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What I bought – 26 January 2011

For if the sun is at the center and not the earth, then there are no crystal spheres to hold us in; we have only and always fooled ourselves, we men, kept ourselves within the spheres which our own flawed and insufficient senses perceived, but which were never there at all. The way to ascend through the spheres that hem us in was to know that we had already so ascended, and were on our way, in motion unstoppably. (John Crowley, from Aegypt)

I hid the Totally Random Hottie link somewhere.  Can you find it? Time for monkeyshines! Darick Robertson draws all good and shit Hot damn, Jock is awesome What?  A scene from the comic on the cover?  That simply is not done! Greg Land's worst quality?  His blandness Old school, baby! So much freakiness! He's definitely gotten better, but this is still cool-looking I've been waiting ...
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What I bought – 29 December 2010

“We met long ago,” said Galip. “When we first met, your legs looked so thin and so delicate that I was afraid they would break. Your skin was rough when you were a kid, but as you got older, after we graduated from middle school, your complexion became rosy and incredibly fine. If they took us to the beach on hot summer days when we went crazy from playing indoors, coming back with ice-cream cones we bought at Tarabya, we would scratch letters with our long nails into the salt on each other’s arms. I loved the fuzz on your skinny arms. I loved the peachy color of your suntanned legs. I loved the way your hair spilled over your face when you reached for something on the shelf above my head.”

“We should have met long ago.”

“I used to love the strap marks left on your shoulders by the bathing suit you borrowed from your mother, the way you absentmindedly tugged at your at your hair when you were nervous, the way you caught between your middle finger and thumb a speck of tobacco left by your filterless cigarette on the tip of your tongue, the way your mouth fell open watching a movie, the way you unwittingly scarfed up the roasted garbanzos and nuts in the dish under your hand while you read a book, the way you kept losing your keys, the way you screwed up your eyes to see because you refused to accept you were nearsighted. When you narrowed your eyes on a distant point and absconded for parts unknown, I understood that you were thinking of something else, and I loved you apprehensively. Oh my God! I loved with fear and trepidation what I couldn’t know of your mind as much as I loved what I did know.” (Orhan Pamuk, from The Black Book)

Yeah, don't go in that house! Jeannette fights Vandal Savage with ... a fan! How much awesome can be contained within?!?!?!? Is Jock awesome?  Yes, yes he is Well, that's just adorable! More horror in the desert! I don't look meaningfully at the horizon very often, and I should Yeah, that's going to be messy I just love the paunch! Tesla?  Really?
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What I bought – 24 November 2010

“I write in blood, and the best truth is a bloody truth.” (Irvin D. Yalom, from When Nietzsche Wept)

Batman needs some gum work done! Not surprisingly, it's a stunning cover! How is she standing up? If that dude is so invincible, why does he need a vest? Not surprisingly, it's a stunning cover! You mean it doesn't end well for the humans?  What a shock! Sheriff Badd-Asss sure loves his penis substitute! Another great Cheung cover! I can't believe that's not Fin Fang Foom For an anniversary issue ...... this is a pretty cool cover There's just never enough killing in this series! The French love them some prostitutes!
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What I bought – 27 October 2010

The great French revolutionary hero Danton, who will lose his head during the ‘Terror,’ is making a rueful remark. ‘… But Robespierre and the people,’ he observes, ‘are virtuous.’ Danton is on a London stage, not really Danton at all but an actor speaking lines of Georg Büchner in English translation; and the time is not then, but now. I don’t know if the thought originated in French, German, or English, but I do know that it seems astonishingly bleak – because what it means, obviously, is that the people are like Robespierre. Danton may be the hero of the revolution, but he also likes wine, fine clothes, whores; weaknesses which (the audience instantly sees) will enable Robespierre, a good actor in a green coat, to cut him down. When Danton is sent to visit the widow, old Madame Guillotine with her basket of heads, we know it isn’t really on account of any real or trumped-up political crimes. He gets the chop (miraculously staged) because he is too fond of pleasure. Epicureanism is subversive. The people are like Robespierre. They distrust fun. (Salman Rushdie, from Shame)

Cheery! I should point out that no one gets thrown out of a window of a tall building in this issue Drac is all stylish! Broody! See, my dog would just run to the threat and try to lick it She's back and kicking ass! Spooky! This cover is by a dude named McLeod, which of course makes me think of 'Highlander' - don't deny your love of Christopher Lambert! Mark Buckingham, freaking us out once more! In this issue - the Human Torch guest stars! Well, this can't end well It's all emo!
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What I bought – 6 October 2010

“It’s like blue light when you touch me,” she’d say. “Electric blue light sparking between us.” She’d cry softly into my shoulder, tears of passion, because she couldn’t get close enough to me. (W. P. Kinsella, from The Iowa Baseball Confederacy)

Seeing your mom's Penthouse shoot would make anyone angry! I need me a sword like that! Those 'roids that Herc uses can't be good for him Oh, you stupid, stupid Ranger! It's all THREE-DEEEEEE!!!!! If they pour water over her, it would be just like Flashdance! He could use some calming tea or something Doll eyes freak me out, man! Bane has been hitting the Slim-Fast! Oh, the agony! I don't even want to know what that guy is doing! Dude needs to clean his ears every once in a while! They used my head tattoo on this cover, man! Firestar's breasts are oddly alluring! Fact: Nathan Fox is awesome! It's Ghost Rider-eriffic! I don't know if I'm tough enough to own this!
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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 – 25 August 2010

While we wait for chocolate malteds I notice a high-schooler sitting at the counter exchanging looks with the girl next to him. She’s gorgeous, and I’m not the only other one who notices it. The girl behind the counter waiting on them is also watching with an anger she thinks no one else sees. Some kind of triangle. We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people’s lives. (Robert M. Pirsig, from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

He's all loomy, man! How will she elude that bad guy falling out of her outfit like that? I actually liked this cover more than the Dan Brereton one, which surprised me More heroes than you can handle! Guns, guns, and more guns! I wish I had spooky red eyes! Oh, Dash - you're having so many problems! I'm not sure what Steve Rogers is doing in that cover - it looks like he's saying 'BOO' to Fury! This cover is misleading, man! Warning: This scene appears in this comic! Freaky-deaky! Freakier-deakier!!!!
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What I bought – 8 July 2010

Actually, his statement in its entirety was, “The rich are the most discriminated-against minority in the world. Openly or covertly, everybody hates the rich because, openly or covertly, everybody envies the rich. Me, I love the rich. Somebody has to love them. Sure, a lot o’ rich people are assholes, but believe me, a lot o’ poor people are assholes, too, and an asshole with money can at least pay for his own drinks.” (Tom Robbins, from Jitterbug Perfume)

Damn, I love the backgrounds on these Quitely covers! Batman puts some Bactine on this and moves on, because he's tougher than you are! It's a double-shot of awesome straight to your cerebral cortex! I don't know how those dolphins got on top of that building, but how sad!That guy in the foreground creeps me out! I love the ghost fingers right in the center of the drawing! You know, if more cops looked like this and flew around like this, I'd be a criminal just to check it out! How can anyone not love Tom Scioli? I'd risk the arrows if fine ladies like that were paying me so much attention! I wonder what this issue is about? She will tic-tac-toe your ass to death! Yay!  More nudity! That's kind of a lousy 'drawing' but a pretty effective image It just keeps getting weirder! Featuring ... SCIENCE!!!! I'm so geeked about this title! Is it the end?  We shall see ... Raise a glass to Christopher Mitten! This actually represents something that happens within the pages! Who doesn't love retellings of old fairy tales?
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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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What I bought – 24 February 2010

One need only admit that public tranquility is in danger and any action finds a justification. (Leo Tolstoy, from War and Peace)

Punch his smug face - oh, Zombie Batman, you card! It's a pictographic adventure-o-rama! I'd like to have a name that appeared in a movie title, but no one's making 'One Night at Burgas's,' unfortunately It's raining men, damn it! Oh, Boris - your cross won't help you now! But ... if they're up there, whose skeletons are those? STILL hating the cover design! Oh, Dave Johnson - you're so groovy! It's so blue and shit! Gotta make sure the breasts are there! I've forgotten to put the collections I've been buying up here, but there haven't been too many; this week, however, we get more Batman awesomeness from DC! More Garcia-Lopez than you deserve! God, I love this book.  I wish it came out more than once a year, though. Apparently, this is quite awesome.  It better be! Are you happy, Pedro?  Are you?!?!?!?!?
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What I bought – 3 February 2010

Turkish influence would have been better for Georgia than Russian influence, because Atatürk took a backward Turkey and made it modern, while Lenin and Stalin took a directionless Russia and made it backward. (Robert Kaplan, from Eastward to Tartary)

Oh, Tracy, you crazy fool! I love this cover Subliminal sexual imagery?  Check! Well, that can't end well ... Only the first Zorro book this week! More Zorro than you can handle!
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What I bought – 3 December 2009

They tax our policy, and call it cowardice,
Count wisdom as no member of the war.
Forestall prescience, and esteem no act
But that of hand. The still and mental parts,
That do contrive how many hands shall strike
When fitness calls them on, and know by measure
Of their observant toil the enemies’ weight —
Why, this hath not a finger’s dignity.

He has muscles on his muscles! I gotta get me a Miller Medallion! I like how they're just chillin', waiting to kill someone. What?  No nudity?  It's an outrage! What?  No nudity?  It's an outrage! This is a cool-ass cover, I tell you that much!
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What I bought – 14 October 2009

“We want to find a funny, upbeat way of bringing the issue of homelessness to TV. So we’ve got three wacky homeless characters. But they’re wise. They’re wacky and wise.”
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