Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Shameless Friend Promotion: G.T. Labs Blog

Pal & creator Jim Ottaviani has finally dove into the deep end and started a blog over at the G.T. Labs Website. It's a combination professional & personal blog, with some posts are about his comics work, while others are about other aspects of his life.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New This Week: October 22, 2008

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #4Been a while since I've done one of these...

If I'm recalling correctly, this is the first time that Secret Invasion and Final Crisis have gone head-to-head, coming out on the same day. But for real fun super-hero comic excitement, I'd put my money on Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #4 by Paul Tobin & Alvin Lee--check out the preview here.

Your other best bet this week is the fifth issue of Kevin Huizenga's Or Else, because by my measure Huizenga's combination of innovation and entertainment places him near the top of today's cartoonists.

Other comics of interest this week include:

The latest in Warren Ellis's Apparat line, Aetheric Mechanics.

The re-issued trade collection of Bryan Talbot's The Adventures of Luther Arkwright.

The seventh issue of Terry Moore's Echo, which I'm enjoying despite its often leisurely pace.

As usual, the full listing of what's due in stores tomorrow can be found on the Comic List Website.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group

Last night was the annual book selection meeting for the Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group to which I belong. Once a year we meet to decide what the books will be for the coming year; basically everyone brings a few recommendations, makes pitches, and then we vote. It's kind of like a cage match; no one can leave until we've selected the books for the year.

It's become a tradition to use one selection for a graphic novel; four years ago we did The Dark Knight Returns; three years ago we did Seaguy & We3; two years ago we read Charles Burns's Black Hole; and this past year we read Bone.

Our graphic novel selection for next year was my recommendation, Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991.

I also got two of my prose recommendations on the slate: Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett; and The San Veneficio Canon by Michael Cisco.

Our other prose selections are: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell; Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow; The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares; The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland; The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas; The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex; and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Our other book club, the Graphic Narrative Discussion Group, continues to meet as well. Tomorrow we meet to discuss Joe Sacco's Palestine. The selection meeting for that group will be in January.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Friday Night Fights: Lady Blackhawk vs. Drunken Sailors

From Birds of Prey #112 (2008). Story by Tony Bedard. Art by David Cole & Doug Hazlewood. (click pic for larger)

Ladies night? Hawkaaaa!!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Pay no attention to the fidgety guy in the green shirt

Apparently the Ann Arbor Book Festival has posted video of the first ten minutes of the interview I did with Paul Hornschemeier back in May. (Thanks to Dirk for pointing this out.)

For the rest of the interview (over an hour long!) I posted the audio of the entire thing w while back: Paul Hornschemeier Interview - Audio