Friday, March 31, 2006

 
Top Shelf at APE -- Brett Warnock sends along this heads-up about Top Shelf's plans for the Alternative Press Expo:

The Alternative Press Expo (APE) this year is April 8th and 9th. And
Top Shelf Productions will be there in force. Publisher Brett Warnock
will be joined by Guest of Honor Alex Robinson (and his wife Kristen);
cartoonists Renee French, Jeffrey Brown, and Jeremy Tinder, all of whom
will have brand spanking new books (The Ticking, Every Girl is the End
of the World For Me, and Cry Yourself to Sleep, respectively); Aaron
(Spiral-Bound) Renier, Jennifer Daydreamer (eponymous), and Liz Prince
(Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?), are scheduled to attend as
well.

The Ticking
Every Girl is the End of the World For Me
Cry Yourself to Sleep
Spiral-Bound
Jennifer Daydreamer
Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?

Information and reviews about these books, plus creator interviews with
the creators is available at the Top Shelf website
.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

 
Five for Monday: Five Comics You Were Sad to See Go Away -- This was Spurgeon's Five for Friday that didn't go up until Saturday, and somehow here on Monday my answers didn't make the cut, so, enjoy!

1. Sleeper. The failure of the direct market to embrace the best
corporate comics title of the past twenty years is outstripped only by
the astonishing, monumental fuckup of DC's publicity department in
getting the title into the hands of the hundreds of thousands of
literate, crime-fiction readers who would have loved it. Good for
Brubaker, Phillips and ************ for the forthcoming ************,
the success of which should cause mass firings at DC/Wildstorm. I've
seen pages, and they are FUCKING AWE-INSPIRING.

2. Street Angel. I guess this is what Rugg and Maruca chose, to make a
big impression and move on to something else. Good for them, one
supposes. The TPB stands as a monument to one of the greatest moments
in pop culture in recent memory, and collects five fantastic
funnybooks plus tons of juicy extras.

3. The Human Target. The only Peter Milligan title I have ever
consistently enjoyed, probably because it was his most personal work.
Readers will discover this title in 20 years and wonder why it
couldn't hold an audience. And if I'm still around, I'll explain it in
tones much like those found in #1, above.

4. Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller. It's funny how the cancellation
of the very best comics is often so clear and obvious an indictment of
the failures of the direct market and the tentpole a-holes that barely
hold it up.

5. Supergirl. The Peter David version. Too bad he had to write scores
of bad issues to get to the sublime final six, which were a
celebration of parallel universe stories, meta-commentary, and silver
age nostalgia, the final issue wrapped in a gorgeous John Romita Sr.
cover. Also, Jeph Loeb: There is nothing about your version that does
not suck beyond all comprehension. Par for the course.

Bonus: A Comic I Won't Be Sad to See Go Away

1. The Ultimates. It's been a genuine blast seeing Millar and Hitch
have so much fun on such an entertaining title. For every little "This
A Stands for Oxymoron" moment, there were ten "HULK RAPE BETTY UP THE
ASS" and Cap Kicking Banner in the teeth moments that made it all
worthwhile. Maybe Jack Kirby is spinning in his grave over what was
done to his creations, here, but isn't that what the next generation
is supposed to do to its elders? Anyway, yeah, no need at all to buy
this past the Miller and Hitch era. To do so, actually, would be
fucking silly.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

 
ADD Mouths Off At New Site -- Check out my 10 Comics You Should Be Reading - Right Now! at the new site Independent Propaganda.

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