Ian Doescher

Friday Things: 01/18 - THE PHANTOM OF MENACE, advice from Haruki Murakami, and a comics challenge

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[We had one odd rainy day this week, but overall it's been so nice and sunny! It's nice living by the coast during winter.]

On Books and Comics:

We're getting more Shakespeare's Star Wars books! Yay!

Here's a neat tool that lets you see at what age authors published their breakthrough works, while also displaying pub dates for all released works and other nifty info.

The Panels team have issued a Read Harder challenge of their own. Currently I'm undecided whether I'll commit to it on top of my other reading goals for this year.

On Food:

Read and Eat, a store dedicated to food-related books, is opening in Chicago in April. I really want to go there.

Sir Patrick Stewart proves that he's funny and charming all the time, even when talking about pizza. But yeah, American pizza-eating conventions vs European (and Italian), etc etc.

On Movies:

It's uncanny how sometimes a cosplayer can just totally nail their character

Every Single Disney Reference in Enchanted (if you're into that sort of thing, hah).


The Japanese language is loaded with specific onomatopoeia for all kinds of sounds, including things that don't really make a sound, like clouds. There are catchy onomatopoeia-like words for feelings and textures and such as well, some of which have been translated into chocolate by Oki Sato. The designs look really cool.

Haruki Murakami is opening up an advice column on his website. It's in Japanese, but worry not: here are some instructions in English if you want to submit a question.


Nice little primer on keeping your sensitive information private, or at the very least, difficult to dig up, online. 

Stuff I wrote:

At Panels: Comics Fetish: Volume 14.

[Have a great week!]

Link Bits: Keith Richards is also writing for kids now

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[Still Wednesday!]

I had always thought it was odd, but I never looked into how or why Anne of Green Gables is popular in Japan. Here's a fascinating explanation.

"Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced on Tuesday that it would publish Mr. Richards’s 'Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar,' as both a hardcover book with a CD and an ebook on Sept. 9." (via NYT ArtsBeat)

Have an excerpt from William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher.

(via Neatorama) I can't get over how delightful Morgan Davidson's artwork (color pencil portraits) is.

George R. R. Martin has announced he's finished writing his part for The World of Ice and Fire, which is an official history book type thing for... yeah. The A Song of Ice and Fire series (a.k.a. Westeros).

All the amazing graphic novels First Second are releasing in the fall of this year. I pretty much want them all.

Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at!