I've spent a lot of the last month or so catching up on reading. Winter is often a period of hibernation for me, intellectually speaking. There are a lot of reasons for that, but my brain turns into a candy-coated peanut butter M&M, into which nothing may enter. Instead of wanting to curl up next to a fire with a good book, I just want to curl up. Books have been piling up, movies go unseen, games go unplayed. Comic books are the true benchmark - I realized I needed to spent some time catching up when I saw that I had six unread issues of Ghost Rider sitting. And that was hardly the only series I was drastically behind on (I think I've also got five unread issues of Jack Staff right now too, as well as two 100 Bullets TPBs).
So what have I read recently? In terms of actual books, I knocked off both Bruce Campbell's Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way and Bill Maher's New Rules. Maher's book was pretty worthless, being just a reprinting of his rants from his TV show. Why do comedians always do that? Campbell's book was really, really funny. I found myself laughing out loud several times, which rarely happens with prose. I've also polished off a handful of TPBs. Here's the quick versions: The Vinyl Underground vol. 1 was an inferior version of The Invisibles, but still okay. I'm split on whether I'll pick up the 2nd volume. Young Liars was classic David Lapham, but it nailed the shittiness of how 20-somethings treat one another so well that it brought up unpleasant memories, and I felt yucky for the rest of the day. Scott Pilgrim vol. 5 was also well-done, but it's kind of a downer book, and I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous four volumes. It was still good, and I'm still on board. Lastly, I read The Burma Chronicles, and it was just as good as Guy Delisle's other two travel-inspired books, which is to say totally awesome. I still marvel at his cartooning style, and how he's able to be so descriptive with such a simple style.
In the floppies department, I finished reading Rick Veitch's second Army@Love mini-series (issues 4-6). What an insane book. I'm not going to say much else than that. I was blown away by the left turn the series took, and I mean that as the highest compliment. The other one that I immediately remember reading is Mike Allred's Madman Atomic Comics, issues 11-13. He's always been one of my favorite artists, and this series is damned near unbelievably good. I don't even know what else to say about the series. Allred's artwork continues to evolve, and the comic is usually worth the cover price just to ogle the art. I'm going to have to sit down with the entire thing soon and re-read it, because it's been so easy to just go along and get sucked into the visuals.
Well, that's all for now. Catch you later, and don't forget to check out my art blog!