A beautiful collection of NASA’s research aircraft on the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center in July 1997.
The planes (clockwise, from the lower left corner): X-31, F-15, SR-71, F-106, F-16XL Ship #2, X-38, Radio Controlled Mothership, and X-36.

A beautiful collection of NASA’s research aircraft on the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center in July 1997.

The planes (clockwise, from the lower left corner): X-31, F-15, SR-71, F-106, F-16XL Ship #2, X-38, Radio Controlled Mothership, and X-36.

A Few Thoughts About Comics

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In 1990, Todd McFarlane destroyed comic books. He took the reins of a new series simply titled “Spider Man”. This highly anticipated book sold millions of copies and destroyed the dreams of collectors everywhere.

These days, many of us have long boxes full of paper that we thought would buy us a vacation home during our golden years. The sad truth is that most of those books can’t even be sold for cover price.

However there’s some upside from the fallout. The prime benefactor is Hollywood. The Dark Knight and The Avengers are simply wonderful films. The current bonanza of comic book movies probably wouldn’t have been possible without the kids who loved comics in the 90s making decisions at the major studios now.

Perhaps even more exciting, I’ve discovered there is a vibrant indie comic scene going on right now. Stories like Alex Di Campi’s Grindhouse and Joe Hill’s Locke and Key have gotten me more excited than in the past decade.

And as much as I still love analog formats, digital comics have won me over for very practical reasons. I can take an entire long box worth of comics with me on vacation!