Well, with the semester load starting to reveal itself to me, I am thinking this is going to be the future pace of the blog for the foreseeable future. But let this jump into next week's shipping invoice from Diamond!
I would just like to inform everyone that it looks like JENNA JAMESON'S SHADOW HUNTER HC Vol. 1 has been canceled. Hopefully you, me, and the entire industry can suffer from this hopefully only temporary loss. On the flipside, I thought I had successfully reordered COMICS COMICS #4 from Diamond, but that somehow got cancelled too. That really surprised me as I was hoping to give that a try as I've just become interested in the Picturebox Inc. works.
ABANDONED CARS HC, by Tim Lane; Like I was saying recently, I really was convinced I had ordered this for myself, but apparently I only thought about it. Alan David Doane's recent review was the reminder of how promising this looked, and confirms it is definitely worth owning. A mix of Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, and EC Comics? Yeah, sounds good to me.
ALL STAR SUPERMAN #12, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely; At this point I really can't see this disappointing....and if it does, I think I might just cry, scream, and/or curse.
ASTRO BOY TP Vol. 1 and 2, by Osamu Tezuka; a little omnibus of the first two and long unavailable volumes of Dark Horse's ASTRO BOY trades. Really glad to see these back, considering the movie is suppose to be out sometime soonish. Come on AKIRA, I can sell you too!
BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #2, by Mike Kunkel; It has got to have been way longer than a month since the first issue of this came out. Was that a scheduled delay? For being probably one of the best looking and well received Johnny DC comic launches they've pulled off so far, the first two issues come out this far apart? Damn.
CHARLES BURNS LIBRARY: BIG BABY, by Charles Burns; Not much to really say here, except that this week I got a copy of READ YOURSELF RAW from the Amazon Seller Market and it really is an impressive work. I am really glad to see that Buenaventura Press are planning on doing a Jerry Moriarty COMPLETE JACK SURVIVES down the road. I just read about him this week in my recently purchased COMIC ART #9, so it all kind of worked out nicely.
DC UNIVERSE: DECISIONS #1, by various master comics craftsmen; We've got only one copy of this bad boy heading straight to the file of the guy who buys one of everything from Marvel and DC, and that's about it. I kind of want to read it just to see how awful it is...but honestly, I have a lot of actually good comics to read, and certainly someone will have scanned, mocked, and lynched this comic on Wednesday better than I could.
EC ARCHIVES: TWO FISTED TALES Vol. 2, by various; The first volume of this was excellent, and I am guessing this will be no less excellent. I'm caught up with this for the time being, and I think FRONTLINE COMBAT should be out sooner than later...I'll probably go and finish catching up on WEIRD SCIENCE next, then start looking at the Crime/Horror stuff (which I've got cheap little reprints of the earlier issues of already).
GLAMOURPUSS #3, by Dave Sim; In some ways I really do wish this came out faster. I also hope this issue is an improvement on last issue. I can't get enough of Sim's illustrated historical essay on the photorealism style, and I find that the actual Glamourpuss material is kind of one-note. Also I kind of find it outright strange that, with the recent 'I Believe Dave Sim Isn't A Misogynist' petition, Sim is answering letters from readers, friends, and colleagues as....Glamourpuss. I am kind of tempted to actually write Sim a letter and see what happens (I have signed the petition as I don't believe Dave Sim is a misogynist, so he Might actually talk to me).
REFLECTIONS #1, by Marco Corona; I have been slowly working my way through the Ignatz series stuff, and this is next on the list. With so much I want to review, I really want to do a survey of the Ignatz series in blocks of ten, to see how the large scale project has come along.
A SHROUD FOR WALDO, by Kim Deitch; Well, regardless of what some people think, Deitch is still pretty awesome (the cover for the recent COMIC JOURNAL doesn't look great on screen, but when you actually hold it in your hand, it looks no worse or better than any other cover out there). No idea what to expect out of this, but I went in the same way with ALIAS THE CAT too.
And the Canadian exchange rate this week from Diamond? 8.25%. It might actually be worse for next week too. I guess I have chosen a pretty bad time to decide to start buying the nice archival hardcovers...