Yes, so more pictures of new books, because words are hard. Or, good words are hard. And I don't know about you, but I love seeing pictures of what books other people are reading/buying. It's why I try to take at least one picture of the inner pages of the book so the art is visible, becuase that's usually what swings it for me. This week, I got two books which have been on my radar for a while- Jonathan Ross' and Tommy Lee Edwards' Turf and Return of the Dappermen by Jim McCann and Janet Lee.
I ventured into town last week with the explicit purpose of comic-purchasing. I really wanted the new collected edition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the above titles. They didn't have TMNT in Travelling Man due to some American distributors issues, but they suggested I try Forbidden Planet instead. So trotted along to FP, and was glad I did, as there I was a participle (I don't know if that's right, shut up, I'm ranting) in quite possibly the most enlightening conversation with a comic clerk ever:
Me: Hi. Do you have the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ultimate collection?
Comics Clerk: Ummm. . I dont think so. . um, what's it called?
Me: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection.
CC: Let me check on the system for you.. . . . no, we don't have it.
Me: Oh, okay. Do you have any of these comics- I couldn't find them on the shelves. 100 Months?
Me: Return of the Dappermen?
CC: . . . what? dapper. . . what?
Me: Dapper MEN.
And it went on. Came home, took tablets, ordered Turf and Dappermen. Took pictures-
|Abu intrigued by Turf.|
|Abu pawing Turf.|
|Abu kicked out due to uncontrollable behaviour.|
|Inside pages of Turf- art looks great.|
|A different kind of vigilance: this photo made me laugh- I love Jonathan!|
What to say? This is why I'll never turn to digital comics. The workmanship and art you get in books is irreplacable. Very brief synopsis of each book for anyone interested (I'm yet to read them both).
Turf: Set in New York, 1929, involevs gang wars, aliens and vampires
Return of the Dappermen: Set in land where there is no time- in existence or concept, and a world full of children and robots, the status quo is disturbed when 314 grown men come from the sky.