smmarx's Recent Comments
August 13, 2013 11:13 am So glad you guys are promoting March. This is going to be a very powerful book that is already starting to attract others to the world of comics. Can't wait to read it (and see him at The Small Press Expo!).
July 29, 2013 1:14 pm Bring back X-Statix!
July 25, 2013 10:12 am So much fun! It's like Pokemon meets a badass western. Want more!
July 23, 2013 8:48 am I'm a long time Hellblazer fan, and this is awful. People will read for Trinity War tie-in, but overall it's a sad, watered down version that is trying way too hard to be edge. Dropped after the last issue.
July 1, 2013 1:44 pm X-Statix!!! I loved this book. Read this and Sleeper. Remember passing on this iteration of Doom Patrol.
May 28, 2013 2:08 pm Those Kev Authority issues are some of my favorites. Such a fun Ennis story!
May 24, 2013 2:35 pm 100% disagree. I have tried digital, but still prefer the real thing. They don't have the thing I want? They'll order it, and it'll be there when I'm back in next week to pick up my comics. Or they recommend something else to me that I will also enjoy. These people work in a store that has all comics, they usually know a fair amount of good stuff (ok, maybe I'm just lucky with my LCS). If anything, the LCS is thriving in my community!
May 24, 2013 12:41 pm I feel the same way about the LCS up by my parents' house in Westchester County, NY (no, the weirdness that there aren't terribly great comics stores in Westchester is not lost on me). I haven't lived there since I left for college, and after moving have experienced some absolutely fantastic comics stores. When I am visiting over the holidays or some other reason, I totally have a "pity shopping" experience. This one store has been there at least for the past 20 years, yet I've never seen a single other soul in there. Their selection of new comics is atrocious, and anything they never stock anything they've deemed "adult content" - which translates to anything not Spider-man or Justice League. The ONLY bonus of this is that comics such as Punisher, Daredevil, X-Men all get lumped into a "Adults only" bin at the back for $1. The selection of TPBs isn't terrible, but they're all bagged so you can't flip through to see if you want to buy something. I understand that this keeps them in good condition, but it is not conducive for browsing, at all. When the store itself is primarily geared towards these trades, it makes sense to me that you'd want to rethink how "available" they are. They do have a large selection of toys, but I have no interest in those (not enough space for books, even!). I really have no idea how these guys are in business, and it's genuinely a depressing place to look for comics. But, like Gabe, I feel an obligation to support them out of pity. It's a terrible store, but that doesn't mean I won't go back and pick up some of those "Adults Only" comics for $1. (It's amazing to me that Silver Surfer can be "Adults Only" – is it because he's naked?). Last time I was in there a few months ago, I picked up the full series of Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. in single issues. The owner told me they haven't been touched since the series came out. I know I could have gotten them cheaper online, but this was a total pity purchase. It felt like charitable giving. Ultimately, like any business, only the strong should survive (or in this case, stumble along somehow).
May 24, 2013 10:49 am Love that Magik!
May 20, 2013 12:54 pm I got into comics through indie books, and they make up about 60% of what I still read today. Fantagraphics just put out Other Stuff by Peter Bagge, a collection of some of his lesser known work/collaborations, etc. Highly recommended! In general most of the things put out by Fantagraphics are pretty great to me. I'm an unabashed Peter Bagge and Daniel Clowes fanboy, though... Of course a lot of Image books and DH books are great now - Prophet, Saga, and Mind MGMT probably being the best known, and the new run of Abe Sapien has been off to a great start. Also thoroughly loving The Massive and Luther Strode (the art alone on LS...!). Very excited to see where Dream Merchant and Dream Thief are going, too.