Thursday, April 18, 2024

What's Bully Reading? 2024 #25: The Complete Wallace & Gromit Comic Strips Collection, Volume 2

(This is actually from a couple months ago on February 14, but I forgot to give it a proper number until now, so it goes in here! Gee, that's convenient.)

As seen in The Sun newspaper! So that's the sole decent thing worth reading in The Sun.

I was initially annoyed that there were no creator credits in the front of the book, and the strips themselves are credited as "by Aardman and Titan Comics"...

...but there were group credits at the very back of the book, at least.

Mostly anonymous comic strip creators, we salute you!

Monday, April 15, 2024

Now Playing and What's Bully Reading 2024 #24: k.d. lang's Ingénue

IMLSO, it's her finest album and certainly my favorite.

This new edition has a second disc with her MTV Unplugged presentation of the songs on the album, too!

Also: What's Bully Reading? 2024 #24: 33⅓: k.d. Lang's Ingenue, by Joanna McNamey Stein.

Randi got John a whole bunch of 33⅓ books for his birthday, so he bought the records for them and now we are listening and reading at the same time!

Bully is listening to Ingénue (Sire/Warner Bros., 1992), by k.d. lang

Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin

Sunday, April 14, 2024

What's Bully (Re*)Reading? 2024 #23: X-Men: The Hidden Years Omnibus by John Byrne

Probably the final Byrne project that I liked, altho' a lot of his little peccadillos are very obvious here.

He forces in retcons of characters that haven't yet appeared in the X-Men's history (Storm, Phoenix), and splits up the cast of characters in issue #1 whom we don't see them back all together until final issue #22 (a bit like his approach on Alpha Flight). Also, his tendency to cram his story into others' past stories (Fantastic Four #102-104) and creating characters (Aria) that have nothing to do, and manuevers characters into uniforms they don't wear anymore to explain why they wore them in an old Captain America story.

He also inelegantly shoehorns in his characters from Marvel: The Lost Generation. Plus, I remember how pissy he was about the book being cancelled because it wasn't bringing in the numbers.

In short, I like the concept and the treatment of the characters and Byrne's artwork. But. (shrug)

*I have read these stories previously in floppy comic format.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

What's Bully Reading? 2024 #22: The Plastic Man Archives, Volume 5, by Jack Cole

These are beautiful and brilliant and Cole should be mentioned in the same breath as Eisner. Alas.

Perhaps some tragic forewarning:

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Today in Comics History, April 11, 1961: Disc is just the beginning

from Bob Burden's Original Mysterymen Presents #2 (Dark Horse, August 1999), script by Bob Burden, pencils by Steve Sadowski, inks by Christian Alamy, letters by Steven Haynie

Today in Comics History, April 11, 1942: Eddie Stanky and wife married by a minister from Talos IV

from Eddie Stanky [Baseball Hero] one-shot (Fawcett, 1951), script by Charles Dexter

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Today in Comics History, April 9, 1940: Norway, José

"Stamp Tips" in from Tip Top Comics v.8 #1 [#85] (United Feature, June 1943), writer uncredited and unknown

Later, Norway was pressed flat and turned into a stamp by Colonel Gumm.

Monday, April 08, 2024

Today in Comics History, April 8, 1944: Jim & Al

Jim & Al, folks.

from Invisible Ink: My Mother's Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist (Fantagraphics, September 2015), by Bill Griffith

Jim & Al. And that's all I gots to say about that.