Archive for the ‘What I'm reading’ Category

What I’m reading – SPX edition

October 21, 2011

OK, so timeliness is not my strong suit. It’s been a while since the Small Press Expo but I still wanted to share what I got there – two books each from two of my fav artists, both working mostly wordlessly – John Martz and Tom Neely. I highly recommend them all.

Image of Heaven All Day

Image of Machine Gum 2

the wolf, by tom neely

What I’m reading – Beasts of Burden

June 24, 2011

I had been hearing a lot about Beats of Burden for a while and so picked up the first issue on Free Comic Book Day. It’s really great. Neighborhood pets as paranormal investigators sounds like kiddie fare, but don’t let that or the art style throw you – it’s hardcore.

And Jill Thompson won the National Cartoonists Society’s division award for Best Comic Book just a few weeks ago.

What I’m reading – The Executioner

May 13, 2011

This is one of the 10¢ bargain comics I bought last Saturday during Free Comic Book Day. I got a couple dozen – it’s such a good way to check out things you’re curious about.

Being a child of he 1970s, I grew up during the era of The Executioner paperbacks, the granddad of all men’s action books… and they all start with “the.” The Penetrator. The Butcher. The Destroyer*. And, speaking of comics, The Punisher. And they’re all about men who kill bad guys. Plain and simple

How’s the comic? Surprisingly dull.

* which was the basis for the fun action movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins starring Fred Ward and Joel Grey. Check it out.

What I’m Reading – American Splendor

April 29, 2011


I picked a couple of issues of the last iteration of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor which was published by Vertigo. I’m a big fan of Pekar’s work, and I hate to speak ill of the dead, but these were very weak, pale reflections of what AS was.

What I’m reading – 32 stories

March 11, 2011

This is a collection of Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve, a mostly self-published mini-comic that he started in high school. This fact was a surprise to his future editor at Drawn & Quarterly, since his work was already mature. (I mean to say, sophisticated, not naughty.)

This is actually a revised collection. Tomine was not thrilled with the slickness of the first collection – it was too unlike the roughness of the original mostly Xeroxed issues. So this is a boxed set of that contains reproductions of the these publications.

What I’m reading – Scenes from an Impending Marriage

February 28, 2011

Adrian Tomine’s entertaining new book started off as a wedding favor that somehow ended up on ebay. If you’ve been through planning a wedding, this may give you bad flashbacks. If you haven’t, and you read this book and laughingly say, “This will never happen to me” you are, simply, wrong. It will.

What I’m reading – West Coast Blues

February 18, 2011


This a very interesting French graphic novel that is a noir-ish, innocent-man-in-trouble with an unlikable main character…which calls back to the films of the French New Wave when American genres were being reimagined.

What I’m reading – The Claws Come Out

February 4, 2011

From pal Pat Lewis, a really fun collection of stories of “broads and monsters,” just like it says on the cover. Find it. Buy it. Read it.

What I’m reading – Wanted

November 5, 2010


If you have seen the movie, it’s very different from the book.

Full disclaimer: I saw the movie before reading the comic. (Heretic!) And what I had read up to this week was just snippets in Barnes and Noble. (Sacrilege!!) And the trade copy I read this week I got for $5 at the Allentown Comic Con and did have the above image on the cover since it was the official movie tie-in edition. (Blasphemy!!!!)

What I’m reading – Slowpoke

October 29, 2010


I got to meet Jen Sorensen, creator  of the alternative political cartoon Slowpoke, when she came to speak at Ohio State University’s Festival of Cartoon Art. She also hung out with the other cartoonists and was suitably impressed, as you can see in this cartoon.