Grim Humor From WW1

An item in a newspaper clip has led me to explore something than most people have probably forgotten.  That is the humor create by and for the troops in the trenches.  Many people know about Willy and Joe, Bill Mauldin’s long suffering GI’s in WW2, but how many know about the mustachioed Old Bill who haunted the trenches in WW1?

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Art Of The Week: The Manga Of Hayao Miyazaki


It shouldn’t be a surprise that I am an admirer of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. I’ve posted about Miyazaki and Ghibli related things many times in the past.  Most people by now know about Miyazaki’s movies. Far fewer know about the various pieces of mange that he’s done over the years.  Which is sort of sad, because the mange is fun, has good, lighthearted stories, is where Miyazaki pokes fun at himself and is usually filled with pigs as characters. Here’s a list from

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Artist Of The week: Darrel K. Sweet

They say that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. A good cover can sell a book though. Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s I would at least look at any book with  cover that had DKS on the cover illustration.  There was something fun about the dragons, wizards and other such things that made you want to pick up the books.  Here’s his bio.

Archived website

Some images.