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August 15, 2007 - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
August 15, 2007

Perhaps it's odd, but I'm jonesing for the new Naifeh a great deal more than the new Rowling.
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bushidokelt From: bushidokelt Date: June 28th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
did that artist appear in the Flight series? The art looks familiar
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, I don't know if he did any work in the flight series, but then, I've proven time and again that I am not a good fanboy. As far as I know, his earliest commercial work was illustration for Gloomcookie.
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: June 28th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't heard of it, let alone read it, but I ordered it for the library so that I can learn of what I know not.
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could just read the story so far next time you're up...
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: June 28th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be better than waiting 6 weeks plus for them to show up. Thanks!
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTW - It's very Fae even though the lead dancer doesn't die in the first act.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: June 28th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen this guy's stuff around, always appeals but I've never picked one up. I'll have to do so next time I'm at the store.
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy to lend the Crumrin series to you, if'n you want.
whatifoundthere From: whatifoundthere Date: June 28th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea that this series was still going on! I'm not really a comic reader, but I loved the first two issues so much. And my heart broke into little bitty pieces when Naifeh stopped doing the art for Gloomcookie; the artist who replaced him was simply awful.
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the 4th story arc of the series, not counting the spin-off Portrait of a Warlock as a Young Man. I haven't been following the comics per se, but any time I hear that a collection is being released, it's very exciting.

I have to report never having read Gloomcookie. Are the earlier parts of the series worth picking up?
whatifoundthere From: whatifoundthere Date: June 28th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought they were marvellous when I read them, but do note that's several years ago now. The tone is very different from the Crumrin series -- very angsty, with lots of beautiful people mooning over each other in old libraries and such. Aw, man, now I want a Gloomcookie icon.

I must read Portrait of a Warlock... if it's the warlock I'm thinking of. I adore that character!
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's about Uncle Aloysius, set in the early 20th Century.
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komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are precious few makers/franchises I will follow strictly for brand loyalty. I certainly understand the impulse, but it seems like there have been far too many cases where flashes of brilliance are followed by work that is just - not good. Whedon's Angel, for instance, I found to be utterly wretched, though I'll confess that it didn't plow through to the 4th or 5th season (?) where fans contend it improved vastly. Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches cycle was much the same. More and more I keep coming to the conclusion that if I'm not duly entertained or otherwise impressed, or if the new work just isn't that good, I can't bring myself to care about it.

...which is not to say I don't think that HP will be good. I will read it, but probably on loan from someone who pre-ordered and will have finished it within 24 hours of its release. It's mostly just random thoughts about my own interaction with fandom and how I think about things of this ilk.
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komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm probably using the term incorrectly. :\
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komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think I've generally used fandom in reference to the state of being a fanboy/girl in addition to the greater community.
schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: June 28th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

"A roomful of fans gives me the horrors."

>It's mostly just random thoughts about my own interaction with fandom

I just drag the stuff back to my cave and read/watch it alone, then sometimes discuss it with friends. Fandom as a mass movement/exercise in groupthink gives me the creeps. (Thus the slightly altered Burroughs quote above.)
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "A roomful of fans gives me the horrors."

Frankly, most exercises in groupthink give me the creeps. It doesn't matter if it's the Browncoat movement or the rampant jingoism brought on by a certain NYC disaster. There are far too many sacred cows.
itsametaketoshi From: itsametaketoshi Date: June 28th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "A roomful of fans gives me the horrors."

Sacred hamburgers, anyone?
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "A roomful of fans gives me the horrors."

Blessed be the sirloins, for they shall be eaten.
itsametaketoshi From: itsametaketoshi Date: June 28th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I keep seeing those books whenever I pop by the comic shop but have a hard time dropping the money on stuff like that since no one I know here reads comics to be able to recommend or not. Thanks for the actual info! I'll have to look into it at some point now.
komos From: komos Date: June 28th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I picked it up after having read the introduction for ...and The Night Things. It's not that it expressed a groundbreaking sentiment, just that it struck me right at the time. Parts of the series are hopelessly precious, but I love the art, and enjoy how the world of the Fae keeps bleeding into (and seems far more natural than) "reality."
mishak From: mishak Date: June 29th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I love Naifeh's work, I get everything from him I can get my hands on. Sure Courtney Crumrin's aimed a little younger than the oh-too-brief Gloom Cookie run, and Death Jr. was cute but not all that impressive, but still something about the way he draws and what he writes is so perfect.
komos From: komos Date: July 3rd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amazon keeps trying to push Death Jr. on me. Isn't is based on a PSP game?
mishak From: mishak Date: July 5th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's the other way around, pretty sure. The book reads like Naifeh.
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