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Flippin’ through Previews – August 2014

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Oh, you know it’s a good time when Previews #311 shows up. Mostly because then I can reference this! Straight from 1995 to your earhole!!!!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for February 2014

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“In war we’re tough and able / Quite indefatigable / Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable”
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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2014

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Strap on the feedbag, people, ’cause we’ll be here all night!
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What I bought – 26 February 2014

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“Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s triangles.” (Oscar Wilde, from The Picture of Dorian Gray)
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for January 2014

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“What’s so amazing / That keeps us stargazing / And what do we think we might see”
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What I bought – 4 December 2013

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“How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise.” (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for November 2013

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Yeah, I know it’s December. That’s just the way it is!
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What I bought – 6 November 2013

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On the road, when I met people, I asked them always about the past. Only in this way could the present become comprehensible. (Robert Kaplan, from Balkan Ghosts)
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Flippin’ through Previews – November 2013

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Hey, Previews #302 is promoting smoking this month! Won’t someone think of the children?!?!?!?
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Flippin’ through Previews – October 2013

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Oh, Previews. Welcome to the next 300 issues with October’s slab, #301!
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Committed: Rian Hughes – Designs for the Future

091813_rianhughesNewRian Hughes is arguably one of the most multi-talented men currently working in communication design. His comic books are just the tip of the iceberg, with his current redesign of the Valiant logo making comic shop shelves a little sleeker, and his recent work organizing the Image Duplicator exhibition displaying his passion for original comic book art. When I was in London, I was lucky enough to a get a glimpse at the projects currently cluttering Rian Hughes’ desk and it proved an enlightening afternoon.

091813_rianhughesP1100603A lot of the time, people who work in comic books and design are self-employed, working alone in our offices and communicating with our teams via email, phone, chat, and skype. As a result of this, the camaraderie of colleagues and peers can become a distant, virtual experience. Outside of conventions once or twice a year, we rarely actually manage to see each other in meat space, making do instead with sending files back and forth. That’s why, when I went to London last month I had to make sure to meet up with comic book author and groundbreaking graphic designer; Rian Hughes. Hughes is one of the most interesting and engaging graphic designers working with comic books today and I am always inspired and excited by his take on things. When he invited me to visit him at his studio in Kew Gardens, I leapt at the chance to get a sneak peek at where the design magic happens. Hughes shares his bright and sunny studio with a group of freelance designers and a small graphic design company, which combines to create a quietly bustling creative atmosphere. Initially, my intention was to conduct some sort of interview, but instead we jumped right in to chatting about all of the interesting things lying about on his desk, and it proved to be quite the treasure trove… Continue Reading »

Flippin’ through Previews – September 2013

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Man, it’s the 300th issue of Previews! Where were you when you bought that first issue of Previews, 25 years ago, and breathlessly realized you could order comics from the monopoly itself? Oh, those crazy days of 1988! But let’s live in the here and now and see what’s going on this month!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July 2013

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“Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free”
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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2013

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Swamp Thing in Star Wars? What the heck?!?!? It’s all in Previews #298, where you can find so many goodies it’s almost not fair!
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What I bought – 26 June 2013

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“Sotillo used to be very cordial to me at the Goulds’ and at the club. How that man’ll ever dare to look any of his friends here in the face I can’t imagine.”

“He’ll no doubt begin by shooting some of them to get over the first awkwardness,” said the doctor. “Nothing in this country serves better your military man who has changed sides than a few summary executions.” (Joseph Conrad, from Nostromo)
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