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Saturday, July 11, 2009

I Picked Up Asterios Polyp -- A book I feel like I've been waiting for half my life is finally on my nightstand, Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli.

David "Can Do No Wrong," "Batman: Year One," "Daredevil: Born Again," "Rubber Blanket," Mazzucchelli. Hell, David "I Even Pre-Ordered His Batman Statue," Mazzucchelli. My love for his work is like a sickness. Let the record show I purchased my copy from Comic Depot in Greenfield, Center, New York sometime last night.

I swear to you, I am almost afraid to even open it up. I've avoided every review, wanting to come into it clean and innocent and new. The only opinion I have, based on the design of the book and the few panels I've seen online, is this: "Has David Mazzucchelli been reading Dash Shaw recently?" There seems to be a shared aesthetic at work somehow.

By the way, bloggers, Mazzucchelli: it's two Zs, two Cs and two Ls. (And if you think that last sentence is missing three apostrophes, man, I really can't fucking help you.) It's very strange to me that I have never had a problem remembering how to spell Mazzucchelli, Hornschemeier, Straczynski or Sienkiewicz. But I do apoligize to David, Paul and Bill for putting them in the same company with the other guy.

If I keep rambling like this I guess I could put off opening up Asterios Polyp for hours. Like, I just noticed d. emerson eddy has taken down his most recent blog. He had some pretty grim thoughts on there. I hope he's okay. I bet he will read Asterios Polyp. Probably already has, he was always way ahead of me when it came to quality music, quality comics, quality writing. Drop me a line, d., if you're reading this.

Me, on the other hand, I should be reading Asterios Polyp.

And, sometime this weekend, I imagine I will be.


Blogger Nik said...

My copy is slowwwwly working its way downunder. I can't wait! I do hope with all the good press about this book someone does us the favor of reprinting his long-rare "Rubber Blanket" work and other such material.

11 July, 2009 15:29  
Blogger Roger Owen Green said...

Pics of DMazz and Denny O'Neil at FantaCo store signing - mid 1980s - Matt's behind the counter in my possession, FYI.

12 July, 2009 22:30  

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