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Somewhere Around The Number Ten Best Comics That Nobody Told You About

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I love Chris Ware. Bit redundant to say so this holiday season with everyone and their sister buying Building Stories, but with so much comic awesomeness that happened in 2012; between Charles Burn’s second installment to his X’ed Out trilogy, The Hive, and Brian K. Vaughn’s SagaSAGA… It’s too easy for amazing comics to get lost in the stacks, so I’m here to give my somewhere around the number 10 best comics of 2012 that nobody told you about…

LOSE #4

Michael DeForge might be the most prolific cartoonist working right now. He pumps more work and at a higher quality that would make any other cartoonist want to quit, or work harder…..no quit thats the correct response. On top of Lose #4 this year you can also see his work in the pages of Adventure Time comics, where he does the backgrounds,variant covers, anthology stories in  Nobrow 7 (more on that in a bit) and the newest  KUS, not to mention his on going serial Ant Comics, oh and his porn comic that he designs that features work by Johnny Negron, Brandon Graham, and Jillian Tamaki….more on all of them latter too…Bottom line, DeForge has a hand in everything and you’re probably a fan of his already, so read Lose, or Ant comics, or KUS, or Nobrow, or one of the million other things he worked on this year. King of comics 2012 goes to DeForge, no contest.

The Underwater Welder

Did I mention that DeForge is Canadian? Canadians….must be a universal sigh when cartoonist’s who aren’t Canadian talk about them. Jeff Lemire is another cartoonist hailing from The Great White North. Lemire had a full year of releases with Sweet Tooth Volume 4 and 5, the reprinting of his Xeric grant book Lost Dogs and Underwater Welder. Underwater Welder is for lovers of well paced, clear story telling, and the Twilight Zone. Lemire has an economy to his comics, the art is quick yet purposeful in the same manner as the writing, which rewards the reader with a world that they can envelope themselves in. Lemire is an odd school of cartooning, he’s not so deep into independent styled comics as DeForge, but he isn’t mainstream either (though he does write the only two books at DC still worth reading Animal Man, & Frankenstein Agent of Shade ). He’s a cartoonist in love with genre but doesn’t mistake comics to be only that.

Nipper Volume 3

Nipper Volume 3 finally came out! WOOOOOOO! I might be the only American to love Nipper so go buy it and prove my gross presumption wrong. Keeping in theme with brilliant Canadian cartoonists, Nipper volume 3 is the Canadian version of Family Circus, if Family Circus was anything like a real family and not so adorable that even your grandmother finds it lame. Always silent, black and white line work with one beautiful saturation of red dropped into each panel, Doug Wright creates multi-layered story telling, in the most simple yet still incredible complicated drawing. Just go look already, and then come meet me for coffee to talk about it, I’ll be here till next year trying to describe why it’s so effffffing smart.

Diary Comics 4

Dustin Harbin is yet another broken hearted cartoonist, upset that his nationality isn’t Canadian. Diary Comics 4 starts with Dustin talking about how amazing it is to be in attendance at the Doug Wright rewards (the Canadian version of the Eisners), and how he wishes we as American could take comics as seriously as they do. Why can’t we folks? Dustin’s beautifully minimalist drawings deceive readers with their simplicity, when they are really just the right amount of information needed, each mark done with purpose in mind and simply decroative. Go read em’ they’re good. And if your not a fan of memoir, you just like the punching and kicking comics, he did letter Casanova sooo…..I don’t know Matt Fraction wrote Iron Man for like a century right? See the full picture of creators not just the characters you like….

Pope Hat #3

Pope Hat #3 by Ethan Rilly. Rilly is surprise surprise, another Canadian. Pope Hats is technically 3 issues deep but you really only need/want two and three. In Pope Hats Rilly tells the story of Franny, a young law clerk at a massive law firm, picture Wall Street with less Charlie Sheen….okay no Charlie Sheen, just that one part where he gets punched in the face by Michael Douglas… Rilly drawings show traces of his influences but they don’t unhinge the story. You can see traces of Doug Wright’s drapery in the clothing, and bits of Shultz popping up in the rendering of grass and clouds. It’s like a love letter to days past when cartooning was a profession and getting a weekly strip in a newspaper was the dream. Pope Hats narrative shares a similar tone of nostalgia with its drawing, that bitter sweet pain, from an old wound.

Thats the end of Part 1. Part 2 on Sunday 12/23/12.

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Some Random for September 9th

So it’s Sunday morning, I’m exhausted, and I’m working.  Here we go!

  • Matt D was just fixing up our graphic novel shelves and brought over a copy of the new(ish) Robot 13 collection.  “When did this come in?” Coupla weeks ago, dude.  It’s FPNYC approved and recommended.
  • Dexter coaster sets are back in stock.
  • Happy birthday, Star Trek TOS– yesterday.  TNG’s 25th birthday’s coming up on the 28th.  Look for specials in-store and online that day.

  • Happy 1st Football Sunday of 2012.  I’m a Giants fan.  At least they can’t lose today!

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Hyundai Undead 2012 Sweepstakes

Don’t know if you remember our last Walking Dead event contest, but if you were there you’ll know it was a slammin’ time.  Well, there’s another super-rad gig going down at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and YOU could win a chance to be part of it…

Hyundai Undead 2012 SweepstakesGamesRadar wants to bring you and a friend to Walk With the Dead at Comic-Con 2012!

Go to GamesRadar’s Facebook Page here –  https://www.facebook.com/gamesradar/app_403359706360567

Enter now to win a dream zombie trip to the ultimate fan boy extravaganza…San Diego’s world famous COMIC-CON 2012!

You and a guest can win:

·        Round trip airfare for two(2) to San Diego, CA

·        Four(4) nights hotel stay in San Diego, CA

·        Two(2) passes to Comic-Con 2012

·        Admission to the Walking Dead 100th Issue “Black Carpet” party

The sweepstakes runs from May 1 through June 1 and is open to all fans 18+.  Go to GamesRadar’s Facebook page and “LIKE” it to enter.  For the latest and greatest news, reviews and exclusive content on all your favorite video games across all consoles, visit www.GamesRadar.com.

The Black Carpet event will be held at Petco Park right across from the convention center on Friday July 13th.  I’m sooooooooo jealous of the winner of this sweepstakes for a number of reasons, not the least of which cuz hot damn Petco’s gorgeous and I’m not making it to SDCC this year either…

Enjoy, you lucky bum!

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Rollerblade with Junk Food Dinner

Everybody strap on your knee-pads and skitch on over to our favorite cult film podcast Junk Food Dinner for an episode dedicated to all yall insane in-liners… thats right Rollerblade themed movies!

Up first, futuristic switchblade-toting nuns and poorly dubbed cops strap on skates and battle punks and puppets in a post-apocalyptic hell in the amazingly surreal, low-budget straight-to-video exploitation film Roller Blade from 1986 directed by Donald G. Jackson.

Then, a generic young pretty boy from California is forced to move in with his relatives in Cincinnati and prove himself to the locals by taking part in an epic downhill inline skate race in the 1993 teen comedy Airborne, featuring Seth Green and Jack Black.

And finally, Corey Haim and Patricia Arquette team up to take down a gang of rollerblading, drug dealing, white supremacists in the distopian cyber-punk action-drama Prayer of the Rollerboys from 1990.

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Lookee! for 2/4/11

Coexist t-shirt from TeeFury

  • Man this is gonna suck, OR, All my dreams torn asunder… The first images from the forthcoming feature film of Kerouac’s classic On the Road have been released.  It stars such noted thespians as Twilght’s Kristen Stewart and TRON Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty/Neal Cassady.  Egads.  I’ve not seen Control, the Ian Curtis biopic, nor anything else Sam Riley’s been in so I’ll reserve judgment on the casting of the Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise for now.
  • Here’s hoping Gareth Edwards handles Godzilla more like the giant monster movie we’re clamoring for than his previous foray, Monsters, which was overrated to say the least.  Lost in Translation meets Cloverfield, posing as brainy SF and blind to both films’ strengths.

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Take Me Out to the Holosuite

What little free time I’ve had since this past Monday has been occupied by just one thing: Baseball.

It’s one of the only forms of entertainment I enjoy more than comics, SF and other geeky stuff, and provides me with a much welcome escape… from the world of capes and spaceships and Mandalorians.

Now the new baseball season’s just three days old and as I set my fantasy rosters and pore over stats and root for The Mets and marvel at Joe Mauer’s astounding ability, I find geekdom encroaching at every turn.  How’s that?

I can’t get the frigging Star Trek Deep Space Nine episode “Take Me Out to the Holosuite” out of my head!  For three days now!

If you’ve not seen it I’ll briefly recap- Captain Sisko challenges an old academy classmate and rival, the Vulcan Solok, and his crew to a baseball game in the holosuites of Quark’s… Ah, just watch the clip for a brief recap.

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The Vulcans for the most part play small ball, with an emphasis on pitching, defense, and advancing the runner.  Cold, efficient, and precise.  It’s a very Japanese style of play.  They destroy the “Niners” but Sisko and company are the real “winners” because they enjoyed themselves as a team.  Awww.

Yes, the episode’s a tad canned and corny (CAN OF CORN!) and revives a number of cliches the Bad New Bears perfected twenty-two years earlier and every lovable-losers baseball film has banked on since.  But The Bad News Bears didn’t have a Klingon (Worf) playing first base, who in a round of on-field taunting, barks “Death to the opposition!”

Next Week’s Psychosis: Talkin’ Softball!

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