Archive for January, 2011

Vampirella — Part II

The second installment about the mesmeric character Vampirella

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Vampirella — Part I

A true survivor: created in 1969 as merely the host of a Warren Publishing B&W horror magazine, Vampirella evolved past her counterparts Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie into becoming a real character in her own right, one being published to this day.

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Death Note”

What can you do when you have the power of life and death, especially traceless, unstoppable death, over anyone you can name? In “Death Note”, Light Yagami discovers that despite his best (and worst) intentions, no real good can come of it.

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A Comics-Based Makeover

From the “Geeks Are Sexy” website: cosmetics from MAC Cosmetics inspired by the comics character Wonder Woman.

And just what would that have to do with hypnosis? Well, remembering Wonder Woman’s magic lasso, which had the power to force anyone caught in it to obey her will (or any one else who was holding it, as she was often the one caught in its coils) and I just had to think that just about any product related to the character could be hypnosis-related. And sure enough, one part of the line is: “Obey Me” nail polish. I’m sure the name can be explained by the characterization of Wonder Woman as a strong female character with a powerful charisma but the hypnotic (and bondage-related) history of the character is just too strong to deny.

The line is set to be released on February 10th

Commentary: Please, can someone drive a stake through the heart of the 60’s era “Bang! Pow! Wham!” comics imagery and references? They were an embarrassment even back then, a by-product of the over-the-top campishness of the “Batman” TV series that became seemingly irretrievably connected with comics as a whole and embedded in the media whenever comics are discussed even to this day.


They Came From Hyde Brothers” — 2011/01/15

I really should check out Hyde Brothers more regularly. That’s a local used book store of the old school type which has been the source for a good percentage of my non-fiction hypnosis (and some fiction, as well) collection, including some rarities like an 1871 compilation volume entitled “Library of Mesmerism” which includes such works as “Fascination or the Philosophy of Charming (Illustrating the Principles of Life)” and “The Philosophy of Electrical Psychology in Twelve Lectures” or the six volumes of the Shaftesbury Ralston Publishing ‘Home Study’ collection in very fine bindings. I’ve bought a lot from them over the years and they deserve every accolade I can bestow upon them.

Every so often they get a number of hypnosis-related books and sometimes I’m there to get them. That hasn’t happened for a while, mainly for financial reasons, but I was on my way between two stops and the store happened to be on the way, so yesterday, I stopped by, and came away with four new additions to my collection.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Dummies”

Ever since the concept was distilled from Erickson, NLP has been treated as something of a bastard child to hypnosis, from what I’ve seen. Its also been something I’ve wanted to learn more about.

Hindu Psychology: Its Meaning For the West” by Swami Akhilananda (1946)

While the general subject matter has little to do with hypnosis, there is a long chapter entitled ‘Will and Personality’ which includes sub-chapters ‘Will’, ‘Suggestion’ and ‘Hypnosis’. Added for completeness.

Wide Awake, Clear-Headed and Refreshed” by Ryan Elliot (1991)

Medical Hypnoanalysis in Action” reads the sub-title, and that’s exactly what it is: a chatty cross between a convenient guide for hypnotherapists and a explanation for the lay patient.

Hypnotism A Correct Guide to the Science and How Subjects are Influenced” by Carl Sexton (ⅯⅮⅭⅭⅭⅭⅩⅤⅠ)

I was pretty sure I already had a copy in my collection, in probably better shape, but I couldn’t resist giving this poorly treated copy a good home. The interior is unfortunately even more mistreated than the cover, alas.

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