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Sadie Mattox has a great post called “Top 5 Books I Lie about Reading”. I understand the impulse — there are certain books, like Sandman, that everyone expects a blogger or critic to be familiar with, and my list of such is here — but I can’t think of any I’d be shy about saying, “No, I haven’t read that.” Heck, if I can discuss movies with my brother while saying “No, I still haven’t watched The Godfather,” I can say which comics I’ve skipped and why, even if the reasons are idiosyncratic. (Luba: the humongous breasts distract me; all I can think about is how painful they’d be.)

Sean Kleefeld follows up by turning it into a list of books he should have read by now but hasn’t. Dave Sim shows up on both lists, and I suspect his work is going to be considered less and less necessary as time goes by and all anyone remembers him for are his sexist comments (“women shouldn’t be allowed to vote”, “men are justified in beating wives who deny them sex”, and so on) instead of his endurance-proving comic series.

I don’t read Green Lantern, so I don’t know exactly who this Orange Lantern is, but he’s awfully cute stuffed, especially on the multi-colored lamp.

I’m enjoying seeing Max vs. Max tackle faith in a realistic and practical way, in this case as it comes to relationships. So many people are either afraid to write about religion or become dogmatic about it — in this webcomic, it’s just part of the character. And nicely cartooned, too.

Chris Sims at Comics Alliance makes fun of Mark Millar’s claims that Kick-Ass is a particularly realistic view of superheroes by looking at six particularly outrageous moments in the comic.

If you’re anywhere near Huntington, West Virginia, from March through May, stop by the Museum of Art to see two exhibitions: The first is LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel, which I saw when it debuted at the Massachusetts Norman Rockwell Museum a couple of years ago. It features art by Will Eisner, Dave Sim, and Terry Moore. The second is the display of 30-some pieces of original art owned by comic writer Beau Smith.

Model sheets which delineate character development, weapon details, costumes, etc. are featured. … Also included are examples of various techniques employed by comic book artists including color boards, overlays, page layouts, splash page, double-page spreads, and oversize drawings.

Congratulations to Neilalien for ten years of comic blogging — I found his memories of the way it was then fascinating and historical. How much times have changed in the last decade!

5 Responses to “Roundup LinkBlogging”

  1. Simon Jones Says:

    Wait a minute… you haven’t watched The Godfather!? @_@

  2. Johanna Says:

    I’m sure it’s a terrific film, but I have no need to watch mobster movies when there are still pre-Codes I haven’t seen.

  3. Neilalien Says:

    Thanks, Johanna! And congrats re: your own recent ten-year website anniversary.

  4. Jack Says:

    FWIW, I love movies and haven’t seen The Godfather yet. My friends are amazed at the things I haven’t seen for as much as I have seen. I really like science fiction and just got around to seeing Avatar this past weekend. Everyone assumed I had seen it opening weekend.

    Also, thanks for the nod to Max vs Max; I really enjoy it, too.

  5. Johanna Says:

    I still haven’t seen Avatar either — with all the coverage, I feel like I know all I need to know about it already!




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