Critical Linking: August 9, 2014

And even for those who like the idea of seeing their favorite boy wizard on a stamp, the results leave much to be desired. The Harry Potter stamps certainly don’t show the commitment to design we’ve seen in other commemorative stamps, like last year’s Althea Gibson stamp or 2012’s Innovative Choreographer series. They’re just photographs of Dumbledore, Dobby, and Hagrid slapped onto some postage.

The former postmaster general’s still pretty upset about the Harry Potter stamps that came out a while ago.


While the character has a significant role in teaching kids to be good eggs (rather than the rotten ones that get tossed away), many Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fans expressed their dismay over the new edition’s front image.

“Where’s Charlie, Mr Wonka, or some aspect of the factory? It doesn’t get to the essence of the story,” one fan responded on Facebook. Another reader wrote, “Quentin Blake should forever be the only cover artist for Roald Dahl.”

Lots of people upset about the new Penguin Modern Library cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Perhaps the book’s new cover isn’t intended for children but adults.


Last week, Bop, the teenybopper magazine that’s been churning out covers featuring boy band stock photos splashed atop garish fuchsia backdrops since 1983, announced they would cease publication. If you’re all, “Bop still existed?” you can’t be blamed to assume it had folded years ago. Most teen magazines did.

It makes me a little sad how many of these teen magazines folded and how few remain. But times, they’re a changing.