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Hill and Wheeler on Encountering Grandpa

Little Golden Books have been around since 1942. They originally sold for 25 cents and are now considered classic staples of childhood. Grandpa Won't Wake Up is a parody of the Little Golden Books that have filled children’s bookshelves for decades.

Charles Moss
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When We Knew the Apes Would Rise

Jane Goodall at her most frightening writes, "During the first ten years of the study I had believed […] that the Gombe chimpanzees were, for the most part, rather nicer than human beings. […] Then suddenly we found that chimpanzees could be brutal -- that they, like us, had a darker side to their nature."

Charles Moss
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Lewis Carroll Goes Kaboom!

This book is the comics you and I grew up on where once the story was over, there was still plenty of things to do to keep you entertained. You don’t see much of that anymore in kid-friendly comics.

Charles Moss
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Star Wars and the Art of Parody: KaBoom's 'Space Warped'

For many people, Star Wars is sacred ground, especially for those fans that grew up in the 1970s and ‘80s. While the entire film franchise is open to parody (especially the prequels) it takes a special kind of precision, a special kind of care, cleverness and panache to properly pull it off.

Charles Moss
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Black Out or Fade Away?: It’s Difficult to Die Hard in '77

Willis’ portrayal of John MClane helped make him a box-office star and set the bar for action hero stars. Chaykin’s dialogue and Andrade’s renderings of a full-haired Willis is spot-on; so much so that I could hear and see him acting out each panel in my head. But the character just doesn’t seem to qualify for a Year One scenario.

Charles Moss
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