From the Mailbag December 4

I skipped last week, because nothing showed up because of the American Thanksgiving holiday. Which made this week a bonanza!

The highlight, in terms of book I’m most looking forward to reading, is the second volume of Wandering Son. The two gender-swapped children are now in sixth grade, a time when their feelings of being in the wrong bodies become more painful. At least they’ve now found a mentor. I thought the first volume was a little slow to get started, so I expect the second book to be just what I hoped for.

I am also grateful to have gotten another batch of manga from Viz, where the highlights are the newest 20th Century Boys — I hope Kenji finally returns! — and book 41 in the Case Closed series. Can you believe that? 41 books? Also included was Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You Book 12, which makes me wish I got what others saw in the series. I just can’t seem to click with it, and I feel like I’m missing out.

The revamped edition of Louis: Red Letter Day gives me the chance to rectify a similar oversight. When I read the first edition a decade ago, I didn’t quite get it. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the Metaphrog team and better understanding what they want to achieve. I expect I’ll better appreciate the re-reading — it’s not just a comic that determines a reaction, but who we are when we encounter it. Plus, this new edition features every page “entirely redrawn and repainted” with a bonus “making of” section. Behind-the-scenes info is cool!

I’ve been anticipating African-American Classics ever since I heard that this anthology of “great stories and poems by America’s earliest black authors, illustrated by contemporary black artists” would include work by Kyle Baker, Alex Simmons, Trevor Von Eeden, and the long-lost (in mainstream comics, anyway) Christopher Priest. It should be educational as well as eye-opening.

Disney was kind enough to send The Rocketeer on Blu-ray. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the movie, and now that I know more about the work of Dave Stevens, I think I’ll find new ways to enjoy it. I’ll be telling you more about this movie next week.

I think I went a little overboard when it came to online shopping for myself, with the holiday deals. I don’t know when I’m going to get the time to watch all the TV seasons on DVDs I ordered, but I knew I’d want to see again these favorite shows:

And at under $20 a pop last weekend, how could I resist? Plus, I upgraded my copy of Ratatouille to Blu-ray, which gave me a bunch more extras, including one about being a female animator in a man’s world. Great film, and I find more in it every time I watch it. I’ve gained a new appreciation for Patton Oswalt, too.


  1. Heh, yeah, the holiday sales are tough to resist. I managed to keep myself down to $12 on the TFAW sale this year, $1.25 for a friend’s game on Steam, and yesterday I got Silverhawks vol 1 for about $2.50 on Amazon. (It’s up above $6 now but still a pretty good price for 32 episodes.) I just kept reminding myself of what a huge backlog of games, DVD’s, and comics I already have and haven’t gotten around to yet.

  2. That’s something I really have to remember, how much I still have to watch. The lure of the new is strong, though.

  3. I managed to limit myself to Samurai Champloo on blu-ray and A Muppet Christmas Carol

  4. I saw the anniversary screening of the Rocketeer at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood a few months ago with a Q & A involving some cast and the director. It was awesome. And Bill Campbell looks exactly the same! They could make a sequel right now and he could still play the Rocketeer. It’s kind of ridiculous.

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