Thee Comic Column #95: Zak Snyder’s Wonder Woman

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Thee Comic Column #94: The Woods

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Last month I had a light pull week at The Comic Bug and ended up having the time/money to look around for something new. This happens from time to time and I’ve found a lot of good books this way. However, finding new stuff is never super easy. These days there are always a plethora of candidates, and it’s usually rather difficult to pin it down to one from the many. In cases such as these what I tend to rely on is my gut. I can’t completely put it into words, but some books just jump out at me, whether because of the cover, title, author, whatever. Sometimes it’s not even anything as tangible as any of those things. Sometimes it’s just… fate.

Thee Comic Column #93: The Fitzroy’s Kickstarter

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In this age of social media information often ends up appearing as if by magick. Often I consume so much data via twitter, facebook, blogs, articles and emails that everything ends up running together into a big, translucent corridor of words and impressions that it is then hard to cull through for actual, useable fact. This is especially true of the independent world for films, comics, music – art in general. There is so much stuff bubbling around in the underground that sometimes it’s hard to hang onto it all. The Fitzroy is one thing though that I’ve had no trouble hanging onto since I first encountered it, as the sensibilities of its story, its visual style and its tone are something that my heart and soul tell me I have evidently been waiting for someone to create for a long time. And now someone has.

Thee Comic Column #92: Kelley Jones’ The Hammer

The Hammer 2Recently I found myself waxing philosophical about horror. Horror as a frame of mind, an emotion and subsequently horror as a genre: a form of art that, when you reach back past the soma-ridden exteriors of our gadgety, distraction-obsessed world, you inevitably find as a testament to our very existence. An existence that proves that all those distractions we so continually improve, update and rely on are actually serve a very important purpose.

Our toys and technology distract us from the horrors at the very heart of our existence.

Thee Comic Column #91: Adventures in the Dollar Bin!

CAM00800Last Wednesday I wandered into The Comic Bug in order to pick up my weekly pull – including Stray Bullets: Killers #4 and Trees #2 – and found that Mike and the guys had purchased someone’s entire collection. As with most comic shops, this happens from time to time at the Bug. They’re always buying stuff, but once in a while they get a MASSIVE collection, and that was definitely the case here. Once acquired this stuff often goes to form a daunting Dollar Bin display which takes considerable time and effort to go through but which, for the willing, can pay off tenfold. Case in point, the previous time I was privy to this happening was, coincidentally around the same time last year and on that particular occasion I scored pretty much John Byrne’s entire run on StarBrand, thus filling in some gaps in my reading that goes all the way back to the formative years of my comics habit – the 1980’s, when I was still in the single digits and inhibited by the parameters of my weekly allowance. This time too, the collection the guys had gobbled up appeared to lean heavily on the era of my youth so I diverted from my usual browsing and dove into the dollar bins looking to find more long-lost stories from the days of my childhood.

Thee Comic Column #89: Warren Ellis’ Trees

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Thee Comic Column #88: Ted MCKeever’s Superannuated Man

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Any comic that begins with a quote from Hunter S. Thompson already gets a massive “plus” in my book. But guess what? That’s not the only reason that I absolutely LOVE The Superannuated Man.

Ted McKeever – I’m so very familiar with this man’s name from prowling the shelves of the comic shops of my youth that it amazed me to realize that I’ve never actually read anything he’s worked on.

How is that possible?

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