Jake & Leon #253: Fire Overworked

Based on my actual trip to my cousin's lakeside cabin.

Based on my actual trip to my cousin’s lakeside cabin.

This actually happened. I went to my cousin’s lakeside cabin for Independence Day this year because I had never been to the cabin before. (I usually go to a different cousin’s place for the 4th.) One of the things they told me was how great the fireworks were because they shot off at different places around the lake. But there was no finale; the fireworks just petered out. It was cool at first but underwhelming by the end.

This week (except for Batman: The Animated Bible so it isn’t preempted for TWO weeks) is Filler Videos because I need to prepare for ConnectiCon 2015 and Saturday relaxed me so much that I didn’t get much done today. (It’s actually a good thing that the comic didn’t get done because I wouldn’t have been able to use this gag.) Next week will be photos and video from ConnectiCon, although since I can’t afford a hotel room again I’ll miss some Press Junkets. I’ll record as many as I can, though, plus interviews from the dealer’s area, panels, and cosplayers. Lost of cosplayers. Hope to see some of you there!

A Dramatic Reading Of The Declaration Of Indepencence

The reason we celebrate the Fourth Of July, or as it should be known, Independence Day. As read by Max McLean

Posted by the hoster of this video, Scott Bacher:

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. John Adams put forth a resolution earlier in the year which made a formal declaration inevitable. A committee was assembled to draft the formal declaration, to be ready when congress voted on independence. Adams persuaded the committee to select Thomas Jefferson to compose the original draft of the document, which congress would edit to produce the final version. The Declaration was ultimately a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The Independence Day of the United States of America is celebrated on July 4, the day Congress approved the wording of the Declaration.

as read by Max McLean:

background music:

“Journey to the Line”
Hans Zimmer
from the movie soundtrack – “The Thin Red Line”

“After Antietam”
James Horner
from the movie soundtrack – “Glory”

Quotes from signers:

“Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.”
Thomas Jefferson

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin

“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
John Adams

“There, I guess King George will be able to read that.”
John Hancock

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”
John Adam

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.”
John Adams

“Equal and exact justice to all men…freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected,these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us.”
Thomas Jefferson

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Benjamin Franklin

Read more: Independence Day (July 4th): Quotations from Signers of the Declaration of Independence — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/july4q…

“Yesterday’s” Manga> Magic Knights Rayearth Vol. 1

Magic Knights Rayearth #1

Sorry, nothing here to make a joke from.

Magic Knights Rayearth Vol. 1

Mixx Entertainment (1998)

originally published by Kodansha Ltd. (1994)

produced by CLAMP
WRITER: Nanase Ohkawa
ARTIST: Mokona Apapa

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Friday Night Fights: If I Only Had A Frying Pan….

Steel is a hero known to carry a hammer, a play on his alter ego’s name, John Henry Irons. His namesake is known for beating a machine that drove nails for railroad tracks (if I remember the legend correctly) but died in the process. Mr. Irons isn’t ready to die, even when he’s the only one in the fight without his armor…or even his hammer!

Friday Night Fights clean logo

“Wildcat” round 9

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Isaac Asimov’s I-Bots #1

It should be noted that Isaac Asimov came up with the concept of I-Bots before he passed away, with Howard Chaykin filling in the gaps. This would have been Asimov’s first move into comic books. I’m still surprised he adapted Fantastic Voyage into novel form and I still need to see that movie before I can review that book. Tekno Comics prided itself on getting science fiction by modern greats into comic form and this was the closest they had to a superhero title. Which means Isaac Asimov came up with a superhero team. This was awesome on principle!

I-Bots #1

“Anybody lose a helmet? Could use a cleaning.”

Isaac Asimov’s I-Bots #1

Tekno Comics (December, 1995)

“Out Of The Blue”
WRITER: Steven Grant
PENCILER: George Pérez
INKERS: Josef Ruinstein & Mike Witherby
COLORIST: Demetrius Bassoukos
LETTERING: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
EDITOR: James Chambers

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Morning Article Link: LEGO Droid Tales

Star Wars Droids #1

Starting Monday, Disney XD will be posting a new LEGO Star Wars miniseries adapting the movies from C3PO’s perspective. I really wish I still had Disney XD. Spinoff Online has the details.

“Yesterday’s” Comic> ALF #30

ALF #30

Quick, stop him before he starts pushing internet stock trading!

ALF #30

Marvel Comics (June, 1990)

WRITER: Michael Gallagher
PENCILER: Dave Manak
LETTERER: Grace Kremer
EDITOR: Sid Jacobson

For those of you who missed my reviews of the other few ALF comics I own, there are typically three stories per issue, one set on Melmac as ALF tells the Tanners about his homeplanet. (It was lost from my collection but I found it among a bunch of stuff. It should have stayed lost.) Meanwhile, at this point in the show baby Eric was added to the cast, which features into our first story.

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