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For the Love Of Comics – NEGAN!!!

negan-bw-style_1024x1024For this particular piece I feel as though I should change the name of the column to “For the Love of Negan” because, well, today I want to talk about how much I LOVE Negan’s character in The Walking Dead.

Spoilers: Some spoilers for the comic continuity lay ahead so if you’re not caught up stop and come back later. Also, I am NOT talking about the show here. I don’t watch the show and feel fairly certain – perhaps unjustly but oh well – that the neutered portrayal on AMC’s show is only going to frustrate me (as a rule I have avoided watching the show since its third season but my girlfriend is a huge a fan and I will most likely see some of the episodes this season. Wonderful what we sacrifice for love, eh?).

Thee Comic Column #146: Descent of the Dead

DoDI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again; zombies are overdone. We’ve reached the  saturation point and most of what we see from here on out is recycled in some way or another.

Most.

It takes something really special in the, ahem, Zombie ‘genre’ to get on my good side because at this point not only has almost everything conceivable been done with Zombies: comedies, Romcoms, adventure/sci fi takes, big budget, low budget. Has there been an Elmo meets the Living Dead? Oops. Too soon?

Thee Comic Column #64: Save Rachel Rising

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This week’s column was originally going to be about the best comic book news all year – the return of David Lapham’s Stray Bullets! However in the cosmic balance of ying/yang, the good news was almost immediately followed by the worst news in comics this year. The heartbreak arrived via Twitter when earlier in the week when iconic comic book creator Terry Moore – best known for the long-running and highly influential series Strangers in Paradise – tweeted the following about his newest series, Rachel Rising:

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 #16: The Xmas Buying Guide

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In honor of the consumer frenzy and gift-buying insanity of the season, I thought I’d throw up a little guide to some of the collections and graphic novels that I feel would make great gifts for any discerning fan of graphic fiction. I figured to help you match like-minded material with potentially varied interests of those on your lists I’d break them up into three categories.

 

 

The Super Hero/action fan – defined as those who may or may not be familiar with comics but are fans of big budget movies based on them, ie – Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Christoper Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy or flix like Kick Ass, Super or the brilliant Chronicle.

Thee Comic Column #15: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead (image: AMC)

The Walking Dead (image: AMC)

SPOILER ALERT!!!

Some may remember that my very first installment of Thee Comic Column was about The Walking Dead – the comic book. I have been a fan of the book since about 2005 and in the seven since then I still maintain that it is hands down the best comic book out there. Robert Kirkman’s story unfolds at a masterful pace and his characters truly are never safe – therefore they undergo radical bouts of actual character development from issue to issue. Charlie Adlard’s art is poetic in it’s grim and often tarnishes tones, foreboding where appropriate, emotional when needed and all around consistent in its world-building. When Rick Grimes and company are inside a prison or a house or a community for long periods I truly feel as they must – that there is nothing else beyond. When they strike out into the wild, intrepid and vulnerable I feel this too, sometimes with quick, furtive glances over my own shoulder. Inspired to wax on philosophically like I am inclined to do here about this book is it any wonder that I had major issues with AMC’s tv show.

Thee Comic Column #11: Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising

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