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Best of 2013 – We Can Fix It!

We Can Fix It coverAs I mentioned during my Top 10 Comics of 2013, instead of just listing a bunch of honorable mentions for the list, I’m instead going to spotlight some other 2013 comics that I liked a lot in their own individual posts. First up, we have Jess Fink’s hilariously charming time travel graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions, We Can Fix It! The sub-title of the comic gives you the best idea of what it is about – “A Time Travel Memoir.” This story uses time travel as a way for Fink (and the reader) to re-examine Fink’s past and through these trips to the past, see her present in a new light. It’s a really delightful work that mixes over-the-top humor with some deep insights into Fink’s personality and both the vagaries of the human memory and the value that the mistakes in our lives have in making us who we are.
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What I bought – 1 January 2014

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Peter Lake seemed to love her in exactly the way that she loved everything that she knew she would lose. He kissed her, and stroked her, and spoke to her. How surprised she was at what he said. He told her about the city as if it were a live creature, pale and pink, that had a groin and blood and lips. He told her about spring in Prince Street, about the narrow alleys full of flowers, protected by trees, quiet and dark. He told her about the colors in coats and clothes and on the stage and in all kinds of lights, and that their random movement made them come alive. “Prince Street,” he said, “is alive. The buildings are ruddy as flesh. I’ve seen them breathe. I swear it.” He surprised even himself.

He talked to her for hours. He talked himself dry. She leaned back on the pillows, pleased to be naked in front of him, relaxed, calm, smiling. He talked hills. He talked gardens. What he said was so gentle, strong, and full of counterpoint and rhyme, that he was not even sure that it was not singing. And long before he was all talked out and exhausted, she had fallen in love with him. (Mark Helprin, from Winter’s Tale)
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My Top Ten Comics of 2013

Instead of just doing “honorable mentions,” I will try to do some separate spotlights over the next week or so of some books that I liked a lot this year but fell just shy of my top ten. So here is my top ten (no ties for number ten – that’s cheating!)!
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Review time! with A Boy and a Girl

12-26-2013 03;38;17PM

“I was her, she was me; we were one, we were free”
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Review time! with Winter City #4-7

12-22-2013 03;45;20PM (2)

“Strapped in the chair of the city’s gas chamber; why I’m here I can’t quite remember”
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What I bought – 18 December 2013

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I did not betray Mr. Kurtz – it was ordered I should never betray him – it was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice. (Joseph Conrad, from Heart of Darkness)

(Lots of Not Safe For Work stuff in this post. You’ve been warned!!!!)
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Review time! with Bad Houses

12-16-2013 01;48;30PM (2)

“It’s an antidote to a life spent on the beat / That’s the beat of concrete, the beat of machines / Of mobile phones and plasma screens / How much junk in my life do I really need?”
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Two Readings of Gødland Finale and a Brief Interlude

Gødland Finale is a cosmic superhero comic.

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What I bought – 11 December 2013

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It was not the sufferings of the maimed and the dead that pained him, but the very absence of that pain; he could not forget those terrible scenes, the blood and mud, the bundles of squirming flesh, but, remembering, he felt nothing, nothing, and this emptiness horrified him. (John Banville, from Doctor Copernicus)
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Review time! with a bunch of stuff from Amigo Comics

12-10-2013 02;24;46PM

Let’s throw them in the blender and see what comes out!
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What I bought – 4 December 2013

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“How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise.” (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for November 2013

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Yeah, I know it’s December. That’s just the way it is!
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What I bought – 27 November 2013

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Dare you say men are as gods? the shocked inquisitors in Rome would ask him. Can they change the stars in their courses? They can, Bruno answers; they can; they have already. (John Crowley from Ægypt)
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Review time! with The Lost Boy

11-25-2013 04;56;14PM

“One must hide when the sun gets higher / I don’t know what this madness means”
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What I bought – 20 November 2013

11-20-2013 01;04;46PM (2)

“This is what history consists of. It’s the sum total of all the things they aren’t telling us.” (Don DeLillo, from Libra)
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