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Nigh-invulnerable SPOON!

Was at local comic store. I see a shelf:

LOCAL COMICS
THE TICK
THE TICK
THE COMPLETE TICK
THE TICK
EDLUND

"The Tick is a local comic?"
"It's published by New England Comics. Which is the store you are in. Right now."
"Oh."
Then something about how it started as sketches in a newsletter. So, comic store in Harvard Square is home of the Tick. Who knew?


I walked over to the Cambridgeport Trader Joe's to see how long it would take. Then I puzzled, since the intuitive way back was 17 minutes to Central Square, 20 to Harvard, 15-17 back home. But it seemed like I'd come 17 minutes to harvard, X to the river, about 20 along the river. So I pulled out my smartgpscameraphone and looked more carefully, and whaddayaknow, that TJ is like due south of me. Mass Ave to Harvard and the river is almost a direct route, except for taking JFK to the river, which is too far west, and gives the curve that had me feeling it was a circuitous route; there's a shorter way. Meanwhile the Central Square route zig-zags east and west, or just bends east if I go through Central up to Beacon.

Maps. Got to look at them more carefully, even after a year. Also, I miss street grids.

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fpb
Mar. 5th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
I knew, actually. But I didn't know it was your local store. (Almost thirty years ago now, I wandered into what was then Dez Skinn's comics shop in London, and bought several damaged copies of issues of Warrior magazine. Later on, I got to know Dez quite well.)
mindstalk
Mar. 5th, 2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Semi-local, anyway. Davis Square might be a bit closer, 12-15 minutes maybe.

Hey look, there it is in Wikipedia: The Tick is a fictional character created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for the New England Comics chain of Boston area comic stores.

Huh, it's a chain. Based in Brockton, it seems.

Ah, the Tick. The proportional strength of a tick! The proportional armor of a tick! The proportional brains of a tick!
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