Somehow I’ve gotten onto a list and I get a lot of Xerix Grant winners in the mail for review now. And I’m very happy about that. I get to read a lot of cool books that way.
This time the postman brought me The Brontes: Infernal Angria by Craig McKenney and Rick Geary. Which might be the push I need to finally read all those Bronte Sisters books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for years. Or Glyn Hughes’s novel Bronte, which has been on the shelf unread for nearly as long.
Last week’s Pull List is up. Covers the following books:
Birds of Prey #83
Adventures of Superman #641
Day of Vengeance #3
Seven Soldiers: Klarion #2
Strange Girl #1
Death Jr. #2
The Battle Hymn #3
G.I. Joe: America’s Elite! #0
Western Tales of Terror #4
Not worthy of a separate blog entry is the fact that I’ve streamlined my review pile a little so that I can quickly hammer out some reviews of shorter books and catch up on stuff that publishers sent me before reviewing more stuff that I bought for my own amusement.
Also, please disregard any nonsense I may have posted about temporarily abandoning the Pirate Novel. That was wickety-whack.
If you’ve never read Graphic Classics, you’re missing out. Especially if you like different styles of really good art and fun, classic literature.
Today on The Great Curve I wonder whether or not comics that originated as Shock Horror or T&A books have the potential to become anything more. Interested in hearing examples and thoughts other than mine.
Got some cool stuff in the mail today. All of it Comic World News related.
From Flux Factory in New York, a mini-comic-style promotion for an exhibit called Comix ex Machina. Basically, artists have built devices that each present a series of narrative images to the viewer by means of a mechanical process, either interactively or automatically. It’s sort of half-Nickelodean, half-science museum exhibit. I’m definitely going to make a news item out of this, but it could also make a great interview.
From Deftoons! Cartooning and Comics, a comic called School: A Ghost Story. It’s a gothy looking thing, but I’m always up for a good ghost story.
From Top Shelf, a nice, big package including lots of James Kochalka goodies:
- A CD of music by Kochalka entitled Our Most Beloved.
- The Monkey Vs. Robot comic.
- The Super F*ckers comic.
New Pull List is up. And now I really have to go to bed.
Rann-Thanagar War #2
Lex Luthor: Man of Steel #4
Action Comics #828
Top Cow Triple Play #1
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #15
The Cisco Kid: Gunfire & Brimstone #1
Skyscrapers of the Midwest #2
There’s a review out that I wrote of Graham Masterton’s novel Unspeakable, but you can’t read it online. You gotta go to a bookstore and buy the lastest copy of Rue Morgue magazine (June 2005). It’s on page 72. This is the first time something I wrote has been included in a for-profit publication that I didn’t help pay to print, so it’s pretty exciting for me.
New Shake It, Salome is up at Pop Thought. More Conan, by Crom.
Finally got the Pull List up for last week’s books. I was particularly cranky with this batch, but there are a couple of gems in there.
Seven Soliders: Zatanna #2
Villains United #2
Y: The Last Man #34
Ex Machina Special Edition
House of M #1
Shanna the She Devil #5
Marvel Team-Up #9
X-Men Unlimited #9
Dead Men Tell No Tales #1
Supernatural Freak Machine #3
The Imaginaries #2
The Phantom #6