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Mike Mignola's Hellboy

I recently finished all six library edition volumes of Mike Mignola's Hellboy. Yes, I know: I'm late to the party. And, yes: I'm throwing in with his legion of admirers.

I keep coming back to these three panels from "Box Full of Evil" (1999) in Volume 2. I especially enjoy them out of context: they make the perfect little story. In his introduction to each volume, Mignola disclaims (retrospectively) any underlying vision to the series as it evolved. That might be true but it does not do justice to his firm command of narrative and the remarkable economy with which he paces a story.

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Fucksgiving: A Theory

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The number of "fucks" one purports not to give or is said not to give (the value of which is generally expressed as "zero") is directly correlative to the number of fucks that one actually gives. That is: those who do not actually give a fuck do not find themselves compelled to disclaim as much.

Exception: "Look how many fucks I give" — a common rhetorical rejoinder, may not actually be representative of the number of fucks given or not given.

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A Marginal Space For Marginal Thoughts: A Charter

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Known is a great platform with even greater potential. It elevates the "lifestream" trend that grew out of early social media which attempted to aggregate a user's total web presence across a veriety of services under a single feed — a single feed, however, that failed to offer complete control over one's content. Known inverts that. Plus, it's pretty. And open. I like to think of it as what Twitter and Tumblr both want to be when they grow up.

I intend to use this site as a sort of catch-all home for things that are too lengthy or digressive for Twitter but too brief or underdeveloped for a more formal article. The CBC's Royal Canadian Air Farce had a semi-regular bit called "Notions: thoughts not good enough to be ideas" and I tend to think of "marginalia" here as something on that level: a marginal space for marginal thoughts.