I have been told that Crown Publishing went all out at Comic-Con in order to promote the new novel Shift, co-authored by Heroes producer Tim Kring and accomplished novelist Dale Peck, complete with a team of faux-Jackie Kennedys, text-message scavenger hunts, and a range of other activities. But, somehow I missed all that. It's probably a good thing, too.
JD Arnold and Richard Koslowski are great showmen, and fast talkers. When I was walking by the Top Shelf booth at Comic-Con, the two of them somehow managed to talk me into buying a comic that really didn't interest me that much: a retrospective of the life of a blues-singing wolf. But I'm so glad they did. BB Wolf and the Three LPs will almost certainly be remembered as one of the finest comics of the year, for both writing and illustration. An absolutely amazing book that reminds us why we love Top Shelf, and comics in general.
This clever little package was forwarded to me by a librarian asset who managed to smuggle it out of the ALA conference a few weeks ago.
Paul B. Janeczko, who may be better known for his work in the much less interesting world of poetry anthologies, has produced a sexy little volume of true-life spy stories dating back to the Revolutionary War, and up to the very recent past. If this advanced copy (which is still a little rough, visually) lives up to its promise, I expect a great final version that will be a real thrill to readers of all ages.
One of the highlights of my trip to Comic-Con was getting to meet James Kochalka, who was first introduced to me several years ago, when he was donating the proceeds from Fancy Froglin's Sexy Forest to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Fancy is one of the creepiest, funniest, most childish, and strangely cute comics you'll ever read, with its completely innocent take on absolute perversity.
You ever go into something with high hopes and the best of intentions, and then realize just how much effort the whole thing can be, so you start slacking? Well then you know how my Comic-Con adventure went. By Saturday, I was just exhausted from walking around and taking pictures. Also, had to drive all over town meeting relatives, etc. so I didn't really get much of an opportunity to take pictures. Yay.
Anyway, here are some of the shots I got on Saturday:
Check out this amazing home-made Iron-Man costume. Is that dedication or what?
I finally got around to reading Two Sisters by Matt Kindt, one of my favorite artists/authors currently working. I don't know why it took me so long, since I have immense respect for his work, and I love the fact that he writes so much in the spy/espionage genre, which is among my favorites.
Anyway, I should have read it sooner, because it's a fantastic comic with beautiful art and an interesting and compelling story worthy of the author's considerable talents.
The main story arc consists of the story of Elle, how she is recruited, trained, and eventually sent on missions working for British spy services during the second world war.
Slightly less depressing than his earlier book, Super Spy, but only slightly, this book really delves into the interior lives of the people who participate in this most unusual career, the pasts that drive them there, and the nature of their work. It's a huge, gorgeously illustrated book filled with gadgets, intrigue, special missions, and regrets. A must-read.
Tiny Librarian went to Washington, D.C., and in order to make me infinitely jealous, she went to the International Spy Museum. While she was there, she got me some secret stuff (which I shall never divulge), but also this super cool book that takes me back to the old days, when I wanted to be a spy: Monday and Tuesday, most recently.
Cy Tymony's "Sneaky uses for everyday things" is the first of a trilogy of books which tell you how to do very interesting things with stuff you find around the house, from foil and string to milk and vinegar.
Within this slim volume are nifty tricks for security, surreptitious listening, broadcasting, and even survival. Imagine a slightly more urban version of the Boy Scout Manual, and you're on the right track.
This book is a great read and full of fun projects for anybody who likes DIY, espionage, or just knowing things that you aren't supposed to know. I read it cover-to-cover in a couple of hours, and I am eagerly awaiting the opportunity to make use of some of the tips it contains.
I took so many pictures on Thursday that it took me hours to post them. Luckily, I spent all day Friday standing int he line for the True Blood panel, so it wasn't really an issue.
Here are about a dozen pictures from Friday. Sorry I didn't take more, but there wasn't much opportunity for it.
Jake and Elwood
Kakashi Hatake from the Naruto series.
This girl makes a great Link. This is because Link totally looks like a chick.
Okay, we're back from Yogurt Land, one of my favorite places on Earth, feeling totally refreshed and ready to take on the world. Here are some more pics I took at the San Diego Comic Convention today. I'll probably take many more tomorrow, so be sure to bookmark, if you like this kind of thing.
Back to it!!!
Last year, there were so many Cap'n Jacks that it was enough to make you ill. This year, I only saw this scurvy pair, who did a pretty nice job of it.
A very nice Cat-Woman outfit, worn very well by someone who can pull it off. She was really nice, too.