Thursday, March 03, 2005

You Decide - 2005 (March)

Here is my offer...you folks out there all pick a comic title that you think is good (let's try to keep it recent, unless it is an older story available in trade format), and I'll try to hunt down a couple of issues or a trade (no guarantees I'll find them, but I think I'll be able to do okay), read them, and put up an entry about it.

So a whole entry just on one comic that you think is cool...hopefully it will bring the attention of the two people who read this blog (plus the 6 other blog writers, so hey, that's nine possible new readers!!!).

Sound cool?

If so, then you decide!!

31 Comments:

Blogger Matt said...

I don't read your blog, but I'm enticed by your offer. I love Ex Machina (Wildstorm, DC) and the new Ultimate Iron Man is intriguing (written by Orson Scott Card).

3/03/2005 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger adam said...

Have you done anything on Street Angel yet? What about the Intimates? I'm more of a fan of the former than the latter, but what Casey's trying to do with the Intimates is interesting (more interesting than his Automatic Kafka stuff)...

3/03/2005 07:46:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Haha, Adam...I DID do a piece on Intimates (it was one of the first ones I did, actually), but I ended up saying I liked Automatic Kafka MORE! Haha.

Here's the piece:
http://goodcomics.blogspot.com/2005/01/can-comic-be-too-au-courant-intimates.html

But if you like Casey, I also later said nice things about him in a later "You Decide" piece here:

http://goodcomics.blogspot.com/2005/01/trip-into-comic-otherspace-wildcats.html

As for Street Angel, sounds like a plan!

3/03/2005 07:56:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Matt, I certainly do have some strong opinions about Ex Machina (specifically #1...hehe, so sure, I'll do a bit on the first trade, unless you'd prefer the Ultimate Iron Man one (which was, indeed, an intriguing comic book).

3/03/2005 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Okay, Cronin. I'll pick up that gauntlet. Three words. Fred the Clown. There's a trade coming out from Fantagraphics pretty soon.

3/03/2005 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Greg Hatcher said...

Okay, I'll play along. I have two suggestions. First is TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD by Tom Beland. The guy is singlehandedly reviving both romance comics and old-fashioned, honest-to-God cartooning, and he's doing it in such a way that no grown-up needs to be embarrassed about reading the thing. It gets nominated for all kinds of awards and everyone who sees it seems to love it, but try and FIND the damn thing anywhere. I take mine to the art studio where I teach and the other instructors are all over it, they grab it out of my hands. He needs more publicity. Even just eight other guys here knowing about the book is better than nothing.

The other is SCURVY DOGS from AiT. It's a pirate book. We need more pirate books. And it's funny.

There you go.

3/03/2005 09:03:00 PM  
Blogger Eliot Johnson said...

I second Street Angel, Scurvy Dogs, and ESPECIALLY True Story Swear to God.

But, you simply must buy PROJECT TELSTAR from AdHouse. I'll have a review up at BF soon. It's probably the best anthology i've ever read.

3/03/2005 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger Eliot Johnson said...

i meant to say PROJECT SUPERIOR.

dammit.

3/03/2005 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Wildguard. It manages to take the concepts of superheroes and reality TV, put them together, and not only not suck, but be a better superhero book than 90% of the output of Marvel and DC. Todd Nauck deserves a goddamn medal. If you're too cheap/poor for the trade, there was a one-shot in December.

3/03/2005 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Okay, I am getting Scurvy Dogs, Project Superior, Street Angel, Ex Machina and Fred the Clown.

I figured True Story was just too famous to write about, so I went with the less famous Scurvy Dogs.

3/04/2005 02:01:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

There's a new series out by Meathaus' Jim Campbell named Krachmacher. Official site: http://krachmacher.org/

Blog post regarding Krachmacher: http://moon_karma_zero.blogspot.com/2005/02/krachmacher_10.html#comments

It's excellent.

I prefer Automatic Kafka too. Ashley Wood's art is better too.

3/04/2005 04:09:00 AM  
Blogger David Welsh said...

"Girl Genius" by the Foglios for Airship. Fun, fun stuff. I think you'd like it.

3/04/2005 04:13:00 AM  
Blogger saulcolt said...

I think you should try ECLIPSE & VEGA : THE BEDS WE MAKE #1 (plug coming in 3........2..........1.....) in stores this Wed.

To quote my grandmother "Try it. You will like it!"

saul
www.ssscomics.com
(now feel free to make fun of me)

3/04/2005 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike T said...

Walking Dead by Kirkman.

Consistant, compelling, and nice to look at.

3/04/2005 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I'm already 0-for-1 on "You Decide," but if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

How about "Kingdom of the Wicked" by Edginton and D'Israeli? A little contrived, but an interesting look at childhood and growing up and what happens to people when they do. Beautiful art, too.

3/04/2005 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Brad Curran said...

Scott Pilgrim volume 1. You know you have to do it eventually or the rest of the blogsphereoverse will revoke your blogging rights. And yeah, I enjoyed it a lot. I'm wondering how the really whimsical/out there elements, (like the musical interlude towards the end) will work for you.

3/04/2005 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Brad Curran said...

I'll second Kingdom of the Wicked, too. It is a little contrived, yeah, but I found it to be interesting. Then again, I'm always interested in the themes Edignton was playing with there.

3/04/2005 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Loren said...

I'll third True Story Swear to God. There's a second tpb coming out this month, I think.

And if you're willing to waive the whole 'good' requirement, I dare you to read and review "The Simple Life" Cinemanga.

3/04/2005 03:41:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Hehe...Loren, how about a different Cinemanga?

The local comic store got some free tester copies, so I could easily read one of those, so it would be your choice - Lizzie Maguire or That's So Raven!

3/04/2005 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Good call, David Welsh. I'll second Girl Genius. I love that series.

3/04/2005 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger Loren said...

The local comic store got some free tester copies, so I could easily read one of those, so it would be your choice - Lizzie Maguire or That's So Raven!Hmm. Since she has a superpower, I'll say "That's So Raven!"

Plus, I fear Lizzie may actually be decent. What little I've seen of it, Raven's show is insufferable, so it'd make for a more fun review.

3/04/2005 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

That's So Raven has SUPERPOWERS?!?

Oh, this I have to see!

3/04/2005 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I have the first batch of books on order, but I'm paying attention to these new recommendations as well, ans I'll get to all of them...so keep recommending, people!

3/04/2005 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Brad Curran said...

Is Scott Pilgrim in there? Will you be reviewing Scott Pilgrim? Scott Pilgrim? Scott Pilgrim. Also, if it's still possible (and even if it isn't), I'll add Planetes, a sci-fi manga that I'm warming up to considerably the more I read it.

3/05/2005 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous The Eyeball Kid said...

I'd like to put in a vote for the new "Manhunter" series. I really enjoy the book, but haven't seen much commentary on it.

3/06/2005 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Eyeball Kid, you should check out David Welsh's blog for Manhunter discussion (really, more Manhunter discussion than is recommended as healthy by the Surgeon General).

It's one of the links on the right side of this blog - Precocious Curmudgeon.

With that being said, I'll definitely add Manhunter to the list.

3/06/2005 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous The Eyeball Kid said...

Thanks for the tip! I'll check it out.

3/07/2005 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Unstable Molecules?

3/07/2005 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Zack said...

I recommend these British comics:

Modesty Blaise by Peter O'Donnell: Forgive me for saying "'Nuff said", but yeah....

Jane by Norman Pett: "Girl strip" about a girl who keeps losing her clothes in her every misadventures. A proto-Little Annie Fanny if you will

Trade versions should be out by now.

For some Eurocomics:

XIII by Jean Van Hamme & Michael Vance (the English version is published by Alias)
Sort of like the Bourne Identity, about an amnesiac who may or may not have killed the President, & tries to discover his past.

Sillage by Morvan & Phillippe Buchet (released in America as Wake by NBM Publishing)
Human girl raised on a jungle planet got picked up & adopted by a huge alien fleet, and become their agent of sorts to scour the galaxy.

Pin-Up by Yann & Phillippe Berthet (I'm not sure whether there's an English version out yet):
Life & times of a Bettie Paige-styled-after pin-up model named Dottie aka Poison Ivy chronicling from WW2 to the Cold War, where currently she meets Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner. Before that, she dallies with the likes of Howard Hughes and so on.

Largo Winch by Jean Van Hamme & Philippe Francq (don't know whether English version is out, but there is a TV series though....):
About young rebel who inherits a corporation from his stepfather, as well as his enemies. Sort of a rugged James Bond, where he trot around the globe, have adventures & sleep with women.

There's a lot more but I'll try to list down later....

3/15/2005 07:36:00 PM  
Blogger TomBelandTSSTG said...

Holy Cow and GOOD LORD. I, ummm.. just wanted to say thanks for the kind words and, well, you guys really made my fucking night. This was the cherry on the freaking sundae!

I just got some great interests in a Spider-Man story for Marvel, then another from Bongo Comics (Simpsons people). They both liked my scripts and now we're tinkering, but how cool!!

Then, someone sent me a link to this place and, well, again, you guys fucking rock. Thanks again and you CAN get issues 5-13 through Diamond. I have copies of everything but issue #2.

6/24/2005 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger TomBelandTSSTG said...

You know what was a great series.. and few people gave it a chance? Mary Jane. I loved this series.

6/24/2005 12:42:00 AM  

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