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Jim Nolan
New York
Jim grew up in Buffalo, NY. He is married to Isabella Bannerman.
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I'm not sure David Attenborough covered this type of whale behavior in Blue Planet II. Great one, Isabella! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jim Nolan's Blog
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There are a lot of ways to die. Especially in the movies. You can be axed to death by an orc. You can be thrown to your death by Chewbacca or Batman. Shot by Luke Skywalker or Howard the Duck. The engine room of the Titanic can flood, with you in it. Your chariot can tip over on you. A giant mutant ant may crush you in its pincers. There’s a sound effect for that. It’s called the Wilhelm Scream, and it’s been an inside joke among sound designers and film buffs for decades. It is a flexible, good-for-what-ails-you sound... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's "Six Chix" cartoon by my wife Isabella Bannerman, perhaps inspired by BBC's "Blue Plant II" we've been watching. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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It’s a two-mile-long, flat plane of ice floating in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, shaped like a perfect rectangle. It’s so big it contains enough water to fill every swimming pool in California several times over. It’s a tabular iceberg, broken off from the Ross Ice Shelf. Scientists, who think they know everything, say that such a shape—perfectly even on the top with 130-foot high sides that look like they were cut with a band saw—is natural and explained by something they call “physics.” I have another theory, unencumbered by fact: it is an ice rink used by giant aliens... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Thrilled to be mentioned in Modern Mrs. Darcy's suggestions for gift ideas! Thanks Anne Bogel, Ginger Horton and team, and to my wife Isabella Bannerman for the great illustration. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I like where Isabella put the date of the cartoon is on this drawing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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The Museum Cafe is always our first stop. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Illustration by Isabella Bannerman While Buffalo has many reasons to visit, like its famous chicken wings, world-class art and architecture, and nearby Niagara Falls, it may one day be known for another reason altogether: Cheerios are cooked up in the Queen City. When the wind is right, the smell of baking Cheerios wafts over the city, bringing delight to all. Buffalo is considered one of the friendliest cities in America, and surely this is a contributing factor. It’s hard to argue with someone when your sense of smell gives you a sense of bliss. Buffalo didn’t always smell like Cheerios.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I received an email today from Mike in California. He has a grill for sale. As he points out, it's missing the table (but it has hubcaps). Mike doesn't think it's been used much, if used at all. If you are interested, give Mike a shout at 760-378-3448. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Asbach Spirited Chocolates Gift Box from the Vermont Country Store Christmas catalog. You can listen to the essay by clicking below. Thanks Josh Roepe for the great job recording and editing it. Christmas Arrives With This Catalog Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's Six Chix cartoon, and a link to many more Bannerman witch 'toons. Happy Halloween week! Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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The article mentions Isy's efforts to involve King Feature Syndicate cartoonists on behalf on Unity Day's anti-bullying efforts. You can read it here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's Six Chix cartoon, in support of anti-bullying efforts. Unity Day is this Wednesday. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A screengrab from my latest piece at HumorOutcasts.com. You can read the rest by clicking here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read the rest of the piece by clicking here. Thanks Isabella Bannerman for the great illustration, and to Donna Cavanagh at HumorOutcasts.com for running it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I just heard from Jim Costigan, the builder and owner of the "Hobbit House" tucked into a hillside in Pawling, NY that I have written about. Jim reports that they've just lowered the price, and that the annual taxes were probably going to be in the $7,000-$9,000 range. You can check out the listing here. $650,000 buys you one of the most unique homes outside the Shire, sure to be popular with Airbnb-ers on weekend trips from nearby NYC. Good luck, Jim! Hope you find someone who loves this amazing project of yours. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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If you haven't discovered the legendary Dick Proenneke, this book is a good introduction. Proenneke "retired" to Twin Lakes, Alaska in 1968 and single-handedly built a log cabin to live in. There he kept a journal, filmed wildlife, and took photos. A TV program using his journal (but not voice) as the narration is popular on PBS stations in California. This reissue has a new introduction by Nick Offerman, the actor who is also a woodworker. I once interviewed Proenneke's friend and editor John Branson. You can hear it here. It's one of this blog's most popular pages. And I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Just a couple of weeks to Halloween! Then, it's pretty much the holidays. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read the rest of the piece by clicking here. Thanks to my wife, Isabella Bannerman, for the great cartoon, and to Donna Cavanagh at Humor Outcasts. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read the rest of the piece by clicking here. Thank you Isabella Bannerman for the cartoon illustration and as always to Donna Cavanagh. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Why the security lines are so long this time of year. 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." She wrote it when she was 18, and it's still going strong. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's beautifully drawn "Six Chix"panel. This circus used to happen in our backyard every winter, without the canine audience. I really love how Isabella draws dogs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's "Six Chix" cartoon. Mid-term voting is just weeks away. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Mountain biking is so much fun, it's no wonder it's crowded. Another great cartoon by my wife, Isabella Bannerman. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's Monday "Six Chix" cartoon. Maybe the dog should team up with McGruff. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog