“New features at the Cobalt Club?” Scott Wilson asked, giving me a skeptical look over the top of his lenses.
“Yeah,” Wade Smith chimed in. “Haven’t we heard that before?”
As much as I hated to admit it, the club’s resident super-villain was right. Had he not been wearing an “Eat More Butterbeans” t-shirt, he would have been more menacing on this occasion.
“Yes, you have heard that before,” I told them, “and, yes, the follow-through on it left a lot to be desired. But it’s time to get back on track.”
“Well, it is easy to get sidetracked,” Scott acknowledged. “So what are the new features?”
“To call them all new features is a bit of misnomer,” I replied. “Only one of them is brand-new, and we’re bringing back two old ones.”
“Is one of them The View from the Club?” Wade asked. “I liked that one.”
“Indeed. It will appear on Fridays, and as before, it will showcase photographs taken all over Birmingham. Sometimes there will even be a guess-what-this-is element to the feature.”
“Neat,” Scott said. “What’s the other old one? There was one called something like In the Library, right?”
“That’s it,” I said. “It will be a Monday feature spotlighting books we have in the library here, including those that are also featured on one of the club’s Pinterest boards.”
Wade accepted the glass of pomegranate juice Currie had brought him, asking after a sip, “So the new feature is…?”
“Good Reads, a showcase of our favorite blogs. It will post Wednesdays, and you two have the privilege of being on hand for its debut.”
Wade self-importantly straightened his t-shirt.
“Up first is Sequential Crush, a fun nostalgic blog that’s a nice slice of pop culture history.”“In what way?” Scott asked.
“It’s a blog devoted to preserving the memory of romance comic books and the creative teams that published them throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Jacque Nodell, who publishes it, is a historian specializing in 20th Century American history and culture who has a strong comic book heritage. Her grandfather, Martin Nodell, created Green Lantern for All-American Comics back in 1940.”
“Are there villains in her blog?” Wade wanted to know.
“I don’t recall seeing any, but there’s still plenty of good stuff there: interviews, fun facts, samples of classic yet too-often underappreciated pop art, and explanations of why romance comics are of way more than a little historical and cultural significance. Grab the tablet on the table there, and check it out.”
Wade did so, and I would highly recommend that you follow his example. And be sure to stop by again Friday to check out The View from the Club.