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Flippin’ through Previews – February 2010

The Marvel Universe has apparently never existed before … because it starts in Previews #257!

I don't know what this means

I mean, what’s up with that cover? I know that it’s time for shiny, happy Marvel again, but it’s not the start of the Marvel Universe, which has existed for five decades. Right? Oh, who cares? Let’s flip!

Dark Horse:

Liam Sharp shows up on page 29 with a 40-page Aliens book … for 11 dollars? I’m kind of curious, but that seems a bit spendy, doesn’t it? (16 June)

Am I missing something?

I missed the first Alien Legion Omnibus (although I’m sure it’s still available), and now the next one is offered on page 30. Any positive testimonials about this? (9 June)

I’m kind of keen to get the new printing of Red Tide, which is on page 36. Come on, it’s Steranko! It has to be good, right? Right? Anyone? (23 June)

STERANKOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Over on page 46, Beasts of Burden gets the trade paperback treatment. It’s 20 bucks, it features the older stories, it’s good horror, it has Jill Thompson on art … what’s not to love? (16 June)

DC:

I always chuckle when a new bowl game or other sporting event calls itself a “classic” before it’s even played. DC doesn’t escape the hyperbole, either! Let’s check out the solicitation text for Brightest Day #0 (page 63): “The effects that the already classic BLACKEST NIGHT …” It’s not even finished yet, but hot damn! it’s a classic! (14 April)

Green Lantern #53 (page 64): “New Guardians”? Well, it worked really well last time, so why not this time? (21 April)

I want to resist yet another story about Gotham City’s craziest place (Arkham Asylum – Madness; page 69) because we’ve seen so many of those, but damn, it’s Sam Kieth. Damn. That’ll be cooooooool! (23 June)

The weirder the better, say I!

So David Hine writes and Jeremy Haun draws Detective Comics #864 (page 71). It’s yet another Arkham Asylum story, but that’s a good team, I must say. (28 April)

Outsiders #29 (page 73): Looker returns. Damn it. I love Looker, by the way, but do not like her as a vampire. And there she is, still a vampire. Damn. (21 April)

I’ve never read a Doc Savage book, but I have to ask, given the cover of issue #1 (page 78) – does he wake up in the morning and put on a unripped shirt and then it always gets ripped, or does he simply wear the ripped one from the day before, knowing he’s going to be in a situation where it’s going to get ripped? It’s vexing. (14 April)

Meanwhile, in other First Wave news, we get The Spirit #1 on page 79. The art in the main story is by Moritat, and the back-up story by Denny O’Neil and Bill motherfucking Sienkiewicz. Man, that’s tempting.

Hey, Roy Harper got a fake arm (page 82)! How shocking! (28 April)

You can pick up a nifty hardcover of the Rucka/Williams run on Detective on page 87 for a cool $25. If you’ve been waiting for it, it’s really gorgeous. (30 June)

So the Justice League: Cry for Justice hardcover is offered on page 90. It claims that the art is by Mauro Cascioli. Wasn’t the most recent issue not actually drawn by Cascioli? (2 June)

There’s a hardcover of Seven Soldiers of Victory on page 91. It’s 40 bucks, and it’s chock full of Morrison goodness! It doesn’t feature JLA: Classified #1-3, which it probably should, but still!

The Viking Prince (page 93)! By Robert Kanigher, Bob Haney, and Joe Kubert! Whoo-hoo! Even though there were no Vikings in “fifth century” Iceland, I don’t care! (30 June)

So, in Batman: Brave and the Bold #16 (page 97), Egghead teams up with Egg-Fu. If that happened in a “regular” DC book, it would turn into a bloodbath. In a Johnny DC book, it will be awesome. (28 April)

The regular DCU book would start with some kind of massacre of chickens due to Egghead's instability or something

I’m not all that interested in the new DV8 mini-series (page 99), but it is written by Brian Wood. That’s something! (21 April)

Even though I like to get my Big Two mini-series in trade these days, Garrison (page 106) sounds keen. It’s Jeff Mariotte and Francesco Francavilla and a story about a mysterious and dangerous man. You know it will look great! (28 April)

Man, I love Francavilla

Greendale, which is based on a Neil Young album, shows up on page 110. It’s written by Joshua Dysart and drawn by Cliff Chiang, so it will probably be well written and it will look wonderful. On the other hand … the story, which is about a “politically active teenage girl named Sun” whose family has a “preternatural communion with nature” and whose town gets sent to hell is a bit of a stretch. I don’t know. I’ll have to mull it over. (9 June)

I’m not entirely sure that the world was clamoring for a trade paperback of Codename: Knockout, but there it is on page 112! (19 May)

Well, I guess it’s a good time to rectify the fact that I’ve never read Stuck Rubber Baby, as we get a new edition on page 119. Yes, I’ve never read it. Forgive me! (2 June)

I have no indy cred!

Image:

You know, I don’t know if Turf (page 138) is going to be any good – it’s a 1920s gangster epic that apparently has some weird extraterrestrial elements in it, but Tommy Lee Edwards is the kind of artist who can get me to buy almost anything. (7 April)

Aliens and prohibition!  It could be great, it could be a train wreck!

Page 146 has The Light, in which a “mysterious virus infects anyone that looks into an electric light” and, apparently, burns people alive from the inside out. Charming! Brett Weldele is an acquired taste, I believe, but I have acquired it, so I’ll have to give it a look. (14 April)

Plus, it takes place in Oregon, so you know it's awesome!

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Giancarlo Caracuzzo, who brought us The Last Resort, return with Splatterman, which features two comic creators and their horror character, who has gone terribly wrong. This sounds like good, gory fun. (28 April)

Hey, it’s a Cowboy Ninja Viking trade on page 154! (14 April)

The second trade of Chew and the fourth volume of Elephantmen are offered on page 155. Both are very good, and I can’t tell you why I’m excited about the Elephantmen trade, but I am. (14 and 7 April, respectively)

If you’ve been waiting for the trade of Underground, it’s offered on page 158. I can’t say it’s completely worth it because issue #5 hasn’t come out yet, but through four issues, it’s very good. (21 April)

Magdalena returns on page 170. Try to control your excitement! (28 April)

Marvel:

You know, when I open the Marvel Previews, I’m confronted by this page of Dustin Weaver’s Leonardo da Vinci, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., which geeks me out to no freakin’ end:

So simple ... so brilliant!

I wonder if da Vinci would really wear his shirt open like that, but daaaaaammmmmmmnnnnnnn.

I like how on page 13, Marvel offers six books that are so classified (due to the fact that they deal with the aftermath of “Siege”) that Marvel can’t even tell us their final titles!!!!!!!! I’m sure they will sell, but that seems stupid somehow. But what the hell do I know?

You know, I hate agreeing with Kelly Thompson because she’s, you know, a girl, but the cover of Black Widow #1 (page 15) would kick so much ass if it weren’t for a small problem:

The first time she throws a punch - look out!

Really, Daniel Acuña? She’s going to fight bad guys like that? And note how the eye is drawn to her porn-star face (would she really wear that much eyeliner when she’s in action?) and then down to her breasts, including her nipples, which are faithfully represented. Sigh. I actually haven’t read anything by Marjorie Liu, so I have no idea if this will be any good, but that cover is one strike against it.

I do like it when Marvel (or DC) has a sense of humor about their idiotic policies. In the text for Captain America: Who Won’t Wield the Shield? (page 23), they write: “Featuring a special appearance by everybody’s favorite underused character, Deadpool! At last, Deadpool! In a comic!” That’s pretty funny.

I don’t want to get Spider-Man: Fever (page 34) until the trade comes out, but it’s only three issues, which means it will be collected with something else I might not want. And it’s Brendan McCarthy!!!!!!! Coolio!!!!!!

I love this cover of Daredevil #506 (page 43):

All covers should be as unusual as this one!

Despite the fact that I’ve been unhappy with Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four recently, S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 sounds awesome (page 60). S.H.I.E.L.D. agents through history? Sign me the fuck up!

On page 76, we find out that Daken is moving “toward his destiny of becoming the new Romulus.” So, wait a minute? Wasn’t Romulus introduced three years ago, and hasn’t really been that big a player? And now Dokken is replacing him? Weird.

Black Panther gets a Marvel Masterworks on page 85, with the story from Jungle Action #6-24. I doubt if I’ll get this, because it’s $65, but does anyone have positive things to say about this? It sounds keen, but who knows?

Over on page 115, Marvel gets around to collecting Warren Ellis’ Excalibur run. I still haven’t read this, even though I own the issues. I’ll get around to it eventually.

You know where we’re going next … it’s the back of the book!

On page 190, you can get the trade of The Black Coat: … Or Give Me Death! from Ape Entertainment. It’s quite good. Who doesn’t love supernatural spy stories in the American Revolution?

I always have to check out the fun stuff from Antarctic Press. Page 193 has two (2!) groovy things: A comic about Olivia Munn and one about Sarah Palin. The Olivia Munn one is written and drawn by Brian Denham, who’s a good artist, so it might actually not suck. As for the Sarah Palin one, well, here’s the cover:

She should have worn this on the campaign trail!

Sweet Jeebus.

Avatar gives us a trade of Garth Ennis’ and Jacen Burrows’ Crossed, which is apparently really, really twisted. If that’s your thing.

On page 206, Avatar has Do Anything by Warren Ellis. I assume it’s a lot like Come In Alone and From the Desk of Warren Ellis, two other collections of “thoughts” he’s had in the past fifteen years. It’ll probably be fairly entertaining, because those always are. And it’s only six bucks.

For those of you who can’t be bothered to read the Bible, Bluewater Productions has Faith #1: Jesus Christ on page 212. If you give this comic to sick people, will it cure them?

I don’t know if Codebreakers from Boom! Studios (page 214) is any good, but I love me some comics about spies trying to break codes, so I may have to be all over this!

You can also get the first trade of Incorruptible, Mark Waid’s “companion” title to Irredeemable. It’s superpowered people acting differently than they used to!

Boom! is beginning a new, “adult-oriented” imprint called Boom! Town, and the first two selections are on page 222. Shannon Wheeler’s I Thought You Would be Funnier, a collection of cartoons from The New Yorker, sounds decent, while Repuglicans, which shows various conservatives as monsters, does not (even though it’s “certified cool” by Previews). Stuff like that isn’t all that amusing, especially when both Democrats and Republicans are busy fucking up the country. There’s enough opprobrium for all!

Dynamite Entertainment is really excited about Green Hornet. They have the regular, Kevin Smith series, a “Year One” series by Matt Wagner, and a series about Kato by Ande Parks. Get more Green Hornet than you can handle!

Dan Clowes has a new book, Wilson, from Drawn & Quarterly (page 249). I’m sure it will be good, but the actual plot doesn’t sound like anything great: a middle-aged loner tries to rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife and build one with the daughter he never knew he had. But heck, it’s Clowes, so there’s that.

Loner = Loser?

Some interesting stuff from First Second this month (pages 254-255): Booth is a story of John Wilkes Booth, which might be pretty keen, while Gene Luan Yang’s Prime Baby gets collected, among other keen stuff.

Fact: Gene Yang is good.

On page 259, IDW has a comic-book adaptation of The Last Unicorn. Blast-from-the-past Peter Gillis is writing it! I’ve never read the book, but I’ll tell you one thing – the animated movie from the early 1980s is terrible. My daughter loves it, and the animation is pretty good, but the story is a mess. Is the book that all over the place?

IDW also has Kill Shakespeare on page 263, in which the heroes of Shakespeare’s plays battle his villains with the ultimate goal in mind – doing what the title says. It could be completely awesome or absolutely horrible. I’m hoping for the former!

Please, be good!

Mike Grell draws The Pilgrim (written by Mark Ryan), a story of “war and the supernatural,” with occult stuff from World War II affecting events today (page 270). It might be good or it might not, but it will look fantastic.

The second volume of Bloom County is on page 271. The first one was, unsurprisingly, awesome, so I can’t wait for this one!

IDW continues to publish old stuff that other companies once had with Danger Girl on page 272. I have no interest in this, but hey! J. Scott Campbell!

Hey! It’s yet more Green Hornet on page 277 from Moonstone. It’s a bunch of prose by various authors, one of whom appears to be Harlan Ellison. Who knew the Green Hornet would be so popular?

Peter Kuper draws Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for Classics Illustrated on page 278, from NBM. I hated The Jungle, but Kuper is quite good. I assume this is many years old, so does anyone have it?

I don’t have any interest in Spell Checkers from Oni Press (page 280) because it’s about teenaged witches, and can anything in that genre really top The Craft? Yeah, I don’t think so. But Jamie Rich is a pretty good writer, so you might be interested in this!

Over on page 283, Pure Imagination Publishing has a couple of collections from ye olden dayes of comicks, including Teen-Aged Dope Slaves and Reform School Girls, which features pre-Code comics with, well, wild teenagers. That has to rock!

Come on, you know you want it!

For some reason, Top Shelf has picked this spring to highlight Swedish comics, and there are some interesting selections on page 296. The one that interests me the most is Second Thoughts, which features two characters whose brief encounter at an airport changes their lives. But the others sound keen, too.

There’s nothing deeper in the back of the book that gives me nightmares, just the usual assortment of statues and busts that I can’t imagine anyone buying but they still do, so we’ll call it a day here. Have a grand time searching the dark corners of Previews for your comics fixes, everyone!

37 Comments

I’m 100% with you on the Da Vinci picture. Damn, I want that!

Re: the Black Panther Masterworks. Don McGregor did groundbreaking work in these stories and inspired some of our best writers, including Dwayne McDuffie. So, yeah, I recommend this collection.

I read Teen-Age Dope Fiends And Reform School Girls when it first came out in the ’80s. It wasn’t nearly as good as I hoped it would be.

Is Peter Gillis really back? Finally! I feared he’d disappeared off the face of the Earth. His Defenders was one of the greatest ever.

Is that Kang’s helmut on the floor next to Leonardo’s foot?

On page 206, Avatar has Do Anything by Warren Ellis. I assume it’s a lot like Come In Alone and From the Desk of Warren Ellis, two other collections of “thoughts” he’s had in the past fifteen years. It’ll probably be fairly entertaining, because those always are. And it’s only six bucks.

Or, you could read it for free here. It’s a heady (heh) read but well worth the time.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

January 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm

The Da Vinci picture does a lot for me, too, despite my intense distaste for the idea (first floated in Secret Warriors #1′s backmatter) that SHIELD and HYDRA are ancient organizations that fit behind the scenes of human history in Dan Brown fashion. I’m just tired of that story, not least because of the odium of conspiracy nuts saying similar sorts of crap about every major real life event.

Yes, conspiracy theorists have ruined conspiracy fiction for me. Arrrrrrgh! Now I have to throw darts at a picture of David Icke for awhile.

I wasn’t clamoring for a Codename: Knockout trade paperback. However, it reminded me that I loved that book! Campy spy action, a blonde bimbo kickass secret agent, and her gay sidekick. Man, that book had it all.

As for Boom!Town, I really appreciated their “press release”, which said “We’re going to do some cool stuff.” That’s it. Nothing else. It didn’t identify their goal for the imprint, or how the imprint’s books were going to differ from Boom!’s usual tepid fare.

I was trying to think who the heck Egghead is, aside from the Marvel one, so I looked it up. Serves me right for only thinking of actual characters from the comics! I guess he’s been pretty much TV-only until now.

Daniel O' Dreams

January 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Egghead looks just like Vincent Price! Cool.

Isn’t that Doom’s time machine next to Kang’s helmet. Maybe it’s got more to do with time travel than ancient conspiracies? Also Da Vinci rocks.

Tony: Good to know. You may have just cost me 65 dollars. Curses!

Dwayne McDuffie wrote a column about first discovering Jungle Action some time ago. Here’s the link if you’re interested:

http://dwaynemcduffie.com.lamphost.net/opinions/archives/TBC3.php

Matter-Pooper Lad

January 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Tony Isabella: “Re: the Black Panther Masterworks. Don McGregor did groundbreaking work in these stories… So, yeah, I recommend this collection.”

Me: It’s great to have the originals — don’t need to buy the collection. Matter of fact, you can still probably buy the originals for less than the Masterworks…
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Mary Warner: “I read Teen-Age Dope Fiends And Reform School Girls when it first came out in the ’80s. It wasn’t nearly as good as I hoped it would be.”

Me: My thoughts exactly. Pretty tame stuff. There’s better pre-code stuff out there waiting to be reprinted.
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Omar Karindu: “The Da Vinci picture does a lot for me, too, despite my intense distaste for the idea… that SHIELD and HYDRA are ancient organizations that fit behind the scenes of human history in Dan Brown fashion. I’m just tired of that story.”

Me: It tires me, too. The concept bores me already. Won’t have to spend money on this series.

>>Black Panther gets a Marvel Masterworks on page 85, with the story from Jungle Action #6-24. I doubt if I’ll get this, because it’s $65, but does anyone have positive things to say about this? It sounds keen, but who knows?<<

My first comment on CBSBG states an emphatic "YES" to Jungle Action. I consider Billy Graham one of the most underrated pencillers ever. Also, early inks by Klaus Janson! This title sported some great unconventional (for that time) layouts, breaking free of the typical Marvel panles and using the entire page. And did I mention Klaus Janson?

I loved this book as a kid and even though I own the entire run I WILL buy this omnibus…I have waited for this for a long time. BTW, Jack Kirby took over the title(story and art) not long after this run and, well, ruined it.

Matter-Pooper Lad

January 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Greg, your comments on the Black Widow cover are Right On.

I can believe in Superman or the Hulk a lot easier than I can believe in a “spy” running around around in a garish leather costume with her boobs hanging out. This is pubescent porn.

Greg,
If you’re unsure about Mike Grell’s Pilgrim series, there’s a free preview of it available at ComicMix.com. I thought it was fantastic, and I’m very much looking forward to it.

Other things that looked interesting in the Previews for me were:
Dingo
RASL by Jeff Smith.
A Drifting Life
Iron Man Legacy #1 by Fred Van Lente

You know what’s gonna suck? That Da Vinci, Agent of SHIELD picture after it gets colored. That line work is way too strong to be covered up.

Aside from the issues you mentioned about the Black Widow cover, I still think its a pretty groovy picture. Not sure if I’ll pick it up though.

I will be picking up an issue of SHIELD though :)

What’s wrong with The Jungle?

Oh, man. That does look like Kang’s helmet on the ground. And Da Vinci’s wearing striped pants.

Leonardo Da Vinci is Kang!

HOLY SHIT.

[...] found this at “Comics Should Be Good” @ CBR, it’s an alternate cover for an issue of Jonathan Hickman’s SHIELD I think.  Or maybe [...]

Omar, I’m sick of conspiracy stories, too. It’s the thing that’s bothered me the most about Marvel in recent years (what with Civil War, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign– one paranoid saga after another, all interfering with good series). It’s even one of the reasons I stopped reading Mutant books regularly in the late ’80s. (I’ve read them occasionally since, but rarely for very long.)

Since when was Black Widow anything but Bond-villainess cheesecake? And now we’re “offended” by her tits hanging out? Get real.

I wish I could unreservedly recommend the Jungle Action collection. I loved, loved, LOVED these comics when they came out. Klaus Janson’s inking on the first issue over Rich Buckler’s creative layouts was so striking that I think I learned what an inker was and became a Janson fan at the same time. McGregor immediately became on of my favorite writers. His writing was in many ways groundbreaking in its day. McGregor, Steve Gerber, Steve Englehart, and Doug Moench were bringing new voices and new ideas into Marvel that departed from the Stan Lee model. I followed him avidly on not just the Panther but his Amazing Adventures/Killraven series. I read with somewhat lesser enthusiasm his weaker, briefer stint on “Luke Cage, Power Man,” as Hero for Hire had come to be called.

After Buckler left Jungle Action, Janson continued to enhance the art over not just Billy Graham’s pencils but, briefly and fascinatingly, over Gil Kane’s. (What can I say? I was, and am, an art geek, and I kind of miss those days when you rarely knew who was going to be inking whom in a given month. I became quite adept at playing spot-the-inker.) The art looked substantially less great when Janson left. There was, however, an issue with the once-in-a-lifetime art combo of Graham’s pencils, Craig Russell’s inks, and colors by Tom Palmer. Palmer, an excellent colorist (especially given the printing limitations of those days), almost never colored any art he didn’t ink. It looked great.

But in hindsight McGregor’s prose is terribly purple and overwrought. His characters are always making speeches, and his captions, which are truly dense, just up the ante. He beats the reader over the head with the same themes over and over. McGregor believed in heroism in a way one rarely sees in comics nowadays. It was thrilling to a 13-year-old boy. But an adult comics reader in the post-Alan Moore, post-Grant Morrison age may find it rather alien and perhaps juvenile.

I still think you should read the stories one way or another. But you should be prepared to view them in the context of their time.

Steranko finally finished the new Red Tide? Hot damn! I’d given up… he was talking about how it was coming “in a little while” back when I saw him in San Diego in 1999.

I have the first one here and that one’s pretty cool. I’m in.

So is the History of Comics Vol. 3 next?

Because I’m probably never going to get another opportunity where posting this link is remotely relevant, for those interested, here is a review of The Last Unicorn movie Greg refers to as “a mess”.

I remember the black and white UK Daredevil reprints, and The Black Widow looked a whole lot better fully zipped up…

Included also in that Da Vinci pic as eye candy:

LOVE the Prometheus helmet on the left….and the Egyptian “hawk” helmet on the right…..

I give kudos to everyone who spotted the Kang helmet but Apodaca got me thinking about the pants and sure enough I checked out my Kang Time and Time again TPB and sure enough there are those pants….

Considering Kang’s history…definitely a “Whoa” moment…..

Seriously, who’s buying that Sarah Palin as Wonder Woman book? I liked that look better on Emily Deshancel on Bones….

Hmmm anyone got word on the 3rd Tiny Titans collection or the latest G-Man one?

“especially when both Democrats and Republicans are busy fucking up the country.”

Pretty broad statement. Any examples of this to share with us?
DFTBA

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I’ll have to mull it over.

Well, as ‘mull’ is what they used to call weed in highschool, and this is a comic based on a Neil Young concept album… then that’s probably exactly what you should do with this one.

IDW continues to publish old stuff that other companies once had with Danger Girl on page 272. I have no interest in this, but hey! J. Scott Campbell!

I’m with you, but I once read a review by Warren Ellis raving about the book… and so I’ve always been curious about it.

I’m 100% with you on the Da Vinci picture. Damn, I want that!

Man Of Action – the writing collective of Steven Seagle, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Duncan Rouleau – used to have unsold concepts on their site, one of which was an animated series called ‘Teen DaVinci’ (or something to that affect, maybe ‘The Adventures of Young DaVinci’), but the concept was that it was DaVinci as a teen, inventing and being all artistic and stuff, to try and impress the ladies.
Always wanted to see that one get made.

As for Agent of Shield… have they changed what Shield means, or is he traveling through time or something,,, because the the name doesn’t exactly sound like something they would have come up with at any other time than the mid-20th century.

“Pretty broad statement. Any examples of this to share with us?”

You want proof of representatives from both of the major political parties doing bad things?

Read the news. This is not the kind of statement anyone should have to explain. I think you’re just being contrary.

I find myself wondering if “The Marvel Universe Starts Here” means Iron Man travels back in time to observe the Big Bang.

Forgive me from digressing from the pressing importance of Iron Man, SHIELD et al but… since you commented on my upcoming book I think you deserve a response.
Greg, here’s the thing. I am not saying you should want or like or buy my book, REPUGLICANS, but I am saying it doesn’t work for me to just say, “well all politicians are equally bad so you can’t just criticize one group etc.” As an
artist and an american and a human being I see some UNPRECEDENTED BULLSHIT going down against our
President- and a lot of it is because he’s black. Not all but a lot. There are people in this country who CANNOT STAND the face that we now have a black president. They will say ANYTHING in their forthing frenzy of freakout, no matter how insane. Palin doesn’t like somebody using the word “retarded” and trots out her phony outrage… but she stood at podium during the campaing chanting “who is Barack Obama?” while her screaming shills screeched
“Terrorist! Kill him!” and that was okay??? And now she says name-calling is bad and hurtful. Boo fucking hoo. And
I don’t care that the fucking lame Democrats lost a senate seat; they had the seats for a year AND STILL COULDN’T DO SHIT. So yeah, many of them suck too. But when the president wants to give kids a little peptalk
about staying in school and getting an education and how education is good and important, and that’s all he wants to do, suddenly the situation is twisted into one where he’s just like Saddam Hussein or King Jong Ill and we are living in a dictatorship and don’t let your kids go to school that day… well, fuck those assholes. My choice is to sit on my ass and get mad- or to express my outrage and I choose to express it graphically. I am not out to persuade or preach- I am just putting my feelings down for the sake of my soul. I can’t sit by and let these blowhards spout their endless crap without saying something myself. Where were the tea party assholes during the Bush years? Where was the repuglican health plan then? I could go on but I don’t want to belabor this is your forum. Anyway it’s not as simple as just complaining or making fun. There will be text in the book which mixes humor with facts. Something needs to be said on the other side. And for the record, I don’t think the comic book market is the best place to say it as I don’t think comic readers are that interested in such things. I hope the book will find a place in bookstores among politcal satire where it belongs. Respectfully, Pete Von Sholly

Pete: Thanks for stopping by. I do appreciate it. It actually make me more curious about the book.

Thanks. I should have mentioned my buddy Steve Tatham, a comedy writer and performer with strong political views (a man of many talents and achievements) who is writing the text- and that the text is as important as the art. So, in other words, it is much more than a book of nasty pictures. Hopefully it will also be entertaining and funny and informative too. Anyway thanks for hearing me out!

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