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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

July 27, 2015
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SarahClancy

Sarah Clancy is one of the poets I have seen at VERSeFest, and was sufficiently impressed enough to buy her book. From the start, there was a lot I quite liked (though she uses that ‘wall of text’ style some times, which I am not a fan of). I would specifically point out ‘Hippy Get A Job’, which is a really great view into life as someone who works for everything they have.

Part way through the book, though, I hit something which, well, didn’t ruin the book for me per se, it DID make it a little harder for me to enjoy. I don’t want to dwell on it, because the book was good over all.

It did make want to write a little poem.

Freedom

If FREEDOM is a priority
And valued above all else
Then why is it treated as zero sum
And the cost of freedom
Is always someone else’s?

And with FREEDOM of SPEECH
(Just watch what you say)
There is the
Fire in a crowded theatre
Exception
Meaning that freedom ends
When those words Are a direct
Cause of harm

2015 in Books

Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
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 Year in Comics 2015

July 23, 2015
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Fables_150

This shouldn’t be part of my comic ‘book’ list. It should be a single issue.

But it isn’t.

I actually got three comics today. All three are series enders.

Hawkeye #22 is the finale of the Fraction run. It was very, very late… and it didn’t deserve to be. This was a disappointing issue in and of itself. There was nothing special about it. Nothing to make it deserve its delayed fate.

But, as part of the bigger story, it was good. The run was good and well worth picking up as a collection. I will say that once, while reading this issue, I literally said aloud, ‘Fuck you, Matt Fraction.’

I got over it.

C.O.W.L. #11 is the end of that run, which is a real shame, because the book is quite good and well worth continuing.

Having said that, the problem was obviously sales. I am sure they will try to claim this was the natural end to the series, but it clearly wasn’t. They tried to cram quick wrap ups to every plot thread in the book which left it rushed and sloppy. Too bad. Still a good comic.

Then there is Fables.

The reason this is appearing on THIS list is that Fables 150 is a full-sized trade back that costs over $20. It is ALSO Fables Vol. 22 as it doubles as its own collection.

Let me make this clear, that since I have switched to buying trades, this doesn’t impact me severely.

However, what a stupid, STUPID idea.

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time I worked at a comic store called Arthur’s Place here in Ottawa. (It is now Silver Snail… a much better store).

I did the comic ordering at Arthur’s. Back then there was a comic produced in Ottawa called Elflord
from Aircel comics (before it became a porn comic company). Barry Blair was the head everything at Aircel and he was a friend of Arthur, the owner of the store.

We had been ordering 10 copies of Elflord each issue, but sales were falling.

They then solicited an anniversary issue as part of the regular run. Instead of the usual $2 or so, tho issue was going to be $12.

I ordered four. Barry complained to Arthur that orders were way down and that it didn’t make sense to him because ‘everyone who was buying Elflord was going to buy this’.

We didn’t sell the four copies. We didn’t even sell one copy.

Comic readers are not magic founts of money. If your average comic reader comes in to buy their regular weekly comics finds that ONE of their comics is now over $20, what do they do?

The either don’t buy that comic, or they don’t buy other comics… which is bad for the industry because once they skip an issue, they aren’t going back.

“““““`

Anyway, THAT rant is over, but how about the actual book?

Disappointing as well, actually. It was like Willingham noticed a plot hole and ended the whole series on that. This isn’t good writing. Let’s end the book on a technicality after 150 issues?

INCREDIBLY unsatisfying. A twist is fine, but a twist that was there that felt like a reader sent on a no-prize or something? No thanks.

Then there was a bunch of ‘Animal House’ style wrap ups… that didn’t wrap anything up! Little of it was ‘where do these character end up’… instead they are just random pages set later in the timeline. No resolution. To anything.

Even the premise, ‘the end of Fabletown’, has no real logic behind it. They all just decide it is over for no real reason.

Bah.

Rusty’s Comic Reading List – 2015

Fables 150 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Over Easy (Mimi Pond)
Velvet Vol. 1 – Before the Living End (Brubaker / Epting / Breitweiser)
Batgirl Vol. 1 – Batgirl of Burnside (Stewart / Fletcher / Tarr)
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 Year in Comics 2015

July 12, 2015
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OverEasy

What is it about autobiographical comics? What secret glimpse into another person’s world makes it somehow relevant to our own world?

I honestly done know. But when done well – like this one – it really does.

There are parts of this book that made me a little uncomfortable (the somewhat stereotypical illustration of black characters for example), but it was still an interesting slice of someone’s life.

And hey, it ended in poetry.

Rusty’s Comic Reading List – 2015

Over Easy (Mimi Pond)
Velvet Vol. 1 – Before the Living End (Brubaker / Epting / Breitweiser)
Batgirl Vol. 1 – Batgirl of Burnside (Stewart / Fletcher / Tarr)
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 Year in Comics 2015

July 12, 2015
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Velvet_Vol1-1

Unintentionally, my last two books are a bit of a counter-point to each other. Batgirl goes the ‘young, hip, woman about town’ route’, while Velvet is about an women who is a spy turned secretary (which makes more sense in the context of the book) he has to be in her 40s at least.

The character seems interesting and I am normally a fan of the Brubaker / Epting team, but this volume was pretty slowly paced and the constant ‘narration’ kind of grated after a while. I would like to see how the story turns out, but the rest of the run will not be high on my must-buy list.

Worth reading but not a rave review.

Rusty’s Comic Reading List – 2015

Velvet Vol. 1 – Before the Living End (Brubaker / Epting / Breitweiser)
Batgirl Vol. 1 – Batgirl of Burnside (Stewart / Fletcher / Tarr)
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 Year in Comics 2015

July 5, 2015
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BatgirlVol1

When Cameron Stewart reworked Batgirl for DC, I avoided it. It got a lot of positive press about making her more hip and realistic, but I thought they were kind of throwing Gail Simone under the bus. Meanwhile Simone said in interviews that she had tried to rework Batgirl in a similar way and wasn’t allowed.

Oh well. Word is, the new book was good and now I have proof.

Books where the main character is an early-twenties oh-so-hip woman ‘out on her own’ are a little bit of a cliche. (Take a look at the trailer for the new Supergirl tv show and you will see what I mean.) But this one works by giving us a nice set of supporting characters (though it is interesting to see that the first thing Stewart did was jettison the previous set just to make them more into what he wanted). The villains are a bit… hokey, but the setting and character work.

As long as you completely ignore all the previous characterization. (That is Black Canary? Seriously? How does one go from an important member of the Justice League to a petulant 20 year old who joins a band?)

Anyway. Worth a read.

Rusty’s Comic Reading List – 2015

Batgirl Vol. 1 – Batgirl of Burnside (Stewart / Fletcher / Tarr)
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 30, 2015
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goyette-ocean

It as almost like learning who to read all over again.

When I started the book, my first thought was, “Why did I buy this?” It does not match the sort of poetry I normally like. It is too abstract and concentrates more on imagery than meaning. Not what I generally go for.

Until it wasn’t that at all.

I don’t remember at what point I found myself completely drawn into this world of words and water.

Oh, there is meaning. I am just not sure if I know what it is.

It was mesmerizing.

2015 in Books

Ocean – Sue Goyette
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 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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