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Abhay: BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS — Spoilers Galore!

Abhay Khosla

Below the jump is a little essay about BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS, the Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoet graphic novel published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2014. WARNING: THIS IS AN ESSAY ABOUT WHY I LIKED THE BOOK SO MUCH, NOT A CLASSICAL REVIEW, SO I POTENTIALLY SPOIL PLOT DEVELOPMENTS. There are two spoilers– one, I spoil the premise (which … it’s the kind of book if you can go in relatively cold, I’d suggest it), and then near the end, I spoil the ending.  I’m very sorry if you’re looking for a review on this one– I can assure you other people have reviewed it, it’s a terrific book and you should go read a review of it if you’re curious.  There’s also a preview…  Read More…

TIlting #235 is live

Brian Hibbs

Available at Comic Book Resources, as always, this month we talk about ways the market has changed since I turned in my first order form in 1989, and survey how the various publishers are handling the challenges those changes have created. Feel free to comment here if you don’t want to comment there. -B

Abhay: A Stack of Comics I Mostly Haven’t Read in About 15 Years

Abhay Khosla

I went to my home town for the first time in some years.  And while I was home, I had cause to go through the old comics “collection”. I wanted to find one book in particular that I thought might help me on a project not yet worth mentioning, a foreign comic whose name I didn’t know that I’d bought on a trip outside the country around 1992-1993, impossible to find unless I went through box after box of disorganized, yellowing comics. I found this mystery comic the last day I was there, but as I was going through the boxes, occasionally I’d spot some other comic that made me pause.  One of the last times I was home, I’d mentioned the comics I’d looked…  Read More…

“Why Did You Turn Us From Pets Into Slaves?” COMICS! Sometimes It Is Christmas On The Planet of The Apes (Part 4)

John Kane

Believe you me when I say I share your relief as we thunder into the fourth and final part of what people as far away as the chair next to me are calling a Planet of The Apes Weekly gallery! Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho! Anyway, this…

“Because I Loathe Bananas!” COMICS! Sometimes It Is Christmas On The Planet of The Apes (Part 3)

John Kane

“Beware the beast Man, for he is the Content’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he scans for the attention of strangers during Internet lulls. Yea, he will politely ask his work-mate to borrow his work-mate’s Planet of The Apes Weekly collection. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will spend most of his time washing, cleaning and generally running about to little result before finally sitting and staring dully into the far distance. Shun him; drive him back into his new-build lair, for he is the harbinger of death.” Thus spaketh The Lawgiver. And so Part Three of the Planet of The Apes Weekly cover gallery begins: Anyway, this…

OSU Marching Band gets right in 105 seconds what Zach Snyder, David Goyer, Chris Nolan and a 225 million budget couldn’t figure out in 2 1/2 Hours.

Jordan Smith

I know I promised Prophet but take a few minutes to watch and I guarantee heart growth commensurate to The Grinch on Christmas. Anywho, The Best Damn Band in The Land made their Oscar case a little early this year by delivering a Hollywood extravaganza at halftime of the Penn State game. The trauma of Man of Steel is that for a second I FULLY expected Superman to fly through that building of band members and shatter it into hundreds of falling / uniformed pieces / corpses. I should have known that a flipping marching band would be able to better see the soul of a creation than those who’ve made careers out of exploiting someone else’s better ideas.

Whither Watterson?

Jordan Smith

Oh, I’ve missed you comics internet. Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted here (perhaps you’ve taken it as a welcome respite?) but with the donut business a-booming and my tour of Oktoberfest concluded I am returned to you. Let’s talk legends! Dear Mr Watterson (link to the forthcoming documentary) We’re coming up on 20 years since the end of Calvin & Hobbes and by extension 20 years since the end of Bill Watterson’s public cartooning life.  He was only 37 years old when he dropped the mic and walked off stage – never to return.  Some 6 years before that decision, in 1989, he made a short speech at the Festival of Cartoon Art at Ohio State University.  I…  Read More…

Comic Reviews… for the Internet. OR “I’ve Got a Ticket to Snide!” So, hey, guy, how long do you think these subject lines can be? Here’s the first paragraph of Dickens’s David Copperfield– let’s find out: Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.

Abhay Khosla

I went to a shop yesterday and did my impulse buying.  Now, because I’ve had a long day, I will write sloppily about those impulse buys, from the back of my motorcycle, which I have ridden to a cliff, one of those cliffs that you see in Tom Cruise movies.  Look at this view!  Oh no, my motorcycle is on fire!  Damn, sometimes my lifestyle is almost TOO dangerous.  COMIC BOOKS!

“…So Whose Matches Are THOSE?” ME! Sometimes I Make It So Hard On Myself!

John Kane

Aha, it is I! According to the word cloud over there I’ve shimmied past my 100th post! Whooo, me!  Actually it seems to have been about 8 posts back. It would have been serendipitous indeed had my 100th post been the one about Peter Cushing’s centenary. However, I am a pretty poor planner so it wasn’t. To belatedly commemorate the fact I have actually done something constructive for a lengthy period of time, I offer this not brief enough by half entry about something the site isn’t remotely about. How appropriate! Anyway, this…

Arriving 9/4/13

Brian Hibbs

This week is bursting at the gills with comics! A lot of those happen to be the DC villains books, which kicks off this week, but it is also another Hickman heavy week with the next chapter of Infinity and the launch of his NEW series from Avatar, God is Dead. If those aren’t for you, I am sure you will find something you want after the cut!

Favorite Page Turns in Comics! Pt. 1 of Infinity

Jordan Smith

So a friend of the Donut shop happened to bring me in a boot box full of late 70’s Creepy and Eerie as well as about 30 very early issues of Heavy Metal he’d found while doing flooring work in a basement. “Yeah,” He started, “she just said to take it all.  So I did.  You want any of these?” They stunk and were in horrible condition.  I’d just spent the better part of six months giving away nearly all my comics. “Hell yes.” So, anyway, look forward to some scans of that stuff in the near term. But, just giving all that musty heartache a flip I was really impressed with how many beautiful…and I mean beautiful… page turns…  Read More…

If I (you) had a million (200) dollars I’d (You’d) buy…?

Jordan Smith

So, as my “give it all away” enterprise has continued I’ve started to run dangerously low on single issues of “all ages” material for the shop.  I’ve done my good deed, internet.  I think it’s “me time.” Still, continuing in the spirit of “paring down” I made another drastic decision. In short, I “sold” the following GN’s, Trades, and what have you’s:

Kim Thompson Died a Month and Four Days Ago…

Jordan Smith

  ((As ever and always my own opinions and speculation follow)) (J_Smitty_ enters a small and darkened room.  The feeling is almost claustrophobic.  He twitches, nervously, almost reflexively as a panel slides back to reveal a small figure barely perceptible and perched on the sill of the opening – cloaked in darkness)   “What have you come to confess?”   “Sir, I only just picked up my first Fantagraphics book at the tender age of 33.”   (The little figure sighs deeply and shifts its weight – testing the heft of something)   “10 hail Kim’s and take this brick with you!”   KLUNK

Them’s Fightin’ Words, Joe Casey.

Jordan Smith

In the absence of the dulcet tones of Mssrs. Jeff and Graeme… It should go without saying that all that follows is my opinion. So, quietly and without much advance hullabaloo Dark Horse Comics made its entry…or rather its re-entry…into the world of Superheroics with Catalyst Comix #1     There’s a lot to recommend this book.  There’s a lot to recommend this series, really.   But, as with all things…a caveat.  

“…Not As A Mystery–But As A MAN!” COMICS! Sometimes The King Knew The Score!

John Kane

Celebrate your Dad, come on! (Let’s Celebrate!). Smooth segues be damned on this, The Day of The Father; didjya know that Jack Kirby was also a Father? Like all Fathers Jack Kirby knew of “The Task” but only Jack Kirby dared speak of it. The final, greatest “task” of any Father; when he must remove the bomb from his child’s head while waving him or her off into “The Future“, remaining behind to be blown up in their stead. Wait, maybe it was a metaphor! Or maybe I just wanted to post some Jack Kirby covers because, hey, today I get celebrated (COME ON!!!) so bit busy, yeah?  Maybe more substantial content later? J_Smitty did some reviews one post down…  Read More…

Arriving 6/12/13

Brian Hibbs

Not as big a week as the last one, but still some notable titles including the latest Walking Dead and the new Snyder/Lee Superman book. See what else after the break!

Mainstream Comics, Ellen Burstyn & Jim Broadbent star in “The Momentum of Things”

Jordan Smith

  That’s 30 issues, fella.  That’s over $120 of cascading plot.  That’s probably over 70,000 words of dialogue. (Eyes boggle) To be, or not to be, that is the question: Shakespeare – Hamlet 1:1 According to the work in the public domain there are about 32,000 words in Hamlet, FFS.   Given my druthers, I’d rather have a blast of something like this: Follow me!  Into the maw of insanity!

The Week That Was…

Jordan Smith

Well, between selling a boatload of donuts and running myself practically ragged I managed to give away a BUNCH of comics.  Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-70 but I didn’t think to count them beforehand so we’ll never know for sure.  Let’s take a look at some highlights and lowlights, yes?  

Cullen Bunn — “The Power of ‘No’ and the Painful Lessons of ‘Yes.’”

Jordan Smith

Hello, Comics Internet! (So awkward, still.) Keep an eye out for a new “giving away comics” post a little bit later. Currently, this 100% opinion piece! Something you may not know about us working donut professionals is that we keep odd, lonely hours. Between one and five-thirty am every day not only am I awake and functioning at a high level it is exceedingly rare for me to utter a single word. Take a second to think about your day. Have you ever been silent for four and a half hours and not asleep? What a nutty life.  Much, much more after the jump.  

Giving it All Away

Jordan Smith

My Dad had a modest stack of old comics up in our attic. Conan. Some really old Superman, a Creeper comic, A few isolated issues of Spider-Man, and a weird one with typewriter lettering titled “The Last Days of Pompeii.” I don’t know what drew me to them initially. I just know I used to really like going through my parents’ old stuff in general. It was a heady experience when you discovered these people existed before you were born and did not live solely to see to your needs. I couldn’t get enough of it: Old yearbooks, newspaper clippings, stacks and stacks of National Geographic magazines dating back to at least the 30’s – passed down, I assume, because…  Read More…

“…Achieving Liberal Ends By Fascist Means.” COMICS! Sometimes They Fight To Make Men Free!

John Kane

…and it stank like it something had crawled up it and died! What? I’m on? That’s a bit ahead of schedule. Caught me on the hop a bit there, let’s see what we can do. Hold on…let me check my pockets…right! Harumph! This’ll have to do. Here goes. Welcome, International Comrades! In this exciting post I will be treating the eyes of all to the sight of many comic covers. Yes! These coruscating covers adorned the 1982-4 run of BLACKHAWK; a run written by Mark Evanier and drawn by Dan Spiegle with back ups from a heavenly host of talents. Pleasure for all viewers ensured as I have mastered the scanner! Technology is yet servant to the flesh! Yes! So,…  Read More…

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