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Monday, November 29, 2004

 
More on The Week in Comics -- Christopher Butcher has updated Previews Review and recommends some of the same titles I do this week; I also like his suggestion that Joe Casey should read Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life. Joe Casey, and everyone else, come to think of it...

Sunday, November 28, 2004

 
Recommended Reading -- Here's a few highlights from what's shipping on Wednesday that I'd recommend if you're looking for a good read.

ABOVE & BELOW TWO TALES O/T AMERICAN FRONTIER; $9.95. Wonderful stories by James Sturm of THE GOLEM'S MIGHTY SWING and UNSTABLE MOLECULES fame.

BIPOLAR #1 (ALTERNATIVE COMICS PRINTING); $2.95. This is a fantastic book, hard to describe but having #1 back in print is a real gift and it should not be missed.

JAY'S DAYS VOL 3 GN; $10.99. Former Galaxy contributor Jason Marcy's newest and best graphic novel, detailing in excruciating detail his problems flirting with
high school girls at work while preparing to become a father for the
first time. Funny, very real stuff.

LAST HEROES HC; $18.95. Steven Grant and Gil Kane's superhero series, presented in full for the first time. I have the three (out of four) issues that were
originally published, and have literally been waiting years for this
to be released, so, yay!

LOVE & ROCKETS VOL 2 #12; $4.50. Always a must-buy for me.

MAGE VOL 1 THE HERO DISCOVERED HC; $49.95. Whoo, expensive. But as I recall from reading when these were originally released, good, strong superhero stuff. If you won the lottery recently, you might consider giving it a look.

REMAINS TP; $19.99. The other good zombie comic of 2004.

STREET ANGEL #4; $2.95. The best new series of 2004. Jim Rugg seems to think this one will piss everyone off. Can't wait to find out why!

Friday, November 26, 2004

 
The Morning After -- Thanksgiving was a blast at our house, the first in the new place we moved in to on October 1st. CBG co-conspirator Marshall O'Keeffe and his wife came for dinner, a vegetarian-friendly feast of turkey both real and meat-free, with sparkling beverages for all ages and temperaments. After we ate, we observed my son's coincidental BIRTHDAY (he turned nine on Thanksgiving), a Teen Titans-centered event that seemed to satisfy his obsessions quite well. My wife and I gave him the two Teen Titans Go! digests, the Titans DC Direct boxed set and the more recent Robin and Slade DCD figures. He also got a goodly amount of cash, which pleased him a great deal, and a copy of Owly, an all-ages graphic novel from Top Shelf that seems ideally suited to his age and sensibility.

Later in the day my wife's neice and nephew came over and an impromptu sleepover was staged, and right now my wife is rounding up all four (!) kids (our two and my wife's N&N) so we can run out for breakfast before delivering them back to their parents and heading down to Albany to pick up this week's comics and see what other mischief we can get up to today. My goal is to stay the hell away from any major retail operations, as the rest of the year will no doubt be total madness, of the type I prefer to avoid like the plague.

Bunch of new reviews are up today, so go check out the reviews page to see what's new, and if you're off from work, enjoy the long weekend.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

 
Recommendation of the Month -- I want to point out that the next issue of The Comics Journal (#264) has an AMAZING interview with cartoonist Ivan Brunetti.

The only lengthy work I've read of his was HAW!, and I never really knew what to make of it; the guy obviously has a great deal of talent, used it in HAW! in ways that I found hard to understand.

In a long, in-depth interview with Gary Groth, Brunetti talks about his life experiences and how they affected his comics. There's also enough preview strips from Schizo #4 (his next scheduled release) that I am DYING to see the entire thing. If you read TOP SHELF ASKS THE BIG QUESTIONS, you may remember his tribute to Charles Schulz; the new stuff is in that more moderated, formal style, but it's all about his horrific relationships with women. It looks like fascinating stuff, and I bet whichever year it comes out, Schizo #4 is going to be one of the best, most interesting and entertaining comics of the year.

So keep your eyes open for The Comics Journal #264 -- it should be on sale within the next couple of weeks. Ask your retailer.

If you'll excuse me, I'm off to go read the rest of it now.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

 
Evil Eye Help -- I've been trying to put together a set of Evil Eye comics as a gift, but damn if I can't find one last issue to complete the set. If you or your comics shop has Evil Eye #8 (by Richard Sala, published by Fantagraphics) in like-new condition, please e-mail me and I'll make arrangements to buy it from you or your shop.

And special thanks to the always awesome Shawn Hoke finding the next-to-last issue I needed to make the set.

UPDATE: Thanks to Mike at Progressive Ruin, it looks like my Evil Eye quest is over. Be sure to tell him thanks for me the next time you visit Ralph's Comic Corner, won't ya? Thanks again, Mike!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

 
New Stuff Up at The Galaxy -- Server problems resulted in yesterday's update becoming today's update, so here's the scoop: Chris Allen turns in a long, review-filled Chris Allen Comments, while Jef Harmatz
reviews Rick Veitch's Crypto Zoo.

Speaking of Veitch, I have to say I agree with the folks online who are saying the art in the first issue of The Question by Tommy Lee Edwards is quite nice; it's my first exposure to Edwards's stuff, and it really suits the character well. Veitch's story seems like so much hooey one issue in, however, his version of Steve Ditko's classic character having been turned into an uncomfortable grafting of Jack Hawksmoor's powers with Rorschach's loony inner monologues. Very disappointing, especially since just last night I was re-reading some of Ditko's earliest Question stories, which are super-groovy in the way they allow Ditko to express his loony, extremist philosophies married to some of the best art he ever created. Passion shows, folks (see also: Sim, Dave).

Finally today, check out this new Jason Marcy interview in which he weighs in on his years of experience as an autobiographical cartoonist and other insights. And if you missed it, here's my review of Jay's soon-to-be-released third Jay's Days volume, and my most recent interview with the man.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

 
Whatever Happened to the Blog of Tomorrow? -- I'm sorry this page has been so sparsely updated the past few weeks...lots of stuff has been posted to the main site of Comic Book Galaxy, particularly the reviews section, and I'm sure most of you will be thrilled to hear that Chris Allen has written a long-ass new column packed with reviews that I will be posting on Monday.

Longer term, we have a few new reviewers, some of whom have already posted reviews to the site, and a few of whom have yet to debut -- and there's also an interesting piece of comics journalism in the works that should be of interest to folks watching the bleeding edge of the comics industry. Speaking of which, did you see my (More Than) Five Questions About Comics Retailing yesterday at Newsarama? Me and Earthworld's JC Glindmyer in an in-depth discussion of retail-related issues; interesting stuff that Newsarama's readers seem to have enjoyed.

Finally, I'm off to the comics shop today. Normally I go on Thursday but a doctor's appointment and other responsibilities took up my time this past week...meanwhile, high winds yesterday blew all the remaining leaves off the trees and Autumn seems to be ticking down its final hours here in upstate New York.

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