healyg: (Book Reading)
Hey there. Sorry for the delay. I'm not sure what happened there. I've been around, just... distracted.

So! Currently I've been reading a whole bunch of things: some of the earlier Hellboy volumes, Astro City: Family Album and Local Heroes, a few volumes of Batman: Black and White... I've even tried reading an actual, no-pictures type novel, like Moby Dick! It's... slow going, so far. I could do without all the digressions about whales, to be perfectly frank.

But the book I really want to talk about today is Gravity Falls: Journal 3, by Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti (diegetically written by Stanford Pines and company). Most of what I have to say about it has already been said before: it's a good book, full of secrets and new info about all your favorite characters, with a touching send-off that emphasizes how far the character of the Author has come by the end of the series. But earlier this week, Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti released an interview about the Journal, in which Hirsch had this to say:

The internet never ceases to impress me. For all the talk about how the upcoming generation has a short attention span, the moment you give these kids a riddle they drop everything and suddenly work together in perfect harmony like a military-level SWAT team to crack the code. It’s incredible. That being said, sometimes fans are often so focused on code-cracking they miss what’s in plain sight—the actual text of the journal! There are connections in there that even the savviest fans still have yet to notice.

The fandom's general response to this has been, "Well, clearly he hasn't been paying much attention to us." I mean, we've already figured out that the party Stan throws in Double Dipper was likely in celebration of his own birthday; that when the Oracle tells Ford that he's got the face of the man who'll defeat Bill, she's actually talking about Stan; that the splotches on the two "Dream Hipster" pages suggest that Ford was more scared of his dreams than he'd like to admit; plus more theories about the true nature of the Oracle from Dimension 52 than I care to go into right now. But not me! For, you see, I have made several theories and observations about the Journal that I have kept to myself. Could these be the connections Alex Hirsch is talking about in his interview? Probably not, but eh, it's worth a shot, writing them down here.

1. So hey! How come none of the dates given on the show and in the book seem to match up? Well, in that big text dump of a coded letter Blendin sends the Pines, he mentions that his time-travel device got left out on a railroad track and was hit by a train. My theory is that this messed up the time stream around Gravity Falls real bad, so everything there lives in a kind of hypertime-esque haze. (Aside: Man, Hypertime really needs to make a comeback.)
2. So Dipper's real name is Mason. What I am proposing here is, what if that's Bill's real name, too? I mean, guy did admit that "Bill Cipher" is a nickname (in response to a question about Dipper's real name, no less!); maybe it's something they have in common? (And yes, I know, Bill says his real name's an unspeakable horror that would spell death to any who heard it, but frankly I don't trust him on this; he's a liar, right?)
3. Did you know that Ford's a hypocrite? Okay, so everybody knows that. But did you know about this specific example of his hypocrisy? Early on in the Journal, before he fell in the portal, he mentions using a giant's thumb as a coffee table. Later, after he comes back, he whines about Stan using the T-Rex skull as a coffee table. It's like, dude, he's hardly the first guy to use weird artifacts as furniture, step off. (Aside: Note the "Stan burning" imagery on the same page. Ominous! But not really, since we know he makes it out okay.)
4. The alternate dimension Ford labels a Better World has had people scratching their heads ever since the book came out. Why would Better World-Stan just take the first journal and go? How did Ford manage to work with Fiddleford again after their falling out? But re-reading this section again, I don't think we're supposed to buy Ford's account that the turning point of this timeline is Stanley taking the book and getting out of dodge; it's far more likely that Ford took Fiddleford's offer to stop the portal test, as detailed earlier in the book. As for why Ford didn't realize this, I dunno. Thirty years is a long time, and it's likely that the pages about it were ripped out or ruined, so maybe he just forgot it ever happened.
5. Speaking of Fidds, I just realized that the reason Ford recognized him so quickly in the finale is because he saw Dipper's drawing of him in the Journal. He must've been like, "Eeewsh!" at that part. Also, the reason why Ford's glasses are always cracked is because he keeps breaking 'em! That's why he kept a spare in the first place.
6. Mabel's beloved Dream Boy High series is a sham! It's clearly a foreign production, like from Japan or Eastern Europe maybe, if Mabel's comment about the lipsynching being off is anything to go by.

It's getting really late over here, so that's about all I feel like writing for now, but I will continue to scour the Journal for whatever secrets it may continue to hold. This is M Healy G., signing off.
healyg: (apology)
Sorry for the missed column last week; I hadn't had a chance to go to the local library last week, so it took a while to gather up enough reading material for a full column. I really stocked up this week, so hopefully it won't happen again.

Currently I'm reading The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others, edited by Michael G. Cornelius. I've... never actually read the Hardy Boys, but I was a big Encyclopedia Brown fan (I remember having a crush on him and everything), so I was hoping this book would have something that touched on him. Unfortunately, it doesn't, but there's still a lot I enjoyed. There's an essay on Hardy Boys adaptations, some of which I've never heard of; an essay on Christopher Cool, TEEN Agent, a little-known book series from the late 60s about a boy spy, and why it failed; essays on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Boy Detective Fails; and even a retrospective on the Three Investigators, which I never read, but made it sound like a really great series.

Unfortunately, even some of my favorite essays are marred by an... amateurishness, I guess I'd call it? For example, the essay about the Three Investigators opens with a three page (ha!) digression about the nature of trios in psychology and art, and it's like, okay man, I got your point the first couple of paragraphs in, no need to take it any further. It just felt so self-aggrandizing, and it's hard to imagine how it got past the editor for this collection. It's not a bad read, but it could use some tightening up.
healyg: (aww)
(Technically none of these books are about Hellboy per se, but they take place in the same universe.)

Currently I'm reading a bunch of Mignola-verse books. First off is Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, written by Kim Newman and Maura McHugh with art by Tyler Cook and Dave Stewart. It's about special agent Sir Edward Grey, paranormal investigator to Queen Victoria, and his misadventures in a newly industrial town that holds a lot of secrets. The art is beautiful, and the story brings that special Hellboy weirdness that I love so much. I don't think it's as good as the previous Witchfinder book (the one set in the Wild West), but I still enjoyed it bunches.

Next, we have the first two books in the Abe Sapien series, The Drowning, by Mike Mignola and Jason Shawn Alexander; and The Devil Does Not Jest and Other Stories, by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Patric Reynolds, Peter Snejbjerg, James Harren, and Dave Stewart. The first book, Drowning, was pretty okay, but it left me feeling lost at times; part of it may because I'm not too well-read on my Hellboy volumes (hey, I gotta work with whatever my library has in stock at the moment, alright?), but I think Mike Mignola has a tendency to just throw the reader in deep waters without warning when he's writing on his own. With a co-writer, like Arcudi in The Devil Does Not Jest, he seems able to rein things in much easier. The Devil Does Not Jest also has the benefit of being a short story showcase, which I think is where the Hellboy universe really shines. The epic stuff is alright, but it's pretty overwhelming, especially for a newcomer; the short stories deliver the weirdness in these great, bite-sized packages without the bloat. I liked both, but The Devil Does Not Jest is better.

Am I forgetting anything? Oh, yeah, I reread Darwyn Cooke's Parker: The Hunter this week, too. Verdict: still a great crime read, still not as good as Parker: The Outfit, Parker's surprisingly cute in this one, RIP Cooke mourn ya 'til I join ya. See ya next week!
healyg: (apology)
So! It's been a while since I've done this.

I actually finished this book a while ago (in fact, I first checked it out in February), but... currently I'm rereading Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks (edited by David Lavery), a book of essays on Twin Peaks, published a few years after its first run in the 90s. I first got it because I was making a Twin Peaks-inspired game for the Veeder Expo, and reading some books on the show would have been faster than actually watching all 30-something episodes of it. It's sort of a dry book; most of it is made up of essays on psycho-analytical and post-modern readings of the series. But there is one article that I keep coming back to: "'Do You Enjoy Making the Rest of Us Feel Stupid?': alt.tv.twinpeaks, the Trickster Author, and Viewer Mastery" by Henry Jenkins, a rough overview of the Twin Peaks fandom on Usenet. Theories of literary criticism, it seems, may come and go, but fandom ethnography is forever.

Click here to see me blab about Gravity Falls )

I'm also reading The Simon and Kirby Library: Horror! (By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, natch.) It's a bunch of horror stories written before the Comics Code kicked the industry in the keister. They're all weird and nightmarish in a way that kinda bridges the gap between the Golden and Silver Ages. It makes for an interesting contrast between the stories in The Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume One: Starring Green Arrow, which were all written post-Code. The stories in the former get to be gritty and rough in a way the latter never attempts to match. I think my favorite of the collection is a story called "The Head of the Family", which is... well, I'll try not to spoil it for you, but let's just say it's about one of those Kirby-esque weird families that really deserves their own ongoing series. Highly recommended.
healyg: (Pink Alphys)
Hi, guys! Boy, it's been a while since I updated this blog, hasn't it? Like, more than a month? Let's get back into it, shall we?

Currently I'm reading Astro City: Lovers Quarrel by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross. It's about a superhero couple, Quarrel and Crackerjack, who run into problems when they get older and can't fight crime so good anymore. Quarrel is mostly resigned to it, though this isn't to say she's happy about aging, but Crackerjack doesn't take things so well, and does something... foolish.

It's a pretty good look at a subject most superhero stories don't tackle; my main problems with it were that the art isn't always so good at conveying how old everyone is, and that Crackerjack's actions came off as a little too extreme, to the point where I stopped sympathizing with him for a bit. Still, it manages to rise above these issues, and the back-up story is about a talking gorilla who wants to play the drums, which is the kind of story you can't go wrong with. Maybe not as good as Private Lives, which is one of my favorite Astro City volumes, but still great.
healyg: (apology)
Sorry I've been off the wagon for a couple weeks, y'all! I haven't been able to visit my public library since early January at the latest, so it's really cut into my ability to get new books. But I do work at a university library, and yesterday I checked out this neat book of essays on film called Perspectives on Citizen Kane (edited by Ronald Gottesman). As you know, Citizen Kane is often considered to be the Undertale of film, and I find it a fascinating movie, despite not having read much of the criticism about it before. This book is a good primer on that, I think; it's got essays by Bazin and Truffaut, among others, and there's a very good interview with Welles by Peter Bogdanovich near the back.

Best of all, I think, is the book's collection of reviews, written within the first decade of Citizen Kane's 1941 release. It's interesting to see how the critics responded to it; everyone could agree that it was a stunning film in terms of technique, but there were those who declared it a masterpiece outright, those who thought the film enjoyable but found the themes lacking, and those who believed the rest of the movie was a complete mess. Most baffling of all is Jean-Paul Sartre's review, who apparently thought of Citizen Kane as a work of art incomprehensible to the American public, and Orson Welles an artist cut off from the masses, a view that I find incomprehensible. (The man played The Shadow, for Christ's sake!) A fascinating review, and a really good book. Check it out if you can.
healyg: (aww)
Hahaha! I certainly did not mean to take this long to get around to this! Let's get down to business.

Vattu by Evan Dahm: This is a webcomic about Vattu, a little girl from a tribal culture who is forced into a life in a big imperial city. I tried reading this comic back when it first started (in 2010, 2011-ish), but it was taking too long to get to the point, and the pages loaded way too slow on my crappy connection, so I put it aside and forgot about it for a few years. (I think I might have tried again sometime later, but I ran into the same issue.) Then, on Wednesday morning I googled Rice Boy (one of Evan Dahm's other comics, set in the same world, Overside) for reasons I forget (I think I was researching something for Knytt Stories?), and remembered this comic. It picked up quite a hefty archive since the last time I checked, so I decided to try reading it again.

Spoilers: It turns out I totally loved it! The story really starts to pick up after it leaves Vattu's homeland and spreads its focus to other characters. It's still not done yet (we're about halfway through, according to some comments by the author), but the plotlines being set up now are fascinating stuff. My favorite is the one following the mysterious enclave of mystical chemists.

Rice Boy by Evan Dahm, also: I'm following along with the new rerun blog. It's quite fascinating! I never realized how much of the story was ad hoc before now. I was sort of disappointed with the ending when it first wrapped up, but knowing how much of the plot was still up in the air, at least in the beginning, makes me feel a little better about it now. (Also I've totally forgotten how hot T-O-E was until now.)

Thimble Theater by E. C. Segar: This was a collection featuring Popeye's first appearance. It's actually interesting to see the big lummox from the beginning. Most of the strip's focus was on this dumb blowhard called Castor Oyl (Olive's brother) and his pseudo-magical whiffle hen Bernice, but Popeye was already a forceful presence from practically his first entrance. No spinach as of yet, but already he's punching every badnik there is to punch. Something about his appearance here seems off, though. Maybe it's something in the face? Anyway, it's good stuff if you like old 20s-30s comic strips.
healyg: (scheming)
I apologize for being so late with this post; I was rushing to finish my Yuletide assignment and this blog sorta fell by the wayside. But! I just wrote it up and posted it last night, and while there are a couple hitches in it (namely, I haven't checked it for SPAG yet, and there's an extra scene I should write to make it hang together better), I am fully prepared to call it finito Benito for now and work on other projects. Like Currently Reading Wednesdays! Here's what I was reading the past couple weeks:

Top 10: Season 1 by Alan Moore and Gene Ha: This is the superhero police procedural that Moore wrote at the turn of this century. It's pretty good, and I enjoyed it, but there were a couple things that bothered me about it. Mostly it had to do with all the sexual content; none of it's very explicit, of course, but it permeates the entire exercise (like, say, the Martian Manhunter-esque hooker lady), to the point where it seems like the author can't get his head out of the gutter. (Then again, I might just be a ginormous prude.) Also, the police department struck me as a bit trigger-happy; events from the previous few years have sensitized me to this sort of thing. Still, it's a pretty nice book.

Hellboy: The Wild Hunt by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo: This was pretty great, and it advanced the story of the series quite a bit, but it ended on a cliffhanger, which bugged me immensely. I'll reserve judgment on this until I read the next book in the series, but I was a little disappointed in this.

Boss Fight Books: Earthbound by Ken Baumann: I used to really love this game as a little kid, and what with Undertale blowing up the internet right now, I decided to read up on one of its primary influences. This is a very good book; it may be a little too "New Game Journalism-y" to some people's tastes (Baumann spends much of the book relating to Earthbound through his own life and experiences), but I thought it was a good fit for something as weirdly personal as Earthbound. I can't wait to read some of the other books in the series.

Rise of the Video Game Zinesters by Anna Anthropy: I actually know Anthropy from her days back at Glorious Trainwrecks, so I was familiar with her work. Anyway, this is a primer on the indie (or alt, they seem to have changed names when I wasn't looking) games scene, with a look at the history of the movement, their games, their goals, and some of the tools used to create indie games. I don't always agree with her arguments, but this is a fine introduction to independent games and game design, and worth a look if you want to make a game yourself.

(Note that the next two weeks may be pretty busy for me, given that it's the holidays. But I'll try to put out at least one more installment of Currently Reading Wednesdays out before the end of this year.)
healyg: (apology)
Currently I'm reading this screenshot Undertale Let's Play by fellow Brontoforumus member nosimpleway. (Undertale by Toby Fox.) Naturally it contains spoilers for the game, so if you haven't played Undertale yet and want to do so unsullied, you should hold off on reading it.

Anyway, both the game and the LP are pretty great. The writing and art and characters in Undertale are very charming, and nosimpleway's commentary is engaging, witty, and informative. He also takes the time to link to music from the soundtrack, and even uploads videos of boss fights that are hard to get across with just screenshots. My only real problem with it is that it advertises as a blind playthrough, but this seems to only be true for the first dungeon or so. I think he's up to the end of his first playthrough, and he'll likely do a second one to show off the best ending. If you wanna see how someone else plays through the game, or if you're curious about Undertale and don't mind spoiling yourself silly, why not give it a shot?
healyg: (apology)
I apologize again for taking so long to write up a new Currently Reading Wednesdays. I've just been feeling kind of "blah" the last few days (maybe because of all the turkey?) and didn't get around to it.

Anyway, currently I'm reading The Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume One: Starring Green Arrow, with art by Jack Kirby (natch) and writing by various. It's a collection of all the various stories Jack Kirby did for DC Comics in the 50s, mainly for science fiction magazines like House of Mystery and Tales of the Unexpected. (There were also a couple Green Arrow stories in there, like it said in the title, but I didn't really get to them.) The inventiveness of the stories and visuals are a real treat, which is to say that everything is properly wacky in that amazing Silver Age way. One of my favorite stories is the one where a guy takes a concoction that turns him into a flat, 2D man. Kirby's art just sells the transformation and really raises up what would have been just a passable short story into something very enjoyable.

I'm also reading Get Real, a Dortmunder book by Donald Westlake, who also wrote the Parker books under a pseudonym. It's pretty good, but it's a rougher read than I expected. Apparently this was the last Dortmunder book Westlake wrote before he died, so that probably explains it. I'll keep an eye out for earlier books in the series, and see if they're any better.

I'm also play/reading Jay's Journey an early RPG Maker game. It's okay, and the humor is actually pretty good for an RPG Maker game from 2002 or something, but I keep having trouble figuring out where to go, which is really not something that should be happening in a game as linear as Jay's Journey. Most of the time it seems to be due to some underclued puzzle solution, like when I spent 15 minutes in one room only to find, when I looked it up later, that a switch I thought didn't do anything actually did something, I just couldn't see it. A hint guide would have helped here, whether in game or just in a text file. Still, I like it enough that I'll probably go and finish it.
healyg: (scheming)
Currently I'm rereading Darwin Cooke's adaptation of Parker: The Score again, but since I already covered that book before (in Currently Reading Wednesdays 11.75, true believers!), I thought I might as well cover the book I read last week, Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster, written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with art by Tonči Zonjić. I don't think I've ever covered the Lobster Johnson series here before, so here's a quick overview: Lobster Johnson (or just the Lobster here, as he won't be called that for a while) is a hardcore pulp superhero who kills gangsters and burns a lobster claw insignia onto their foreheads. He works with a crew of allies and helpers to hunt down crooks and other malicious ne'er-do-wells.

Anyway, this one's actually a later book in the Lobster Johnson series, and I gotta admit I was pretty confused with regards to who everybody was. But I got over this pretty quickly, and had a pulpy good time. Overall I'd recommend this one to anybody who enjoyed super-violent pulp fiction stories and wanted a fix, but I'd really advise them to read The Iron Prometheus and The Burning Hand first.
healyg: (Excited)
Note: Due to IF Comp reviews, Currently Reading Wednesdays have been pushed back to later in the week. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Currently I'm reading Astro City: Private Lives by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross. It's a sort of superheroes-as-slice-of-life book; many of the stories contained in this volume and others focus on smaller characters than the larger-than-life superheroes: sidekicks, down-and-out supervillains, and other folks who live on the fringes of regular superhero stories. Some of the stories in this volume are stronger than most (the one about the lady who fixed up old supervillain robots and puts them on display in a makeshift museum is a particular favorite), but all of them have their moments. Plus there's a bit of a tie-in with the storyline set up in the Through Open Doors volume, which I thought was nice.

Also, I'm continuing on with the Sherlock, Lupin & Me books, with the third book, The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose. The central mystery, about the bizarre return of an old criminal gang, was engaging, but the puppy love subplot was pretty blah; the romance junk was pretty easy to ignore in the older books, but here it seemed to jump to the forefront. Anyway, despite these flaws, I enjoyed the book. I'll keep reading these as long as my library stocks them.
healyg: (Freaked-out Fujiko)
Note: Due to IF Comp reviews and a whole host of other factors, Currently Reading Wednesdays is currently postponed to Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Currently I'm reading The Northern Caves, an original work of fiction hosted on AO3. It's about a group of fans trying to figure out the meaning behind the final unpublished novel (the titular Northern Caves) written by Leonard Salby, the author of a beloved children's book series, and what they find instead. It's a very dark look at the underbelly of fandom and obsession that at times reminded me of the strange case of Yukio Mishima. (Leonard Salby was not exactly a well man.) Unfortunately I found the ending a bit disappointing (in fact, it almost seems like a deliberate homage to the ending of Psycho), but it would have been admittedly hard to keep the atmosphere of oppression and madness up for so long. Overall I'd say that The Northern Caves is a good scary read for the Halloween season, especially if you like psychological horror.
healyg: (Book Reading)
Note: Due to IF Comp reviews and Yuletide, Currently Reading Wednesdays has been postponed to Sunday. We're really sorry for the inconvenience.

Currently I am reading various Lupin III specials and movies.

What? They got subtitles, they count. Bro I will fight you on this.

Anyway, here's what I watched:

Got those Loops on the brain )
healyg: (scheming)
Note: Due to IF Comp reviews and me not finishing the book on time to review it on Tuesday, Currently Reading Wednesdays has been pushed back to Thursday.

Currently I'm reading the second book in the Sherlock, Lupin & Me, The Soprano's Last Song, by Pierdomenico Baccalario and Alessandro Gatti. It was a way more enjoyable read than the first book; I don't know if the writers hit their stride, the translation got better, or I just got used to the writing style, but there seemed to be a lot less awkward phrasing and grammar in this one.

The mystery is improved as well; in the first book the main characters were just all, "welp, found a dead body, guess we better solve this mystery!" Here, one of the three's father was accused of the murder, so they had much more of a stake in solving the case. I guessed the murderer a few chapters in, but that's what you get for reading a YA mystery.

I saw the third book in the series at my local library, so I might review that one next week. Either that, or I'll write an extra IF Comp review. See you next time!
healyg: (apology)
Note: Due to IF Comp reviews, Currently Reading Wednesdays is currently moved to Tuesday.

Currently I'm reading Sherlock, Lupin, and Me: The Dark Lady by Irene Adler (nee Alessandro Gatti). It's the first in a YA book series about Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler, and Arsene Lupin teaming up as kids. Unfortunately, for a concept so great, the execution is a bit lacking; the text is very awkward, even for a book translated from Italian, and there are little quirks and flaws that bring the book down. One of them is the author's weird little asides about events and discoveries long in the future, like this:

"And it would be many years down the line before I knew that the secret behind the floating teapot was because the baron had a magic tea set. I know this is an extremely jarring aside, and maybe I could have waited until later to point this out so it'd be a surprise, but I really wanted to let you know this like right now."

I guess the author assumes the reader to be aware of these things, because they're working with established characters, but it still felt really odd. Still, the mystery wraps in a satisfyingly convoluted manner, despite a rocky start, so I'll probably check out the next book, at least.
healyg: (aww)
Currently I'm reading The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima. (I was also reading another biography, this one by translator John Nathan, but I found it too disturbing; after finishing it on Monday I took it back to the library.) Anyway, it's a peaceful, serene story about the blossoming love between Shinji, a poor fisherman, and Hatsue, the daughter of a rich sea merchant. The translation seemed a little stiff at times, and there were parts here and there where it felt a little "anime", for lack of a better word (I'm thinking of Hatsue's fight with the unworthy suitor Yatsuo in particular here), but these moments don't bring down the book. Overall I'd say you should check it out, if you can find a copy.
healyg: (Angry Dorito)
Currently I'm reading Mishima: A Vision of the Void by Marguerite Yourcenar, about the life and death (mostly death) of infamous Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima. Truth be told, I didn't like it very much; there was this unfortunate snobbery that infected even the good parts of the book. And while Mishima's death by seppuku after a failed coup is certainly important in any discussion of the author, Yourcenar seems to treat it like the main event. The most embarrassing part, for me at least, is the chapter where she tries and fails to convince that Mishima wasn't a fascist. I also found the criticism of his books mostly vague and unhelpful, but that may be because I haven't read any of them yet.

Verdict: I should have checked out Confessions of a Mask instead.
healyg: (scheming)
Currently I'm reading Alan Moore: Conversations, a book of collected interviews edited by Eric L. Berlatsky. It runs the gamut of his comics career, from the early 1980s to 2009, a few years before this book came out (2012). It's actually a fairly interesting look at a guy I'm not a big fan of. Probably the most interesting interviews for me are the earlier ones, where he talks about his early stories for off-beat British magazines 2000 AD and the like. The other interviews I liked were the one where he digs into his thoughts on Watchmen, and the one where he explains what he was trying to do with Lost Girls. The latter makes me more inclined to check it out, although perhaps not any time soon. Anyway, it's a good book, and there's few of the paranoid rants that put me off of his interviews back when I was still in comics fandom five years ago. Give it a read, you might enjoy it.
healyg: (aww)
Currently I'm reading Dragons Beware by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado. It's the sequel to their Giants Beware from a few years ago. Both of them star Claudette, a young warrior-to-be; Gaston, her younger brother, who is good at cooking; and Marie, her friend, who is practicing to be a princess/diplomat. Also featuring Claudette's father Augustine, a blacksmith who lost his legs and an arm in a fight with the titular dragon. Among other characters. (*Pant, wheeze*)

Anyway, the plot gets kicked off when an evil wizard threatens the town they all live in. Augustine sets off on his own to find the one thing that can stop him, a sword that can stop any magic that is now in the belly of an unbeatable dragon, and Claudette and her friends decide to follow him. It's a charming little fantasy romp, with a twist or two along the way. Just a word of advice: You'll probably want to read Giants Beware before this one, as that book does a better job of setting up the characters.

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