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Pleasant House pies, Jodorowsky's The Incal, and streaming college basketball

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The Incal The Incal, a collection by Alejandro Jodorowsky (Holy Mountain, El Topo) and Moebius (the original Heavy Metal magazine cartoonist visionary), is a real page-turner that takes readers to the far reaches of their own imaginations and back again. The 1990s lackluster sci-fi flick The Fifth Element borrowed heavily from The Incal, which is a shame, but the original material is of a higher caliber. Jodorowsky is on par with fellow magician Alan Moore, but without the "superhero" trappings—rather a space opera with social and political absurdist humor taking place backstage of an archetypal fool's journey. I recently was able to hear Jodorowsky speak in person (albeit in broken English), and I think we (society) are seeing him transition from cult figure to elder statesman of a much-needed alchemical marriage of art with Eros and magic in the Ioan P. Culianu sense of the those ideals. Related to The Incal is the Metabarons series that deals with family dynamics on a cosmic scale.

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