ARTHUR BEST OF 2007 LISTS No. 10: PShaw

Pshaw’s Lucky 13 for 2007

1. Popeye Vol. 1 [Fantagraphics] America’s first comic super hero from 1929 [Superman debuted in 1938] from the original Thimble Theatre newspaper comic strips. Matchless and defying all imitations [Boo! to the animated cartoons! Read the book.]. Sunday’s reprinted for the first time in full color. Arf Arf!

2. Little High People takes 7 & 8 [Complete Jack Johnson box: Miles Davis] Have replaced Kraftwerk on Bremen Radio as my temporary fave. Two Electric keyboards and organ, plus cuica and kazoo, nice!

3. Powr Mastrs Vol.1 [Picturebox] CF of the band Kites makes a big splash.

4. Ernst Haeckel 19th century German biologist,naturalist, and proto-psychedelic illustrator of sea creatures.

5. Ben Jones [member of Paper Rad] as inspirational as Gary Panter.

6. Ron Regé Jr. go to Plight of the Cartoon Utopian [http://ronrege.blogspot.com/]

8. MIT’s Joint Program on the Science & Policy of Global Change researching our climate dynamics on the Charles River.

9. Lucid Absinthe the green muse served up right in Allston, Mass.

10. Buddha’s Hand smells nice, looks weird!

11. Capital Reef National Park Utah dazzling geological wonder. Way far away from civilization, hardly any tourists or food!

12. Black Cat/White Cat [1998 Emir Kusturica] very entertaining and fun spirited. Great cast of characters.

13. Lazy Magnet He Sought For That Magic By Which All The Glory And Mystic Chivalry Were Made To Shine – or – Is Music Even Good?
[2007 Corleone CD] Jeremy Harris defends his title with a sense of Doom, and remains the Champ.

PShaw is PShaw. He’s been drawing the “Strings” comic strip for Arthur since No. 19.


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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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