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What I bought – 1 August 2012

“It is only petty men who seem normal.” (Umberto Eco, from The Name of the Rose)

Luckily, she has insurance Holy crappity-crap Shop ... at .. Target ... Somehow I don't think that dinosaur will respect a fighting stance like that Freaky! Seriously? Yeah, I have no idea either It's the Three Faces of Shadow! What are they doing to that poor chap's head? It's all metaphorical and shit! Take your time, guys - I can wait!
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What I bought – 11 and 18 July 2012

“How do you feel, Yossarian?”

“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”

“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive.” (Joseph Heller, from Catch-22)

Where's the octopus in this book, damn it? She'd look a lot more bad-ass if it weren't for that STUPID COSTUME!!!! Symbolism! I'd be too busy freaked out to fight! Look at that hair!!!! Man, this is insane ONE HUNDRED FOUR PAGES, BITCHES!!!!! Dang, that's an ugly cover Why does he have a four on his chest? Holy crap, that's an awesome cover Oh, John, you rascal! Dude, keep your hands on the handlebars! Touch it!!!! That's some bad breath right there Let's debate this cover below! Where's the credit? Trippy! TWO supine female characters?  Does Kelly know about this? Is she the princess or the warrior? No wonder cats hate water It's a kids' book! Does that sword whistle when he uses it? What are they looking at? Gotta catch up! Am I going to hell for supporting this? Clint, no! Dang, that's a big sword
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What I bought – 4 July 2012

“The parts that don’t matter hurt. It’s the places where it doesn’t hurt that the real damage is done.”

“Sounds like life.” (Simon Mawar, from The Gospel of Judas)

I love how the stitches spell out words It's all reversey and shit! I don't get this cover Dang, another awesome cover Motherfuckin' DAZZLER!!!! Hey, look, it's like a computer - how clever!
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What I bought – 20 June 2012

For them it might stave off what he could not help but see with clarity: that the world was silent and cold and bare and that in this lay its terrible beauty. (David Guterson, from Snow Falling on Cedars)

Poor little Sentinel! I like how she's going to fight all those bad guys with that little weapon More freaky than you are! Sure, let's go around again! You'd think that ghosts would be beyond modesty BLAMMO!!!! Yet another exhibit of why dolls are freaky This would be a lot cooler if it weren't so dark Man, Bisley is good at these! That is a REALLY shiny knife My retailer squirreled away a lot of the best ones, but I do dig this card! I really expect more from Francavilla Talk about phoning it in! He's a cool assassin because he smokes weed! My mind is full of stuff like that all the time! I love the scarf! Get it??? It's all mod and shit! It's olde-tyme Lemire! Admit it: you totally thought this dude was naked! Tardi FTW! Now, where's my Blueberry omnibus for a side-by-side comparison?!? Steampunk?  Really?
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What I bought – 6 June 2012

“That’s what I came to tell you, that I can’t free our people from the rule of the Romans.”

“Why not?”

“Because that’s not true freedom. Any freedom that can be given can be taken away. Moses didn’t need to ask Pharaoh to release our people, our people didn’t need to be released from the Babylonians, and they don’t need to be released from the Romans. I can’t give them freedom. Freedom is in their hearts, they merely have to find it.” (Christopher Moore, from Lamb)

Why does Hazmat have Parkinson's? I like big butts and I cannot lie Well, it's not a hook hand, but it's close enough! So much barf I don't get the title of this issue Three chicks on the open highway! Everyone loves Cairo! Does he live on the Moth Moon?
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What I bought – 16 May 2012

It is demonstrably plain that, were the whole matter of victualling the world on a non-national footing taken right out of the hands of the strutting male and handed over to a dozen sensible women who do not want to have their children killed, politics, which are nothing but a glorified form of housekeeping, would long since have been deflated to the problem of running a canteen. (William Gerhardie, from God’s Fifth Column)


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What I bought – 2 May 2012

Has the world lost its joy? Is that why we’re in such a mess? (Madeleine L’Engle, from A Swiftly Tilting Planet)

So much good stuff! This is a wildly deceptive cover Power to the princess! RAGE!!!!! Brian Bolland, doing what he does Her eyes follow me!!!! I don't know who that's supposed to be I'm LOVING the new costume! Why so angry, Mr. Star? Only crazy people don't like Rafael Albuquerque! It's time to read some DC trades! Look at cute l'il Howard! I hate every ape I see ...
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What I bought – 18 April 2012

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” (Italo Calvino, from Invisible Cities)

So much looming! NAZIS!!!! Oh nos! Will he ever give up the ciggies? Not sold in Germany! Why, Rogue, why? Wockijika-wockijika-wockijika! Old-school! Freaky-deaky! Is he married? Ka-Boom! So much rage! Baron Zemo = Playa! That's some crazy shit, man! That can't be good Nothing is more interesting than Cleveland! Finally! Not enough tits anymore! Well, of course her ass is toward the reader!
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What I bought – 21 March 2012

And so I stood perfectly still with folded arms, allowing my eyes to receive the tracery of apian flight, so like curling silver strings in the air. White butterflies, faint as powder on a mirror, yet imbued with the mysterious force of life, hovered and flitted, half-powered by their own efforts and half-carried by the breeze. That all these creatures, and all these plants and dirt and blossoms, from the earthworms to the dung beetles, to the rhododendrons, catnip, delphinium, clematis, lupine, campanula, and bearded iris should all come together here in this spot to create this wondrous place seemed a fact beyond all possibility of mere formality, betokening some kind of marvelous presence having the sense of an artist and the mechanical persistence of an inventor. (Steve Szilagyi, from Photographing Fairies)

I'd vote for him! She doesn't look happy! She has no head! Poor Jason Blood! Cliff is looking at himself! J'accuse! Toby has that fancy helmet, but he's using a gun? What an odd pin-up calendar! Boing! That has to get in the way, doesn't it? Good comix! It's WEE!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 72: X-Factor #14

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from X-Factor #14, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 2007. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 15 February 2012

“Usually girls dance together because the boys are too shy to ask. But this boy – I didn’t know him – he asked me to dance, and so we had the first dance and then the next, and by that time we were talking … And you know what it is when you like someone, you know it at once; well, I liked him such a lot. And we kept on talking and then there was a birthday cake. And he took a bit of marzipan and he just gently put it in my mouth – I remember trying to smile, and blushing, and feeling so foolish – and I fell in love with him just for that, for the gentle way he touched my lips with the marzipan.” (Philip Pullman, from The Amber Spyglass)

Come ON! Which of these characters wouldn't you trust? She really needs a haircut! That's a cool coloring job on that cover Shouldn't Man-Thing be on this cover? Honestly, the boobs almost dominate the entire cover here Well, you probably should get off that cross, then Hot damn! Take your time with these, Marvel - no hurry! Grrrrrrr ...
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What I bought – 24 January and 1 February 2012

Despair and idleness are, I think, the chief motives for religious devotion. When we have nothing on earth to do or hope for we gaze at the sky. We kiss the holy ikons because we have nothing better to kiss. (Lawrence Durrell, from Pope Joan)

Why the doves?  Why? Ryan Sook should do more interiors! So much anger! She's thinking, 'You're going to draw me naked, aren't you, Milo?' More Nate Powell art! Um ... Reptil's not green She may be sad, but she has nice shoes! They look awfully suspicious, don't they? Wouldn't that take his jaw clean off? Well, that's a cool cover!
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What I bought – 11 January 2012

‘Once giants walked the earth,’ she repeated, emphatically. ‘Yes, titans absolutely, it’s a fact.’

Three mothers creaked and swung with expressions of fascinated absorption upon their smiling faces; but Raza Hyder took no notice, closed his eyes, grunted from time to time. ‘Now the pygmies have taken over, however,’ Bilquis confided. ‘Tiny personages. Ants. Once he was a giant,’ she jerked a thumb in the direction of her somnolent husband, ‘you would not believe to look, but he was. Streets where he walked shook with fear and respect, even here, in this very town. But, you see, even a giant can be pygmified, and he has shrunk now, he is smaller than a bug. Pygmies pygmies everywhere, also insects and ants – shame on the giants, isn’t it? Shame on them for shrinking. That’s my opinion.’ (Salman Rushdie, from Shame)

It's certainly an interesting trade dress Holy crapola He's totally going to pass out This looks like half of a complete picture, doesn't it? It's a not-cover cover! The tone of this cover is odd, given the subject matter MAKE OUTTTTT! Oh dear Would you like to see my ... helmet???? Oh, yes - the torn cover thing again Look at those thighs! Yay!  Serial killers! Yep.. A cyber-bear
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What I bought – 21 December 2011

Was the rise of the radical intelligentsia desirable, was their unchecked progress necessary in order that mankind might be led to the broad uplands of democratic freedom? Or was the very concept of democratic freedom a blind alley, developed to make the world safe for an intelligentsia which is only happy when playing at politics, at no matter what cost in suffering to the multitude? (Edward Crankshaw, from The Fall of the House of Habsburg)

The God of All Comics is back, baby! Man, Chaykin is pretty terrible these days, isn't he? Dang, that's a cool cover John doesn't actually go to New York in this comic Brereton + Roman history = AWESOME! Well, I mean, maybe he should move away from Death Way to give away the game, DC So much RAGE! Now THAT'S funny! With Sergio Aragones?!?!? Well, that has to suck She actually wears that hat in this comic! Omnibi rule, man!
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What I bought – 7 December 2011

“A child is born into a world of phenomena all equal in their power to enslave. It sniffs — it sucks — it strokes its eyes over the whole uncomfortable range. Suddenly one strikes. Why? Moments snap together like magnets, forging a chain of shackles. Why? I can trace them. I can even, with time, pull them apart again. But why at the start they were ever magnetized at all — just those particular moments of experience and no others — I don’t know. And nor does anyone else. Yet if I don’t know — if I can never know that — then what am I doing here? I don’t mean clinically doing or socially doing — I mean fundamentally! These questions, these Whys, are fundamental — yet they have no place in a consulting room. So then, do I? … This is the feeling more and more with me — No Place. Displacement … ‘Account for me,’ says staring Equus. ‘First account for Me! …’ ” (Peter Shaffer, from “Equus”)

Who knew baseball was so violent? You probably shouldn't name your structure Suicide Bridge if you don't want people jumping from it This is a homage, but I can't remember what it's homaging Jamie really shouldn't be bobbing for apples in the middle of this issue
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