Two posts in one day?!

*Yes readers, only one thing could prompt a double-dose of posting on this saintly Monday in October: the 50th anniversary of Paddington Bear. Goddamn does that bear like marmalade. Goddamn.

So, while you might have suspected that some silly catastrophe prevented my posting that Deitch's Pictorama review earlier (like, say, my not writing it fast enough), thus mandating its appearance this afternoon, you'd nevertheless be totally, unutterably, 1+1=3 wrong on that count.


Mesmo Delivery (coming soon: body fluid thrill power!!)

Deitch's Pictorama (no, seriously, this went up eight or something hours ago, so you might have missed it)


Crossed #1 (of 9) (Garth Ennis, Jacen Burrows, zombie-like social collapse)

At The Savage Critics!

*It had nothing to do with Columbus Day either. Fuck that noise.


The Comics Journal #293: What's in this issue? Almost certainly nothing by me, but who cares - Bob Levin interviews S. Clay Wilson! Laughs and learning ensue. Also: Tom Crippin chats with Alex Robinson, R.C. Harvey reports on editorial cartoons, the Center for Cartoon Studies presents works from its 2008 graduating class, and more. More!


Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!: This is Pantheon's tall (14" x 10"), thin (72-page), $27.50 hardcover collection of Art Spiegelman's early work and related materials. Well, specifically it's a softcover facsimile edition of the original 1978 collection of the artist's formal experiments and assorted storiess, Breakdowns: From Maus to Now (the Maus in question being the original 1972 short), bound into a hardcover and sandwiched between an added compilation of Spiegelman's 2005-06 comics serial from The Virginia Quarterly Review (topic: his early development) and a new prose essay on the origins of the initial collection. Dick Hyacinth has a nice review here. Found in Diamond's well-heeled Merchandise section, along with a $22.99 Ninja Straw Hat, for those who hate money and invite punches.

Jamilti and Other Stories: A new Drawn and Quarterly hardcover collection of short works by Rutu Modan, she of the Actus Tragicus comics group and last year's critical hit Exit Wounds. Preview here; 120 pages, $19.95.

Moresukine: Uploaded Weekly From Tokyo: A cute-looking NBM collection of Dirk Schwieger's popular interactive webcomic, wherein the Tokyo-based German expat spent the first half of 2006 performing 'assignments' sent to him by readers curious about aspects of Japanese culture, then posting short sketchbook comics chronicling the results. This $15.95 release is designed to mimic the Moleskine notebooks Schwieger recorded his missions with (the title is the Japanese pronunciation of the English term), filling out its 176 pages with bonus comics by various webcomics folk (James Kochalka, Ryan North, etc.) charged with meeting a Japanese person in their city and having a conversation with them. Samples here.

Grant Morrison: The Early Years: Being Timothy Callahan's critical survey of various aged funnies, including Zenith, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Arkham Asylum and the Gothic storyline from Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, all of it topped off with a big interview. Note that this is a revised Direct Market edition, with a new piece on the topic of Morrison's first-ever 2000 AD story. Published by Sequart; 280 pages, $22.95.

Grant Morrison's Doctor Who #1 (of 2): And speaking of early works, here's the first of two IDW pamphlets ($3.99 a pop) reprinting Morrison's various 1986-88 stories from Marvel UK's Doctor Who Magazine, featuring art by John Ridgway, Tim Perkins and an 18-year old Bryan Hitch. Have a look.

Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm: A bunch of people really liked this 128-page b&w biographical comic from Vertigo, so here it is again in a $14.99 softcover. Preview.

Madman Atomic Comics #11: Allred.

RASL #3: Smith.

Conan the Cimmerian #4: Corben and company.

Captain Britain and MI: 13 #6: Stabbings and horses.

Foolkiller: White Angels #4 (of 5): Frank.

The Punisher MAX #63: Castle. All cuteness aside, neither of these Gregg Hurwitz-written series are very good, which is a shame; both of them have capable visuals, and I did like the wryness Hurwitz brought to his initial, gleefully trashy Foolkiller project. But White Angels is like an Annual-length story stretched painfully into a miniseries via uninteresting 'mismatched partners' shtick, while the proper Punisher book has adopted the high '90s 'Frank is moved by the suffering of some people and fights for justice His Way' style, with extra cussing and extravagant brooding added to demonstrate how MAX it is. Too bad.

War is Hell: First Flight of the Phantom Eagle: Meanwhile, Garth Ennis' most recent MAX project gets a $24.99 hardcover; it's a Howard Chaykin-illustrated tale of WWI aviation, nominally a revival of an old Marvel war character but actually another of Ennis' detail-oriented battleground sagas of human affairs, this time concerning a daring-looking young pilot who discovers that War, indeed, is Hell. Neither the best nor the worst of that lot, but the average tends to run pretty high - if you're chomping at the bit for Battlefields to launch later this month, this'll probably be to your liking.

Marvel Adventures The Avengers Vol. 7: Weirder and Wilder: If you like that Jeff Parker fellow, here's an $8.99 digest collection of that all-ages Avengers comic he writes (issues #24-27, to be exact). Also this week: issue #29 of the continuing series. Plus: Monster-Size Hulk #1, with Jeff Parker on the lead story. Further: The Age of the Sentry #2, seeing Jeff Parker in the Silver Age. Jeff Parker is forever.