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What I bought – 15 January 2014

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Believe me, everything looks like a noose if you stare at it long enough. (Sherman Alexie, from “Indian Education”)
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Manga in Minutes: Top 10 Comics of 2013

As you know by now, CBR has posted its list of Top 100 Comics of 2013. As one of the site contributors I took part in it, but naturally not everything I selected for my personal Top 10 made the list. With that in mind I thought I’d try something a little different to kick off the new year and post my personal Top 10 Comics of 2013 as my first column of 2014!

A little information regarding the criteria for this list. The comics/manga has to have come out in 2013 or, in the case of mini-series, the final issue had to have been published in 2013. Also, any foreign material that first saw print in the US during 2013 is eligible.

With that out of the way, here are my Top 10 picks, a runner up, and my thoughts and comments.
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Flippin’ through Previews – January 2014

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A.K.A. That time when Marvel Comics finally went as nuts as DC! Yes, it’s Previews #304! Yahoo!!!
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Year of the Artist, Day 2: Jack Kirby, Part 2 – The Strange World of Your Dreams #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jack Kirby, and the story is “The Girl in the Grave!” from The Strange World of Your Dreams #2, which has a cover date of September/October 1952. These scans are from the collection of the four issues of this series from Yoe Books and IDW, which was published in 2013. Enjoy!
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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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Flippin’ through Previews – December 2013

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Can you handle a Previews preview on a weekday instead of a weekend? You’re going to have to deal with it!!!!
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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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