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For The Love Of Comics – 2017: The Year of the Bastard

sb_coverI’ll be damned if Southern Bastards didn’t just one-up itself AGAIN!

Thee Comic Column #100: The Five Graphic Novels Everyone Should Read

Preacher-59For the 100th entry into this column, a column meant to be a celebration of all things great in comics, I wanted to do something a little special. A host of ideas came to me, most of which would require a heck of a lot more time to write than I currently have in any given week. But there’s one thing that I’ve meant to do since this column began, something that harkens back to every comic shop I’ve ever been in or even my time working at a big box bookstore with a fairly hearty graphic novel section. Inevitably, in either place of employ, the good folks working there are often called upon to act as gatekeepers for the curious – “what’s good?” “Where should I start?” “What do you recommend?” And in no time during my thirty-eight years on planet Earf has this question been more relevant than now, when comic book culture IS pop culture. Everyday more and more people take a tip from AMC’s The Walking Dead or whatever the newest brilliant Marvel movie is and they flit about online and (hopefully) wander into comic book stores looking to find out if comic books/graphic novels are for them. “What should I read if I want to try to get into comics?” Oh, how I love those words. I used to write a column on CHUD.com where I identified myself as “The Opinionated Bastard”, largely because as anyone who knows me will tell you I have a lot of opinions, especially when it comes to great content to consume, and in no other area is that expertise more honed than in comics (well, I’m no slouch with music either, but Joup’s Thomas H. Williams and Chester Whelks have shown me I have a long way to go in that department). And so, I thought for this 100th edition of Thee Comic Column I would give the world the top five Graphic Novels I feel everyone should read, not just because they showcase just how much more graphic fiction is capable of than the uninitiated often consider, and not just because they are by this time mostly all iconic, but because in every sense of the words they are great, life-affirming contemplations on the human experience.

Thee Comic Column #74 Garth Ennis and Phil Winslade’s Goddess

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With the tsunami of excitement surrounding the announcement a few weeks ago that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been greenlit by AMC to bring Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon’s PREACHER to the small screen I decided the time was almost right for a re-reading. It’s been about five years since the last one so I’m due anyway, excitement surrounding this news or not. However, I say ‘almost’ because there is another book I wanted to re-read first, one that I haven’t revisited since about 2001 and its been on my mind for awhile now. That book is Garth Ennis and Phil Winslade’s 8-issue mini series GODDESS.

Thee Comic Column #62: The X-Mas Buying Guide

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I’m sick this week so I thought I’d take this opportunity of diminished stamina to do as I did last year and pen a quick little buying guide for the comic book fan in your life. Keep in mind there’s plenty of other GREAT comic-related stuff out there, these are just a quick handful of what I would recommend. Also, as with last year I figured it would help if I broke these suggestions down for the various stages of comic-book fan, from beginner to the more sophisticated. I define these various stages of addiction as follows:

Thee Comic Column #40: Garth Ennis’ Red Team

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You know, sometimes the best book is the one that you are completely unprepared for. The one you know nothing about and maybe hadn’t even heard of before you found it there on the rack. Always nice too, when said unexpected book is by an author or artist you really dig. Wait! How the hell is that possible in the age of the interwebs?

Totally possible.

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