Comic Book Chatter

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by ThirdMan » February 22nd, 2019, 7:43 am

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by DomsBeard » February 22nd, 2019, 8:53 am

I'd second that. In my old job I worked next to my town library and read pretty much every Alien comic that has ever been printed.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by duskvstweak » February 22nd, 2019, 2:24 pm

As a librarian who is in charge of ordering our graphic novels for all ages, it warms my heart to hear that! Going to the library is how I got into comics, picking up the Essential X-Men collections they had, reading Sandman out of order and interlibrary-loaning Hulk: Future Imperfect.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by duskvstweak » February 22nd, 2019, 8:34 pm

I just devoured Kill or Be Killed. What a weird, dark book. It got it's hooks in me though. And, speaking of libraries, the one I was borrowing from had the first three volumes, but no plans on getting the final, fourth book. It finally got me to setup a Comixology account so I could read the ending while I had the momentum.
Also, Sean Phillips' art was fantastic.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by Alex79uk » February 24th, 2019, 2:03 pm

I've been meaning to join our local library for ages - I'm now even more inclined.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by duskvstweak » February 24th, 2019, 9:17 pm

I got lucky, Kill or Be Killed (and most of Image) was having a sale. I also get a free trial of Unlimited so I'm going to try and binge a few things. It seems like a cool service, but I already have Marvel Unlimited and I don't need both. I'll definitely use Comixology for sales and books my library system doesn't have, though.

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Post by Alex79uk » March 3rd, 2019, 1:46 pm

Inspired by this thread I joined my local library today (it's open on a Sunday!) They had a very small section of graphic novels (it's only a tiny community library) but I took home the first two volumes of Bryan Talbot's Granville (I think its called) which looks interesting, and I've always enjoyed his work. They have a few Batman and Marvel books, as well as Maus which I may check out next time having only read it once many years ago.

Best thing though, is my library card will let me access 8 other libraries in the Walsall area, including the city library which I'm sure will have a much larger section of comics. I also picked up a leaflet for some sort of digital comic library lending scheme as well which sounds great, it boasts over 17'000 titles!

Good call on libraries, lads!

EDIT: Oh yeah, the comics are labelled teen/mature, but there is another smaller section in the kids area for really junior comics, which rather funnily I found a Dark Souls trade in, haha. I popped it back in the mature section!

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by Flabyo » March 3rd, 2019, 8:12 pm

I read all of Saga by borrowing it for my local library.

Surrey County ones are cool in that the card works in every library in the county, and you can return books to any of them as well. Which is handy because while Guildford’s is good the Woking one has a far larger sci if and fantasy section.

I can also do reservations online from any branch and have it dropped into my local one to pick up for only a quid.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by Craig » April 14th, 2019, 1:46 am

Blimey. Managed to finish all 6 volumes of Akira and that was a journey and a half. Stunning stuff.

The first 3 volumes follow a lot of the themes and setting of the movie but with a lot of differences in the story beats.

The latter 3 volumes though - it works almost as a sequel to the film. What happens after Neo Tokyo gets levelled?

It’s a really interesting take on a dystopian future and explores a lot of interesting themes. Although set in the future, it’s absolutely a product of 80s Japan and Hollywood talks of divorcing the two would end up changing things up significantly.

I don’t really want another Akira movie, but I wouldn’t say no to a series so they have the time to dive into the whole world.

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Post by Alex79uk » April 14th, 2019, 6:06 am

They've been mumbling about making a series for a few years now, but I don't believe it's ever got as far as starting production. I still need to read this, but have gone through a bit of a dry spell with comics so far this year. Still got books I got for Christmas unread, and ended up having to renew the library books I borrow because of not reading them too. Can't seem to get in the reading headspace at the moment or focus on anything in general really, not sure why.

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Post by Alex79uk » April 28th, 2019, 5:35 pm

I borrowed Gordon Of Gotham from the library the other day and just finished it.

It's brilliant.

It's a collection of three 4-issue miniseries, all featuring Jim Gordon. The stories really are fantastic, and focus entirely on the GCPD and barely feature the Bat at all. It reminded me a lot of one of my favorite series, Gotham Central.

It's really made me wish there was still a GCPD series ongoing, because there is precious little in the world of Batman comics which really focus on the police procedural side of things. Anyway, highly recommend this collection, one of the best things I've read in years.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by Pitwar » April 30th, 2019, 9:22 am

Are any of you guys old school like me and still regularly buy single issues? If so, what currently on your pull list?

Mine is:

DC

Action Comics
Superman
Supergirl
Super Sons
Lois Lane (coming soon)
Jimmy Olsen (coming soon)
Batman Superman (coming soon)
Young Justice
Teen Tians
Naomi
Wonder Twins
Dial H for Hero
Flash
Martian Manhunter
Heroes in Crisis
Doomsday Clock
DCeased

Abstract Studios

Five Years

I also read Saga and Paper Girls, but buy these in hardcover so am behind to where the single issues are.

I'd be interested to hear what you're reading monthly.

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Post by duskvstweak » April 30th, 2019, 2:02 pm

No, I haven't bought single issues since college (though, I'll still buy X-Men comics I don't own when I see them).
Now, I'm Marvel Unlimited, sometimes Comixology and my library's collection.
But, I just visited my hometown this weekend and stopped in my old comic shop and was flooded with memories. The place hasn't changed a bit and still smells like it did when I was a teenager. I didn't by anything for myself, but they had packets of complete runs in single issues so I got some X-Men and the Matt Fraction Hawkeye run for my sister, along with volume one of Paper Girls.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by Flabyo » April 30th, 2019, 2:07 pm

All I’m picking up in singles at the moment is The Wicked and the Divine (2 more issues to go on that) and Die (which I might well switch to tradewaiting on).

It costs me something like 20 quid to get to the nearest comic shop, so I’m not really into singles buying much at the moment.

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Post by Alex79uk » April 30th, 2019, 5:11 pm

No, I only own one single issue in my entire collection! A Batman issue from the early 00's signed by the artist. I don't even remember who it was, but it wasn't a big name. He was giving them away at a comicon I went to years back.

The trouble is the format of superhero comics means you can't just follow one series, you have to pick up issues from all different series here and there to follow one storyline. It's always irritated me, and the main reason I always just pick up the trades.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by Stanshall » April 30th, 2019, 5:22 pm

Craig wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 1:46 am
Blimey. Managed to finish all 6 volumes of Akira and that was a journey and a half. Stunning stuff.

The first 3 volumes follow a lot of the themes and setting of the movie but with a lot of differences in the story beats.

The latter 3 volumes though - it works almost as a sequel to the film. What happens after Neo Tokyo gets levelled?

It’s a really interesting take on a dystopian future and explores a lot of interesting themes. Although set in the future, it’s absolutely a product of 80s Japan and Hollywood talks of divorcing the two would end up changing things up significantly.

I don’t really want another Akira movie, but I wouldn’t say no to a series so they have the time to dive into the whole world.
I'm still only just getting to the final third (Tetsuo has just been on a little trip and left a visible mark...) but I have absolutely adored Akira. I know we spoke about it months ago when we'd both only recently started but wow. Again, the anime is stunning but the manga is something else, almost up there with Berserk for me. Can't wait to see where it goes.

I also rattled through Gantz a while back and while it's quite fan servicey in terms of big tits and beheadings and the like, it actually had some really interesting themes and superb action sequences and the plot hurtled and spiralled and expanded at some serious pace. It started so small scale and ended up being something far beyond the initial premise. Arguably it suffered for that, too, but it managed to be both intelligent and dumb, lofty and grubby. That's a tricky achievement.

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Re: Comic Book Chatter

Post by clippa » April 30th, 2019, 8:19 pm

Anyone interested in these?
I'm big into Jodorowsky, but far less a fan of squinting at tiny text with my knackered old eyes. I prefer downloading them and zooming in.

They weigh a fucking tonne, but if you cover the postage, you can have them. Would rather have them adding to someone's collection than just gathering dust in my cupboard.

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