*Yeah, there’s not too much today. I’m kind of knocked out. I did manage to purchase Fantagraphics’ freshly reprinted Daydreams and Nightmares softcover - man, after this, Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays!, and the also-recent reprinting of John Canemaker's Winsor McCay biography, the new theme for McCay books is surely ‘big.’ Kind of hard to believe the towering Fanta tome is only $24.95 - lots of good stuff in there, though you’ve probably seen a bunch of it in Checker’s Winsor McCay: Early Works series, albeit at a much-reduced size with lesser reproduction quality.

*Flipped through the Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol. 1 trade today - it’s a very attractive package. I see from the ads in the back that they’ve already fixed Klarion’s flesh tone problem on the cover of the forthcoming Vol. 2; the preview art had some white guy clutching the noticeably irritated Teekl, but it looks like the Witch Boy is already back to his true blue self, ready for March.

I also enjoyed the little disclaimer DC placed up front, alerting everyone to the premise of the project and its original release pattern, noting that the trade presentation here will do the best job in drawing connections between the various miniseries. There’s a few extra features, though I’m pretty sure all of it appeared online in some form or another in the past months - you get an introduction by Morrison, dated 2004, reiterating his pre-release positions on the project (modular claims and all), plus a collection of preparatory character sketches by Morrison and others. Nothing brain-melting, but it’s nice to have it in print.

*Comics in Sleazy Media Dept: Very glad this is out in the world - on January 31, 2006, noted exploitation/horror/whatever dvd powerhouse Blue Underground (through their NY After Midnight label) will be releasing two more volumes in their Midnight Blue series. For those who don’t know, Midnight Blue was a long-lived (1974-2002), somewhat infamous NYC-based public access program hosted by Al Goldstein of Screw fame. It featured many adult-oriented topics, including some interviews with contemporary notables; Vol. 2, for instance, covered porn stars of the ‘70s. And one of them (notables, not porn stars), to be featured on Midnight Blue Vol. 3: Celebrities, is none other than good ol’ Robert Crumb, who apparently holds forth on “fans, sexual fantasies and tantric masturbation.” Each volume of the series also features cover art by “Dirty” Danny Hellman, plus informative optional trivia subtitles and (best of all, for me at least) all of the vintage commercials that ran along with these fine broadcasts back in the day, featuring ads for hot spots like Plato’s Retreat, local massage parlors and spas, all sorts of adult novelties, and even fake cocaine. I mean, I can’t even list all of the times fake cocaine has gotten me out of a jam in this week alone, so it’ll be great to see it on my home television.

*And in conclusion, classic words of wisdom regarding the work of Mr. James Frey, who is currently in the news. (Found pretty much everywhere)