But today a box came in from Midtown Comics, which used to be my local when I worked in the city, and which has been e-mailing me about their deals incessantly in recent weeks. Just before Thanksgiving, they had a sale that finally got me:
- 40% off most graphic novels
- free shipping
- and no tax, since I'm in New Jersey, where they don't have a physical presence.
Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman -- I'm not sure if I've read all the way through anything Kupperman's done, but this odd item -- a heavily-illustrated comic novel, I suppose, rather than a graphic story -- looked just quirky enough that I couldn't pass it up.
The Best American Comics 2011 edited by Alison Bechdel -- I've been reading this series since it started (and I used to have all of them, boo hoo flood), and I keep hoping it will lead me to new creators that I haven't already heard of. That hasn't happened yet, but maybe this year will be the trick -- and, even if not, it's always a book filled with interesting stories and pieces of stories.
Habibi by Craig Thomson -- the creator of Blankets is back with another gigantic book, this time a less realistic story that's raised accusations of sexism and Orientalism. If you can't piss off someone, what good is making art at all?
Life With Mr. Dangerous by Paul Hornschemeier -- Eventually, I'll be able to spell his name without looking it up, and his work is honestly worth that effort. (Though I don't remember reading anything substantial of his beyond Mother, Come Home.) I honestly have no idea what this graphic novel is about; I just know it's the new Hornschemeier.
Strange Tales II edited by some minor, probably uncredited Marvel functionary -- The second clump of stories by "independent" comics creators featuring the long-underwear characters created by Stan, Jack, and their ilk. I liked the first one, though it was pretty tame, compared to what it could have been.
Isle of 100,000 Graves by Jason and Vehlman -- It's the new Jason book for this year, with pirates and the usual cast of deadpan folks with animal heads. I dunno who Vehlman is, but he's the co-writer.
Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad! by Evan Dorkin -- I am, sadly, exactly the right age to be a big Dorkin fan, and I am one. I'm not sure if this reprints all of the old M&C stuff (previously in two? -- I think -- slim trade paperbacks from SLG, the company that wants you to forget they ever used the term "Slave Labor"), but I hope so, since that's yet another thing I need to re-buy.
The Death-Ray, another repackaging of what once was a single issue of Eightball as a standalone graphic novel. I believe there is something superhero-y about this one, but I originally read it so long ago (when the issue came out) that I hesitate to say more.