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Promises and Purchases

I’m off to a pretty shitty start aren’t I? Promising a review a night, and it’s been three days but only one review. Instead of working hard to bring you little one night reviews, I went out and bought more comic books, the boyfriend taking the blame this time and having a good hearty chuckle at my after thought : I can’t afford rent, why am I buying more comics?!

But here I am. Three more books purchased. Only one read and finished from before. Leaving oodles and oddles left to read. Well I’ve gone through several of my comics but haven’t sat down and really considered them since Sherlock. The books that caught my eye though are worth noting.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 (Series 2)

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 by David Petersen

Mouse Guard . Net

A few months ago I’d picked up Issue 1+2 of the The Black Axe. The art won me instantly, and though I’ve only flipped since, the story has brought tears to my eyes. It’s powerful, cruel, wonderful but this isn’t a review. This is a purchase list! And this is why I bought Winter 1152 .

1. Mice are cute. Hate me, calling me a wuss and a chick but I’m always drawn to comics that portray animals as heroic. It hurts the most, like movies where animals die (though never for real) but heroic mice, evil ferrets and other creatures living the grand and simple lives of men is such a romantic thing. And… mice are cute.

2. I have the The Black Axe, which is Series 3, and not series 1 or 2? Remedy must be made Winter 1152  was first, so next is Fall 1152 to complete it and catch up!

3. Hardcover. There’s something pleasant about the aesthetics of a book. Comics are visually appealing but holding a hard bound cover, in the pleasing 8.5 x 8 format, is something I feel should be cherished and kept safe. An old tome to hold onto instead of shoving it in a box with some cardboard and plastic wrap.

Cover:The Black Axe Issue 1

4. The art is wonderful. It’s not the last thing, it really isn’t. David Petersen (his Blog) has done something wonderful in his art and story, reminding me (and this is all still at the comic book store mind you, I haven’t even read it yet) of something I should have read in my childhood. Please take a look at all the fabulous cover art and images you can find on his website: Mouse Guard . Net. You will not be disappointed.

But make no mistake this is not your simple children’s story at all. It’s real, real and cruel. Which makes it soo much more beautiful.

The Sixth Gun 1+2

I can’t remember who I was talking to about this title, but it lead to a purchase. It might have been with the Oni Press fiends on twitter(@OniPress), but who knows! They’re mine now and they will be read.

The Sixth Gun Issue 1

The Sixth Gun Issue 2

It does raise the question: Why do we buy the comics we do?
I know I have a preferred style which none of these represents, but I purchased for interest and familiarity when it comes to Winter 1152 and The Sixth Gun.

Why do you buy comic books?
What drives you to pick one up off the shelves?
Is it the name, the publisher, the story, a particular character?

Cheers and happy reading.

The TCAF Experience: Volunteer’s Perspective

This May 8th, 2011 I volunteered with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival at the Toronto Reference Library. Some basic details about the event:

It was a great experience and I’ll go about why shortly, but I think first I need to discuss the ‘Why’.

Since my first internship at Random House of Canada I’ve been in love with publishing. I’ve always loved books and I’m an aspiring writer. But what I quickly found was a love and appreciation for graphic fiction. Comics, graphic novels, etc. You’ve probably read the spiel on a earlier post.

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Review: Carbon Grey #1

Carbon Grey #1

STORY BY: Hoang Nguyen, Paul Gardner
ART BY: Khari Evans, Kinsun Loh, Hoang Nguyen
LETTERS BY: Paul Gardener
COVER BY: Hoang Nguyen

PUBLISHER: Image Comics
COVER PRICE: $2.99 (USD)
RELEASE DATE: Mar 2nd, 2011

I’ve made probably one of the worst mistakes when it comes to reviewing a comic, or anything for that matter. I’ve read some other reviews. Sue me, grill me, fillet my authenticity as a writer: I couldn’t help it because I was really torn on what to think about this comic.

First thoughts

Beautiful. It can’t be denied that the artistic quality and colour of this comic is beautifully done and was painstakingly executed. Every detail is there, and the colouring compliments the line art. It has a very smoked appearance, which reminds me greatly of my first true comic love: Spawn. There is a gritty darkness in each panel. It’s not ‘pretty’ or maybe, a better word is ‘clean’. The art is done cleanly with crisp lines and striking contrast but the look of the page when you take a step back isn’t cartoon drawn ‘clean’. There is a smokyness to it that I can’t quite put my finger on, but that I LOVE and admire. Hell, I’ll buy a comic just for that art style.

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Optimism: A healthy dose is, well, healthy.

Another string of resume submission all across Toronto, resumes, writing, you name it! I’m slowly finding I need to be a little more involved in the comic book community but it’s proving difficult while living in Pickering and not in the city. However, the optimism is not based entirely off these applications for new jobs. No this optimism is from class. Read the rest of this entry

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