Thumbs up for Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. Nonfiction/art.
A great overview of the art form. I’d been meaning to read this for a while, and it seemed a natural companion to Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, which I just finished. And now this has got me wanting to read all of the other graphic novels that have been on my to-read list for ages.… >> Read more
Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture: What the World’s Wildest Trade Show Can Tell Us About the Future of Entertainment by Rob Salkowitz. Business.
Sort of business. Definitely business? Except maybe not; it’s about comics, of course, their past, present, and several possible futures. Well, what the hell, I don’t have to categorize it properly anyway since I know the author and can’t review it.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton. Comics.
Okay, so, the Hark! A Vagrant webcomic is not for everyone. Not all of it is for me, for that matter. But what I love, I love passionately: the cockamamie history lessons, the classical-author jokes, the Canadian political references I will never get, the scrawly dialogue and each and every nonexistent period.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Wondermark Vol. II: Clever Tricks To Stave Off Death by David Malki. Comics.
Comic strips made from recaptioned (and sometimes slightly mangled) Victorian woodcuts. Bizarre as hell and funny. Check ’em out at the Wondermark website.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for xkcd volume 0 by Randall Monroe. Comic.
If you are geeky enough to laugh at xkcd, you have probably already been reading it online for years. However, just in case you haven’t, if you have ever self-identified as a geek or a nerd, click that link right now (assuming you are in a place where hysterical laughter will not get you committed/fired).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Large Print: An Unshelved Collection by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes. Comics.
You would think that being a bookstore employee would be sufficiently close to being a librarian that there would be, I dunno, at least 80% of humor overlap. There wasn’t. There were a couple of good laughs here and some smiles, so it panned out to be a good way to while away a slow couple of hours at work, but it’s not a keeper for me.… >> Read more