And A Happy Thanksgiving To You

Kaja has spent most of the day grinding away at the Frankenturkey. This really does take a lot more prep time than just stuffing a bird full of bready bits and banging it into an oven for a few hours. Now I’m a big turkey fan, but it’s not a dish that I’m used to experimenting with. I’ve never even tried deep fried turkey (which is probably one reason why my house has never burned down). It’s not that I’m against change, I just can’t be bothered when I like the traditional method so much. Now, if we ate turkey as often as we ate chicken, then I guarantee you I’d be boiling it in orange juice before the month was out.

Went to the theater Monday to see ‘Day of the Doctor’, with Experiment # 2, who is a recent Dr. Who convert, as well as Kaja and Experiment # 1, who were just happy for an excuse to get out of the house. We all had a marvelous time. Experiment # 2 actually did some cosplay, with her fez and her sonic screwdriver, so I know that the intrinsic dignity of the Foglio name is in good hands.

We all enjoyed the movie itself quite a bit. Some nice Bill & Ted-type time travel silliness, some great ensemble acting, and it’s always a pleasure to see John Hurt whom we’ve enjoyed since he was killing Romans in I, Claudius. I agree that Moffet is getting a bit creaky as a writer, but I thought this story was pretty good. I’ll be very interested to see what they do for the 100th Anniversary.

Any number of readers of Girl Genius will also be familiar with another fine comic; Usagi Yojimbo. It’s creator, Stan Sakai, is a genuinely nice guy. Like us, he’s an Independent comic creator, which means that occasionally, The Real World rears up and bites you in the ass. In this particular case, Stan’s wife, Sharon, has been smacked down with a rather nasty illness. The Cartoon Art Professional Society will be running a charity auction on her behalf. They’re soliciting donations of artwork. We’ll be contributing some of course, and I’ll try to let our readers know when it’ll be going up. In the meantime, if you want to PayPal them a few bucks, you can do so here ( Yes, it’s a genuine Charitable Good Work you can do during the Season of Good Will.

I am a fellow who enjoys words. An ungainly number of the books cluttering up my Reference shelf are about words, which is delightfully recursive. Many of them are about bizarre, out–of–favor words, but occasionally one finds a book about rather mundane words, which is still fascinating as all get out. The one I recently discovered is The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth. In it, he explains where various words come from, which is more interesting than you would think, especially when he does it.  He writes regularly on the interwebs ( and it’s a site I’ll be keeping an eye on from now on. Both Kaja and Experiment # 1 have stolen this book away from me while I was reading it. I’m sure there’s a perfectly splendid obscure, dropped from the O.E.D. word for how annoying this is, but on the other hand, I’m glad they found it interesting. You probably will too.