It is really, really difficult to get back into the routine of making posts when you haven’t actually made a post in … forever. That said, I have been asked/harassed/lamented at repeatedly lately to post something—anything—so I’m just going to talk with the hope that something semi-worth reading comes out. So, here’s what’s been going on with me.
I’ve been buying a number of OGNs and trades lately. My most recent purchases:
Of these three, I first finished Level Up, which was completely wonderful and I can’t recommend highly enough. This is the only work of Gene Luen Yang’s that I’ve read so far; I’m told I need to get American Born Chinese. Excited to read the other two books in the photo soon.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Liz and Randy from How i Made the World. They are, of course, super nice and a pleasure to talk to. As you can see, I also managed to snag a copy of Becky Cloonan’s gorgeous and haunting By Chance or Providence while I was at the shop for the signing. Liz and Randy have been doing a few of them around New England, but if you haven’t had a chance to meet them and/or pick up their great comic book, they’ll be at Boston Comic Con this coming weekend. I will also be there roaming the floor and waiting in lines—send me a message if you’re going and want to say hello.
I just read this good, short interview with Gail Simone (who will be at the con as well) on CBR about the upcoming Sensation Comics, which makes me soooooooooo out-of-my-mind happy.
There’s a ton of other stuff I want to
rant talk about—my excitement over the upcoming new Thor book, Gal Gadot in the Wonder Woman costume, Dan Slott’s hideous decimation of Black Cat in Amazing Spider-Man—but I just wanted to post a quickie for now. Perhaps those things will be topics for later. We’ll see whether or not I can get back into the swing of this.
So, lastly, my battle against my pile of floppy comics continues; I made a post on CBR about it last week. Go read that, too. (Please?)
As you may have guessed, my fights with Captain Couch haven’t been going so well lately. He has, in fact, gotten so full of himself and his winning ways, that he’s passed on his torch of torment to a new adversary, Lieutenant L.L. Seat.
… In other words, I have a new sofa.
The battles are frequent. It’s a whole new weightclass, here. I’m just no match. Please forgive my absence—it can take a while to get over these injuries.
I’ve talked about my comics backlog a few times, and I’ve always hesitated to show you just how truly grotesque the situation has become, but I can hold back no longer. It’s time to unveil the horror.
Feast your eyes upon 209 unread comics:
I tried to break them up into three piles to subdue the overwhelming magnitude a little, so in actuality, this doesn’t do it justice. We’re talking several years of stuff, here. Whole runs of things I’ve picked up and never gotten around to reading—things as far back as Daytripper, half a run of House of Mystery, and the final issues of Secret Six I never finished. I KNOW, okay?! I know. I know.
By the way, this isn’t counting all the trades I have piled up. I’d estimate probably another two dozen unread collected editions of things.
It’s pretty bad.
But I make this post for a reason! There is method to this madness! I have every intention to catch up, starting this weekend. And I’m going to be taking notes … oh, copious notes. Notes I will share on all the crazy comics crap I’ve been missing. Perhaps by announcing it to you before I actually do it, I’ll scare and pressure myself into action. Get ‘er done, as they say.
Let’s hope there’s far more good than there is crap in the pile. Cross your fingers for me. And keep reading.
Oh—one more thing. Look for these upcoming new posts in a somewhat unexpected place.
Um … so, it’s been what, a month? Yeah, sorry about that. Thanks to those of you who sent messages in my absence. Life has gotten sorely in the way of comics and blogging, though it hasn’t necessarily been a horrible break. Moving house, working hard, and other events have conspired to take me away from you, Sleepers, but I have every intent to rectify this. Starting with …
Will you be there this weekend? I’ll be in attendance on Saturday getting my ticket at the door, and I’m pumped. Look for a review of the event here in the following week. I also have some other goodies in store for you, including an analysis of area comic shops and a special guest post.
Keep your eyes open, and keep reading.
Just a post to say I’ll be late posting this week. Check back in a couple of days if you’re so inclined and I’ll have something for you. Maybe some intermittent tweeting between now and then (gotta get the hang of this) on @coverstosleep.
Have a great weekend,
My, my. 2012 already? I apologize for leaving you without updates for a couple of weeks, readers. Hmm … can I call you “Sleepers” from now on? I kind of like that….
I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. The end-of-the-year bustle along with some computer issues have kept me away from the blog for a while, but I aim to change that soon. I just need a working computer and … you know … to actually read some comics. I had such lofty plans for my Christmas week off—“I’ll do nothing but read!” I said. “I’ll read all of my backlog and be caught up!”
I’m sure you can guess how well that went.
I have a couple of posts I was working on pre-computer crash, which I’m hoping to recover. So stick with me.
In the meantime, here’s a quick couple of lists I thought I would do because: a.) everyone seems to be doing them; b.) I wanted to post something at least somewhat worthwhile; and c.) umm … I guess I don’t really have a point c., but odd numbers always sound better in the flow of a sentence like this. :) #grammarnazi
So here we go! Some 2011 stuff.
Favorite Titles of 2011:
1. Batgirl – The Bryan Q. Miller run, not the current incarnation. I doubt I have to say much for this one—anyone who has been following my reviews will know my undying love for this title and the heartbreak I felt when it was canceled. I hear BQM has a new project with DC that will hopefully be announced soon, so I’m keeping my ears to the ground.
3. Uncanny X-Force – Cannot gush over this book enough. Cannot do it justice with words alone.
4. Avengers: The Children’s Crusade – I almost feel guilty putting this on here considering its strange release schedule/lackthereof, but damn it, every time I pick up an issue it’s just GREAT. It hasn’t let me down, and that consistent quality is sometimes hard to find in comics. Regardless of lateness, this deserves a “best of” spot.
5. Princeless – Ooooh … a challenger appears! I didn’t expect this book to knock me out as quickly as it did, and again, I almost didn’t want to give it a place on this list since only three issues were published last year. But you know what? Screw that. Three issues was all it took to hook me. Three issues was all it took for me to think of this as an absolute favorite of the entire year. That’s how much enjoyment I get from Princeless, and I’m happy to give it a nod each time it comes out. Look for a review of issue three coming soon!
Honorable Mention: The Walking Dead (read in trade); Fables (read in trade); Rachel Rising
Favorite Webcomics of 2011:
1. Max Overacts – I’ve mentioned Max on the blog before and am completely addicted to this strip.
2. Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether – Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett’s new venture has taken off in its first year, and I’m loving every moment of it. It’s nice to get in on the ground floor of something like this; if you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out.
3. Gronk – A friend turned me onto this and it hooked me from the start. It’s soft and it’s sweet and it’s funny and wonderful.
4. The Abominable Charles Christopher – See number three.
5. The Trenches – From the guys behind Penny Arcade. Some geeky fun, and it’s accompanied with hilarious and horrifying narratives submitted by readers.
Comic-Related Nerdly Firsts of 2011:
1. Convention Scene: I attended both Boston Comic Con and PAX East for the first time last year, and they were both awesome. Can’t wait for this year’s!
2. Gaming: 2011 was the year I finally gave in and bought a PlayStation. Though it hasn’t had as much exercise as I’d’ve liked to have given it over the last couple of months, the initial surge of addiction and the endless rounds of whipping my fiancé in Mortal Kombat over and over were worth the purchase price. I also just picked up Batman: Arkham City—yay!
3. Marathoning: Movie marathons, that is! I’m kind of anti-Potter, but was forced to watch the entire series of Harry Potter movies for the first time over the course of a couple of weekends, and frankly, I’m glad that’s over. Other marathons included all six episodes of Star Wars, full seasons of The Big Bang Theory, and … sigh … yes, I’m kind of a Gleek now. Next up in the Netflix queue: Pirates of Silicon Valley (never seen it; Fiancé’s choice), episodes of Man vs. Wild, and re-watching Futurama in its entirety.
4. Podcasting: As in, listening to them. Never really been into podcasts until last year when I realized they were a great way to kill time during train commutes. Awesomed by Comics is the best one. Ever. Period. I’m so sorry I was late to the party. (And shoutout to my friend Bob for the recommendation!)
5. Oh damn, this needs to be an odd number. I’m all out of … umm … oh, I know! Ugh, very, VERY reluctantly, I have finally decided to join the incredible mass of Twitterers and create an account for the blog. I did this completely on a whim and haven’t made a single tweet yet, but if you’re so inclined to follow me, you can do so at @coverstosleep. I’m still tip toe-ing into the water here … so be nice. :)
That’s all I have for now, Sleepers. See you, hopefully, soon! Here’s to a great 2012.
I haven’t read any comics this week. Captain Couch continues his unforgiving nightly assault, and I am powerless to stop him. The only things I’m good for these days are eating dinner and … well, I guess that’s it. I don’t even fight him anymore, you know? By 8:00 p.m., I am well and truly conked, and the Captain revels in his victory until he finally lets me up to go to bed.
So no reviews this week.
Here’s a cat.
Actually, I should probably change that title to “why MORE girls don’t read comics.” Clearly, many of us do, although it’s getting increasingly more difficult….
No reviews from me this week, as I haven’t had a chance to read the stuff I wanted to review. Instead, I leave you with this very striking post from Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance about DC’s latest fail. It’s worth a read. Warning that it contains spoilers to Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 and Catwoman #1. I would also say that some of the imagery might be deemed “NSFW,” which is telling when you figure that the images have only been taken from the aforementioned books. Kind of messed up, no?
Have a good weekend, all. Pick up Wonder Woman #1 and the latest Children’s Crusade.