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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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Review time! with Persia Blues volume 1: Leaving Home

10-15-2013 12;49;36PM

“And if you make me your religion / I’ll give you all the room you need / I’ll be the drawing of your breath / I’ll be the cup if you should bleed”
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Why comics are awesome: Odds ‘n’ sods from this week’s releases

07-03-2013 05;34;52PM

No reviews this week, just some little things that made me smile, because comics are awesome.
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Say It With Manga, The Pet Edition

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While I have none myself, pets are near and dear to many people.  It follows that there are many series about keeping pets, and manga is no exception.  There are whole magazines dedicated to the genre of pet comics in Japan, but only a few series have been translated into English over the years.  Honestly, I did try to come up with series with more unusual animals… the heroine of Wild Act keeps flying squirrels that help her commit thefts, for instance, and Io Sakisaka has a strange habit of relating stories about her chinchilla giving birth in the author’s notes of Strobe Edge.  But pets aren’t really the focus of those, and this week, I’m looking at a few series that are specifically about cats and dogs.

For the record, Guru Guru Pon-chan is the best series I can think of about keeping a pet, but it’s so unbelievably weird and uncomfortable that I’m saving it for another day.  Do look it up though, if you’re curious.

 

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Review time! with An Enchantment

04-13-2013 10;24;04AM (2)

It’s another comic book produced in conjunction with the Louvre! Those are always pretty good!
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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2013

It’s a bit late due to other things, but let’s check out Previews #294 – maybe there’s some interesting stuff in it!
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What I bought – 13 February 2013

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Sipping drinks on the porch in the sunset, Farsheed Shomloo, an immigration lawyer, pointed to a book on the patio table and told Jim, “You should read this new book about Iran, it’s really interesting.” Jim replied:

“I don’t want to read it. I know the outcome already. In Iran, there is beautiful poetry and everything turns out a disaster. Here the poetry is not so beautiful, but people are free to discover the best in themselves; that’s why America has happy endings. Here it’s a negative system: there is no entrenched despotism, no will to dominate. We immigrants can remake the whole country if we want to. It’s ours for the taking, as if there is a perpetual clean slate where nobody is ever owed anything. I’ll tell you, the Iranian revolution was a disaster for Iran and a success for America, because it brought a lot of talented, ambitious Iranians here. Every time there is a disaster in the Third World, it’s a good thing for America, since the best of the middle class finds its way here.” (Robert Kaplan, from An Empire Wilderness)

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Flippin’ through Previews – January 2013

So the wheel turns back around, and a fresh catalog of Previews arrives on my doorstep. Issue #292 is here!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines Archive!

Yes, it’s a list of all the posts in which I’ve been looking at the first pages of comics. You could just click the category tag, but in this post, I’ve organized them! Whoo-hoo! I placed this on 1 January for the entire year, but now that the year is over, I thought I’d move it to the final day of the year!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 148: Brownsville

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Brownsville, which was published by NBM and is cover dated 2006. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 28 March 2012

“No, she’s sincere enough – ain’t we all – but like the rest of us she doesn’t want to pay too high a price for it.” (George MacDonald Fraser, from Mr. American)

I'd read about dinosaurs ripping his shirt Would you look at that! Not all covers have to be great! When Krypto goes bad! I'm already uncomfortable! U! S! A! I'd like this more than once every two years, please! Well, this looks flingin'-flangin' awesome He'll bedazzle you! No, Amanda Conner does NOT draw the interiors!
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Review time! with On the Odd Hours

I’m constantly amazed that an art museum helps publish graphic novels. That’s just weird and awesome.
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What I bought – 18 January 2012

“I’ve always believed, Josef, that we are more in love with desire than with the desired!” (Irvin D. Yalom, from When Nietzsche Wept)

Well, that's a phallic blade right there Appetizing! It was the style of the times! You can't stay mad at it! So much creepy sexual imagery I don't even know where to start! She's making Rockwell paranoid! I think that explosion would knock him over 'Don't tell anyone I like 2 Broke Girls!!!!!' Like the concept, hate the execution Robert Plant should have had a cameo Now batting ... the golem! More French comics!  Or, as I like to call them, 'Freedom Comics'
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