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Rusty’s Reading List 2018 | July 15, 2018



I am not a huge manga fan, but I love Akira, both the comic and the movie version… but the comic is better. I originally was buying it in this collection from Epic. Alas, I never finished it and by the time I was able to, I had to switch to a different publisher, where the volumes don’t align perfectly.

Random aside that has nothing to do with this comic, other than tangentially.

Some great time ago I was involved in e-mail wrestling leagues. This was a (somewhat odd) thing where you had a wrestler or wrestlers and wrote promos and other people wrote matches etc. It was a communal writing exercise really. I took part both as a ‘handler’ and a s match and show writer.

My main wrestler was a character named ‘Rocket Man’ Timothy N. Turner. I also ran his brother, ‘Constable’ Tom Turner, and briefly a character named Red ‘Monkeywrench’ Ledret. But I also had one other. He was a masked wrestler named Steele Raider, handled by someone else. I took him over and unmasked him as a Japanese wrestler named Akira Saito. I made that name up, though was obviously inspired by Akira.

So, when I opened this copy of Akira I was somewhat surprised to see a credit for the Designer of the Kodansha Ltd. (first Japanese collection) copy: Akira Saito.

Anyway, this is a really good comic, I highly recommend it.



Books Read in 2018

Akira Collection 1 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)

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