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Year of the Artist, Day 155: Michael Lark, Part 2 – Sandman Mystery Theatre #57 and Scene of the Crime #4

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Lark, and the issues are Sandman Mystery Theatre #57 and Scene of the Crime #4, which were published by DC/Vertigo and are cover dated December 1997 and August 1999. The scans from Scene of the Crime are from the trade paperback, which is cover dated July 2000. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 154: Michael Lark, Part 1 – Shade, the Changing Man #58

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Lark, and the issue is Shade, the Changing Man #58, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated April 1995. Enjoy!
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What I bought – April 2014 selections

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I had killed a man. I had killed a man to get a woman. I had put myself in her power, so there was one person in the world that could point the finger at me and I would have to die. I had done all that for her, and I never wanted to see her again as long as I lived.

That’s all it takes, one drop of fear, to curdle love into hate. (James M. Cain, from Double Indemnity)
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Year of the Artist, Day 77: Kelley Jones, Part 4 – The Crusades: Urban Decree

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Kelley Jones, and the issue is The Crusades: Urban Decree, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated April 2001. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 64: Ming Doyle, Part 5 – The Witching Hour

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Ming Doyle, and the story is “Legs” from The Witching Hour, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated December 2013. Enjoy!
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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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What I bought – 19 February 2014

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That cloud of falling golden hair, that vivacious green, those trembling shadows, that shy, delighted, self-surprised face … if her God was watching, He must have wished Himself the Fallen One that night. (John Fowles, from The French Lieutenant’s Woman)
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What I bought – 12 February 2014

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“I wish life was like banking,” I said. “I don’t mean it’s straightforward. Some of it’s incredibly complicated. But you can understand it in the end, if you try hard enough. Or there’s someone, somewhere, who understands it, even if only afterward, after it’s too late. The trouble with life, it seems to me, is that it can turn out to be too late and you still haven’t understood it.” (Julian Barnes, from Talking It Over)
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What I bought – 5 February 2014

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“Well, I don’t really know how it feels, because I was so upset over it, but basically it feels like you’ve just tried to kill yourself. Until you almost kill a person you don’t really understand what it’s like to be a human being, how quickly and easily you can die yourself. Up to that point, I pictured life as something that gradually leads to death. And death was a process, something that happened over a period of time, eventually. Now I know that death is a halt. It just happens, suddenly. Life ends. Life just stops, and even if you’re ninety, it still happens right in the middle of your life.” (Jeremy Leven, from Creator)
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Year of the Artist, Day 18: Seth Fisher, Part 3 – Vertigo Pop! Tokyo #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Seth Fisher, and the issue is Vertigo Pop! Tokyo #3, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated November 2002. This scan is from the trade Tokyo Days, Bangkok Nights, which was published in 2009. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 15 January 2014

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Believe me, everything looks like a noose if you stare at it long enough. (Sherman Alexie, from “Indian Education”)
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Year of the Artist, Day 16: Seth Fisher, Part 1 – Happydale: Devils in the Desert #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Seth Fisher, and the issue is Happydale: Devils in the Desert #1, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated 1999 (with no month). Enjoy!
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Manga in Minutes: Top 10 Comics of 2013

As you know by now, CBR has posted its list of Top 100 Comics of 2013. As one of the site contributors I took part in it, but naturally not everything I selected for my personal Top 10 made the list. With that in mind I thought I’d try something a little different to kick off the new year and post my personal Top 10 Comics of 2013 as my first column of 2014!

A little information regarding the criteria for this list. The comics/manga has to have come out in 2013 or, in the case of mini-series, the final issue had to have been published in 2013. Also, any foreign material that first saw print in the US during 2013 is eligible.

With that out of the way, here are my Top 10 picks, a runner up, and my thoughts and comments.
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What I bought – 11 December 2013

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It was not the sufferings of the maimed and the dead that pained him, but the very absence of that pain; he could not forget those terrible scenes, the blood and mud, the bundles of squirming flesh, but, remembering, he felt nothing, nothing, and this emptiness horrified him. (John Banville, from Doctor Copernicus)
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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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