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Given the critical faculties of a public that is probably convinced that AOC will be donning a swirly-twirly mask any day now, I guess so.

A Nugatory Excrescence (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:37 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Bought a two issue serialization of Kaluta's Carson Of Venus. Why bother serializing a reprint over two issues? For the variant covers probably. I think serializing reprints in floppies is madness in general.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 25 January 2019 20:42 (one year ago) link

I got a cut out hardcover of Annihilator by Grant Morrison and Frasier Irving last weekend. Irving's artwork is even better than the DC stuff he did with Morrison and some pages seem to be channeling some Bill Sienkiewicz during Elektra Assassin days. It's a fun read, pretty much Grant goes to Hollywood story and the multiverse reacts.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 20:36 (one year ago) link

I also happen to be re-reading Valis by PKD and Annihilator has two items both the "download into the mind" and "the creator god was insane, which is why the universe is f-ed up" sentiments pretty much straight from the book. It was a very PKD synchronicity.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 20:37 (one year ago) link

Irving's artwork is even better than the DC stuff he did with Morrison

disagree, the almost total absence of backgrounds especially makes panel-to-panel continuity a pain to try and infer

sans lep (sic), Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:19 (one year ago) link

Irving's artwork is a bit different style, he seems to use a bunch more feathery detail work on everything. Some of the pages are also almost designed paintings with the text overlaid including the pages on the godworld and viewing the space station. Those were some of the pages that reminded me of Billy the Sink.

Can't remember if Irving colored his own artwork on the DC comics or not.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:40 (one year ago) link

I thought it was pretty fun and would read a sequel, if ever made.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:41 (one year ago) link

Need to track down the last 2 issues of Nameless, which I never got on my pull list. Did not see how that crazy story was going to wrap up in 2 issues at all, it seemed like it was setup to be a longer series to me on the first 4.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:43 (one year ago) link

I lost patience with Nameless, the body horror stuff was a bit offputting. IMO GM is much stronger at showing the horror/weirdness in the quotidian that going full oogum-boogum-horror.

I kinda hate Irving's art, I'm afraid. Klarion was fine but everything since has Bachalo-levels of unintelligibility to me, and I don't like the way he draws faces.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 28 January 2019 13:24 (one year ago) link

*than going

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 28 January 2019 13:24 (one year ago) link

I know this is not exactly the right thread for this - do we have a thread for superhero movies that don't have their own thread yet? - but the news that there's going to be a Birds of Prey movie with
* Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
* Jurney Smollett-Bell as Black Canary
* Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress
* Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya
has brightened my day a bit

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:25 (one year ago) link

Formatting help you lieeeee

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:25 (one year ago) link

i'll put money on that movie never materialising

maxwell’s silver hang suite (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:28 (one year ago) link

You don't think they'll release the Birds of Prey movie they're shooting right now?

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:51 (one year ago) link

It's the next The Day the Clown Cried.

I knew that would happen once I heard about the subplot with Jared Leto in a concentration camp.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:59 (one year ago) link

St Marks Place closing next month

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:18 (one year ago) link

Huh... I lived in NYC at one point, but don’t remember a comic shop on St. Marks.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 1 February 2019 05:11 (one year ago) link

Seriously?!? That place was my store for like six years. It's very much what I think of when I think of a comic book shop.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 February 2019 05:13 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

so... if i want to give less money to amazon but my LCS is a dumpster fire (I've ordered about a dozen books this year through them that just never showed up) what's a good slightly more ethical source of comix

Nhex, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:35 (one year ago) link

buying direct from the artists, or from What Things Do, or Wow Cool, or Spit And A Half (though I think he's reducing his operations?), or Emerald Comics Distro, or direct from publishers, or from comic shops that do mail order, or etc etc etc

steven, soda jerk (sic), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:04 (one year ago) link

Try doing that from Australia and you'll be bankrupt in a day.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:20 (one year ago) link

I pretty much used to use my tax return to clear off my comics-ordering bill for the year, before postage went completely insane 5-6 years ago.

buying Australian comics direct from the artists has pretty much been the only option in Sydney since Land Beyond Beyond closed 20-odd years ago

steven, soda jerk (sic), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:29 (one year ago) link

i looked at those but they're pretty specific to particular artists and labels
looking for more general stuff. maybe i'll just stick to midtowncomics

Nhex, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:52 (eleven months ago) link

well you did just ask for more ethical sources of comics w/ no further guidelines! buying direct from the artists is usu. going to limit you to those artists’ comics, yeah

steven, soda jerk (sic), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:12 (eleven months ago) link

closing entry on the ham fisher/al capp feud on TCJ comes with a solidly intriguing theory on the grit that caused the pearl:

Was surprised to find this on spotify btw:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:34 (eleven months ago) link

In December, Viz releases Junji Ito's adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human. I had no idea he had done such a thing.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 23 February 2019 21:59 (eleven months ago) link

Gahan Wilson is suffering from advanced dementia and needs help. His wife of many decades passed away Saturday and as a result he is going to be discharged from the assisted living facility where they lived.

Speaking for myself, Wilson was the first invasion of my little mind by the Weird - my uncle gave my dad a copy of And Then We’ll Get Him for Xmas when I was 7 or 8 and I imbibed it utterly, terrified and transfixed by a world of bodily instability, disease and mutation which was also, apparently, funny??? God bless this man.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 4 March 2019 17:36 (eleven months ago) link

that's hugely sad to hear

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 March 2019 19:53 (eleven months ago) link

I'm reading Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-sik Hong. Comics artist couple move from Seoul to the sticks and deal with career and money worries, the cold, transportation. The protagonist is an archetypal Indie Comics Dude in a way - self loathing, neurotic, frequently a dick to his wife. But despite that I'm finding the narrative likeable and engaging - also fascinated by the author's choice of doing frequent musical numbers, which surely is not what the medium of comics is best suited to.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 10:39 (eleven months ago) link

that's an interesting book but soooooooooooooooo long.
but it's a biography so he's really gotta makes you feel their pain

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:54 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, it's super long. I got through most of it at one sitting because I was waiting for something, otherwise I dunno if I would have had the patience.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 11:01 (eleven months ago) link

That Kirkman related Die!Die!Die! was not very good at all. I liked some of Chris Burhams earlier comics but man this one is gory as he!!. It's definitely trying to go over the top like something written by Garth Ennis, Millar or Hickman have done but with even less nuance.

earlnash, Saturday, 9 March 2019 18:02 (eleven months ago) link

Also kinda weird that it came out through Image the same time as Gillen/Hans' Die (which I'm liking so far!)

Nhex, Saturday, 9 March 2019 18:37 (eleven months ago) link

Kirkman is not very good at all

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 9 March 2019 19:01 (eleven months ago) link
Jeremy Bastian is killing it these days.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 9 March 2019 20:23 (eleven months ago) link

Have not finished it, but I liked Outcast pretty well. I've tried with Walking Dead but have never finished the first omnibus. I liked his run on Ant-man, that was pretty fun.

earlnash, Sunday, 10 March 2019 06:23 (eleven months ago) link

Picked up a volume of the Fantagraphics Disney collection focusing on European artists - this stuff is super interesting to me, having read Disney comics as a kid and never having gotten any kind of explainer of how the system works - there's Italian, Danish and Brazilian writers that I know of, probably there's a ton more. And of course they wouldn't get credit on the comics themselves.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 11 March 2019 11:26 (eleven months ago) link

Half-off sale on a hundred books at Fanta (plus some other things, like early-90s postcard sets):

steven, soda jerk (sic), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:44 (eleven months ago) link

good heads up

Nhex, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:41 (ten months ago) link

Love this cover line

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 22:23 (ten months ago) link


Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 22:26 (ten months ago) link

how pathetic does Warner Brothers expect the Captain Marvel movie to sell if they have to advertise on the front cover of comic books

steven, soda jerk (sic), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 22:49 (ten months ago) link

Did he look back at Sodom?

What's that Phish song that goes "Bag it, Tag it"? (morrisp), Thursday, 21 March 2019 02:58 (ten months ago) link

5 easy ways to survive when you turn to salt... #3 will shock you

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 March 2019 03:46 (ten months ago) link

Am also shocked that Impact font is still allowed (or desired by people whose job it is to put fonts on things)

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 21 March 2019 16:46 (ten months ago) link

DC has spent much of the year thus far (arguably for a number of years prior but really ramped up for 2019) demonstrating their dedication to questionable decisions. Subpar typefaces and movie ads on their covers are just skimming the surface.

Soupy Slacks (Old Lunch), Thursday, 21 March 2019 16:57 (ten months ago) link

(So much upheaval over such a little Batwang.)

Soupy Slacks (Old Lunch), Thursday, 21 March 2019 16:58 (ten months ago) link

I like the Bendis Superman books and assumed things were getting better. What have they fucked up now?

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 21 March 2019 17:06 (ten months ago) link

lengthy sidestep into crime-world and sudden introduction of superboy is readable i thought, sprawling super syndicate underground a little less so
in general they seem okay so far?

, , Thursday, 21 March 2019 17:10 (ten months ago) link


Nhex, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 01:04 (three months ago) link

I’ve been reading some of the current Sonic the Hedgehog IDW series with my son... it’s surprisingly dark for a kids’ book. The plot beats will be very familiar to anyone over the age of six (a ragtag band of heroes tries to save a populace from a spreading zombie infection; as the heroes themselves succumb and are transformed, one by one...) — but it’s done well, with solid dialogue and brisk plotting. The art is strong, too. There’s something compelling about these cute mutant-animal characters being placed in a straightforward action narrative, without irony or condescension. I guess there are whole genres like that, but I don’t usually encounter them.

quinn morgendorffer stan account (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 04:26 (three months ago) link

I'd say that's most Sonic games since Adventure; I hate what they did with those but ymmv.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 13:30 (three months ago) link

RIP, Tom Spurgeon.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 14 November 2019 04:22 (three months ago) link



Ward Fowler, Thursday, 14 November 2019 07:00 (three months ago) link

A great writer, a long-time force for good in comics, and a lovely person.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Thursday, 14 November 2019 09:45 (three months ago) link


valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 14 November 2019 12:11 (three months ago) link

btw Jon I read your ^^^ last night, then went to bed and you turned up as a "character" in the comic I read

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 15 November 2019 08:59 (three months ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 15 November 2019 16:13 (three months ago) link

Spurgeon was a nice refreshing voice amid the rest.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 15 November 2019 18:56 (three months ago) link

Xpost sic was this a comic you read while dreaming or are you referring to the issue of Fatale where Tom H and I get iced?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 15 November 2019 19:34 (three months ago) link

gonna need an issue number here

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 15 November 2019 19:35 (three months ago) link

was this a comic you read while dreaming or are you referring to the issue of Fatale where Tom H and I get iced?

neither! Rookie Moves by N0vember G4rcia

Spurgeon was a nice refreshing voice amid the rest.

gonna disagree with the implication I'm reading here: a major project of Tom's in his life and his work was to highlight and enhance the wide variety of interested, caring, and worthwhile voices that are talking about comics everywhere, all the time.

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 15 November 2019 20:09 (three months ago) link

Perhaps I'm just remembering a specific time when I was mostly around Comics Journal associated circles but I got the impression that he was a lot mellower and less deep into feuds than everyone else. Not to say there weren't a lot of good people, because there was and that community was important to me but that's just how I remember his place in it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 15 November 2019 20:18 (three months ago) link

Top of the head, if I try and think of writers that Tom brought into the Journal, it's mild-mannered Chris Mautner, Bart Beaty writing about untranslated European albums, Ray Mescallado getting a monthly superhero column, gentleman Gil Roth... (while the feud-free Spurge himself was adding a Melody-Maker-style two-page spread of opening snark to every issue, and writing things like Shit List! and The Butt-Eye Address by "David Peters")

Agree that he didn't hold or build personal feuds in public, but this was more a function of him seeing disagreement and argument as valuable in discussion of art and labour.

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 15 November 2019 22:12 (three months ago) link

this gave me the inspiration to read Julia Wertz's memoir Drinking at the Movies, which was... sigh.

[...] there are several funny jokes in this, but Christ, the quality of artwork is just so bad.

I’ve never looked at old artwork and been like, this is fine. But luckily I’m also aware that it doesn’t actually matter at all.

— Julia Wertz (@Julia_Wertz) November 15, 2019

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 15 November 2019 23:07 (three months ago) link

that... is... some regression

Nhex, Saturday, 16 November 2019 17:29 (three months ago) link

You’re gonna plotz if you ever find out about James Thurber

insecurity bear (sic), Saturday, 16 November 2019 20:15 (three months ago) link

TCJ's Spurgeon obit is up

Brakhage, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 01:30 (three months ago) link

how mad Dean must have been to work in the same office as a fat person 20 years ago

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 02:09 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Borrowed/read the three deluxe Wayward collections. As they advertise, mix of Buffy & Scooby gang with Japanese (and later Irish) mythology / monsters. Took some angles I wasn't expecting, which was cool. Liked the artwork a lot.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 6 December 2019 18:42 (two months ago) link

Don't know if I'll listen to these episodes but I love this podcast

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 15 December 2019 15:42 (two months ago) link

Had no idea Lieber was still around.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 15 December 2019 15:42 (two months ago) link
Forgotten this one.

I never really got grip on the X-Men so I found this article fun, surprised how many of the basic concepts were unfamiliar to me despite knowing who all the characters are.

I appreciate that she noted the importance of the colours. In my continual assessment of why the characters/worlds appealed, I now think that the colour combinations were often stronger than the other design elements of the costumes.

Still would like to see more discerning reinventions of the stories. Couldn't Claremont do his own X-Men retelling from the beginning?

From hearing some talk up supposedly great unofficial fanfiction, do any of you know of particularly good DC and Marvel stuff online?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 15 December 2019 19:36 (two months ago) link

twenty minutes about dazzler. i never knew JR JR was such a jersey guy.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 15 December 2019 22:37 (two months ago) link

Video not available in UK? Sometimes it seems like there's no rhyme or reason to these youtube restrictions.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 15 December 2019 22:43 (two months ago) link

suprisingly deep coverage, good video!

Nhex, Monday, 16 December 2019 23:51 (two months ago) link

i got a copy of Eleanor Davis' The Hard Tomorrow for the holidaze from my mom; it's breathtaking. What a talent.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:52 (two months ago) link

SyFyWire have published a list of "the best indie comics of the decade" that consists of nine Image comics, one tumblr, one iOS app, and a DC book.

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 21:35 (two months ago) link

Finishing the last LOEG volume- the points being made are very much not new to those who follow Moore's work, but its stylistic playfulness still is enough to keep me gripped. That bing said, really can' be bothered with those 3D glasses for more than a couple of pages.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 12:38 (two months ago) link

I loved the earlier volumes of LOEG but haven't yet got to this one. Partly because I don't give much of a shit about the comic characters he's making use of in the same way I do C19th literary characters. Is it still doing the "lots of unpleasant sex is really hilarious" thing?

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 19 December 2019 03:59 (two months ago) link

It's still horny, yeah. All the other valid criticisms of the series also still apply (fucking Gollywog STILL IN IT ffs, I know Moore means well but god does he refuse to read a room). Did you read The Black Dossier? That's still my favourite, and probably the best summation of the serie's thematic concerns. This one has a lot of super hero stuff but also a lot of characters from spy stuff and weird animal characters that don't come from comics.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 19 December 2019 11:01 (two months ago) link

I think this is the only volume I haven't read. Black Dossier is great--my one claim to fame is getting a credit for explaining references in Jess Nevins's book of annotations.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:57 (one month ago) link

controversial opinion: Moore does backmatter/prose breaks better than others and may be the best at it, but I keep getting more bored by these conceptual bits where he bounces between media and just wish he’d write a comic book

mh, Saturday, 21 December 2019 02:20 (one month ago) link

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