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What I bought – 7 March 2012

Above him there was now nothing but the sky – the lofty sky, not clear yet still immeasurably lofty, with gray clouds gliding slowly across it. “How quiet, peaceful, and solemn; not at all as I ran,” thought Prince Andrew — “not as we ran, shouting and fighting, not at all as the gunner and the Frenchman with frightened and angry faces struggled for the mop: how differently do those clouds glide across that lofty infinite sky! How was it I did not see that lofty sky before? And how happy I am to have found it at last! Yes! All is vanity, all falsehood, except that infinite sky. There is nothing, nothing, but that. But even it does not exist, there is nothing but peace and quiet. Thank God! …” (Leo Tolstoy, going all emo, from War and Peace)

Stop it with all the cover text!!! Ka-Blammo! I don't know where that smudge came from, but I don't like it! Good stuff! So many cats! Freaky! Surf's up!
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Review time! with Sanctuary #1-4

Here’s a comic that was sent to me in .pdf form, because digital comics are the future, even if I cling to paper! Waaaaah!!!!
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She Has No Head! – Third Annual Awesome Women In Comics Holiday Gift List, 2011

Welcome back to my annual female positive comics holiday gift list!

So the holidays are (suddenly) upon us and you’ve decided that in these tough economic times you want to support the comic 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.

Like last year, in addition to picking excellent female positive titles, I also limited myself to books released in 2011 only.  If you’re looking for more books that just those released in 2011, I urge you to check out my first list, which was not limited by a time period, and my second list, which covered books released in 2010.

Let’s get started, yes?

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Review time! with Widgey Q. Butterfluff

With a name like that, it has to be good!
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Review time! with Shadoweyes in Love

I’m kind of hesitant to review this, because it’s a book very much in the middle of a storyline, but what the heck – Campbell needs more press, doesn’t he, and it can’t all come from Kelly T.!
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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2011

Oh, no – is it the Apocalypse?!?!? Only Previews #274 knows for sure!
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What I bought – May and June 2011

Hey, look at that! I’m back in Arizona and I picked up almost two months’ worth of comics! Yeah, I’m not going to review them properly here – that would take waaaaaaaay too long. This is more of a “What I bought and the random thoughts I have about the issues and, why not, what I did in Pennsylvania for seven-and-a-half weeks.” Can you handle that??????
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Review time! with The Vesha Valentine Story

Who doesn’t like buxom 1950s actresses? Commies, that’s who!
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She Has No Head! – Exclusive Preview of Ross Campbell’s Shadoweyes In Love (plus a contest!)

Shadoweyes In Love. Ross Campbell. SLG Publishing. 160 pages. Black & White, Softcover. $12.95

Thanks to Ross Campbell being an all around great guy, I’ve gotten an advance look at his new book, Shadoweyes In Love, forthcoming in April from SLG. Even better, Campbell has given She Has No Head! an exclusive 10-page preview as well as a peek at some never before seen Shadoweyes artwork.  As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got a contest and some awesome prizes including a book and some original artwork.  Read on for details!

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Ross Campbell’s second volume of Shadoweyes because I loved the first and couldn’t wait to see where he was going to go with his YA superhero tale which was nominated for a Glyph award, listed on CBR’s top 100 Comics of 2010, and made YALSA’s 2011 Great Graphic Novels For Teens list.  Shadoweyes volume 1 didn’t shy away from asking tough questions that modern superhero stories generally avoid, and I was excited to see if Campbell’s second volume could push those questions even further. I was not disappointed.

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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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She Has No Head! – Ladies Comics Project: Phase II, Part Four

Welcome to Part Four, and the final installment of this iteration of The Ladies Comics Project in which a handful of my family, friends, colleagues, and a few new friends (both those familiar with comics and not) read and reviewed something from my personal library of graphic novels and trades.  For more details about this project and more ladies reviews and feedback, go here to read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.  You can also read about the original Ladies Comics Project, here, here, and here.

So after about three months working on this project, here we are, the final installment – 682 emails, a handful of gchats, phone calls, interviews, texts, and a you tube video later – all to bring you: The Ladies Comics Project, Phase II: Part Four

Illustrations For Ladies Comics Project Phase II by Tara Abbamondi

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Flippin’ through Previews – February 2011

Lock up your non-geeky people! It’s time once again to venture into the heart of darkness – it’s Previews #269!
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A review a day: Elmer

“It’s because I’m a chicken, isn’t it?”
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Flippin’ through Previews – January 2011

It’s time once again to dream of better days in the future … which is what Previews always promises us, yet often fails to deliver!!!!
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