Comics and More (was Re: Best of 2001)

deborah deborah at
Tue Jan 15 13:37:40 EST 2002

On Mon, 14 Jan 2002, Melissa Proffitt wrote:
|**First way:  Find a local comics shop.  I actually don't like this way
|because our local place isn't very user-friendly, and it's hard to browse
|through.  But the owners may be able to steer you in certain directions.

Many comic book stores are terrible, with almost no indies, and
clerks who (I kid you not) stare at your chest the whole time
they're talking to you if you're female.  Undersocialised creeps.
However, if you're lucky... <EVANGALISE> in Harvard Square,
Million Year Picnic is the best comic shop I've ever encountered.
Helpful staff, huge indie section, great subscription policy (you
can have as few as one rarely published comic in your
subscription, which you pick up at the store, and there's no
subscription deposit, and you still get a discount on your sub
comics.</EVANGALISE>  I hear there's a great shop in Minneapolis
as well.

I'm in the process of switching from buying monthly to buying
when the monthlies are compiled into graphic novels, because
they're more fun to read.

Comics I read (all are indie; most are girl comics <g>, all but
Amy Unbounded are available in graphic novel compilations):

 - Girl Genuis (Phil and Katja Foglio): steampunk, silly, comes
   out way too rarely for my tastes

 - Strangers in Paradise (Terry Moore): hard to describe.  Mostly
   a drama comic about the lives of two beautiful women
   (beautiful really, not comic-book-enormous-bust-wasp-waist
   beautiful).  Francine is even somewhat fat and still gorgeous,
   which is close to unheard of in comics.  But fairly violent
   and dark.

 - Scary Godmother (Jill Thompson, who also wrote the "L'il
   Endless" Sandman book): a great comic for younger kids, about
   Hannah (maybe 7 years old) and her scary godmother (part
   witch, part fairy).  Every issue contains a recipe which tells
   you which parts require adult supervision.

 - Blue Monday (Chynna Clugston-Major): a funny teen comic about
   some 1980s punk teenage girls and their high school
   misadventures, including a pooka.  Mildly sexually explicit,
   in that their teenage boy friends are sex-obsessed and peeping

 - Castle Waiting (Linda Medley): I bet lots of DWJ fans will love
   this one.  It's very hard to explain.  Let's see... lots of it
   takes place in Castle Waiting or is flashbacks from there.
   It's set in a sort of medieval England but not really.
   There's sprites and magic.  It's lighthearted, gently
   feminist, well researched, and a very fun read.

 - Hopeless Savage (Jen Van Meter and guest artists): very very
   funny sotry about the kids of a punk rock couple.  You know
   all those hippie's kids named Sundancer?  Well, these kids are
   the punk equivalent, and they're great.

Beginning to read:

 - Bone (Jeff Smith) and its prequel, Rose (Charles Vess): Bone
   is more fun than Rose.  Bone's serious, and funny, and all in
   all a wonderful story that takes place in a magical land.
   Another great find for DWJ fans.  Particularly the stupid,
   stupid rat creatures and their obsession with quiche.

 - Amy Unbounded:  A complete mini-comic (xeroxed and stapled)
   only available from the author (
   Similar in feel to Castle Waiting.  A little girl in a
   medieval world.  Storngly feminist, very funny, often sad.

 - Finder (Carla Speed MacNeill): a very strange world, with
   interesting yet surrel stories.  Some violence and sex.

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