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Your weekly-ish survey of the news, criticism, and art, sequential or otherwise, found on the comics internet. I hope you’re taking good notes, because there will be a quiz.
The comics internet, in Dagwood sandwich form. (One bite! I dare you!)
In which the author gives himself an existential crisis about the state of pop culture, and also links to a picture of a bear eating a space ninja
Closing up our month of lists and year in review on She Has No Head! is a list of my “Bests” from 2010 (and a few worsts). Please keep in mind that I didn’t get to read ALL THE BOOKS. For example, The Return of The Dapper Men is sitting here and wooing me with its gorgeous swan song and telling me that it could have been a contender…but I just didn’t get to it…and that’s the way it is sometimes, but of the stuff that I read (which was A LOT), here’s what I really loved the most…
Below the fold: presents left under the tree, stocking stuffer stuff, aired grievances, and other secular, nondenominational metaphors for stuff I found on the comics internet.
Welcome back to my annual female positive comics holiday gift list – yes, I’ve done it twice now, so it’s officially an “annual thing”. And if you love lists, you’re going to be all about She Has No Head! this December as it’s a month of lists – starting with today’s holiday gift list, then a two part list of my favorite female creators of 2010, and rounding out the month with a best (and a few worsts) of 2010 list. Let’s get started!
So the holidays are upon us and you’ve decided that in these tough economic times you want to support the industry by giving everyone on your list sweet comics. And not only that, but you want to take it one step further and only give female positive comics…well, in that super specific case you’ve found the right list.
This year, in addition to picking excellent female positive titles, I also limited myself to books released in 2010 only…enjoy!
01. For the collector in your life. This oversized hardcover edition of Wednesday Comics is a gorgeous book that is only superseded in coolness by the original newsprint issues. Bonus points if you can track those down and deliver both in one gorgeous package that would make any collector salivate.
What it is: Wednesday Comics was a stunning experiment that I hope Mark Chiarello will try to duplicate sometime in the future – an experiment in which he took some of absolute best artists and writers working in comics and told them to do whatever they wanted. The result is some of the most creative, interesting, and flat out beautiful work I’ve seen in a VERY many years. Wednesday Comics collects stories from Neil Gaiman, Kurt Busiek, Amanda Conner, David Azzarello, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dave Gibbons, Karl Kerschl, Mike Allred, Ben Caldwell and many others and focuses on a large variety of characters from Wonder Woman and Batman to Sgt. Rock and Metamorpho.
Why it’s female positive: Stories featuring heavy-hitters Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Catwoman (among others), plus 12 huge beautiful Supergirl pages by artist Amanda Conner.
Wednesday Comics. Mark Chiarello (editor). Various Writers, Various artists. DC Comics. $49.99. Full Color. Hardcover (large format size). 200 Pages. Release date: June 1, 2010.
Much like a delicious turkey, today’s post is moist, delicious, and has a stranger’s hand up its arse. Much like the vegan option, tofurkey, it tastes like whatever you cook it with and is beloved by hipsters everywhere. Yes, we’re well past Thanksgiving by now, but that’s okay, because this column is always comprised of leftovers.
Now that I’ve alienated all six of my readers, we can move on.
Much like a giant bucket of candy provided by a masked stranger, the following post is composed of delicious, empty calories, and will make you sick if you eat the whole thing. Onwards!
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK: 1. What’s your favorite subgenre of horror? I’m a sucker for zombies, myself. 2. Has a comic ever scared you? (My answer… under the cut!)
Your weekly smorgasbord of comics internet things. And a TV review, because I can.
WATCH THIS SPACE for reviews of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Motion Picture and The Expendables.
Another Sunday, another tour around the comics internet!
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: You are buying Casanova, right?
I bought a sexy new computer yesterday. I’m writing this on its decade-older cousin, however, because it’s hard to blog when your only available monitor (er, besides this one) is the TV. Doin’ it old school!
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I forgot all the good questions I was going to ask. So what’s a question you’d like to answer? I’m open to suggestions.
Not too much going on around the comics blogosphere this week, so let’s take a tour through some lovely webcomics!
One day, I’ll just put up a Brunch composed entirely of links to Comics Should Be Good articles from the previous week. But until we hit that nadir of lackadaisy (which I have now decided is a word, regardless of what the dictionary says), I guess I’ll have to settle for sharing various bits and bobs (and carols and teds and alices) of the comic book internet with you, faithful reader.
And I’ve had absolutely no time to pull stuff together this week, so… lightning round!
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK: How was your Free Comic Book Day? Good? Bad? Neutral? Chaotic Neutral? Lawful evil? Via my two online retailers (DCBS and Heavy Ink, holla, etc.), I managed nine free comics! And a lot of not free ones. So I’ll tell you all about those. In June, probably.
Slow week. Let’s see what bits of awesome we can scrounge up!
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: On the whole, are your favorite comic book writers “fat guys with beards” or “skinny bald guys”? Is there some kind of hybrid form? U-Decide!
Or Hanukkah Something-Kosher to our Jewish readers out there, like Stan Lee, who surely reads this blog every day on his Blackberry. Hi, Stan!
Yes, you’ve all been good little fanboys and girls, so here’s a quick Sunday-Brunch-esque Holiday Treat, in which I throw a stocking full of recent and interesting links at you.
QUESTION OF THE SEASON: Best Christmas-slash-holiday-season-themed comic you’ve read?
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