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What I bought – 16 March 2011

For Vida, that moment was the beginning of happiness, and in that happiness, like some kind of disease, the beginning of her titanic jealousy, which stayed with her forever and finally drove her to her grave. Because one dies of happiness sooner than of misery. (Milorad Pavić, from Landscape Painted With Tea)

More free comics! I don't think Korvac can really throw a good punch when he's standing like that Things get even freakier! What's up with Hope's feet? That's what happens when you don't tie your shoes! I don't know what he's looking at! They just dig his threads, man! No, I didn't get the Brereton cover - you wanna make something of it? That's a pretty keen Manapul cover I don't know who Stephanie Hans is, but that's a cool cover! So much information on that cover! I love these Jusko covers! Boobs, boobs, and more boobs! Yeah, we'll see how long this lasts More death! Do yourself a favor and read some Bertozzi! Travis Pelkie ought to buy this sucker
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What I bought – 9 February 2011

There was no hope for an empire that lost the will to prosecute the grand and awful business of adventure. (Michael Chabon, from Gentlemen of the Road)

Who knew Edison had his own robot? Oh, Klarion - why do you have to be so mean? Fightin' crime and hangin' tough! Man, if I weren't already married, I'd insist on those two on top of the cake! You want nudity?  You GOT nudity! If only you could really do that to missiles! What's Danny doing with his left hand? Who can stay mad at Alice even though her comic is late? Why does his jacket not zip straight up the middle?  Is he too cool for that? After his date in this issue, how depressed can he really be? Ah, romance! Fact: Rebekah Isaacs is awesome That's a weirdly defined back/shoulder on Bethany there Charles the Fat, unfortunately, does NOT appear in this comic periodical! Catman has some anger issues Why the cover artist change?  WHY?!?!?!? I love the plummeting dudes in the background even though, if you think about it, it doesn't make sense He's totally pulling a Samson! People and dinosaurs living at the same time?  Why not? Yep, still buying it Yay, it's back ... but for how long? The funny thing about this cover ...... is that Dejah Thoris wears more clothes on it than in the actual comic! Man, I really like that cover Will this be the last Cap Omnibus I purchase???? Swimming through all those eyes can't be good for you! This is ... odd
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What I bought – 19 January 2011

“Do you know what it is to throw a child in the air and catch it on a knife in front of its mother? To be tied to a burning log? To have your ass split with an axe so that you beg the Serbs, beg them, to shoot you in the head and they don’t?

“And they go to their church after. They go to their goddamn church. I have no words …”

Ismail shuddered. “There are things that are beyond evil, that you just can’t speak about.” (Robert Kaplan, from Balkan Ghosts)

Damn you, Blair Butler!!!! Everything on this cover takes place inside! So ... much ... symbolism! I love the snarky headline It's all spooky, man! Huh Yep Shouldn't she be rejecting the bourgeois notion of jewelry? Wait, how many more issues are there? Quick Draw McGraw he ain't More bad-assery! I dig me some Sherlock Holmes!
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What I bought – 8 December 2010

If miracles have been so rare since the appearance of Christianity, the blame rests not on Christianity but on Christians. (Mircea Eliade, from The Myth of the Eternal Return)

It's all emotional and shit! He's a manly man! That shore is purty! Three-Deeee! That can't be pleasant 'Why am I wearing this ridiculous outfit?!?!?!?' he screams If only Superboy had looked at the cover of his own comic! Does Thor look like he's in the mood to be dogpiled? All superheroes should wear ties! Too much Bat-grooviness! Gulacy gets to draw nekkid wimmins!
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What I bought – 17 November 2010

If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of those you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. (Ernest Hemingway, from A Farewell to Arms)

The chick on the cover looks NOTHING like the chick inside - it's two different artists, but come on! Gotta love the yellow oval! Do the Republicans know that Batman is selling us out to the United Nations? Why is the Russian girl a Rastafarian? He looks more like a dandy than a punk, doesn't he? Arrrrgggghhhhh!!!!  A photo cover! Well, he doesn't look pleasant It's all dark and spooky!!!! What's she looking at? Is he moving?  He's blurry! That hand needs to clutch that gun more securely, I reckon WTF?  A Greg Land cover I don't hate?  Has the world gone mad?!?!?!? Their dentists' bills must be astronomical! Why so very dark? Zombie Vikings!!!!  Or are they Viking Zombies? More historical fiction! Yay!  More Talbot goodness! Secret societies RULE! Alternate dimensions RULE!
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What I bought – 13 October 2010

Our nation has grown by its need for the unnecessary — another name for human progress. (Daniel Boorstin, from Cleopatra’s Nose)

Ryan Sook makes everything better! Estrogina and the Zamoran pirates need to get an ongoing title NOW! Naked chicks and giant robots! Did they honestly think it could be an ongoing? Naked chicks and giant Vikings! I couldn't resist! CBR reviews get quoted on the front of Marvel books, but God forbid they quote me! Yet another cool cover! It's all true! That dude needs to chillax! I hope there's bloodshed and ugly-bumpin' in this book! Yay!  More dinosaurs! Dang, this looks awesome! It's all European and shit! So much funny!
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What I bought – 15 September 2010

“I’d like to change the world, but I end up as entertainment. Whereas all you lovers” — he spoke the word contemptuously — “who couldn’t give a fuck about the world as long as you’re feeling passionate, you’re the ones who make the cities burn and the nations tumble. You’re the engines in the tragedy, and most of the time you don’t even know it.” (Clive Barker, from Imajica)

Young people - they can't stop the texting! Hey!  It's back! A scene from the comic on the cover?  Uncanny! Don't fuck with the albino women!!!! Oh, Nazis - you're always there for us! Man, I love these covers! More creepiness!!!! Why has Longshot never visited Las Vegas before?!?!? Man, I love this title! It's a story about plastic surgery!
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Comics You Should Own Archive

Here are links to all the Comics You Should Own essays I have written so far. Plus, I’ve added some explanation.  Enjoy!
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What I bought – 11 August 2010

“Keep away, keep away,” Hungry Joe screamed. “I said keep away, keep away, you goddam stinking lousy son of a bitch.”

“At least we found out what he dreams about,” Dunbar observed wryly. “He dreams about goddam stinking lousy sons of bitches.” (Joseph Heller, from Catch-22)

Arrrgghhh!  Tentacle rape!!!!! Sweet Jeebus, these covers are extraordinary! The cover artist gets third billing! Will I piss off Brian Wood again???? Don't point, man, throw! I dig how the threads tell part of the story Warning!  This scene does NOT appear in this comic! So, so good! Yay!  More alternate history action!
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What I bought – 21 and 28 July 2010

Society had tamed the erratic fellow by co-opting him into the mainstream. For its largest threats, society reserves success. (Richard Powers, from Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance)

Giant robot runs wild!  Film at 11! Ride, Brucie, ride! There's more action on the cover than almost the entire book! That cover is just two panels from the book - couldn't they have spruced up the covers a bit? It's Jaime Hernandez!!!!! That cover doesn't make a lot of sense Continuing the grand tradition of cheesecakery!!!! Ka-Blooooey!!!!!! Man, Bisley is wacky! Buckingham is really doing a nice job on these covers Man, those pants are close to going down! You can practically hear the ringing of the hammer on steel! Who is this crazy snake bitch?!?!?!?! Cosmicky! So scary!!!! I love how the kid wants Thor to sign his copy of issue #1 Look at that wonderful cover! That can't bode well! Seriously with that cover? It's like he's leaping right at you!!!! I wish Brother Night was cooler, man! No good can come of this! Why does he have the stuff on his face? It's the Seventies, maaaaannnnn! It's all about the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, man! Who doesn't love the giant tiki statue with lightning-discharging eyes?!?!?!?
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She Has No Head! – Interview With The Man Who Would Resurrect DV8 (aka Brian Wood)

DV8 #4

DV8 #4 by Fiona Staples

I’ve talked pretty openly about my love for Brian Wood’s new DV8 mini-series Gods & Monsters, from the fact that I think it feels both modern and also somehow like a throwback to really good superhero character pieces, but it’s also been one of the inspirations for why I’ve been talking so frequently about how much I’d like to see more independent creators given a chance to show what they can do on more mainstream characters.  Not that DV8 was ever totally mainstream, but there’s no reason why DV8 can’t emerge as a powerhouse of a title from Wildstorm, if done right.  And with able assists from Fiona Staples on covers and Carrie Strachan delivering beautiful colors, Brian Wood and Rebekah Isaacs are doing it SO right.  The way I feel a lot more indie creators could if given the chance to run wild on a title the way Wood and Isaacs have cut loose on Gods & Monsters.

Brian Wood is a goliath in this industry so it feels strange to call him independent, but if you look at his body of work, that’s exactly what it is.  Wildly independent.  It’s honed to his own vision and his own personal standards, which as far as I’m concerned, are well above that of most comics out there.  Brian Wood puts out awesome book after awesome book ranging from ongoings like the epic Northlanders and DMZ to totally alternative superhero-ish tales in the excellent Demo; to literary short fiction made into comics in the form of Local; to now breathing new life into some 1990’s anti-heroes almost forgotten in DV8’s Gods & Monsters mini-series.

It’s all exceptional stuff.  Brian Wood, for my money, is one of the great comic creators and writers of our time, so I was pretty excited when he agreed to talk to me about DV8, a comic that I really hope will pave the way (eventually) for a new direction for superheroes.

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What I bought – 30 June 2010

The difference between men and sheep seems to be that men, unlike sheep, need not be led to the slaughter but are carried there on the wings of their own enthusiasm. (William Gerhardie, from God’s Fifth Column)

Thank Vishnu he's not wearing that thing in this issue! Will I piss off Brian Clevinger yet again?!?!?!? Who knew Martians flew around in actual flying saucers? Only three months late?  Heck, that's not bad at all! All comics should end with as awesome a last page as this! Mark Buckingham had to leave his own title to do a cover or two! Hot diggity, I love that cover! Mars seems awfully crowded in this issue, doesn't it? Totally worth the wait! Yet another fantastic cover! Man, the main character does some prodigous projectile vomiting in this issue!
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What I bought – 26 May 2010

“That’s why opera is important, Baron. Because it’s realer than any play! A dramatic poet would have to put all those thoughts down one after another to represent this second of time. The composer can put them all down at once – and still make us hear each one of them. Astonishing device: a Vocal Quartet! … I tell you I want to write a finale lasting half an hour! A quartet becoming a quintet becoming a sextet. On and on, wider and wider – all sounds multiplying and rising together – and the together making a sound entirely new! … I bet you that’s how God hears the world. Millions of sounds ascending at once and mixing in His ear to become an unending music, unimaginable to us! That’s our job! That’s our job, we composers: to combine the inner minds of him and him and him, and her and her – the thoughts of chambermaids and Court Composers – and turn the audience into God.” (Peter Shaffer, from “Amadeus”)

Lots of cool covers in this series! Andy Kubert can sure draw a cover! I'm just not a fan of this kind of cover design! This isn't as good as the first cover, but it's still pretty good Hey, wait a minute - that bird is already dead! This cover got smudged, and now it's no longer MINT!!!!!  Arrrgggghhhhh!!!!! I don't know who Philip Castle is So secret! So very secret! So very, very secret!!!!! I cross my sevens, because I'm so cool! More crazy than you can handle! I know it's not very manly, but the sound I make in my voice when a volume of this comes out is 'Squeee!' Nice to see it come out ... finally! The sound MarkAndrew makes when a new Kim Deitch book comes out is 'Squeee!'
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What I bought – 28 April 2010

“It took me some time to figure out that love is in the details. It’s in the books and records and the stereo and the convertible. Love is always in the details. And that’s where the pain is too.” (John Crowley, from Aegypt)

Soraya isn't really the star of the book, but you never pass up a chance to put a hot chick on the cover! He uses that gun to swat insects.  True! This is only the start of the egg puns! Sue is actually on this cover ... you just can't see her! I already have this cover tattooed on my ass! Long may the mullet wave! Well, hello there!  Where've you been? That cover is sure to please the ladies! Oh, Mouse Guard, why do you ever go away? 'It's your turn to pick up the tab!' 'The hell you say!' I'm not quite sure why Thomas Edison is on this cover, but whatever Every once in a while I have to bring up how very much I hate that trade dress When in doubt, put a stripper on the cover! Get funky, Nick! The entire cover is a synopsis of the interior, because Brian Hurtt is awesome! Why the hell does Blair Butler keep getting quoted on books? I love Johnson's cover designs! Boy, I really hope this book is back on track! It's for the kids! Also for the kids! Kids fighting Nazis?  Definitely for the kids! Okay, I can't work in the kid theme ... just buy the original Super Spy AND this, together! Well, I checked this out briefly, and it definitely looks like it's for the kids!
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What I bought – 24 March 2010

The thousands stand and chant. Around them in the world, people ride escalators going up and sneak secret glances at the faces going down. People dangle teabags over hot water in white cups. Cars run silently on the autobahns, streaks of painted light. People sit at desks and stare at office walls. They smell their shirts and drop them in the hamper. People bind themselves into numbered seats and fly across time zones and high cirrus and deep night, knowing there is something they’ve forgotten to do.

The future belongs to crowds. (Don DeLillo, from Mao II)

Churilla really does nice covers for this book Why would crazed cannibals wear bibs?  Are they that dainty? Seriously - all of the covers for this comic are gorgeous! Don't you just hate when you're trying to get the ketchup out, and you're hitting the bottom, and it just shoots out everywhere, and ... what's that?  Oh, never mind. I love the tag above the title: 'They believed that he was still alive.  Then again, they were out of their minds ...' I like how the snow forms little hats PG appears to be thinking that she should have just killed him It's all about the foreshadowing! You can't make me look at the strippers! Every cover should have dinosaurs on it somewhere, because dinosaurs make everything better! It's Swede-tastic! Supernatural detectives in the 1920s?  Did you think I WOULDN'T buy this?
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