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Saturday, June 30, 2007

 
Previews -- Just made my way through the newest edition of Previews, and I don't think I'm pre-ordering anything this time around. Maybe Mark Millar and Anthony Williams's Unfunnies #3-4, because I am curious how that story ends. I'd love to get the new Adrian Tomine hardcover Shortcomings, but I have the single issues it collects and am kind of broke at the moment. The real ache this month comes from the new hardcover Walt and Skeezix Sundays collection, which looks to be out-of-this-world gorgeous. But at $95.00, that definitely is not in the budget at the moment.

It's funny, when I see Previews is arriving in a given week's Diamond shipment, I get a little excited to see what it holds in the good section, the one past the Marvel/DC/Image/Dark Horse whatever section -- not that there aren't occasionally books worth reading in that part as well -- but every month, when I actually grab a pen and a piece of paper and start slogging through it, man, it's a relief when it's over. And that's even with ignoring the crap like t-shirts, toys and whatever else is past the section with the good funnybooks in.

I am curious about Dwayne McDuffie's run on JLA, which starts with the issue solicited in this month's Previews, and may take a look if the word of mouth is good, once it's collected under one cover. But the taint of Brad Meltzer on the title and the fact that they have frigging Ian Churchill drawing the multiple covers of McDuffie's first issue? That's a lot of negative factors that just won't let me give the nod to my retailer to set one aside for me.

And wow, those Spider-Man "One More Day" covers are godawful hideous. At the shop last night, my son surprised me by asking if I would buy him the newest issue of Spider-Man Adventures, and I did, and I'm glad there's at least one Spider-Man title that appeals to an 11-year-old boy, even if it is the ghettoized "Kiddie" version. Which is to say nothing at all against the Marvel Adventures line -- most of the titles seem well-crafted and appeal to the target audience -- I just don't understand why you can't apply those factors to the main Marvel Universe titles. Are they so afraid the superhero convenience shop junkies won't support comics that aim to entertain rather than arouse?*

* By "arouse," I don't mean sexually, I am referring to Marvel and DC's ongoing use of "events" and "deaths" to arouse interest in SCSJ** instead of quality comic book storytelling that would attract a far wider audience.

** SCSJ=Superhero Convenience Shop Junkies.

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

 
June Previews Pre-Ordering and My Monthly Pull List -- Well, since switching comic shops I've begun getting Diamond's Previews catalog again. Here's what I pre-ordered from the June catalog, presumably arriving in August...

* Pg. 293 Berlin #13 (Drawn and Quarterly) -- If I waited until this excellent series has enough issues in the can for a second collection, I might very well be dead.

* Pg. 298 Complete Peanuts 1965-1966 (Fantagraphics)-- One of the most gratifying reprint projects of all time, every volume is a delight to dive in to. And as an added bonus, this volume will include the strip that appeared the day I was born. Tell me you won't be jazzed to see the same when your time comes around!

* Pg. 330 Scott Pilgrim Vol. 4 (Oni Press) -- Probably the most exciting release in the catalog for me. Bryan Lee O'Malley's comics are energetic, witty and most of all they feel very much like what's happening in comics right this moment.

These are in addition to the monthly titles I have on my pull list...which looks something like this:

ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
AMERICAN SPLENDOR
ATLAS
AUTHORITY, THE
BART SIMPSON*
BOYS, THE
BUFFY SEASON 8*
CAPTAIN AMERICA
CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD
COMICS JOURNAL, THE
CONAN
CRIMINAL
DELPHINE
DESOLATION JONES
DETECTIVE COMICS
EIGHTBALL
FELL
FRANKLIN RICHARDS*
FUTURAMA*
LOCAL
LOVE & ROCKETS
MARVEL ZOMBIES
NEW TALES OF OLD PALOMAR
OPTIC NERVE
PALOOKAVILLE
PLANETARY
PUNISHER MAX
PUNISHER PRESENTS BARRACUDA MAX
PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL
SIMPSONS, THE*
SIMPSONS MAGAZINE*
SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE*
SPIRIT, THE
SUPER F*CKERS
TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE
TEEN TITANS GO*
WILDCATS

Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are for my kids, or in the case of Buffy, for one of my kids, and also one for me...

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