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John Darling – Take 253

posted on February 14, 2021

The wave… now there’s a blast from the past.

Ohioana Interview – 2021

posted on February 13, 2021

The following is an announcement from David Weaver the Executive Director of the Ohioana Library Association:

Join us online this Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. for a very special event as we look forward to the 15th anniversary Ohioana Book Festival in April! Each year, we call upon an Ohio illustrator to design poster art for the Ohioana Book Festival. This year’s special anniversary poster was designed by Tom Batiuk, the award-winning cartoonist and creator of the beloved comic strips Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft. On Tuesday at 7 we will do a live “reveal” of Tom’s poster on Zoom, plus a conversation between Tom and Ohioana executive director David Weaver. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask Tom questions at the end of the program, which will also be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

AND, if you register for the event on Eventbrite, you will be entered to win a signed copy of Tom’s 2021 Ohioana Book Festival title, The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 10, 1999 – 2001, published by the Kent State University Press.
Here is the link to register:
You’ll be hearing more soon about the 15th anniversary Ohioana Book Festival, which takes place virtually from April 23-25. We hope to see you in April . . . and hope to see you this Tuesday!
Sincerely,
David Weaver
Executive Director

Flash Fridays – The Flash # 269 January 1979

posted on February 12, 2021

This issue is a particular treat for us old schoolers who first saw the Flash and Kid Flash travel back into the past in issue #120 of The Flash. In that issue we encountered Dr. Robert Manners and Gail Manners as they were thrown back into the past along with Flash and Kid Flash and Iris West by the vibrations from an earthquake. Writer Cary Bates pays his due respects to that story as he creates the circumstances to send them back again. I can tell you from personal experience as recent as last week that revisiting an earlier work in this way is an incredibly fascinating and enjoyable experience. I’ve no doubt that writer Bates was experiencing much the same thing which no doubt explains why this story is so much fun.

We kick things off with Gail in a coma that her father Dr. Manners is convinced is due to her trip to the past. He has decided that the only way to find a cure for his daughter is to precisely retrace the original course plotted years ago to the South Atlantic just off the Coast of South America. The difference being that, instead of an Earthquake, the Flash would be the one to provide the vibrations this time around. And, what do you know… it works. Except that this time around the dinosaurs are way more intelligent that they should be. And, instead of golden giants, we find blue lizard aliens who are trying to turn the Earth’s dinos into the dominant species. They are using something called remma rays to make this happen. The Flashes decide that the remma ray gizmo has to go and they destroy it. When they return to Dr. Manners yacht, they find that those remma rays were the cause of Gail’s coma, and that she is now doing well. The Flash vibrates the ship back to the present (or 1979) and we find that humans are now the dominant species. Which is good because I don’t know how I would have typed this with those tiny T-Rex arms.