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The Ten Cent Plague by David Hajdu

December 28, 2014

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In 1954 the American comic book industry, beset by vicious political and grass-roots criticism, formed the restrictive Comics Code Authority, a self censoring body whose launch brought the Golden Age of comics to a screeching halt. The Ten Cent Plague is a well written and thoroughly researched account of the formation of the CCA.

Due largely to coincidences of geography, comics were not a big part of my childhood. It’s not that I didn’t want them. It’s just that growing up where and when I did, there was simply no place to get comics easily with any kind of regularity. Assuming we don’t count Asterix and Tintin books from the school library, I might have had as many as half a dozen comics (random issues, not volumes), probably fewer, before adulthood. My friends, who all seemed to know much more about comics than I did, had a lack of enthusiasm for them that I mirrored outwardly to fit in, while secretly wishing I could learn more about these cool picture-stories.

But my once secret interest has grown up with me and I’m grateful that I now live in a world where access to comics is easy. Not only do I now live within walking distance of the excellent Larry’s Comics (“New England’s 5th largest, 11th nicest comic shop”), but with the advent of Amazon and other online retailers, the world of comics is at my fingertips. It’s a great time to be alive!
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Orphan Black

February 8, 2014

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Orphan Black is a BBC America show about an unknown number of clones (at least 6) who learn they’ve been targeted for assassination. The clones, played by Tatiana Maslany, all have distinct personalities and backgrounds (and accents). While having the same actor play multiple characters usually yields hit-or-miss results, Maslany pulls it off beautifully. But the show is much more than just a showcase for Maslany. The supporting cast, writing and especially the direction all come together to create a gripping adventure of constantly escalating tension.

If you missed the 1st season, be sure to catch up before the season two premiere on April 19.