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Old 11-06-2018, 04:40 PM
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I kinda don't get why Sandman and Miracleman aren't available in their original coloring.

Who out there really believes that new Big Two computer coloring is superior? How do they keep finding all these colorists and art directors with such horrible taste?
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:49 PM
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How do they keep finding all these colorists and art directors with such horrible taste?
Of course it will vary case to case and don't know about those particular cases, but I imagine in a lot of situations the colorists (some of the most overworked and unpaid people in comics) are given some demands from on high to make it look modern and flashy so they can sell the volume as "remastered coloring" or whatever and so that's what they do, because they want money to live.

At least with Sandman, the recolors in the early issues are a case where the regular colorist for most of the run redid the early books in his style. It theoretically removes some of the tonal discontinuities as the book found its legs, for better or for worse. But of course in practice Danny Vozzo in 2010 is not the same colorist who worked on Sandman when it was coming out, so it's kind of a wash that just replaces one kind of stylistic discontinuity with another.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:36 AM
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I bought a bunch more comics than I usually do this week, especially since I usually just get trades (and one of them used, for cheapness sake). But my local comic shops had some comics supported by them I wanted to support in turn from Halifax. They are all retro Saturday morning cartoon style comics and so far it's a lot of fun. Ill post some stuff from them later. I also got the second MST3k issue and the first issue of The Green Lantern because I wanted to check out what Grant Morrison was doing with it. I also picked up a cheap Hap and Leonard adaptation and Vol. 8 of the New Teen Titans making me almost caught up with the collections! Hurrah!
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Old 11-18-2018, 06:32 PM
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I got invited to a VIP thing at a bookstore where I got a pretty sizeable discount everything, so I finally picked up the first volume of Motor Crush, the first* volume of SLAM!, and the beautiful Satania. I'm especially excited for that last one. I got Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët's Beautiful Darkness back in 2015 and fell in love with it. It's a nebulously amoral story about a society of tiny, childlike sprites who materialize from the corpse of a little girl in the woods and struggle to survive through a year of cruel nature. This book, about a scientific expedition to find and explore Hell, promises to be just as fascinating. And it's a gigantic hardcover. Like, not very thick, just a fuck-off huge trim size. The only books I have in the same size class are art books and some particularly bold indie weirdos.

*or only, sort of. It's complicated
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Old 11-19-2018, 08:06 AM
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Motor Crush is like somebody made a story out of a PERTURBATOR music video and it's goddamn incredible. Like, holy crap. I want more of this.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:43 PM
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Satania is more bonkers and more grotesquely beautiful than I could have hoped. It's got that eurocomic adventurey charm but also that eurocomic navel-gazing weirdness. It's Tintin Goes to Hell. Like, there's an entire twenty page bit about an underground city carved out of salt and inhabited by the descendants of nazis* who farm giant spiders and power their machines with wind turbines and underground drafts, and then that's the least outlandish thing that happens.

I already want to reread it. I'm already thinking of all the different ways to interpret it. Much like the last book by the same team, I'd highly recommend it with the caveat of including content warnings for body horror, rape, some mental health stuff, and a borderline bestiality relationship that I'd place a couple of rungs below The Shape of Water on the social acceptability scale.

*or the nazis themselves? Time is deliberately nebulous in this thing; it's definitely not set in the 21st century but it's set after WWII, and that's as definitive as you're gonna get
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:59 AM
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the first* volume of SLAM!

*or only, sort of. It's complicated
? My local library just got in volume 2, aka Slam! The Next Jam, but I haven’t read it yet.

And yes, Beautiful Darkness was bonkers and I’m looking forward to Satania.
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:27 AM
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The original ongoing series got cancelled and was then recommissioned as a four-issue miniseries, hence the reworked title.
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Old 11-21-2018, 07:32 AM
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The original ongoing series got cancelled and was then recommissioned as a four-issue miniseries, hence the reworked title.
Ahhh. Only following things in trade does kinda distort one’s knowledge of the process...
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Old 11-21-2018, 10:28 AM
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Is there even a single completed series on Comixology Unlimited? Is there any place that lists Comixology Unlimited series that are not try-and-buy samplers?

There was a promotion where you got a few bucks credit to sign up for a free trial. I already used my free money to get a trade I wanted and promptly cancelled automatic renewal, but now I still have a month of free Comixology Unlimited and can't seem to find any use for it.

If there is some series here collected in full I'd like to give it a try while I have the service for free, but maybe it just . . . sucks? (It is presumably a good deal for the discount if you buy a lot of digital comics, but as a streaming service . . . .)
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Old 11-23-2018, 04:28 PM
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With Vol. 9 of the New Teen Titans, I'm caught up with all the volumes of the reprints of the Wolfman/Perez era. Can't wait to dive in. Also picked up Twists of Fate as a gift for my sister (she said she wanted a comic for Christmas I think she'd like) and for cheap I got the Spidey treasury (the new short lived series, not Spidey Super Strories, sadly) and a book called The Pervert, about which I know very little.

EDIT: Oh and I finished Maximortal. I... liked it? It takes a while to become the series it really needed to be. The first 2/7ths feels sort of a mix of the kind of Garth Ennis/Mark Millar gory superhero stuff that tends to leave a bad taste in mouths these days with a bit of "If superheroes are the new myth, let's include some of the more horrific elements of myth" and the thing starts as "baby Superman as a horror story". Then it starts to get good. The title character is mostly sidelined (though not in theme, as he remains key to the story without being in it much) for a fictional retelling of how the creators of Superman were fucked over, by way of Alan Moore/Grant Morrison-style metafiction. It's a secret alternate history story, too, but to me, the stuff with the stand-ins for Joe and Jerry is the strongest stuff. I feel their story isn't terribly original in the major notes it hits but the human stuff is very effective. It takes a while to get going, but once it moves past it's "human 'splosion" phase, it gets pretty good. The original series came out in the mid-90's and I just started Boy Maximortal which came out in... 2017.

Well, that's interesting.
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Old 11-23-2018, 04:43 PM
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Oh yeah, I finished SLAM! last night. I suppose it's alright? It feels like whole scenes got cut out; I couldn't really tell you anything about any of the characters; it goes out of its way to explain how roller derby actually works but not until the final scene for some reason; and it really, desperately needed to be queer.

Like, pretty much my most common complaint with literally all media is that it needs more queer people in it, but this one is primarily about the back-and-forth relationship between two women playing the gayest sport of all time and yet it goes out of its way to not make them gay. And nobody else is queer either.

I'll give it a bit of a pass since it got cancelled too soon to do more than the one arc, but a disappointing book is still a disappointing book.
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Old 11-24-2018, 05:33 AM
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Instocktrades' current sale is too, too tempting
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Old 11-30-2018, 05:18 PM
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Currently reading The Pervert. Man, this book for $5? What a deal. It's a great book and I highly recommend it. It's a book that's a series of slice of life vignettes about a young trans woman who has a side gig as a prostitute. Though it is often funny, it does dive into some heavier stuff with a character who sometimes having trouble controlling her anger and having some conflicted feelings about being an escort. It's a very human book and I highly recommend it.

Also, some of the characters (most of them are drawn as cartoon animals) sometimes look like famous characters. So sometimes you have Clifford the Big Red Dog as a Canadian employer who may or may not fire our lead character for being trans (the character is hoping for the former due to hating her co-workers and wanting more financially beneficial way to leave it) or a Jon Arbuckle as a husband hoping to get a free three-way.
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:40 AM
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I bought and read the first issue of DIE, the new Gillen/Hans "Goth D&D Jumanji" comic and it's very very good.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:32 PM
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Picked up Charles Soule/Javier Pulido's She-Hulk vol. 2 and something called Feast of Fields.

Read Robbie Thompson's Spidey which is... good. Feels like a solid Spider-Man book for young first timers.
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:05 PM
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Goddess Mode is intriguing and fun.

Go-Bots is a gorgeous work of art.
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Old 12-12-2018, 05:09 PM
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I kinda don't get why Sandman and Miracleman aren't available in their original coloring.

Who out there really believes that new Big Two computer coloring is superior? How do they keep finding all these colorists and art directors with such horrible taste?
I feel the same way. I want to read the Walt Simonson run of Thor that my library has, but it has also been recolored and I feel like the art just doesn't quite match with the computerized coloring and its gradients.
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Old 12-12-2018, 07:12 PM
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Go-Bots is a gorgeous work of art.
It's real good. And after the breakneck pace of GI Joe Vs. Transformers, I was surprised that Go-Bots had a... slower pace. Well, slower for a Scioli comic is still pretty brisk. How about less dense. It feels like the pages aren't nearly as content dense from page to page. Not a complaint, just an observation.
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:57 AM
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Spider-geddon #5 came out today to end the event and Miles got a pretty cool thing from it, not going to spoil it but I cheered when it happened.

Also the event seemed to imply that it's bringing back Mayday's dad from the dead, so that's cool.
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Old 12-21-2018, 08:03 AM
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LTTP because I'm "wait for the graphic novel collection to go on sale" trash, but man am I torn on Batman: White Knight. Some parts of it are great, and then other parts are completely stupid, and then there are yet other parts that I can't tell whether they are great or completely stupid.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:58 AM
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It took me a week but I finished all 41 chapters of Stray Bullets (the Uber Alles editon. Haven't gotten to Sunshine and Roses or those other series). Mostly, I liked it. Very interesting noir stories. The first few chapters are extremely bleak but while I definitely wouldn't call the stories that follow happy-go-lucky (especially the Dark Days arc) but there is much more humour to it afterward (especially the "Amy Racecar" chapters). It doesn't all age well (gay representation is limited exclusively to sociopathic bullies), but despite it's faults, Virginia Applejack is a great noir character. My one disappointment is that you'd think with so much time, Ginny mom or sister might get more depth than being awful, but they never really do.

I also liked the last chapter of the Derring-Do! arc, but it does feel, relatively speaking, designed to be a bit of crowd-pleasing bit of catharsis to potentially end the series. Will get to the more recent arcs someday.

Next, I'm going to read one of my Christmas gifts, a Josephine Baker comic biography. Looking forward to it.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:29 PM
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So I read Heavy Vinyl (formerly known as Hi-Fi Fight Club).
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New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Destination, the local record store. She’s prepared to deal with anything—misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie.

But when the staff’s favorite singer mysteriously vanishes the night before her band’s show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl…her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club!
It's somehow much better than I even anticipated. This miniseries TPB is self-contained but it's set up so that there could be any number of spin-offs or sequels, and I really hope we get more of it. A lot of these types of things would get too twee and precious or try to crawl up its own ass with its musical references, but HV basically nails everything you would want to nail? Please read this damn comic. It's virtually flawless. It's queer as shit. It's fun and funny and cute. Read iiiiiit.
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Old 01-05-2019, 12:37 PM
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I thought it would be fun to look through everything I read in 2018, according to my Goodreads (as in, official releases only and no scanlations or re-reads):

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson - kinda cute but kinda twee and mildly insufferable in that memeable webcomicky way. This one was a Christmas gift.
After Hours volume 2 by Yuhta Nishio - I literally just bought the third volume of this like an hour ago so obviously I like it. It's so refreshing to see a yuri series about adult women who know how to act on their feelings in a genre dominated by chaste "but we're both girls" high school stories.
Assassination Classroom volumes 20 and 21 by Yūsei Matsui - I'm not crying; you're crying. This was probably the best possible way to wrap up the series. I doubt I'll ever reread it but I know it's one I'm gonna look back on fondly for years.
Big Hard Sex Criminals volume 2 Deluxxxe Hardcover by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky - this series is still so great and I wish literally anything would actually happen. It's been so long since these characters did any actual sex crimes.
Black Hole by Charles Burns - I have no idea why this shows up on basically every comic book shelf ever photographed. Just ignore the stylish art and high-concept premise; it's meandering, navel-gazing drivel.
Blue Monday volumes 1-3 by Chynna Clugston-Flores - every endearing thing that makes people love 80s teen comedies, plus also every completely despicable act ever performed in 80s teen comedies. I really love these characters but also I want to punch them half the time. Still bummed that Image cancelled this series of colourized reprints at the penultimate volume, especially since the original printing is from 2005 and kind of a pain to find now.
The Bride Was a Boy by chii - super adorable an informative autobiographical manga essay about what it's like to be transgender in Japan. This one is absolutely worth checking out if you haven't already.
Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection by Go Nagai - I was not ready for this to be as gay and horny as it is. Every female character is gay. Every character period is horny. I love all of them. Also there's something in there about being a superhero android.
Devilman: The Classic Collection volume 1 by Go Nagai - probably a better actual read than Cutie Honey even if it doesn't appeal to my baser instincts like CH does. The Shin Devilman stories add nothing but otherwise this holds up a lot better than a lot of other classic manga, despite how amateurish it is. There's just something satisfyingly primal about Devilman that makes it always work in any era.
Go For It, Nakamura by Syundei - gay and cute and very much out of its time. Like, it looks and reads like a late-eighties to mid-nineties manga (if you told me Rumiko Takahashi drew it I'd probably believe you), but gay. I can't say it ended on a particularly high note but I still revisited it at least once.
Happiness volume 6 by Shuzo Oshimi - this series started out unsettling and has just gotten more disquieting as it goes, which is probably the best thing I can say about a horror series. This volume almost entirely ditches the supernatural aspect to focus on very real trauma and winds up being a tough one to get through.
Head Lopper volume 1 by Andrew MacLean - oh hell yeah. Y'all should read this one. It perfectly captures the feeling of stumbling into the middle of one of those old episodic pulp stories that you can just pick up off a shelf and read in any order. You know, like comics used to be in the forties. Except in this case the story is about an old barbarian just fucking up monsters as he tears across this island with the sassy severed head of a witch.
Hopeless Savages: Greatest Hits by Jen Van Meter and everyone to work in indie comics for the next two decades: about two thirds of this read like one of those middling webcomics with the wacky characters retrofitted into a more serious drama, but that middle third is absolute perfection. Also necessary reading if you're interested in seeing where a billion indie creators got their start.
Hopeless Savages: Break by Jen Van Meter, Christine Norrie, and Meredith McClaren - it turns out that Hopeless Savages is way more readable as a tight, focused narrative by a small, consistent creative team rather than a sprawling parade of disparate miniseries. It does lack that certain charm though, like when an old band puts out a new album that feels overproduced. I'd still say this is a pretty good'un, though admittedly McClaren's art can be VERY divisive.
Hungry for You Endo Yasuko Stalks the Night volume 1 by Flowerchild - this speaks to me so hard that I'm willing to stick with it for a second volume (it's about a lesbian vampire with zero social skills and her mortal girlfriend, a perpetually impoverished teenager also with no social skills), but boy is it a mess. The side characters do nothing for me and it keeps trying to draw out the whole "is Yasuko actually a vampire?" thing even after she displays clear supernatural power.
I Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino - probably the second-best slice-of-life romance manga about someone with a hearing disability. Really wish this one did more with the romance angle, but I guess that's what the sequels are for.
Jem and the Holograms volumes 1-5 by Kelly Thompson and a cavalcade of the stars - peaks early with Sophie Campbell's gorgeous early-volume art and the absolute madcap brilliance of the third volume (what if Hatsune Miku was evil and also way into darkwave?) but even at its lowest points this was still one of my favourite reads of the year.
Kase-san and an Apron (aka Kase-san volume 4) by Hiromi Takashima - still the platonic ideal yuri series. Every time I have a complaint with Kase-san it's immediately addressed a few chapters later, 'cause that's how fuckin' character progression works goddamnit.
The Legend of Bold Riley by Leia Weathington and a boatload of artists- I though this would skirt too close to cultural appropriation but no, it's just a really nice pulp fantasy serial with an unambiguously queer lead. I can't say I remember it particularly well though, and I had a hard time starting it. It's not that it's bad, it's just that I'd give it a pass a second time.
Motor Crush volume 1 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Aditya Bidikar, and Babs Tarr - holy shit this is so good. Everyone should read Motor Crush and ensure the production of more Motor Crush. Upthread I called it the narrative equivalent of a Perturbator song and I stand by that. Everything works and it never stops firing on all cylinders, or adding new cylinders to fire on. I need more ASAP.
My Hero Academia volumes 4-6 by Kohei Horikoshi - I'm starting to cool on MHA; I feel like maybe the most interesting stuff is behind us. It's still very good shonen, but also, it's still just shonen.
My Solo Exchange Diary by Kabi Nagata - I'm glad that My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness was such a huge hit for Nagata, but it's probably obvious that making a serialized direct follow-up to such a raw, perfect self-contained thing wasn't gonna work as well. Nothing about Exchange Diary has stood out particularly, I can only assume because it's literally just a diary and not an account of a specific traumatic event.
Nameless Asterism by Kina Kobayashi - All these kids need to just fucking talk to each other and then make out. This one is an infuriating guilty pleasure.
Otherworld Barbara volumes 1 and 2 by Moto Hagio - these read like some weird old seventies sci-fi paperback you find in a thrift shop and I'm here for it. This has been my first real introduction to Hagio, and I'm not sure it was the best choice, but I can't say I wasn't entertained.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang - as good as you've heard. Just a sweet little all-ages comic about a boy who likes to wear dresses. Kinda sappy at times but it always feels earned.
Princess Jellyfish volumes 7-9 by Akiko Higashimura - These characters are still so lovable, but man was this series' pacing weird. Like it felt like it should wrap up way sooner than it did and then the ending still somehow felt rushed. Maybe just watch the anime instead.
Satania by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët - Beautiful Darkness is one of the best comics I've ever read and I was worried that the creative team's follow-up wouldn't be as good, but it somehow manages to be everything I loved about their last work together while having almost nothing in common with it. Beautiful and grotesque and unsettling and as soon as I finished it I knew I'd read it again someday and find something entirely new to love about it.
Sharknife Double Z (aka Sharknife volume 2) by Corey Lewis the Reyyy - this honestly feels like what Sharknife should have been from the start? Like it's still fun as hell and dumb as shit but at least it's almost coherent and I remember what happened. I also remember that ice cream robot that's just G1 Megatron. How wild was that?
Shiver: Selected Stories by Junji Ito - this is the one with the murder balloons. That's probably the high point, and the low point is pretty low. I think I like Ito better on paper than in execution.
Slam! volume 1 by Pamela Ribon and Veronica Fish - competent but unremarkable. Like this is so close to being the cool, stylish thing you want it to be but never quite puts in the effort. Also it's weird to do a story about two women playing the gayest sport and have it be so heteronormative.
The Street Angel Gang by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca - I don't know when or why Street Angel came back as a series of gigantic hardcover short stories but somebody please get these guys a show on Channel Frederator or something.
Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca - oh hey this one's even better,
Taproot by Keezy Young - this is a really sweet queer fantasy story, but then just... keeps going for some reason. I don't know if Young wanted to do an epilogue but just didn't know to cut it short, or if she didn't want the story to end just as the poster couple hooked up, or what. It's still very good, it's just super odd that it has this entire second story tacked onto the end of what was already a satisfying narrative.
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill - a very sweet fluffy fantasy story that revels in how good its artwork is (it has the largest trim size of any book I own). This would be a really good one to give to a kid.
Uzumaki by Junji Ito - did I really only finally get to the end of this for the first time this year? Uh, well, my previous comments about Ito still stand. Like this is probably his best work but only because it feels like it has a real ending and he didn't just run out of steam after making a good pitch.


Shout-outs to the "I didn't finish this" pile of shame!


Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection volume 1 by Leiji Matsumoto - Not all the classic manga can hold up. I still wanna finish this one but those early chapters feel like a lot of awkwardly-worded exposition and not really much else.
Mushroom Girls in Love by Kei Murayama - this is bad and you shouldn't read it. Murayama has a wonderfully thought-out setting that feels like a living world, but it's inhabited by boring nobodies who don't do anything interesting
My Favorite Thing is Monsters volume 1 by Emil Ferris - this is an amazingly strong debut, but it feels so much longer and more drawn-out than it needs to be. I really want to finish it but it's just too gigantic and intimidating. And then there's an entire second half that I don't even own yet.
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden - I just kinda bounced off of this one. On paper I should love it but it just spends so much time meandering around and not having any sort of point that it never held my attention.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:07 AM
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I mostly agree on Black Hole and have never totally been sold on Burns, but I honestly think "stylish art" is underselling it a bit. At a certain point I think one's gotta admit that Burns' art is somehow an eerily perfectly realized vision of "the thing." His comics are carried over by the immaculate power of his images, even though they can sometimes be rendered embarrassing when paired with Burns' often trite/tired storytelling choices and themes.

He's one of the few dudes on that Jaime level where you see that inking and can't help but go "yeah.. but how though?"
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:50 AM
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He's one of the few dudes on that Jaime level where you see that inking and can't help but go "yeah.. but how though?"
You go large.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:19 AM
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His inking is incredible; but when I was reading it I felt like, rather than his writing being elevated by his visuals, his visuals were being weighed down by his writing.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:47 AM
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Agreed. Burns' slickness often robs his illustrations of their ability to shock, and his middlebrow scripting makes most of his beats fall flat. His teenagers have little to differentiate them from the cast of a bog standard slasher flick.

It's worth noting though that Black Hole was a pretty early contender in the Bookstore Graphic Novel era, and noting furthermore that the medium has blossomed and cross pollinated tremendously since the book's release. Its like Understanding Comics or something- important in context as proof of concept, maybe, but lacking any real critical legs.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:21 AM
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I read Black Hole a few years ago, and really enjoyed it as a pure mood piece.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:56 AM
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So Uncanny X-Men #whatever this week is bad. Let me spoil it for you
everyone dies and the Mutant Cure is released and no more mutants.


Except you know this will all be undone soon and I can't care anymore.
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