Well, first there was nothing, then there was everything. Then the good lord saw fit to bring me into the world to kick the asses of those who need it most. So get ready ’cause this day or the next, it’s coming.
music for ass-kicking and adventures in space; a fake score for a hypothetical carol danvers movie. [listen]
I found this moment so sweet. I found it very bittersweet and touching that Sam is the first and apparently only hero to have wondered why Uatu watches the universe, and additionally made the trip to find out. He even brings a (badly-wrapped!) present. I just love everything about Sam Alexander. I think the universe will be saved by virtue of his sheer, genuine sweetness.
Brad Walker is killing it with his art on New Guardians. This comic was a joy to read, both story-wise and with respect to the art. It reminds me of Walker’s spacefaring days on Guardians of the Galaxy. And it helps that Kyle is super-cute. Always my favorite Lantern.
I thought this page was very poignant for one reason, and it’s the text box at the top. Poor Kyle Rayner has spent nearly his entire existence as a Green Lantern under the influence of at least one or more wellsprings of tremendous cosmic power. Geoff Johns and other creators seemed to imagine this constant possession of Kyle as a sort of honor; he is the chosen vessel for some of the most powerful beings in existence and maybe even a Messiah figure for the Corps. However, it’s a more complicated and tragic story for Kyle himself, as he struggles to maintain his own identity as an artist and as a person while under the constant onslaught of vast and ancient forces.
This moment - the moment that he realizes he can still be in control - feels both monumental for the character and yet also somehow too easy. The fact that Kyle can so quickly come up with a strategy for holding the entities back is a sad testament to how often he’s been possessed by them. It’s cool that the last entity that he confronts is Ion, the spirit he’s had the most interaction with.
Also, Brad Walker and Justin Jordan are really great on this series.
Mark Waid writes on the topic of Work For Hire comic freelance. Everyone in the world of comics will be linking this today, so you may as well do it now and be ahead of the curve.
In short: I would be suspicious of anyone who disagrees with anything Mark says here.
This open letter is incredibly good advice not just for freelance artists and writers but for anyone from any profession who feels that they’re being taken advantage of. Be respectful, be courteous, keep a level head, but also be aware that you are NOT required to put up with unprofessional behavior or harassment.
Thanks to everyone ages ago who jogged my memory when I was putting this collection together since I panicked and couldn’t remember a single title in 20 years of comic reading lol. Also thanks to Kelly Sue for the signal boost. It really helped me get a lot of great replies.
Our checkouts have been more than 80% girls. Batman and Spider-Man (Miles and Petey both) have been our highest checkouts and Captain Marvel hasn’t been in the library all week (old photo).
Also: there is a non-fiction section as well that is slowly growing as I recatalog things and order more books. The epic Captain America is on its way here. It is the one that weighs like twenty pounds lol.
I am stupid proud of this collection and what we were able to do over just one summer. Yes it took me that long to catalogue all those books :)
Thanks again to everyone who helped.
This is SO COOL!!!
Neato! We put our comics in this EXACT credenza at our library as well. Manga is by far the most popular type of graphic novel, but superhero comics are a close second. Of both of those, with us as well, girls typically outrank boys as graphic novel readers, and are instrumental in getting the guys to read as well. Current favorites are Nova, Batman, and Young Avengers.
Sometimes you get some interesting things in a donations box. Here we have two classic single issues featuring two of America’s most iconic superheroes.
On the left is Superman #168, written by Edmond Hamilton with art by Curt Swan and George Klein. The issue has the distinction (if one can call it that) of being the first to be published after John F. Kennedy’s assassination in November of 1963. The letters page has a tribute to the fallen President. This issue was originally supposed to have featured a story centered around JFK’s physical fitness program, but the story was pushed back to issue #170 after the President’s untimely death.
The issue on the right is Detective Comics #357, written by John Broome with art by Sheldon Moldoff and Joe Giella. The main story of the issue is entitled “Bruce Wayne Unmasks Batman!” and features a cameo appearance by then-well-known radio personality William B. Williams. Williams was a disc jockey on New York City’s WNEW station for over 40 years, where he interviewed top talent, including Frank Sinatra. As you can see from the cover, some early fan has removed Williams’s face from the late, great Carmine Infantino’s otherwise exquisitely beautiful cover. This issue also featured a backup story with the Elongated Man, with a story by Gardner Fox and art by Murphy Anderson and Sid Greene.
While each comic’s innards are well-preserved, the covers are both heavily damaged. This is typical for this era of comics, as they were printed on acidic paper and fans didn’t necessarily collect or keep issues. Often they were traded and shared after they were read, making them very “well-loved.” Still, markings and tears on any sort of book makes a librarian wince.
One last note: There’s an interesting progression between the two issues in the ads section. Each of these books is like a cultural time capsule, sharing what was important to young people at the time they were published. The 1963 Superman seems to assume that every reader is part of a household where at least one parent is present. The 1968 Detective Comics issue makes references to “parents or legal guardians,” acknowledging more complicated, less traditional family structures. Just an interesting observation on the progression of cultural ideas of family in a silly Batman book.
Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s Batman and Robin was great, but I can’t wait to see what Scott Lobdell does with Damian’s death. I hear instead of a silent issue, it’s going to be made up entirely of text boxes.
My brother dsquareddude, trying to cheer me up after I read Gleason and Tomasi’s masterpiece.
I never said that was all you liked. Just a majority of the ones you like. Nor did I say that was a bad thing.
I had a little misunderstanding in a previous post and wanted to clarify it. We actually have very similar tastes and trade comics a lot. :) You should follow his blog for Katy Perry music video riffing, Doctor Who-based fiction, and sundry geeky stuff. ^.^