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Saturday April 17, 2010 5:37 am

Weekend Reading: Addams Family, Little Fuzzy, Danger Ace and Louisa May Alcott




Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Interviews

CharlesAddamsSo your flight across the Atlantic was canceled due to volcano, and you’re stuck at home with just your computer. Why not click a few links and find out how a New Yorker cartoonist kept a diary of sexual conquests, how John Scalzi is rebooting Little Fuzzy, and Shary Flenniken tackles Alcott?

The Addams Family Man: Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family which began as a series of cartoons in The New Yorker, became a 1960s TV series, then a couple of movies, and now a critically-reviled Broadway musical, is the subject of a detailed biography. Cartoonist Edward Sorel has a review that also chronicles some of the hot chicks of the era who hooked up with the cartoonist, including Veronica Lake and JFK’s wife. That’s right, a cartoonist got to shag Veronica Lake, and even kept a diary entry about it.

Danger Ace: Yes, you could be reading Brightest Day or Nemesis right now, but you should really try the online comic from Chad Bowers and Carl Yonder.

Little Fuzzy: This is not comics-related, but I still like it. Noted award-winning sci-fi author John Scalzi (Old Man’s War) has written a rebooted version of H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy called Fuzzy Nation. I’m not going to even try to paraphrase how the deal came together because the story’s too nifty. Just click over and start reading. Little Fuzzy was one of the great sci-fi books of my youth and I can hardly wait for this version to be published by Tor next year.

Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes, O. Henry: It’s springtime and Graphic Classics is having a half-price sale from April 15-April 30th. And who are Graphic Classics, you ask? I’ll answer by example. One of their current projects is Louisa May Alcott, a 144-page full color graphic album that features an adaptation of Little Women by Trina Robbins and Anne Timmons, and also includes short story adaptations by Mary Fleener and Shary Flenniken (yes, of Trots and Bonnie fame). It’s part of the sale and at only $9, a steal.

Superman and Alan Moore: Author James Reasoner revisits a classic, Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow. And be sure to read the follow-up comments as well.

Gerard Jones: The author of Men Of Tomorrow and Killing Monsters is working on his next book The Undressing of America. According to Jones, “Much of the book is about Bernarr and Mary Macfadden, the bodybuilding guru and his athletic young bride who in the 1920s created the ‘true confessions’ genre of publishing, got rich, went mad, and almost by accident ushered in the ‘culture of the explicit’ in which we still live today.” He’s been blogging about his book while writing it and his latest post about the future of print is simply called Paper.

First Second Books: Rod Lott at Bookgasm gets a threesome going with reviews of City of Spies by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, and illustrated by Pascal Dizin, Gene Luen Yang’s Prime Baby and Booth by C.C. Colbert and Tanitoc

Eat Right To Work And Win: Go Team! Here’s a propaganda comic book from 1942 featuring Chic Young, Carl Anderson, Alex Raymond and others, donated comic strips from King Features to help promote nutrition. Yum!
h/t to The Bunburyist

Batman Fail: If you’re going to pretend to be Batman and allegedly stalk someone, you should be better at it.

Steve Vrattos used to dress up as Spider-Man. But not for a costume contest or to prance around his house. He did it because he got paid by Marvel Comics. He blogs about his experiences – and each post feels like the chapter of a book that I need to read when it eventually comes out - and here he posts about his promotional opportunity with the 1987 New York Mets while promoting Spider-Man’s wedding to Mary Jane Watson.

That’s the internet goodness for this time. Have a great weekend!

[Artwork: publicity photo of Charles Addams working it]

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