Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Doug: The holidays are always a time to get caught up on a little rest and relaxation. Those of us in the education field tend to be a bit more fortunate than our brethren (and sisthren) who work in other areas. This year, for example, the school calendar gods were smiling in giving us (of course, it's the students, not the teachers... right?) a break of December 22-January 6. My sons will have even an additional week beyond that -- oh for those college days!
Doug: Anyway, assuming you have a few extra days to enjoy friends and family, travel, etc., what will you be reading? And this can be anything, not just Bronze Age comic love. For me, I've asked for and hope to receive Marvel Comics: the Untold Story by Sean Howe (Karen's already read this). It's also known that Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers would be a swell thing to send my way. So obviously those will be on my radar screen if Santa delivers. Additionally, many of my colleagues at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have been recommending Tim Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. I've had it for a few years but have yet to crack it. That should be rectified. Obviously that will be a little heavier than Englehart and Rogers doing Batman...
Karen: I'm also off for about ten days (yes!). What I really need to do is get some writing done. But of course I'll be using some of that time for reading. I already have a stack of comics that I want to dig into; these include early issues of the Marvel Captain Marvel, some Englehart/Brunner Dr. Strange, and a handful of 1960s Sub-Mariners. I'm hoping to get either the first volume of the Kamandi Omnibus or the Kamandi Essentials under the Christmas tree as well. Of course, I always plan to do a ton of things when I have time off, and I'm lucky if I get half of them done. Still, I'm just grateful for the down time.
Doug: But, if I got neither of the comics-related tomes I mentioned above, I would really love to find a run of time to sit down with some of my Essentials, particularly Thor. I have volumes 2-4 and really dig that Kirby/Colletta goodness. I'd also like to revisit the Tales of Asgard tpb that Karen and I dipped into over a year ago, and I have a couple of Thor "Marvel Premiere Hardcovers" featuring some John Buscema wondfulness. So, for the sake of today's exercise, the Thunder God books are what I'll go with for my lighter fare. How about you?