I bought NINE books at Comic-con. Nine very heavy books. That I had to lug around with me. And that still wasn’t all the books I wanted to buy.
So, what did I get?
Kate Beaton’s Hark a Vagrant! collection: 300 books sold at Comic-con before release date. Beaton draws a hilarious history themed webcomic where she will poke fun of historical figures, literature, the arts, and superheroes. Like, sexy Batman, the bitchy Brontës, fanboy Verne, and jokester Marie Curie.
Twin Spica v. 7: A lovely, melancholic story about a Japanese girl’s dream to become an astronaut, despite the fact that her mother died when a rocket crashed into their town during Japan’s entry into the space race.
A Zoo in Winter: One of the best manga of the year, according the Best/Worst Manga of 2011 panel. An autobiographical story of a mangaka.
B.B. Wolf and the Three L.P.s: Another take on the Three Little Pigs. A YALSA nominee.
Atomic Robo v. 2 & 3: A great little comic that I discovered via Free Comic Book Day. The adventures of a robot made by Tesla that range from the 1900s to today.
Marineman v.1: As Glen Weldon puts it, a happier, freer Aquaman. Hopefully it’s good. I’m testing it for Dylan, but it might be above his head. I’m hoping for nice ocean pictures.
Chew: Winner of the Eisner for Best Continuing Series. About a guy named Chu who eats things, and gets “clues.” A vegetarian though, since sometimes he’ll see a creature’s last vision, which is usually the slaughterhouse.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Sharon recommended this book. She said the author found a bunch of old pictures of children and wrote a story about them. Between suspense and horror. A YA book.
Missed out on and will buy later:
Just heard about this book from io9. Something about a futuristic gaming society. Got a LOT of buzz during SDCC, which of course I didn’t hear about since my computer access was limited. Damnit.
A Glen Weldon recommendation, but it was too expensive at the con. I flipped through it and it looked pretty darn cool, so I will get this from Amazon later. Weldon said this was a journal comic? Which it did indeed look like, all sorts of random stuff.
Another Glen Weldon recommendation, but they had sold out by the 2nd day. About a grumpy girl who befriends a ghost.
A yaoi recommendation by a librarian. So it has to be great, even though I’m really over yaoi (gay romance for women). It came with the caveat that the first volume is terrible, but it becomes amazing afterwards.
I am skeptical about this, but it is CRAZY popular. About the son of Satan, who decides he’s going to off his dad. This doesn’t bode well at all. But I’m willing to give it a try… Deb Aoki said she was surprised by how good it was, and she went into it expecting to hate it.
I watched the anime and loathed it. But again, the librarian SWORE this was amazing, and is one of the best things DMP publishes. It follows the lives of two high schoolers who fall in love and get married and have kids. Not many manga go that far, usually stopping at “fall in love.” I mainly disliked it because the girl was totally in love with the guy, but the guy hated her (or pretended to), and treated her like dirt. I am wary, but will attempt this anyways. Maybe the manga will be better than the anime, or get its idea across better.
A historical manga about WWII soldiers on the frontline. I’m guessing it will be incredibly depressing. Still, the mangaka is supposedly amazing, since while on the frontline himself, he lost his right arm, which is also his drawing arm. He retrained himself with his left arm so he could continue drawing manga. The dedication and willpower is amazing.
Need to do more research on:
Gate 7, Giant Killing, Gokusen, Sket Dance, Before Dawn and the End of the World, Panorama Island, No Longer Human, Maoh, Kaze Hikaru, and Saturn Apartments. These were listed in the Most Anticipated/Underrated manga categories at the Best/Worst Manga panel, but the panel ran out of time, so these were just listed as falling under the category with no explanation. And some of these haven’t even been licensed yet, as far as I know. Need to figure out what’s going on.
EDIT: Sharon just emailed me this book:
Supposedly getting a lot of hype as the next Potter like book. I’m always immediately suspicious of claims like that. 19th century circus, battling magicians. An adult book, but suitable for teens. The cover looks familiar; I believe I did see this at one of the booths, but did not notice anything else about it.