Curious about Drawerboxes?

I show some drawerboxes, tell why I like them, and then talk through ordering some online.

In this next video, I show you how they arrive from the Collection Drawer company.

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The Gutters: Death and Comics

 

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What do comics and my will have in common? Listen to find out.

Also, it’s not too late to participate in Episode 100, to be recorded soon. See this post or listen to this episode of the Gutters for more information.

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10,000th Comic!

I just added the 10,000th comic to my collection, and it was the Miracleman: Golden Age hard cover collection by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham.

I would have reached this milestone before now, but I’ve sold off or gave away portions of my collection over the years, not to mention there was a time in the 1990s that I was only getting 4 or 5 comics a month. Still, wow, 10,000 floppies and trades! I guess I’ll never want for reading material. :)

RandoMonday: Batman #7

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Batman (2011) #7 by Scott Snyder (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Jonathan Glapion (inks), FCO (colors), Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt (letters), Katie Kubert (asst. editor), Mike Marts (editor), and Capullo and FCO (cover)

The Court of Owls storyline was one of the–if not THE–strongest storyline with the launch of DC’s New 52. The issue opens with a flashback of the night that Bruce gets his inspiration to become a bat. But then we’re shown the bat that inspired Bruce be attacked and devoured by an owl. Unlike that unfortunate flying mammal, Batman has escaped the Court’s clutches. Back at the cave, we are shown just how badly the Batman was affected by his recent imprisonment because when he sees a “dead” Talon that Alfred secured for analysis, Bruce reacts with fear, backing away from the Talon. When I read this scene originally, my first thought was “Batman wouldn’t react that way!”, but I’ve since come to appreciate the take and evolution of the character as evidenced by those few panels. Later, Dick shows up to check on Bruce. Bruce proceeds to tell Dick that the Talon in the batcave is Dick’s great-grandfather. They have a disagreement about the information that Bruce isn’t sharing, prompting Bruce to hit Dick, knocking out a tooth. It turns out that Dick had been chosen to eventually become a Talon and working for the Court of Owls but fate, and Batman, intervened. I’ll tell you, I hated that scene. It’s supposed to be dramatic and perhaps showing that Bruce isn’t reacting intellectually, but unlike the previous scene that I came around on, this one I don’t buy at all.

Capullo, Glapion, and FCO do a great job at conveying the moodiness in general, and the fear and simmering anger that Bruce feels as the issue progresses in particular. If you haven’t read the Court of Owls story, I highly encourage you do so.

RandoMonday: East of West #5

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

East of West #5 by Jonathan Hickman (writer), Nick Dragotta (artist), Frank Martin (colors), Rus Wooton (letters)

This is a love story and one about redemption. The overall story of the series is quite grand in scope, bordering on myth, yet this issue is steeped in intimate character examination. The personification of Death falls in love with a warrior woman, they have a child together, one who, it is believed by some, is to be the Beast of the Apocalypse. So these people conspire to kill Death, chop off the warrior woman’s hands so that she cannot fight, and kill her son. When a resurrected Death arrives to see his bride, he informs her that their son is still alive, and that he is going to collect him and return to her.

Hickman and Dragotta created a very interesting landscape with this book. It’s an historical deviation and sci-fi western with very interesting characters. I love the mechanical, headless horses, for example, coupled with the 19th century American West qualities. It also reads like a Shakespearean tragedy with all the political machinations involved. It makes me wonder now why I stopped reading this title after #15 (at this time, it’s up to issue 22). Maybe I’ll hunt down those back issues.