June 28th, 2005
|10:11 pm - Night of the Living Plastic|
1. People suck.
2. The job opportunity in Chicago won't even bother to consider me because I don't have any experience.
3. I've sent my writing exercises to the place in Connecticut. I should hear how much I suck in 1-2 weeks.
4. kieyra does not suck.
5. I want to rip my thesis into shreds, I'm so tired of looking at it.
6. But I have to make it sexier so we can get it published.
7. Of course, it'll probably get rejected anyway.
8. People suck.
9. I met Jamie and her girlfriend Nicki yesterday. They did not suck. I'd known kniha online, pre-LJ, for four years.
10. People suck.
11. xo_willow_xo does not suck. Everyone go welcome her to LiveJournal so she does not leave.
12. My comic book store is closing at the end of June. After tomorrow, I don't know how I'm going to keep up with my comics without, you know, paying for them.
13. I am out of both milk and ketchup.
14. I watched the first episode of the new Dr. Who. It was pretty good; things blew up. The Doctor feels a little too wacky at the moment; I'm not sure what the tone of the series is supposed to be. But half my flist went batshit over the last two episodes, and I'm interested to see why. So if you spoil me, I will kill you. I will kill you dead.
15. Like a tomato.
Current Mood: crappy
Current Music: Distillers - Dismantle Me
I just think they don't know what to do with me. Judging from the comics in stock at the shop, I think my fantasy-centric reading tastes are not the norm, or at least not shared by the employees, and they don't know what to recommend to me. They're nice enough when I come to the counter, but not nearly as approachable, knowledgeable, or chatty as the folks at Austin Books.
I have heard of both Fables and Y the Last Man (which I think Drew is a fan of), but not Ex Machina. I'll have to check those out. Have you read any Hellblazer? I know Mike Carey, aka my favoritist comic writer in the whole world, is doing that series now, and I'm sort of familiar with the character from his brief appearances in The Sandman and Lucifer (did not watch the movie because Keanu = ick!, and very far from the image of Constantine I have in my head), but I don't know if I can jump into it now or if I need to go back, and if I do should I go back all the way to the beginning or what.
I haven't read any Hellblazer (and I liked the movie, actually), and I feel like I would have to go all the way back to the beginning. But then again, that's how I feel about most comics, which is why I'm usually averse to picking up new titles.
Do you have to go all the way back to the beginning for all titles, though? It seems to me like most of the stuff I read - the Sandmans and Lucifers, things with defined beginnings and endings - you do have to read from the start, or else you'll be lost. But then I think of stuff like the superhero comics, and even something like Hellblazer, which has been going on for 20 years or so now, and it seems like there would have to be points where new readers could jump in without going back and reading every single issue that came before, or else you're limiting yourself to an incredibly small audience. But knowing where that point is is the confusing and intimidating thing for new readers, I think, and it's why I didn't get into comics for so long, and why I'm still not into the superhero titles. Well, that, and they just doesn't appeal to me as much as the fantasy.
Anyways, not expecting you to have an answer to that, just typing out loud. I've had an itch to discuss comics lately, but nowhere to go - Erin won't read them, and no one on my flist reads the same stuff I do! You should sneak off to the cafe at Borders or Barnes & Noble sometime with the TPB of Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway so I'll at least have someone who has some idea of what I'm babbling on about out there.
Dude, you have to pick up Hellblazer! You just hafta! Start with Hellblazer: Original Sins, which is the first few issues by Jamie Delano (John Constantine was originally introduced in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, but he didn't get really good until he got his own book). Then you should get Hellblazer: Rare Cuts, which contains one of the best issues of the series, "Newcastle: A Taste of Things to Come" (which is all about John's past). Unfortunately, Rare Cuts has issues from throughout the series and Jamie Delano's run isn't completely collected, so the next best TPB to get is Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits, which is what the movie was mostly based on. Excellent work by Garth Ennis in it and one of the best stories John Constantine has been in.
And here endeth my geek rave.