10th Oct 2017

CIPC #38: Mafalda

Which countries do you associate with comics? Perhaps you will immediately think of the American tradition, with superhero comics and Peanuts-style newspaper comics. Maybe the Japanese manga springs to mind...

03rd Oct 2017

CIPC #37: Chloë Howl, Rumour

Long, long time ago, when October was but a sparkle in the eye of winter, I wrote a blog post about the music video for some pop song. Since then,...

26th Sep 2017

CIPC #36: New Scientist No.3144

In der Beschränkung zeigt sich der Meister. In our days of niche studies and absurdly specific website, Goethe’s quote is more poignant than ever. Still, when I started a blog...

19th Sep 2017

CIPC #35: Age of Empires II

Age of Empires II was in its heydays the most popular real-time strategy game in the world and this popularity has lasted. The original game was released in 1999, but...

12th Sep 2017

CIPC #34: The Simpsons S28 E14 The cad and the hat

Thirty-three episode long have I managed to avoid it, eight months have I put it off, but today I finally give in. Today I accept the inevitable. Today I talk...

05th Sep 2017

CIPC #33: Suske en Wiske Vol.245 De 7 schaken

Imagine, if you will, that you are a chess-obsessed kid in Flanders. A bleak prospect, perhaps, but try to entertain it for a little while longer. Chess is pretty much...

29th Aug 2017

CIPC #32: Mystery science theater 3000 S5 E5 The magical voyage of Sinbad

Mystery science theater 30001 might just be my favourite television show ever. As far as I’m aware, it only ever aired in the United States, so I’m guessing most readers...

22nd Aug 2017

CIPC #31: The unbearable lightness of being

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every single book with good reviews, must be in want of a movie version. Hence, with the inevitability of a parakeet going tweet,...

15th Aug 2017

CIPC #30: Friends S6 E20 The one with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.

Humour occurs when a surprise is recognised as harmless. This is why a predictable punchline kills a joke. This is why a joke you’ve heard before is no longer funny.1...

08th Aug 2017

CIPC #29: Vladimir Aniskin’s Chessmen

Halt! Stop the presses! I have found what could be the most awesome thing ever! So there’s this Russian guy, you see, and he makes sculptures. That in and of...