Monday, January 14, 2013

diary of a guttersnipe 01/14/2013: water bird-ing works

by Shawn Starr

Read two comics this week, and have an overwhelming stack of books "to read". Here are some notes on them...


Basketball Comics #1
by Michael DeForge, Patrick Kyle, Mickey Zacchilli

From the people who brought you 'Cop Comics', a comic about life, religion and dunkin'. Mostly dunkin' it though.

Also this. 
This is enough for me to buy anything.

Thor: God Of Thunder #4 (Marvel)
by Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina

I re-read the run so far this week, and in light of the rest of Marvel's output since their NOW! Initiative, it's easy to see this series as the line's highlight. 'Avengers' is only going to make sense after 40 issues and Opena will be long gone before that point ('Uncanny X-Force' redux), but 'Thor: God Of Thunder' is only going to last as long as it's drunk, yelling, breaking shit Thor is drawn by Ribic, and once Ribic is gone this train ride is over.

The God Killer is Ribic's mighty pen, son.

some notes on them

Baron Bean: The Complete First Year (IDW) – I like the idea that The Library of American Comics are putting out a series of lesser known (and according to them "essential") strips at a reasonable price, unlike IDW's normal policy of printing overpriced collections no one would ever touch unless they have a lot of disposable income or have some forty year old affection for the series.

Young Lions (Self-published) – I've read this three or four times, i like the pencil line work, but the narrative never came together for me. Maybe it will this time, or maybe it's not supposed to.

Anyways, did Larmee retire or something? I haven't heard shit from him after this book.

Raw (v.2) #1-2 (Penguin Books) – Solid Lineups.

Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980 (Abrams) - Dan Nadel's anthology of comics that some people MIGHT have heard of, in contrast to his other book 'Art Out of Time', which is an anthology of comics NO ONE has heard of. Anyways, i like the idea of shooting the books from the originals and leaving all the blemishes of print and time on them, especial in a book devoted to time and cartoonists perceived place in it.

Deeper into Movies (Marion Boyairs) - Pauline Kael dropping science.

2001: A Space Odyssey (Marvel) – Jack Kirby delivers cover work that no one can match.

DAN QUAYLE and mindless covers


The Comic Reporters Holiday interview series ended. Here's the master list.

Charles Forsman did an interview at the Comics Journal. I like that Forsman, in his position as both a cartoonist and active publisher, forces interviewers to place a greater emphasis on the publishing side of comics. In a medium where most of the alt-scene, outside of the Picture Box stable, self publish, he's the only one who is really talked to about it. I guess one conversation is good enough.

"I feel like I got hit by a truck... Which I did."

New Splash Page Podcast!

Last days of the Oily Comics subscription.

Fantagraphics 'Mickey Mouse' reprints makes a short appearance in Alec Berry's "Buckwild".

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