Friday, October 9, 2015

True or False: I Am a Completist

Doug: You may consider just about anything that afflicts you in your obsession... or maybe you're not smitten that way.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Discuss: Amazon's 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels to read in a lifetime

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Karen: Amazon published a list of 100 science fiction and fantasy books you should read in your life. I checked it out. I have read 36 of them. It's not a bad list, as these things go. It includes many of the usual suspects -Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, Herbert, McCaffrey, LeGuin, Tolkien - along with some more recent selections (including Richard Kadrey, a personal favorite of mine). 

However, there are also some omissions -for me, the most glaring is that of Roger Zelazny, author of the Amber series and Lord of Light. Also, not a single novel by the prolific Andre Norton?

If you can muster the time, take a look at the list and share your thoughts about it. No list like this is perfect and all are subjective, but I do feel that some more worthy titles were overlooked for perhaps trendier ones.

And if you don't have the time to peruse the list, what is your own personal handful of indispensable science fiction and fantasy novels?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Discuss: Comic Adaptations of Television and Film

Doug: Two weeks ago, Martinex1 asked us about comics created using licensed properties. We're going to trim that down just a bit today, and ask you to recollect on those comics (of various sizes) that adapted specific films or television shows -- in some cases from specific episodes. Whether the comic went on to publish original material is not really on the table today -- we want pans and praises of the four-color versions of the live material.

Per request by commenter Humanbelly. Here ya go!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I'm So Excited, and I Just Can't Hide It

Doug: Question of the day -- what sort of purchase gets you genuinely excited these days? I'm talking the sort of excitement you had as a child, as when you unwrapped a new Mego on Christmas morning, or spied a Marvel Treasury Edition on a magazine rack at the dime store. Maybe it was the anticipation of what has become your favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about to start. Maybe it's a new comic series by your favorite creators that you just got your mitts on. How about the release of a new album, or maybe a collected edition of some long-loved comics?

Doug: I was thinking of this as I pre-ordered a copy of The Dark Knight Returns Gallery Edition (Graphitti Designs). It's certainly been well-discussed that I've really come to enjoy the IDW Artist Editions since I've been able to transfer cash value out of my comics collection and into these large tomes of original art reproductions. Back when "The Dark Knight Returns" was new, and I think I've said this before, I was able to buy the first issue from a college buddy who phoned back to his LCS in Little Rock to see if he could still get a copy. There are not very many comics in my reading history where I've hit the bottom of the last page and immediately started the book anew. This was one of them. Excitement? -- man, I was.

Doug: Karen and I discussed this Gallery Edition briefly last week. She remarked that she's just not all that crazy about Frank Miller's art. While I agree that it certainly morphed throughout the duration of the story and was not as palatable to me in the end as it was in the beginning, the significance of the book and that nostalgia for the feeling when it was first read has me... excited!

How about you?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Arc of Triumph... Phoenix Rising?

Doug: This one comes up around the BAB periodically, so we're going to use it as a launching pad for a larger discussion. As I've mentioned, I've been reading Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America from around 10 years ago. Previously having stated my disdain for the resurrection of Bucky Barnes, I've been converted. Given Brubaker's deft storytelling and "plausible" explanation (hey, it's still a funnybook) for Bucky's reappearance, I went to the Dark Side. But as I've also said, I've taken this with a hefty grain of "What If?" Many of you have remarked that there are certain deaths that simply should not be undone -- Ben Parker seems to top that list. So given today's story arc within the broader context of deaths in comics, we'd like you to expound on this as an issue. As another nugget for starting us out, why is it that long-time Cap fans just assume the Red Skull is going to pop again soon, regardless of how he met his "last" demise. Why is that OK?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

#Inktober -- Big John Buscema

Doug: As the new month dawned, I noticed lots of tweets and retweets with the hashtag #inktober. Artists displayed their wares, and enthusiasts posted inked pages or sketches. It's been fun to see the variety of work. So, ever the thief of ideas, I thought we'd spend our weekends this months admiring the work of some of our favorite artists. To kick it off, who better than the "Michelangelo of Comics" himself, Big John Buscema? Enjoy the master.

Friday, October 2, 2015

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