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Today’s Recommended Reading (from/for me!)

This is a day that will live in whatever the good version of infamy is. After great suspense, The Secret Friend Society is live, featuring Hope Larson and Kean Soo and their respective webcomics Salamander Dreams and Jellaby. I’m a bit sad it wasn’t more sinister content, but not really surprised and I’m looking forward to reading the two stories. But the real reason I’m obsessed with Hope Larson’s work is that I’m hard at work in my head designing a ham hat even though everyone I’ve told about my plans thinks it’s a bad idea. (Oh, and for Steven: “Pah!”)

It’s also the publication date for The World according to Mimi Smartypants, a novel in the form of online diary entries from the Mimi Smartypants website. I’d beeen reading entries occasionally and then in December and January gave in to the allure and read the entire archive. It’s something that makes me laugh, which is rare in written pieces. I’m sure it helps that we have at least minor things in common — a past history with the violin, a desire to keep making Greek jokes after college, really maybe not much more than that because she’s basically cool — but something just clicks. I’m looking forward to eventually reading the book version even if it will be repetitive, because I’m interested in this phenomenon of turning blogs into books. It wouldn’t work here!

And I feel like I ought to follow the rule of threes, so I’ll just add that it’s a great day when it’s 7:00 am and I’m not at work already! Variable schedules have their downsides, but right now I’m not feeling it.

Oh, but more important is Seaguy, one of my favorite comics from last year, is available in an eminently affordable trade paperback today. I intend to buy a copy when I get off work (which will be late, of course, to compensate for late starts) and curl up and read gleefully. At one point Steven solicited comments on it from my 13-year-old brother to counter the arguments that it was too difficult to follow, but I don’t know what ever became of them. I just recall that he was curious about who held behind-the-scenes power, what Mickey Eye represented, and whether there was going to be more. Also, did we have any other comics he could read? I think the only way we got him to talk about this one was by telling him we wouldn’t lend him anything else until he did.


  1. Dave Intermittent says:


    — 2 February 2005 at 1:46 pm (Permalink)

  2. Hope Larson says:

    Thanks for the plug, Rose! If you actually do make that hat I’d love to see it. :]

    — 2 February 2005 at 5:23 pm (Permalink)

  3. Ryan says:


    — 3 February 2005 at 5:24 pm (Permalink)

  4. Rose says:

    I can’t believe I told Steven about the “Pah!” He says that all the time, and now I’m complicit and can’t complain anymore.

    I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to really make the hat since I don’t usually do colorwork, but I’m intriuged enough that I’ve really been thinking about it. The big question is where I can buy a cheap plastic bone. I was shocked that there don’t seem to be any available at The Oriental Trading Company, but maybe I’ll look around at the dollar store or something. I’ve been thinking about how to knit a holster for the bone end and I have some good plans, but Steven keeps pointing out that not only do I not eat ham, but I really wouldn’t have any place to wear a ham. I’m not sure it’s going to deter me.

    — 3 February 2005 at 9:02 pm (Permalink)