Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lots of Books (many of them from the library)
  1. Captain America: Theater of War by Paul Jenkins, et al. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Children of the Sea, vol. 2 by Daisuke Igarashi. Slow-paced, but beautiful manga about two boys who were raised by a pod of dugongs. (Library.)
  3. Girl Genius book9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm by Phil and Kaja Foglio. This is good as always, but it does sometimes feel like the story has stalled.
  4. Black Widow: Deadly Origin by Paul Cornell, Tom Raney, & John Paul Leon. (Library.)

  5. DMZ, vol. 8: Hearts and Minds by Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchilli, & Ryan Kelly. Still great, even though the main character has become extremely unlikeable.

  6. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, vol. 6 by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Great and satisfying conclusion to the series. I hope the upcoming movie lives up to its source material.
  7. Avengers/X-Men: Utopia by Matt Fraction, et al. (Library.)
  8. Wolverine Weapon X, vol 1: Adamantium Men Premiere by Jason Aaron & Ron Garney. (Library.)
  9. The 120 Days of Simon: A Graphic Odyssey Through Sweden by Simon Gardenfors. A Swedish cartoonist and rapper spends four months couch surfing. I have to say he comes across as a bit of a jackass in this, but that may be deliberate. (Library.)
  10. Gotham City Sirens: Union by Paul Dini, Guillem March, et al. The story is good, but the art is very cheesecake-y, and not in a good way. (Library.)
  11. Power Girl: A New Beginning by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, & Amanda Conner. Now, Amanda Conner does a good job of cheesecake art. Plus, she does great facial expressions and background details. (Library.)

  12. Starman Omnibus, vol. 4 by James Robinson, Tony Harris, et al. This contains several issues that had not been previously reprinted, including the crossover with Hellboy.
  13. Theo and the Blue Note by Peter Kuper. Kid's book about jazz. (Library.)
  14. Tiny Titans: Adventures in Awesomeness by Art Baltazar and Franco. More kid's comics. (Library.)

  15. FreakAngels, vol. 4 by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield. The latest collection of Ellis's webcomic.
  16. X-Men First Class: Finals by Jeff Parker, Amilcar Pinna & Roger Cruz. I got this signed by Parker on Saturday, when he appeared at Cosmic Monkey Comics. He is one of my favorite current comics writers.

  17. B.P.R.D., vol. 12: War on Frogs by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis, et al. Collection of one-shots about the B.P.R.D.'s fight against the frog monsters.
  18. Irredeemable, vol. 3 by Mark Waid, Peter Krause, & Diego Barreto. (Library.)
  19. The Night Owls by Peter & Bobby Timony. The adventures of a 1920s detective agency that specializes in dealing with the supernatural.

And even with all that, I had time to watch some things:

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Scott Pilgrim #6 Is Coming!

  1. Zorro, vol. 2: Clashing Blades by Matt Wagner & Cezar Razek. And with this title, I have read at least one book beginning with each letter of the alphabet this year.
  2. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life: Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O'Malley. I decided to re-read the first five volumes to remind myself of the story.
  3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, vol. 2 by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
  4. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness, vol. 3 by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

  5. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, vol. 4 by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
  6. Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, vol. 5 by Bryan Lee O'Malley. This series is a blast, and I'm really looking forward to volume six (although not enough to go to a midnight sale to get it).
  7. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher. I'm enjoying these books more and more as they go along. (Borrowed from Michael.)
  8. The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Reilly Brown, & Rodney Buchemi. In this volume, Hercules has to disguise himself as Thor. (Checked out of the library.)

  9. Showcase Presents Enemy Ace by Robert Kanigher, Joe Kubert, et al. The stories in the first third of this book are pretty repetitive. But after that, they really start taking off. The contrast between Kanigher's superhero comics (completely insane) and his war comics (really well done) is amazing.
  10. Detroit Metal City, vol. 5 by Kiminori Wakasugi. (Library.)

  11. Weathercraft: A Frank Comic by Jim Woodring. Woodring's comics are always dreamlike (and often nightmarish), especially the Frank comics, which are wordless. Fantastic stuff. (Library.)

And a few movies:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Not Too Many Books

  1. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher. The sixth book in the Dresden Files series. Vampires this time around. Still really enjoying these. (Borrowed from Michael.)
  2. Rin-Ne, vol. 3 by Rumiko Takahashi. Yeah, it's formulaic. But it's entertaining. (Checked out of the library.)

  3. 20th Century Boys, vol. 9: Rabbit Nabokov by Naoki Urasawa. I'm still hooked, but a plot element was introduced that seems aimed at stretching out the story. Given how much I love Pluto, I'll be sticking around for a while, but the fact that we are not yet half-way through makes me wonder if Urasawa can maintain the story so long.
  4. The Goon Volume 8: Those That Is Damned by Eric Powell. Things are getting serious. (Library.)
  5. Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 22 by Hiromu Arakawa. Getting ready for the series climax. (Library.)
  6. Echo Vol. 3: Desert Run by Terry Moore.
  7. Echo, Vol. 4: Collider by Terry Moore. Good stuff.

  8. Hellboy, vol. 10: The Crooked Man and Others by Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, et al. Amazingly, this is the first time we've seen Hellboy tackle American folklore. Creepy story with fantastic art by Corben.

  • RiffTrax Shorts-a-Poppin'. More educational & cautionary short films with sarcastic commentary.
  • Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks. This is one of the bleaker and more violent Doctor Who stories.
  • Micmacs. Great movie from the director of Amelie. Unfortunately, the theater-going experience was not nearly as pleasant. A jerk sat next to Teena & texted all through the movie. Plus he became verbally abusive when asked to stop. People are awful.
  • Let The Right One In. Now this is a vampire movie. Not a sparkle to be seen. I do have difficulty believing the American remake will be nearly as good.

I recently finished the main game portion of Super Mario Galaxy 2. There is quite a bit of bonus content that unlocks after you complete the main game. Unfortunately, you have to be a considerably better player than I am to get access to all of it. I did what I could. This game is a blast and definitely harder than the first one.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Independence Day!
  1. Booster Gold vol. 4: Day of Death by Dan Jurgens, et al. (Checked out of the library.)

  2. I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly & JM Ken Niimura. Wow, just wow. What an amazing book. I picked this up because it was recommended by a podcast I listen to (Awesomed By Comics), and I am really glad I did. Any kind of summary I attempt would not due justice to this story. Just let me say this is the best book I've read all year. I cannot recommend this book enough.
  3. Wolverine First Class: Class Actions by Peter David, Dennis Calero, et al. (Library.)

  4. Death Masks by Jim Butcher. Still really enjoying the Dresden Files novels. (Borrowed from Michael.)

And a couple of movies:
  • Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl. I had fond memories of this story. I recall it as one of my favorites, and I am glad to say that it still holds up today. Very atmospheric & creepy.
  • The Secret of Kells. Neither Teena nor I had heard of this movie before we watched the Oscars & saw that it was nominated for best animated film. We thought it looked interesting, so when it came to the Hollywood Theatre, we decided we had to check it out. And we are very glad we did. Gorgeous, stylized animation about the origins of the Book of Kells. Just beautiful.
  • Daria: The Complete Animated Series. I had seen some of this show when it first aired, but there was quite a bit I had never seen before we got the DVDs. Great series.