So hands up, who else out there is a list fetishist? You know, the sort of person who really gets their rocks off when someone they enjoy reading or respect spends the time to really put together a sizable inventory of recommendations about something you are interested in that will 1) share a lot of things in common with your own collections, and 2) hopefully introduce you to something you've never heard of but now, sight unseen, you desperately need or want? Well, that's the story of my life.
Speaking of lists, here's my "You Can Play Along Too #2" response to Tom Spurgeon's list.
"Leave Plain = Things I don't have
Make Bold = Things I do have
Italics = I have some but probably not enough (optional)
Underline = I don't agree I need this (optional)"
UPDATE: I plan to...update...this as I go along, methodically filling in the so called gaps in the collection.
1. Something From The ACME Novelty Library
-really, it could hurt to own as much Chris Ware material as possible.
2. A Complete Run Of Arcade
-so what did I do when I first read this? Skim the article, create a new tab, start looking on Ebay. Yeah, I'm not so interested in a complete run of ARCADE as much as a sampling. UPDATE 10/15/08: Well, when I discovered there were only seven issues constituing a 'complete run', I figured what the hell? Just got in #6 and it is a real beaut!
3. Any Number Of Mini-Comics
-the majority of my mini-comics are whatever kind of stumbles its way through Diamond Distribution, and the one zine convention I was at in Vancouver.
4. At Least One Pogo Book From The 1950s
-as Spurgeon mentions, Fantagraphics is planning on doing an archival reprinting of this which I fully expect myself to buy.
5. A Barnaby Collection
-a comic I was completely unfamiliar with until I opened up IN THE STUDIO, THE COMICS: BEFORE 1945, and #28 all very recently. Again, 'new tab, search Ebay...' UPDATE 10/15/08: No luck so far.
6. Binky Brown and the Holy Virgin Mary
-hey, I just ordered this on Amazon last night...
7. As Many Issues of RAW as You Can Place Your Hands On
-a few weeks ago I was able to find a copy of READ YOURSELF RAW on Amazon too. But as the fella says, it would be nice to have all of this if the grey market price on this material wasn't so high.
8. A Little Stack of Archie Comics
-eh, fuck ARCHIE, frankly. I have one of those THE PIN-UP ART OF DAN DECARLO books from Fantagraphics, which I personally get a lot more, um, enjoyment out of than reading stories of Riverdale.
9. A Suite of Modern Literary Graphic Novels
-Pretty broad and all encompassing of anything in literati comics being published right now.
10. Several Tintin Albums
-My friend John's brother has the entire collection of these, all in original French language, and...looking at them...other than wanting to own the especially Europe-racist representations of Native American Indians and Congolese...pass? Maybe like other things I just haven't really paid attention to Herge enough to 'get it'. Say, isn't Steven Spielberg directing a live action Tintin thing? UPDATE 10/15/08: OK, I really do like Herge's art style, I could probably buy one or two (screw several) for the sake of research, but I don't know about the stories. I'd rather just look over the Marc Smeets pages in KRAMERS ERGOT 6 again, really.
11. A Smattering Of Treasury Editions Or Similarly Oversized Books
-I know I have at least the HOWARD THE DUCK Treasury Edition....
12. Several Significant Runs of Alternative Comic Book Series
-EIGHTBALL, dawg. EIGHTBALL.
13. A Few Early Comic Strip Collections To Your Taste
-A few months ago I was going on against the COMICS JOURNAL TOP 100 list that was filled with a lot of this kind of material...but I've come around to really like DICK TRACY, KRAZY KAT, and especially DREAMS OF THE RARE-BIT FIEND.
14. Several "Indy Comics" From Their Heyday
-Will always treasure my CEREBUS phonebooks. And one of these days I should buy that AMERICAN FLAGG HC that finally just came out too.
15. At Least One Comic Book From When You First Started Reading Comic Books
-This is either a GHOSTBUSTER 2 adaptation or one of the early Archie Comics TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comics.
16. At Least One Comic That Failed to Finish The Way It Planned To
-Oh BIG NUMBERS...
17. Some Osamu Tezuka
-Like Chris Ware, you really can't have enough of this stuff. ODE TO KIRIHITO is definitely a good place to start though, instead of having to tie yourself up into 8 volumes of BUDDHA right off the bat. Did a whole post about Tezuka here.
18. The Entire Run Of At Least One Manga Series
-I did a whole post about the manga I own here.
19. One Or Two 1970s Doonesbury Collections
-I just have so little interest in this...
20. At Least One Saul Steinberg Hardcover
-I know I've heard of Saul Steinberg, but this looks all very new to me. UPDATE 10/15/08: I haven't seen any of these pop at all (perhaps Spurgeon's article created a renewed Steinberg fervour?)
21. One Run of A Comic Strip That You Yourself Have Clipped
-I'm sure I've got a whole bunch of GARFIELD clippings somewhere...we'll just not talk about that though. Last time I did anything like this was in elementary school, keeping said clippings glued on loose leaf in a purple duotang.
22. A Selection of Comics That Interest You That You Can't Explain To Anyone Else
-Uh, I guess the 100-200 Jack Chick books I've got count? I guess that might cancel out #37 though...
23. At Least One Wood Cut Novel
-I think I only disagree with this notion because where's "at least one ballpoint pen comic"? UPDATE 10/15/08: I still admit I am pretty uncertain what this actually is, but people seem to get all dry at the mouth and their eyes roll back at the mention of it. Off the 'shouldn't be on the list' until further investigation.
24. As Much Peanuts As You Can Stand
-Between the dozen of archival hardcovers I'm already working on, my hope is that the current Fantagraphics collections don't go anywhere too soon.
-I think people really forget how amazing this is.
26. A Significant Sample of R. Crumb's Sketchbooks
-I think the only one of Crumb's Sketchbook collections you can get that's in print is Volume 10.
27. The original edition of Sick, Sick, Sick.
-"New tab, search Ebay...." And it's mine! UPDATE 10/15/08: Also just came in the mail, and I wish I was as confident as Feiffer to leave the lines the way he does. I guess all those horribly scribblers I dismiss are all actually Feiffer imitators?
28. The Smithsonian Collection Of Newspaper Comics
-And I just got this and the SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION OF COMIC-BOOK COMICS, based upon my first hearing about them in CARTOONING: PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE's bibliography. The same day I received my copy of COMIC-BOOK COMICS, I also recieved a copy of THE BLOT in the mail, and Tom Neely recalls the massive influence these books had on him. Tom Neely's THE BLOT is pretty well everything I want out of my own comics, so hey, you should really own these too....or borrow mine if you already know me.
29. Several copies of MAD
-Pretty well restrict myself to the Archive collection of these.
30. A stack of Jack Kirby 1970s Comic Books
-Those DC collections of these are pretty tops.
31. More than a few Stan Lee/Jack Kirby 1960s Marvel Comic Books
-Hey, more massive hardcover action! FANTASTIC FOUR is probably the best way to go for this goal...
32. A You're-Too-High-To-Tell Amount of Underground Comix
-Will eventually take a look at the FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS collection that just got released....though I'm sure there's something to be said about actually holding the comics themselves in your hands.
33. Some Calvin and Hobbes
-This and FAR SIDE are probably my fondest memories of funny comics from my kiddie days.
34. Some Love and Rockets
-Tried reading MAGGIE THE MECHANIC, and I have decided I am definitely a Gilbert sort of guy.
35. The Marvel Benefit Issue Of Coober Skeber
-I still love this cover, and would love to actually see this first hand instead of only as a .jpg.
36. A Few Comics Not In Your Native Tongue
-I have a softspot for Jodorowsky's Humanoids stu....oh, non-translated stuff? Well since BLACKSAD is unavailable in English nowadays...
37. A Nice Stack of Jack Chick Comics
-After finding this book in Calgary just before flying out to Vancouver one the first vacation Shanell and I took together, I have been in love with Jack Chick comics. There's this really strange, weird and fun underground trading of this stuff for pure kitsch fun, especially popular amongst us agnostic/atheist types.
38. A Stack of Comics You Can Hand To Anybody's Kid
-I think the majority of this stuff is DC animated stuff, but I've got my eye set for some of the Harvey Comics reprints Dark Horse has been doing. And eventually those mammoth Carl Barks Disney hardcovers will be coming out...
39. At Least A Few Alan Moore Comics
-No, really, own as much Alan Moore as you possibly can (obviously I'm not talking about WILDCATS and VIOLATOR).
40. A Comic You Made Yourself
-I think I can pull that off...actually, I've got the first full length, completely pencilled and inked comics I ever did a few years ago called STALE MILK scanned into my computer ready to have something done to it....uh, any suggestions?
41. A Few Comics About Comics
-This is probably one of my favourites genres in any medium, really.
42. A Run Of Yummy Fur
-I think I will live with all the various Chester Brown collections I own already.
43. Some Frank Miller Comics
-Intellectually I kind of really dislike Frank Miller and his work, but thinking with my heart I think about the first Miller work I ever saw (TALES TO OFFEND), and the excellent MILLER/EISNER book...and kind of wind up in a stalemate.
44. Several Lee/Ditko/Romita Amazing Spider-Man Comic Books
-You might as well go crazy and buy the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS Vol. 1 which collects all of the Lee/Ditko SPIDER-MAN run. When they release a Vol 2, which will be all Romita Sr. packed full of awesome, get that too.
45. A Few Great Comics Short Stories
-I recommend everything there Spurgeon recommends.
46. A Tijuana Bible
-Uh...I guess Ebay would have this sort of thing?
47. Some Weirdo
-Another one of those 'things I've heard all about, but never seen because I live in the middle of the prairie province of Alberta, Canada'....
48. An Array Of Comics In Various Non-Superhero Genres
-Good idea! This is almost needs not be saying, considering that anyone reading Tom Spurgeon...this is a given (but probably much of the list falls into that category).
49. An Editorial Cartoonist's Collection or Two
-I'd really have to be interested in this sub-genre to even start thinking about this....
50. A Few Collections From New Yorker Cartoonists
-1) I think a good substitute for this is buying back issues of COMIC ART Magazine. 2) I should probably set out and find a copy of Richard Taylor's INTRODUCTION TO CARTOONING.
And there goes an hour of my life...now to go finish re-watching THE WIRE Season 4. UPDATE 10/15/08: I'm sure it would greatly please you to know I have finished all of THE WIRE, and have moved onto the original TWILIGHT ZONE.