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Larry the Dial-Up Guy:

Attack of the giant broccoli.

Use Beano before... and if you have nightmares, at least they won't be in smell-o-vision... or would that be scent-surround?


The glowing sun glommers gloated as the gloaming glazed the ground.

Ed B:

"Gloaming" is one of those words that used to sound romantic, but just doesn't seem to anymore. I'm not sure that emo vampires would be as popular today if the series was called "The Gloaming Saga" rather than "The Twilight Saga"


Fortunately, children's books don't connote strong romantic undertones...

...unless you're in a very sick book store...

...& in which case, I can't even write the vile & painful things I hope befall you.

The Gloaming could be a fine kids' book, as small children's minds are sponges, & children haven't developed the subtle biases for "preferred words" like adults have.

One of my favorite books as a kid was If I Ran the Circus... "The Circus McGurkus" isn't very romantic sounding--it's awkward, even--but I still love that book...

...& I'm thankful the title was used for a long time as an underhanded dig against politicians...

...but to use it now would be "racist" (along with anything else that might be critical of BHO)...

...which makes me think...

...certain black folk have a penchant for grandstanding, even to the point of insinuating violence & overshadowing bully power--take the "Pennsylvania Black Panther" case, for example...

...but even mention race in conjunction with those same folk, & they become a mob of sniveling p___ies, scurrying to hide under the big flat rock of "racism"...

...Crying "Racism": How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too, coming to a bookstore near you.

Steve M:

Cool image John-it scares me a little.

Ed B:

Hey T:

I was addressing the etymology of the word "gloaming", not the book itself.

a) Get your mind out of the gutter.
b) Try to stay on topic!

john cox:

Hey Steve

I enjoy letting the illustration hover between "enchanting" and "eerie".



The thread is about a children's book called "The Gloaming".

I think I was on topic while you were picking a nit. It was a very clever nit to pick, however--& I thought it would be fun to take your cleverness & string it out...

...& taking a cue from Democrat "strategists" [read: advocates], I thought I'd bend the topic to work in a jab anywhere I could at the regressive reactionaries who call themselves progressives (& since this was a thread about a children's book, a tie-in to another children's book wasn't that hard to do).


I like this cover. I also think it would be cool if you expanded on this one. I imagine a full moon partially obscured by the tree, lightly illuminating the silhouette, with little shafts of light beaming through the branches... with perhaps one of them illuminating that little lone "faerie" perched on top of a mushroom cap (he had a number on his back--you posted it a couple years back) in the foreground.

It's very good, I like it. Thanks very much.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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