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December 17, 2006

Latest Reads Dec. 2006

Since I have nothing really worthy of blogging about. I'm going to post, again, what comics I’ve been reading lately.

1: Louis Riel by: Chester Brown. This is a great book. It is about Louis Riel, a sort of Canadian political rebel leader. This biography follows only his political life which includes membership in the Canadian parliament and eventual hanging. The book is drawn in Chester Browns version of Orphan Annie style, which is really good, fine lined drawing. The book is a quick read, even though it is 272 pages long and full of dialog. Chester Brown includes a huge amount of footnotes to correct any historical inaccuracies. Anyhow this is a really good book worthy of the price, and at very least worth checking out from the library.

2: The Mourning Star by: Kazimir Strzepek. This is the first volume in a new series by Kazimir Strzepek. This book is about the survivors of a world after a comet collides with it. There are races and sects and chaos. It is drawn in a pretty cartoony style, which I am a huge fan of. This book is mostly just an introduction to the main characters and the setting. It ends just when things start to get interesting. The book itself is kind of expensive, $13 which is alot for someone who isn't a comics fan or collector. It is a really nice feeling book, made with card stock textured covers and designed by Jordan Crane. If you like collecting I suggest getting it, otherwise I’d suggest waiting until it one day becomes a single volume.

3: Astroboy 6,7,8 by: Osamu Tezuka. Osamu Tezuka is the Japanese Walt Disney. Astroboy is like his Mickey Mouse. These are fun reads. Alot of them are about racism and the horrors of violence and hate but wrapped in a light hearted package. Good stuff for kids to learn from a loving robot boy. Tezuka has been doing comics for decades and his latest work is much more serious. These books are old and I think you'll be able to find at least a few volumes in any library system.

4: American Splendor by: Harvey Pekar. This is the new American Splendor. They are pretty good, there are 4 issues to date. Alot of great artists work on the series, Gilbert Hernandez, Bob Fingerman, Dean Haspeil and more. Alot of the stories are pretty funny if you life hearing Harvey Pekar go on and on about being retired and his faults and such. I do like this, so for me it's fun. There isn't really anything new here, the series hasn't made any huge bounds, it is what it was just a really solid autobiographical comic.

5:Acme Novelty Library 17 by: Chris Ware. The newest issue of Chris Wares comic, continues the main story line from the last. It is great, and amazing, and you learn more about the characters. He makes fun of Frankenmuth MI. It is great. and Chris Ware is amazing. And the book is a work of art worthy of proud display.

6:Wimbledon Green by: Seth. This is a long comic all drawn in his sketch book. It is about Winbledon Green the greatest comic book collector of all time, who himself is like a superhero. It is a pretty great. And is really nothing like Seth's earlier work. Most likely because this was just a fun thing for him to do for himself in his sketchbook. But now it is published and other get to read it and see how funny Seth is.

7: Epileptic by: David B. I haven't finished this book yet, I am correctly reading it. So far it is really good. The art is pretty great and distinctly European. American artists just don't draw this way. I like it a lot so far. And the rest of the indie comics community has been freaking out about it's greatness for years. So whatever that means to you I don't know.

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In other news. A video camera has been purchased, so I am one step closer to blogging with the aid of video.

Posted by kyle at December 17, 2006 6:52 PM

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i picked up the new ware today! i had no idea he was even releasing anything this year, let alone that it was out. about a month ago i also picked up a penguin version of 'candide' by voltaire- ware made a pretty lavish cover design for it:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/blog/uploaded_images/candide-739234.jpg

Posted by: todd at December 17, 2006 10:09 PM

i got epileptic on a whim last year (i was all like, 'french comic book, i should try it) and loved it. i'd like to read some of the others you've mentioned now too. i need to get back to the library here. it's crazy seeing all these people reading the tall, hardcover comics here in a library.

Posted by: kevin at December 18, 2006 5:44 AM

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