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2015 Comic Reading List

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Back in 2013 I started keeping track of what comics I read. Being a very long term comic reader and collector I’ve always picked up books I wanted as they were published and invariably had a stack around the house of unread books. This stack became it’s own bookshelf of unread material and in 2013 I decided to document what was being read and whether or not I got around to reviewing it online. I keep the list in Simple Note, a handy web list site that also has an…read more

The Art Of Robert E. McGinnis

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An excellent overview of a fruitful career, The Art Of Robert E. McGinnis delivers on extensive images and to-the-point information. Painter Robert McGinnis has earned international renown as a master illustrator by creating poster art for such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, James Bond films (seven of them), Barbarella (starring Jane Fonda), The Odd Couple, and Cotton Comes to Harlem. And he’s a legendary book cover artist, having painted images for approximately 1,400 titles, from authors such as Lawrence Block, Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason crime case series), Carter Brown,…read more

Brass Sun: The Wheel Of Worlds

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A wonderfully engaging genre-blending tale, Brass Sun: The Wheels Of Worlds is required reading. A large, gigantic mechanical solar system is dying. The brass sun that gives life to the dozens of worlds has started to slow, freezing the outer worlds and killing off the inhabitants. On one such world, known as Hind Leg, a young girl named Wren is given part of the secret of the lost key that has the power to restart the sun again. Charged with travelling across the various worlds to pick up other parts…read more

Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

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A massive collection in terms of sheer size and creator input, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream brings together a veritable who’s who to pay tribute to Winsor McCay’s most enduring creation. Over 100 of today’s best cartoonists pay tribute to comics’ greatest innovator, Winsor McCay, in one giant book. In this massive, 144-page, 16″ x 21″ hardcover, many of the world’s finest cartoonists and illustrators have created new Little Nemo in Slumberland strips, following their own voices down paths lit by McCay. Taking on the same giant, broadsheet newspaper-sized canvas as…read more

The Collector

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Another stunning collection of translated Sergio Toppi material, The Collector is a compelling and beautiful read. Far from the auction halls of the elite, The Collector seeks out rare and mysterious artifacts across the world. At home in the salons of Paris as he is in the jungles of Borneo, The Collector is a man who has dedicated his life to finding objects very special and almost unknown , which tracks through his research in a variety of locations. But beware, a man who comes into possession of such items…read more

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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A different kind of Lovecraft tale skillfully adapted by I.N.J. Culbard, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is a worthy addition to this line of graphic works. In a world beyond the walls of sleep, Randolph Carter goes in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. First, he must go to Kadath, home of the Gods, where he hopes to be guided to the city of his dreams. No one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there – but that won’t stop Carter from trying….read more

Void

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A fast-paced story now translated into English, Titan Comics’ Void sets a new bar for graphic novel thrillers and is a must for fans of Sean Phillips. Goliath 01, a prison ship, drifts listlessly through. The ship’s commander, Colonel Mercer, has massacred everyone on board – inmates and crew alike, except one. John, the lone survivor, cowers in the bowels of the carrier, desperate to escape the ship. But the howling void of space makes the best prison of all… Writer: Herik Hanna Artist: Sean Phillips Titan Comics, September 2014 Hardcover,…read more

Buck Rogers: The Complete Murphy Anderson Sundays

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A look at a brief period of work from a classic DC artist, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Murphy Anderson Sundays, 1958-1959 is a niche product aimed at a very small audience. Murphy Anderson was one of the seminal comic book storytellers who defined the Silver Age. In addition to his work on the Buck Rogers daily strip, he wrote and drew the Sunday version of the feature from 1958 to 1959 creating three continuities: “Search for Impervium”; “Supernova Threat”; and “California Earthquake Plot.” These Sundays have never…read more

Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape

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A completely different take on the end of the world, Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape delivers a harsh look on society in a frozen hell. From fearsome engine to final car, all surviving human life is here: a complete hierarchy of the society we lost. The elite, as ever, travel in luxury at the front of the train – but for those in the rear coaches, life is squalid, miserable and short. Now the poor have had enough: it’s time to seize control of the engine – and their future! Writer: Jacques…read more

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