(reviews)

Books

One Story: Catacombs – Jason Zencka

Comics

Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (#1 – 6) – James Tynion IV

Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (One-Shot) – Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer

The Best of Tharg’s 3rillers Volume 1 (bundled with JD Meg 371) – Various

The Curse TPB – Mike Norton

Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire (Act Two, #1 – 4) – Joe Kelly

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953: Beyond the Fences (#1 – 3) – Chris Roberson, Mike Mignola

Hellboy in Hell: The Spanish Bride (#9) – Mike Mignola

Hypothetical Lizard TPB (2007 Avatar edition) – Alan Moore, Antony Johnston

Lazarus Sourcebook, Volume 1: Carlyle – Greg Rucka, Various

Scab County – Carlos Gonzalez

Usagi Yojimbo: Kazehime (#154) – Stan Sakai

Movies

An American Tail

Vice

The Witch

Music

Aphex Twin – Drukqs

Ferocious Eagle – The Sea Anemone Inside of Me is Mighty

Fruit Bats – The Ruminant Band

The Starlight Mints – Drowaton

Television

The Amazing Gumball Volume 4

The Catch

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The Family

Grinder

Marcella

The Real O’Neals

Trapped (2015, Icelandic)

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Might as well post it here

I look out my window to my left and watch birds dust-bathing in a pile of leaves, which is a new substrate, to me, in which to witness this behavior.  I look up the word substrate and estimate that I am using it incorrectly, but then decide to give myself some wiggle room with this here lampshade sentence.  And on it goes.

The sight of the birds – of animals, natural-habitizing and all – is one of my few joys in my modern existence, limited as it is.  “Natural” is incredibly relative here, and I suppose I use it more to mean animals acting like animals.  So, for example, a dog on the subway perking its eyes and ears about as it absorbs its surroundings is part of this, even though a dog probably wouldn’t be said to be in its natural habitat on the subway.  Interestingly, this seems to extend, equally briefly, to people…  Fictional people, that is.  Surprise surprise.  In watching the most recent episode of Banshee, the actress who plays Deva (Ryann Shane – no, I did not know her name offhand) had to respond to having her life threatened, and having to shoot the threatener, and having that person fall on top of her after having done so.  Ms. Shane did an excellent job, and I responded, emotionally, to that.  Not directly because of her acting, though, but rather in consideration of the actress having to figure out how to portray that on-screen, and to do it convincingly.  This is an incredible achievement of representing something.  My appreciation of this – of someone I don’t know’s fake emotions – is so absurdly removed from, I dunno, humanity, as to be hilarious.

The analytical evaluation suggests that as I retreat further into this rabbit hole, I’m running away from having to face my own emotions, the unpredictability of which – and the possible vulnerability of which – I find unpleasant.  And that’s fine.  No denying that.  “But…”  But… I have been doing this for as long as I can be aware.  In the past, I was searching for something which would connect the pieces of why things are the way they are, and / or distractions (inadvertently) that would keep me chasing my tail.  I reckon we all do this, and we all land on a something that keeps us spinning for a few years more, until we need another wind up: a new partner, a new child, a new job, and new book, a new painting.  All this is fine as well.  We need those.  We need those people who continue to pursue those.  There is no version of the world that works when we / it stop/s spinning.

But as I have gone along, and gotten more clarity on my questions and answers, it boils down to something of which I’ve spoken before: self-worth.  The “switch” that some people have on.  What’s interesting about being so far outside of this consideration is that I can note that my switch is off – admitting that I have no inherent self-worth – and not be upset by it.  This isn’t power, or better.  Not that I seek to change it, because I don’t understand the world otherwise (the question to counter with here is whether or not I understand it currently, and for better or worse, I guess maybe I do – for me – and that’s what all this is about), but I just mean to say that if noting my nullness was upsetting, that would be motivation to do something about that.  And I don’t have that.

I’m interested in other people for those natural habits I admire above.  I think it’s hard to witness those in people you know, because you end up knowing them.  Unless there was a way to observe without upsetting the system, which has been my goddamn fetish for as long as I can remember: a watcher, an ogler, of whom you aren’t aware.  I can fuck off to my corner whenever I please, or return to watch your small moments of doubt when you look in the mirror, or concern when she doesn’t say I Love You back.  Yon humans.

I just don’t have anything to offer with conviction.  I am a barely held together pretender.  I can’t expect anyone to provide self-worth for me.  I don’t desire for anyone to try to turn my switch on.

Your Truly,

 

So… Many… Reviews…

BLOOKS

Birth. Movies. Death. Batman v Superman Commemorative Issue

HCC 024 – The Guns of Heaven – Pete Hamill

One Story: Durga Sweets – Chitra Danerjee Divakaruni

One Story: Case Studies – Charles Bock

COMICOS

The Adventures of Aero-Girl (#1 – 4) – Dewayne Feenstra

Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians (#1 – 4) – Ricardo Delgado

Aquila (#1 – 5, US format) – Gordon Rennie

Atomic Robo vol. 10: The Ring of Fire (#1 – 5) – Brian Clevinger

Black Magick: Awakenings (#1 – 5) – Greg Rucka

B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: End of Days (#135 – 139) – John Arcudi, Mike Mignola

Buzzkill TPB – Donny Cates and Mark Reznicek

Carver: A Paris Story (#1 – 2) Chris Hunt

Circuit Breaker (#1) – Kevin McCarthy

Concrete TPB vol. 2: Heights (2005 9″x 6″ DH edition) – Paul Chadwick

The Creeps vol. 1: Night of the Frankenfrogs – Chris Schweizer

Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab (#1 – 4) – Dave Dwonch

Dark Corridor (#7) – Rich Tommaso

Dark Horse Presents (Vol. 3, # 11) – Various

DC Essential Graphic Novels 2016

Deep Fried: We’re #1! – Jason Yungbluth

Demon (#1 – 21) – Jason Shiga

Dept. of Monsterology vol. 2: Sabbaticals TPB – Gordon Rennie

18 Days (#6 – 9) – Various

The Eighth Seal (#1 – 5) – James Tynion IV

Fleep – Jason Shiga

Grayson vol.1: Agents of Spyral TPB – Tim Seeley and Tom King

Greatest Hits – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 – Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz

The Great Taste of Deep Fried TPB – Jason Yungbluth

Gutter Magic (#1 – 4) – Rich Douek

Harrow County (#9) – Cullen Bunn

Heaven’s Devils (#1 – 4) – Jai Nitz

Hellboy in Hell: The Hounds of Pluto (#7 – 8) – Mike Mignola

Hellboy Winter Special (2016) – Various

Hellbreak (#1 – 6) – Cullen Bunn

I Play the Bad Guy (#1 – 6) – Andy Arnott

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches (#1 – 4) – Various

Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Dragons – Various

JLA: Rock of Ages TPB (2008 SC edition) – Grant Morrison

Joe Golem Occult Detective: The Rat Catcher (#1 – 3) – Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden

Joe Golem: The Sunken Dead (#4 – 5) – Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden

Judge Dredd Megazine (#363 – 368) – Various

Judge Dredd: The Restricted Files 01 TPB (2012 Rebellion UK edition) – Various

Kaijumax: Season One (#1 – 6) – Zander Cannon

Kingdom: The Promised Land TPB

Kingdom vol. 2 TPB: Call of the Wild – Dan Abnett

Kingdom Bum (#1 – 4) – Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall

King’s Road (#1 – 3) – Peter Hogan

LFG (#9 – 12, 2016 Dynamite) – Ryan Sohmer

Man Plus (#1 – 4) -André Lima Araújo

Marvel Comics Super Special: Kiss (#1) – Steve Gerber

Michel Fiffe Portfolio – Michel Fiffe

Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary – Chelsea Cain

Mockingbird (#1 – 2, 2016) – Chelsea Cain

Nnewts Book 1: Escape from the Lizzarks – Doug TenNapel

Nnewts Book Two: The Rise of Herk – Doug TenNapel

Paleo: The Complete Collection TPB (2016 Dover edition) – Jim Lawson

Paper Theater – Ben Catmull

Peek! (The First) – Jason Yungbluth

Preacher Vol. 1 TPB: Gone to Texas (1996 SC edition, 9th printing) – Garth Ennis

Prince Valiant (#1 – 4, King Dynamite, 2015) – Nate Cosby

Replica (#1 – 5) – Paul Jenkins

Revenger Volume 1 TPB: Children of the Damned – Charles Forsman

Rogues! volume IV: Odd Parenthood (#1 – 5) – El Torres

San Hannibal (#1 – 5) – Dan Schkade

Spider-Man / Deadpool (#1 – 3, 2016) – Joe Kelly

Spook (#1 – 4) – Joshua Starnes

The Steam Man (#1 – 5) – Joe R. Lansdale (story), Mark Alan Miller (script)

Straitjacket (#1 – 4) – El Torres

Stumptown: The Case of a Cup of Joe (#6 – 9) – Greg Rucka

Synnamon (bundled w/ JD Megs) – Colin Clayton, Chris Mows

A Suburban Romance – Alan Moore, Antony Johnston

Surface Tension (#1 – 5) – Jay Gunn

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (#53 – 54, 2015 IDW) – Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow & Tom Waltz

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (#55) – Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, & Tom Waltz

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics vol.3 (#3 – 15) – Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman, Jim Lawson

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures: Tea-Time For a Turtle (#5 – 6) – Peter DiCicco, Various

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures: Job Security (#7 – 8) – Ian Brill, Various

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Deviations – Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz

Titan Comics Preview 2016

Tomboy (#1 – 4) – Mia Goodwin

True Patriot Volume One TPB – Various

2000 AD (prog #1961 – 100-page Christmas Mega-Special 2015) – Various

2000 AD (progs 1962 – 1965) – Various

2000 AD (progs 1966 – 1969) – Various

2000 AD (progs #1970 – 1974) – Various

Tyranny Rex: Deus Ex Machina (vol.1 and 2, packaged w/ JD Megs 366 – 367) – John Smith

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (vol.2, #1 – 5) – Ryan North

Usagi Yojimbo: The Bride (#151) – Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo (#152) – Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo: Kyuri (#153) – Stan Sakai

The Vision (#1 – 6) – Tom King

Wild’s End: The Enemy Within (#1 – 6) – Dan Abnett

Wonder Woman: Down to Earth TPB (2004 SC) – Greg Rucka

MAZIC

Aphex Twin – Donkey Rhubarb EP

Atmosphere – You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having

Aztec Camera – Dreamland

Del Rey – Dlry (EP)

Die! Die! Die! – Die! Die! Die!

Die Princess Die – Die Princess Die

Dirty Three – Dirty Three

DMS – DMS

Don Caballero – Don Caballero 2

Flying Saucer Attack – Distance

Girls Against Boys – Disco Six Six Six

Gwenmars – Driving A Million

Hey!Tonal – Hey!Tonal

Institute – Distort Yourself

Maurice Jarre – Dreamscape Soundtrack

Joan of Arse – Distant Hearts, a Little Closer

Tom Holkenborg / Junkie XL – Mad Max: Fury Road [Original Soundtrack]

Lobster Johnson: The Forgotten Man – Mike Mignola, John Arcudi

New Wet Kojak – Do Things

Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul

Oasis – Don’t Stop the Clocks

Orange 9mm – Driver Not Included

Reflections – Dogs Without Fear of Dying

Songs:Ohia – Didn’t It Rain

Geoff Soule – A dialogue between feminine wisdom and masculine uncertainty

Sparklehorse – Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain

Squarepusher – Do You Know Squarepusher?

Sum 41 – Does This Look Infected?

The Sun – Did Your Mother Tell You?

The Sun – Don’t Let Your Baby Have All the Fun

Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary

Tub Ring – Drake Equation

Vendetta Red – Sisters of the Red Death

Whirlwind Heat – Do Rabbits Wonder?

The Wicked Farleys – Make It It

Wolfmother – Dimensions (EP)

MEEVEES

Blue Ruin

Deadpool

Future Shock!: The Story of 2000 AD

The Gift (2015)

The Invitation

Ip Man

Ip Man 2

Ip Man: The Beginning

Krampus

The Prince

Ratchet and Clank

Reality

Savage Love (Uncut version)

TELEOVISION

Adam Ruins Everything (truTV, 2015)

American Crime Story

Angie Tribeca

Angie Tribeca: The Binge-A-Thon Special

Baskets

The Brain with David Eagleman

Crooked House (2008 BBC)

Danger Mouse (2015)

Deutschland 83

Dice

The Expanse

Horace and Pete

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 10 DVD

Life in Pieces

Limitless

The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells (2016 UK mini-series)

Second Chance

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart

Slasher

Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies (UK miniseries 2016)

Spin (French)

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man

Supergirl

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge!

Time Traveling Bong

Vinyl