Friday, April 26, 2013

Good Reads: "Calamity Jack" and "Rapunzel's Revenge"

"Calamity Jack," the original over-sized graphic
novel from  Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale, is
actually the follow-up to "Rapunzel's Revenge"
(same creative team, also recommended.)

It's nice to see the graphic novel format
being used so well, and with stories that
don't talk down to younger readers.
Hopefully, this will foster interest in
 traditional comic books, too.

These books are all-ages desirable,
not merely 'appropriate.'

The books give a unique take on
updating old tales, with a lot of fun
takes and twists on some classic characters.
It's not merely a culturally diverse spin,
but a rich and textured back-story.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Independent Lens: Wonder Women

I guess this special (documentary) was supposed to highlight the impact
of the positive female role model of "Wonder Woman" on real life women
through the ages.

I don't know, since my local PBS affiliate preempted it for a spotlight on
tarpon fishing. Yay.

Anyway, check it out at the link below, which should show you the complete
episode in full! (Link valid through June 14th, 2013!)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Good Reads: THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan

As is often the case, I found a true
gem while cruising the 'Juvenile' section of the
library (minds out of the gutter, pervs!)
searching for mislabeled and hidden graphic novels
that are all-ages accessible.

Shaun Tan's masterpiece "The Arrival"
is a brilliant work, a groundbreaking piece
of art and story that took 4 years to research
and produce the richly detailed and shaded art.

The best way to approach this work, I believe,
is to know NOTHING about it!

Don't read previews, don't read the synopsis,
don't read the reviews on the back cover.
Just pick this phenomenal book up raw,
and delve into it like the beautiful and
poignant adventure that it is.

This is a life story told with 'nothing' but pictures,
and it's more fluid and involved than most
text-heavy tales could ever hope.

Interpreting, determining, dissecting the imagery
and experiencing the detail for one's self is
a big part of what makes it work. Afterwords,
you can read the inspiration for the work, and then
re-read it with a new level of appreciation.

Like a fine wine, it's best savored and enjoyed
over time.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Possibly the greatest idea EVAH!
Check it out and find out what's
hopping in your area!
(And if you can't go or don't have shops nearby,
check out deals on e-bay/etc. afterwards to get
the entire array of offered comics!)


Monday, April 8, 2013

"Times Past": Remembrance & Affection

Jose Delbo's Wonder Woman

Awesome in-house ads!

 Spinner racks, drug store comics, and newsstand trips!

Back-up stories!

Comic Books for Kids!
(or anyone who likes light-hearted escapism!)

Thought Balloons!

Jam-packed anthologies!

Jose Luis Garcia Lopez covers!

Rich Buckler cover art!

Your money's worth of dialogue and story!

Ernie Chan covers!

Ask the Answer Man!

The Daily Planet (well, really it was weekly...and monthly!)
Pablo Marcus artwork!

Having to WAIT 30 days to find out what happens!
(Yes, No "Previews" was a good thing!)

A plethora of merchandised goodness!

Treasuries, Digests, and Plenty of Reprinted Classics!