Gypsy Librarian's Alchemical Annex

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retrogasm:

There’s a pussy joke in there somewhere but damned if I know what it is…

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I am sure there is more than one pussy joke here, but I am also damned if I got any.

retrogasm:

There’s a pussy joke in there somewhere but damned if I know what it is…

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I am sure there is more than one pussy joke here, but I am also damned if I got any.

I have posted my short review of this first issue teaser on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. This is an item I got for review via NetGalley. 
Click on the link below to read the review and learn more.
Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/03/comic-book-issue-note-dr-2-issue-1.html

I have posted my short review of this first issue teaser on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. This is an item I got for review via NetGalley.

Click on the link below to read the review and learn more.

Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/03/comic-book-issue-note-dr-2-issue-1.html

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Sad news from the world of books, and a sad day for me. One Hundred Years of Solitude is for me “the book.” I will be holding my mother’s old Spanish copy of it a bit closer tonight and raising a glass in honor of this great man and writer.

Descansa en paz Gabo, y gracias for las historias y las memorias.

To know a man’s library is, in some measure, to know a man’s mind.

Geraldine BrooksMarch (via bookmania)

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Man, on this basis, I can only imagine what people might think of my mind if they saw my personal library.

While law-abiding Muslims are forced to hide in their homes, and animal-rights activists are labeled as terrorists for undercover filming of abusive treatment at factory farms, right-wing hate groups are free to organize, parade, arm themselves to the hilt and murder with chilling regularity. It’s time for our society to confront this very real threat.

Talk about a double standard in the United States.

Read the rest of the piece by Amy Goodman, “The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy" via TruthDig.

fantagraphics:

As great as the new cover for the forthcoming paperback edition of Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 looks on screen, it looks even better in person as we ogle the advance copies fresh out of the box today. And, of course, the guts are still phenomenal, collecting Ditko's earliest pre-Code horror and suspense work, expertly restored in full lurid color, and compiled by acclaimed Ditko biographer Blake Bell.

If you missed out on the hardcover edition of this volume, be sure to snap up this version right away — you can reserve your copy, and read an excerpt with 3 full stories, right here!

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Yes, another one to add to the TBR list. It does look nice from the preview photos.

From the Seattle Public Library, May 2013.

fantagraphics:

qu33rrob:

Queer comics anthologies

No Straight Lines

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Ah, more books to add to my TBR list. One can never have enough.

fantagraphics:

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder et al.

264-page black & white 7.25” x 10.25” hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-749-9

Ships in: June 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The team of Harvey Kurtzman and John Severin was one of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics. The work they did combines the taut emotional and psychological insights of Stephen Crane with a verisimilitude so gritty that it seems as if they are reporting from the scene. Together with inker and friend Will Elder, whose own obsession for detail perfectly heightened the impact of every line, they produced 34 war stories — emotionally draining and dramatically eloquent — in just under three years. This book collects them all. Settings include: the Roman empire; the Revolutionary War; the American-Indian Wars; the Alamo; the Civil War; World War I (in the trenches and in the air); World War II (in the Pacific and in Europe, including the D-Day invasion); and the Korean War.

"The minute you looked at his artwork you knew you were looking at a John Severin illustration; it could be no one else. Besides his inimitable style, there was a feeling of total authenticity to whatever he drew, whether it was a Western, a crime story, a superhero saga or a science fiction yarn." – Stan Lee

© William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.

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Ooh, a new title in Fantagraphics’ EC Comics reprint series. Definitely adding to my TBR list.

I have posted my review of this crossover title from Dynamite Comics on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link to check it out. This volume compiles issues 1-4 of the comic series of the same title. If you know them from their films, you owe it to yourself to seek them out in comics form.