Thursday, 11 November 2010

[407] MCM Expo, October 2010 Mega-Haul

I’m running a little late with this, but there’s no time like the present. The MCM Expo was as overwhelming and exhausting as ever, especially as I'd decided to cram in radio preparation, essay research and good, old-fashioned journalism into my usual rounds. This time, also, I made a point to save up the pennies beforehand, so I could actually buy some books from people.

Here’s my haul.

Dull Ache, a beautiful collection of odds and ends by Luke Pearson.

Man, this guy has discovered some ancient spell for magicking up consistently eye-pleasing artwork. His work for Solipsistic Pop, and the pieces on his blog (especially Jus’ Checkin’ and A Sound Agreement) are brilliant, and I’m eagerly anticipating his upcoming book from Nobrow Press, Hildafolk, which you can read about here.

The Bulletproof Coffin, by David Hine and Shaky Kane.

I plugged the gaps in my collection of this cheeky little series by Hine and Kane, which sees a repo man / comics collector get sucked into a primary colour world of Golden Age pulp adventure. Each issue brings with it a renewed sense of unfettered wonder, as the homages get broader and the plot gets even more twisted. Pure comics. The book-within-a-book playfulness reaches a laugh-out-loud peak in the latest issue, where the main character visits a nearby yard sale, and finds a ratty old copy of Strange Embrace, a book by... David Hine! Followed by a preview of the recently-released hardcover. Bonkers. You can read the first issue at Bleeding Cool.

Dragon Heir: Reborn, by Emma Vieceli.

I’m not one for high fantasy manga, to be honest, but I’ve heard such good things about erstwhile Comics Village organiser Vieceli’s work that I thought I’d give this collection of her webcomic a go. It’s certainly good-looking, and from what I’ve read so far, it manages to balance the character drama, comic relief, and EPIC MYTHOLOGY quite well. You can check out Dragon Heir on her site here.

Particle Fiction, by David Wynne.

Oh, David Wynne. I’ve talked about him enough on this blog, in one form or another, but he is improving all the time. This is the first collection of his monthly ‘eclecti-comic’ Particle Fiction, which tackles a different genre each month. It’s a real pleasure to see his work rendered as a tight, bright little volume, and the stories are jolly good fun, especially the energetic, witty adventures of Ideasman (an agent for the Interstitial Department of Eternal Affairs, whose motto is 'keeping the multiverse safe'), which are essentially excuses for Wynne to mould crazy concepts into action-packed micro-romps.

Bad Dog, by Gary Northfield.

A big newspaper chock-full of tittersome strips, starring a very naughty canine. Some of them make me blush.

Necessary Monsters, by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Sean Azzopardi.

I’ve been pestering Sean about the Necessary Monsters book for what seems like years, and it’s great to finally see it in the flesh. Speaking of flesh, plenty of it gets torn apart over the course of this gory story, where the end of the world is averted by a team of horror archetypes, consisting of a huge brute who wears a bondage mask and carries a machete, a kaidan-like ghost who haunts mirrors, and a vengeful newcomer who stalks her prey in their dreams. A deliciously depraved sort of spectacle.

One Hundred Moments From My Past, Present and Future, by Edward Ross.

Edward appeared on the WAW+P Radio show the day after MCM, and we talked about this book, his collection of daily strips for the 100 Days To Make Me A Better Person project, so I won’t repeat myself here. Although, really, you should check it out. Even though it is an autobiographical book, it really explores the form, relating everyday events and small occurrences in Ross’ life, but also widening the horizons to include personal problems, and hopes, anxieties and worries of the future.

I also picked up two DVDs - for research purposes, honestly - namely Hansel & Gretel and Death Tube. The latter seems to be a Japanese spin on the torture porn genre, and the distributor was selling his stock for £5 - and unsurprisingly sold all the discs by the end of the weekend. Hansel & Gretel was recommended as a Korean counterpoint to the likes of The Orphanage or Pan’s Labyrinth, so I’m expecting more from that one. However, I’ve not had the time to watch either of these DVDs yet - but I’ll make sure to keep you all informed.

And with that, my comics fund is damn near exhausted. Unsurprising, really. Maybe it’s a good job I’m not going to Thought Bubble, after all.

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