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Year of the Artist, Day 91: Steve Pugh, Part 3 – Generation X #65

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Pugh, and the issue is Generation X #65, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 2000. Enjoy!
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What I bought – March 2014 selections

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On the narrow Augesd dam where for so many years the old miller had been accustomed to sit in his tasseled cap peacefully angling, while his grandson, with shirt sleeves rolled up, handled the floundering silvery fish in the watering can, on that dam over which for so many years Moravians in shaggy caps and blue jackets had peacefully driven their two-horse carts loaded with wheat and had returned dusty with flour whitening their carts – on that narrow dam amid the wagons and the cannon, under the horses’ hoofs and between the wagon wheels, men disfigured by fear of death now crowded together, crushing one another, dying, stepping over the dying and killing on another, only to move on a few steps and be killed themselves in the same way. (Leo Tolstoy, from War and Peace)
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Year of the Artist, Day 53: J. H. Williams III, Part 4 – Desolation Jones #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 J. H. Williams III, and the issue is Desolation Jones #1, which was published by DC/Wildstorm and is cover dated July 2005. Enjoy!
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There’s a new book about Transmetropolitan out!

Why should any of you care? Well, because Transmetropolitan is pretty keen, that’s why. Plus, our very own Canadian ex-blogger, Chad Nevett, edited it. Plus, it has a bunch of essays by smart people like Julian Darius, Patrick Meaney, Ryan K. Lindsay, Sean Witzke, Johanna Draper Carlson, Sara K. Ellis, Jason Michelitch, and a few others whose work I’m unfamiliar with (sorry!). Oh, and … well, me. Yes, I have an essay in the book, but I imagine it’s only in there because of those compromising photos I have of Chad. I mean, there can’t be any other reason! I wrote something that I’m sure will cause everyone to realize that everyone else’s essays are really, really good, and I encourage you to go buy the book, even though I haven’t actually read it yet. I will bet money that it’s quite awesome! Here it is on Amazon! So if you’re interested in reading a lot about Warren Ellis’s and Darick Robertson’s nifty cyberpunk-ish classic, go check it out! [Edit: As noted in the comments, you can get the book on Kindle, too - here's that link!]

Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for April 2013

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“And for a while things were cold / They were scared down in their holes / The forest that once was green / Was coloured black by those killing machines”
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The Greatest Jim Lee Stories Ever Told!

Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest Jim Lee Stories Ever Told!

Enjoy!
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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 24-31 March 2013

I haven’t had a ton of time recently to scour the Internet, but this week, I did! So let’s check out what’s going on around the web which is world-wide!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 337: Planetary #12

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from Planetary #12, which was published by DC/Wildstorm and is cover dated January 2001. Enjoy!
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Committed: Hellblazer – DC Shoot Themselves in the Foot (again)

Today I found out that Hellblazer is cancelled, and John Constantine is moving into the main, general DC universe (see the CBR piece for more about the mechanics on that.)

Unable to come up with any decent new ideas, DC has gone from fiddling with one 30 year old Alan Moore creation – Watchmen – to messing up another: Hellblazer. Of course DC has forced itself to continue this practice of pillaging it’s own powerful history of creations because it has hobbled the creation of new ideas. A champion against creators rights, and infamously instituting a policy of marketing-driven, decision-making-by-committee, the comic book publisher has become a bastion of tired ideas and restrictively tedious comic books. In this brave new world, there is obviously no space for a renegade division like Vertigo, and the gradual dismantling continues apace, as they hand the reigns of Constantine over to an American writer and place John Constantine (a characters who’s very raison d’etre is the juxtaposition of his own very British strangeness within the mundane “real” world) in the DC universe

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 277: Nextwave #8

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month (for a while) I will be showing pages chosen by you, the readers. Today’s page is from Nextwave #8, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 2006. This page was suggested by BeccaBlast, who unfortunately could not find a first page in which Travis Pelkie is referred to as a “drillrod.” Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 260: Legends of the Dark Knight #83

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Legends of the Dark Knight #83, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1996. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Black Widow: Required Reading

I mentioned a couple weeks ago, before I felt compelled to go on a massive rant, that I was working on a Black Widow “Required Reading” post…and as promised here we are!

I’ve been reading a bunch of Black Widow stuff in preparation for this, along with the material that I’ve already read and so these are the books that rose to the top for me. I’m sure I’ve missed some things (and I’m sure you’ll tell me) but I’ll just let you know right now I did NOT miss Black Widow: Deadly Origins, Black Widow & The Marvel Girls, and the current Black Widow Strikes mini-series, all of which I found to be quite terrible. Feel free to disagree in the comments, but please don’t assume I didn’t consider them. I did consider them and I found them disturbingly lacking. If you want something really great that Natasha is guest starring in that’s more current than the list below, I’d recommend the very good Winter Soldier ongoing by Ed Brubaker. It’s a great book with a really well written (and drawn) Natasha.

I read in the Marvel Solicits for August that apparently “Hawkeye is the breakout star of The Avengers” which I guess means he gets a shot at an ongoing title while Black Widow is relegated to that truly abysmal mini-series that’s almost over now. So Hawkeye gets Matt Fraction and the brilliant David Aja and Black Widow still gets the equivalent of bupkis. Now, I don’t know what movie the people responsible for these things saw but I have no idea how anyone would walk away with “Hawkeyes as breakout star” from the movie I saw. I like Renner very much as an actor and I have no problems with Hawkeye as a character, but there is just no damn way he outshined Natasha/Scarlett Johansson.

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 129: Generation X #66

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Generation X #66, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 2000. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 115: Crécy

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This quasi-week: Warren Ellis. Today’s page is from Crécy, which was published by Avatar and is cover dated July 2007. Enjoy!
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