The closing weekend in November has arrived! There’s only one extra month of 2022 left. How will you be spending it? We’d wish to formally recommend Weekend Reading 138!
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AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’ll be revisiting one in all my favourite comics of 2022, Little Monarchs by Jonathan Case. And since I can’t love something with out dissecting it and analyzing all of the goop I discover inside, I can also be returning to a couple different post-societal collapse tales, like Octavia E. Butler’s Earthseed duology.
DEAN SIMONS: For a lark I hopped in a time machine through the week to glimpse the world of 30 years in the past…with early Savage Dragon, through a one-two punch of the Savage Dragon Archives and digital again points. This is a piece from the daybreak of Image – and, like Spawn, continues to be ongoing. The plotting is…very ‘90s. So are the visuals. HOWEVER by reading the black and white Savage Dragon Archives you get to really appreciate Erik Larsen’s craftsmanship (although I might in all probability do with out the extraordinarily not refined cheesecake – however hey! The Nineties!). I then chase up the B&W Archive points with digital reproductions of the unique comics’ letter pages – that are a complete realm unto themselves. Glimpsing the hype and warmth of early Image and Savage Dragon in letters from correspondents starting from enthusiastic youngsters throughout the globe to established creators of the time (plus occasional pages-long feuds). As a palette cleanser I’m additionally eyeing beginning Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy, by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis. My studying habits make no sense – and that’s how I prefer it.
TAIMUR DAR: Like just about each comedian fan value their salt, I learn Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics years in the past after I began actually wanting to understand the medium. Since then, there’s been no scarcity of books on the topic. I lately grew to become conscious of Making Comics by Lynda Barry. So I’ll be diving into that this weekend in addition to a re-read of Understanding Comics for comparability. Also Words for Picture by Brian Michael Bendis.