Author: Loran Cook

Top 10 wits

To perpetuate the known cliche that laughter is the best medicine, here’s my top 10 wits of all time. 1. Oscar Wilde, who on his deathbed was heard to say, “Either those curtains go, or I do.” 2. Samuel Beckett – “We are all born mad, some remain so.” 3. Stephen Fry – “Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business – which at least does us all some good.” 4. Dorothy Parker– “Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.” 5. Samuel Clemens, A.K.A. Mark Twain – “An author values a compliment even when it comes from a source of doubtful competency.” 6. Groucho Marx – “From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed in laughter. Someday I intend reading it.” 7. Ellen Degeneres – “I feel like I have a hangover, without all the happy memories and mystery bruises.” 8. Woody Allen – “My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools for mentally disturbed teachers.” 9. Jon Stewart – “The democrats seem to be the kind of people who switch to Geico and lose money.” 10. Steven Colbert – “Many states don’t allow the sale of fireworks. Well, to me, it is not the Fourth of July until I’m rolling on the ground, screaming for somebody to put...

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Art school drop-out

At age 16 I decided that academia was not for me (something I have since recanted), and went off for a year of art school. I felt I was too much of a free spirit to be reined in by the local higher education and college institutions. This was also about the time that I realized that maybe I wasn’t such a free spirit after all. The art school was set apart from the rest of Cambridge Regional College by 10 miles and a world of professionalism. My teachers were wonders never before seen. My 3-D teacher had three student girlfriends and was unable to save my total lack of  wood/metal/plastic working skills, something that to this day I still struggle with. (Don’t even talk to me about home improvements) My art history teacher could sit with one leg crossed over the other and still have both feet touch the floor. He always valued what the male students had to say with bright smiles and never looked the female students in the eyes. To this day I can’t remember a thing he taught apart from the weird leg thing. My printmaking teacher was a neurotic mess around whom, in direct light, you could see a shimmering brown aura that caused confusion and fear amongst the hippie students. She sipped strong coffee from a large mug that never seemed to...

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Dragon’s Keep and artists hold fundraising benefit for local writer

Did you ever want to make a difference in someone’s life? Did you ever want to be a hero? This is your chance. On Sept. 12, Dragon’s Keep Comic and Game Emporium, located in Provo, and artist Bill Galvan are holding a fundraising benefit in honor of freelance writer and cancer patient Jake Black and the Dragon’s Keep’s 22nd anniversary.    In the comics industry, there is a group called The Hero Initiative that works to provide financial assistance to creators who have emergency medical bills or need support for the essentials of life, whether they be writers, pencillers or inkers. But since eligibility is based on having worked in the industry for at least ten years, newer creators like Black are often left with crippling medical expenses without the benefits of a trade non-profit organization.    Black, who lives locally with his wife and son, has worked on the TV shows “Smallville,” “Ben 10: Alien Force” and “Chaotic.” His comic credits include TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and the Marvel adaptation of Orson Scott-Card’s ENDER’S GAME.   Despite the ups and downs of dealing with an at times debilitating disease, Black has kept busy. In addition to his other TV and comic projects, he has a book coming out in November titled THE AUTHORIZED ENDER COMPANION.    Several local comic book artists will be attending for...

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Oh comic’s, comic’s, how far you’ve come.

Comic books have had a bad rap in the past. Viewed exclusively as the medium for young, male nerds, geeks and fan boys, comics have not been taken seriously as an art form or as respectable literature. We need not look any further than The Big Bang Theory for familiar stereotypes.

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