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January 3, 2009

FBBP #84 – Best of the Year

In the waning hours of 2008 the gang got together to discuss some of their favorite comics of the year.

Our official picks are a little skewed since we were trying to pick out books we hadn’t already discussed to death: sorry Ed Brubaker, Eddie Campbell, David Lapham, Grant Morrison and the rest!
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October 28, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 29, 2008

Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #3 by Brian Michael Bendis & David Lafuente (Marvel Comics): There comes a time in every young superhero’s life when someone decides to do an issue about their sex life. These “very special” issues have come with a range of tasteful comments from the creators:

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I understand that teenage sexuality is a difficult subject for a lot of people. And, as is the custom, I won’t even mention black sexuality. But I don’t think that the people who read Static are afraid to explore storylines ground in the issues of contemporary life.

Dwayne McDuffie on the publication of Static #25

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I called Bob Harras and said, “Excalibur #90, Kitty Pryde gets fucked.” He went deadly silent, then he said, “Just try and keep it tasteful.”

Warren Ellis on the publication of Excalibur #90

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Where will USM Annual #3 fall along the axis? Who knows, though it has the “added bonus” of being part of the MARCH ON ULTIMATUM, though I’m still not entirely sure what that means besides having a really ugly banner along the top.

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September 30, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 1, 2008

I figured we might try doing these again. Here are some potentially interesting books hitting the shelves tomorrow!

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September 25, 2008

FBBP #74 – Review: The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 10:01 am

Eddie Campbell and Dan Best’s new graphic novel from First Second is reviewed, alongside this week’s “Yes, This is Being Published” subject, DC Decisions #1.

John McCain isn’t running for president in the DCU, so it’s Leotard, not Decisions that makes Joe think of his grandpa and his heroic yarns. Barack Obama isn’t running in the DCU either, so Chris is left comparing the band of eternally hopeful dreamers in Leotard to the characters of Terry Gilliam.

August 21, 2007

The War Zone is Everywhere

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , — Jamaal Thomas @ 1:19 pm

Notes of a War Story
Notes of a War Story, produced by Gipi, and translated by Spectrum. Notes is published by First Second Publishing, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, and was originally published as Appunti per una storia di guerra in 2004 by Coconino Press.

Gipi doesn’t tell the kinds of stories that I usually enjoy in comic books. I tend to be a reader obsessed with information and detail, but that is not Gipi’s concern. Garage Band, the first book of his that I read, focused on atmospherics and minor character moments that were used to propel a plot that barely existed. At the same time, it was a revelatory experience. Gipi provided an insight into the interior lives of the characters in a way that I was unused to in comic books. With that experience, I highly anticipated his next work. As expected, the art is brilliant. Gipi’s work is deceptively simple, using relatively few strokes to create distinct and expressive characters.

Notes of a War Story is ostensibly the story of a group of friends coming of age in the midst of an unnamed European war taking place in an anonymous Balkan nation. The lack of specificity, in time or place, gives the book a allegorical, dream-like quality. The group of three boys is broken down into some familiar archetypes: the sycophant (Christian), the overly aggressive proto-criminal (Stefano, the Little Killer), and the bourgeoisie wayward one (Giuliano), who is our protagonist. The first two are representative of the lower class, both poor, one subjected to emotional (and probably physical) abuse. The third illustrates the middle class, the kid who grows up with a lawn and a bed. Of course, the crazy one is the leader, which sets in motion a series of events that culminate in a set of life changing choices for all three.
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July 7, 2007

MoCCA Reviews – First Second Books pt. 1 – Deogratias – A Tale of Rwanda

Every once in a while, I’m reminded of why comic books are one of the few mediums that I cherished as a child that I still love with the same fervor today. I stopped playing video games when I was ten, stopped caring about anime when I was sixteen, and only have an occasional interest in television. For me, comics are a unique form of storytelling that allows the reader to rely on his/her own imagination to propel the story and develop character, and that achieves an economy in storytelling (due to its visual elements) that is rare in prose. I forget this too often, especially when most discussions I have about comics are about the minutiae of the lives of super-heroes.

Deogratias

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May 6, 2007

FBBP #10 – Free Podcast Day!

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , — Funnybook Babylon @ 10:08 pm

This week the FBB Crew discusses the potential for Frank Miller’s Ronin to be adapted into film. We also look at Free Comic Book Day and its implications for the industry. This week’s reviewed book is Gipi’s Garage Band, which you should all go buy right now.

Thanks to Huggabroomstik as always for music, and special thanks to Pedro for tech support this week!

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