Thursday, May 28, 2015

ABEA: A Comics Lust List

Good day again, friends! One of today's topics for Armchair BEA is about visual storytelling. Most of you probably already know that I love a good comic or graphic novel, so much so that I write for I also tend to gulp down comics, whether they be single issues, trades, or stand-alone graphic novels on the weekends. It's nice to sit down and binge. These are a few of the comics currently at the top of my comics lust list...

The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Sean Phillips is one of the comics I picked up on Free Comic Day. One issue was enough to get me hooked on this old Hollywood murder mystery. 

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi, is one I haven't read all. But it just sounds so quirky and offbeat. Maybe in the way of Lumberjanes? I'm not sure, but I want to find out! 

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, is another irresistible first issue I picked up on Free Comic Day. In this murderous, mysterious, thriller'ish series, every 90 years, 12 gods incarnate as humans and within two years they're dead. This one is wicked seductive. 

I'm generally not so much into the superheroes, but I can't pass up Marvel's Thor: The Goddess of Thunder (Thor 2014...volume 1)...the lady version! This one is by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Jorge Molina. 

What comics have you read lately? Let me know what you have your eye on, or feel free to ask for any recommendations you might need! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ABEA: Loving My Library's ILL

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Good day, friends! A happy first day of Armchair BEA! Since I've participated in quite a few ABEAs and feel like I've introduced myself a gazillion times over the last 10 years of blogging, I'm going to pick and choose my topics this year, and probably try to take a different stab at some of them than might've been intended. We'll see how I do.

If you'd like to learn more about me, check out the About Andi page above.

As for libraries, I have an iffy relationship with them. That is, I have an iffy relationship with my local library. It's small, it has an OK selection at best, and in general, we just haven't clicked. The library at the university where I work, on the other hand, is Shangri-La. Especially the Interlibrary Loan department.

I might be a little biased since one of my best buddies from my graduate school days coordinates the ILL area. I know when I'm putting in a request, I'm in the best bookish hands possible. And you know what else? The man can cook. From "bring your own" lobster boils, to homemade cured ham, home brewed beer, or a bitching chowder, Jake has got it covered. He's just one of the coolest cats I know...long hair, flannel shirt, and all. Down to earth, loves a great book, and loves a good meal and a pint. What's not to dig about a man like that? He orders BOOKS for me and scads of other needy readers and researchers, for cryin' out loud!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday Reading, The Polar Opposites Edition

I finished up a couple of books in the last few days, and much to my delight and surprise, I was able to jump straight into two more that seem to have stuck. I'm usually more fickle than that, but hey, I'll take it. These books probably couldn't be more different, but variety keeps the reading mojo going!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is a hoot. Following a group of super rich Asian families through a summer centered on one of the most lavish weddings you can imagine, there are issues of family dynamic, marriage pressures, exorbitant wealth, and it's damn funny and quirky. I'm getting a distinctly Where'd You Go, Bernadette feel from this book, which I didn't expect. It's fun, but it's also smart and satirical. 

I couldn't resist Maggie Nelson's much-written-about book, The Argonauts. I'm not far into it, so Goodreads' summary will probably do it more justice: 
The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making. 
I was reading this late last night/early this morning, and in the beginning there was a distinct sense of WTF? and "those words don't even go together." But with a little persistence past a particularly stream-of-consciousness section, I'm onboard for whatever Nelson has in store.

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