JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT COULDN�T GET ANY MORE CARTON VILLAINOUS, THEY CANCEL PBS:
A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster."
In addition, the subcommittee acted to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- which passes federal funds to public broadcasters -- starting with a 25 percent reduction in CPB's budget for next year, from $400 million to $300 million.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
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Monday Reviews, Views and News
By Alex Ness
FROM SLAVE LABOR
PUNCH AND JUDY: TWICE TOLD TALES Written by Christopher P. Reilly, Art by Jorge Santillan & Darron Laessig B/W $7.95 TPB 96 pages ISBN: 1593620152
Mr. Punch is a force of crazy mayhem. He punishes the righteous and the evil, he carries a wild stick and is one funny nut. He eventually decides to take down the devil as well as Santa Claus. And we are left with an hour of fun reading and some laughs. The writing here is very clever, ironic and somewhat naughty. As the characters Punch and Judy arose from puppetry and social commentary through humor, it is tremendously rewarding to read these books and see, translated for modern eyes, that tradition. The writing is good to very good, but the art is nearly perfect. I was impressed with the quality of lines, that it was smooth, even nice to look at despite some, at times, unpleasant scenes to relate. (Hell is just one of those places). I recommend this and suggest you share it with a bright friend who loves Political cartoons, they will assume it is just a comic, and they will find out just how great comics can be.
Alex Ness writes for: www.popthought.com
Psycotix: Is their world �beautiful� simply because they�re too stupid to realize that a mob just crashed their gate and is about to murder them?
Aside from �plate of flowers lady� it looks as though these guys are about to get murdered by Rasputin�s angry mob. And why is the guy standing next to �hotdog on a stick guy� getting nailed in the head with a bucket of water? Even the Medieval Uncle Pennybags looks as though he wants to kill them.
This is one of the top ten, great �bad� comic covers of the past few years.
Psycotix can be found at www.landwaster.com