Tuesday, March 14, 2006

I'm spending the morning at home, waiting for the cable guy to take a look at our malfunctioning DVR, so let's see how many titles I can get entered before he's scheduled to arrive & I have to go back downstairs to wait for him.

  1. Alan Moore Spells It Out. This is a fairly long interview with Moore by Bill Baker. It was also conducted a couple of years before the book was released, and some of Moore's attitudes have since changed, most notably his attitude towards Hollywood & what they do to his works.
  2. The Get Fuzzy Experience: Are You Bucksperienced? by Darby Conley. Sometimes I just feel the need to reread Get Fuzzy strips.
  3. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett. I am amazed at Pratchett's speed & ability. He writes more than a book a year, and they're all excellent.
  4. Dungeon, the Early Years, vol. 1: The Night Shirt by Christophe Blaine, Joann Sfar, & Lewis Trondheim. (Checked out of the library.)
  5. Inu-Yasha, vol. 23 by Rumiko Takahashi. (Library.)
  6. Fantastic Four: Foes by Robert Kirkman & Cliff Rathburn. Eh. Not terribly memorable. (Library.)
  7. The Maxx, vol. 5 by Sam Kieth. This collection finishes up with The Maxx series proper. I assume volume 6 will collect the short-running Friends of Maxx series. As I've mentioned before, this series got stranger & stranger as it progressed, but it did have a certain dream-like logic behind it.
  8. Wimbledon Green: The Greatest Comic Book Collector in the World by Seth. Slight, but fun. (Library.)
  9. Spiral-Bound by Aaron Reiner. A cute comic, aimed squarely at kids. (Library.)
  10. Bizarro World by various. "Alternative" (i.e. non-superhero) comics creators work with DC characters. The quality varies quite a bit, but for the most part, this is great stuff. It's always nice to see familiar characters treated with affection but not reverence (and no concern for continuity). (Library.)
  11. Mutts, vol. 7: What Now by Patrick McDonnell. More adorable strips about cats & dogs.
  12. The Freebooters by Barry Windsor Smith. Windsor-Smith's art is incredible, and he's no slouch when it comes to writing either. However the text pieces here, explaining why this story is unfinished are written with such a clear bias against the "former publisher" (Dark Horse comics) that I found myself wondering what their side of the story is. (Library.)
  13. Doing Time by Kazuichi Hanawa. This book recounts the author's time in prison for possession of an illegal fire-arm. It was so unlike any other prison narrative I've ever encountered (admittedly most of those were fictional) that it really highlights cultural differences between Japan & the U.S. (Library.)
  14. Sexy Chix by various. This anthology has an unfortunate (and I think unwisely chosen) title. It's a collection of stories by female comics creators. Like any anthology, the quality of the stories varies, but most of the stories are very well done.
  15. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Josh Whedon, Brett Matthews, & Will Conrad. It probably would have been best if this collection of comics bridging the gap between Firefly and Serenity before the latter was released to theaters.
  16. Strange Killings: The Body Orchard by Warren Ellis & Mike Wolfer. Violence. Lots & lots of violence.

I'm going to stop for now. Hey, I made it into February.

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