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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

June 24, 2015
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CantWeTalk

Another book that I never would have even seen if I was still concentrating on weekly floppies.

This is a memoir by a cartoonist named Roz Chast. It is about her dealing with the last years of her parents lives, and all that entailed.

This… this… yeah. It is strong, powerful stuff. Some of it hit very close to home and some of it just made me feel very, very guilty.

Some of this reminded me of my Dad while also reminding me that I wasn’t the one there, dealing with the worst of it.

Her complicated relationship with her mother, though… yeah. That rang true for me and my dad.

Still… a very moving book.

Rusty’s Comic Reading List – 2015

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Roz Chast)
Flash Gordon: The Man From Earth (Jeff Parker / Evan Shaner / Jordie Bellaire)
Seconds (Bryan Lee O’Malley)
The Wake (Scott Snyder / Sean Murphy)
The Fade Out, Act One (Ed Brubaker / Sean Phillips)
MIND MGMT Vol. 1 – The Manager (Matt Kindt)
Thor, God of Thunder Vol. 1 – The God Butcher (Aaron / Ribic)
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession (Busiek / Anderson / Blyberg / Sinclair / Ross)
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life in the Big City (Busiek / Anderson / Ross)
Green Lantern – No Fear (Geoff Johns / Various Artists)
Stray Bullets Vol. 1 – Innocence of Nihilism (David Lapham)
Chew Vol. 1 – Taster’s Choice (John Layman / Rob Guillory)
The Walking Dead Vol. 6 – This Sorrowful Life (Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
Batman: The Court of Owls Vol. 1 (Snyder / Capullo / Glapion)
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 5 – Public Scrutiny (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

June 19, 2015
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ComeColdRiver

I wrote this in between ‘sessions’ of reading ‘Come Cold River’ by Karen Connelly.

‘Dugout’

I sit in the dugout
Third-base side
Sun-sheltered

Half-drunken pseudo-athletics
Before me / bore me

The other occupants
All hail from much further
West + East than I –
The fabled dugout of Babel
And I do not understand a word

I sit at the end of the bench
And read ‘The War’
By Karen Connelly
And hope that no one
Notices my face

““““““`

This is an incredibly powerful volume of poetry. There are poems that moved me near to tears, partially aided by the location of much of it – Calgary.

I grew up in Victoria but I ‘grew up’ in Calgary, spending my early twenties there.

Some of this content seems so close to my life then while still being MILES (kilometres?) away.

Moving and heart breaking.

And yes, Ms. Connelly, keep asking those questions.

2015 in Books

Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

June 15, 2015
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touch the donkey logo

rob mclennan gave me a copy of this a while back. It is the first issue of his new poetry magazine – which I like to call The Touch Donkey… just because.

Spreading poetry!

I particularly liked the two by Hailey Higdon.

The next few books in my to read pile are all poetry. We’ll see if that holds or if I shuffle things up after a while.

2015 in Books

Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

June 14, 2015
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FlashGordonTHeManFromEarth

Flash Gordon was never something that resonated with me. Other than seeing that pretty awful movie when I was a kid, it was just something that I was aware of, like many of the earlier characters – like Tarzan or Doc Savage.

This technically an ‘omnibus’ because it also includes an annual and a holiday special that weren’t part of the Parker mini. The Annual was very good but the holiday special was a little… well, the art was good.

This leads to my complaint about the volume… credits. There is a list of writers and artists in the front but they are not broken now by the many mini stories in the back. Some I know, but I really would have preferred having the credits outlined a little better.

Overall, a good, fun, read.

Jeff Parker does a really good job to make him interesting, though. Honestly, it may be Dake and Zarkov who really steal the show… not to mention the supporting characters like Vultan.

Flash Gordon: The Man From Earth (Jeff Parker / Evan Shaner / Jordie Bellaire)
Seconds (Bryan Lee O’Malley)
The Wake (Scott Snyder / Sean Murphy)
The Fade Out, Act One (Ed Brubaker / Sean Phillips)
MIND MGMT Vol. 1 – The Manager (Matt Kindt)
Thor, God of Thunder Vol. 1 – The God Butcher (Aaron / Ribic)
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession (Busiek / Anderson / Blyberg / Sinclair / Ross)
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life in the Big City (Busiek / Anderson / Ross)
Green Lantern – No Fear (Geoff Johns / Various Artists)
Stray Bullets Vol. 1 – Innocence of Nihilism (David Lapham)
Chew Vol. 1 – Taster’s Choice (John Layman / Rob Guillory)
The Walking Dead Vol. 6 – This Sorrowful Life (Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
Batman: The Court of Owls Vol. 1 (Snyder / Capullo / Glapion)
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 5 – Public Scrutiny (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

June 6, 2015
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I finally got around to actually READING the chapbook Avonlea Fotheringham made for the CapSlam team last year.

It is good… though I knew that, really. I was already familiar with most of the poems, obviously.

2015 in Books

Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

June 2, 2015
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empire of the sun

I can honestly day the Spielberg movie didn’t influence me at all, because I have never seen it.

I’m not sure where this copy came from. Used I assume.

Anyway, as I started reading it, I had in my mind that I was reading a classic… and it absolutely did not measure up.

At first.

The opening scenes just didn’t have a lot of feeling to them. I know he was trying to establish the character of Jim, but it just felt like he knew that this part of the book was not where his interest lied.

But once the war starts. Whoa.

Here is a story about war where you NEVER know what is going on. The whole thing is told front he point of view of a young boy and you live it as he lives it. This was moving and painful.

The part that I felt deepest was hardly even mentioned… when he was reunited with his parents. You never even ‘see it’, because this ISN’T all about Jim. His parents lived ‘their own war’.

Highly recommend.

2015 in Books

Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

May 31, 2015
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Seconds

Do you want to know why I don’t regret switching from single issues to collections? Because if I hadn’t, I never would have read a book like Seconds.

This is just so good. I mean SO GOOD.

I saw the art referred to as ‘adorable’, which is pretty darned accurate, but the story is wonderful too! Katie, a restauranteur, who actually has a pretty amazing sounding life, is dissatisfied and finds a way to make things… perfect.

House spirits and (literal) magic mushrooms and friends and lovers and a magic witch’s cauldron.

And it all feels real.

This is a big book – over 300 pages – but I couldn’t put it down. Amazing

Seconds (Bryan Lee O’Malley)
The Wake (Scott Snyder / Sean Murphy)
The Fade Out, Act One (Ed Brubaker / Sean Phillips)
MIND MGMT Vol. 1 – The Manager (Matt Kindt)
Thor, God of Thunder Vol. 1 – The God Butcher (Aaron / Ribic)
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession (Busiek / Anderson / Blyberg / Sinclair / Ross)
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life in the Big City (Busiek / Anderson / Ross)
Green Lantern – No Fear (Geoff Johns / Various Artists)
Stray Bullets Vol. 1 – Innocence of Nihilism (David Lapham)
Chew Vol. 1 – Taster’s Choice (John Layman / Rob Guillory)
The Walking Dead Vol. 6 – This Sorrowful Life (Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
Batman: The Court of Owls Vol. 1 (Snyder / Capullo / Glapion)
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 5 – Public Scrutiny (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Sandman Overture #5

May 31, 2015
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Sandman-5-cover-final-64cc0

When a comic is this slow coming out, it will take a while for me to wrap up the run…

…but it is sure worth getting.

SANDMAN: OVERTURE #5 (Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III / Dave Stewart) Vertigo

We meet the mother of the Endless and catch up with Destiny and a pair of Dreams… and a cool boat and a whole bunch of refugees from… am I sensing another Endless visit in the near future?

A very good comic that will be much better when read all together.


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

May 25, 2015
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Snowcrash

My first reaction after reading this book was disappointment. I had heard so much about it and how great it was, and it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

But then I realize, I was reading the books in the wrong order.

This is almost proto-Stephenson. Once I had that in mind I could see all the signs of the things I loved so much in Cryptonomicon and Anathem. It is all here… but he was still learning who he was as a writer. This is why Zodiac (which I still enjoyed) and Cryptonomicon could read like they were written by different people. Snow Crash is the missing link.

2015 in Books

Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

May 24, 2015
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Wake

They had me at ‘Sean Murphy’. I LOVED Joe the Barbarian. It was my favourite min is a long time, and that same ideal art style is on display here. This is the full ten issue run, but really the first five issues and the second five issues are separate things.

After reading the first five issues I was ready to anoint this as an absolute masterpiece… but it didn’t sustain. The second half is a futuristic semi-waterworld place while the first half was an Alien style horror comic.

I liked the first half better. The end was a little too… soft, for my liking, but overall this is a very solid book and well worth the time.

The Wake (Scott Snyder / Sean Murphy)
The Fade Out, Act One (Ed Brubaker / Sean Phillips)
MIND MGMT Vol. 1 – The Manager (Matt Kindt)
Thor, God of Thunder Vol. 1 – The God Butcher (Aaron / Ribic)
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession (Busiek / Anderson / Blyberg / Sinclair / Ross)
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life in the Big City (Busiek / Anderson / Ross)
Green Lantern – No Fear (Geoff Johns / Various Artists)
Stray Bullets Vol. 1 – Innocence of Nihilism (David Lapham)
Chew Vol. 1 – Taster’s Choice (John Layman / Rob Guillory)
The Walking Dead Vol. 6 – This Sorrowful Life (Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
Batman: The Court of Owls Vol. 1 (Snyder / Capullo / Glapion)
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 5 – Public Scrutiny (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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