Thursday, December 23, 2004

Not caught up yet.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the Eleventh: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket. Only two more books to go after this one. (Checked out of the library.)
  • X-Statix, vol. 3: Back from the Dead by Peter Milligan & Mike Allred. Somebody high up at Marvel decreed that this comic would do a storyline about Princess Di returning from the grave & joining this team. Wiser heads (or protests) prevailed, and instead, the character is a pop singer from "Europa."
  • Robin: Unmasked! by Bill Willingham, F.R. de la Fuente, & Rick Mays.
  • Global Frequency, vol. 2: Detonation Radio by Warren Ellis et al. The second volume collecting a series about a worldwide organization dedicated to handling crises that local agencies are not equipped to deal with. This almost became a television series, but the deal didn't come through.
  • The Essential Tomb of Dracula, vol. 2 by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, et al. More great horror comics from the mid-70's.
  • Godzilla: Age of Monsters by various.
  • Life on the Border edited by Terri Windling. An anthology set in the shared world of "Bordertown." Man, if the cheapest copy of this is going for over $30, maybe I should put mine up for sale. Hell, I got it of eBay for something like $5.
  • Bad World by Warren Ellis and Jacen Burrows. An essay by Ellis about people with very odd world-views.
  • The Willowdale Handcar: or The Return of the Black Doll by Edward Gorey. (Library.)
  • The Silk Tapestry and Other Chinese Folktales: Songs of Our Ancestors, vol. 2 by Patrick Atangan. (Library.)
  • Fantastic Four, vol. 5: Disassembled by Mark Waid, Karl Kesel, Paco Medina, & Mike Wieringo.
  • Batman: As the Crow Flies by Judd Winick & Dustin Nguyen. (Library.)
  • A Few Perfect Hours... and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe by Josh Neufeld. This is the kind of thing I think more people should be doing: a travel book done in graphic novel form.
  • Strange Killings by Warren Ellis & Mike Wolfer.
  • The Pulse, vol. 1: In Thin Air by Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley. This series picks up where Alias left off. Private investigator (and former super hero) Jessica Jones has been hired by The Daily Bugle to be a consultant on a new supplement to the paper.
  • Hard Time: 50 to Life by Steve Gerber & Brian Hurtt. Gerber is at his best when he's doing broad social satire, as he did with Howard the Duck in the 70's (trust me, it's a LOT better than the movie). Unfortunately, there's not much of that in this book. It's okay, but the story isn't helped by mediocre artwork. And the artwork isn't helped by the coloring. Everything is done with a limited palatte that just makes things look muddy. It's just ugly. And while a book about life in prison shouldn't be pretty, I don't think I'll be picking up any further collections of this series.
  • Dark Blue by Warren Ellis & Jacen Burrows.
  • Bad Signal by Warren Ellis & Jacen Burrows.
  • Wonder Woman, vol. 2: Challenge of the Gods by George Perez with Len Wein.
  • Batman: Strange Apparitions by Steve Englehart & Marshall Rogers.
  • Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks. This amazing graphic novel is about the history of comics (both real & imagined) by somebody who clearly loves all forms of comics, from the smallest print run minicomic to the biggest superheroes. Wonderful stuff, wonderfully told. (Library.)
  • American Splendor: Our Movie Year by Harvey Pekar et al. Picking this up reminded me of what an excellent movie American Splendor is. But I have to say that this collection of stories from various places does get a little repetetive. It may not have been the best idea to put all of Pekar's stories about the movie in one volume, since he has to explain just what's going on each time. Or at least they could have broken them up with some of his record reviews that appear later in the book.
  • Oustiders, vol. 2: Sum of All Evil by Judd Winick, Tom Raney, et al. One of the characters in this comic is beginning to look and act like Morph from Winick's series Exiles, which is fine with me, because I really liked that character.
  • What's New with Phil & Dixie, vol. 2: Sex ad Gamers...No, Really by Phil Foglio. A collection of strips Foglio did for Dragon magazine in the mid-80's.
  • What's New with Phil & Dixie, vol. 3: The Magic Years by Phil Foglio. When collectible card games hit big, Foglio revived his strip. Unlike the previous collection, which I think could be enjoyed by non-gamers, I think this one requires at least a passing familiarity with "Magic: the Gathering."
  • Creatures of the Night by Neil Gaiman & Michael Zulli. Adaptations of a couple of Gaiman's short stories. Not yet listed at Amazon.
  • The Matrix Comics, vol. 2 by various.

And now I'm caught up.

With books anyway. I was behind on movies & DVDs before I started working at ACT. At least there are fewer of them than books.

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