Friday, August 11, 2006

BUY THIS BOOK -- You may be aware that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's Sleeper was one of the best comics of the past decade. A complex look at a double (or is it triple?) agent working inside the most powerful criminal organization on the planet, for 24 issues it was the best book being put out by DC/Vertigo. So of course, they cancelled it.

Brubaker and Phillips are back:

Criminal #1 is listed on page 80 of the current Marvel Previews catalog.

The Diamond order code for #1 is AUG06 2090 D4. It will arrive in comic shops in October, but you need to tell your retailer NOW that you want a copy. Hell, buy two or three and share them with friends who enjoy good crime stories, comics, or both.

You can download a Criminal PDF "trailer" to enjoy, pass around, and again, show to your retailer. Making sure that as many people as possible are aware and excited about Criminal is the best way to make sure we get to read it and enjoy it, for a good long time. If you have a blog, blog about it. If you're on a message board, write it up and link to the PDF. If you're in church, politely step up front and ask if you can preach the good word of Criminal for a few moments.

Wait, that last one might not be such a good idea.

But seriously, now is the time to get the word out, Criminal is coming, and it's going to be great comics. Brubaker and Phillips have proven themselves time and again, together and apart. But I like 'em best together, and the coming of Criminal makes me very, very happy.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

My Best Sweet Potato -- Now, here's something I am genuinely excited about: My Best Sweet Potato by "Rainy Dohaney," better known in comics circles as Renée French. If you're not familiar with French's work, her Marbles in My Underpants is absolutely essential comics reading, and under her own name she also published The Soap Lady and The Ticking (one of the very best graphic novels of this year to date, and unlikely to be knocked out of the top ten in the months remaining) through Top Shelf.

This is Rainy Dohaney's second children's book, following up on the utterly charming and beautifully illustrated Tinka (here's my review).

Whether you have children in your life, or just appreciate French's highly personal storytelling and lush, gorgeous artwork, My Best Sweet Potato is a must-buy release. It should be available in most bookstores, oh, right about now. (Thanks to The Spurge).


Monday, August 07, 2006

The Descent -- I came to this movie very late, but if you haven't seen it and you like scary movies, The Descent is the best one I've seen in many years. Here's Ebert's spoiler-free review. Pay careful attention to what he says about not letting ANYONE tell you ANYTHING about the movie, other than to see it. Re-read his review once you have, because he cannily includes points you won't even notice until you see the movie.

We watched it last night, and I was amazed to find a horror film in 2006 could contain new ideas, new shocks and genuine horror. Download it, add it to your Netflix queue, steal an old lady's matinee ticket on your lunch break -- but if you haven't seen it, see it.


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