Saturday, September 25, 2004

 
Why Bother? (UPDATED!) One of my favourite thinkers about issues pertaining to the comics industry and artform is Christopher Butcher. When he gets going, man, he can really rock the room. Here, he gets to the heart of my more-than-occasional despair and doubt over this entire comics internet endeavour. My thoughts on the subject are tenth down in the accompanying comments thread. Also well worthy of attention is Ed Cunard's response to Butcher.

UPDATE: Much more from Christopher Butcher here and again, check the comments section attached to that post to read more of my thoughts. I love getting into a dialogue with smart people on issues I actually care about.

I'd love to post a brief list of the blogs, sites and columns that I think are worth checking out, but in my self-loathing, I try to read just about everything. I will point you to my recommendations, but there's probably a blog, site or column or three missing, as my list is subject to change, and it seems great new blogs pop up almost every week. Which is as good a time as every to say that if you would like to be linked from here, or if you have a link to Comic Book Galaxy on your site and would like me to consider reciprocating, drop me an e-mail and I will mull it over when I get a chance.

 
Ghosts -- You live anywhere long enough, and it feels like home. When we first moved into our current apartment, our daughter was 2 years old and our son was as yet unborn. Now she's 11 and he's about to turn 9 and we're moving in less than a week; this is the only home they've ever known.

I've gone through three jobs in this apartment, while my wife kept plugging away at the one she does, and very well at that. We've gone through two kittens (neither worked out, and were gifted to better homes), three fish (whoa, none of those worked out either, much less happy endings), and it suddenly occurs to me I'm not even sure how many cars. Six, maybe, counting the two radio station vans that I was lucky enough to be allowed to drive 24/7 by one particularly generous (when it came to vans) radio station owner.

So now we're leaving. This is my last Friday night and Saturday morning in this building. We move Thursday, into a house instead of an apartment, and my kids will finally have the yard my wife's dreamed of, and she'll have the place she's been dreaming of decorating for as long as she's been watching those home improvement shows on TLC. It should be an interesting time.

I know we're going to be without cable (and therefore with cable modem) for at least a few days, so expect a little bit of radio silence at Comic Book Galaxy between September 29th and October 4th or 5th or thereabouts. And please wish us luck as we pack up our books and our dishes and our DVDs and our kids and our lives and move into a new phase.

Did I mention that I really hate moving? Please do wish us luck.

Friday, September 24, 2004

 
The New 5Q -- Up now at Newsarama.com is my new Five Questions for Jason Marcy, whose new autobiographical Rise and Fall of the Pasta Shop Lothario is solicited in the new Previews. Read the interview, read my review, tell your retailer you want it now! Well, in December.

And thanks as always to Matt Brady for hosting the 5Q at Newsarama and for using my new-and-improved (I think?) 5Q logo.

Go, click something!

 
The Hate-Monger -- Just in case anyone thinks John Byrne's racist rantings about Jessica Alba are anything new, The V has resurrected some classic Byrne quotes demonstrating that he's been fueled by hate for a lonnnnng time. It's really hard to see how anyone can justify supporting this thug's work at this point, with his vile hatemongering out there for the world to see. Honestly, if I were Paul Levitz, by now I'd seriously be looking through Byrne's contracts to see how to get this fart out of my church...

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

 
The Week in Comics -- Been a while since I've run down my list of comics I'm getting this week...but here it is:

COMING WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd


DC COMICS

SLEEPER SEASON TWO #4 (Of 12) $2.95 -- Seems like the Comics Internet is awfully quiet about this second volume; in my opinion, it was a mistake to begin again with a new "season," as the series was rolling along nicely and anecdotally seemed to be reaching readers through the trade collections...online comments seem to indicate that the creators are already planning for their post-Sleeper projects, and that's a shame, because it kind of paints this as a lame duck. I've been enjoying it as much as ever, but I'll tell you, if the market can't support a monthly title as good and readable and exciting and entertaining and unpredictable as Sleeper, what will it support, short of crap like Hush and Transformers? Maybe the monthly is already dead, for people who enjoy good comics?

AMERICA'S BEST COMICS

TOM STRONG #28 $2.95 -- Not by Alan Moore. I am a fanboy completist, apparently. In other Moore news, I am currently re-reading Voice of the Fire, and Jesus, it is just about the best thing Moore's ever written. I took my time with the first chapter, which is written in a seemingly difficult-to-parse approximation of 6000-year-old English, and you know, it's really not hard to read, it just takes a bit of immersion and concentration, sort of like Shuck, if you've read that. But yeah, if you love Moore, read Voice of the Fire, and if you don't love Moore, why, seriously, are you here?

IMAGE

SMALL GODS #3 $2.95 -- Diverting entertainment so far, surprisingly good, but I'm not yet sold on its long-term potential.

MARVEL

ASTONISHING X-MEN #5 $2.99 -- Can you believe he's back? I wasn't reading any X-titles at the time he died, and he's still alive in most of the X-comics I ever bother to read (the Claremont/Byrne stuff still holds up for my inner teenager), so his SHOCKING RETURN didn't really shock me, but, anyway, yeah, Astonishing X-Men is pretty swell, other than District X, the only X-comic currently at all worth reading. Lucky for all those X-Fans that I'm not Paul O'Brien...


DIAMOND

PREVIEWS VOL XIV #10 (Net) $4.50 -- Yeah, I only get it to see if I'm quoted in any of the ads.

IDW

REMAINS #5 (MR) $3.99 -- My other favourite zombie comic, after Walking Dead. Not quite as complex, but the art's very nice and the story's entertaining, if slight. Probably read better in the trade. Fucking floppies.

Monday, September 20, 2004

 
New Jay's Days! -- One of my favourite autobiographical cartoonists is Jason Marcy, who you may remember as a graduate of the Comic Book Galaxy School of Being On The Comics Internet. He sends the following note:

Just a note that in the new PREVIEWS that ships this Wednesday, September 22nd, you'll find the solicitation for my latest opus, JAY'S DAYS 3: RISE AND FALL OF THE PASTA SHOP LOTHARIO!! It's a 140 plus page trade, retailing around $10.95 U.S. You'll find it under LANDWASTER BOOKS in the Indie comic section!! Please help a fellow out and order up one, and/or get your retailer to order for his/her shop!!


Look for my review of Jay's Days 3 this week.

 
The Graphic Novel Review -- I've been curious to see how The Graphic Novel Review would cover the artform...and damn if out of the gate they don't feature Milo George interviewing Eddie Campbell. SCORE!

Sunday, September 19, 2004

 
Oh, That Alan Moore Interview -- For some time I've received e-mails from readers wondering where the text of my Five Questions for Alan Moore went to, since all the other 5Q interviews are linked from Comic Book Galaxy's interviews page. Now I can tell you that the text version of the interview will appear later this year in Avatar Press's trade paperback collection of Alan Moore's Yuggoth Cultures mini-series.

I'm thrilled that the interview will be part of the collection, because this means it will be read by even more Moore readers than those who read it when it originally appeared on my ADD Blog. And I'm also thrilled because the Yuggoth TPB includes one of my favourite Moore stories, "I Keep Coming Back," with artist Oscar Zarate, in addition, of course, to a number of other Moore stories. In addition, the 192-page book will include 50 pages (!) of material not in the series itself.

But I have to be honest and say that the idea of my 5,000 word interview with Moore finally being in print is about the most exciting news of my year. Here's what a couple of noted bloggers had to say about the interview:

Jessa Crispin, on March 08, 2004:


Alan Moore's Voice of the Fire has been released, and he discusses the book with Alan David Doane. It's one of the better interviews I've read with him, if only because Doane actually lets him talk. If the Internet has been good for literature at all, it's been the space allowed interviews with writers. It's also very refreshing to read an interview with Moore that doesn't use up three or four paragraphs explaining just how weird he looks and that whole snake worshipping thing. So thank you for that.


Sean Collins on March 4th, 2004:


Alan David Doane continues his string of amazing gets with a 5,000-word interview with Mr. Alan Moore. It occurs to me that I don't think I've ever read an interview with the writer before, but this one's a great place to start. Moore talks about his new prose novel Voice of the Fire, the legal machinations surrounding his old superhero book Miracleman, the pros and cons of his influential work on Swamp Thing and Watchmen (including a tip of the hat to Frank Miller), and more. He comes off both intelligent and warm. Check it out.


The interview is probably one of the two or three most exciting comics-related bits of business I've ever been involved in, and I hope you'll pre-order the Yuggoth Cultures TPB so you can own a copy of it. The book is solicited in the new Previews coming out this Wednesday, September 22nd, so you have about a month to tell your retailer you want a copy.

 
When They Say Definitive They MEAN Definitive -- I haven't had a chance to dig in to it yet, but I've received and flipped through the new Definitive Dreadstar collection from Dynamic Forces, and this is one of the best-looking comics hardcovers I've ever seen. If you're a fan of Jim Starlin's galaxy-spanning space saga, or if you are looking for a thick, beautiful graphic novel to immerse yourself in, you could do a LOT worse than pick it up at your local retailer. If they're already sold out, I'd bet you could order it directly from DF, too.

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