I’m a comic guy through and through

My 14 and 16 year old went to a lecture of PIXAR creator/execs on Wednesday night at their school. It was disheartening to hear that the standing room only audience consisted of mostly adults. My kids told me there were some elementary and middle school kids along with a handful of high schoolers but even combined they were still fewer compared to the adults. I know that comics have been written for an older audience for a couple of decades now and the material being produced currently, in my observation as a YA librarian, is not attracting younger readers. My heyday of collecting was in the early 80s and I stopped buying comics right before Crisis on Infinite Earths. I would occasionally read the odd trade if I came across one at my university’s library and then I started to follow more regularly when I began working in the library system. I enjoy reading the older material, especially stories from the 70s and 80s, they range from goofy makes no sense whatsoever to great entertaining reads that make me want to learn more about the heroes. I don’t sense that fun or escapism from current comics that are trying so hard to be serious and mature. What’s funny is I get that goofy escapism from DC’s TV shows like the Flash and Supergirl although I haven’t watched many shows of either series yet. Hopefully there is a kid following these shows and  he or she gets that same itch I once had and begins to search for the source material of these programs. How great would that be.


Thursday out and about

Walked DH with the Boston and wifey although not the entire length of the beach. The tide was high and there was some energy from a swell washing out part of our walk. Shared a coffee and scone this morning at a place we usually can’t score an outside table, because of the Boston, but we got got one and parking right in front too.

My Americano came in this mug this morning.
The Boston after his morning walk.
Outfit of the day as evening librarian.

Creeping on houses

Thursday morning walk with my Boston Terrier at Hunakai Beach. Snapped pics of some beach houses that I think are classic style Hawaiian homes with modern touches. Enjoy the house porn. In future posts I’ll include homes that look not so Hawaiian from this stretch of beach.

Going in order of house size this is the “smallest” but the one I consider the nicest looking from what I can see.

The covered wrap around lanai is this house’s best feature.

Monday musing

Monday mornings I usually take my dog for a walk and for the past year and a half I have been taking him to Hunakai Beach so he can go off leash. The last couple of months I have also been taking him to Diamond Head for a change and the variety is good for me too. The length of the walk is nearly the same about 1.75 miles roundtrip but the beach is much cleaner, not nearly as much trash left on the sand by beachgoers. I don’t let him off leash for the length of the walk because there are more properties along the shore with no fencing like Hunakai, I don’t feel like chasing hm in someone’s yard if he gets too curious. One plus of the no or lower fences is I get to see the houses that are setback from the beach. So here are some house porn shots I took, with my daughter’s old iPhone 4S, from this morning’s walk.

Here’s my boy.

Nice modern style Hawaii house perfect for the beach.

A larger version of a Hawaiian beach house with a nice wrap around lanai with part of it covered.
Then there are the houses with all the glass.

Some take styling queues from the Mediterranean, can’t really tell from this pic but the house is pink. 

Bronze age of comics

The Bronze Age of DC Comics 1970-1984 by Paul Levitz is one of the latest purchases for my library. It is a huge book in oversize format with over 400+ pages of art. The height of my comic collecting took place between 1981 to 1983 although I had comics in my possession pre-1981, many without their covers, although I don’t remember how I got them. I also read comics from my local library during that time and I remember them being DC horror, mystery, and war titles. Sadly I don’t know if my comics from the 80s are still around.

Camelot 3000 I loved this comic outstanding art and the legend of King Arthur.

DC Comics Present 59 starring Superman and the Legion of Subs this comic was a fun read, IMO fun is missing from current comics but then again the readership sadly is for guys like me in their 40s.

JLA 184 with art by George Perez one of those coverless comics I owned when I was younger.

The Great Darkness Saga from the Legion of Super Heroes this came out during the summer of 1982 and I was deep into comics at that time. I knew there was tons of backstory for the Legion and the New Gods I just did not have access to a comic store that sold back issues.

Anuenue’s koa canoe

This morning at 5:45 am some members of the canoe club were down at Keehi Lagoon assisting with the water lining of the club’s koa canoe Ka’ala. The koa has been in the shop being restored since 2013 when I joined the club. The restoration in my eyes is outstanding I have learned that the canoe was lengthened by 3 feet and sections of the canoe that had been damaged or worn were replaced. I did not know what water lining a canoe meant so I made the effort to get to the lagoon at the crack of dawn on a Sunday. OHCRA officials were present to weigh the koa, 437 lbs., and to measure its length, 44 feet + a few inches. The koa was then put into the water and loaded with 1500 lbs. of lead. Two officials with chalk then went from bow to stern tracing the actual water line of the canoe at predetermined spots. Apparently the canoe must meet a specific level of buoyancy at the bow, middle, and stern of the boat. The canoe passed specs so I assume it’s ready to race this upcoming regatta season. This morning was a great learning experience for me and made me appreciate this sport that is such a big part of my life now.


Ka’ala’s nose

Ka’ala’s butt

Water line measurements