Ted Williams, 1939, photo by Charles M. Conlon
Cannot decide if hippie Billy Mumy or a wedding scene that features a cover of Cline’s Crazy is the best part of this 1977 TV movie, Sunshine Christmas, spinning out of a 1975 NBC TV series.
“Sunshine lasted one season on NBC. It was about a single dad, (Cliff de Young, left) who fronted a folky guitar trio in Vancouver, BC, where he was (perhaps, but never made explicit) avoiding the U.S. draft (Vietnam, remember?). Bill Mumy (left) and I (center) played his bandmates.
"We mainly had to sing John Denver songs (like the eponymous title track) but occasionally snuck in an original. Bill and I even managed to write one episode. Though it got raves from critics, it was waaaay ahead of its time as far as 1975 audiences were concerned and had abysmal ratings. End of story.
"You can find the two TV movies — one preceded the series and one followed it — called, respectively Sunshine and Sunshine Christmas (with the luminous Barbara Hersey and grand actor Pat Hingle) around the web. The TV episodes seem to have vaporized completely.” — Corey Fischer
Man, look at the beard on Bill Mumy.
NYC Central Park.
It’s live! Go watch this livestream of @ErikaMoen working on Oh Joy Sex Toy!
Darkseid blacklight poster
I had no idea there were Jack Kirby’s New Gods black light posters and now those need to be in my life.
Sometimes Darkseid’s nose drawn by Kirby looks like a woman ;)
O’Shea’s Offhand Opinions 2013.5
Rocket Girl #1-2 (Montclare/Reeder): I am coming a little late to rain praise on this new series.
My personal life influences my affection for this book, as it is partially set in 1986, the year I finished high school and started college.
While I have been a fan of artist Amy Reeder for a long time, this is my first exposure to writer Brandon Montclare. Judging by the first two issues, I like what I read. Montclare has a solid ear for dialogue and strong grasp of pacing, the latter being no easy achievement in time travel-based narrative.
An element that surprises me most is Reeder’s ability to pull off gift for conveying physical comedy in her art. I’m also appreciative of Reeder’s willingness to serve as her own colorist and letterer. In the hands of some artists, the book might suffer due to a creative choice like this one.
Added bonus, the Rocket Girl creative team has a podcast, Podcorn. An early November episode had the two of them discussing “the intricacies of creating with licensed characters versus their own original IP like Rocket Girl!”
For the first two issues, I give an overall rating of 8.5 out of 10 rating. (10 being best)
A great 2012 photo of Michael Penn and Aimee Mann