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Geek News Update: Eisner Nominees

Won't be able to go this year...my life....so so sad

I haven’t had a chance to update like I PLANNED on doing a while back, ahem.

Currently in the way of finishing All Star Superman which I’m going to give a review of once I finish but I have to say so far I’m very pleased with this comic book, considering how much I usually despise the Superman comics. That lead me also to getting a whole bunch of Silver Surfer comics as well (I love Silver Surfer, dude glides through space on a surf board nude and still has clout).

But anyway, Eisner Nominees  announced over at Comic-Con. The Eisner Award is a comic award representing contemporary comic  books and it’s a very good way to see what comic books are being published outside of the mundane Superman & Spiderman fixes. I’m excited to hear about them too because I want to get some new comic books and I like knowing what people like. But anyway, here are the nominees:

  1. Return of the Dapper Men, by writer Jim McCann and artist Janet Lee (published by Archaia) for Best Publication for Teens, Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer, Best Artist, and Best Publication Design.
  2. Morning Glories by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (published by Shadowline/Image) – with 4 noms
  3. Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (published by IDW) – with 4 noms
  4. Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys (VIZ Media), John Layman and Rob Guillory’s series Chew(Image), Daniel Clowes’s graphic novel Wilson (Drawn & Quarterly), and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy titles (Dark Horse). – 3 noms

Dark Horse acquired the most nominations with 14 awards.

Check out the rest of the nominations at: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_11nom.php

that guy's a creeper though...he looks like it was a right decision to keep him in a separate bubble...

I was intrigued by Return of the Dapper Men because Jim McCann is listed as a new writer (and as expected) I’m always interested in HOW new comic book writers get their start. I myself have just started to try and get my foot in the door and I know there’s a lot I need to learn outside of just writing (although writing obviously is a very big part of the process). He also got into the ABC Daytime Writer Program and wrote for One Life to Live  (so he’s pretty much doing everything I want to do in life…sigh).

I’m definitely going to get Return of the Dapper Men and read it. The summary itself is very intriguing. A strange world where time has stopped and kids “play so much it becomes work” and machines play instead. Dapper men rain from the sky and a boy, a robot girl and a dapper man named 41 have to find out the meaning behind time staying still.

Doesn’t that just sound great? It does, I must admit. I love a good tale that is children-friendly but also complex and interesting enough to hold the attention of silly adults willing to read (Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth). The art work is also whimsically beautiful.

I hope if I continue reading and writing one day I’ll be able to obtain this level of creativity but for now I’ll dream and try and continue.

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The Name of the Wind- A Brief Review

So I’m considering reading the second installment of the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which is The Wise Man’s Fear, but I decided perhaps I should give a review of the book before going on to the next one and reviewing that one as well.

So here’s the brief synopsis: The book begins in the present in which Kvothe is trying to hide for some reason unknown to the reader. The Chronicler, being the busybody that he is, is passing through and on the way to his destination realizes that the barkeeper is actually Kvothe who he insinuates has a horrible past he would love to document! Kvothe is reluctant but agrees if the Chronicler agrees not to reveal who he is.

Dude's wearing this shirt, why wouldn't you give his book a chance?

Basically beginning at the beginning Kvothe’s parents are apart of a troupe, which is where Kvothe’s musical talents flourish. His father is trying to compose a song about the mysterious Chandrian who are a mysterious force that causes fire to turn blue. Unfortunately this leads to disaster and Kvothe’s adventure begins here wherein he leaves and becomes a thief, a student and tries to find out more information about the Chandrian.

The title comes from the teacher who taught him during his time at the troupe, Alberth, who uses naming as a way of magic. He used the name of the wind to scare away a bunch of kids earlier in the book and since then Kvothe has been obsessed with knowing the name.

It’s a great book. There were some parts where it bored me (the music aspect I didn’t really have an interest in) but that’s nothing but subjective. I also hate Denna by the way-I dislike romance most of the time in novels unless it’s epic like King Arthur/Genevieve or Buffy/Spike, otherwise I’m not a big  fan of the almost forced input of romance into novels. I don’t believe any of my misgivings are the fault of the book’s storytelling ability, however so I really am interested in the follow up the Wise Man’s Fear.

It’s a nicely written book, it reminded me somewhat of Le Guin’s Earthsea, because of the way it’s structured. I think if you like the whole “journey of a wizard” genre you’ll like The Name of the Wind a lot and maybe you’ll have enough interest to read the next book as well!

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