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COMICS! |OT| October 2014. Witches, wytches, and things that go GROOT in the night.

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Kipp

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Guys, could you recommend me some good, standalone TPBs that were published in the last two years? Something like Wanted - self-contained, awesome story :) Can be s-f, fantasy, superhero - doesn't matter. I just want to read some good comic book that is not some part of a longer series and ends with cliffhanger or requires to buy another TPB :)

Off the top of my head, I'll recommend The Black Beetle by Francesco Francavilla and Six Gun Gorilla by Simon Spurrier.

Hopefully some other people can give some recommendations too, because I know I'm forgetting a ton of stuff.

Also, I'd consider reading some comics that aren't necessarily single, self-contained TPBs. Reading a long comic run can be an incredibly satisfying experience. Even single TPBs that are part of a larger story can usually be enjoyed almost as much on their own.
 

fauxtrot

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Also, I'd consider reading some comics that aren't necessarily single, self-contained TPBs. Reading a long comic run can be an incredibly satisfying experience. Even single TPBs that are part of a larger story can usually be enjoyed almost as much on their own.

This. The only-two-years-old / self-contained parameters basically disqualify 98% of the great books people would typically recommend.
 

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Guys, could you recommend me some good, standalone TPBs that were published in the last two years? Something like Wanted - self-contained, awesome story :) Can be s-f, fantasy, superhero - doesn't matter. I just want to read some good comic book that is not some part of a longer series and ends with cliffhanger or requires to buy another TPB :)

God Hates Astronauts
One Soul
The People Inside
Laika
Seconds
The Underwater Welder
The Complete Essex County
Pax Romana
The Nightly News
Batgirl/Robin Year One
Shazam
Joe the Barbarian
The Rocketeer: the Complete Adventures
 

fauxtrot

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Starlight just wrapped, and while it's not yet collected in a trade, you can buy it digitally... I never thought I'd recommend a Mark Millar book again, but there you have it. Also, I can't say enough wonderful things about Goran Parlov's art.

 

my name is ed

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A 2 year window is pretty constricting. You'd be missing out on Last Days of American Crime and The Coffin or Marathon despite the fact that those comics don't feel dated at all.
 

Kipp

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This. The only-two-years-old / self-contained parameters basically disqualify 98% of the great books people would typically recommend.

A 2 year window is pretty constricting. You'd be missing out on Last Days of American Crime and The Coffin or Marathon despite the fact that those comics don't feel dated at all.

Yeah. I'm curious about the reason for the two-year window. If it's because the person was heavy into comics and then stopped two years ago and now wants to see what they've been missing, I guess that makes sense.
If the two-year thing is to avoid dated comics though, then that's a bit silly. Dated comics don't really click with me at all, but when I was looking at my bookshelf to find books to recommend, I had to pass on most of my recommendations because they were more than two years old.
 

fauxtrot

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I'd say comics from the big 2 have been stylistically similar for the past 5-10 years... meaning it would be hard to date them based on art style / story mechanics alone. With that said, I've read plenty of indie comics from 25+ years ago that would not feel out of place had they been released today.
 

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Oh, what!? Ennis did two other Fury minis before My War Gone By?
I gotta get my paws on those.

I was gonna recommend not to because I remembered disliking them quite a bit but thinking about it they may be more up your alley than My War Gone By was
 

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This. The only-two-years-old / self-contained parameters basically disqualify 98% of the great books people would typically recommend.

Well then, lets scrap that 2 year old period! :)

I want self-contained stuff becuase I won't have big budget to spend and if you will recommend me some TPB there is a part of a longer series and I will like I will feel like I'm missing stuff If I won't keep continute reading :)

So, let's forget that 2 yo period :)

And thanks for above titles, will check them out and will see what fits my taste. And bring more of them :)
 

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A Second chance at Sarah was an odd book that I felt needed to be a bit longer to let everything breathe. It feels rushed as is.
 

fauxtrot

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Well then, lets scrap that 2 year old period! :)

I want self-contained stuff becuase I won't have big budget to spend and if you will recommend me some TPB there is a part of a longer series and I will like I will feel like I'm missing stuff If I won't keep continute reading :)

So, let's forget that 2 yo period :)

And thanks for above titles, will check them out and will see what fits my taste. And bring more of them :)

Would you mind listing a few TV shows / movies that you really love? Or a specific style you're in the mood to read? I find that sometimes helps get an idea of your tastes.

A Second chance at Sarah was an odd book that I felt needed to be a bit longer to let everything breathe. It feels rushed as is.

Is that the same Druckmann from Naughty Dog?
 

Kipp

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I was gonna recommend not to because I remembered disliking them quite a bit but thinking about it they may be more up your alley than My War Gone By was

"I disliked it, so it'll probably be right up your alley."
I see how it is. Haha
Just teasing though, I know what you're saying. Thanks for the opinion.
 

Kipp

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I just got my Alias omnibus in the mail, and funnily enough, contrary to what whatsinaname thought, I'm very impressed by the quality.
The binding is absolutely fantastic, laying perfectly flat even at the very beginning/end pages.
The pages are thin, but not necessarily too thin. I actually don't mind it, since it makes the 750-ish page omnibus much more compact and thus a much more comfortable reading experience.
 

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I just got my Alias omnibus in the mail, and funnily enough, contrary to what whatsinaname thought, I'm very impressed by the quality.
The binding is absolutely fantastic, laying perfectly flat even at the very beginning/end pages.
The pages are thin, but not necessarily too thin. I actually don't mind it, since it makes the 750-ish page omnibus much more compact and thus a much more comfortable reading experience.

Are you saying that this book does not require the ComicGaf official Omnibus reading position?
 

Kipp

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Are you saying that this book does not require the ComicGaf official Omnibus reading position?

I think it probably will, but it will be a much more comfortable ComicGaf Official Omnibus Reading Position than, say, Colossal Conan.
 

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If anyone is in the mood for some horror comics to celebrate Halloween and don't want to just go with the traditional EC stuff, I would highly recommend checking out Charles Burns' Black Hole. It's one of my favorite stories to reread this time of year... not only is it incredibly unsettling, but it's a remarkably deep book about what it's like to be a teenager and how the combination of hormonal imbalance and the impending realities of adulthood make it such a strange time in our lives.

Oh, and the black and white artwork is absolutely masterful. It's amazing to me how consistent it is, seeing that the first and last issues were released about 10 years apart. I would post a few pages, but there are some definite NSFW images within it, so I can't risk it at work.
 

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I just got my Alias omnibus in the mail, and funnily enough, contrary to what whatsinaname thought, I'm very impressed by the quality.
The binding is absolutely fantastic, laying perfectly flat even at the very beginning/end pages.
The pages are thin, but not necessarily too thin. I actually don't mind it, since it makes the 750-ish page omnibus much more compact and thus a much more comfortable reading experience.

True, the binding is good. Maybe I am just spoiled by the other books I am reading at this time. (Fear Agent library and Blacksad). The paper for Alias almost feels transparent on pages that have a lot of white.
 

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I feel like I probably have low standards in regards to paper quality. The only thing that's ever bugged me is when they use the super low quality stuff in manga. Like, I think Tokyopop used it near the end, and I know some (all?) of Viz's 3 in 1 line use it. Feels like tissue paper and you can literally see the other side of the page through it, nasty stuff.
 

tim1138

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If anyone is in the mood for some horror comics to celebrate Halloween and don't want to just go with the traditional EC stuff, I would highly recommend checking out Charles Burns' Black Hole. It's one of my favorite stories to reread this time of year... not only is it incredibly unsettling, but it's a remarkably deep book about what it's like to be a teenager and how the combination of hormonal imbalance and the impending realities of adulthood make it such a strange time in our lives.

Oh, and the black and white artwork is absolutely masterful. It's amazing to me how consistent it is, seeing that the first and last issues were released about 10 years apart. I would post a few pages, but there are some definite NSFW images within it, so I can't risk it at work.

That book is so fucking weird, I dunno if I ever finished it.
 

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So about this week's Saga
Dragon semen...of course...this book is never subtle.
Great issue non-the-less.
 

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I have no paper quality issues. Paper looks great on my iPad.

/snob

How often do you have to delete your digital comics to make room for new ones? I remember running into that problem back when I went digital for a few months. I kept having to delete old issues to make room for new ones. Just a minor inconvenience since I could redownload them.
 

Kipp

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That book is so fucking weird, I dunno if I ever finished it.

Yeah, same. I think I only made it halfway through and I couldn't handle any more. I'm still curious about how it ends, but I can't bring myself to pick it back up at from the library. Haha.
Incredibly weird and extremely unsettling. It'd definitely be an appropriate Halloween read.
I'd definitely recommend it for people who enjoy that kind of thing. Solid recommendation, fauxtrot.

True, the binding is good. Maybe I am just spoiled by the other books I am reading at this time. (Fear Agent library and Blacksad). The paper for Alias almost feels transparent on pages that have a lot of white.

Yeah, Dark Horse uses incredibly thick paper which is pretty nice. If I'm honest though, the thickness of paper doesn't really matter that much to me as long as it's not so thin that the pages get stuck together or seem like they're going to rip when you turn the page. I remember my reading of Arkham Asylum getting totally screwed up because a few times I skipped pages because the paper was so thin and I didn't realize I was flipping two pages and not one.
The Marvel OHC/omnibus paper is on the thinner side, but it still seems like quality paper nonetheless.
 

fauxtrot

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That book is so fucking weird, I dunno if I ever finished it.

I basically felt this way to after my first read through but after a reread about 6 months later, I couldn't believe how much my opinion had changed. Once I knew how the story would unfold, I began picking it apart like I would a great novel (I was an English major long ago) and I really appreciate how accurately it portrays the teenage psyche.
 

fauxtrot

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How often do you have to delete your digital comics to make room for new ones? I remember running into that problem back when I went digital for a few months. I kept having to delete old issues to make room for new ones. Just a minor inconvenience since I could redownload them.

I upload everything that's DRM free to my Google Drive account and only keep what I am currently reading (plus my next titles in line) on the tablet itself. Anything I want to read on a whim only takes about 15 seconds to pull off the cloud.

edit - Double posting like a jackass.
 

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Man, I wanna read Casanova, but Image keeps delaying those beautiful deluxe hardcovers. Vol.1 & 2 are both currently set for November 19th. Also, where the fuck is the Red Star deluxe hardcover? That shit keeps getting delayed, too.



Yes indeedy.

So apparently there is an anime based on Gyou...wonderful...
Have some Junji Ito ComicGAF
 

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Tyrant Rave

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Is there an easier way to get physical copies of Annihilation Conquest? I'm having a hard time finding copies of book 1 (at a decent price.)

Nope, it's out of print. I got lucky with my copies last year.

Maybe Marvel will do an omni like they did with Annihilation but for now your only affordable option is digital.
 

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Hello everyone. So I been looking to get into comics for ages but it's pretty confusing and intimidating. I'm specifically looking to get into Thor. All his best/most important story arcs, as well as his current stuff. Not familiar at all on how comics work, or terminology so help is appreciated. Thanks.
 

fauxtrot

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Hello everyone. So I been looking to get into comics for ages but it's pretty confusing and intimidating. I'm specifically looking to get into Thor. All his best/most important story arcs, as well as his current stuff. Not familiar at all on how comics work, or terminology so help is appreciated. Thanks.

Jason Aaron's current run called Thor: God of Thunder is as good as it gets, unless you're willing to go into the old school Walter Simonson run (which I wouldn't recommend for someone just getting into comics). Start with the first volume, titled The God Butcher, and buy volume 2, Godbomb if you enjoy it!

The one you want looks like this:
 

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Jason Aaron's current run called Thor: God of Thunder is as good as it gets, unless you're willing to go into the old school Walter Simonson run (which I wouldn't recommend for someone just getting into comics). Start with the first volume, titled The God Butcher, and buy volume 2, Godbomb if you enjoy it!

This is basically exactly what I was going to say. Start with Aaron's God of Thunder, when you are ready, dig into the Simonson stuff.

I liked the Straczynski run too, and even Fraction's had its moments, but they're not even in the same weight class as Aaron's God of Thunder. If you find Simonson too old-fashioned, check those two out.
 

Kipp

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Hello everyone. So I been looking to get into comics for ages but it's pretty confusing and intimidating. I'm specifically looking to get into Thor. All his best/most important story arcs, as well as his current stuff. Not familiar at all on how comics work, or terminology so help is appreciated. Thanks.

Someone else may want to chime in after me since I'm not a big Thor reader, but I think your best option is to start from the beginning of the most recent Thor run. It's really well-liked.
The first two volumes are here and here. It's kind of necessary to get both, since the two volumes make up the first story arc. If you just got the first one, you'll be left with a bit of a cliffhanger.
Or you could wait a few weeks and get the hardcover which contains both of those volumes.

Edit: Beaten twice.
 
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