Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscar Night

Movie talk at the end of the post. Books first.
  1. Catwoman: The Replacements by Will Pfeifer & David Lopez. I had heard good things about Pfeifer's run on Catwoman so I decided it was time to check it out. Pretty good. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Star Wars Legacy, vol. 11: War by John Ostrander & Jan Duursema. Felt a little rushed, but otherwise a good wrap-up to this story set a hundred years or so after Return of the Jedi.
  3. The Complete Battlefields, vol. 1 by Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, Peter Snejbjerg & Carlos Ezquerra.

    Comics about WWII. Brutal and very well done. (Library.)
  4. The Complete K Chronicles by Keith Knight.

    Massive collection of Keith Knight's great weekly strip.
  5. Reid Fleming: World's Toughest Milkman by David Boswell

    Anarchic comic of a type you saw in the 80s indie explosion but don't see anymore. Lots of fun. "I'm not bald! I get my hair cut this way!"
  6. Who Is Jake Ellis? vol. 1 by Nathan Edmondson & Tonci Zonjic.

    Another book I checked out because I had heard good things about it online. I quite liked this spy story with a twist. (Library.)
  7. Captain Britain and MI13, vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Paul Cornell & Leonard Kirk. While Wisdom: The Rudiments of Wisdom by the same writer didn't really work for me, this does. Maybe I just want more overtly super-heroic stories when a story is set in a super-hero universe. I enjoyed this a lot and have volume 2 lined up to read soon. (And I need to get my hands on volume 3, which appears to be out of stock with the publisher.)
  8. Black Jack, vol. 17 by Osamu Tezuka.

    The final volume of this medical manga. Tezuka was a genius. (Library.)
  9. Showcase Presents: The Atom, vol. 1 by Gardner Fox & Gil Kane. This really brought home how bland Silver-Age DC comics could be. Nobody has any sort of personality. The stories are entirely about getting the Atom into some weird fix (one that would look good as the comic's cover) and then getting him out of that fix.
  10. The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out by A. Koford

    Internet memes as filtered through cartoons about hobo cats. Cute stuff.

And now: movies, DVDs, and a concert:
  • Teena & I went to see The Double Clicks, Adam WarRock, and Kirby Krackle when they performed in Portland. Some good performances, but it made me realize I am too much of an old fuddy-duddy to enjoy club shows anymore.
  • Doctor Who: The Time WarriorSarah Jane Smith's first story. Also, the first appearance of Sontarrans.
  • Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts. Teena & I went with a couple of friends, and we will be informed about one category tonight. I have to say I wasn't too impressed with the selection this year.
  • The NavigatorBuster Keaton was an amazing comedian.
  • Go WestAnother Buster Keaton movie.
  • Lilo & StitchWhen we realized we did not own this movie, Teena & I rectified that right away. It had been too long since either of us had seen it. I love this movie. It brings me to the brink of tears.

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