Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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Ohhhhh, you guys, I’ve found it. A book about feminism that actually resonates with me.

Bad Feminist is a wonderful collection of essays by Roxane Gay, who I’ve never read anything by before but now I kind of want to read everything she’s ever written. Not all of the essays directly relate to feminism or women’s issues, but most do and it’s just so fantastic.

Roxane talks a couple times about her feelings towards the word “feminism”, and they’re similar to my own – that it’s a word that I support in theory, that I want to get behind, that I want to be able to use in reference to myself (and probably will) – but it is a word so covered in stereotypes and criteria that it makes me uncomfortable. This is why Roxane calls herself a “bad feminist” – a woman who doesn’t want to be treated like shit, but who also loves the color pink and can’t help dancing around to degrading songs like “Salt Shaker” and other things that feminists sometimes go on about.

Basically, Roxane talks about issues that I feel are relevant and infuriating and important – rape, pay inequality, sexual harassment, women in the media, weight issues, abortion and reproductive rights. These are things that are still on my mind on a daily basis – Am I getting paid as much as the guy that used to do my job? Why do I still have to go through the bullshit of getting a prescription for birth control when it could be made to sell over the counter? Why do people talk down to me about not wanting kids, but not men? Is today the day that some guy will attempt to sexually assault me and I’ll have to make use of the knife I carry for this exact reason? These are things that still desperately need to be discussed, and I feel like a lot of current-day books about feminism tend to kind of skip over talking about these things at length. She praises the importance of feminism because there are still major issues that need to be addressed, changes that need to happen.

She also talks about race, at length, which I GREATLY appreciated – the feminist books I’ve read previously were horribly white-washed. She talks about Trayvon Martin, and racism in movies, and the treatment of women in Tyler Perry movies. I have noticed the lack of diversity discussed in feminism books – it’s usually only mentioned when talking about class issues, as if only poor black women might be affected by a mix of sexism and racism.  And really, racism and sexism are prejudices that need to be dealt with at the same time, because both are too persistent in today’s culture. She discusses a few pop media things, like the horrible-ness that is Blurred Lines,  and the disturbing relationship presented in Fifty Shades of Grey.

She did NOT go on rants about how unfair porn is, or the need women feel to shave their legs, or how wrong it is to change your name when you get married. Thank goodness, because I’ve heard these things a million times and I have to say – I don’t really care. I’m so far past caring about the possible feminist implications of getting a bikini wax. Roxane’s lack of discussing stuff like that was a literal breath of fresh air.

Seriously, I could kiss this book. Every essay was articulate and engaging. And even better, as I was reading and exclaiming to the honeyman “Ooooo, she does a chapter about Django Unchained/Caitlin Moran/Orange is the New Black/Wendy Davis”, he said that he might read the book after me. It’s waiting on the coffee table now – partly in the hopes that he picks it up and reads it so we can talk about it, but more because it was so great I’m not quite ready to put it on my shelf yet.

Read Bad Feminist. Read it, read it, read it.

 

Sarah Says: 5 stars

Sarah Sunday!

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Good morning guys!

It’s been an interesting week… a combination of trying to balance a hectic week at work with the effort of reading and relaxing for Bout of Books. I’m trying to get ALL the reading and relaxing and blogging in this weekend, because this coming week at work is going to SUCK – someone is on vacation, which means I have to cover EVERYTHING all week, plus try to do my end-of-the-month reporting that has to be done by Friday, which means I’ll be doing a minimum of 14-hour days. It’s going to be horrible.

On a happier note, next weekend is our Borderlands 2 weekend. We’re basically going to be spending the whole weekend at our friend’s house and be playing the crap out of Borderlands 2 together, on 2 TVs, 2 XBOXs, etc. And then the following Monday is a holiday, so we’ll all have a day off to recover and get ready to go back to work. It should be really fun.

Sooo… that’s basically my update. Work.

 

Also FYI – it’s the last day to sign up for Diversiverse – Aarti at Book Lust is hosting it. Basically you agree to read and review at least one book, by a non-white person, during the last two weeks of September. SUPER easy, and reading diversely is important, so sign up! There’s about 70 people signed up right now, and that number should be way higher. Sign up because hate crimes still exist, because people (including cops) are killing unarmed black teens, because there is still discrimination everywhere you go – whether you notice it or not. Come on, you guys. Do it!

Alright, I have posts to write, laundry to do, and a TON of books to read before Bout of Books ends tonight (nooooo, I never want it to end!). Hope ya’ll are having a good weekend.

~Sarah

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

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You guys may have noticed I’m a little comics-obsessed lately. But I still had questions, and I heard this book getting a lot of praise, so  I got it from the library. I got a lot more out of this book than I planned on.

 

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This was a REALLY in-depth look at comics, and the different techniques they employ. There is a slight bit of history, and some discussion on how comics are a “genre” or form of media that are kind of looked down upon – this was published in 1993, but I think that still applies. I’d love to see an updated version of this book, given the recent explosion of superhero movies and increased interest in comics and graphic novels.

I’d also love to see Scott McCloud do more of a “how to read comics” kind of books. While Understanding Comics is really informative and thought-provoking and I plan to buy my own copy, it didn’t exactly answer my questions – such as how to know where to start reading (for example, I want to read Deadpool comics, but where the hell do I begin?? Does it matter?), the differences between comics and graphic novels, and so on.

He DOES have another book called Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form, published in 2000, that I really want to read. It apparently tackles issues like sexual and ethnic representations in comics, creator’s rights, and more.

Whether you’re curious about comics, a newbie to comics, or a long-time fan of comics – I think this is a really worthy read.

 

Sarah Says: 4 stars

My Local Comic Book Shop

THE AVENGERS AND SARAH

 

About a month ago, I made my very first trip ever to a comic book store. I went on comicshoplocator.com and went to the one closest to me, and I think I picked well. I basically love it.

My first time in was with the honeyman, because we were on vacation together and because I rarely like going new places on my own. The comic shop is located in the downstairs area of a building, there ruining the images in my head inspired by The Big Bang Theory‘s comic shop, and I felt a little awkward at the close-quarters at first, but eventually I relaxed. It’s actually pretty well organized, and I was able to snap up the first issues of Ms. Marvel and Rat Queens, two comics I had been hearing a lot about on the internets.

Since my first time, I’ve been back there twice. The guys that work there (own it?) are very friendly, and didn’t at all make me feel like I was some silly girl. (I get that this is a ridiculous presumption, shut up.) I shared what comics I’ve been getting in to, and got some good recs. I started a pull list for Ms. Marvel and Rat Queens, and ask that they order me a volume of Deadpool to start reading. And from what I understand, their discount on your pull list is pretty great 20% to 30% off of whatever is in your box when you come in, depending on how much is there. They also offer discounts on regular merchandise in the store, including trade books, which is fantastic.

 

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I could easily spend hours looking around in there, if I let myself, and I could VERY easily spend too many of my dollars. But I love having a comfortable place to go for comics. I love that I have comic book peeps to ask questions to. And, imagine my delight when I went on their website and discovered that they have a podcast! I downloaded a bunch of episodes and can’t wait to listen to them this week. I’ve been thinking about trying to find a good comics podcast, and then I stumbled on that. WIN.

 

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For anyone of my readers who is annoyed with all the comics-related talk on my blog… suck it up. I can’t help it. I’m kind of addicted to comics now, and I only want to throw myself deeper into them. And now that I have a local favorite comic book shop, nothing is stopping me from trying to catch up on decades’ worth of comic-y goodness.

Have you been to your local comic book shop? What was it like? What comics are you into right now?

 

~Sarah

 

BOUT OF BOOKS READATHON 11.0 MASTER POST

Bout of Books 11.0 is finally here!

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Bout of Books is a no-pressure, weeklong readathon, and it is the best. You can still sign up here. And if you have any questions, I’ve been dubbed a Bout of Books Expert (see the super official badge to the right), so feel free to ask in the comments or get at me on Twitter (@SarahSaysRead). I’ll be participating here with daily updates (this will be a sticky post, so it’ll be at the top post on my blog all week), on Instagram, and on Twitter. I have my books sorted out, my posts for the week ready, my jalapeno poppers (my must-have readathon snack) waiting in the freezer. I’m ready!

Let’s take a look at my possible reads this week.

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THE BOOKS

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (finish, about 120 pgs into it already)
  • Contagious by Jonah Berger (have this on Oyster too, about 30% through it already)
  • Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (read a least a couple more chapters)
  • Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks (graphic novel)
  • How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
  • Rat Queens (comics, issues #4 to #7)
  • Wraith (comics, issue #1)
  • Legendary Star Lord (comics, issues #1 & #2)
  • Y: The Last Man, Volume 4 (graphic novel)
  • Fables, Volume 1 (graphic novel)
  • East of West, Volume 1 (graphic novel)
  • random Kindle novellas

THE GOALS

  • Comment on new blogs every day
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Read at least 1000 pages total (not counting comics, I guess)
  • Update here daily
  • HAVE FUN (of course)

 

MY UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 181
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, +1 comic book
Books I read from: Bad Feminist, Wraith issue #1
#todayinsixwords: Roxane Gay is my pretend BFF.

I expected to get a little more reading done than this, but between the Twitter chat and going out for coffee with my little brother and then eating dinner and watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory, I wasted like 5 or 6 hours not reading. Oh, and I commented on 15 new-to-me blogs! Yay! Not a bad day! Unfortunately, I have to work the rest of the week. Booooooo.

Monday

 

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 119
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, +1 comic book
Books I read from: How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky
#todayinsixwords: Shocked I read 100 pages today.

So, back to work. I read some on my lunch, and more when I got home… and then I meant to read more of my book or a comic, but I got pretty tired. I managed to visit 11 new-to-me blogs, but wasn’t as active on Twitter or anything as I would like. Not sure that will change for Wednesday – I’m looking at a 12-hour work day, so we’ll see how it goes.

Tuesday

 

 

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 99
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, + 5 comic books
Books I read from: How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, Rat Queens #4 – 7
#todayinsixwords: Not too shabby, fun Twitter chat

I got out of work earlier than I thought I would, so I got some extra reading time at home. Caught up on my Rat Queens comics (YOU GUYS, THEY’RE SO GOOD), and then hopped online for what was a wonderful Twitter chat. Thursdays are date night, so my page count won’t be very high, but that’s okay, because I like hanging out with the honeyman :)

Wednesday

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Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 12, ouch.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, + 5 comic books
Books I read from: How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky
#todayinsixwords: Oh well, it was date night.

So I was super distracted when I was on my lunch (damn you Twitter and such) and then after work it was date night (which was ordering pizza and playing the crap out of Borderlands 2 together). So yeah, no reading after work, but time with the honeyman is more important :)

Thursday

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Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: Whatever 15% of The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke is.
Total number of books I’ve read: 1, + 5 comics
Books I read from: The Assassin’s Curse
#todayinsixwords: Ridiculously busy work, and game night.

So work was insane, and I started reading The Assassin’s Curse on my Kindle during my lunch break. But after working 11 hours, it was also game night which meant hanging out and chatting with friends… so yeah, no reading time. This weekend shall be FULL of reading though!

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Friday

 

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 265, + 7% of The Assassin’s Curse on my Kindle.
Total number of books I’ve read: 3, + 7 comic books
Books I read from: The Assassin’s Curse, How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, Every Day Is For the Thief, Ms. Marvel issue #7, The Fade Out issue # 1
#todayinsixwords: Comic book store trip! So happy.

So I ran errands in the morning, including a trip to the comic book store to get a bunch of new stuff that I’m really psyched about. I came home and read, took a nap, read some more, then went to dinner with my older sis, and we came back to my house and read some more! Great day. For Sunday, I’m hoping to write a bunch of reviews and posts, read a few of the comics I have on my original list, and then just read whatever else I can.

Saturday

Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 37% of The Assassin’s Curse
Total number of books I’ve read: 3, + 7 comic books
Books I read from: The Assassin’s Curse
#todayinsixwords: Got restless, went to the movies.

So on Sunday, I was all set to blog and read all day… but by 4 in the afternoon, I was feeling kind of restless. I ended up playing Borderlands 2 for a while and then going to see Guardians of the Galaxy with my brother, since he hadn’t seen it yet and I wanted to see it again.

 

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WRAP IT UP

 – 676 pages read

- plus 7 comic books

- plus 59% of The Assassin’s Curse

- 2 Twitter chats

- started off strong commenting, but fell off there near the end… week got busy :(

Overall, I’d say this was a pretty successful readathon! I had a lot of fun, found some new bloggers to follow – all in all, it was lovely. January seems too far away for the next one!!

 

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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Hogging my spot on the couch, chilling behind the lap top, an owl wearing glasses necklace, and my current read

 

 

Hey guys.

I actually don’t have too much to update… other than work was busy this week and I worked close to 50 hrs, so I’m behind in reading and commenting on blogs and I’m going to try to catch up on that tonight. What else…

  • We saw Lucy for date night. It was interesting… but I feel like it was a cool premise and that they didn’t really know where they wanted to go with it. It was awesome seeing Scarlett Johansson just basically killing a bunch of bad dudes though.
  • The movie theater we went to had fancy red leather reclining seats, and the tickets were actually cheaper than most movie theaters, so that was cool.
  • I have been glued to Twitter this week because of the horrible events in Ferguson. This exact situation is why I will never understand the people who try to claim that racism is dead, or that affirmative action (in police forces, especially) isn’t needed. I wish there was something I could do to help the family of Mike Brown, and the community there… they have my support.
  • I have been reading Bad Feminist, and it is brilliant so far. Finally, I feel like someone is speaking my language when it comes to feminism (and other issues).
  • I also really recommend the $1 Kindle single, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • I went to the comic book store again on Saturday. I love going there and being surrounded by comics and asking if they can order me things. I bought the trade of East of West, the first two issues of Legendary Star Lord, and the first issue of Wraith by Joe Hill (yes, it is a new-ish comic series based on NOS4A2). AND I found out that my comic shop has a podcast, and I’m really looking forward to listening to that. I’m going to do a post about my local comic book shop later this week, hopefully.
  • The Bout of Books readathon starts tomorrow, and lasts all week. YES. I need this. I took tomorrow off of work just to get a good solid day of reading in. And because it turns out I still have like 7 vacation days for the year, which is awesome.

Alright you crazy cats, I have a ton more stuff to do before tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

~Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

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Alright, I know I’ve mentioned Chew on here before. But now since I finished volume 8, I’ve been wanting to do a proper review of it. I mean, I have nothing else to do until volume 9 eventually comes out. The wait is killing me.

Reviewing a currently-not-finished comic series seems weird, but I’m going to try it out. Chew is, without a doubt, my favorite comic series. So maybe this will be easier than I think.

Tony Chu has a gift. He is a cibopath – he gets physic impressions or visions from whatever he eats. He bites into an apple, and knows where it was grown, was pesticides was used on it. He eats a hamburger and gets flashes of how that cow was killed. He takes a bite out of a corpse, and he will probably be able to find the killer. This makes him a wonderful federal agent for the most powerful law enforcement division in America – the FDA. See, when the avian flu killed 23 million Americans, chicken and other bird meat was outlawed – making black market food crimes a new, big problem. The downside of Tony’s power? Basically the only thing he can eat without getting some horrible psychic impression is beets.

You guys, this series is filled with people who have FOOD-RELATED SUPERPOWERS. Someone gets smarter the more he eats. Someone else can see the future of whatever person they take a bite out of. Someone else is able to speak the language of whatever nationality’s food he’s cooking. It is the coolest thing.

Besides the awesome, weird superpowers, I really like the characters. Chu is a good cop, but he’s nervous with the ladies and it’s adorable to watch him try to be flirty. He has a main love interest, Amelia, who is spunky and powerful in her own right. His partner John Colby is gay, enjoys illegal chicken, and adds a lot of hilarity. You eventually meet Tony’s twin sister, Toni, and she’s a riot. I got attached to these characters really quickly. The series has even made me tear up a time or two.

The artwork in the series is some of my FAVORITE. It’s funky and beautiful, and there’s always a lot of humor in the images… funny posters on the wall, tongue-in-cheek labels on packages, goofy store signs, etc. See below…

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ALSO, I am super, super excited that there is going to be an animated Chew TV show - and Glenn from The Walking Dead is voicing Tony Chu. AND Penny from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is going to voice his love interest. My excitement levels! I can’t even.

 

Says Says: 5 stars, forever

 

HOW TO BUILD A GIRL READALONG: THE LAST PART

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Emily is hosting this lovely readalong of How to Build a Girl (THANKS EMILY!), and if you’d like to pre-order a copy of this you should head on over to Odyssey Bookshop to do that. And if you’re not readalong-ing with us, be aware – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.

So here we are, the end of the book!

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  • Rob talks about how all Goth chicks “have a bit of chubble” – what a massive asshole.
  • Johanna plays her father’s horrible music tape for her co-workers, and then tosses it.
  • Johanna decides to do speed.
  • The whole giant catastrophe of Tony Rich… I can’t even. I just can’t.
  • Johanna has a fantastic night with John Kite, passes out, gets upset, then starts cutting herself.
  • I enjoy that she decides to learn some NWA lyrics so she has an excuse for the scars, later on.
  • Johanna states that she is now for things – not against them.” Dude… you can be both. You have to be both.
  • The family’s benefits were cut because Johanna got a job. CALLED IT. And I guess she had been helping out with bills and such, so that’s good.
  • Johanna is moving, Krissi is coming with her (“To make sure you’re okay, and you don’t accidentally write your shopping list on your arm with an ax.”), and she still feels like she has to get her dad famous.

Overall… I don’t know how I feel about this book. I really, really loved the first 2/3 or so, and then my enjoyment kind of decreased from there. I’m kind of bummed that there was no real conflict with her dad, and that there was no big revelation about Krissi being gay. I really ended up liking Krissi the best out of anyone, because it turns out he’s smart and kind of hilarious. I’m curious to see what another Moran novel would be like… one that would be not so closely related to her own life.

I’ll probably sum up my final feels in a non-spoiler-y review later on.

Thanks again to Emily for hosting, and to HarperCollins for making the readalong possible!! And of course to all of the other bloggers participating. You guys make readalong-ing the best.

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~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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The last two weeks have kind of flown by. I’m gonna go bullet-style because there’s just a lot and also, I spent all my energy on a 5-mile run/walk this morning (which is not bragging, it’s more of a yay-I-did-something-physical today kind of thing, because damn… I need to work out more):

  • We saw Guardians of the Galaxy!

 

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I already want to re-watch it. It was fun, and I laughed a lot. And I was skeptical when they announced that there was going to be a sequel before the first movie even freaking came out, but now I’m really psyched to see it. Come on, 2017! I did start to read some of the comics, and I’m confused that two characters, Adam Warlock and Quasar, were left out… I’m wondering if they’ll be added in the second movie. Anyways, I highly recommend it.

  • I really need to use Oyster more. I’m still in my free period of it, but I just don’t read on my phone that much. And I WANT to utilize Oyster more, because it was such a fantastic selection of books. Seriously, KINDLE FIRE. I need one. (I have been trying to make it a point to read a bit on my phone here and there… before work, or any waiting time, etc.)
  • BookRiot is lauching a site just for comic books! It’s going to be called Panels, and it’ll be up in the fall, and I’m EXCITED. I am completely addicted to comics lately.
  • I think I read faster on my Kindle. Maybe it just seems that way, because I can read it in bed, but it seems like a get through a book a bit faster when I read on it.
  • Labor Day weekend we’re going to have a Borderlands 2 weekend with our friends (the ones we have game night with every week). We’re going to stay at their house for the whole weekend, orders tons of junk food, and play Borderlands 2 together with two XBOXs, two TVs, and two games so that we can each have half a screen while we play. It’s going to be amazingly awesome.
  • I sent a letter this week to the judge assigned to dealing with my grandmother’s estate, stating that I’d like to officially disinherit myself and don’t want anything from her will. My grandma passed away over two years ago, and her will is still in probate because of how she wrote it and who deserves to get something out of it… It’s a mess. I’m done. And I feel hugely relieved.
  • Work has been slow. Which in a way, is kind of nice. But in another way, it kind of sucks. I think I actually prefer being busy at work. And I’m missing just a little bit of the overtime.
  • Gabby has been super lovey lately. Which obviously I’m a fan of. She’s such a weird cat, but she really just likes to be around us.
  • Have any of you read anything by Morgan Llywelyn? I visited my dad this weekend, and he went on and on about one of her books and insists that I have to read it (Lion of Ireland was the one he was recommending). She seems like a big historical fiction writer… are they good?
  • We’re starting to re-watch The Big Bang Theory, because I want to watch them all before season 7 comes out on DVD next month. It’s such a great show. And I recently listened to a Neil deGrasse Tyson podcast that featured Mayim Bialik (she plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the show) and they talked about how one of the great things about the show is that all of the characters have some sort of social issue, or they fall somewhere on the autism spectrum (Sheldon) – but they don’t try to diagnose or medicate the characters. These are all characters who the world would categorize as nerds, who maybe have a bit of OCD or some other sort of anxiety – but the show doesn’t pathologize them. Instead, they all have active social lives, they have rewarding careers and love interests, and are surrounded by friends that love them, and that’s an awesome thing. I’ve never actively thought about that before, but it is definitely one of the things that make me love the show. Also, I just love that it’s a group of people who love science, comics, video games, sci-fi – and it’s just FUNNY. Anyways, so yay. I’m excited to be watching them all again.
  • Also, I really really want to watch Cosmos. I think I’m going to re-activate my Hulu account just so I can start it. Because I love space and science and physics, and I also love that Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane put it together. Good job, guy that is usually known for making Family Guy. You are cooler than I originally thought.

I’m rambling now, and I really need to write the last How to Build a Girl post. I want to read, but I might as well just keep blogging since Gabby is hogging the couch right now. Cats.

How’s your weekend goin?

~Sarah

Comics I Really Want to Read Next

I’ve been getting more and more into comics (which, for the purposes of this discussion at least, includes graphic novels). I’ve sought out and read a lot of the stand alone ones, and the autobiographical ones – Maus, Persepolis, Blankets, Habibi, etc. From there, I started branching out into series – Chew, Manhattan Projects, Saga. I need to write reviews for a lot of these, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet – part of me is still working out how I want to review comics in a series that isn’t over or completed yet.

Since all of that is hard work, I’m hoping to manage reviews for the comics series I’ve been reading sometime this month. But for now, let’s look ahead to the comics I really, really want to get my hands on next.

 

 

DEADPOOL

[Deadpool: By Daniel Way: The Complete Collection: Volume 1 (Product Image)]

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Next time I’m in my comic book shop, I’m going to ask the guy there to order me the big volume editions of the Deadpool comics so I can read them ALL. I’ve been wanting to read them for ages, but that movie scene leak has be EXTRA excited (although the movie is stuck in development hell because of how to rate it, and there is a really great article on why it could be PG-13 and still amazing). I like crazy, psychotic, not-nice characters. The Joker is super fascinating. Kahn (in the second new Stark Trek movie) is a beast. I like FUNNY. And Deadpool is hysterical. He’s morally ambiguous and interesting. And he’s very unique in the comic world because he’s aware that he’s a character, which leads to him continually breaking the fourth wall and moving around the comic book world.

 

 LOCKE AND KEY

 

It is ridiculous that I haven’t read this comic series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Chelsea has been gushing about it for ages now, and I STILL haven’t got around to it! I really like Joe Hill. I believe it’s about the Locke children, and something how them discovering keys that do… things. This is really a must-read series for me, but I think I’ve been holding off on them because even on Amazon, a new paperback volume is almost $20. And my comic book shop didn’t have the trade volumes in… maybe I’ll have them order that for me too.

 

LEGENDERRY: A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE

 

Honestly, I have no idea if this series is any good. I saw issue 6 or 7 in my comic book shop, but they didn’t have ANY of the back issues, which I think is a good sign. I’m just super excited at the idea of a steampunk comic series. I’m going to be eagerly awaiting a trade volume for this… or, once again, bothering my comic book store guy to see if he can get the single back issues anywhere.

 

 EAST OF WEST

 

Another one on my radar because of Chels (for reals, she has the best recommendations you guys). I’m going to be buying the trade collections of this, because I think there’s three out already and that’s too much to try to collect all of the single issues. It’s about the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the artwork looks really fantastic. I’ve learned that artwork is VERY important, especially when there’s a lot of characters – it makes it easier to tell them apart.

 

Alright ya’ll, those are the comic series I’m seeking out next. Read any of these? Have any other suggestions for what to look out for?

 

~Sarah