1. Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz
2. Krazy Kat, George Herriman
3. Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
4. Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
5. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Art Spiegelman
6. Little Nemo in Slumberland, Winsor McCay
7. The Locas Stories, Jaime Hernandez
8. Pogo, Walt Kelly
9. MAD #1-28, Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder, Wallace Wood, Jack Davis, et al.
10.The Fantastic Four, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, with Joe Sinnott, et al.
International Poll on Best Comic Books from The Hooded Utilitarian
I went to the Derby City con in Louisville, KY on Saturday with my sib and his wife and we met up with a few friends.
It was the first one ever. We got there about 11:30AM and we got the orange wrist bracelets and the last two swag bags that they had. An hour and a half later, our friends just got a sharpie x-mark. Apparently, they only had 2,000 bracelets available, so I call that well attended.
What we all regretted were missing the panels – not that I wanted to know how to make comics but I love the conversations between the creators and the audience. Maybe next year they will have more of them.
Because kids got in free, there were lots of kids with their parents and I liked the small game kiosk and coloring stations that they had set up for kids.
Costumes: we saw a Leia, X-men Rogue (the green & yellow outfit), Captain America, Sailor Moon, video game characters that we couldn’t identify, and a Wonder Woman. There were lots of adorable tykes in Spider-Man and Super Girl costumes.
The vendors mostly sold comics but there were a few tables with figures and other merchandise. The best tables as always were the artist galley. Tony Moore from Walking Dead was there – his table was pretty crowded but I had neither read the books nor watched the show – I didn’t stick around.
We talked to several creators but the only one I bought from was Len N. Wallace. His Love Buzz caught my eye. The artwork was good and it was a published by Oni so I bought it. My brother knew that I was going to buy it as it had me written all over it. Another friend said the topic looked painful. I’ll give my review later.
All in all, we had fun. We bought good stuff. I’ll go back.
XKCD on Wikipedia.
The alt text reads:
Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parentheses or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at “Philosophy”.
It works for Jell-O, Hello Kitty, and snot.
I thought I had read very little the past year but this isn’t bad. 158 titles, depending on your judgment of what a ‘real’ book is.
I put in bold the titles I especially liked.
Juvenile Fiction (Listed alphabetically by title)
Teen & Adult Fiction (listed by author surname)
Comics (Listed alphabetically by title)
Nonfiction (listed alphabetically by author surname)
Listed by their birth dates.
Robert McCall (1919– 2010) Known for space-related art. Worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey; and painted for NASA, EPCOT, The Pentagon.
Howard ‘Howie’ Post (1926-2010) Artist. Harvey comics.
Mike Esposito (1927-2010) Artist. Co-designed 2006 Wonder Woman stamp. Classic Spider-Man and Archie comics.
Frank Frazetta (1928-2010) Influential fantasy artist.
John D’Agostino Sr. (1929-2010) Artist. Archie comics.
Joe Messerli (1930 – 2010) Designed the logo for The Twilight Zone; animated for Hana Barbara.
Al Williamson (1931 -2010) Artist. Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9
Dick Giordano (1932 – 2010) Artist and DC editor.
John Schoenherr (1935-2010) Won the Caldecott Medal for Owl Moon written by Jane Yolen.
John Hicklenton (1967-2010) Artist. Judge Dredd
John D’Agostino Sr. – USA Today
Mike Esposito – Newsday
John Hicklenton – The Comics Reporter
Robert McCall – Space.com
Joe Messerli – Lambiek
Peter O’Donnell – The Guardian
Harvey Pekar – New York Times
Howie Post – North Jersey.com
I went to Barnes and Noble today and bought three manga: Shinobi Life; Butterflies, Flowers; and Otomen.
I haven’t read them yet but here are the plots.
Shinobi Life by Shoko Conami is about a modern girl Beni who is suicidal and uncouth in her speech. A thug is attacking her when a ninja falls into the future from the distant past to save her. He thinks she’s the princess that he has sworn to protect. She thinks he’s crazy. The first couple of pages are funny and I like the slightly simple artwork. I’m not big on ninja but he’s very cute.
Butterflies, Flowers by Yuki Yoshihara. The title refers to raising a child as gently as you would handle a butterfly or a blossom. There’s nothing delicate about the story though. It concerns an inept office lady named Choko who comes from an aristocratic but impoverished family. Her boss Masayuki is openly set on tormenting her but in a moment of stress, he reveals that he was her family’s chauffeur’s son. Choko used to adore the boy he was but it’s hard to see that boy in the arrogant man he’s become. It’s much funnier than it sounds. For instance, he tells her to say to him, “I look forward to working with you, Director Domoto. ♥” She repeats the sentence. Then he insists on the “♥” at the end. She responds, ““ How could you not like her after that?
Some reviewers were disturbed by the overt sexual harassment in the story. I’ll have to read more to see if the narration condones the inequality between them. At the moment, it is much less off-putting than Hot Gimmick.
Otomen by Aya Kanno. Asuka acts like the perfect male teen (at least in manga): good at sports, emotionally repressed, last minute rescuing of damsels in distress. However, he has an embarrassing secret. He likes girly stuff: plushies, romance comics, sewing, preparing bento. But then he meets the girl of his dreams Ryo who really likes his macho display when he rescues her from thugs. Now he must keep his secret and win her heart.
My favorite part of the opening pages is when he wanders through stores while pondering his dilemma with Ryo. He finds himself in the PINK aisle. You know the one where there’s nothing but pink tulle and glittering tiaras all the way down the aisle. He stands there surrounded by sparkles and giggling plushies. He succumbs, of course and comes home with piles of girly stuff.
Got some father’s day presents and other small gifts for family. Also bought a container of gold glitter paint for work.
Most importantly, I bought the second volume of Fall in Love Like a Comic by Chitose Yagami. A very young artist thinks that having a boyfriend will improve her romantic stories. He’s happy to oblige. It’s cute and at two volumes, easy to complete. I also bought Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakoji. She also made Backstage Prince which was sweet but a little bland. Black Bird’s premise promises a little more spice. It’s about a girl and her demon would-be lover. Finally, I bought Tail of the Moon by Rinko Ueda. A pathetic ninjette needs to marry an accomplished ninja and reproduce to secure her place in the clan.
Lastly, I bought this journal which I’ve been coveting for years. I kept hinting I’d like for birthdays or Christmas to no avail. Now it is mine.
I put back Leonard Maltin’s classic movie book but maybe that was a mistake. I may buy it later. I also put back Nana vol. 1 , Spice and Wolf vol. 1, Love * Com vol. 1, and I couldn’t find volume 1 of Otomen.