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Ah, Sweet Geekery

Friends, I’ve been reading.  Before, this blog would have been filled with reviews of novels, but quite frankly, I don’t have time for that.  It took me a month to read The Shining, and that can only partly be blamed on needing to read during the daylight hours.  I get caught up in books so much I don’t even see chapter breaks most of the time, and before I know it I’m behind on…whatever it is I’m supposed to be doing.

Comic books have proven to be the perfect form of entertainment.  Highly entertaining, action packed, engaging stories and each issue is the perfect length for a short break between…schoolwork, my job, the house, whatever.  I used to advocate the trades because I read through individual issues too fast and became too impatient for the next issue to be released.  Especially, when I often couldn’t find the next issue in my local shops.

Oh, how little did I know!  My over scheduled day loves the individual issues, and I discovered this weekend that Mammoth Comics will order the ones I need, if they can. I get the feeling this is something pretty common and I should have known. (Kind of like that football thing…nevermind. Just forget I mentioned football.) Oh, happy day!  Didn’t think I could get any geekier?  Neither did I.  The funny part is, I’m ridiculously excited by this.  My impatience hasn’t lessened, but I don’t feel the panicky need to buy all the issues at once, just in case I can’t find them later…much.

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy Brian K Vaugh’s Saga.  (Volume 6 is due out soon!)  I also went to the experts at Wizard World’s Comic Con in Tulsa in October to ask for some recommendations.  Thanks to those excellent recommendations, a little venturing out on my own (mostly because I liked the pretty pictures), and a couple of gifts from a friend, and my knowledge is growing.  I still feel like a novice, but I no longer feel like I’m lost in the woods.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. I’ll be posting some reviews soon.  I promise!

P.P.S. Those individual issues, I’m keeping them in a magazine box-thing that is now full. Any storage suggestions?


I Asked the Experts

About a year ago, I wrote a post about my Comic Book Confusion.  Since I was at a loss about which comic books to read and where to start, I decide to ask an expert.  I got my opportunity at Wizard World’s Comic Con in Tulsa last month.  With so many artists and writers in attendance, and such a great program to choose from, I thought, surely I can get a couple of good recommendations from someone in the industry who should know.  Right?

I have a list.  Of course, I haven’t been able to read all the way through the list yet, but I’ve gotten enough of a start to be confident I’m going to thoroughly enjoy the rest of it.

Wait?  What was that?  You want to know what’s on my list? Okay, I’ll share.

The Comic Book To-Read List

  1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn – Yes, this was already on this list, and along with Sandman by Neil Gaiman provided the basis for the rest of the list…also I’ve been reading all of the other volumes I can get my hand on, and eagerly awaiting the next!
  2. Dream Thief by Jai Nitz – I’ve read Volume 1 and couldn’t put it down.  (I promise a full review is coming soon!)  Volume 2 is sitting on my kitchen table.  It arrived today.
  3. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Weibe – I would like to say I can only read one book at a time, but I’ve already proven that I can.  I just haven’t picked this one up yet.
  4. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn – He already hit one out of the park with Saga do we really doubt?

My first Comic Con was a resounding success.  We all did a bit of amateur cosplay, fondled light sabers we could not afford, bought some amazing pieces of art, and met some fascinating people.

My one gigantic failing…not enough pictures!  Somehow I got dazzled by “geekvana” and forgot to take pictures.  Oh well, there’s always the next con.

What do you think of the list?  Would you add anything?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Comic Book Confusion

SagaI’m dipping my foot into the world of comic books, slowly but surely.  Apparently, I started off at what people who know comic books tell me is the top, Sandman.  I’ve been warned that I may be let down by others, but after finishing Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Sandman several people recommended Saga.   Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of you who recommended this.  I’m loving it.

Published by Image Comics, written by Brian Vaughn and illustrated by Fiona Staples, this series has won three Eisner awards and a Hugo for Best Graphic Story.  You get this great star-crossed lovers plot line.  Their worlds are at war, and a relationship between them threatens all the propaganda and indoctrination of the masses both sides have built up to sustain said war.  Lying cats, bounty hunters, ghosts, and the drama of keeping a newborn alive while on the run keep things fast paced and interesting.

So interesting my frustration nearly got the better of me when I couldn’t find more after volume 1.  See I have no idea how this comic book publishing thing works, and while there’s a used book store that usually carries a good selection, my first foray into a comic book store was…well, I understand the stereotype a bit more now.  Also, it smelled weird.  There are a couple of other stores in town I want to check out, and someone said something about having a standing monthly order to get new issues.

I’ve also picked up a few issues of other things here and there, but I’ll go back and be unable to find anything else in the series…hence frustration.  What do you think?  Truthfully, I’d rather give my money to a local business, but is it worth not finding the new stuff?  I’m almost to the Barnes & Noble, trade paperback stage…there’s just so much, and I really don’t know where to start.

I need some assistance here, people.  I know I like X-men, all the members of the Avengers, and Deadpool seems hilarious too, but I don’t know where to begin.  I picked up a few issues of The Winter Soldier and I really liked that too, but haven’t been able to find anything else.  Apparently, I’m keeping things on the Marvel side for right now.  (Also, because I think DC is stupid for not giving us a Wonder Woman movie, but that is an entirely separate issue.)  So many options, so many crossovers, so much confusion!   Recommendations?  Help!

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. I did find Saga volumes 2 and 3, so I think I’m caught up?