* Tom Spurgeon talks to writer-about-comics (and other things) David Brothers. And in “the best comics-related news I’ve heard all year” department, Spurge is also apparently planning to interview Dirk Deppey.
* Continuing his personal history of his life in comics, Tony Isabella talks about being wooed simultaneously by Marvel and DC during the 1970s.
* Steve Bissette and Dave Sim continue their now epic-length public discussion of creator rights and their personal experiences in the comics industry (part one) (part two) (part three) (part four) (part five) (part six).
— Alan David Doane
* Tom Spurgeon talks to writer-about-comics (and other things) David Brothers. And in “the best comics-related news I’ve heard all year” department, Spurge is also apparently planning to interview Dirk Deppey.
* Tom Spurgeon is continuing to add entries to his regional comics scene list, and if you’re in one of the communities listed (or in one that isn’t but know of multiple comics folk in your area), you should get in touch with Spurge and make sure you’re on the list. One of the things I really dig about being on this, the comics internet is the thrill of seeing my name on this annual list. It’s like, I’m still here, you know?
* At Comics Alliance, Straczynski’s Superman gets the royal ass-kicking it deserves. Yet another overblown and undercooked example of the Fan-Fiction Age of Superhero Comics. What I wouldn’t give to wake up one morning and find out that Bendis, Straczynski, Meltzer, Johns and their ilk were never actually allowed to fuck up superhero comics they way they have, that it was all just a bad dream.
* Roger Green looks back on 2010. Wish I could say I am not more disillusioned with politics than I was a year ago, but 2010 was politically one of the most cynical and harmful years I’ve ever lived through.
* It’s the first day of 2011, a year which appears to my eyes to really look futuristic. Like if I look out the window I should see a flying car in the driveway, not my wife’s beat-up Chevy. As David Byrne noted a couple of years ago, “Nothing has changed but nothing’s the same, and every tomorrow will be yesterday.” Well, after a year that really tested my ability to deal with uncertainty and change, I’m ready for something different. And I hope I get it. And I hope you and yours enjoy a peaceful and prosperous new year.
— Alan David Doane
* Longtime comic book writer, creator rights advocate and industry observer Tony Isabella explains the methodology he is using in his continuing career autobiography. He’s about to get into contentious territory, so it’s good that he is letting readers know exactly what he is thinking and how he is laying out the facts he is presenting. Having known Tony for years and having some small idea of where he’s going with at least some of this, I can almost guarantee you that a lot of hardcore corporate superhero “fans” who have nothing whatsoever to do with the industry, or the injustices Tony and countless others have suffered at its hands, are about to get righteously outraged at the truth about the North American sooperhero machine. For the rest of us, those interested in the truth about the history of the comics industry, this is absolutely essential reading, if not always pleasant to learn (see Wednesday’s Tony’s Bloggy Thing, in which the tragic story of DC colourist Adrienne Roy is recounted).
* Tom Spurgeon interviews Dee Vee’s Daren White. Dee Vee was a quietly awesome comics anthology, one you’ve probably never heard of, that contained great comics by names like Eddie Campbell, James Kochalka and many others. I came for the Kochalka and stayed for the general comics excellence. I haven’t read this interview yet, but as soon as I get myself settled this morning, this interview is first on my to-do list. Spurgeon’s holiday interviews are always a highlight of this time of the year, but honestly this year seems to have raised the bar to an intimidating degree. Just one great comics discussion after another, day after day. Thanks for making the season bright (and informative and entertaining!), Tom.
* Derik A. Badman runs down his best of 2010 list. Derik’s critical analysis is not quite like any other comics blogger, and his list looks pretty solid to me.
* Steve Bissette and Dave Sim continue their public discussion of creator rights and their personal experiences in the comics industry (part one) (part two) (part three) (part four).
* Short list of links today, the wife has errands for me to run. Happy New Year, and thanks for continuing to read Trouble With Comics. I hope you’ll be back for more in 2011.
— Alan David Doane
Comic Depot opened six years ago along a fairly rural stretch of Route 9N north of Saratoga Springs, NY, and I’ve had a pull list there for nearly as long as they’ve existed. Although my list is small, I rely on the shop for special orders (mostly hardcovers and trades), supplies like bags and boards, and good conversation with the owner, Darren Carrara. Darren recently closed his original location and is focusing his efforts on an expanded site in the Wilton Mall, located in a retail-heavy part of the Saratoga area that is bound to bring him more foot traffic. I took the change as an opportunity to pick his brain about comics retailing in upstate New York and get a feel for his approach to operating the store. — Alan David Doane
Tell me a little bit about how you became interested in comics, and how that led to you opening up your own store.
I have always been a fan of super heroes. When I was young I remember reading my brothers Conans and Incredible Hulk comics. But as I grew up I grew away from comics.
I became reacquainted with comics again in college. A friend of mine had been an avid collector and our talks about comics sparked my interests again and I found a local shop and began to pick up a few titles.
This same local shop was where I picked up my first large collection of comics. I was in the store one day and the owner was yelling at someone on the phone about how they screwed up his order, of course this was Diamond. This was the last straw for him, he asked if I wanted all of the comics in his store? You bet I did! He was asking a very reasonable price, so I picked up over 100 long boxes of mostly ’80s and ’90s stuff. Right place at the right time!
My now wife and then girlfriend, Kristi, and I lugged around this huge collection from Potsdam, NY to Boston, MA. Then over to Saratoga Springs, NY. Where it sat for a couple more years till I opened up the Comic Depot!
Comic Depot’s first location was located just a couple of miles outside Saratoga Springs, New York, a summer destination due to its famous racecourse and lively downtown scene. The shop was on a fairly rural stretch of road, in a strip mall that also housed a convenience store, a pizza shop (where I’ve spent a lot of money feeding my family after picking up my comics over the past few years!) and other assorted shops. Tell me how you picked this site, and what benefits and drawbacks you think it had.
My biggest concern was monetary. I opened up during a retail and real estate boom; retail space was, in my mind, very expensive. So we had to find a location that was out of the way, to make it more affordable. It also had to be short term in case it didn’t work out. And there were a few other stores in the area and I didn’t want to step on their feet. So we narrowed in on Greenfield, just a few minutes outside of Saratoga Springs.
The best and worst part of Greenfield was the location, very rural. You had to drive to the store, there was almost no one who could walk there. But that was also great, it made us a destination store. Almost no one wandered in who wasn’t into comics and gaming. It was perfect for our Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, parents could feel comfortable leaving their children for tournaments cause there was nowhere for them to wander off to.
You know my taste in comics is pretty far afield of the typical “comics fan.” I’m not in the store enough to get a sense of how many other customers you have who focus, like me, more on alternative and artcomics than on the weekly superhero fix. Can you thumbnail your clientele for me in terms of what percentage you think are superhero fans versus the rest of what is going on in comics?
I would say 50% are straight up super hero fans, they only get superhero stuff. And that is the same group who is like to only pick up Marvel or DC comics not both. Maybe 5% (sorry Alan) are into art comics. Maybe 10% are collecting everything Stephen King, or stop in to get Amory Wars, or any Rob Zombie book. So the rest are more of the equal opportunity crowd, they read what is good, like Walking Dead!
How about male/female? What’s the percentage there?
Less than 5% are women, but that number is growing.
What are the best-selling titles you carry?
Amazing Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Walking Dead, lots of X-Titles, Return of Bruce Wayne (mini), Stephen King (Dark Tower, Stand, American Vampire), most of the new Avengers titles.
How do you see the rise of the graphic novel in terms of sales of floppy, single issues? Do you think they both have their place?
They both have a place, the same as digital comics. They are made for different people who all enjoy different aspects of comics. Graphic Novels are awesome, you get to read a whole store or story arc in one sitting without waiting six or more months for floppies to come out. They are also portable and lendable, and less expensive then their floppy counterparts. But for collectors there is the floppy, the comic book. Without the floppy the industry ends, in some way or another. And floppies are also there for those of us too impatient to “wait for the trade.”
What comics are you reading now, and what titles do you consider your all time faves?
Love Walking Dead, love it! The Sword by the Luna Brothers under the image imprint, awesome, sad it’s over. Green Lantern, I love Hal Jordan and I loved Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night. I do love Deadpool too, although I’m not a big fan of everything currently being published. I like a lot of the stuff from Radical Publishing too, FVZA and Legends the Enchanted was cool. Lots of good stuff from Avatar too, both past and present. And Proof from Image, Mulder as Bigfoot=awesome.
All time faves? Walking Dead, I have reread this more times than anything else.
You have a pretty big focus on role-playing games, tell me what you offer customers interested in that aspect, and how it’s worked out for you.
I have a bunch of RPG books, but most are vintage. We do much more with Collectible Card Games, like Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! One of our main focuses is tournaments for those games. Also the board game market is starting to boom.
You’ve been very active in the re-emerging Albany-area convention scene (and other, more distant shows as well). Tell me why you think it’s important to be at comic book shows, and what your approach is when you’re behind the booth at a show.
It is a great way to reach your target audience, the most effective marketing tool is to be in a room filled with local people who want to buy your product. I think of a comic show as a giant Comic Depot advertisement, that’s the business side.
The fanboy side says: they are a ton of fun, no better way to get your geek on then to spend the day with hundreds of people who share your interests and passions. Lots of great conversations, lots of awesome merchandise, creators, costumes, and at the end of the day if you made money and had that much fun, then what more could you ask for?
About a year ago you opened a second store in the Wilton Mall, just outside Saratoga Springs but much closer to the main regional highway, I-87 (“The Northway”). A few weeks ago you closed the original Greenfield Center shop and moved your entire operation into a second, larger spot in the mall, across from your former mall location. Tell me how your mall presence has evolved since it began, and what led you to decide to put all your eggs in the mall retailing basket, as it were.
Kristi and I wanted to try out a mall spot just for the holiday season. Comic books are popular again, comic book movies are all over the place with no end in sight. So we thought it would be a good idea to open up a second location for the holiday season. But people seemed to really respond to having a comic shop in the mall. All day long kids beg to come into the store, “Mom please, please” and the sounds of crying if they don’t come in, and grownups swearing out front, “Holy SH*T, it’s Castle Grayskull. I had that as a kid!”
This location is great it is conveniently located just off of exit 15 of the Northway, which is closer for almost all of our regulars. And the foot traffic is great. Granted malls aren’t exactly what they used to be, but a hell of a lot more people walk through the mall than through Greenfield. Avengers, Captain America, Green Lantern, Deadpool all coming out in the near future, it doesn’t hurt to be close to a movie theater. And we even had some “movie premiere parties” at Ruby Tuesdays, they were kind enough to stay open an extra hour or two while eager fans such as myself had a beer or two and a complimentary slider while waiting for Iron Man 2 and Kick-Ass opening night.
What changes are you expecting to make with the new, bigger location?
More stuff! We are always buying great collections of action figures, comics, RPG, Magic cards, posters and who knows what else. But lots of cool different merchandise is one of the things people can expect to see. We are also going to try to be better organized with our comic book back issues, that will be a work in progress for a while I’m sure. The same great customer service! Bigger and better tournaments for Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh! More promotions, including sales and hopefully more “movie premieres.”
Time Magazine’s Techland has a new post up by Douglas Wolk running down a handful of 2011 graphic novels of note…and it’s interesting to me that although only two titles on there will be on my must-buy list (Mister Wonderful by Dan Clowes and Paying For It by Chester Brown), both are really on my must-buy list, like, I’d skip a meal or two to make sure I have them.
In addition to those two, I have already pre-ordered the Captain America Operation Rebirth Premiere Hardcover because I love the original Waid/Garney run on that title and have been waiting for a nice hardcover collection forever, Conan Vol. 10: Iron Shadows On The Moon, which will complete my hardcover Busiek/Truman Conan collection at long last (I am really bummed that Truman is leaving the title), and Gotham Central Vol. 4: Corrigan Deluxe Hardcover, which completes the HC reissues of that beloved and much-missed title.
I’ve also got a standing order for the Alan Moore Swamp Thing hardcover reissues (still kicking myself for ever selling off those original issues), and will be buying the final issue of Neonomicon (Moore and Jacen Burrows are doing amazing work on that title) in 2011, and will continute to buy Criminal, Incognito, and anything else Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips create together. I’ve also been buying Fraction’s Iron Man in hardcover and enjoying it, and I think that actually covers all the comics I expect to buy this year. Not many ongoing titles in there, huh?
What are you looking forward to in 2011?
Hello, Happy Holidays and welcome to what might very well be the last TWC News with ADD (a double entendre if ever there was one) of calendar year 2010. I was fascinated to note that, a decade in, people finally started saying the name of this year in short form, as we did in the 1900s, (“Twenty-Ten” instead of dragging out the entire year as “Two-Thousand-And-Ten”). Frankly I thought this would happen in 2001, and I remember being the only person at the radio station I worked at then who would say “Twenty-Oh-One,” a losing battle for sure, and then 9/11 happened and I fought valiantly to be one of those people who said “11 September” instead of “Nine Eleven,” but obviously that battle was permanently lost. So it’s very rewarding to me to hear people saying “Twenty-Ten,” and I am sure by “Twenty-Fifteen,” there will be no one left saying “Two-Thousand-And-Fifteen.” Because, really, why would you?
* I don’t know that there was a comics article I enjoyed more this year than Tom Spurgeon’s personal tour through his favourite Wildstorm titles. Automatic Kafka never grabbed me (although Chris Allen loved it, it should be noted), but every other title on Spurge’s list is one of my favourite comics of the past 20 years, and like Tom, they’re comics I re-read often and will have as long as I have comic books in my house. I was especially pleased to see Tom views Warren Ellis’s long run from Stormwatch Vol. 1 #37 through all of Vol. 2 and The Authority #1-12 as being all of a piece, as this is usually how I re-read those comics. It’s a powerful pile of entertainment, to be certain. I’m a little amazed DC has never collected that entire run under one collection of trades, as it’s really how they should be read, and the Stormwatch stuff, in my view, is wildly under-rated.
* A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a promising young writer vowed to review every comic book John Byrne had ever worked on. Today at Trouble With Comics, Christopher Allen reviews John Byrne’s Next Men #1, a revival of Byrne’s ’90s creator-owned superhero effort. And the circle is complete.
* At his still-lovely new(ish) web site, Sean T. Collins looks in wide wonder at Renee French’s gorgeous new graphic novel H-Day (which I recommended in my holiday gift guide, in case you’re still looking for a comics-related last-minute gift that will keep on giving all throughout The Year Two-Thousand-And-Eleven).
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Winter Solstice, or any of the other many subsidiary holidays entirely derived from the Solstice, should that be how you choose to roll at your house. And Happy Festivus!
— Alan David Doane
Note: Even though we’ve been working on Comic Book Galaxy together for a decade, Chris Allen and I didn’t co-write our first article together until 2004. We did it a couple more times and then laid off until now, because nothing was good enough to rouse the sleeping giant of our two towering comics intellects working in tandem (and also because we were deeply ashamed of the effete logo our efforts had been slapped with by the asshole publisher of the site). With the publication of Parker: The Outfit, that has all changed, and we’ve got the band back together to jointly twist your arms into buying one of the best crime graphic novels yet published. We had so much fun that we’re gonna do it again. See ya in 2015, pally. — Alan David Doane
CA: I’m sure most folks know this, but The Outfit is Darwyn Cooke’s second and latest adaptation of one of Donald Westlake’s Parker crime novels. Actually, I think I read he condensed another, less interesting novel in here as well. Now, I’m a pulp crime fiction fan, but I admit I haven’t gotten to much Westlake yet, and what I have read wasn’t in the Parker series. But, Alan, I think I recall you’ve read a bunch of them. What do you think of Cooke’s take on this one?
ADD: Cooke’s first Parker outing, Parker: The Hunter was actually my first exposure to Westlake’s writing in print, although I had been exposed to his storytelling via the amazing movie Point Blank, which was also based on The Hunter. I liked but didn’t love The Hunter, but was definitely intrigued by Westlake’s prose, and so sought out a bunch of his novels from my local library, and really developed an appreciation for his style, which I’d call Heist Procedural for lack of a better term. And The Outfit translates that style and Westlake’s unique expression of it brilliantly, far better than The Hunter, making it the comics adaptation version of the better second film, like Superman II or Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
CA: Not that I would have suggested Cooke model The Hunter on the brilliant Point Blank at all, but it does show that one can add other elements to Westlake’s story (in the case of the film, the late ’60s psychedelic touches) as long as one adheres to the basic story. You can’t leave that film not knowing that Lee Marvin’s character wants his money and will do anything to get it. He may seem almost foolishly principled, but you know he means it, and that if he’s hurting over his betrayal he will never show it.
In Cooke’s version of The Hunter, he got all that right, but perhaps he was almost too faithful. Fans of books freak out when chunks of plot or whole characters don’t make it into a film adapation, but the film has to work on its own, and The Lord of the Rings aside, most films would be agonizingly long and boring if utterly faithful to their books. But while Cooke was faithful, there were some distracting elements that somewhat undercut the brutally spare story. Offhand, without having read the book in a year, I recall the opening sequence with Parker walking determinedly and a woman in a car checking him out with desire in her eyes, when it would have been more effective for her to be fearful. Parker is not going to be anyone’s boyfriend, not anymore.
There were also some set dressing such as specific types of early ’60s furniture, that were distracting in some scenes as well. The Hunter was good, but it’s not until The Outfit where Cooke seems confident enough to be free to open up and try different stylistic tactics to make the book more than another respectable, unsurprising adaptation.
ADD: Maybe it’s just Cooke becoming more seasoned as a writer/artist. When I first really became aware of him, on Catwoman with writer Ed Brubaker, I thought he was the best new comic book artist to come along in forever, with a classic style that demonstrated a profound appreciation for storytelling over superficial flash. The fact that he was replacing the absolutely talent-free Jim Balent as Catwoman's artist of record, I am sure, had at least something to do with it, but Cooke very obviously had serious chops right out of the gate.
Unfortunately, Cooke’s career path was not 100 percent onward and upward after his initial splash with Catwoman. As fun as New Frontier was, it never really felt like it coalesced into a comic for the ages like I thought it was going to, and Cooke’s 12 issues on The Spirit mostly felt like a well-intentioned misfire, with the exception of the superb final issue.
But reading recent interviews with the cartoonist, one gets the sense that Cooke is coming to grips with his talent and his place in comics, and is maturing as both an artist and a businessman. I definitely look forward to more Parker, but I am also excited at the thought of his Cooke might apply the lessons he’s learned so far to whatever it is that he chooses to do afterward. And if nothing else, when all is said and done, we will all have a gorgeous set of thrilling Parker hardcovers to enjoy as comics and fetish art-objects. There’s not many creators that can propose such a project and then see it through to a satisfying fruition, but two volumes in, I have no doubt Cooke can do it, and he seems to have found the right partners in the folks at IDW to help him get it done.
CA: I don’t mean to break the illusion that we’re having a real time conversation here, with you sitting on my lap in that red leather clawfoot chair, but I must admit that between the time I wrote the first paragraph and now I’ve read one of the later Parker novels, Backflash (I also had nine meals, two shits, two bottles of wine, four beers, four orgasms and a pound of bacon — those last two items at the same time, with a call from my Grandma). Um, Parker. So, what I’m saying is, reading this novel, which is one of the last of ‘em from Westlake, makes me realize how well-suited Parker’s world is to comics, because essentially he doesn’t change. Like Peter Parker, he does pick up a woman here and there, but while he has a girlfriend of sorts in that 1998 book, she ultimately doesn’t mean much more to him or the book than a researcher, a helpmate to make the latest heist go over. The status quo doesn’t change much.
That gives me a new perspective on The Outfit, because I realize here even more than I did just comparing it to The Hunter, that Cooke is going for broke (or close to) in trying to come up with different ways to tell the story. Let’s face it: he could have probably just adapted The Man with the Getaway Face as an entire graphic novel and it would have been fine. He could have adapted that with The Outfit as he did here, but in the same style as he used on The Hunter, and that would have been good, too. But what he does, and I believe he mentions this in Tom Spurgeon’s interview, he comes up with different cartooning styles for each heist. See, The Outfit is rather challenging in that it’s not one job. What Parker is trying to do here is really annoy the crime syndicate (The Outfit) by robbing their various enterprises until they give up on trying to kill him. It’s different from The Hunter in that it’s not about revenge and not really about money — it’s harassment. That’s less exciting on one level and yet more relateable, as we’ve all fucked with someone even if we didn’t exact the revenge we craved (Rose Kennedy escaped my clutches too soon).
As a guy who grew up a little later but nonetheless absorbed some of these cartooning styles through, say, early Al Jaffee paperbacks, I loved the early ’60s gnomish figures and gray wash stylings Cooke brought to some of these sequences, and he also did a terrific job capturing the coldhearted, zaftig waitress who gets what’s coming to her in the condensed Getaway Face sequence. The whole book is a stylistic tour-de-force that’s got a kind of sharkskin Rat Pack zing-a-ding-ding insouciance yet never getting too far away from the heart of Westlake’s Parker, which is that he’s a cool son-of-a-bitch who’s all about the job and his own self-preservation, yet under no illusions that the latest score will bring any happiness. The rare (only) two page spread on pages 130-131 is amazing: Parker sitting alone in the dark on the diving board of a covered motel pool. No pleasure here, just business, and don’t try to lift the cover before daylight. He’s not only the straw that stirs the drink but the ice cube that always floats on top and never melts. The cover says (shows) it all: this is not a man with features and the soul showing through his eyes; he’s an abstraction, a composite of hard angles that can’t be reduced by science or emotion.
The Hunter was a modest success but The Outfit is a triumph. One is a feather in one’s cap and the other is the entire pheasant. It’s exhilarating and troubling at the same time, because after reading that Parker novel, Backflash, near the end of the line, one realizes that Westlake chose to work within himself in the series. Cooke has vowed to do at least one more Parker book, perhaps two. What to do as an encore for a character who doesn’t grow? I’m looking forward to how Cooke responds to the bar he’s set so much higher here. At the same time, given the relative stasis of the source material, as entertaining and tightly wound as it is, I think when he decides it’s time to move on, we can look forward to even better and more surprising work. Maybe something with a less assured character, or one of a fainter masculinity. At the very least, don’t they have crime in Canada? Where’s The Salty Poutine Score?
Buy Parker: The Outfit from Amazon.com. A copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of review.
I don’t think I’ve ever really done one of these before, but with comics and graphic novels more in the public eye than they have been since, what, the 1940s? — and as the Winter Solstice draws nearer, I thought I would weigh in with what I think would make some nice gifts this holiday season for that special someone in your life. You know, that person you are pretty sure won’t give you the stinkeye when they open up their present and it turns out, it’s comics?
To keep this list to a manageable length, I set forth a few rules:
1. The gift must be at or under $100.00.
2. One gift suggestion per publisher.
3. They must be more than just “a good graphic novel,” they have to have something special that makes them truly gift-worthy.
4. They must have mainstream appeal.
And away we go!
Alec: The Years Have Pants HC (Top Shelf) — Eddie Campbell’s extraordinary life’s work in autobiographical comics makes a fantastic gift in hardcover. This mammoth slab of witty, whimsical and brilliant comics will keep your loved one amazed and entertained for the many weeks it will likely take them to read it. I can’t imagine a better way to get through the winter than being warmed by these charming and game-changing comics.
Castle Waiting Vols. 1 and 2 HCs (Fantagraphics) — These two huge hardcovers can currently be had for less than 50 bucks, and offer up a whole new world of wonder. Perfect for anyone who loves to be transported to another place and time.
H Day HC (Picturebox) — Renee French welcomes you into her head (literally) in this mysterious and gorgeous hardcover. More challenging than her previous efforts, but the rewards make the journey worthwhile.
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Box Set (Oni Press) — If they loved the movie, get ‘em the comics! I can’t imagine a better combo gift, too, than giving both this box set and the DVD of the great movie adaptation.
Star Trek Countdown HC (IDW) — For the Trek fan in your life, there’s no better comics offering than this. Countdown tells the story of what happened before JJ Abrams recreated the Star Trek universe, bringing in characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation to explain some unanswered questions about the 2009 movie, and it all ties into the new continuity flawlessly. As a huge Trek fanatic, I absolutely consider this story canon, and would dearly love to see it adapted as an animated film to come out ahead of 2012’s next chapter in the newly-revived franchise. It’s a classy, exciting and entertaining comic, and this hardcover edition would make a great gift.
Wilson HC (Drawn and Quarterly) — Dan Clowes is one of those cartoonists that really invites the reader’s eye whether they are already ensconced in comics reading or not. Wilson offers up a wealth of opportunities for discovery, both in terms of the oblique angles of its story and the mysterious way comics can unveil its wonders.
Yuggoth Cultures HC (Avatar) — Alan Moore’s Neonomicon (with artist Jacen Burrows) is the best new Moore title in years, but it’s not collected yet. So why not give this beautiful hardcover collection of eerie and strange Moore tales (definitely adults only) to satisfy the horror fan in your life?
Those are my suggestions! Leave your recommendations in the comments, and happy holidays!
Yes, it’s true, I’m still working my auction mojo on the eBay. Right now I have an updated set of auctions that includes hardcover and softcover graphic novels (including one Absolute edition), comic book sets, mini-series, and even a nice piece of original art.
Click over to view my eBay auctions and if you see something you like, bid early and often!
— Alan David Doane