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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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What I bought – 13 November 2013

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But the Gospels actually taught this:

“Before you kill someone, make absolutely sure he isn’t well connected.” (Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse-5)
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Flippin’ through Previews – November 2013

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Hey, Previews #302 is promoting smoking this month! Won’t someone think of the children?!?!?!?
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for October 2013

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“The ghouls all came from their humble abodes / To get a jolt from my electrodes”
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Flippin’ through Previews – October 2013

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Oh, Previews. Welcome to the next 300 issues with October’s slab, #301!
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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2013

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Man, it’s the 300th issue of Previews! Where were you when you bought that first issue of Previews, 25 years ago, and breathlessly realized you could order comics from the monopoly itself? Oh, those crazy days of 1988! But let’s live in the here and now and see what’s going on this month!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for August 2013

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“Someone got hurt, someone got high, some of them left the rest behind”
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Say It With Manga – Old Manga Edition

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This week saw the launch of publisher PictureBox’s Ten Cent Manga initiative, with Shigeru Sugiura’s Last of the Mohicans introducing the line.  I was a bit surprised to find that Ten Cent Manga is apparently more for highlighting books that have an interesting artistic lineage, and not necessarily older titles (in the case of Sugiura, his artwork is a bizarre cross between 50s cutesy manga and 60s American action comics).  The edition of Last of the Mohicans that PictureBox published is a redrawn 1973-74 edition, whereas the original volume was drawn in 1953.  I was hoping for the 1953 edition, as there are very few examples of older titles that have come out in the States.  So what are some of the oldest manga that have been translated into English?  Here’s a look.

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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July 2013

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“Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free”
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Flippin’ through Previews – August 2013

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So many other people look at the solicits when they show up on-line, but I don’t go in for that new-fangled stuff. Print RULEZ, man!!!! So let’s check out Previews #299, because we can always find super stuff in there!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for June 2013

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“I see how they run through the tall grass, / With such thoughtless minds, I wish I was thoughtless too”
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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2013

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Swamp Thing in Star Wars? What the heck?!?!? It’s all in Previews #298, where you can find so many goodies it’s almost not fair!
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What I bought – 26 June 2013

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“Sotillo used to be very cordial to me at the Goulds’ and at the club. How that man’ll ever dare to look any of his friends here in the face I can’t imagine.”

“He’ll no doubt begin by shooting some of them to get over the first awkwardness,” said the doctor. “Nothing in this country serves better your military man who has changed sides than a few summary executions.” (Joseph Conrad, from Nostromo)
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Flippin’ through Previews – June 2013

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It’s time for Travis Pelkie’s favorite column! Huzzah!
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Ecce picturae intra libros: Comics art for the week of 1 May 2013

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‘I met Andy Warhol at a really chic party’ / Blow it out your hairdo, ’cause you work at Hardee’s!
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