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“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce”*…


From Portland-based comic artist and illustrator Ben Dewey

The Tragedy Series.  Read it and reap.

* Karl Marx


As we wander in search of wisdom, we might spare a thought for Pope-elect Stephen II; he died on this date in 752.  He been elected Pope three days earlier, but died of a stroke before he could be ordained.  He was quickly succeeded (also on this day in 752) by a second “Pope Stephen II” who served until his death in 757.

The Annuario Pontificio attaches to its mention of Stephen II (III) the footnote: “On the death of Zachary the Roman priest Stephen was elected; but, since he died days later and before his consecratio, which according to the canon law of the time was the true commencement of his pontificate, his name is not registered in the Liber Pontificalis nor in other lists of the popes.”

Pope-elect Stephen II



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March 26, 2014 at 1:01 am

“Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think”*…


Shakespeare’s Tragedies – (Now with more Bear!)…  from teacherspayteachers.com, via Kazuya Arakawa.

* La Bruyere


As we contemplate catharsis, we might recall that it was on this date in 1959, in the midst of the escalation of what came to be known as the Lhasa Rebellion or the Tibet Uprising, that two Chinese artillery shells landed near the palace of the Dalai Lama, triggering his flight into exile.  Within two weeks (and with the covert help of the CIA), His Holiness passed into India, where he established a government-in-exile in Dharamshala that has functioned ever since.

The Dalai Lama with his new “host,” Indian Prime Minister Nehru, in 1959



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March 17, 2014 at 1:01 am

It’s a tragedy…


From Portland-based comic artist Ben Dewey, one’s worst nightmares…

More at Tragedy Series.

[TotH to Laughing Squid]


As we count our blessings, we might send quickly-but-beautifully-drawn birthday greetings to Sergio Aragonés; he was born on this date in 1937.  An illustrator and comic artist, Aragonés has been a frequent contributor to Mad Magazine, and has created a number of comic series (Groo the Wanderer and others), and drawn many more (including, since #50, Bart Simpson).  Aragonés has won every major comic award (including the Harvey, the Reuben, the Eisner, and the Shazam); but he is perhaps best know for his prolific output.  Al Jaffee once said, “Sergio has, quite literally, drawn more cartoons on napkins in restaurants than most cartoonists draw in their entire careers”; Mark Evanier estimated that, as of 2002, Aragonés had written and drawn more than 12,000 gag cartoons for Mad alone.   Indeed, Mad editor Al Feldstein suggested, “He could have drawn the whole magazine if we’d let him.”



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September 6, 2012 at 1:01 am

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