Archive for May, 2001

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson

Posted May 6, 2001 By Dave Thomer

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) By James M. McPherson Paperback, Ballantine Books, 904 pages The Civil War is such a complex event that comprehensive treatments of it tend to be multi-volume affairs. How else can you capture the political tensions of the 1850s, the critical presidential […]

Roamin’ Empire – Part 3

Posted May 1, 2001 By Dave Thomer

Continued from Part 2 DT: Speaking of the relationship between penciller and inker, I remember in one of the Pounding My Chest columns for Gorilla, you talked about scanning your pencil artwork into a computer and being able to zap it to the other members of the creative team. Does something like that help you […]

Roamin’ Empire – Part 2

Posted May 1, 2001 By Dave Thomer

Continued from Part 1 (Parts 2 and 3 of the interview were conducted later in the day than Part 1.) DT: How are you this evening? BK: I’m fine – my back is aching a little from bending over the drawing board for a day, but that’s not too great a burden to bear is […]

Going Back to Dizz Knee Land

Posted May 1, 2001 By Dave Thomer

When I was in high school, I used to check the Nielsen ratings every week to see how my favorite shows were doing. I remember at one point, I complained about how

Symbols of an Open Wound

Posted May 1, 2001 By Dave Thomer

I visited the battlefield at Gettysburg a couple of weeks ago as part of a seminar on the Civil War. While I had seen plenty of memorials before, I believe this is the first time I actually set foot on the ground where men fought and died. It is an odd experience, particularly in Gettysburg, […]

Tax Facts and Fair Shares

Posted May 1, 2001 By Dave Thomer

The United States House of Representatives recently rejected a constitutional amendment that would have required all future revenue increases to be passed by a two-thirds supermajority of both the House and the Senate. Since few, if any, revenue increases ever pass by a two-thirds majority due to their unpopularity, the amendment would effectively forbid Congress […]

Roamin’ Empire

Posted May 1, 2001 By Dave Thomer

Barry Kitson is one comics’ top pencilers. He first attracted notice on the science fiction title L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89, and has since done stints on some of DC Comics’ most famous characters, including Superman, Batman, and the Justice League of America. Last summer he branched into creator-owned comics, publishing Empire with longtime creative partner Mark Waid […]