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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

June 17, 2020
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I am not going to say too much about this, because I am going to read the longer, hardcover Castle Waiting collection, and the is part of it.

That is a weird thing – this is listed as Volume 1, yet in the hardcore, this isn’t the start of the book… there are something like three chapters ahead of it. Prequel? Unsure.

I will tell you how I ‘discovered’ Castle Waiting, though you may have read it before if you read my ‘review’ of Bone.

Back when I lived in Calgary and worked for Styx International, one of my customers was named Mike Moynihan. At the time I was reading mostly mainstream, Marvel/DC books. He introduced me to Madman. We then went to the San Diego Comic Con together and through Mike I met Mike and Laura Allred. We spent quite a bit of time together that week and Mike A. introduced me to Bone. It becomes one of my favourite comics and this chain had gone so well that I wrote a letter to Jeff Smith, asking him to continue the recommendation thread. He loved the idea and suggested Castle Waiting.

I will talk more about the book once I finish the bigger version.

2020 Reading List

Castle Waiting Vol.1 – The Lucky Road – Linda Medley
Full Count – Jeff Blair
The Death of Captain Marvel – Jim Starlin
ARC Poetry Magazine #90
The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake – Samuel Bawlf
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol.2 – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins
Captain America: Winter Soldier – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon
Captain America: War & Remembrance – Stern / Byrne / Rubenstein
Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

June 8, 2020
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I like baseball. I like books about baseball. I like the Blue Jays.

This seems like an easy match.

However, this isn’t a great book. Not to say it is bad, or that I regret reading it. That is far from the truth. It just seemed a bit haphazard. It jumped around a bit, without a real narrative flow through. It was marketed as a book, but the slipping timeline says that this was more a collection of writings. There are references that are dropped in one section and picked up in another, without anything that implies that the one section knew about the other. It is also incredibly dated. (There is a section on how Brett Lawrie is going to become a star.) It also misses some important parts of narratives it DOES touch in, (The fact that Lawrie stared down Adam Lind was not the main problem with that situation. It was that Lawrie did so while being completely ignorant of the baseball reason why they were right and he was wrong. That was never even mentioned.)
However, there are good bits, for sure. I like getting an inside look at how people within the team view various GMs over the years.

Worth reading if you are a Blue Jay fan, but not if you are looking for the next great Moneyball or the like,

2020 Reading List

Full Count – Jeff Blair
The Death of Captain Marvel – Jim Starlin
ARC Poetry Magazine #90
The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake – Samuel Bawlf
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol.2 – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins
Captain America: Winter Soldier – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon
Captain America: War & Remembrance – Stern / Byrne / Rubenstein
Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading Lost 2020

May 19, 2020
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This was the first ever Marvel Graphic Novel. It was later referred to as Marvel GN #1, but originally it was envisioned as a one-off, not the start of something.
When I first read this, I was not blown away. I was never a huge fan of the Jim Starlin mythos, though I can see the appeal. Also, it was the death of a character I never had much affection for.

Going back, of course, it was a four-colour ‘funny book’ actually dealign with someone dying of cancer. Yeah. That resonates. Forget the trappings. Just read his interactions with different characters. Elysia. Eros. Rick Jones. Even Thing and Spider-Man. This is strong work hiding behind a spandex veneer.

And that last page. Wow.

2020 Reading List

The Death of Captain Marvel – Jim Starlin
ARC Poetry Magazine #90
The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake – Samuel Bawlf
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol.2 – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins
Captain America: Winter Soldier – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon
Captain America: War & Remembrance – Stern / Byrne / Rubenstein
Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

May 19, 2020
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I rarely read an issue of Arc as soon as they come out, because I am part of the editorial board and I prefer a little distance so I can enjoy the poem again, rather than just recognizing them.
Issue #90 was our special ‘Labour and Livelihood’ issue, which also means it was the first time I actively solicited a poem for the print magazine (as opposed to video content for the website). Lucia Misch’s ‘The Works Projects Administration’ has long been a favourite of mine and I was very pleased to share it with the Arc audience.
I would also really like to spotlight the poem by Jenny Haysom (who I seem to mentally swap with Jenny Hval, more often that not. “What is the album about, Jenny?”), and her poem “When I was your age,”. Also Ben Robinson’s ‘Luftwaffe’ and Adam Seelig’s “Quick Summary of Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century”.

2020 Reading List

ARC Poetry Magazine #90
The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake – Samuel Bawlf
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol.2 – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins
Captain America: Winter Soldier – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon
Captain America: War & Remembrance – Stern / Byrne / Rubenstein
Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

May 15, 2020
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I have been reading this for quite some time – not because it was a slog (like a certain other book I recently finished), but it IS quite dense…. but riveting!

I have never more wanted to be a tv executive. I want to green light this as the next big epic series, following the trail Of Drake on his expedition to find the Pacific end of the Northwest Passage. It was fascinating! And lots of drama and intrigue!

It was a great, interesting read.

2020 Reading List

The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake – Samuel Bawlf
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol.2 – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins
Captain America: Winter Soldier – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon
Captain America: War & Remembrance – Stern / Byrne / Rubenstein
Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

May 4, 2020
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This is the second half of the epic Winter Soldier story that brought back Bucky. Of course it ended with him maybe being dead again, but we know better (and knew better at the time). It was kind of a cheap payoff, with the Cosmic Cube, but it made perfect sense and stopped thing from dragging out for too long. I don’t love the character of Winter Soldier (I am not big fan of ‘big gun’ characters), but he has been a very solid (re)addition to the Cap mythos.

2020 Reading List

Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol.2 – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins
Captain America: Winter Soldier – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon
Captain America: War & Remembrance – Stern / Byrne / Rubenstein
Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

April 28, 2020
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This is the first part of the story that was ultimately adapted (in concept anyway) into the movie of the same name. This story includes some of the modern tropes of comics that I don’t like. Cap is getting darker and more violent. It is the sort of thing they put Batman through constantly. Best Cap is not ‘dark and violent’ Cap. But they don’t stick with that for too long. Instead it is connected to the Cosmic Cube, which is good groundwork for all the people who got all worked up over the ‘Evil Cap’ story.
The treatment of Red Skull doesn’t bother me, because a character like that bounces back, always. I wouldn’t have liked what they did to Nomad either, except previous writers had already pretty much destroyed anything good about the character.

I remember a saying about Marvel back in the day. ‘Nobody stays dead except for Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacy, and Bucky.’

We are down to one.

2020 Reading List

Captain America: Winter Soldier – Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon
Captain America: War & Remembrance – Stern / Byrne / Rubenstein
Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

April 25, 2020
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This is one of the books that reminds me of my days ‘in the biz’ as when I open it, I see a John Byrne autograph.
Roger Stern is the epitome of what I enjoyed as a teenage comic fan. Not every story has to be an epic or has to be written for the purpose of collection. This volume has a number of disparate stories, with the only thread being that we are following the life of Steve Rogers. It includes the introduction of Bernie Rosenthal (Cap’s best love interest… much better than Sharon Carter), fights with Machinesmith and Baron Blood, and the great two-after with Mr. Hyde and Batroc.

This is just good, enjoyable comics. It was Stern that turned Cap into one of my favourite characters. This may seem dated now but, hey, I am old.

2020 Reading List

Captain America: War & Remembrance – Stern / Byrne / Rubenstein
Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

April 20, 2020
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This is the 2nd of three collections of Xenozoic Tales. The cover, like the previous volume, clearly says it is by Mark Schultz, but in this volume that is only partly true. He does write all the stories, but every second chapter was drawn by Steve Stiles. Maybe that was trying to overcome a lack of drawing speed by Schultz – I am unsure. It is to the books detriment, though. Stiles draws in a similar style to Schultz, though not quite as well. Mostly it leads to a situation where Schultz gives Stiles fill-in stories to draw, keeping the good stuff for himself. It makes this volume much more uneven than the previous one.
Still good, but Cadillacs & Dinosaurs is better.

2020 Reading List

Dinosaur Shaman – Mark Schultz
Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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Rusty’s Reading List 2020

April 15, 2020
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This is why I haven’t posted anything but comic collections recently. I am stubborn. Once I start a book, I want to finish it.
And this was a real slog.
I am not sure where I got this book, but I know WHY I got it. Page was a Canadian poet of some renown, as well as being a very accomplished artist.
This book, on the other hand, is a journal of the time she spent in Brazil as the wife of a diplomat, and if that sounds reductive, it is meant to be. If this is all you had to go on, you would assume Page was a bourgeois dilettante looking down on the funny little Brazilians who she deigns to associate with. It isn’ just racial issues, either. Every single woman she encounters is either pretty or fat, according to Page. This entire book was just really awful.

Now, her say was from the late fifties, but the book was published in the late eighties so no disclaimer there. I honestly wish I had never read this. It will likely colour my opinion of her poetry that I could read in the future, which very well be unfair.

2020 Reading List

Brazilian Journal – P.K. Page
Cadillacs & Dinosaurs – Mark Schultz
Books of Magic – Gaiman / Bolton / Hampton / Vess / Johnson
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith
The Best American Comics 2007 – Chris Ware, Editor
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Step Aside, Pops – Kate Beaton
Batman: The Court of Owls – Snyder / Capullo / Glapion
Batman and Son – Morrison / Kubert / Williams III / Daniel
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain – Moench / Jones / Jones III
Batman: Bride of the Demon – Barr / Grindberg / Grindberg
Batman: A Death in the Family – Starlin / Aparo / DeCarlo
The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
Batman: Anarky – Grant / Breyfogle / more
Batman: Night Cries – Goodwin / Hampton
The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa
Batman: Shaman – O’Neill / Hannigan / Beatty
Flux – Joe Denham
Bowie – Changes 1976-2016 – MOJO Collector’s Series


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