The List: The (Mostly) New York Comic Con Edition Part 1

It was The Dig List, but is now just The List. It's still brief thoughts about stuff I've read lately, though, and this one is mostly about stuff I picked up at NYCC, though a few other things may find their way in, too. Hit it!

Too Cool to be Forgotten - I've been an Alex Robinson fanboy since Box Office Poison, so this was a no-brainer purchase for, and as usual, it was pitch-perfect. The conceit of a 40-something man finding himself reliving high school is fanciful, sure, but Robinson makes it ring true. Everyone "sounds" the way they should, and the main character's actions never seem outlandish; forced to go through a chunk of high school again, any of us would probably do the same as him. And though the story's climax is foreshadowed to varying degrees throughout the book, it still hits like a ton of bricks. Go and read this already.

Radical Publishing 2009 Preview Book - I've read a little about Radical online, but never knew a lot about the titles or the company. After looking through this preview... I still don't. You get interviews with Steve Niles and Rick Remender about their books, but the rest is all sketches, covers, and dialogue-free preview art. And it's gorgeous art, don't get me wrong. These are very eye-catching, and they certainly don't look like much else out there on the stands these days. But, as a story guy, I'd like a little more info about what's actually going on. Even a plot synopsis or two would've helped.

Awesome: The Indie Spinner Rack Anthology - Born out of the sizable artist community on the forums of the ISR podcast, this features material from a huge number of incredibly talented indie cartoonists, including Andy Runton, Fred Chao, Renee French, Nick Bertozzi, Bernie Mireault, Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, Josh Cotter, Liz Prince, Matt Kindt, Roger Langridge, Sam Hiti, GB Tran, Alec Longstreth, Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, and more. It also helps benefit a scholarship fund for the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. The talent and the cause make the book worth your while. That it's also good comics is just icing on the cake. It's an anthology... there's something in here you'll like. Probably several somethings.

Captain Britain and MI13 #s 1-4 - I got tired of waiting for the trade, and just went out and got the issues (and for a lot less than the trade would've been, so yay for me). This was not a bad idea at all, because this book was a lot of fun. Paul Cornell ladles out the awesome with a heavy hand here, and considering all the baggage this could have, it's a remarkably stress-free read. You don't need to know the incredibly convoluted pasts of Captain Britain or the Black Knight, you don't need to have read Cornell's prior Pete Wisdom mini-series, and you don't even have to have read the rest of the Secret Invasion event that this belongs to... you get the super-condensed basics, and then onto a gonzo story about aliens, magic, and monsters. A fun ride, and what may become that rarest of rare things to me now, a Big 2 book I actually want to follow monthly. Huh.

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