Scandinavia and the World comics

Last time I’d encountered these, they were at this now defunct site, and there were only a handful of them.

Now they have their own site, and there are lots of them.

If you know anything about the Nordic countries, and world politics, hopefully you’ll find them as amusing as I do.

Happy birthday to the Peanuts gang

bluebird of bitterness

On this day in 1950, the comic strip “Peanuts” made its debut, and it ran nearly uninterrupted for half a century. But its characters, like those in most comic strips, never grew up — they remained in a state of perpetual prepubescence. What if they had been allowed to age like the rest of us? Where would they be today?

CHARLIE BROWN: Operates Good Grief Counseling Inc., which specializes in manic-depressives and people who are just having a bad day. Moonlights as a pitching coach at high school and college levels. Married to Marcie. They have a round-headed son who wears glasses.

LINUS: Developer of Security Blanket Software, which is a hot item on the New York Stock Exchange. Worth millions. Actively involved in charitable causes, including the Great Pumpkin 5K Fun Run every Halloween. Only man who makes Bill Gates nervous.

LUCY: Serving her seventh term in Congress. Never married. Claims she…

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Equinox, new Cree teen superhero, joins DC Comics lineup

Interesting development.

Metropolis’s Superman and Gotham City’s Batman are getting a brand-new colleague from Canada this spring: a teenage Cree superhero hailing from Moose Factory, Ont.

The isolated James Bay communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee take the spotlight in the forthcoming Justice League Canada, a five-issue story arc written by comic artist Jeff Lemire for the comic series Justice League United. The stories, featuring artwork by Mike McKone, debut in April.

After earning widespread acclaim for his Essex County graphic novel trilogy — based on his rural upbringing in southwestern Ontario — Lemire and his poignant storytelling style piqued the attention of comic giant DC Entertainment. After he had multiple titles (including Superboy, Justice League Dark and Green Arrow) under his belt, the Toronto-based Lemire landed a plum assignment: Justice League America. The patriotic artist and writer promptly pitched a Canadian stint for the classic DC super team.

“Not just put the CN Tower in the background and call it Justice in Canada,” he told CBC News. “I wanted to put it in a rural setting because I think that’s a really interesting thing: to take these big, bombastic superhero stories and put them in a very quiet setting, where you normally wouldn’t see those characters.”