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So I went to the Public Library last night, and they had a decent selection of "graphic novels"! The librarian looked at me like I was a moron when I brought an armload of "graphic novels" to the check-out desk, particularly when I said "They're for my kid."
Shame makes me lie.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 14:12 (twenty years ago) link

You must have a different sort of library system there. About 95 percent of all the comics I've read I've borrowed from the library; the Finnish libraries have very good selection of both kiddie and mature-readers-only comics. Comics are expensive, I can't afford to buy them with my student aid.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 15:28 (twenty years ago) link

Having a "graphic novels" section is a very recent development here. They have one three-shelf rack of them. A pretty wide selection though. But I just grabbed an armload of silly primary-colour fare, incl. the Superfriends tpb!

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 15:34 (twenty years ago) link

Last week I went to the "other public library" in my town and ended up finding their Five Shelves! (gasp pant pant) of graphic novels. I really had to restrain myself and not check out the whole section. And I ran to the counter with my arms overflowing like a child and I had to get a new card because I exceeded my check out limit on the temp. one. The check out kid gave me very strange looks, and I was so delighted I couldn't even be ashamed to lie. I have since read 8 of the 9 I have checked out. There went my social life last week.
I have gotten a bit slowed down by "Watchmen," not that it's not good, but reading it in large chunks makes me feel kinda disturbed.
Now all I think about are those five shelves beckoning me back into their loving arms...

Jocelyn (Jocelyn), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 15:35 (twenty years ago) link

I really must check out this "library system."

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 15:37 (twenty years ago) link

I regularly make pilgrimages to Espoo, a smaller city right next to Helsinki. The Helsinki city library card is accepted there, and since Espoo is a richer city than Helsinki, they can afford to buy more books for their libraries, which means more comics too. Just yesterday I borrowed maybe 15 titles I haven't read before, like "Endless Nights" and "Why I Hate Saturn".

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 15:41 (twenty years ago) link

I take it that public libraries aren't as important to folks in the UK than in Finland. I think most Finns visit a library at least once a month.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 15:44 (twenty years ago) link

I'm in the U.S., and I really have no explanation why I don't use the library more. I used got so used to using the university library when I was in school, and since then I've just been buying what I want to read or borrowing from friends.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 15:58 (twenty years ago) link

I live in Canada, and, uh, I abused the library system in my youth and racked up an outrageous fine. So I've been really reluctant to go there.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 16:50 (twenty years ago) link

I think that's a subconscious factor for me too. I know I eventually gave up my library privileges by not returning books in high school, and even though I live in a city 75 miles away THEY MIGHT KNOW.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 16:54 (twenty years ago) link

I don't go to the library because I don't like touching books that loads of other people have touched. It's a germ thing. Also can't stand touching public restroom doors, poles/handles on the subway, etc.

(This is here people mouth the word "Psycho" and do that twirly thing with their index finger next to their head, meaning "Crazy")

Vermont Girl (Vermont Girl), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 17:21 (twenty years ago) link

I made a new swirly crazy hand gesture yesterday. You use both hands like they're turning, say, bike pedals on either side of your head. And make an appropriate face.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 17:22 (twenty years ago) link

See if you can do it with each finger turning in the opposite direction to one another...

Vermont Girl (Vermont Girl), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 17:25 (twenty years ago) link

See, this is where MY "shame makes me lie" comes in. I make sad sad faces until the fines are removed and mumble about how I don't have any money on me. When I worked at the university library as a student I became notorious for feeling bad for my hall-mates and such and mysteriously erasing their fines. But not if they were the type of people who stole DVDs, no sir.

Jocelyn (Jocelyn), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 17:25 (twenty years ago) link

I love my library system, it's where I first read Sandman (for better or for worse), Watchman (they got tonnes of Alan Moore in fact: V, Top 10, Swampy, Supreme, Killing Joke, Promethea, etc.), Bone and such, before they started getting newer books like Stormwatch/Authority, the whole Batman: No Man's Land and Bruce Wayne: Fugitive. Oh and get this: the entire run of Lone Wolf & Cub.

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 21:02 (twenty years ago) link

Berkeley library has LW&C. Should I...?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 21:11 (twenty years ago) link

Yes, it's very good, though the first volume is kind of sketchy. It really gets hopping around vol. 7(?).

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 21:46 (twenty years ago) link

Yes, and I've heard that Berlin Alexanderplatz is a bit slow until the 9th hour kicks in.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 21:51 (twenty years ago) link

No really, it's very decent in the beginning.

Honestly, I had trouble caring about the protagonist because he is basically invincible which undercuts the dramatic tension and at times I was rooting for the bad guys. But it's really good.

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 22:58 (twenty years ago) link

I stopped reading comics when I was about 12 for a few years. My father - who visits his local library twice or three times a week - used to borrow books for me he thought I might like. Generally this meant a lot of Stephen King, Sci-fi, fantasy, spy stuff. But one week he came home with the (just-released) Dark Knight Returns TPB. And suddenly I fell in love with comics all over again.
So I owe the Irish Library system quite a lot.....

David Nolan (David N.), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 23:25 (twenty years ago) link

my fucking library only has 3 star trek gns, two superman gns and 2 issues of mage (???)

mullygrubber (gaz), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 03:37 (twenty years ago) link

Here's info on Mage, since I'm assuming your ??? means "well, what the...". That's undoubtedly the best of that particular bunch.

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 04:25 (twenty years ago) link

Mully, write a leter to the librarian, I'm sure the selection is fairly arbitrary, so a few suggestions here and there will probably result in good results.
Shut up, I know what I said.

Huck, Wednesday, 5 May 2004 04:46 (twenty years ago) link

i know what mage is its two issues?

(haha huck: i'll write them in my kids names!)

mullygrubber (gaz), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 04:53 (twenty years ago) link

my college library has a couple of those "history of comics" books, a bunch of calvin/foxtrot/get fuzzy/life in hell etc collections, stuck rubber baby, maus, david boring, a mr natural collection, volume 11 of love and rockets, and some other stuff i can't remember. almost all indie, no dc/marvel/vertigo stuff.

for some reason i try to check a "real" book out every time i take out a graphic novel; i guess i just dread those "comics fan, huh?" glances you get from librarians.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 06:23 (twenty years ago) link

Wait a sec ISSUES? Not collections? Are they bagged & boarded?

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 12:17 (twenty years ago) link

no: they're those square bound prestige format reprint things. i think they actually collect 2 or 3 issues of the original series. still useless though.

mullygrubber (gaz), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 21:56 (twenty years ago) link

Our library has millions of star trek and star wars GNs too. But it was also the means by which I got the missus into Tintin.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Sunday, 9 May 2004 08:59 (twenty years ago) link

This week's library haul:
Batman: Year One (i actually have the first two issues, but the last two sold out before I got to 'em, way waaay back when, and then they were immediately marked up out of my price range) I can't believe they let me buy this stuff when I was like 10. I can't believe I liked it. But tonight I finally got to finish the story I started reading 16 years ago. 17? 18? SHIT. I am old.
Flash: Terminal Velocity I think I like the Flash. I have no good reason, and I don't think I need to justify this, so back off.
Daredevil Yellow I have no idea what this is about, but I think Tim Sale is fantastic.
Hellboy: Seed of Destruction Hmmm, this reads familiar. Still Mignola's art is boss.
Astro City: Confessions Yup, I'm at least branching out a little tiny bit. I might as well, right, no risk from the library.
And that's it. They've got The Watchmen there though, and I'll probably get it next time. I've read it of course, it was the first tpb I ever bought and it was astronomically expensive in 1989 or 1990, which, doing this horrible math seems a lot longer ago than it used to. Naturally. But I lent it to a friend (traded for his V for Vendetta, I think he came out ahead) about ten years ago, and shortly stopped talking to the dude, for no good reason. So I'm eager to read it again as a post-adolescent.
There are girls giggling outside my window. Giggling hard.

Huck, Tuesday, 11 May 2004 05:38 (twenty years ago) link

Pay them no heed! You are safe here in our He-Man No Wimmins Club!

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Tuesday, 11 May 2004 20:12 (twenty years ago) link

Well, I'll just have to break up your testosterone party then.

The books what I got:
Goodbye, Chunky Rice (sweet); Queen and Country Vol. 1 (oh, my new love); DareDevil The Man without Fear (now I want to read more!); Gipsy Star (crapola); Jimmy Corrigan (I know everyone keeps praising this but I'm having problems getting through it.); Sandman Endless Nights (disappointing so far); Why I Hate Saturn (so good), Ultimate X-men V. 2& 3, now need to go back and get 1.

Next week it's From Hell, Louis Riel, and all the Q & C I can get my grubby little hands on. Other suggestions?

Jocelyn (Jocelyn), Tuesday, 11 May 2004 20:54 (twenty years ago) link

Chunky Rice is sooo good. Is that DD the Miller/Romita Jr. arc? Kyle Baker's hot stuff too. And I had similar hardships with Jimmy Corrigan.

For Daredevil, you might find some of this thread useful.

I say, get as much Frank Miller as you can. Some of it is plainly bad, but there's enough top stuff (Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, Elektra: Assassin, etc) to make him my favo writer. Plus, he's sort of the spiritual ascendent of current top crop Bendis, Rucka et al.

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Tuesday, 11 May 2004 21:30 (twenty years ago) link

Miller's a hard case; even though he's supposed to be a liberal with his freedom-of-speech-talk and all, many of his comics verge on proto-fascism (Dark Knight Returns, his first run of Daredevil, etc. etc.). I guess he's sort of an extreme right wing libertarian, as contradictory as that may sound. If you can handle his politics, okay, otherwise some his work makes for a disturbing read.

Sandman Endless Nights (disappointing so far); Why I Hate Saturn (so good)

Funnily enough, I too borrowed both of these books from the library last week, and had the same opinion about them. Why I Hate Saturn was great, Endless Nights was not. Although I can't say I was that disappointed with EN, since my appreciation of Neil Gaiman certainly isn't as high as it was during my teenage fanboy years. Still, I did enjoy the Delirium story, which reminded me of some of Gaiman's better, more experimental work with Dave McKean (Signal to Noise, Black Orchid etc.).

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 08:45 (twenty years ago) link

an extreme right wing libertarian, as contradictory as that may sound European ears. It's a lot more common in the US. To the point that the Political Compass site's FAQ has an entry saying "This says I'm left _and_ libertarian, how is that possible?"

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 10:34 (twenty years ago) link

I've never cottoned to Sandman. I remember really liking the idea, but never being satisfied by any of the stories. The art was usually pretty cool.
BTW, the giggling girls outside my window the other night weren't laughing at me. I'm on the third floor, so who knows what was tickling them.
Jocelyn, I look forward to hearing what you think of Riel.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 13:37 (twenty years ago) link

I used to adore Sandman, but now I think I've outgrown a lot of it. About the same time that I outgrew mopey-I'm standing in the rain- music, too.
I finished The Dark Knight Returns yesterday and was impressed by what Miller's done with the Batman universe, and liked how he avoided obvious cliches. I think I need a few more days for it to sink in. I read Year One a few weeks ago while on major painkillers so it all seems sort of hazy/loopy, but I really liked it. I've known a surprising number of people who fall into the left-wing but libertarian category, I think it's a fairly common American trait, so it's not so jarring a note in the writing for me. I'm interested to see how he treats more prominant female characters...
I read Blankets before Goodbye, Chunky Rice, and I definately think that Thompson can only get better as a writer. Parts of Blankets reminded me very much of people and mindsets that I've met in my nidwestern hometown, so I think it resonated better with me than Chunky Rice did.
Also, read Sacco's The Fixer and continue to be heart-broken and amazed by his work. I still have relatives in the Balkans and that scares me. I wish all political commentators were this honest. Will let you know what I think of Riel.

Jocelyn (Jocelyn), Thursday, 13 May 2004 13:55 (twenty years ago) link

Dark Knight Strikes Again is pretty wild. I liked it a lot for some reasons and thought it was pretty vile for some reasons. SOmetimes they were the same reasons.
Did Frank Miller use the newscast-narrative thing in Daredevil and Ronin too? Cause he's used it in everything I've read of his and I think it plays out really fast.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Thursday, 13 May 2004 14:07 (twenty years ago) link

Jocelyn, didn't you find the politics implied in The Dark Knight Returns disturbing? Especially the ending, with Batman building an private army of vigilantes around his charismatic persona (hence their seamless transformation from crooks to Sons Of Batman)?

Did Frank Miller use the newscast-narrative thing in Daredevil and Ronin too?

Nope, and it wasn't used in the Elektra stories or Sin City either.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 13 May 2004 16:06 (twenty years ago) link

I did find the slant of Dark Knight Returns disturbing at the end, with the Sons of Batman, but I'm not sure if that's Miller political slant or the Batman universe, which has always been rather dark. I haven't read enough Miller to know whether it's a theme in his work, or if he is exploring the idea of the vigilante vs. the idea of the government sanctioned police/Superman figures. I suppose what I was trying to say above "not so jarring a note" is that the politics fit in with the American Gotham that Miller has created. (my own personal views do not match the ones in the comic) I'm still stewing over how much I actually liked DKR as a whole.

Jocelyn (Jocelyn), Thursday, 13 May 2004 17:28 (twenty years ago) link

I think there have always been fascistic elements to the Batman mythos, Millar just cranked them up.
I mean, here's a really rich dude who spends his free time beating up poor people.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Thursday, 13 May 2004 17:33 (twenty years ago) link

Don't start that again, Huck.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 13 May 2004 17:34 (twenty years ago) link

Did Frank Miller use the newscast-narrative

Elektra: Assassin kind of uses a substitute form of narration -- rather than newscasts, he has people giving Powerpoint presentations.

I'm interested to see how he treats more prominant female characters...

Err, touchy Miller point. Simply put, he doesn't. Elektra is obv. his most notable female character, and he's written one mini series and one graphic novel focusing on her. In the latter, it's told from Murdock's POV. In the former, the series starts out with the first 1.5 issues from Elektra's POV (and they happen to be marvelously written), but then it switches to another man's for the remainder of the series. Mix in boring/flat Sin City women, and his female trackrecord isn't exemplary. (Though maybe Martha Washington, I never stuck around long enough to read all of them, and the woman in Ronin, balance things out.)

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Thursday, 13 May 2004 18:04 (twenty years ago) link

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Thursday, 13 May 2004 18:11 (twenty years ago) link

Oh my gosh. I went to the library today for the first time in ages -- I'd taken out books and kept them months overdue without actually reading them, which always happens when my books are overdue (I purposely don't read them once they're late, reasoning that it would result in my procrastinating returning them; also I'm spoiled by being able to take books out for a year from the university). Anyway, the summer is great for the library here because the kids are gone, and stuff is actually in: so I checked the graphic novels section, which usually only has part 11 of some manga series and some movie adaptations.

Promethea book 1 and Bendis's Fortune and Glory! Score.

They also have book 2 of Phoenix (the manga, there's a thread around somewhere, I think), so I assume they have book 1 and it's just out.

Tep (ktepi), Friday, 21 May 2004 22:46 (twenty years ago) link

As much a "read it in order" harsh mistress that I am, I don't think it matters much what order you read Phoenix in.

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Friday, 21 May 2004 22:54 (twenty years ago) link

Ooooh, okay. Well, next time I'm there ...

Tep (ktepi), Friday, 21 May 2004 22:59 (twenty years ago) link

I've got Watchmen out right out, and I started reading it last night when I got back from my big wilderness whoop-up. I haven't read it in about 12 years, when I traded my copy to my friend for his V for Vendetta.
So, first time reading as an adult. I can't believe how much I missed the first 20 times!

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 14:33 (twenty years ago) link

I didn't read it for the longest time just because it seemed like such "mandatory reading," but it really might be the best comic I've ever read.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 14:37 (twenty years ago) link

I just read Promethea, and Watchmen was the first thing to come to mind when I thought, "Why does this pale so much compared to what I expect from Alan Moore?"

Weirdly, my girlfriend -- who is a big fan of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and much of Moore's current stuff -- was bored by Watchmen. She didn't grow up reading superhero comics the way I did, but came to them after getting interested in comics in general through Preacher and Transmetropolitan, so even though she reads them now, I wonder if that's part of it.

Tep (ktepi), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 14:42 (twenty years ago) link

I also love reading it now knowing that the Watchmen were all based on the Charlton Comics characters.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 14:51 (twenty years ago) link

Well so I finally found where the comics stash was at the library. And I grabbed The Spirit Vol. 13 because I thought that was more or less where I was suggested I should start. Except this apparently wasn't the thread where I was suggested that. I guess I should check the gmail thread. Hm.

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 27 August 2005 08:44 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm not sure I'm loving this Spirit.

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 5 September 2005 05:01 (eighteen years ago) link

will eisner is pretty much the only major comics "great" (at least pre-1970) i'm not that crazy about. the spirit is good but i can't imagine ever LOVING it, or even liking it all that much except in a distant "respectful" sort of way. there's something kind of slick and cold about eisner's artwork that i don't like. the "ten minutes" story is pretty great, but that's about it for me.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Monday, 5 September 2005 05:47 (eighteen years ago) link

gary groth sums it up pretty well for me:

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Monday, 5 September 2005 05:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Gary Groth astonishingly up himself shocker!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 5 September 2005 06:41 (eighteen years ago) link

I'll read the Grothiness in a bit. But my main problem is that the pacing seems way off in these stories. It's either "plot point! plot point! plot piont!" with no connections between them, or it's "slap! stick! slap! stick!" where he doesn't give enough space for the funny to be funny.

And I mean I'm trying to look past the racism.

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:22 (eighteen years ago) link

you know, i'm going to retract my eisner criticism above. i don't think i've read enough of his work to make a fair judgment. which of his later books are good?

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 06:38 (eighteen years ago) link

a boy and his dog corben and wosname - ellison. fuck they have a bad selection. i must recommend some. i wonder who does the buying...some rep pushed no nowt?

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 08:36 (eighteen years ago) link

which of his later books are good?

A Contract With God, To The Heart Of The Storm, and that's about it really. Luckily for you, both are being published in one volume along with Dropsie Avenue (I think) as the launch title under his new 'real publisher' deal.

kit brash (kit brash), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 11:05 (eighteen years ago) link

nb do not buy The Dreamer, it is the worst thing ever

Gaz I thought of something else you should get from Kino the other day! but then I forgot it again. stay tuned!

kit brash (kit brash), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 02:09 (eighteen years ago) link

i am tuned kit. we need to meet there one lunchtime. you point i slobber.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 07:47 (eighteen years ago) link

OK! I just thought of two!

kit brash (kit brash), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 08:17 (eighteen years ago) link

I liked The Dreamer!

Huk-L (Huk-L), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 14:20 (eighteen years ago) link

I think Dropsie Avenue is the one I read. It was fine.

Casuistry (Chris P), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 15:51 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah I haven't read Dropsie, I assume it's not awful since they're bundling it with the other two.

The Dreamer reads like fucking Molesworth* wrote it! "and then JACQUES KIRBEE came to work for me he is pretty good but much shorter than me he thinks he's so tough but look at my muscles *hem hem* the comics in WALLY RENSIE's head are better than what all these other legends what I employ draw o I AM GRATE chiz chiz"

*ie not Willans

kit brash (kit brash), Thursday, 8 September 2005 04:43 (eighteen years ago) link

Got a load of stuff from the public ibrary today!

Goon: Heaps of Ruination
Finder: Talisman
Hellboy: Weird Tales 2
100 Bullets: Six Feet Under the Gun
Scott Pilgrim Vols. 1 & 2
Mary Jane: Circle of Friends

Leeeeeeeee (Leee), Saturday, 17 September 2005 23:02 (eighteen years ago) link

i got, ah, *blushes*, green arrow: quiver

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Sunday, 18 September 2005 05:20 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Oh public library system, how could I have ignored you for so long?

Over the weekend I got Birth of a Nation, Rose (the Bone prequel), the Goon vol. 1 & 2, and 100 Bullets vol. 3. Maddie got Cerebus: High Society, Epileptic, and some other stuff.

I'm extremely happy to have finally read BoaN and Goon, and 100 Bullets and Cerebus are perfect examples of "I would read it but don't want to spend twenty bucks to do it".

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 7 November 2005 17:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Is Doom Patrol worth reading? I just checked it out.
One of my favorite library finds is a weird little Oni press thing called one + one, about ghosts.

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Monday, 7 November 2005 21:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Totally worth reading (assuming you're talking about the Grant Morrison DP).

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 7 November 2005 22:15 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Jimmh Corrigan Smartetst kid
Boondoks because you don't readthe newspaper I know
Finder king o cats
Essent Xmen 2
Amazing Spiderman 1
Age o Bronze 1

Also French nouvelle vague!
Alphaville & Le Samourai

And that new autechre. :(

c(''c) (Leee), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 01:02 (eighteen years ago) link

French nouvelle vague

w00t! I've been watching some public library Godard lately myself. The last public library comic I got out was probably Jimmy Corrigan, but that was a while ago. I wish my PL had Finder.

Chris F. (servoret), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 09:06 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
aiiii! my pub lib now has a graph nov section.

i got
jimmy corrigan
that frank cho book wosname meadows (ouch! how crap is it?)
burn's black hole
clowe's ice haven
orbiter (ellis)
the bone telephone book
and an acme novelty hardcover


mullygrubbr (bulbs), Friday, 24 February 2006 10:56 (eighteen years ago) link

that frank cho book wosname meadows (ouch! how crap is it?)

I understand that if you want antropomorphic animals and soft-core cheesecake in the service of non-humour-based jokes, then Liberty Meadows hits the spot, though if so you may wish to consider killing yourself for the good of everyone.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 24 February 2006 13:13 (eighteen years ago) link

apart from the Cho (and maybe the Orbiter) that's a fucking score though. And I'd even read Frank Cho for free.

kit brash (kit brash), Friday, 24 February 2006 13:54 (eighteen years ago) link

i tried to read it for free kit and though i have natural sympathy for dweeb lust = big tit and smart, i just...couldn't.

yet to read orbiter (weren't you singing the collen doran praise to me?)

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Friday, 24 February 2006 13:57 (eighteen years ago) link

nah, I don't have any blanket love for her - like her sometimes, admire the facility she has for working in different styles, but think her figures always come off stiff in a panel-to-panel sense

kit brash (kit brash), Friday, 24 February 2006 21:37 (eighteen years ago) link

Liberty Meadows

I started reading this at for the pulchritude, but I'm starting to hate myself for it. The animals aren't funny and the humans all need a punch in the face.

But in the meantime, my library got the copy of Comics Between the Panels that I requested in nine days, so big ups to them.

pixel farmer (Rock Hardy), Friday, 24 February 2006 23:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
plasticman on the lam
top 10 the 49ers
honour among punks : baker st gn
marvel 1602 gaiman

mullygrabber, Thursday, 16 March 2006 00:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Thursday, 16 March 2006 03:43 (eighteen years ago) link

aw Mully lend Plastic Man to the kid, it's tops junior-friendly fun!

in other news, I bought the Flaming Carrot colour photo-comic and it is shit, your suspicions were totally founded.

kit brash (kit brash), Friday, 17 March 2006 05:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Aw, I sorta liked the fumetti comic! It was a good solid Flaming-Carrot-fucks-about story for the most part-- definitely the best issue to come out in the new series so far, cheesy computer effects aside. It woulda been better if Bob Burden had just drawn the dang thing tho.

I've been getting some decent stuff from the YA section of my local library as of late-- reread Sandman, the collected Supernatural Law turned out to be entertaining and well done, and I reread Chester Brown's autobiographical comics too. That scene in I Never Liked You where he sits in the row behind the girl who's trying to take him out on a date at the movie theater is great-- so honest about what being an adolescent is actually like in all its idiotic foot-shooting glory.

Chris Freiberg (Chris F.), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 05:02 (eighteen years ago) link

o man. igot more good stuff.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 06:08 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Errrr...... is this for real???!?

All Free Library of Philadelphia Customers,

We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.

Fetchboy, Monday, 14 September 2009 20:14 (fourteen years ago) link

err, didn't notice this was on ILC, will try an ILE thread

Fetchboy, Monday, 14 September 2009 20:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, I think it's for real; been making the rounds today.

EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE! (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 September 2009 21:31 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

i will probably never write the your content filtering policy is technologically flawed & socially irresponsible irate-patron-letter i occasionally get the impulse to write. it would be super depressing to find out that it isn't just that they're confined by the technology, but that they're okay with cutting off access to valuable resources because they have swears.

so much stuff coming up under 'occult'.

inimitable bowel syndrome (schlump), Thursday, 18 November 2010 13:31 (thirteen years ago) link

if it's filtered it's occult by definition

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 18 November 2010 13:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Queens Central and Mid-Manhattan libraries: I kiss you both for all the great comics you've lent me.

Currently reading Macedonia by Pekar, Roberson and Piskor.

RR, Friday, 19 November 2010 08:32 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Not comics related, but the publisher Penguin is planning on making its tiles available as e-books:

calstars, Thursday, 5 July 2012 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

So I went to the Public Library last night, and they had a decent selection of "graphic novels"! The librarian looked at me like I was a moron when I brought an armload of "graphic novels" to the check-out desk, particularly when I said "They're for my kid."
Shame makes me lie.
― The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 14:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

Hahaha. I did the same thing a few weeks ago, finding several dozen hardback trades at the local library that I hadn't read. Walked out with a 7" stack of trades - good one stop catch-up.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 6 July 2012 17:43 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

i like this place. mine has giant windows that look out over an old cemetery.

très hip (Treeship), Sunday, 23 March 2014 20:32 (ten years ago) link

today they told me i qualify for a free membership even though i'm not a borough resident because i work for the school district.


très hip (Treeship), Sunday, 23 March 2014 23:45 (ten years ago) link

six months pass...

The reading room at the ny pubic library is closed.

calstars, Friday, 17 October 2014 22:42 (nine years ago) link

My old library in Round Rock had "The Death Ray" and "Locas Vol 2," making me very, very happy indeed.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:09 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

QBPL has changed their logo, color scheme and website.

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 April 2019 02:14 (five years ago) link

What comics did you get, though?

blokes you can't rust (sic), Saturday, 6 April 2019 17:22 (five years ago) link

Ha, sorry, realized that later.

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 April 2019 17:36 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

"Well, I'll be glad to help - on one condition. Give me a chance to show you that the library isn't some kind of prison or torture chamber."

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 04:43 (three years ago) link

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