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Year of the Artist, Day 84: Jamie McKelvie, Part 1 – Phonogram #4, plus an added bonus!

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jamie McKelvie, and the issue is Phonogram #4, which was published by Image and is cover dated January 2007. Plus, I decided to show a couple of scans from The Li’l Depressed Boy volume 0, which was also published by Image and came out in December 2011. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own – Phonogram

Yeah, you knew it was coming. In advance, I apologize for something in this lengthy essay – I’m going to repeat something I wrote in a post a few years ago. Can’t be helped! (Well, sure it can, but I want to re-write it.) Plus, this is going to be … a bit different. I hope you enjoy it!
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Sunday Brunch: 1/30/11

The comics internet, in Dagwood sandwich form. (One bite! I dare you!)

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Committed: My Fantasy Superhero Creative Teams

It being the day before Thanksgiving, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you happy holidays. I hope you have a lot of good comic books to read when you’re too full to move.

In the next few days it will not only be Thanksgiving but also my birthday, so I’ve decided to create my own unconventional creator/superhero wishlist. On previous Thanksgivings I have asked diverse comic book creators about what they’re thankful for and discussed my own gratitude for comics, but this year I’m taking a different direction and writing about what I’d like to see.

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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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Committed: Comics are Better than Psychoanalysis

032410_phonogramThe other day I finished reading the first trade paperback of Phonogram (Rue Britannia.) It has this interesting ending which got me thinking about how comics help us to grow and keep moving forward, even when we’re unaware of it. Continue Reading »

What I bought – 10 February 2010

“Reading,” he says, “is always this: there is a thing that is there, a thing made of writing, a solid material object, which cannot be changed, and through this thing we measure ourselves against something else that is not present, something else that belongs to the immaterial, invisible world, because it can only be thought, imagined, or because it was once and is no longer, past, lost, unattainable, in the land of the dead …”

“Or that is not present because it does not yet exist, something desired, feared, possible or impossible,” Ludmilla says. “Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be …” (There, now you see the Other Reader leaning forward to peer beyond the edge of the printed page at the ships of the rescuers or the invaders appearing on the horizon, the storms …) “The book I would like to read now is a novel in which you sense the story arriving like still-vague thunder, the historical story along with the individual’s story, a novel that gives the sense of living through an upheavel that still has no name, has not yet taken shape …” (Italo Calvino, from If on a winter’s night a traveller)

Ah!  Scary eyes! Call me wacky, but I love that cover! So we're supposed to turn this upside-down or something? Yes, it's another cool cover of this series! Kicking ass and collecting flowers! Blast away, Bob! So sad! Um, yeah ... spoiler alert, I guess Penises!!!!! Trippy! Who knew Goebbels might be a bad guy? Why so angry, Mr. Knight?
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Phonogram: The Singles Club #7 and the joy of comics

The final issue of Phonogram: The Singles Club comes out tomorrow. I wasn’t going to bring it up early, but Kieron Gillen sent me the issue through the electronic mail, so I figured I would. Deal with it!
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What I bought – 9 December 2009

Ay, I pray, leave me in my patience. You, that
Were ne’er possess’d of wealth, are pleas’d with want.
But give him liberty at least to mourn,
That in a field, amidst his enemies,
Doth see his soldiers slain, himself disarm’d,
And know no means of recovery.
Ay, let me sorrow for this sudden chance;
‘Tis in the trouble of my spirit I speak:
Great injuries are not so soon forgot.

While I like this cover, it doesn't look a lot like Dan Brereton. A bit surprisingly, the Frazer Irving cover was not as good as this Dale Keown one. Has anyone referred to them as the Boys from Brazil?  No?  I'm a trendsetter!  What? Nazi monsters, hot chicks, and bondage!  Where's Kelly when we need her? If I could, I would buy fifty thousand of each issue just to make this financially viable! Why does she have a Batman logo on her arm? 'You owe me an eyeball'!  Ah, Death's Head, you slay me! I love these covers! I thought I'd start posting the covers of collected stuff that I'm not going to review in this post just to let you know what's out there.  And hey, this is ten bucks for a fancy hardcover.  And hey, Our Dread Lord and Master is quoted on the dust jacket!

This week: Two books written by Phil Hester, two books written by Kieron Gillen, and THREE books colored by Matthew Wilson! Phew! Plus: Just to drive our pal Apodaca crazy, another installment of “Which song by a band that Dan hates is this comic?” But which band? See below!
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I hold the secret to the future of comics!

And by “comics” I mean a single issue of a comic. And by “future” I mean tomorrow, 9.12.09, when this particular issue comes out. And by “secret” I mean … well, it’s not really a secret. Phonogram is awesome.
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What I bought – 18 November 2009

Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh’ hath seal’d thee for herself, for thou hast been
As one in suff’ring all that suffers nothing,
A man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards
Hast ta’en with equal thanks; and blest are those
Whose blood and judgment are so well co-meddled,
That they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger
To sound what stop she please.

Whenever Kelley Jones makes Batman's ears even longer, T. loses a bit more of his soul! I didn't know you could get breast implants in the eighteenth century! Man, I bet he's popular with the ladies! There are more people not buying this comic than are buying it, which is a tragedy of epic - EPIC - proportions! Don't stare into Viper's dead eyes! I thought he was the Man of STEEL! Now that's a cool cover! Why doesn't Wagner draw anything anymore?  Dang, he's good!
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What I bought – 22 and 29 July 2009

Two weeks of reviews! Normally I’d just skip last week’s haul, but what the hell. I’m sure the kids can look after themselves, right? I’ll try to keep the ones about last week’s books short, though. The operative word being “try.”
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