Catching Up

I got a new, much more professional job.  And so I’ve had less tumble time that isn’t reblogging images.

However, I haven’t stopped reading!

So here are a few thangs I done read:

Blazing Combat, by Archie Goodwin and a laundry list of amazing classic artists.  And I mean amazing.  Gene Colan, Wally Wood, Russ Heath, Alex Toth, John Severin…to name a few.  Four giant-sized issues of vignettes, chronicling the horrors and reality of war.  It goes all over and contains stories on many different American wars.  Hard-hitting, way less hokey than I had expected.  I was led to believe that it’s the best war comic ever created, and I was not disappointed.  A beautiful collection of tragic stories, complemented with painstakingly immaculate art.  No hyperbole, I swear.  I’m glad I bought this.  My only worry is where to turn next for a good war comic fix.

The New York Four by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly.  I’m a pretty big fan of Brian Wood’s coming-of-age/adolescence stories, so I sought this out.  It’s part of DC’s defunct Minx imprint, which was aimed at teenage girls.  A good story is a good story, I say.  Brian Wood tells the story of four freshmen at NYU, growing as friends, making mistakes, teasing future stories.  There’s a lot of good character work in this book.  Ryan Kelly looks great here, and I like his pencils more on this book than anything ever before.  His characters are very expressive—both facially and with their entire bodies.  My only grievance with the book is that the ending falls on a flash-forward, foregoing a lot of fallout from a surprising reveal in the third act.  Luckily, there’s a sequel series out there for me.  Reading this makes me think there’s some good manga out there for me to check out eventually.  (I still have Solanin to read, which I should be getting on this week.)

Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse.  Influenced by gleaming reviews and a beautiful collection, I decided to give this a try.  It collects the first two years of his Mickey Mouse strips, which are very well-drawn.  Storywise, they do feel like fun adventure comics.  Surprisingly enough, the stories aren’t that drawn out, despite it being a daily strip.  Not all of the jokes hit, and the references do make it slightly dated, but the visual humor is timeless.  This was also written before Mickey Mouse became the global icon that he would one day become, so he’s very flawed in this volume.  Buy this book, watch Mickey fail frequently.  Unfortunately, there’s not a lot there for any other characters.  Minnie spends a lot of time with him in the book, but she’s written as a one-note moronic damsel, and their horse-n-cow neighbors are just around for more jokes.  Besides the lackluster supporting characters, the adventures that Mickey goes on are pretty fun.  It won’t hold up for everyone, but if you can appreciate an older strip, you’ll see what makes this worth reading.

I’m getting tired, so let’s go lightning round.

Daybreak by Brian Ralph.  Great art, really depressing story.  In my opinion, it’s a narrative that depends on the conclusion to make the book excellent.  It may seem like a derivative zombie book on the first read, but it can be so much more than that.  I’m definitely on the look out for more Brian Ralph.

Acme Novelty Library #20 by Chris Ware.  This ensured that I’d keep buying whatever Chris Ware chooses to release.  40 pages, all chronicling the entire life of one Jordan Lint.  Calling this art innovative doesn’t do it justice.  This book makes me want to create something beautiful, it’s just fucking awe-inspiring.  Best book of this post.  

Wilson by Daniel Clowes.  I had only read the aptly-named David Boring before I came to this.  Boy, I’m glad I gave Clowes a second shot.  Depressing, hilarious, inspiring, refreshing.  Drawn in the style of a newspaper gag strip, we see the adventure of the eponymous loudmouth.  Follow him as he finds his long-lost daughter, as he goes to jail, as he tells us what annoys him.  This was a delight.

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