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Pull list for September 2 2015

August 31, 2015

I’m off Wednesday, so reviews will go up.

I’ll go to the store for: Age of Apocalypse #3, by Fabian Nicieza and Gerardo Sandoval; Silk #7, by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee; Silver Surfer #14, by Dan Slott and Mike Allred.

I’ll also review: Deadpool vs. Thanos #1, by Tim Seeley and Elmo Bondoc; House of M #2, by Dennis Hopeless and Marco Failla; Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #3, by Sam Humphries and Alti Firmansyah.

So that’s 3 comics I’m picking up, and 4 reviews. A very small weak.

I’m most excited for all three titles. AoA has been a great take on a classic story. It’s a fun story with a lot of neat stuff. Silver Surfer has been amazing right from the start, one of Marvel’s real gems. Slott and Allred are doing such creative stuff. And Silk’s been a lot of fun, especially Stacey Lee’s art.

I read Same Difference and Other Stories, by Derek Kirk Kim. Here’s my review from Goodreads:

This was really, really good. All the stories were good. The bulk of the volume is Same Difference, about a 20-something guy who feels like his life is going nowhere and who’s filled with guilt over how he treated a girl back in high school. So, the sort of thing that a lot of intelligent but unambitious people go through in their 20s, really. It’s a story about that time of a person’s life. It’s also hilarious. The characters are realistic, and have realistic conversations, meaning they’re often really stupid. But very funny. There’s also some touches on what it’s like to be Korean-American. The most blatant example is a guy assuming the main character speaks Chinese, but there’s also a few conversations between the two main characters about the fact that one of them doesn’t like Pho or raw Ramen.

The other short stories are all good, too. One is about a high-school track student facing blatant racism from a coach. Another is about a guy going through a break-up with his long-distance girlfriend, and dealing with it with his friend. Another is a snapshot of a family drifting apart. It’s very effective, capturing the experience really well, which makes it pretty tragic. There’s also a series of one-page comics detailing the life of Oliver Pikk, which are hilarious. And there are also some really funny autobiographical comics.

As a whole, the book is excellent. Kim’s a talented writer and artist. I laughed a lot, and he also made me think a lot. The art’s nice. A good indie style. Cartoonish in a pleasant way, and nicely expressive. Very solid work.

So that was good.

I’ve decided to support a few Kickstarter projects. Because why not. Some have already been fully funded, but I figured it would be a fairly cheap way to get new books. Some still need some money. First is Olive and the Underworld, by Emily Felt and Laura West. The preview art is really nice, and the writing in the preview is pretty clever, and the premise sounds fun – the main character is an orphan goth girl who gets in a bus crash and finds herself in Purgatory. I decided to throw $10 at it. It still has until September 21. Next is Epic Canadiana. I donated $15, for a digital copy of it and a bunch of other comics. Pretty good deal. It has until September 15. Then there’s the Oath Anthology of New Heroes, a collection of superhero stories by queer creators, and starring queer characters. I love superheroes, I love diversity, so why not. I gave it $10. It’s still got a ways to go by September 16. The already-funded ones are Women In Practical Armour, an anthology of fantasy stories starring female characters wearing practical armour. I gave it $15, so I’ll get a digital copy of that in April. The Love of Danger, by Jeremy Zimmerman, about a lesbian superhero. It’s a sequel to another book, which is available for free download through the Kickstarter. I’ve read the first few chapters, and it’s pretty good.

The last one, I’m actually the first person to back it, which is weird. It’s Clockwork Corpse, by Jayden Fluorescensloth. It’s described as a steampunk-dystopia-zombie novel. Which, I mean, come on – you’d think something about that would’ve gotten people’s attention by now. It’s only looking for $600 by September 16, which isn’t much. I gave it $10.

This weekend was crazy busy at Wal-Mart. Weekends are always busy anyway, but this one was worse than usual. I think because of school starting up again. People getting snacks and lunches for their kids. Damn kids. I’m so glad I don’t have any. Crying whining little bastards. I hate them so much.

My schedule for this week: 3-11 Thursday, 6:30-11 Friday, 11:30-7:30 Sunday, 4-8 Tuesday, 4-9:30 next Wednesday. My next pull list will go up Tuesday. I’ll have posts on Saturday and Monday. I might try for one Friday, but it probably won’t happen.

And that’s all I’ve got for this week.

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