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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

January 3, 2016
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My first comic GN read this year is one I have had on order for a while but has been hard to get it.  Thankfully Comet Comics came through and got my a copy as 2015 wrapped up!

(I happen to know that they got another copy as well, so if this sounds like a book you would like, rush on down and pick it up!)

The Wrenchies is a bizarre book. On one level it seems to be about a gang of youth trying to get by in some sort of post-apocoplyptic wasteland.

Except when it isn’t.

Sometimes it is about a weird kid who likes to dress up in a super-hero costume.

Sometimes it is about two brothers who find a scary man in a cave.

Keep it mind that this isn’t an anthology. It is all one story.

Personally, I think that this book isn’t about any of those things, but rather it is about mental illness and a very disturbed young man. I think of it as a bit of a cross between Joe the Barbarian and Life of Pi.

But maybe you will get something different out of it.


Comic Books Read in 2016

The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)

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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

January 2, 2016
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The second day of the year and it is the second older chapbook I have read, This one is from 2011 and is called ‘Sunsets for Daydreamers’ by Megan Ann Ward.

What I find fascinating about reading poetry by someone a know, is who you find facets of their personality that you never knew existed.

Soem poems in here ‘sound’ like her to me, while others sound like a different person hiding inside… and that is amazing and wonderful.


Books Read in 2016

Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula

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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

January 1, 2016
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It is barely after noon on January 1st and I already have the first entry for this list. I have read it before, but not cover to cover so I did that this morning.

I am not completely sure when they put this out… it has been a few years at least. There are classics in here like ‘When It Rains’ and ‘Still’, as well as some that are less well known.

Brandon and Ikenna are both masters at their craft and while neither are based out of Ottawa any more, and am still proud to call them friends and peers.


Books Read in 2016

September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula

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Rusty’s 2015 Books of the Year

January 1, 2016
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First off, let me make this clear… this is not some sort of organized award thing. If it were you might notice that I am talking about books that likely were not even published in 2015.

I don’t really care. What these are, instead, are books that I first READ in 2015 that I thought were the best. I do it both for ‘books’ and ‘comics’, even though the comics I refer to are quite clearly books,  because it is my blog and I can do what I want.

Honourable Mentions (Books):

The Zurita chapbook is special, but it isn’t the book alone that makes it so. It is the memory of his reading at VERSeFest. It was captivating, heartbreaking, mesmerizing and spell-binding in a way that I hadn’t thought possible. I was nearly to tears while HE was reading (as in, the untranslated text), which tells you something.

It is the level of emotion … or nearly, at least, that puts Karen Connelly’s ‘Come Cold River’ on this list as well. Incredibly moving.

Honourable Mentions (comics):

‘Over Easy’ by Mimi Pond is one of those personal retrospectives that can be in equal parts captivating and dull. She managed the former here quite nicely. It is about character more than plot, and that is where my bread is buttered, so to speak.

‘Here’ by Richard McGuire is absolutely fascinating. If I say I like character more than plot, this book has neither. It is completely about place as it is page after page of the exact same place and different times. It is really amazing, but in a different way than any book I have ever read.


The winners…

…are not exactly a surprise seeing how I put the pictures at the top of this post.

‘Madness, Rack, and Honey’ by Mary Ruefle is a collection of essays, ostensible about poetry but it meanders a bit. It is the one book this year that I kept having to stop, go back and reread a passage over again… over and over. I would sometimes need to share and quote sections to whomever happened to be nearby. It was illumination.

‘Seconds’ by Brian Lee O’Malley, who is better known for his Scott Pilgrim books, is a really lovely book. It takes a fascinating premise and twists it around on itself until you a re reading g different book than the one you thought you were. What if you could do things over? What would you do?


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