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Saturday, September 06, 2008

30 for Saturday -- Since I didn't discover Tom Spurgeon's latest Five for Friday, "Confessional," until Saturday morning, I'm ineligible to send him my answers anyway. So I'll post my answers here, and break the rules by answering all of them instead of one from each group.


1. What is your favorite stand-alone publication of the last five years?

At the moment, I think Louis Riel by Chester Brown.

2. What is your favorite ongoing serial comic that's published an installment in the last three months?


3. What is your favorite webcomic?

American Elf.

4. What is your favorite ongoing newspaper strip?

This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. The alt.weekly Metroland that it appears in around my neck of the woods is the only newspaper I read.

5. What is your favorite comics web site that is not a link- or commentary-blog?

Barry Windsor-Smith.com

Comic Shops

6. What's the best experience you've ever had in a comics shop?

Finding a store that cared enough not only to stock something for every comics reader in my family, but to actually look and feel like it wanted my entire family to shop there: Modern Myths in Northampton, Massachusetts. (Happy 6th anniversary, Jim and company!)

7. What's the worst experience you've ever had in a comics shop?

Watching the owner of the store tear up free Spider-Man comics in front of a young child who came in and asked if he had any Spider-Man comics in his store, on the first Free Comic Book Day. I wish I was making that up.

8. List the names of the comics shops that have been your shop in your lifetime of buying comics.

FantaCo, Albany, NY
Unicorn Comics, Saratoga Springs, NY
Electric City Comics, Schenectady, NY
Spa City Comics, Saratoga Springs, NY
Earthworld Comics, Albany, NY
Comic Depot, Greenfield Center, NY

9. If a comic shop has opened within 50 miles in the last two years, what exactly makes you think it will or won't survive until a fifth anniversary?

Comic Depot opened, I believe, within the last two years (give a take a few months); I believe its owner's approach to the store as an actual, professional business (clean store, stocking more than just superhero comics, opening on time, welcoming and skillfully handling special orders, offering receipts and having a return policy, even a bathroom, for pete's sake) will allow him to maintain and grow his business.

10. What is something you've done in a comics shop you're sorry happened?

Not saying something to the Spider-Man-destroying comics shop owner the moment it was happening.


11. Who is the Greatest Living Cartoonist?

Barry Windsor-Smith.

12. Name the female cartoonist highest up in your personal pantheon.

Renee French.

13. Name the cartoonist with a non-white South American or African heritage highest up in your personal pantheon.

George Herriman.

14. Who is the world's most under-appreciated cartoonist?

Diana Tamblyn.

15. Name a cartoonist you know is great but whose work you find hard to enjoy.

Kim Deitch.


16. What was the first comic that you remember buying after the last time you stopped buying comics?

Avengers #1 by Kurt Busiek and George Perez.

17. What comic do you plan to revisit one day?

Probably the entirety of EC's output.

18. Name a comic that was even better when you tracked it down than you remember it being the first time.

Batman Year One.

19. What is the worst comic in your collection that you keep for reasons other than its quality?

Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man. Issued in 1976, it is the oldest comic in my library that I have continuously owned.

20. One word only: what is your primary non-comic association with comics?

I am sure I could answer this if I knew what it was asking.


21. What one site not your own or a friend's does CR not in your opinion cover near enough?

The Fart Party.

22. Name a comics figure this site has never interviewed you'd like to see interviewed.

Barry Windsor-Smith.

23. Name a comics figure this site has interviewed you'd like to see interviewed again.

Joe Casey.

24. Name an under- or unreported news story from your perspective.

The sex harassment stories coming out of San Diego.

25. Name a resource this site could house that would be valuable to you.

Detailed, sorted archives going back to the beginning of the site.

Bonus Section: Not Comics

1. What is your favorite sandwich?

Probably a Reuben.

2. Name three US vice-presidents in the order that they occur to you.

Dan Quayle, Walter Mondale, Dick Cheney

3. Name a movie that shouldn't have been remade and a movie that should be.

Shouldn't: The In-Laws. Should: Point Blank with Ed Brubaker writing the screenplay, David Lynch directing, Kyle MacLachlan playing the Lee Marvin role.

4. Otto Graham, Joe Montana or Tom Brady?

Those are football players, am I right?

5. If you could have any middle name in the world not "Bronislaw," what would it be?



Blogger Marc said...

Good stuff, Alan. I also didn't get #20. My answers are here:



06 September, 2008 13:28  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Great answers as well, Marc; I prolly would have picked Ice Haven too, if Louis Riel hadn't come to mind first...

06 September, 2008 15:43  
Blogger Diana Tamblyn said...

Wow ADD. I was shocked to see my name on that list. Thanks very much for the kudos.

I agree with you totally on Criminal. Love that book. A GN of the past 5 years that I think about a lot is Anders Nilsen's "Don't go Where I Can't Follow". I might save that book in a fire along with my Silver Age DC Comics.

09 September, 2008 13:38  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Hey Diana,

Don't Go Where I Can't Follow is a heartbreaker, and Nilsen's most accessible work, I think.

You're totally welcome for the mention -- you were the first name that came to mind, and I definitely want more people to see your stuff.


09 September, 2008 13:48  

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