Saturday, April 4, 2015

From The Reading Couch: New Comics

The Editor-At-Large about the cabin, Atticus, sez: "Another gorgeous spring day outside: warm weather, clear, sunny skies… perfect for spending the day indoors reading comics."

The main book pictured is probably the most epic book I’ve bought in years (a collector’s facemelt in league with the pantheon of Chris Ware’s 2012 “Building Stories” and 1,000-page, double-volume boxed set of pure joy that is “The Completely Mad Don Martin”): "Dream Another Dream" is 120+ artists paying homage to Winsor McCay’s “Little Nemo In Slumberland” in an oversized (16x21”) hardcover tome filled with luscious renderings.

Published by Locust Moon Comics in West Philly, the project was a Kickstarter success story with over $150k raised by 1,087 supporters. The compendium is "oversized" only in the sense that compared to the paltry publications of strips by contemporary syndicates one will be aesthetically overwhelmed with this resurrection of the historical dimensions of newspaper comics. Now this is the way they ought to be seen + read!

Also included in the image are a handful of miscellaneous recommended recent acquisitions, all of which have been a delight to peruse at leisure. I've been obsessively burning through the Neal Gaiman "Sandman" spinoff series, Mike Carey's "Lucifer," which has been a fun read that keeps me up at night turning pages (and dutifully driving back to the Comic Shop for the next installment - yet another hat-yip to the folks working there who I regularly trust to put spiffy stuff in my hands that I haven't yet heard about). Here's a little list with linkage to reviews of the other titles:

"Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant" by Tony Cliff  
"In Real Life" by Jen Wang/ Cory Doctorow 

Clockwise from upper left: Excerpted panels from Carroll, Wilson, Wang, Petersen, Cliff

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