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Bill vs. Comics: Wonder Woman, Cursed Pirate Girl

In which Bill remembers his WordPress password…

I still buy an unhealthy amount of comics. By unhealthy, I mean it would be hazardous to my health if the pile of comics were to topple onto me. The problem is compounded by the fact that while I may be buying plenty of comics, I’m not reading very many of them. To wit, here is but a small sample of my “To Be Read” pile:

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Princeless Book 5: Make Yourself #1

Tomorrow, Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless series continues with the release of the first issue of the fifth book of the Princeless series, with art by Emily Martin and colorist Brett Grunig. The way the series continues is a bit of a novel one, as the “book” approach is an apt description, as this really is very much a continued narrative, just split into short “books,” which it an approach that I fully support, as #1s tend to work well as jump-on points for new readers (even more so than your typical “series of mini-series,” Princeless is really just one long story).

If you’re unfamiliar about Princeless, it about a young princess who frees herself (along with the dragon that was guarding here) and goes to free her sisters from THEIR guarded towers (she’s helped on the journey by a half-dwarf armor maker named Bedelia). The great Kelly Sue DeConnick recommended Princeless last year when I did my month of recommendations by cool comic creators.

Book 5 of the series opens with an intriguing expansion to the cast of characters, as well as an interesting consolidation of the plots of a couple of the book’s supporting characters.
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Black Panther #1 Review

This week saw the debut of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin’s new Black Panther series, a bold new addition to the Black Panther mythos that both embraces the history of the character while taking a unique approach to that history. Stelfreeze’s design work is exemplary, as he strikes that balance that many Black Panther artists have to work between making Wakanda embraces its past but while still looking futuristic. In a lot of ways, Stelfreeze’s design work is like Coates’ writing – honoring the past while looking forward at the same time. Martin is one of the best colorists in the business, so you better believe that she added a striking lushness to Stelfreeze’s art.

Read on for some more detailed thoughts on the issue…
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What I bought, read, or otherwise consumed – March 2016

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“That which is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.” (Samuel Johnson)
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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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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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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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Some Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren’t Aware Of Review

Comedian Doogie Horner recently came out with a hilarious collection of, well, very interesting cats that perhaps you weren’t aware of. Let’s take a look at how interesting these cats really are.
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Sticky Graphic Novels Review

This past fall, Dale Lazarov launched a new line of graphic novels called Sticky Graphic Novels. Lazarov is the art director for the project, so he basically plots all of the graphic novels, which follow in the footsteps of Lazarov’s acclaimed gay erotic graphic novels. These are wordless, character-based, sex positive graphic novels (with lots of sex in them, so don’t go visiting the website for the company unless that’s what you’re looking to see). I’ll give a quick overview of the initial three graphic novels from the line.
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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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My Top Ten Comics of 2015

Here is my list for the top ten comics for 2015. No honorable mentions this year, but suffice it to say that there were TONS of honorable mentions, just like there are every year, as I read a whoooole lot of good comics. I actually didn’t get CBR’s call for the top 100 comics list until the last minute, so I had to throw this list together pretty quickly, so I might be missing deserving candidates, but once I sent it in, I figured, hey, close enough! So my write-ups are pretty short.
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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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