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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for January 2013

Oxford comma in the title of this post: Yay or nay? I love Oxford commas, myself, but I enjoy hearing opinions about grammatical minutiae!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 303: Violent Messiahs #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be showing pages that are either scary or are part of “scary” issues (as scary as a comic can be, of course), because it’s October! Today’s page is from Violent Messiahs #1, which was published by Image and is cover dated June 2000. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 86: Captain Gravity and the Power of the Vril #2

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Captain Gravity and the Power of the Vril #2, which was published by Penny-Farthing Press and is cover dated January 2005. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Review: Neil Young’s Greendale

Neil Young’s Greendale.  Joshua Dysart (writer).  Cliff Chiang (art).  Dave Stewart (colors).  Greendale CoverTodd Klein (letters).  Karen Berger (editor).  Vertigo.  160 pages.  Color.  Hardcover.  $19.99

I’ve mentioned my as yet unpublished novel a few times before in this column because it happened to relate cursorily to whatever I was talking about that week.  But there’s nothing cursory about how Joshua Dysart’s adaptation of Neil Young’s Greendale relates to my novel.

Fortunately (and with a huge sigh of relief) plot-wise they are in no way similar, however what Dysart has created in his adaption is exactly the type of powerful female myth, legend, and feminist modern fairy tale that I hoped to create in my own book.  When I looked to superheroes (and make no mistake, despite the lack of colorful pajamas, Sun is a superhero) I found a real lack in strong female characters set up the way Sun is set up here – as the uncontested powerful star with a history of powerful female ancestors and an epic destiny set before her.  It was a lack of truly great stories like that for women that inspired me to try it myself, and I am really excited to see one here, so beautifully executed by Young, Dysart, Chiang, and Stewart.

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