chair sniperTue, 09/27/2011
Rook is king of the chair swipe - he is so smooth that it's over before you ever had a chance. Darn cat.
First things first: We're in DC/MD this week for a wedding so any orders made through the store will be handled after October 3rd. Thanks for your patience! We even went and bought a new scanner so that we'd be able to update - the Canon LIDE series is reliable, lightweight and easy to use. We use the LIDE80 and the LIDE700F, if you're looking for recommendations.
Speaking of recommendations ... I'll tell you that it's not often I read superhero comics. It's not that I dislike them, but as a lapsed reader I find it difficult to jump in at any given moment (and I try from time to time). And I'll be honest: Thor was actually one of my least favorite characters - but Thor: The Mighty Avenger by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee is (to me) everything that can be right about superhero comics. It's cozy, charming, and seamless - the superhero stuff is folded neatly into the larger character-driven story. There is plenty of great action, but I was pleasantly surprised at the way the building romance between Jane and Thor was handled - very natural and warm, I was delighted every step of the way.
Romance has always felt a little harsh in superhero comics, I think possibly because of the mechanics of the way a story is delivered. It probably hinges on the type of release schedule that they keep - things usually have to happen at a certain pace so there's little room for a slow build (that's meant as an observation rather than a critique). Anyway! One of my favorite aspects of the Thor: The Mighty Avenger is the implicit trust between writer and artist - there are a lot of moments where the writer is able to omit dialogue because the facial expressions and body language do a ton of the work. There are (sadly) only two volumes, but they're self-contained and easy to follow! Here's a link to Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
That's all for us! Catch you Thursday.