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Corporate Card Family Card The SPIRIT Section KARSHED

2008 Corporate Card

This year's corporate card was the essence of simplicity with the timeless image of our Christmas/New Year tree (circa 2006).

The New Year Tree image on the card carries the message: 
	HAPPY HOLIDAYS - best wishes for the holiday season from all of us @ SOBAC MICROCOMPUTER SERVICES

Our family traditions include a live tree with a large proportion of hand crafted and gifted tree ornaments.

Christmas Collie

On New Years Eve we generally celebrate with Bob's incomparable Dutch treat of home made Ollie bollen. At the stroke of midnight we feature various noisemakers, not the least of which is our "singing" Collie, along with airborne Happy New Year streamers which settle onto the tree. If anything we enjoy our tree even more festooned with paper streamers as pictured on this year's corporate Christmas card.

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2008 Family Card

Our Family Christmas Spirit Card for 2008 was inspired by Mr. Charles Dickens and Mr. Will Eisner.

Spirit of Christmas Past family photo collage.

The Spirit of CHRISTMAS PAST brings us memories of... Willem as the Spirit of Christmas Present Will Eisner's Christmas Spirit of 1948 splash page: " and
	on this day those who all the year are grasping, and seek riches from others, pause for one
	brief moment and become kind, human, generous beings...
	all that dreamers believe men should be...
	or so the legend runs... "

Willem is our 2008 Spirit of Christmas Present followed by the Spirit of Christmas Yet to come...
beginning with Will Eisner's 1948 CHRISTMAS SPIRIT splash page.

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I am just so excited that FINALLY there will be a movie of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT! I've been waiting since the 1970's, which of course is NOTHING compared to Grandpa, who has been waiting for this since the 1940's....

Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT

Grandpa grew up reading THE SPIRIT in the weekend newspaper (THE SPIRIT SECTION was the forerunner to the weekend colour comic insert we know and love). When Warren Publications began reprinting THE SPIRIT in the 70's, Grandpa introduced them to his kids, which is a big part of why THE SPIRIT has made his foray onto my family Christmas card. We all loved THE SPIRIT from the get-go. (You have not seen sibling rivalry until you've seen a herd of kids fighting over the latest SPIRIT reprint.)

So thanks to the Warren (and later Kitchen Sink reprints), we grew up reading and re-reading THE SPIRIT too. Grandpa still has remaining shreds of those SPIRIT magazines, they were heavily read and re-read into decreptitude by his children.

The Spirit. Classic Sand Serif

Although originally published in colour, those who came to THE SPIRIT in the 70's are more accustomed to the black & white SPIRIT. Although Warren started out including one "centre fold" colour story per issue, they eventually dropped it as too expensive. Later when Kitchen Sink took up the mantle they were strictly black & white. It's come full circle now since DC Comics has published the complete SPIRIT ARCHIVES, again making THE SPIRIT available in full colour. These beautifully bound full colour hard back editions are naturally terribly pricey so it'll be a while before I have a complete set.

Because THE SPIRIT was far more up-beat (not to mention funny!) than most of today's graphic novels it remained accessible to children, but THE SPIRIT was certainly written for grown ups. Irony and cynicism abound, not to mention hoardes of femme fatales (who tend to make a Barbie doll look flat chested).

THE SPIRIT's love interest, the daughter of police Commissioner Dolan, Ellen Dolan was an amazing female role model for her era (and mine). First appearing as as a college student, later in the series Ellen ends up as the Mayor of Central City (with the side effect of becoming her father's boss). The fact that the SPIRIT appreciates strong women and isn't frightened of them is a very real part of the appeal for his female fans.

Lacking super powers, THE SPIRIT's edge against the bad guys was a domino mask, a keen intelligence, a circle of trustworthy friends, and the most awesome underground secret abode in Wildewood Cemetary -- under Denny Colt's headstone no less! Cynical, worldly wise, cracking wise, they don't come any cooler than THE SPIRIT.

As far as I am concerned there has never been a series to match it before or since. You can find out more about the original Spirit and his legendary creator Will Eisner at the official Will Eisner Website.

THE SPIRIT artwork is beautiful in its own right; rendered in black and white it is the graphic novel version of "Film Noir". Eisner's layouts are like beautifully rendered storyboards. The original THE SPIRIT movie poster titled "My City Screams" made me very nervous because I worried that Mr. Miller's movie would be far too dark for THE SPIRIT.

San Diego's THE SPIRIT Neighborhood Watch sign

The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come....

Lionsgate: THE SPIRIT movie website..

It looks like THE SPIRIT movie will be visually similar to SIN CITY, but I think the look of SIN CITY was actually inspired by the black & white SPIRIT reprints, which made a fan of the young Frank Miller. This gives me hope for THE SPIRIT movie.

I understand that Mr. Miller's changed some things, and I'm not sure I'm happy that he seems to have made THE SPIRIT immortal (which would be a pretty big change, a super-power even). At the same time I kind of like the idea that Denny Colt's near-death experience made him irresistable to women, because although nothing like that was ever spelled out, The Spirit always carried on a lot of mutual flirting spiced with witty repartee avec les Femmes Fatales. (Yes, my French is even worse than my Dutch.)

But ultimately what made me think that I will like this movie is the line from the trailer...

"Somebody get me a tie, and it sure as hell better be red..."

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A Note on the Stamps

2006 Stamps by Canada Post - Yousuf Karsh Souvenir Sheet Reproduction

Every year we use the most interesting stamps available to mail our Christmas Cards. This year we have the work of Canada's premier portrait photographer, Mr. Yousuf Karsh. The famous Karsh Churchill portrait will grace our European envelopes in stamp form, while Miss Audrey Hepburn greets our American friends and family, and our Canadian cards will carry one of the indomitable Mr. Karsh's self portraits. The 20th century's movers and shakers the world over clamored to be "Karshed".

Stamps like this are a nice way to promote Canadian achievement. I hope to assemble a "Karsh" corner here (after the Christmas rush!) since months of searching have left me with two Karsh unidentified Karsh portraits in the "gutter" portion of the stamp sheet. I'll be looking for any help with it.