Monthly Archives: June 2020

The Devil’s Busy Decade

I had heard of the phrase “Satanic panic” before (hey, it’s very catchy), and had some idea of what it entailed, but I thought it was worth looking into a little more. While there are many components, the phrase largely … Continue reading

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Daughter of Disease, Maker of Snakes

Picture by Tero Porthan In my ongoing search for topics from mythology and folklore, and specifically in terms of ogres and witches, I saw a mention of the Syojatar (properly spelled with marks above the letters, but that’s a hassle) … Continue reading

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Give God Your Strength!

Breath of Fire 2 – I watched my brother play through this years ago, but I never did myself. I was getting a little frustrated with the other games I was playing, so I downloaded this on the 3DS and … Continue reading

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California Scheming

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – This was a quite ambitious movie for its time, bringing together many of the most famous comic actors of the time. Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Phil … Continue reading

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Jumping Jupiter!

Donald Duck: Uncle Scrooge’s Money Rocket, by Luciano Bottaro – The second in the Disney Masters series features the work of another Italian artist and writer, showcasing three imaginative madcap tales. In the titular story, when the Beagle Boys find … Continue reading

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Iron Constitutions

I’ve been looking a bit into witches, and I latched onto one physical trait the Russian Baba Yaga is sometimes said to have, which is iron teeth. Such teeth seem to be associated with witches in general in Slavic lore. … Continue reading

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Oh Yeah, Mario Time!

I have pondered Mario’s age before, and mentioned how he’s officially supposed to be in his mid-twenties. But then, I grew up with the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, where Captain Lou Albano was playing Mario and Danny Wells Luigi in … Continue reading

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Atomized and Bewitched

I often end up making posts on books I’ve written long after the fact. I’m trying to at least take some notes in the meantime, but I don’t always. Anyway, this time, there’s a Mickey Mouse classic comic collection, one … Continue reading

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Wrestling with the Issues

I haven’t written about a whole lot recently. It kind of seems like I’ve largely run out of topics, at least in terms of my main interests. I’ll come up with something that seems interesting, and then realize I already wrote … Continue reading

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A Whale of an Island

There are many tales of gigantic sea monsters, perhaps because what’s under the sea is pretty mysterious, and some of what people see really IS pretty monstrous. Northern Europe has many such legends, and this is where people really did encounter … Continue reading

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