A few years ago, when I was counting down to my hundredth post on this site, I profiled the four comic books I’d found since my return to reading comics which had become indispensable to my reading life. These were the comics that, even if I stopped collecting comics again, I couldn’t imagine putting down. They showcased, for me, the best of what a comic could offer while doing things I never imagined a comic book could. They were (in the order I wrote about them in my countdown), Marvel’s Ms. Marvel, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, IDW’s Ghostbusters, and Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Thinking of those titles now, I can still feel the burgeoning excitement and awe that accompanied my return to comic reading. They also make me think of impermanence. Continue reading
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve written about what fills my monthly file at Books Galore, my local comic shop. So I figured it was a good time to revisit the topic! Given this is a blog about comic books, I like taking a moment every now and then to discuss what titles I feel I need to read each month. This short little post outlines what I read regularly and explores the rationale that shapes my choices. What’s making the cut as we near the end of October 2017? Well read on to find out! Continue reading
I read a FOR REAL horror comic book that was super scary and everything. It was IDW’s beyond brilliant Locke & Key series by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, and Jay Fotos. It was recommended to me with the highest of recommendations by Nancy (of Graphic Novelty² fame). She digs this comic. It took me months to marshal the courage needed to actually read a for real horror comic series. But I did it! After surviving, I wrote this post for Kalie on her blog Just Dread-full. Listen, this was a big moment for me. I read something super scary and survived! Also, the comic had a powerful message at it’s heart. As if that wasn’t enough, I also wrote it to mark the three year anniversary of the day Kalie and I met. I know…awwwww. So, um, why haven’t you clicked the link yet?? C’mon people! Time’s a wastin’! You should read this thing!
Congratulations IDW!!! You did it!!! With the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #73 last week, IDW’s TMNT series became the longest running Turtles comic of all time. Yay!!! Archie Comics’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures held the record at seventy-two issues running from August of 1988 to October of 1995 and, for comparison’s sake, the Turtles’ original Mirage series ran for sixty-two issues, ending in August of 1993. In honor of this momentous occasion, I wanted to talk about why IDW’s Turtles series has captured my heart and mind as well as how growing up with the Turtles for nearly thirty years has allowed my appreciation of their story to evolve. Continue reading
with Kalie Zamierowski! Yay!!
I’ve never done a co-authored piece on my blog before but today is the day! Given this is my 99th post annnnd I’m honoring a comic book I love (and write about a lot) – Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening’s brilliant Ghostbusters – I wanted to do something extra special. Kalie and I were having a discussion about ghostbusting the other day and she started analyzing the guys in grey in a light I’d never considered. So I pitched the team-up idea to her and she happily agreed. Are you ready to see the Ghostbusters as you’ve never seen them before? Here we go… Continue reading
I’m exploring the comic books I find to be indispensible reading as I count down to my 100th post and today I’m shining the spotlight on Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In the hands of their IDW stewards, the Turtles’ tales transcend any sort of generic genre labels and simply stand as great literature. This comic is a master class on compelling character studies and stories that are consistently as emotionally affecting as they are exciting. I’ve yet to read a single issue and not be moved! Continue reading
SO MANY amazing comic books vie for my attention each month but, realistically, there’s only so much money to go around…unless I forego food, electricity, my house, and all those other trivial things. So that means choices. (Ah, nothing like #FirstWorldProblems am I right?) One of my first blog posts was a look at the comics I’d decided to fill my file with once I returned to reading them regularly. I figured now, six months later, it would be an interesting topic to revisit! Continue reading