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What I bought – March 2014 selections

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On the narrow Augesd dam where for so many years the old miller had been accustomed to sit in his tasseled cap peacefully angling, while his grandson, with shirt sleeves rolled up, handled the floundering silvery fish in the watering can, on that dam over which for so many years Moravians in shaggy caps and blue jackets had peacefully driven their two-horse carts loaded with wheat and had returned dusty with flour whitening their carts – on that narrow dam amid the wagons and the cannon, under the horses’ hoofs and between the wagon wheels, men disfigured by fear of death now crowded together, crushing one another, dying, stepping over the dying and killing on another, only to move on a few steps and be killed themselves in the same way. (Leo Tolstoy, from War and Peace)
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Year of the Artist, Day 58: Francesco Francavilla, Part 4 – Detective Comics #875

01-27-2014 12;36;14PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Francesco Francavilla, and the issue is Detective Comics #875, which was published by DC and is cover dated May 2011. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 45: Marshall Rogers, Part 1 – Detective Comics #475

01-11-2014 10;57;48AM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marshall Rogers, and the issue is Detective Comics #475, which was published by DC and is cover dated February 1978. This scan is from The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, my beat-up edition of which came out in 1988. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 39: Dustin Nguyen, Part 4 – Detective Comics #840

12-24-2013 06;56;10PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Dustin Nguyen, and the issue is Detective Comics #840, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 2008. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 5 February 2014

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“Well, I don’t really know how it feels, because I was so upset over it, but basically it feels like you’ve just tried to kill yourself. Until you almost kill a person you don’t really understand what it’s like to be a human being, how quickly and easily you can die yourself. Up to that point, I pictured life as something that gradually leads to death. And death was a process, something that happened over a period of time, eventually. Now I know that death is a halt. It just happens, suddenly. Life ends. Life just stops, and even if you’re ninety, it still happens right in the middle of your life.” (Jeremy Leven, from Creator)
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What I bought – 8 January 2014

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we cry we laugh we feel we love we live
in the coffin of our existence and
IT IS ALWAYS TOO LATE (Tommy Trantino, from Lock the Lock)
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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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What I bought – 6 November 2013

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On the road, when I met people, I asked them always about the past. Only in this way could the present become comprehensible. (Robert Kaplan, from Balkan Ghosts)
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Why I don’t trust Scott Snyder

06-14-2013 06;33;46PM

As a writer, that is. I don’t know him personally, so maybe he’s an excellent dude, one you can trust with your life or your money or to babysit your kids. But as a writer … I just don’t trust him yet.
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Ecce picturae intra libros: Comics art for the week of 1 May 2013

05-02-2013 04;04;03PM (2)

‘I met Andy Warhol at a really chic party’ / Blow it out your hairdo, ’cause you work at Hardee’s!
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What I bought – 27 February and 6 March 2013

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George looked at his granddaughter’s empty suit. He thought of Job. Satan lacked imagination. To crack a man’s faith, one need not resort to burning his flesh, ruining his finances, or any such obvious afflictions. One need only take a man’s species away from him. (James Morrow, This Is The Way The World Ends)
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What I bought – 6 February 2013

“Italians have made the family an extremist group. The family is the instrument of revenge.” (Don DeLillo, from The Names)

Heads on sticks! Holy crap, I love the covers of this series Everyone loves the Merrymaker! There are no ninjas in this issue Cover text! Groovy! Oh, Howard Chaykin - what happened to you? The buildings are attacking him! So misleading! He looms like a looming loomer! That dude doesn't seem to be helping all that much Come at us, bros! That's ... unfortunate Yep, here it is again Stretch, Conan, stretch! Blood!  BLOOD!
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What I bought – 9 January 2013

She said, “In every age, there must be truths people can’t fight – whether or not they want to, whether or not they will go on being truths in the future. We live in the truth of what Freud discovered. Whether or not we like it. However we’ve modified it. We aren’t really free to suppose – to imagine – he could possibly have been wrong about human nature. In particulars, surely – but not in the large plan –” (A. S. Byatt, from Possession)

Pills solve everything! Batman sez: Why won't DC leave the damned Joker out of my comics for a few furshlugginer years?!?!? Avert your eyes!!! Frazer Irving is a crazy dude, man Dude should take better care of his cape Heart transplants don't work that way Drama! This won't end well It's BACK! Probably only 90 per cent pure awesome, but still pretty good Nice of this to finally show up! More cheap comics from Valiant! Another one bites the dust More American history than you can shake a stick at! Yeah, it's a book about fishing - wanna make something out of it? Does anything in this book exist anymore?  What's the point? Yeah, I'll give this a look ...
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What I bought – 5 December 2012

It came to me that he meant something different by “smile” than I did; that the irony, the humourlessness, the ruthlessness I had always noticed in his smiling was a quality he deliberately inserted; that for him the smile was something essentially cruel, because freedom is cruel, because the freedom that makes us at least partly responsible for what we are is cruel. So that the smile was not so much an attitude to be taken to life as the nature of the cruelty of life, a cruelty we cannot even choose to avoid, since it is human existence. (John Fowles, from The Magus)

Move aside, citizen, or I will pee on you! I wouldn't mind living there - it looks pretty cool There is a sad lack of Checkers in this issue Man, do I HATE this cover/mask scheme for this crossover! Oh dear Oh good.  I was worried that DC wasn't publishing enough comics with the Joker in them. Dex Parrios - NASCAR champion! That small child they're all attacking is FUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKKED Maybe her boobs will scare him off! KIRBY!!!! Volume One of Two?  Dang. I guess sales were't great? And so my nuValiant reading begins!
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What I bought – 7 November 2012

Out of the seven days of creation, four were successful and three were unsuccessful. Only one day held sway and made this world a successful world. That was the seventh day, the day of rest, when the Creator did nothing. (Milorad Pavić, from Landscape Painted with Tea)

See ya! Well, that's freaky Geof Darrow FTMFW! I really dig Ivy's costume Aaaahhhhhhh, Greg Land!!!! Man, Templesmith should do a Batman graphic novel, man! At least this comes out! Blasters ahoy! Don't look in the trunk! It's all about the anthologies! So steampunky! Symbolism! Gotta love the giant hardcovers! Looks groovy! VALUE!
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