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Trolling…

Currently I am reading the trade The Sandman, which is disorienting at best as I make my way through. The looser narrative that has spun out of these pages so far has got me very interested. The many many references has me even more interested. Cain and Abel, the three witches, talismans, vested powers, division of self….these have all been introduced and yet I have yet to see their strength in the story. The art is also amazing. Actually amazing. To the point of distraction. The panel flow and unusual page layout which seems to have no consistent pattern has me focused. Each page is something new and interesting. The writing is not what I had expected. Good, but by no means compares to Moore, Clowse or Miller.

This type of trade is quite a bit different from my usual pick-up’s. No superhero’s, no good versus evil initial set-up, and little political intrigue. Those are all things that draw me in and this particular trade is much more literary in the fictional sense, but without the literary aspect as the art speaks much louder than the words. I suppose the point of this is that I am realizing how great the variety is out there.

I still feel pulled to the basis superhero plot line. The Classic X-Men comics I picked up a couple weeks ago still have me jazzed. The first Invincible trade I just finished up had me hooked. Two nights of fighting sleep with interest and I was finished. I cannot recommend it more.

As I type I am in one this great class Soc. of cyberspace and we discuss well…cyberspace…clearly. My prof. confessing a certain social awkwardness got me to thinking. His way of dealing with it is through on line communities, through dealing with people in a more straight forward/less forward way. I cannot help but think that this is the same as someone donning a mask. We see the way Peter Parker is a different person as Spiderman. Cracking jokes, heroics, and being able save the women of his dreams are the same as logging on to metafilter and using your specific brand of intelligence to solve the many problems of the world.

Sorry if this post is a little disconnected. Rambling thoughts often lead to to brambles.

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I just recently have gotten into this trade, The Sandman, and am so far really digging it. I have only brushed the surface of it so my report is minuscule in judgement thus far, but judgement is leaning towards enjoyable.

I obtained this particular book through what I have dubbed ‘the magic of the comic lovers guild’. The comic lovers guild does not exist in any concrete or even socially acknowledged way (to the best of my knowledge) but is present. People who love comics really love comics and are more than happy to share that when they see the chance.

During a class at the great University type establishment I attend I had pulled out my ever ready copy of The Watchmen to get to my ever buried copy of The Iliad. Throwing The Watchmen on the table, I proceeded to be a diligent student and think nothing of it. Fast forward a couple days later and a classmate of mine who also frequents the coffee type establishment I work for (the city I live in is pretty small…) mentioned The Watchmen scene and suggested a couple different trades as well as some help in finding some very cool stuff. Turns out this very cool classmate worked at a comic book shop in Calgary and was more then happy to lend me the afore mentioned The Sandman.

Comic lovers LOVE other comic lovers. I am not sure why I am surprised, but the first couple times people got super stoked when I would reference a line or a something from somewhere that was related to comics, I was a little off gaurd. I cannot think why I wouldn’t expect it. Comic lovers are lovers. They go to comic con’s, get dressed up and pin point which issue of which line got them into comics and collecting. In the years I have known El Devo I had yet to see him as excited about anything as he got when showing my his collection.

images.jpg (this is how excited El Devo gets….pretty intense heh?)

Most of my life I had been surrounded by complete music nerds who would get equally jazzed when they see someone wearing a Band of Horses Tee. This level of obsession over a facet of culture is not new to me by any means. In fact, it seems like this new love of mine is in constant competition with the time I normally spend checking out new music, or reading blogs or music mag’s. Instead I find myself looking up info on references made in these endlessly clever and satirical works of art. If any one knows of any off the beaten path indie bands also doing comics….let me know. K?

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