And Back To The ER I Go
Monday evening, Mom was hit by a pretty severe dizzy spell and then she hit the floor. She landed awfully hard and ended up in the emergency room. Dad got a hold of me at work and I hurried through what I needed to do to get to the hospital.
Mom was pretty shook up and in pain, but as the evening progressed and she was able to get that uncomfortable neck brace removed, she was able to calm down and relax.
In fact, Dad was able to get Mom to have quite the laughing jag after hearing the tales of the false teeth and the wet pants.
She went home that night. And she’s feeling better.
Playboy: The Return Of Naked Ladies, Fake Boobs, And Comic Book Art
I had planned to talk about this last week, but time constraints wouldn’t allow for it. Which is probably a good thing, because going from talking about sexual assaults and a sexual predatory atmosphere at the fraternity for which I had done illustrations over the past 20 years, to talking about Plaboy magazine, might not have gone over very well.
But, with a week behind us, I went on to talk about how Playboy magazine has brought back the nude photos after a year-long absence. Cooper Hefner, Hugh’s son and the magazine’s chief creative officer, had said the nudity wasn’t the problem with the lackluster sales of the iconic men’s magazine. (My suspicion is that there were too many articles.) He also said that the way the naked ladies were presented was dated.
This got me to talking about the idea that the Playboy Playmate was the “girl next door.” Well, the exceptionally hot girl next door, but the women did have a quality about them that made them appear real. As time went on, the women lost the girl next door look. Part of that loss, I think was due to breast implants. The images were always touched up. Air-brushed and later Photoshopped, but the breast implants brought another level of unreality. The boobs just didn’t look right.
Breast implant technology has improved though. So, I’m told! Ahem!
That led me to talk about comic book art and one cover in particular. I showed it to my wife and said, “This is what happens when comic book artists are raised in the age of breast implants.”
The cover was drawn by Joe Madureira, who is an excellent artist. It’s a variant cover for Battle Chasers #1 (1998). The woman on the cover obviously has breast implants. Real breasts wouldn’t do what they do on that cover. Maybe Madureira wanted that look. Maybe that character does have implants.
However, she’s also either very bowlegged or her hips have been dislocated.
Dimland Radio Science Hero: Dan Piraro
OK. There are no breast implants or hip displacement here. But there is a positive and correct message presented by cartoonist Dan Piraro. His March 8, 2017 edition of his daily strip Bizarro shows a group meeting of mythical beings. The newest member of the group is the vaccine that causes autism. Truly a mythical thing.
For this strip, Dan Piraro has been named a Dimland Radio Science Hero.
Ark Encounter Not Drawing ‘Em In
Speaking of myths, the creationist’s favorite fairy tale inspired Ark Encounter has not pulled in the numbers of visitors nor the amount of dollars as had been projected. It seems God was far more successful at inspiring two of every species to head to the original ark, but He can’t direct enough paying customers to Ken Ham’s folly in Kentucky.
I’m shocked! Shoc… No, I’m not.
Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t be shocked if it was a roaring success.
Movie Recommendation: The Chase (1966)
A bit melodramatic. A bit Peyton Place. But watching Marlin Brando as the sheriff of a small Texas town deal with the pettiness, racism, and sniping cruelty of the townsfolk as he attempts to bring in the town’s ne’er do well escaped convict unharmed is very entertaining.
There are plenty of familiar faces in this one including EG Marshall, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford. And keep an eye open for a young Paul Williams as one of the town’s teenagers.
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