Helen Sharman was the first Brit in space, spending a week onboard the Mir space station in May 1991. Meanwhile in the Nineties British cartoonist Philip Bond drew Kill Your Boyfriend and lots of Tank Girl. Via Apollo Kids Live.
Jack Kirby's comic books sit high up in Frye's anatomy of criticism, somewhere between legend and myth, where heroes fight gods. Also, he's big into gesture. His characters never stop pawing the air. This two-page spread of a being with the fate of worlds tattooed on his thumb is quintessential Kirby. Eternals #3.
Rin of the anime Usagi Drop pays homage to Yotsuba (whose name means clover) with a four-leaf clover t-shirt. Both stories are about small girls being raised by older single men and so ultimately descend from Silas Marner. Here's a Yotsuba back cover with Usagi Drop characters (source):
There's a blog post at the British Museums medieval manuscripts blog about whether the Egerton MS 1894 is a comic. If your eye ran through the two pages above and recognized the narrative of the seven days of creation, then, yes, it's a comic. The panels even go in the right (for the English language) order. View the whole book here.
Claypotts Castle, Dundee, Scotland's only kiln-fired ceramic castle. Can hold up to four million fluid ounces. Source.
Morton visit Dens Park to play division leaders Dundee FC. Morton are twelve points out of ninth place going into today's play. Only the most Panglossian optimist could suppose the Greenock men will avoid relegation now. Or would the most Panglossian optimist think Morton's relegation makes this the best of all possible worlds? Whatever! Can Morton play the spoiler and knock Dundee out of first, that's the question.
What would be the best of all possible Scottish Championships? I think it would be: Morton, St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Partick, Dumbarton, Airdrieonians, Queen of the South, Ayr United, Falkirk and Clydebank. Clydebank?! They only exist as a junior club now, but surely in their time they were Morton's ideal local rival, the Other Shipbuilding Town on the Clyde. The year Morton won the Cup they had to go through Clydebank, and the Bankies were the only one of seven opponents to hold them to a draw. See here.
Fouad Bachirou will play for the Comoros national team against Burkina Faso Wednesday. (Against Burkina Faso ON Wednesday. Burkina Faso Wednesday is no a real club.)
[Dundee win 2 - 0. Morton cannot finish better than third place.]
Four Japanese clubs joined the Asian Football Confederation Champions League group stage this midweek. Cerezo Osaka played Pohang Steelers. Sanfrecce Hiroshima played Beijing Guoan. Yokohama F Marinos played Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. And Kawasaki Frontale played Guizhou Renhe. [Pohang 1 - 1 Osaka. Hiroshima 1 - 1 Beijing. Jeonbuk 3 - 0 Yokohama. Kawasaki 1 - 0 Guizhou.]