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Our New Columnist Welcomes You To The Action-Packed World of Comic Books!

August 24th, 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE: Local comic book fan Ryan Franks will be writing about comics and comics culture for QuadCities.com as our new columnist. We hope you enjoy his treks into the comics world! My earliest memory of comic books comes from when I was about three. My parents and I were at some kind of family gathering and a very boring one at that. I had with me Transformers Comic Magazine #4, a digest sized comic collecting Transformers #7 and 8 from the original 1984 run of Marvel comics. Given that I was three I wasn’t able to actually read the book as printed. What I would do is look at the drawings... Read More

Welcome To The New QuadCities.com!

August 9th, 2016

Hello and welcome to the new QuadCities.com! We are so excited to share with you some of our new additions to the site, along with the new design and technology involved. I’ve been working with our Publisher, Steve Holmes and our Lead Developer, Trevor Bertucci, the past few months building up to the official debut of this revamp and we’re really excited to unleash it on the world. We know you’re going to love it! Not only is the content terrific but we’ve added a lot of awesome new technology that you can enjoy whether you’re on your PC, your laptop, your tablet or your phone. And we’re... Read More

Some Films, Like ‘Animal House,’ Are Rites Of Passage

August 3rd, 2016
Sean Leary

Some tribes in Africa require a boy to battle a wild beast. Some natives of South American jungles have their adolescent males endure painful rites of strength and endurance. And some groups indigenous to North America believe a boy must make a hallucinogenic journey to find his spirit guide and commune with the otherworld. Here in modern America, there are a handful of important things a boy must accomplish before he can become a man. One in particular is a sacred obligation that will no doubt be one of the most useful skills he will obtain and utilize throughout his life. Of course, I’m... Read More

‘What Kind Of Music Do You Like?’ Is Kind Of A Loaded Question

July 27th, 2016
Sean Leary

What kind of music do you like? Who are your favorite singers? What’s your favorite song? When I was younger, particularly in high school and early college, I was inclined to judge potential friends and girlfriends in large part on their musical and pop-culture tastes. Yes, I was an entertainment snob. Hard to believe, I know. It was always kind of a loaded question, and sometimes a question to ask when you were loaded, but it tended to have grand implications for the way I would look at that person going forward, in a way perhaps small and insignificant, or a way much more significant. It... Read More

Sean Leary’s Big Speech Ready To Roll Into The RNC

July 21st, 2016

By now, I’m sure all of you have heard about the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention, which, as countless memes and articles have pointed out, bears something of a more than passing resemblance to a Michelle Obama speech from some year that I don’t feel like Googling right now. But, Melania, stay sweet, girl. I feel you. Tonight, I will give my speech at the Republican National Convention. I know, I know, you might not have heard about this. Perhaps this is because the Trump people or the RNC have wanted to keep my appearance hush-hush, perhaps... Read More

Taking A Chainsaw To Chain E-Mails And Strange Friend Requests

July 20th, 2016
Sean Leary

Sierra, I’m sorry. Call me several times burned and now shy, but I must reject your offer of friendship. Unfortunately, the same goes for you, Pat and Carole, and you, Ashlee, and, sadly, Stephanie and Katrina as well. And Gaston, don’t even go there. Now, I understand, you’ve tried contacting me via facebook friend requests, message requests and e-mail a number of times. I see your messages, with their pert subject lines — “hello!” “Someone wants to meet you” and who can forget “Want to come play tonight?” I admit, you are nothing if... Read More

‘Sir Noface’ Will Get Quad-Citians Running Scared On Bix Weekend

July 19th, 2016

Calling all paranormal enthusiasts: Lace up before the Bix 7 and get ready to be running scared as documentarian Chad Calek from reality TV’s “Paranormal State” makes a stop here in Bettendorf on Friday, July 22 for the “Sir NoFace” Paramerican Tour. With phantom lights blinking on command and a promise of seeing a real ghost on film, “Sir NoFace” is set to drum up some real frights. The film documents an investigation sanctioned by the Australian government to validate or “debunk” paranormal phenomenon on Australia’s Cockatoo Island,... Read More

Appetite For Celebrity Details Has Become Ridiculous

July 14th, 2016

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Orange juice? Me, too! Coffee? Me, too! Leftover pizza? Me, too! I guess there must be some special bond between us. Something unique. Something real. You know, I haven’t felt this way since I read that Charlize Theron likes to drink Red Bull — just as I do. I hadn’t felt that way since I had read that Sarah Michelle Gellar is a big fan of tiramisu — just as I am. Those revelations were important to me, my sense of identity and my sense of well-being because they gave me a tangible, iron-clad link to someone famous. And that,... Read More

Appetite For Celebrity Details Has Become Ridiculous

July 13th, 2016
Sean Leary

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Orange juice? Me, too! Coffee? Me, too! Leftover pizza? Me, too! I guess there must be some special bond between us. Something unique. Something real. You know, I haven’t felt this way since I read that Charlize Theron likes to drink Red Bull — just as I do. I hadn’t felt that way since I had read that Sarah Michelle Gellar is a big fan of tiramisu — just as I am. Those revelations were important to me, my sense of identity and my sense of well-being because they gave me a tangible, iron-clad link to someone famous. And that,... Read More

The Five Skills Needed To Successfully Work From Home

July 12th, 2016

In this day and age, working from home is more viable than any other previous generation. Many women have given up the corporate world for work at home jobs or businesses that allow us to be with our kiddos and raise them while bringing in a great paycheck. But the decision to even begin can be pretty scary. I started working from home part-time in 2000. I left my corporate graphic design and development job to work from home full-time in 2009 and haven’t looked back since. Working from home has allowed me to be with both of our boys since the day they were born. BUT it was not easy. If you’re... Read More

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