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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

March 20, 2019
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I don’t know why I don’t have more Astro City. I only have two volumes and it is really a masterpiece. If you have ever liked super-heroes, this is a love letter to them – in is Kurt Busiek telling all the stories he would tell if he weren’t otherwise contained by the medium. Want a Superman style story that doesn’t have to stick to DC continuity? You have Samaritan. Want to tell a story about Wonder Woman were she doesn’t need to tone down the feminist angle? Winged Victory. Want a Green Arrow cocky hero without having to constantly remind the readers of his good qualities? Crackerjack.

Etc. And the Etc. is amazing.

2019 Reading List

Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3

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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

March 14, 2019
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I was home sick today so I read the 2nd volume of Grant Morrison’s character-defining run on Animal Man. This isn’t the most memorable volume as it mostly moves things along from the groundbreaking start to the mind blowing finish. Along the way he has some very interesting things to say about South African race relations in the Apartheid era (which resonates very well in the ‘everything is political’ current age), as well as white saviours, eco-terrorism, etc.

Great stuff, but you should really read this as par to the whole. It is less by itself.

2019 Reading List

Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

March 14, 2019
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When I started doing this list a few years ago, I never would have fathomed a situation where I was listing my 2nd read book of the year in March.

I AM still reading, of course. Mostly that has meant poems for Arc Magazine’s programs (where I am Spoken Word Editor), and music magazines.

Wow, am I glad I started reading this book, however. It is amazing. It is one of my favourite baseball books ever. The way Neyer has managed to sum up the current state of baseball in a well thought out, well plained, and entertaining manner is amazing. Of course, I knew most of what he writes about already, but that is okay.

As I expressed to him on Twitter, I want to see him do a book like this every decade or so, even stretching back to the dawn of baseball. The changes in the game are just that fascinating to me.

2019 Reading List

Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Russian Doll

February 21, 2019
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SPOILERS

SERIOUSLY, IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED RUSSIAN DOLL, TURN BACK NOW.


ALSO, IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED RUSSIAN DOLL, YOU SHOULD REALLY DO THAT, THEN COME BACK HERE.

Okay, that should do it.

All right, when I finished watching Russian Doll, I was blown away by how good it was. It was incredibly entertaining and thought provoking. I walked away knowing what I had seen and didn’t think there was any debate.

Then I read an article talking about what happened in the show and I was amazed by how wrong it was.

So then I asked my wife what she thought happened in the show and it wasn’t what I thought happened (though it was different from what the article said).

So then I asked another friend who watched it and he also had a different take than mine. Then HE read an article by the creators who gave a different take. Then people were asking for a Season 2, which made absolutely no sense to me, based on my reading of the show.

So… I am wrong, I guess? But that makes the show much worse, unfortunately.  However, whenever I talked about it with anyone and told them my take, they agreed that it made the show better.

So, here goes.

Why should there be no season 2?

Because the main characters are already dead.

They were dead all along. Nobody came back from the dead and replayed their last day(s). They were already dead and replaying it in some sort of purgatory afterlife. They had to learn the lessons needed before they could move on. At the end they did exactly that.

Sure, this could just be a random theory (like people who wrongly said that Lost was purgatory), except there are things that happened on the show that made no sense unless this was what happened.

I have four examples (though I bet there are more):

1. Things and people started vanishing the more times through the characters went. Where did those things go? If this was just a re-run, things that were not directly affected by the main characters should remain unchanged. (I know that whole parallel timeline thing that popped up at the end can explain this somewhat, but pretty weakly. ‘In this parallel timeline there are no such thing as mirrors!’ is the worst Sliders episode ever.)

Stuff could change because none of it was real anyway.

2. The final look at the party only had Maxine (Greta Lee), remaining. It was the natural final stage of the party and its diminishing guests, but when Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) tried to urge Maxine to come with her, she gave back a deadpan ‘I can’t.’ Why? Because she isn’t real. She is a construct of this place and had to follow the specific rules for it. If she was still a real person, why would she have restrictions AND KNOW SHE HAD RESTRICTIONS that she couldn’t leave the apartment?

3. When Nadia finally met Lucy (Tatiana Rivera), the young girl initially acted normally but then, as Nadia started to get ‘ill’, she responded as an omniscient narrator (or at least a semi-omniscient narrator).
Was that normal behaviour? Was this a parallel timeline where Lucy was somehow aware of the actions going on in the meta plot and able to advise Nadia? Or was she a construct of the world, pushing Nadia down the path?

4. When Nadia and Alan (Charlie Barnett) had their breakthroughs and either merged timelines or went on with their lives (depending on which of those accounts you believe), they stumbled across a… parade of homeless people? Or something? It was a great scene, but made absolutely zero sense if you think this is just life as usual. (The homeless parade timeline?)


Nadia and Alan have been dead the whole time. (Well, from their first deaths, anyway.)


This is also why I cringed at the idea of a second season. What would a second season look like if they were dead? And if it shows that they AREN’T dead, it makes the first season so much worse! Disappointing!

(Note: They could still make further seasons if they mess with the format, like American Horror Story did.)

(Not like Fargo or True Detective, though, because that would eliminate Natasha Lyonne, and she is just too great.)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

February 4, 2019
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Over a month into 2019 and this is my first entry? What’s going on?

I’m not going to lie, I have been playing a lot of Eternal on my phone and reading music magazines.

Nevertheless, I have also been working my way through this issue of Denver Quarterly, in dribs and drabs. There is some really good stuff in here! My favourites were probably be the three ‘Prayers for the Mutilated World’ by Sam Sax.

2019 Reading List

Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

December 31, 2018
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This is pretty likely the last thing I’ll read this year.
I haven’t been reading much lately. Well, I guess that isn’t exactly true, but it has mostly been magazines – music, history, etc.

I’ve read and posted about this collection before. It is great, but the constant interruptions due to DC crossovers makes it a LITTLE less accessible to the average reader. Having said THAT, Grant Morrison did the best with those interludes that he could and this IS great reading. (The fact that I am familiar with the Invasion story and Justice League Europe probably helped me, though.)

Rusty’s Reading List for 2018

Animal Man Volume 1 – Morrison / Truog / Hazlewood / Grummett
Haiku For Filth Mongers – Charlie Petch
Sawdust Reading Series Broadsides Collection #1
Alien Legion: Slaughterworld – Carl Potts & Various
Akira Volume 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Volume 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 8 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Impressment Gang #3.3/4.0
Akira Collection 7 – Katsuhiro Otomo
subTerrain #78
Akira Collection 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Room #41.2
ARC Poetry Magazine #86
Akira Collection 4 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 3 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux – ed/ by Mark Eleveld
It’s still winter – rob mclennan
Regeneration Machine – Joe Denham
Life after Cancer Treatment – Canadian Cancer Society
Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
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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November 13, 2018
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Petch

It is amazing what one finds when they go through their books. This is a miniature chapbook from 2012 that spotlights not only Charlie’s haiku talents, but their photography abilities as well!

For those not in the know, the term haiku as used by the spoken word crowd simply means using the 7-5-7 syllable format with all other conventions discarded. These are funny and, yes, somewhat filthy. Entertaining for sure.

 

Rusty’s Reading List for 2018

Haiku For Filth Mongers – Charlie Petch
Sawdust Reading Series Broadsides Collection #1
Alien Legion: Slaughterworld – Carl Potts & Various
Akira Volume 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Volume 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 8 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Impressment Gang #3.3/4.0
Akira Collection 7 – Katsuhiro Otomo
subTerrain #78
Akira Collection 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Room #41.2
ARC Poetry Magazine #86
Akira Collection 4 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 3 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux – ed/ by Mark Eleveld
It’s still winter – rob mclennan
Regeneration Machine – Joe Denham
Life after Cancer Treatment – Canadian Cancer Society
Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
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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October 28, 2018
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At the Sawdust Anniversary show last fall they gave out this collection of broadsides, all together in a Sawdust envelope. I remember thinking it was a unique giveaway but it ended up in my ‘to-read’ pile, unread.

I finally re-discovered it and gave it the attention it deserves.

What a nice little collection! It includes poems be people like  Jamaal Jackson Rogers and Conyer Clayton. The one that stood out for me was ‘Maybe I’m Trying To Tell Myself Something’ by David Collins.

A great addition to the library from a great reading series.

 

Rusty’s Reading List for 2018

Sawdust Reading Series Broadsides Collection #1
Alien Legion: Slaughterworld – Carl Potts & Various
Akira Volume 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Volume 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 8 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Impressment Gang #3.3/4.0
Akira Collection 7 – Katsuhiro Otomo
subTerrain #78
Akira Collection 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Room #41.2
ARC Poetry Magazine #86
Akira Collection 4 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 3 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux – ed/ by Mark Eleveld
It’s still winter – rob mclennan
Regeneration Machine – Joe Denham
Life after Cancer Treatment – Canadian Cancer Society
Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
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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October 27, 2018
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This is the first (and only?) collection of Alien Legion, from Epic Comics. I loved Alien Legion. It was very much a war comic but moved into a different setting.

It says it was ‘created’ by Carl Potts, but he wasn’t the editor, I think. Alan Zelenetz and various artists did the month to month work. This doesn’t collect full issues because it dropped the back-ups, and I am pretty sure it never got the ‘fame’ it needed to collect further. Too bad.

 

Rusty’s Reading List for 2018

Alien Legion: Slaughterworld – Carl Potts & Various
Akira Volume 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Volume 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 8 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Impressment Gang #3.3/4.0
Akira Collection 7 – Katsuhiro Otomo
subTerrain #78
Akira Collection 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Room #41.2
ARC Poetry Magazine #86
Akira Collection 4 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 3 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux – ed/ by Mark Eleveld
It’s still winter – rob mclennan
Regeneration Machine – Joe Denham
Life after Cancer Treatment – Canadian Cancer Society
Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
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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October 14, 2018
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AkiraVol1_6

This wraps up my Akira re-read.

Wouldn’t Akira make a great live action series if the show had a Westworld like budget?

Answer: yes.

As long as they didn’t white wash it.

The national pride at the end was nice to see after they destroyed Tokyo AGAIN.

 

Rusty’s Reading List for 2018

Akira Volume 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Volume 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 8 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Impressment Gang #3.3/4.0
Akira Collection 7 – Katsuhiro Otomo
subTerrain #78
Akira Collection 6 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 5 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Room #41.2
ARC Poetry Magazine #86
Akira Collection 4 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 3 – Katsuhiro Otomo
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux – ed/ by Mark Eleveld
It’s still winter – rob mclennan
Regeneration Machine – Joe Denham
Life after Cancer Treatment – Canadian Cancer Society
Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
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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