Bookshelf Thursday – Comic Book Cubby

The past year I have dived into the world of comic books and fallen in love.  This is my current storage method – I’m not sure the best method of storage but this has worked out better the more comics I acquired.  So that’s a sign to buy more comics?? 

 

Here’s the line-up: Ms. Marvel, Thor, Lumberjanes, Locke and Key, Saga, Nimona, Seconds, Courtney Crumrin, Descender, Star Wars, Outcast, Darth Vadar, Trillium, Giant Days, A-Force, Buffy, Orphan Black, Southern Cross, Wytches, Rat Queens, and Sex Criminals. Whew! (Or at least whew by my standards!)

What are your favorite comics? And what is your comic book storage methodology?

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Sunday Comics

I am so excited about this weekend’s comic book haul! #squee

IMG_4677Star Wars #4 – Hoping its better than #3

Darth Vader #5 – Still need to read the 4 #eek

Saga #28 – God I love this comic so much.

Giant Days #3 – One of my new favorites!

Ms. Marvel #15 – Always a delight 🙂

Nimona – I haven’t read the web-comic but I can’t wait to dive in!

Descender #3 – I can’t wait to read this, the end of #2 was so heartbreaking, please check out this new, amazing sci-fi comic from Image.

Thor #8 – The unveiling!!!  (I approve)

What are you reading this weekend??

Saturday Comics

I’ve been with Lumberjanes since the beginning and Issue #13 is by far my favorite!  #13 shows all the Janes coming to camp at the beginning of the summer, an origin story if you will.

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A few thoughts while reading:

Jo’s one Dad is a silver fox!  Is that weird that I just thought that about a cartoon character?  I don’t care, it’s true.

The beginning of April and Ripley’s friendship is so sweet!

Mal is such a badass.

Yay all the Janes are united!

There’s even an origin story for Bubbles!!  I’m seriously contemplating Molly/Bubbles cosplay for DragonCon.  Aw beginning of the best summer ever!!

The rest of my comic book haul includes Ms. Marvel #14 and Thor #7.

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A great haul of my featuring my favorite comic book ladies!  What comics are you reading this weekend?

Sunday Comics cue Drooling

This latest round at the comic book shop brings four comics I am so excited about that I am drooling.

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Lumberjanes #12

Thor #6

Giant Days #1 from Boom! Box by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar

Locke and Key Vol.6 Alpha & Omega

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Most of my fangirling is centered around Giant Days, a new comic from Boom! Box, and Locke and Key Vol. 6, the final chapter in the series.  I want to devour all of these comics right now but I am having a slight first world nerd problem.  In anticipation of the premiere of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, HBO has a GOT marathon on and I can’t look away.  Yes, I have seen all these episodes before (more than once) and yes, I have HBOGo and can watch them whenever I want.  HOWEVER, it’s like when ABCFamily does a Harry Potter marathon.  I own all the movies and have seen them a million times but I still watch them anyway, on TV with commercials.  Why??  I just can’t look away.

First world nerd problems for sure.

What are you reading/watching this weekend?

Saturday Comics

It’s been a great day for comics, here’s what I’m reading:

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Thor #5 – Each issue is better than the one before it – there’s a great fight sequence calling out all the haters of a female Thor.  Thor is my first real introduction to the hardcore superhero universe but it’s been pretty easy to follow along and pick up the terminology (Midgard, for instance).  I can’t wait to see how Thor will overcome the scheming of Odin and his brother as they try to bring her down.

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Ms. Marvel #6 (and #7) were hilarious as Kamala Khan completely fangirls out after teaming up with Wolverine to try to figure out the Inventor’s sinister plot in Jersey City.  A teenage superhero through and through.

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Locke and Key Vol. 5 – oh my god, I need Vol. 6 immediately.

What comic books are you excited about?

Comic Book Haul

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Thor #4 – So a dark elf, a minotaur, and the new Thor walk into a bar. Except instead of a bar, its’a secret vault containing the skull of a giant king that has the power to plunge the ten realms into war. What could go wrong?

Reading a comic book series with YEARS of backstory is intimating, like scary intimidating, like where do I start maybe I’ll just give up before I even start. Panels has a great posting on this very topic right here. With every passing issue of Thor, I am enjoying the complex world more and more – granted there is a lot of terminology that goes over my head but I am very much enjoying the story. I loved the Thor vs. Thor banter in #4 and the artwork continues to be top notch. I particularly love the inner dialogue of (Lady) Thor, even though she is clearly a badass superhero her inner monologue makes her so relatable. I can’t wait for #5 out 2/11/15.

Lumberjanes # 10 – Guys, we are going to spend this free day earning as many boring and frankly outdated badges as possible! OR DIE TRYING.

Lumberjanes continues to be hella sweet. The girls’ passion for summer camp shenanigans is always an entertaining treat and every issue presents a ridiculous, unexpected surprise. What will the girls find in the woods this week?? (spoiler it may be dinosaurs in an out of order outbox!)

March Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

I heard about March on Panels’ podcast Oh, Comics! Oh, Comics! is a weekly chat show about the wild and wooly world of comics, hosted by Paul Montgomery and Preeti Chhibber (If you can’t tell, I go to Panels for all my comic needs!!). Immediately after listening to the podcast and adding March to my Goodreads TBR, a friend told me that Congressman John Lewis would be at a book signing at Criminal Records for the release of Book Two. Here was the perfect opportunity to buy Book One, have it signed and meet the acclaimed Congressman himself! I have heard that March takes the larger than life Civil Rights heroes and makes them real, everyday people. I can’t wait to see Lewis’ life and our nation’s history come to life, a full review to follow!

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Holiday Comic Book Haul!

The latter half of 2014 revealed itself to be the season of comic books. This has been coming on for quite some time and I’m just sad I never gave comics their due before now!! The Tuesday I left for NC for Christmas, I had a whole to-do list. Sandwiched in between the liquor store (it was the holidays after all!) and grabbing lunch was a stop by Criminal Records to pick up Saga Volume 4, the latest issue of Lumberjanes #9 and to investigate some other potential comic purchases I’d seen recommended on the interwebs.

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Saga and Lumberjanes are already in my subscription rotation, as well as Ms. Marvel. The newcomers are Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and the new (lady) Thor by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. Y: The Last Man was recommended on an episode of the Panels podcast. Panels is a comic book spin-off of the bookish website Book Riot. Y: The Last Man is about the last man (duh) on Earth after a mysterious illness (??) kills all the men on Earth except him. The first issue is very introductory and I look forward to getting more in depth with the story. Prior to my current foray into comics, I hadn’t read any Thor but you can’t deny that the (lady) Thor cover is amazing. So far, I’ve only read 2 issues and it looks like they are up to 3 based on comixology.com. Without any backstory (I haven’t even seen the Hemsworth movies!), I found the comics to be enjoyable and the artwork great. At first I thought (lady) Thor was old Thor’s mum but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Damn cartoon white blonde women all looking alike!

So that was my pre-Christmas comic book haul. Underneath the Christmas tree, Santa left me some comic book money, well just regular money that I turned into comic book money (alchemy anyone?). I am very excited about these four comics:

Locke and Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez,

Seconds: A Graphic Novel by: Bryan Lee O’Malley,

Sex Criminals Volume 1 by: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

Courtney Crumrin Volume 1: The Night Things Special Edition by: Ted Naifeh

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I have already devoured Locke and Key and Sex Criminals: both of them are great in essentially polar opposite ways, like seriously 180 degrees, could not be further apart. Sex Criminals was laugh out loud funny as Jon and Suzie discover they can stop time when they orgasm. When they hook-up one night at a party, hilarity ensues. The artwork in particular when time stops is beautiful – Sex Criminals Volume 2 is slated to be released 3/10/15. Locke and Key is just…. I’m still processing – I read it in one sitting right before bed, not the smartest decision of my life. After the horrific murder of their father, the Locke children move across the country to live with their Uncle Duncan in a mansion called the Keyhouse on an island called Lovecraft. This comic is haunting, gruesome, and an intense page turner. I’m already plotting my trip to Criminal Records to buy Volume 2 to keep up with the precarious fate of the Locke children.

I will be diving into Seconds and Courtney Crumrin as soon as I can! Seconds is a full-length graphic novel about a young chef named Katie with a never-ending supply of second chances. Courtney Crumrin is just your average girl dragged from the suburbs to live with her eccentric Uncle in a creepy old house cue shenanigans.

This is just the beginning of what I hope to be a wonderful relationship with comic books. Here’s to 2015!!