I’m still having a Graphic Book-Binge and happily continuing my ‘new’ year this way :]
I think I’m in denial about being an adult. I am looking at universities and procrastinating by reading countless comic books, with a peppering of novels and non-fiction. Don’t worry, I am a mature and intelligent woman. Promise.
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The Drifting Classroom Vol 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 by Kazuo Umezu.
It just gets more and more intense. Brutal monsters, mysterious mushrooms and earth becoming a desert wasteland. This was an incredible series, the bad guy got what he deserved and the school children stepped up to their destiny. It was an abrupt ending, but I think it was well-executed and the ideas are all incredibly unique for the time (1960s) Jurassic Park could very well have stolen Umezu’s idea about robotic dinosaurs, just saying… I really want to watch the Drifting Classroom movie adaptation.
Batman: Anarky written by Alan Grant.
Picked this up because I’ve never heard of Anarky. He’s basically a crazy-genius teenager who self educates and wants to change the world. I can relate to that. I can’t tell if he is a villain or a hero. He means well and cares about educating the masses… although his methods are questionable. What I really enjoyed was Grant and Norm Breyfogle’s intro into the world of Anarky, there are some good points for discussion about the role anarchism plays in society.
» Mar 7.
Woman Rebel: the Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge.
A satirical biography on the life of Margaret Sanger a feminist, birth control activist, sex educator and nurse. She stood up for abortion and helped women learn how not to get pregnant. Yay! The power of knowledge! Bagge made it hard to understand her motives and brushed on topics that could have been better detailed. I Googled her name and found a lot of controversial information. Not sure I like this woman if what I read is truth… although it may just be a bunch of pro-life people switching her words. I have no idea. Don’t quote me on anything. I just want to know who Peter Bagge is. Why is he writing the biography of a women’s rights activist? Why did I read this entire book? Beats me x2. The biography itself is awkward and strange. It makes her seem manipulative and sneaky, yet understanding and passionate. Meh.
» Mar 8.
Joker written by Brian Azzarello. Fresh out of Arkham Asylum, Joker takes on Johnny Johnny as his little henchman. Laughs. Blood. Insanity. Whose that guy? Oh! It’s Riddler!
I hate the digital-style art in this book all I could see was the “brush” marks and generated patterns for Croc’s skin… too many feathered brushes.
» Mar 14.
They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson. A quick read and fantastic bit of sci-fi. Guess who the meat is? I love satire and the way he does it is so simple but really thought-provoking. Bisson says enough to get his ideas across, but leaves most of the guess-work to his readers. I wish I could write like he does. I have immense respect for Bisson, especially after reading “Thanks for your interest in my work. If you enjoyed this little piece, give a dollar to a homeless person.” posted at the bottom of his short story. Read it here.
» Mar 18.
Red Alert zine by Concordia QPIRG, a group of Québécois grrrls.
Essentially a vagina manual. This zine even says “keep this in your back pocket and whip it out when any of your girrlfriends have a questions/complaint about their bodies.” They glorified femstruation and blood through poetry, drawings and really cool stickers!
I wish I could have put the I ♥ DIRTY SLUTS sticker on my sketch book, but I read this in a library. I read pages about PMS and how it affects different girls. We commiserated. I never had PMS put into perspective this way. Red Alert taught me how to do my own breast-exams, explained the dangers of commercial feminine hygiene products and even had a fold-out pattern for DIY re-usable pads. Truly a work of art.
» Mar 18.
Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out by Donna Latham. This is directed at kids, but there are interesting things for people of any age to learn in this book. I’m going to share some of the highlights in the blog’s future. Examples? There is this project where you stick double-sided tape to a tube and “capture dirty air. What accumulates over 2 weeks is gross. I really want to try doing it to see what floats around in the air at my house. Also, DID YOU KNOW WE LEFT A BUNCH OF TRASH WHEN WE FIRST GOT TO THE MOON????