf culture, you really didn’t think I was gonna let Malia pass by your uneducated eyeballs , did you? Malia has been surfing since she was 15, competed in all the top competitions and we’re all lucky enough that she has graced a number of surf magazine covers in recent years. Now she is in the Busted Knuckles Babe of the Week Hall of Fame. She’s reached her dream and ours.
Okay, I have to get all my stuff ready for Mid-Ohio Con. I’ll have some of my books there, including No Guts, No Glory: How To Market Yourself In Comics as well as some of the comics I’ve written, FREE prints and news about some of my latest projects (Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars, Lost And Found and Captain Action.)
I hope you stop by and visit. Columbus is a good town and the show is always fun.
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