Sunday, August 23, 2009

Another Week, Another Few Books

  1. Britten & Brulightly by Hannah Berry. Odd & slightly off-beat mystery story. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Popeye, vol. 1 by E.C. Segar. This really is the golden age of comic strip reprints. Beautiful book design & some wonderfully silly comic strips.
  3. DC Universe: Helltown by Dennis O'Neil. O'Neil updates & adapts several storylines from the late 80s Question comic book into a novel.
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 18 by Hiromu Arakawa. Still pretty good, but it feels like it's dragging on too long. (Possibly because the anime series had wrapped up long before this point in the story.) (Library.)
  5. Justice League of America: Second Coming by Dwayne McDuffie & Ed Benes. (Library.)
  6. Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes, 1936-1941 edited by Greg Sadowski. In the early days of comic books there was more enthusiasm than talent, but the work here shows some promise (when it's not batshit crazy).
  7. Krazy & Ignatz 1941-1942: A Ragout of Raspberries by George Herriman. Strange, arty, wonderful comics.

And some movies:
  • Mad Men, Season Two. We've been watching this with some friends, and we finished just in time for the beginning of the third season. Amazingly written, and absolutely gorgeous.
  • RiffTrax Live: Plan Nine from Outer Space. Many of the same jokes as on the DVD, but lots of fun, nonetheless.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Zombie Nightmare. Awful mid-eighties horror film featuring Adam West.
  • The Castle of Cagliostro. Early Miyazaki. Very different from later works, but here & there you can see touches of what was to come.

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