Yearly Archives: 2012

Comics Cornucopia, Part 4: Supes

Lately I’ve been commenting on the various comics I’ve been reading these past several weeks.  The list has been varied: some comics that get monthly and have been meaning to catch up on, some books I’ve been meaning to read … Continue reading

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Comics Cornucopia, Part 3: Disappointments

Of the comics I’ve been catching up on lately, there are two titles that, unfortunately, stand out as disappointments.  I had expected a lot more from these, but for various reasons, I found them falling short of my expectations.  The … Continue reading

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Comics Cornucopia, Part 2: Charles Burns

When I read Charles Burns’s X’ed Out back early last year, I applauded the return of this great, warped, and surreal creator.  It had been several years since Black Hole, and I was glad that Burns was back in form and producing the … Continue reading

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Comics Cornucopia, Part 1: Image (and Dark Horse) Comics

I’ve been reading a lot over the past couple of months — comics, history, fiction — although I just haven’t been posting about it.  In fact, it’s been since September that I last posted on Words Generally Only Spoil Things. … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Scalped

I’ve been reading a number of things over the past couple of weeks.  Some — such as Petrograd, Tune: The Vanishing Point, and volumes of Witch Doctor and Atomic Robo — are books that Andy and I will discuss in upcoming episodes of The … Continue reading

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Going Through the Stack

One of my habits when reading comic books — and I’m referring to actual comic books (monthlies, floppies), not what is commonly referred to as “graphic novels” — is to hold on to several month’s worth of them and then … Continue reading

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Short People

I recently finished reading Michael Lewis’s The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.  First let me say that, on my own, I wouldn’t have picked up this book.  While I find economics/business history interesting enough, sitting down to entire book on … Continue reading

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Re-Understanding Comics

Recently I picked up Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, rereading the book for the umpteenth time.  I am doing so because I’m using it as a text in a course I’m teaching this semester, and I always like to … Continue reading

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Good Stuff at First Second

Over the past several years, I’ve been impressed with many of the books coming out of First Second, which is part of Macmillan.  They’ve published the volumes in Grady Klein’s Lost Colony series, Yang’s American Born Chinese, Sfar’s Klezmer: Tales of the … Continue reading

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Not So Super

This morning I finished Kahan and Stewart’s Caped Crusaders 101: Composition through Comic Books.  I was hoping that reading through it and giving the book more of a chance, I would have more positive words to say about it than I did … Continue reading

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