I've mentioned this before, but I'm not big into high fantasy. It probably stems from reading an overload of DragonLance books as a child (I still have the cracking, falling-apart copies of the books I "borrowed" from my babysitter), but tales of heroic swordsmen and gray-robed mages and demons from another dimension just don't do it for me. There are a few exceptions (Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy springs to mind), but on the whole, it's a genre that doesn't exactly get my loins stirring.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
On the Roman holiday of Lupercalia, young men would slaughter dogs and goats, cut small thongs from the animals' flesh, and run naked through the city, whipping young women to ensure their fertility. These days, Valentine's Day is less about physical pain (unless you count high heels) and more about emotional anguish. And instead of leather thongs, we generally pelt the unsuspecting objects of our affection with paper cards and novelty gifts. Need to do some pre-Valentine's shopping?
- The Diesel Sweeties V-Day card collection is chock full of pork, Darwin, and good old fashioned nihilism.
- For something more on the boobs and boozing side, there's the Girls with Slingshots card pack.
- For the non-cynic, Eros Inc. is ordering up a set of sweet, straightforward cards.
- And if you prefer your romance with a dash of cyanide, Wondermark's mix-and-match cards come in Fallen, Bear, Paper, Whisper, and Pretend.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
- The Young Adult Library Services Association has released its annual list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Among the honorees are Zuda's comic Bayou, the first volume of Gunnerkrigg Court, the dead-tree reworking of Hurricane Katrina webcomic A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, and webcomic regulars Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier's manga X-Men adaptation, X-Men: Misfits 1. [via Fleen and The Webcomics Outlook]
- Want to help victims of the Haiti earthquake? Girls Drawin' Girls is soliciting artwork and merch for a charity art sale. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.
- A group of London-based artists is illustrating each track from the Magnetic Fields' 1999 album 69 Love Songs. Could make for a cool Valentine's Day gift if you're into synthpop and lovey dovey presents. [via Drawn!]
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I swear, Warren Ellis finds the best stuff.
This week, the whiskey-soaked madman of Whitechapel shared Small Victories, a new photo webcomic by Sarah Sharp. A little bit A Softer World, a dash of Pictures for Sad Children, and a wicked sense of humor -- and it's just a few days old. Plus, I'm always a sucker for a good zombie joke.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
- HijiNKS Ensue, pictured at the top, not only features a hi-larious moment of confusion, it also contains an important lesson: not all movie downloading is illegal.
- Octopus Pie translates one of its pages into a four-panel strip, complete with editors' notes. Note to aspiring comic creators: you readers are morons.
- Unshelved finally cashes in on that one librarian joke you just know they've been dying to use but never dared touch.
- Just A Bit Off apes the immortal edge and relevance of Blondie.
- For Edmund Finney, Dan Long takes the imagined syndicated comic through its glory days, its 25-year mark, and the "ready for retirement" comic.
- Diesel Sweeties used to be syndicated, and R Stevens has posted what things would look like if it still were.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
I'll be the first to admit that I don't really get Zuda.