Bourbon and Whiskey: An Historical Ramble ’til 1947

bourbon ladiesAmerican whiskey and bourbon in the 1940s is actually a pretty interesting way to look at how the United States directed private companies to dedicate resources to the war effort. It’s also an interesting way to look at the intersection between government, economics, and culture.

The production of bourbon and whiskey was halted in order to produce fuel and penicillin for the military. It’s similar to how silk stockings went out so that the silk could be used to make parachutes. Pocket nail files were banned from production, scrap metal was collected, and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese held sway because of the limitations on dairy.

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Gance’s Neighborhood: The Corner of Real and Illusion

Mel Gance lives at Bush and Taylor, right in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco. Though I invented two fictional buildings in which Gance lives and works, I wanted to place him strategically in a district that embodies the temporary quality of the city that I described in a previous post, while also providing a contrast in the stability of being a landmark that’s considered permanent.

Christmas Cone, 1940

Christmas Cone, 1940

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Good Graces

Behold, the thing that will give your Friday meaning: Good Graces!

On Free Comic Book Day in May 2014, I set up a table at Fantastic Comics of Berkeley and gave away copies of this comic to tease readers for The Clear Case. It depicts a scene alluded to, but not shown, in the novel. Check it out and get to know Grace “Ace” Springfield and decipher a few clues about a Clear Case!

Click the cover below:

Good Graces