My comics pull list as of March 2015

I’ve been blogging (sporadically at times) about comics for over 10 years now. A lot has changed in that time, such as the proliferation of the comic book movie, and so have my comic book habits. As I discussed when I praised libraries, I get a large part of my comic-book fix from borrowing collected editions, mainly due to the increase in the price of comic books (grumpy old man alert: when I started reading and collecting, comic books cost 30 pence). However, I still buy comic books on a weekly basis, as well as certain trade collections, but with […]

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In Praise Of Libraries

As should be apparent from the fact that I blog about comic books I’ve read, I enjoy reading rather a lot (in both senses: I enjoy the act of reading very much and I enjoy reading an enormous number of books). I also enjoy reading legal copies of books – I believe that creators should receive payment for their hard work, so I don’t download pirated copies. The problem is that I do not have unlimited funds with which to indulge this pleasure (nor do I have unlimited space in which to store this theoretical unlimited collection). The solution is […]

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Visiting Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK

It took me a long time to visit the exhibition at the British Library, mainly because it was happening while I was in the process of moving house (and it was a complex and fraught move, but you don’t need to hear about that …), so I felt there was no rush to share my thoughts. Another reason was the fact that I wasn’t blown away by the exhibit, and I didn’t want to be vocally negative about a very public comic-book-related event – it seems a little churlish of me when I love comic books so much and everyone […]

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Finding Power Pack #27

Power Pack #27, written by Louise Simonson, pencils by Jon Bogdanove, inks by Al Gordon, colours by Glynis Oliver, edits by Carl Potts, editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, published in 1986. I don’t want to use the phrase ‘Holy Grail’ to describe something rare and long sought because (a) I grew up Catholic and I don’t want to associate a positive thing with the religion I no longer practise, (b) I don’t want to use an inaccurate term to describe a comic book and (c) I don’t believe that a comic book really qualifies because I haven’t ‘eagerly pursued’ it and it […]

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Dissecting A Comic Book Press Release

I get some press releases from comic book companies. Not many, but enough for them to be a regular feature in my inbox. I’m not sure quite how that happened – my email address has been harvested by a social media company that has been selling it on incorrectly to PR companies, but I don’t know if comic book companies’ PR would acquire it that way. I’m not too bothered – I might scan the emails occasionally, but I mostly ignore them – but for some reason the press release I received from Bluewaters Productions about Tribute: Whitney Houston stuck […]

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Author Appearance: Warren Ellis at Foyles

I have been very fortunate to see several of my favourite comic book creators giving talks or in conversation – Alan Moore and Alan Davis in the same day, and Grant Morrison at a similar event at Foyles – and this was another enjoyable personal appearance from a favourite creator. Warren was in The Gallery at Foyles on Charing Cross Road in conversation with journalist/author Sam Leith, specifically to talk about his new novel, Gun Machine, but conversation obviously took in comic books, as would be expected, and Warren – smartly dressed in jacket and waistcoat and with a freshly […]

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My Embarrassingly Late Notes About The Northants International Comics Expo: Part 2

The main part of N.I.C.E. finished at 5pm so that they could change the hall from the artists’ alley to a room to hold the waiting audience for Alan Moore’s appearance. Unfortunately, everything else in Wicksteed Park closed at the same time, meaning that there was little to do while waiting to be let back in (Note to organisers of N.I.C.E. for next year: sort that out), so soon people were joining the queue to get back in. The doors opened and everyone rushed in to get a good seat in front of the stage where Alan would be talking. […]

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My Embarrassingly Late Notes About The Northants International Comics Expo

The first Northants International Comics Expo (I think the ‘International’ is stretching it, but I guess they wanted the groovy acronym; a bit like the Dublin International Comics Expo wanted ‘D.I.C.E.’) was held in Wicksteed Park, Kettering, on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September. I attended on the Saturday because that was the day with the greatest reason to be there – the first convention appearance by Alan Moore in some 20 years. However, I didn’t ignore the rest of the event because also in attendance was my favourite artist, Alan Davis, making it well worth my time and effort. It […]

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Comic Books I Want As TV Shows

Comic books have been the source for television programmes before – Batman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Smallville are perhaps the most famous live action series, and there are many animated series as well – but these were based on well-known franchises. Now, things are different, and in a good way. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead has been adapted into a very successful television series. Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming has been filmed as a pilot for FX!, although its future is as yet unknown. Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory […]

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Trying New Comics Is Always A Gamble

This blog is officially a Before Watchmen-free zone (see here for my thoughts) but that doesn’t mean I don’t try new comics. However, as the post title states, trying new comics is a gamble, and not one that always pays off. For example, the ‘new’ DC universe of titles. As discussed in my post at the time, I selected some books to try, based on the ideas and the creators behind them. I chose Stormwatch by Paul Cornell based on my affection for the Warren Ellis run and Cornell’s work on Captain Britain. I chose Justice League Dark because of […]

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