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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

November 29, 2016
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secretpath

This is a simply amazing read. This is the story of Chanie Wenjack, a young boy who left a residential school and tried to go home. He did not make it. It is a true story and it is created here by Gord Downie’s poetry and Jeff Lemire’s illustration as a reminder  that this happened. This really happened. In enlightened Canada.

This is a beautiful book. Downie is an accomplished poet. I have said in the past that I was a fan of Lemire’s writing but not his art. Here, it is perfect of the subject matter.

I can’t imagine that this won’t be my top comic of the year. Brilliant and compelling.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Secret Path (Downie / Lemire)
Rob Malo’s Tibert Le Voyageur (Lamoureaux / Miranda)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 (David / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 (David / McFarlane / Larsen / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

November 24, 2016
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ninavuleta

 

That title, tho.

Nina Vuleta is a very talented young poet who I have had the pleasure to work with when we were an the 2015 CapSlam team together. They really sone that year – enough that they were asked to come back and do a showcase poem (‘Binary’) after we were eliminated from the competition. This year they were on the Urban Legends team that made it to finals.

This chapbook, is something else. Right away, from the cover onwards, you see Nina’s sense of humour that carries through the introduction and small ‘incidental’ scribblings here and there throughout the book. This is a great way to break up an otherwise heavy read. This is full of teen angst (and if you think there is any judgment in me referring to it that way, you don’t know me very well), written in a smart way. There is a lot of writing about depression, even when the surface writing is about something else.

But then there is a love poem about a relationship between Misha Collins (of Supernatural) and kale.

Who else could have written a line like: The kale blushed the way a vegetable would, nutritiously.

or

The room was like a ninth grade science class, filled with chemistry.

 

I am looking forward to hearing more from Nina.

 

 

Books Read in 2016

Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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November 12, 2016
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christian-bok

 

This chapbook was gifted to me by rob mclennan. All I can really say is that I think this isn’t really my thing. More to the point, I think I would need to HEAR this poetry rather than read it. On the page, to me, it looks like gibberish… but I have heard poetry I quite enjoyed that would look like gibberish on the page, so there you go.

 

Books Read in 2016

0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Comic Book Reading List 2016

November 6, 2016
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tibert

 

Last week I was doing my gig as Spoken Word Canada’s National Slam Master at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. (That’s a lot of capitals. Oh well, I did used to run Capital Slam…)
While there I was billeted with a lovely family that includes Rob Malo, also known as Tibert.

Rob using storytelling as an educational tool, utilizing many different forms of media to do so. One of those is a beautifully illustrated comic, telling the story of Tibert, his Voyageur alter ego. The comic is art without words as Rob uses it to teach children how to tell the story their own way. (It also makes the package easily bilingual.

Rob is a good person and a talented storyteller. You can see more about him and his work at his website.

Comic Books Read in 2016

Rob Malo’s Tibert Le Voyageur (Lamoureaux / Miranda)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 (David / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 (David / McFarlane / Larsen / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

November 5, 2016
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hulk-david-3

 

This is a new addition, and why I reread the first two volumes. This was quite a bit worse than the previous, and all three are quite a bit worse than how good the Peter David run was yet to get. This biggest letdown this time is the art. Even though Todd McFarlane is overrated and his Hulk work is almost proto-Todd, it is still fun to see. Jeff Purves is not that.

But this run is about the story and we are well into the Joe Fixit era, but it is unfortunately saddled with THREE cross-overs in one volume. The first is at least with another David written book (Web of Spider-Man). The others are with a Steve Engelhard penned Fantastic Four (in the horrible ‘bumpy’ Thing era) and with an Avengers Annual that isn’t included.

Not a high point, overall.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 (David / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 (David / McFarlane / Larsen / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

November 3, 2016
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Hulk_Visionaries_Peter_David_Vol_1_2

Rereading the second volume of Peter David’s run on the Hulk. No more mopping up. This is David’s story… and it’s okay. Chasing after Gamma Bombs only to fail to the plot of the Leader and then transition to the Joe Fixit Hulk, which is where David really made his mark on the Hulk mythos for the first time.

Apparently this book was Image training grounds.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 (David / McFarlane / Larsen / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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October 31, 2016
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touch-the-donkey-10

 

I read another chapbook from rob mclennan, this one was the 10th issue of his series, Touch the Donkey. As usual with rob’s publications, it is is eclectic and interesting. I was especially taken with he very first piece in the issue, ‘Breastwork’ by Meredith Quartermain. I wasn’t sold on it until he last line, when it retroactively won me over.

 

Books Read in 2016

Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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October 31, 2016
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Hulk_Visionaries_Peter_David_Vol_1_1

This is  a re-read as I recently picked up Volume 3. This is the start of the Peter David run and he hadn’t found his groove yet. He spent most of this volume mopping up the remains of the John Byrne and Al Milgrom runs… Hulk busters and a temporary Rick Jones Hulk.

This is also very early Todd McFarlane. Not yet the 90’s star he would grow into.

Comic Books Read in 2016

Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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October 31, 2016
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aboveground-pirie-sex

 

 

 

I have been known to say that I am not a big fan of ‘sex poetry’. What I really mean is that I am not generally a fan of ‘erotic poetry’, though there have been exceptions.

This is the former without being the latter. The sex is there, but it certainly does not mean to titillate, rather… illuminate? Causing you to ruminate?

Or maybe just enjoy. This is a very good chapbook by a very good poet. Thanks to rob mclennan for passing this beauty my way. Thanks to Pearl for writing it.

Books Read in 2016

Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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October 18, 2016
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thekey

This is not the sort of book you will generally see on this list, but that’s okay.

Some handful of years ago, I bought Sanctus – this book’s predecessor – in an airport gift shop. I was getting on a place and had nothing to read.

Basically we are talking about a mystery grounded in fake secrets of the church. So, yeah, a Di Vinci Code knock-off. Well, let’s say they fit into the same oeuvre, rather than a blatant nod.

But then, surprisingly, I liked it.

It read as a one-off but some time later I found out that it morphed into a trilogy. I guess it sold well.

This is book two, and once again, I mostly enjoyed it. Diverting.

 

Books Read in 2016

The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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