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Review time! with Ramshackle: A Yellowknife Story

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“We will go nowhere we know / ‘Til we find our one and all / Your hand me downs, flypaper towns / Stuck together one and all”
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Comics You Should Own – Swamp Thing #20-64

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When I first started writing these posts, over a decade ago, I might have skipped this, because I wanted to focus on things that weren’t quite so famous. That changed pretty quickly, however, so of course I’m going to write about these comics!!!
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Review time! with Black Jack Ketchum #3 and 4

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“Well, he robbed his way from Utah to Oklahoma and the law just could not seem to track him down”
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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2016

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I can almost get past the cover of Previews #330 without bursting into laughter, but it’s really difficult! Let’s check it out!
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What I bought, read, or otherwise consumed – February 2016 selections

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I wanted to start doing these kinds of posts – where I write about one-shots and complete arcs as well as trades and other stuff – in January, but January is always a busy month for me, so I tend to slack off a bit with my comics writing. So let’s get started with February, shall we?
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Review time! with some small-press comics!

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I’ve been meaning to review these for quite some time, so I better get on it, oughtn’t I?
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Flippin’ through Previews – February 2016

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Yes, it’s time for Previews #329, with more good stuff than you deserve!
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Comics You Should Own – All Star Superman

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“You’re much stronger than you think you are. Trust me.”
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Flippin’ through Previews – January 2016

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Whoo-hoo! Look at that date up there! It’s a brand new year, and a brand new Previews to go along with it! Let’s dive right in!
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Ring out the old and ring in the new with another round of Name That Artist!

What better way to celebrate the year in the past and look forward to the year to come by looking at art from a comic of the past and trying to guess who drew it? I can’t think of any better way, can you?!?!?!?
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What I bought – 23 December 2015

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It was that Citizen Kane represented, more than any other movie Joe had ever seen, the total blending of narration and image that was – didn’t Sammy see it? – the fundamental principle of comic book storytelling, and the irreducible nut of their partnership. Without the witty, potent dialogue and the puzzling shape of the story, the movie would have been merely an American version of the kind of brooding, shadow-filled Ufa-style expressionist stuff that Joe had grown up watching in Prague. Without the brooding shadows and bold adventurings of the camera, without the theatrical lighting and queasy angles, it would have been merely a clever movie about a rich bastard. It was more, much more, than any movie really needed to be. In this one crucial regard – its inextricable braiding of image and narrative – Citizen Kane was like a comic book. (Michael Chabon, from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay)
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What I bought – 16 December 2015

When we were driving out of the town I said, “I hate the corpses of empires, they stink as nothing else. They stink so badly that I cannot believe that even in life they were healthy.” “I do not think you can convince mankind,” said my husband, “that there is not a certain magnificence about a great empire in being.” “Of course there is,” I admitted, “but the hideousness outweighs the beauty. You are not, I hope, going to tell me that they impose laws on lawless people. Empires live by the violation of law.” (Rebecca West, from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)
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What I bought – 9 December 2015

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“For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep. Hence the Jews. Divine providence has given them to us, and so, by God, let us use them, and pray there’s always some Jew to fear and to hate. We need an enemy to give the people hope. Someone said that patriotism is the last refuge of cowards; those without moral principles usually wrap a flag around themselves, and the bastards always talk about the purity of the race. National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same. Hatred has to be cultivated as a civic passion. The enemy is the friend of the people. You always want someone to hate in order to feel justified in your own misery. Hatred is the true primordial passion. It is love that’s abnormal. That is why Christ was killed: he spoke against nature. You don’t love someone for your whole life – that impossible hope is the source of adultery, matricide, betrayal of friends … But you can hate someone for your whole life, provided he’s always there to keep your hatred alive. Hatred warms the heart.” (Umberto Eco, from The Prague Cemetery)
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What I bought – 2 December 2015

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We lay very still. I could feel the air around us changing, blooming and shimmering like the air over a scorching road. My heart was speeding, or hers was banging against my chest, I’m not sure. I turned Cassie in my arms and kissed her, and after a moment she kissed me back.

I know I said that I always choose the anticlimactic over the irrevocable, and yes of course what I meant was that I have always been a coward, but I lied: not always, there was that night, there was that one time. (Tana French, from In the Woods)
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