Archive for the ‘General’ Category

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

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What, Me Worry?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

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After about 70 years, MAD Magazine has gone into permanent reruns. But read my article on the history of the magazine and comic book.

Back in my day…

Monday, March 30th, 2020
This is not my original idea, but I think it bears repeating. There have been a lot of jokes about how people of my generation, who grew up in the 1980s and 90s and witnessed the information revolution, have seen so much change and how young adults and children cannot relate to how things were done a few decades ago. Well…do you think the kids of the 1880s and 90s who witnessed the industrial revolution, went through the exact same thing?

“You kids and your fancy radios and phonographs. In my day, if you wanted music, you had to play it yourself!”

“What do you mean, ‘Who’s that?’ That’s John Philip Sousa! He was the greatest musician of my generation! Marches are not dead! Go to your room!”

“Oh, Mr. Eighth grade education thinks he knows more than me, huh?”

“You know, you’re lucky you get to use the bathroom indoors. And don’t even get me started about this ‘toilet paper.’”

“Kids today, getting their picture taken like twice a year.”

“Yes, I know pencils and fountain pens are more convenient, but my child doesn’t even know what an inkwell is. What are the schools teaching these days?”

Is this truly what we’ve become as a nation?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

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When he was elected, I knew things were going to get bad. I just didn’t think they’d get this bad.

I told him his sexual assault jokes weren’t funny…

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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VOTE!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Your country depends on it.

#BookTheVote

Monday, September 24th, 2018

I’m registered to vote. Are you? It’s so important. You can find out how to do it at . But the window to register in many states closes soon, so do it now!

First, they came for the immigrants…

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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A real life Deacon Locke?

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Catherine Maine had already bought a dress when her grandson was told he could not take her to prom.

Just like in DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM, this high school senior invited his grandmother to prom. But unlike in the book, school officials are refusing to allow her to attend, as she’s over twenty.

I find this ridiculous, and I urge you to e-mail principal Steve Hawkins and ask to him to reverse this decision: shawkins@ecs.k12.al.us

#letnannygotoprom

Library Con

Friday, July 29th, 2016
Saturday, August 27 at 11 AM - 5:30 PM
The Library Center

4653 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, Missouri 65810
More information: Library Con
Celebrate your fandoms and geekiness with panels, games, geeky storytime, special guests and more during our second annual LibraryCon.
We’re geeking out because it’s the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek”! Each session will start with a short Trek Talk where a member of the LibraryCon team will share what being a Trekkie means to them.
Event & panel lineup:
→ 11 a.m. Fandom Starts Early Storytime: Geek out as a family in our storytime created especially for little ones of geeky parents! In the Story Hour Room.
→ 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Open Gaming: Try your hand at table top gaming. Learn about Pathfinder RPG and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game with help from the Springfield Missouri Pathfinder Society. Try various board games with 417 Gamers. In the Story Hour Room.
→ Noon. What Geeks Should Read Next (Geeky Reads): What’s New in Fantasy, Science Fiction and Comics. Get the scoop on what the experts are reading and recommending as geeky librarians share their favorite novels, comics, manga and more. Participants will be eligible to win free books! In the auditorium.
→ 1 p.m. Illustrator Panel: Hear local illustrators discuss their craft, the comic business and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include: Adam McLaughlin, David Faught, Kristina Murdaugh, Leanne M. Krecic, Nate Howard and Ryan Wheaton. In the auditorium.
→ 1:30 p.m. “Game of Thrones” Fan Discussion: Love “Game of Thrones”? Discuss the most recent season and discuss theories on what will happen next and who belongs on the Iron Throne. Moderated by Andy Thompson and Mike Carroll. In the Harrison Room.
→ 2 p.m. Author Panel: Authors will discuss the glory and the agony of writing, publishing and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include: Brian Katcher, EM Ervin, Holly Messinger and Bethany Hagen. In the auditorium.
→ 2:30 p.m. Draw-along with an Illustrator: Join illustrators Nate Howard and Adam McLaughlin as they show you how to draw and help you create a work of art! Outside the Story Hour Room.
→ 3 p.m. Graphic Novels & Comics Panel: How can you use comics in the classroom? What’s trending? What’s just around the corner in the world of comics? Our panelists will discuss these and other topics. Panelists include: Rodney Fierce, Chris Wilson and Josh Roberts. In the auditorium.
→ 4 p.m. Cosplay Panel: Want to get into cosplay? Learn how to get started, where to get support and tips, and see some amazing creations! Panelists include: Brandon Lauthern, Anna Colston, Felicia Day, Springfield Cosplay-guest to be announced, Lucas Corley and Toni Globis. In the auditorium.
→ 5 p.m. Teen Cosplay Fashion Show: Do you want to show off your mad cosplay skills? Join the teens-only fashion show at LibraryCon! Wear your best costume and show off on the red carpet for our LibraryCon audience and panel of cosplay experts. Teens are invited to stay after the show and get tips about creating and improving their cosplay creations. In the auditorium.