Items of Interest

First off, I was remiss last week in not mentioning the return of Tony Kornheiser to the radio. He’s grumpy, sure, but few are more funny than him. And even fewer can jump from politics to pop culture to sports with such ease.

AiT/PlanetLar made it in the news, not in the way that most publishers may want to, but I have to give Larry Young (full disclosure, he came up with the name for this blog) a tip of the hat for handling the coverage with candor and grace.

In the folks I would not have heard about otherwise, thanks to Scott Dunbier for directing his readers to the Dave Karlen Original Art Blog where Karlen recently wrote about Frank Godwin. Godwin was a contemporary of Hal Foster, Milton Caniff, and Alex Raymond but never received the level of attention that it appears his work should have warranted. He did two strips, Connie (which ran from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s) and Rusty Riley (which ran from the late 1940s to the late 1950s). The latter strip is the focus of Karlen’s post. Be sure to stroll around Karlen’s blog, there’s plenty of wonderful art to look at, and interesting info about myriad artists, including folks like Frank Robbins.

I love to go looking through You Tube for musical performances. In the past few weeks, I ran across a beautiful string arrangement backing John Cale on his cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah (be sure to check out Cohen’s live rendition as well). Another gem I found was Cocteau Twin’s Elizabeth Frazer & The Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan collaborating with Peter Gabriel on Downside Up.

Speaking of covers, Brian Ibbott recently did an all Warren Zevon episode of Coverville. Man, I miss Zevon. Enjoy every sandwich, as Warren once advised.