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naive rocket

naive rocket

Well, we’ll see how many people have a Google alert or equivalent to “Love and Rockets.” I’ll even say “Love and Rockets (comic)” to make it clear. Click, visit, nice to see you, c’mon in.

maggie the mechanic

maggie the mechanic

Yes, it’s an even day, and since no-one but me knows all the 19 topics on every-other-day rotation, [no one has to know this topic isn’t on the list, and is therefore putting us another 2 days behind.]

I was originally going to have a rockets theme for my website and collected some pictures, and was reminded me how much I was a Love and Rockets fan (for those who don’t know, and now is the time to come to know, Love and Rockets is a brilliant comic started in 1981 by Jamie & Gilbert Hernandez learn more here or here). Why brilliant? It somehow found a precisely calibrated sweet spot of fun, social justice, women empowerment, suppressed rage and the pleasure and impossibilities of real people living real lives. As their publisher says, they “got a publisher who allowed them total artistic freedom. With that freedom, the brothers produced some of the most startling, original, and intelligent comic art to be seen since the ’60s underground boom.” I find something innocent, knowing, and deeply comforting about these comics. And while we’re at it, if you don’t, you should know about American Flagg! though for quite different reasons. I’m assuming we all can recognize “from off the streets of Cleveland” (seems like there should be a better web presence for Harvey though). [Lots more pictures, but you’ve gotta click “I want to read more!”]

These comics were instrumental to maintaining my psychic and spiritual equilibrium in the years right after college (to the extent I did). (I also worked downstairs from King Features, the owner of Popeye, L’il Abner, Snuffy Smith and tons of others. I created an entire life cycle all the way around my cubicle from infant (Swee’ Pea) to elderly (Snuffy?). I’ll see if I can find a picture.)

Out for a spin ...

Out for a spin ...

In honor of this, I’m starting the cartoons of rockets collection. I’ll make a special page. Though I’ve read science fiction for forty or so years, there’s something about pictures of rockets which are iconic of something other than technology and space travel. Anyway, here’s a few I’ve collected. (I was actually reminded because of the Jessica Holt imagine a dream piece, and when I was researching it I found she has a perfect rocket for Spacenun Media which is available for public consumption here.  And I also need to let people know that when Mrs. Stark was reading the Pharma Alien Future piece she misread “A detective who runs [an agency]” as “A detective who’s a nun” (which can hardly be a coincidence) so I think that the detective will now in fact be a nun. Something along the lines of “There’s no greater testament to the administrative genius of St. Francis and St. Clare than that the Order continues its long history through so many centuries into this much different future. And while in many ways it has been fundamentally altered in the intervening years, in some ways in its heart it remains true to his original vision.”)

So, here’s my little collection. I would be very gratified if people sent in more. Whatever your own personal favorite kind of rocket picture. Let me hear from you. (Looks like there’s got to be a better way to display multiple images than WordPress out of the box, but I can’t make a career out of this just now…)
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Purple Rocket

Purple Rocket

Red Rocket

Red Rocket

Spacenun Media

Spacenun Media

Here’s a Sculpey masterpiece. I made it myself!

Sculpey Rocket!

Sculpey Rocket!

And here’s a Christmas tree ornament I made myself. See, it’s a rocket, and it’s like zooooming around the Christmas tree, which has a star on top.

Rocket Christmas tree ornament

Rocket Christmas tree ornament

 

Yee Haw!

Yee Haw!

American Flagg!

American Flagg!

Chokes

Chokes

Swee Pea

Swee Pea

snuffy smith

snuffy smith

St Francis & St Clare

St Francis & St Clare

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