"See THE COMANCHE SCALP DANCE"
"See THE HEAD OF BLACK JACK KETCHUM"
"See A FLYING BUFFALO"
"Also, in Bison Bill's Western Library: THE TREASURE OF THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT"
Austin-based comic book artist Mack White has created a great virtual museum called Bison Bill's Weird West:
Good article in Forbes on perpetual-motion crackpots and the suckers who fall for them.
A grunt worker at the San Francisco Kozmo.com warehouse writes about how horrible it is to work there.
Nancy was one of my favorite comic strips. (I mentally put a red X across the face of anyone I meet who can't appreciate the genius of Ernie Bushmiller.) Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, has rules for a game he invented called "5-Card Nancy" that uses cut-up photocopies of Nancy comics.
Paul Tough is a former editor at Harpers. He also co-published a great zine, called Paris in the 20s, which consisted entirely of clippings of strange reporting from the New York Times. I met Paul when he came to the Wired offices to talk about possibly working for an ill-fated spin-off magazine. We had lunch together and I thought he was very nice and funny. Now he has a new daily site, called Open Letters, "a new magazine of first-person writing in the form of personal correspondence." He writes that he came up with the idea for the site from the way he worked at Harper's: "One editors' trick I started using a while ago is to ask a thwarted writer to start off by writing me a letter on the topic. What comes out is often much more fluid, funny, on-topic, and well-structured than a formal magazine article."
More carnival autobiography.
"I was in a Hey Rube in Lincoln, Illinois, once. It was one of the toughest battles I ever seen. The town boys was coalminers and same of the toughest customers I ever seen. We strung out in a circle around our stuff and stood 'em off with "laying out pins" and whacked 'em with "side-poles", finally giving 'em the run, but they sure could take it. Another Hey Rube in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was started by a gang of students from the University of Michigan, for no good reason at all except perhaps they thought it was funny. It cost the circus I was with more than $35,000 in lawsuits and damage to equipment. In a Hey Rube, most of the lawsuits that follow is usually by some innocent bystander who gets hurt in the scramble."
64-year-old Down East Bob's response to the end of The Hobo Times.