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Posts tagged "comics"
Apr 20, 2014
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Apr 15, 2014
Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples, Saga: Volume 1, Saga: Volume 2, and Saga: Volume 3
This series is GREAT. Holy moly. Here’s Vaughn:
I wanted to write about parenthood, but I wanted to Trojan-horse it inside some sort of interesting genre story, to explore the overlap between artistic creation and the creation of a child.
And about the comic’s debt to Star Wars:
I’m part of the generation that all we do is complain about the prequels and how they let us down…And if every one of us who complained about how the prequels didn’t live up to our expectations just would make our own sci-fi fantasy, then it would be a much better use of our time.”
I hadn’t really read any comics in a while, and I’m totally hooked. I read and recommend reading the paper issues (first is only $5), but the first issue is FREE on Kindle.
Seriously, if you’ve never been interested or if you’ve lost interest in comics, check this series out. (And keep tissues nearby if you’re a parent.)
Filed under: my reading year 2014
Feb 11, 2014
A small-town Romanian cemetery filled with darkly humorous gravestones
This is so good I can’t stand it:
…in the town of Săpânţa, Romania…at the Cimitirul Vesel or “Merry Cemetery,” over 600 wooden crosses bear the life stories, dirty details, and final moments of the bodies they mark. Displayed in bright, cheery pictures and annotated with limericks are the stories of almost everyone who has died of the town of Săpânţa. Illustrated crosses depict soldiers being beheaded and a townsperson being hit by a truck. The epigraphs reveal a surprising level of truth. “Underneath this heavy cross. Lies my mother in law poor… Try not to wake her up. For if she comes back home. She’ll bite my head off.”
You must read the whole story. My favorite line: “Their lives were the same, but they want their epitaphs to be different.”
Do check out the Google+ album of photos
See also the work of Romanian artist Andrea Dezso
Jan 17, 2014
Nov 15, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
The story before ‘The end’ — a conversation with Anders Nilsen
Death doesn’t really make sense. You can try and force it into having a reasonable shape and meaning that fits the human mind, but it will always resist. So if you can’t make sense of it the next best thing is to simply tell the story. Even non-sensical things begin to feel like they make sense when you repeat them over and over. If I had any advice to someone with a friend who just lost a loved one, it might be just to let them tell the story. Be available.
Nice to hear Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow is back in print — it, like The End, is a beautiful, but devastating, comic.
FIled under: death, Anders Nilsen
Aug 23, 2013
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