What do we know of his habits, his interests, his struggles with personal demons? Well, wait no more, for that book is here. Bigfoot lived the classic superstar life: the booze, the drugs, the small woodland animals, the parties with Andy Dick, everything. He found, however, that he was unable to accept the inevitable fall that accompanies every rise. He finds himself trying harder and harder to recover his lost stardom, dealing with depression, and generally trying to get by as a Bigfoot forgotten by the people who once adored him, sometimes succeeding, sometimes not.
Highly recommended for anyone seeking to find the true Bigfoot behind the legend. The book is autobiographical. It tells the tale of the author falling in love with her best friend Mike. The result is a beautifully drawn, heartfelt tale of emotion and real characterization, full of her thoughts, feelings and worries.
Whether it be something as simple as standing in line, setting up a VCR or shopping for fruit, Cathy captures it all in her own style. Obvious comparisons will be made to Craig Thompson and Jeffrey Brown a topic Cathy herself touches upon , but, for me, her book rings so much truer. The emotion practically oozes from each page and panel.
As I read it I really found myself hoping for Cathy just to tell him, and wanting for everything to work out, which is a big achievement seeing as I have no connection to the people involved. This is a book where the characters truly did write themselves; I believe these events actually happened and that the author has truthfully transcribed the events, flattering or not. The artwork is very minimal, in a style akin to Thompson, Brown or Andi Watson.
This helps to keep the story simple, allowing the reader to focus on the characters and their mannerisms, while still providing a polished finished product. It ends with an epilogue chronicling what happened after the book is given to Mike and how he felt after reading it. Or did he? Tabloids have faithfully reported how Elvis has been spotted, apparently trying to lead a quieter life, frequenting truck stop diners, or how he was taken by or returned to? Post-mortem Elvis stories are not unknown.
The King is really the story about journalist Paul Erfurt, a former tabloid reporter trying unsuccessfully to make it in the world of serious journalism. His last chance seems to be reports that an Elvis impersonator wearing a golden mask is, in fact, no impersonator at all. He is the real Elvis. Erfurt focused on Elvis sightings when he worked for the tabloids, but can he turn it into serious journalism?
He is The King. The King wants Erfurt to report on his return. He says that being a demigod is all about belief and as long as the people believe, then you are a god. Erfurt, being one of the best Elvis tabloid reporters, is instrumental in the attempt. This graphic novel, as I said above, has heart and sincerity. Truth or Belief? Which is more important? Koslowski and The King help us to discover the power of truth, belief and faith and the role that mystery plays in them.
At least it will sure get you closer to some answers than American Idol or Desperate Housewives. Have faith. Unless you have known someone who suffers from it personally, its effects can seem strange, almost alien. It can be hard to make people truly understand what the person is going through. There are experiences that can only be shown and felt, not described, things that can only be made sense of via the visual medium, by being made to feel as if you are actually there.
Epileptic, by French cartoonist David Bouchard, does a wonderful job of showing the reader exactly how it feels to deal with that pain, and how it feels to have to stand by and watch as someone you love fall deeper and deeper into the clutches of his disease. Jean-Christophe becomes sick at a young age, but modern medicine is no match for his disease. The doctors want to cut him open, to pry, to experiment, all with no guarantee it would do any good at all. In the end, his parents instead turn to ever stranger forms of alternative medicine, in the hopes that one of them will be the silver bullet, the thing that will kill the monster stalking Jean-Christophe, once and for all.
They do all of this as a family, joining various communes and societies as needed, uprooting their lives time and again. As such, David and his family are exposed to a staggering amount of divergent schools of thought, as well as many a strange character. David is a very visual person, and as such, he describes all these experiences in a metaphorical way. He describes his internal conditioning, his defense mechanisms against both the disease and the anger it engenders, as a literal suit of armor, one that grows to completely encase him as his life progresses.
He describes each new concept they come across in an entirely visual way, and as such breaks them down in a way that makes them easy to at least comprehend, if not understand. In many ways, this is the prototypical graphic novel, in that it is a story that could not possibly be told in another medium.
Without the interweaving of narrative and image, the story would not have the impact that it does. This is a brutally honest book. It never flinches as it looks back, and more than a few times paints the author in a less than flattering light. But in doing that, it serves to humanize David even more to the reader.
One can hardly blame him for his occasional feelings of resentment, of anger, even hatred, and each instance serves to underscore just how hard it was for all of them to go through this. The story lays out the lives of these people in all its painful detail, and is often quite emotionally draining to read, but the effort is well worth it.
In the end, you may just come to understand what it truly means to be Epileptic. From Monty Python through to The Office, British comedy has always stood out from its US counterpart with a quirk of sarcasm, one liners and general absurdity. Modern Toss continues that tradition. The "Orange Whore book," comprised of the first two sold-out issues of the series, hits the ground running at full speed. There's no messing about, the cover alone prepares you for what's inside by introducing you to one of the title's main characters: Mr Tourette, Master Signwriter.
The crude, simple artwork may put many people off on first glance, but it helps to get to the core of the humor, the one liner that captures the situation, and life itself, instantly. Highlights include 'Work' "I can't come in today, so fuck off" - A phone call we all long to make every now and again ;. Insect Jackass; as well as the continuing escapades of Mr Tourette and Alan, the family member with some serious self-destruction issues. The series is currently up to issue 4, and has produced two late night animated television shows over on Channel 4 - the station that gave us Ali G and Ricky Gervais' first break.
Yet the animated series doesn't sell out and keeps exactly the same style and hilarity of the book. As it itself says: "Modern Toss - the stink of excellence in a world gone tits up. In that review, I stated how it was a story of people trying to hide their true nature. The people? Their true nature? Killers, megalomaniacs, and madmen trying to live a quiet, average life. This month, I want to return to Infamy to let you in on a little truth One of the things that struck me about Living in Infamy is the amount of pride the Infamy crew has taken in their covers.
I find it discouraging to see Spider-Man and Superman covers that could be put on any Spider-man or Superman issue. Not so with Living in Infamy. John Cassaday starts us off with Living in Infamy 1. He gives us a light-hearted cover with a guy getting his morning newspaper in his robe, bunny slippers, and Plenty of whimsical moments as former super villains play a casual game of poker and, as men frequently do, giving each other a hard time about those little secrets from their pasts that no one else knows about.
You have Wells Johnson, bound to an unseen entity that seems to act more like a nagging wife than a trans-dimensional being bent on conquering our world. The mayor of Infamy was once the Masked Mentalist, a not-so-successful villain who used a hypno-wheel.
Howard Chaykin lends his talent for issue 2, another colorful cover with a body shot of a policeman holding an ice cream wrapper in an evidence bag and a strange gun. While the cover is colorful and the gun being held is whimsical in its design, the actual scene is ominous. Clearly, a crime has been committed.
The inhabitants of Infamy have to come to grips with some bizarre occurrences in their little desert town, such as a murder involving a man being frozen in a block of ice. Meanwhile, we learn more about the mysterious Baron Skarr. A cover inspired by Rio Bravo movie posters, we see three of our main characters, tense in expectation, in the shadow of a grasping claw or hand. Equally, the allusions to some bad goings-on in Infamy fall away.
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All of our characters are being forced to face truths about themselves, and the normal people of Infamy have to face truths about their town. Shotgun, Mr. Watanabe, and the Mechanic are prepared for a fight on the cover. Inside the cover, we find the fight.
The cover is a visual representation of the truth. Living in Infamy is a dark tale of truth, as Sale shows us Tom Blackbride, the Mechanic, standing on the line that encircles Infamy, keeping its villainous citizens in, and protecting Blackbridge and the rest from the truth of their past lives. The cover is presented in the style of an old, worn pulp magazine cover, fraying on the edges, just as the lives of the Living in Infamy cast have begun to fray.
And fray they do as the Mechanic confronts Baron Skarr for the first time since he betrayed him. Raab leaves the tale open. We have plenty of resolution, but he keeps the door slightly ajar, and I can only hope that means he may guide us back to Infamy one day. Because Living in Infamy is about truth, both the noble truths of humanity as well dark and dirty truths, the truths that fray our happy concept of reality. Sometimes being set free by the truth can be painful.
Panel one is simply that, a mostly blank square comic strip panel, seeking to answer the existential questions: why am I here, what is my purpose, am I alone in this world? What results is a series of, well, adventures, for lack of a better term, mostly centered on semantics and linguistic discussions. Each character in the story takes on a distinct personality almost immediately. Panel One is introspective, adroit, some might say stuffy…Caption is free spirited, argumentative, thought-provoking and profane all at once often to the consternation of Panel , and Phoebe is, well, Phoebe.
The three of them are eventually beset by a villain, because as their arguments become more and more impassioned, their spelling suffers. Phoebe tries to warn them of this, but to no avail.
Their poor spelling eventually brings about the avatar of the internet age, the living embodiment of leet speek, a beast known simply as TEH, which they are still in the process of dealing with even now. I didn't even need to look at the text, the art stood out that much. After a search online for Perkins I was treated to more amazing artwork from a comics newcomer who fit right in with Williams, Sienkiewicz, Kieth, Mack, Wood and Templesmith.
I pre-ordered it the next day. Two and a bit months later and I was finally able to get my grubby little mitts upon the book. I wasn't disappointed. By artwork or plot. The man responsible for said genetic meddling: Sarcophaga's father—the most powerful businessman in the world. However, Sarcophaga's appearance isn't necessarilly a drawback.
He has the added bonus of a constant emission of pheromones, making every female he comes into contact with want him. Naturally he did what any male would do and using his power for the good of all mankind became a Hollywood superstar. Despite the fame, fortune and constant string of women his life still lacks one thing; revenge upon his father who he blames for the suicide of his mother.
A quest through which Perkins brutally slices through Hollywood, pop-culture, advertising, sexism, family values and American industry with hard-hitting satirical content and black humor at every step, even delving through the third wall on occasion. Perkins is a talent to which I shall be keeping an eager eye out for in the future, and I encourage you to do the same.
The mysterious Kilroy is drawn to these atrocities in order to protect and defend the weak, and avenge the dead. Kilroy does not age, but he hungers In these stories, Kilroy visits Tiananmen Square when up to students and intellectuals protesting the Chinese government were killed; Sarajevo during the war between Bosnians and Serbs; Mogadishu, Somalia in while factions fought for control of the small African country; Cambodia years after the Khmer Rouge; Germany during World War II; Rosewood, Florida years after a white mob destroyed the black town; Vietnam during the war; and he even pays a visit to Billie the Kid.
How I love Ben Templesmith. His style of art is sketchy, out of focus, and terrifying. As evidenced by his work on 30 Days of Night and its various minis, I have grown to appreciate his work--to smile at its darkness, to welcome it with each project he works on that I encounter.
This time someone recommended this one to me, as opposed to me finding it myself which is a welcome change--Thanks, Shannon She came in raving about this book, and I sat down on my lunch break, kicking back a Corona or two and read it at Pizzaria Uno. The customers stared at me as I laughed aloud. As i yelled, and yes, even cheered this book. As the title suggests, this is a 'taster', an appetizer, if you will, for an upcoming series, not only drawn by Templesmith, but written by him as well. If this taster is any indications, Wormwood, Gentleman Corpse is off to a good start.
The premise of the comic is simple: Imagine if a strip club was really hiding a dimensionality window into all sorts of nastiness? What if the strippers were supposed to watch that doorway to make nothing nasty made its way into the world? What if they weren't paying attention? Templesmith has an unexpected but very welcome comedic timing on this book. The dialogue is 'tongue-in-cheek', and as horrible as the events are, you can't help but laugh at the situations going on around the patrons of the strip club. Some members become infected with a nasty parasite, and it is up to Wormwood, our undead corpse, to save the day?
Is he up to the task? And if he is, how can he do it? This 'taster' has totally gotten me pumped for the mini series due out in July. Don't say I didn't warn you. A cursory glance of any rack at your local comic shop will show you a veritable sea of superheroes, stories ranging from the great to the mundane, and all flavors in-between.
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For a book about a superhero to truly stand out in that sea of four color super powered beings, it would have to do something truly extraordinary, be it telling a story no one has ever told before, or even just telling that story in a different way, one that is not commonly seen. What makes this book so good, though, is the way that story is told… there are layers upon layers of details built, as Grist shifts the story between the telling of what happened that day in Castletown twenty years ago, and the events of the present day. The story is told in a circular way, in that you see events that have happened again and again, but each time you see them, you are armed with more details of what is really happening.
Therefore, each time you see the same event again, you understand more and more what it is really showing you. It reads like a mystery that gradually reveals itself to the reader, layer by layer. By the end of the book, you come to realize that everything you read, everything you saw had a place in telling the story, no matter how unrelated it seemed at the time. So, looking for something that stands out from the typical superhero fare? Looking for a well told, clever story? Well, look no further than Jack Staff: Soldiers. It really is a stellar example of the unique sort of storytelling that can only be done in a comic book, and well worth the read.
Check it out! Fry and Andrew Pepoy Published by Mr. Well, this week…we go APE! Max and his monkey sidekick Shakes still make mistakes, but the super strong gorilla still comes out on top against a supervillainous mime. This is great comedic work from Slott and company. Next, we have Sky Ape: King of Girls.
Excitement and clever humor are your catch phrases for these titles. He also trains them to use women rather than commit. Last but not least, we have Thunder Monkey. Lee Oaks developed Thunder Monkey starting in high school as a bootleg comic, then into a college comic strip, and has finally brought it into official comic book status. This book is more complex than the standard funny monkey fare. Well, these simians are for you. This was a 12 issue series, where Becky got to show off not only her artwork, but to show us the various moods and styles she could create.
Color me impressed. Becky is also the illustrator for the book American Virgin being published under DC comics Vertigo imprint. Amazing book, and at first I thought that Becky's style didn't fit the story. I realised that it was the first time I had seen her work in color. I was reading the first issue, and there was a scene where the main character does a jump on his bicycle off of a wooden ramp.
That particular panel made me rethink my earlier decision, and I realised that DC knew what it was doing in having Cloonan illustrate the series. The book opens up with pirates sinking a ship. The action spills out across both pages, as we see the ship hit, and then sink. One lone survivor, a young boy named Archer is left floating amongst the waves. But Archer is not all that he appears to be, at least in regards to his past. He carries with him a secret. A secret that two bands of pirates eventually will end up warring over.
I will leave Archer and his mysteries for you to discover when you read the book. As for the pirates, themselves, they fill the bill of what you would expect--surly, lanky, pierced, and tattooed.
I like to think of them as pirates for the new millenium. I am assuming that it is sometime in the future that this takes place, as most of the action takes place on the high seas in and around New York City and New Jersey. It is the crew of La Revancha which ends up picking Archer out of the water and saving him from Lee, and his band of cut-throats who make Jersey their home base.
Their ship is 'The Hoboken', which is a modified amphibious assault vehicle.
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Archer takes to the crew of La Revancha and ends up staying on, after making a deal with Canonball Joe. He is assigned to Drake, the cook a surly, burly guy who totally appealed to me and starts to develop a crush on Abby, the woman who pulled him from the depths at the beginning of the story. A secret mission to infiltrate New Jersey under cover of darkness goes awry, and the book ends with one hell of a sea battle, and a cliff-hanger that will want you to run back when volume 2 is released.
Damn I dug this. It had me on the edge of my seat. Becky's art style manages to strike a balance, walking the fine line between serious and playful. There are scenes where the characters become a bit more 'animated', generally when they are surprised or hit with something unexpectedly. Their features become a bit more exaggerated and silly, in the 'manga' style, and it always gave me a chuckle. I would have preferred to see this book published in a larger format, but I really can't complain about anything else.
Dec 30, PM. Mar 29, AM. Here's a wonderful list of modern Russian novels and their authors, most of whom I've not even heard before. There's Night Watch that's it. Apr 01, PM. Shanez wrote: "Here's a wonderful list of modern Russian novels and their authors, most of whom I've not even heard before. I think Pelevin and Akunin are considered as the best of contemporary writers.
Sep 17, PM. The author seems to be channeling Gogol. The results are very 19th-century, in the best sense. My own just-released The Golden Lynx is also set in Russia, in a much earlier period than Berengaut's—the childhood of Ivan the Terrible, in fact Mine is a romantic swashbuckler, likely to appeal to YA readers with good vocabularies but also to adult women and Russian lit lovers of all varieties.. Jan 10, AM. Feb 19, AM. For anyone interested in modern Russian authors we can recommend Elvira Baryakina with her historical novel White Shanghai recently published in English.
Mar 20, PM. Amalie, I noticed that you're reading Quiet Flows the Don. If you haven't already seen it, you may want to check out www. Glagoslav wrote: "For anyone interested in modern Russian authors we can recommend Elvira Baryakina with her historical novel White Shanghai recently published in English. Apr 20, AM. Aug 03, AM. Another recent Russian book in English translation that might interest a few people here is Istemi , by Alexei Nikitin - it was nominated for a number of prizes in Russia, probably in Nikitin is very imaginative.
It's a surprising book and a good read. It has not had any publicity at all, which is a shame Disclaimer: I translated the book into English! Heya Anne Marie- what's Itsemi about? I'm looking for another Russian book to read Aug 05, AM. Description and first pages are making me very curious. Aug 10, AM. Hi Lisa -- sorry so slow.
Here's their blurb: Slowly untangling threads of a past that some people would just as soon forget. Alerted — by whom? Though eventually released, they are now marked men whose lives are overrun by wider events — resulting variously in a hellish tour of duty in Afghanistan, incarceration in an asylum and mindless bureaucratic drudgery. As Ukraine negotiates the post-Soviet capitalist free-for-all twenty years later, one of the group, Davidov, aka Istemi, receives an email with a familiar ultimatum attached.
Brilliantly revealing how a seemingly innocent pursuit can have unforeseen and far-reaching effects, Istemi is a wildly inventive novel exploring the curious banality deep in the heart of a paranoid totalitarian state. If you do get it, be sure to get the paperback as the e-book is in Russian - unless you read Russian, of course, in which case you can read Nikitin directly. He writes beautifully. The blurb of Istemi made me think that this will be more like thriller or mystery. You better don't expect that.
Nevertheless it is very good book. Aug 18, PM. This might be somewhat off topic but I didn't know where to talk about it. As someone who writes YA but is also trying to find a thesis for my MA, I wondered if anyone knew anything about Russian YA or if it even exists in the way it is here. And at one of the recent lit conferences the subject of Russian YA came up. I'm interested in if anyone knows of good Russian teen centered books? Nov 07, AM.
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I am also an enthusiastic reader of Akunin and Pelevin. I shoved it off with a grunt. In this book, David del Toro gives his tickets to a superhero theme park reopening to his daughter and her friends. A few hours later he learns about a hostage situation at that park. The story is intriguing, comprises interesting turns, and has a good flow.
This is for you if you like superheroes, suspense with twists, and a mixture of strange events and sometimes funny situations. Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. My questions for you bibliophiles: What about you? I am looking forward to reading your comments. But when she discovers an unsolved mystery amongst her inheritance, she is forced to accept that ignoring her heritage is no longer an option.
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I shook my head at the mysterious recipe and looked at the next item. It was something else that I recognised — a tarot card. The Lovers, to be exact. I looked at the beautifully painted watercolour print of a couple embracing before flipping the card over. There was nothing to see beyond the design on the back. It was just a normal tarot card. I pulled the envelope open, just to check, and discovered one final item stuck inside.