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February 6th, 2014

R.I.P. Arthur Rankin [Feb. 6th, 2014|09:32 am]
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The New York Times is reporting that Arthur Rankin has passed away at the age of 89. The films of Rankin and his production partner Jules Bass were an enormous part of my childhood: Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerRudolph’s Shiny New YearMad Monster Party (which I tried to watch again recently and found unwatchable; some things do not stand the test of time), and so many more. One of my favorites was 1974′s The Year Without A Santa Claus, which featured the characters Heat Miser and Snow Miser (pictured above). These two brothers and their catchy song became instant cult classics to kids of my generation and those that followed. Heat Miser and Snow Miser are still popular Halloween costumes to this day.

So thank you, Arthur Rankin, for being such a joyful influence on my childhood. We’ll have a blue Christmas without you.

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Locke & Key: Clockworks [Feb. 6th, 2014|06:20 pm]
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Locke & Key, Vol. 5: ClockworksLocke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the fifth collected trade of the LOCKE & KEY series, Ty and Kinsey use a “time shift” key to go back in time to witness Ben Locke’s creation of the magical keys during the Revolutionary War. They also go back in time to see their father again. In doing so, they discover exactly how Dodge went from being their father’s best friend to the murderous villain they know now, and learn exactly what the Omega Key does. Five volumes in and I’m just as hooked on this series as I was at the start. That’s a rarity! I can’t believe I have to wait a year for the next volume to come out in paperback! I want it now!

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