Does this make me a nerd?!

Happy New Comic Day!!
So, last week was a bit of a light week for releases and it gave me a chance to finally check out (on @4thworldZombie‘s recommendation) Jeff Lemire’s The Nobody.

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DO IT! Seriously! It’ll take you no time at all to read and it is a beautiful little book about an invisible man who can’t help but get noticed by the population of the small fishing town of Large Mouth. Upon completion, it made me think of the Twilight Zone episode, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple”. I really loved it! I want to buy an original page from it eventually for sure!

Notable from last week (not in my top 5):

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Dungeons & Dragons?! Seriously?! Me?! Does this make me a nerd?!
When I was a little kid, I went to my local comic shop in Virginia called, Richmond Comix where there were normally kids set up at tables playing some game with a 100 sided dice (forgive me if that’s wrong). These kids were incredibly unwelcoming to newcomers. I get that now. It was their thing. It was their thing which people probably gave them tons of shit about already anyway. Of course they would be unwelcoming, but at the time, I was pissed. I guess it kind of stuck with me, because since then, I’ve done everything in my power to avoid Dungeons & Dragons… That shit is for nerds (how many people did I just piss off?).
Anyway, IDW is putting out a crossover events right now called Infestation 2, which I am only reading because eventually the Ninja Turtles are getting involved. SHIT! I’m going to have to read Dungeons & Dragons comics?! Bullshit!
Turns out, I fucking loved the first issue! It was like Sherlock Holmes in a fantasy setting! It was tons of fun, and I’m actually really looking forward to checking out #2 this week! NERD.

BREAKING NEWS!! Nerdtown’s population is growing!!!!!!!
Tons of new stuff is happening here in Nerdtown! Including some new writers for this blog! I’m teaming with my favorite comic shop in the world, 4th World Comics (Smithtown, NY) in an attempt to bring you guys more. At some point over this next month, you’ll start to see articles, news, reviews or whatever the fuck the fine people over at 4th World feel like saying! There has even been some talk of a weekly podcast… SHHH! Don’t tell anyone!
I’VE SAID TOO MUCH!!!
SPOILERS!!

Let’s do the pulls!!!
It was all I could do to not put American Vampire in my Top 5 this week. It’s just so damn good I can’t stand it! But I promised I would be trying to switch it up a bit and stop picking all the same books every week.
Here we go, 2/22/12 Top 5 Pulls:

Prophet #22

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Image: Brandon Graham and Simon Roy

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7

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IDW Publishing: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan

Chew #24

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Image: John Layman and Rob Guillory

No Place Like Home #1

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Image: Angelo Tirotto and Richard Jordan

All Star Western #6

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DC Comics: Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Moritat

One more quick thing before I go.

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This Good Robot played the first round of The Bamboozle Break Contest this past Sunday and we had a blast!! Made tons of new friends and saw some great new bands! Thank you guys so much for coming out to support us! Thanks to you, This Good Robot has advanced to the next round!
Let’s do it again!!! We could really use your help. YES! YOU!! Go sign up on Yuubreak.com Friend us and talk about us. You have no idea how much just that alone will help! Once we have more info on the next round, we will be sure to pass it on! We can’t do this without you. I’m not just talking about the contest, I’m talking about the band in general… We can’t do it without you… It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. Be a part of what happens when This Good Robot takes over the planet.
LONG LIVE THIS GOOD ROBOT!!

My band: THIS GOOD ROBOT
My twitter: @THISGOODIDIOT
My Facebook: I NEED TO USE THIS MORE THAN I DO… Sorry.
My Original Comic Art Gallery: Now I’m just showing off…

::VWORP:: ::VWORP::

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IT’S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE! New comics! Top 5 Pulls!

One of my favorite writers, Joshua Hale Fialkov, is writing Doctor Who comics!! The first of his 4 issue run came out today and to celebrate… I bought myself another Tardis.

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This one is life sized. I’ve been needing a life sized Tardis for a while now so I’m really glad I finally took care of that. On that note… The Pulls.

Doctor motherfucking Who #13!!!!!!!!!! (my apologies, my iPhone is telling me now that “motherfucking is not a word. We do not condone the use of poor spelling or bad grammar on this motherfucking blog.)

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IDW: Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matthew Dow Smith

Whispers #1

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Image: Joshua Luna

Severed #6

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Image: Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki

The Strange Talents of Luther Strode

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Image: Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore

Invincible #87

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Image: Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley

According to this Top 5, I seem to really be into what’s happening over at Image Comics these days. I couldn’t fit The Last of the Greats in there, but figured I already had his Who book in the top spot and went with Invincible instead. I also picked up 8 “New 52” books, of which I’m especially excited for Frankenstein: Agent of Shade by Jeff Lemire and I’ve been enjoying Green Lantern by Geoff Johns.

This Good Robot has 2 shows this weekend!! Friday in Rocky Point, NY and Sunday at Webster Hall in NYC with Patent Pending (Contact me here or on twitter for tickets!!!) For more info: THISGOODROBOT.COM

Good talk. See you out there.
(cue Tardis sound effects while I disappear) ::VWORP:: ::VWORP::

New Comic Day – Top 5 Pulls 1/4/12 Grant Morrison Art?? And Larry Bird.

HOLY CRAP!! First pulls of the new year! We’ve got monsters, some comic history and I give my brother Joe what he really needs for Christmas! Oh! And pulls! Don’t forget the pulls! 5 of em!

I’ve got a nice, yet not too intimidating stack in front of me. I promised you monsters… Looks like we’ve got one on the cover of Green Arrow and I, Zombie is filled with just about every kind you can think of.

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There shall be more!!

Got some #1’s I’m excited to check out including Fatale by Brubaker and Phillips and Ferals by Lapham (both of which seem to have monsters on the cover)

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Onto the Pulls!!! (…and probably more monsters.)

The Goon#37 (Is that a monster on the cover? Do zombie gorillas count? Well, of course they do!! COUNT IT!)

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Dark Horse Comics: Eric Powell

Swamp Thing #5 (Monsters.)

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DC Comics: Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

Animal Man #5 (Monsters.)

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DC Comics: Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman and Steve Pugh

Sweet Tooth #29 (HYBRID HUMAN ANIMAL CHILDREN ARE NOT MONSTERS!!! That’s a terrible thing to say!)

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DC Vertigo: Jeff Lemire

Action Comics #5 (He’s an alien, not a monster.)

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DC Comics: Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert

Speaking of Grant Morrison, check this shit out! I got these for my brother-in-law for Christmas:

20120104-162059.jpg Correct me if I’m wrong, but these are the first things Grant Morrison ever had published. I found out about these while reading Morrison’s new book, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

20120104-165635.jpgGreat book by the way! Definitely check it out if you are interested in the history of comics. Anyway, there are 4 total, I was only able to find two of them. He’s got a 5 or so page story in each. Here’s what makes them really cool:

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I’m pretty sure this is the only thing he ever published that he wrote and drew himself. I wasn’t expecting much from the art, but he’s actually really good! Here are some random pages:

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Right?!
I didn’t get a chance to read them before gifting them. Is it tacky to borrow something you gave as a gift? If so, there is no way I would have gotten my brother Rob those Simpsons DVDs this year… Fuck that guy.

And I most definitely would not have given my brother Joe 11 Copies of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson’s When The Game Was Ours with Jackie Macmullan.

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I gave them to him one by one all addressed from different members of the family. My favorite was the one I managed to get into a much smaller box and addressed from his fiancĂ©… It couldn’t possibly be… Oh shit! It is! Damn! I wish I had a picture of that! That particular copy isn’t exactly readable anymore…

Well, this was fun! Until next week! Be sure to let me know if I missed any monsters!!

New Comic Day Top 5 Pulls (7)

Wednesday!!!!!! Sorry guys, busy night ahead, so I’m gonna go ahead and jump right in. Just the pulls. Nothing but the pulls, so help me God…

December 21, 2011 – Top 5 Pulls:

Fables #112

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DC/Vertigo: Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

Lady Mechanika #3

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Aspen: Joe Benitez

Justice League #4

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DC Comics: Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

Invincible #86

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Image: Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker

Memorial #1

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IDW Publishing: Chris Roberson and Rich Ellis

Sorry to blog and run but…

MAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!

Here’s the mail! It never fails! It makes me want to wag my tail! When it comes I wanna wail MAAAAAIIIIIIILLLLLL!!!! Ok I’m done! Sorry about that, I’m just excited!
There is almost nothing better than getting a new page in the mail. This came this weekend! It’s the original art for Preacher issue #3, page 1.

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This issue came out in June 1995 which isn’t all that long ago, and yet it’s amazing how different the process was. All of the dialog bubbles were added afterwards and the copyright is taped to the bottom. These are all things that now would take place on a computer. I think of all the modern comic pages i own, maybe 3 of them have the dialog on the original art. Seeing the page this way in person is like getting a peak behind the curtain, it’s really an extraordinary thing seeing every pen stroke and exactly what goes into the whole production of just one page. I love all the tiny imperfections that tell you a human being created this beautiful thing.

20111211-112954.jpg There is one dialog bubble that he must have changed the words or he maybe messed up on the first time. You can see an “A” and a “S” covered up by new dialog. I wish I could see what’s under it, I tried holding a light up and looking through the back, but again, all I can make out is an “A” and a “S”. oh well, guess we’ll never know and I’m sure it’s covered for good reasons and not nearly as interesting as I think it is.

My other favorite thing about this page is that I’ve made a new friend in the process. I purchased the page from a guy named Claudio on Comic Art Fans. Claudio was kind enough to let me pay off the page over… Well… however the fuck long it would take. He was very patient and we ended up going back and forth through emails for the last 4 months or so. Now here I am with my page and Claudio with his money and we’re still geeking out about comics and art and whatever else.
Basically, I just love the entire comic community. It’s a place where i feel like i belong. I like that the Internet makes it possible for us to find other people who are just like us and make these connections. This page is now a reminder of all of that and why I’m a part of it.

This is the second Preacher page I’ve added to my collection. In September, I picked up page 10 from the very first issue. I still need to get something with the three main characters, but for now, this is one of my most prized possessions, though I still don’t quite own it outright, but one day American Express, one day, it will be mine!!

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note: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ PREACHER BY GARTH ENNIS AND STEVE DILLON, WHAT THE SHIT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU?! FUCKING DO IT YOU CRAZY ASSHOLE!!!… I’m talking to you, Terence.

ENJOY, SEE YOU WEDNESDAY!

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