Saturday, May 13, 2006

 
Fun Saturday Morning Reading -- Andrew Wheeler runs down the The 50 Best Marvel Characters; his descriptions of them are what make this piece so much fun.

The Kingpin: He's not fat, he's muscular, like a sumo wrestler! And he's not a gangster, he's a spice merchant! Yes, it's fat gangster Wilson Fisk, who crushes men's heads with his fat hammy hands.

Go read.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

 
Butcher on A.I.L.E.E.E.N -- Over at comics.212.net, Christopher Butcher has committed to more frequent and substantive weekday blogging (improving what was already one of the best comics blogs around), and takes a long look at First Second's A.I.L.E.E.E.N. by Lewis Trondheim.

A book I strongly recommend, by the way it's one of the best and most beautiful of the company's six debut titles; a good chance to remind you Comic Book Galaxy is giving away First Second's debut set of six graphic novels. Sign up today!

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Monday, May 08, 2006

 
Exceptional Clowes Interview -- Yeah, it's pimping Art School Confidential, but this CHUD.com interview with Dan Clowes is particularly entertaining and informative. Glad to hear that Ghodst World is still selling so well.

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

 
The Prisoner Remake Gets Interesting -- I actually can't think of a better choice to play Number Six, if the remake has to go forward. Actually, I could get really excited about this. Details at Times Online.

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Eddie Campbell at The Comics Reporter -- Tom Spurgeon talks to Eddie Campbell at The Comics Reporter, coinciding with the release of Campbell's excellent, expansive Fate of the Artist from First Second.

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LOST GIRLS -- Having read an advance copy over the past few days, I can tell you LOST GIRLS is about as sacred and profane as comics can get, and an absolutely essential piece of Alan Moore work comparable to From Hell, Watchmen, Voice of the Fire, or whatever your personal favourite Alan Moore work happens to be.

Yes, it is pornographic in nature, but as Moore points out in a recent interview, no one is going to spend $75.00 on this book as jerk-off material; neither are any children likely to accidentally spend their allowances on it. LOST GIRLS is about the most thoughtful rumination on sexuality and fantasy as I have ever experienced (I was going to say "come across," but, well, you know...).


As I said in an e-mail to Top Shelf publishers Chris Staros and Brett Warnock, I am grateful to the both of them for having the courage to bring this work out, and the talent and experience to give it the presentation it deserves.

It features Moore utilizing his full creative power to explore the boundless joys of sex, and the darkest horrors that can come to be associated with it. It's an unblinking, unblinkered insight into human nature, lyrical and passionate, and Gebbie's artwork is a match for Moore's script; lovely, frank and poetic.

There are more Alan Moore books in my graphic novel library than any other single creator, and I'm delighted to add this monumental release to my collection. LOST GIRLS is one of the most important graphic novels yet created, one that will move its readers and very likely would make the world a better place if every adult could lose themselves in its pages and absorb the message of kindness, tolerance and decency that Moore and Gebbie infuse in every page.

The world is a very dark place, as any thinking person knows -- but it doesn't have to be that way. And Moore and Gebbie's LOST GIRLS points the way to dissipating the darkness by embracing who we are, and who we could be. By loving ourselves, and others, and understanding that we all need much the same things, no matter how badly those who seek to control our lives would like to make us believe otherwise.

Learn more about LOST GIRLS at Top Shelf Productions; Comicscape interviews Alan Moore: Part One and Part Two -- thanks, Derik!

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Free Comic Book Day 2006 -- This year was a bit more subdued for my family than in past years, due to the fact that my wife has been working some brutal overtime shifts, which intruded into our weekend and prevented her from coming along. The kids really wanted to be at Earthworld Comics in Albany, though, because as usual JC and the crew had some big-name superheroes in-store, Supergirl and Storm. Additionally, comic artist John Hebert was signing and sketching, and early reports say the store was packed from open to close. JC will have a full wrap-up later this week (I think) in his Back Page column here at Comic Book Galaxy.

We almost always bring along as many extra friends and family members as we can, and this year in addition to myself, daughter Kira and son Aaron, the guest was Aaron's classmate and best pal Noah. Noah came prepared, wearing a Superman t-shirt and sitting in the backseat with Aaron making up stories about their own superheroes they've created, all the way down to Albany, and most of the way back (when they weren't wrapped up in the FCBD books they scored).

Noah met with near-tragedy when he chose a back-issue of Aquaman to buy with money his parents had given him to spend at the shop (his first visit to a comic book store), but somehow between buying it and our eventual exit of the store, he misplaced the comic. Luckily the gang at the shop found it and set it aside, so I'll grab it for him next weekend, most likely.

I don't want FCBD to have to stand or fall on its coincidental timing with the release of a major superhero movie, but I did think later that most years we have made whatever movie that was part of our FCBD plans; no superhero movie this weekend, though, so we didn't go to the movies after the comic shop. Now that I think about it, I wonder if Hollywood will note the decline in ticket sales compared to previous Free Comic Book Days? Yes, I am kidding...kind of.

The only comic that came out on Wednesday this week that I was at all excited about was Love and Rockets; the new issue was a lot of fun, having some very solid Jaime AND Gilbert contributions, and a great cover that coinclidentally was appropriate for FCBD, with a superhero nerd partying in a Superman shirt and Batman mask. He even appears in a story within the book (amusingly nicknamed "World's Finest" with virtually no other explanation -- because none is needed), so, yeah, truth in advertising.

As far as the actual FCBD books, JC had hooked me up with a complete set a couple of weeks back, but I unfortunately didn't find the time to write anything about them. The best release as far as I am concerned was Free Scott Pilgrim; it's free, and it has a new story featuring some of the most fun and exciting characters in comics right now. What more could you want? I'm dying here, waiting for Vol. 3 of the series to be released, so the FCBD release came along just at the right time.

So, all in all, a good Free Comic Book Day for me and the kids. I hope you had a good one, too.

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