Monday, February 8, 2010
I think it's official that I have now spent 1/2 of my total money pool on comic books instead of paying off my student loans. ah ha... ha ha ha... hahaha... hahahahaHAHAHA ! oh no.
recent reading both old and new:
Last Call by Vasallis Lolos
completely nuts. This guy's inking drives me crazy, I must have read this little buddy a dozen times and I still can't stop looking at it! It makes my eyeballs feel soooooo goooooodddd. Lolos is maybe my favorite illustrator right now.
Notes for a War Story by Gippi
I love love love love love Gippi's scribbly linework. His sensitive watercolor over top gives it an effortless, and yet somehow carefully premeditated, thoughtful feel. Plus his stories are so sad and good, in weird slice-of-life ways, even when the book itself is about something as major as what war does to people.
Unloveable by Esther Pearl Watson
more bathroom reading, really, but every girl (and sometimes guy) has felt like Tammy at least once. I feel like we were friends in another life.
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Taking in both Tezuka and Tatsumi to figure out who is the real grandfather of japanese comics. My experiences thus far with Tatsumi have been thought provoking and mortally depressing. I'm learning all about gekiga, cool!
Red Blinds the Foolish by Est Em
a weird and rare BL novel that tells a couple of really provocative, well written, and realistic stories. Especially poignant is one short about a grown man whose lover, a shoemaker, discovers an old cherished family memory, and makes his sean connery-lookin ass boyfriend a pair of beautiful red high heels.
MW by Osamu Tezuka
Scary, disturbing, and on/off hilarious. Tezuka's childlike style throws me off a lot of the time, making it weirder and worse when something really especially sick happens. But I think that might be what I like so much about his stuff. It's going to take me a lifetime to collect his complete body of work. I think I also like that.
New House plants from the Lowes for my drawing table! That honking cactus-lookin palm was only 10 $$$! Say whaaaaattttttt? Thanks damaged plant cart. Brian and I are planting an herb garden in our kitchen window too, look out springtime!
Expect better photos next time, as these are courtesy of my laptop photobooth. Macs are better than PCs, the end.