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Title: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on March 30, 2016, 10:49:35 PM
Patsy Walker #4 - Just ok for me. Too much superhero stuff and not enough girlie stuff.

Spider Woman #5 - A bit too real life for me with all the baby stuff.


Jem #13 - LOVED the art in this one. Sophie Campbell is back on her game. The Dark Jem arc is coming to an end.

Circuit Breaker #1 - Dystopia with girlie manga art. Cute. I'll read the next issue.

Harrow County #10

Jonesy #2 - Even better than the first issue.

Luna the Vampire #3 - Over so soon??

Grumpy Cat Vol 1 Issues 1-3 and Vol 2 Issues 1-2 - I just love this.

Lumberjanes #24 - The Kiss issue. I always thought this was a bit of a kid's series but I guess kids have crushes too.

Mystery Girl #4 - The first arc comes to an end. The beginning of this issue was a bit confusing. I hope they continue the series.

Disney Princesses #1 - more like a comic strip. A bit too immature for me.

Catching up on Wayward. I'm now up to 14. The storyline is a bit confusing but some of the art is just beautiful.

Starfire #1 - Not sure I will continue.


Henchgirl #4 - Got a bit boring for me.






Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on March 30, 2016, 10:51:46 PM
I bought Jughead #5 from the Archie app. I have been trying to download it but it taking a while.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on March 30, 2016, 11:01:36 PM
Stuff I'll hopefully be reading this coming Wednesday:
Archie #7
Bee and Puppycat #10
Bruce Lee Dragon Rises #1
Jem #14

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: rusty on March 30, 2016, 11:03:16 PM
I've been catching up on Image Comics titles tonight:

Autumnlands
Birthright
Descender
Drifter
Wolf

and others
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on March 30, 2016, 11:06:38 PM
Archie Comics 75 Years, 75 Stories
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on March 31, 2016, 10:45:42 AM
I read Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241 & Betty & Veronica Comics Annual #236 for 12 minutes each.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on March 31, 2016, 11:24:34 AM
Mostly digests, the new Jughead and Archie Double Digest in particular.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on March 31, 2016, 12:21:14 PM
Mystery Girl #4 - The first arc comes to an end. The beginning of this issue was a bit confusing. I hope they continue the series.

Disney Princesses #1 - more like a comic strip. A bit too immature for me.
MG is officially “on break” which seems to be a new semi-regular thing at both Dark Horse & Image — finish an arc and take a month or two off to get the next ready …
 
I thought the flip to DP#1 was a lot more interesting that the mainside book which is too choppy/disjointed and the “calendar style presentation really didn’t work for me
 
On the other hand I thought Jughead got a lot better …  not sure about the Sunnyside (Martinsville/Reversedale) bit, but the art improved — in fact the “coming next month” page looked fantastic (artistically anyway) — like Erica trying to say “Hey I can do good art when I want to!” to all her critics … of course the corollary is saying she didn’t think it was worth putting putting the effort in for Jughead …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on March 31, 2016, 01:15:57 PM
Mystery Girl #4 - The first arc comes to an end. The beginning of this issue was a bit confusing. I hope they continue the series.

Disney Princesses #1 - more like a comic strip. A bit too immature for me.
MG is officially “on break” which seems to be a new semi-regular thing at both Dark Horse & Image — finish an arc and take a month or two off to get the next ready …
 
I thought the flip to DP#1 was a lot more interesting that the mainside book which is too choppy/disjointed and the “calendar style presentation really didn’t work for me
 
On the other hand I thought Jughead got a lot better …  not sure about the Sunnyside (Martinsville/Reversedale) bit, but the art improved — in fact the “coming next month” page looked fantastic (artistically anyway) — like Erica trying to say “Hey I can do good art when I want to!” to all her critics … of course the corollary is saying she didn’t think it was worth putting putting the effort in for Jughead …

I also didn't like the calendar format of Disney Princesses. I would much rather they do 5 page stories like Archie.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 01, 2016, 05:34:17 AM
📖 I read some of my digital copy of Jughead's Time Police.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: JonInIowaCity on April 01, 2016, 08:13:15 AM
I enjoyed Jughead this week. Squirrel Girl was fun too. I need to download the latest Die Kitty Die yet.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Deb on April 01, 2016, 10:23:52 AM
Far too many Archie Digests and the Archie Vol. 1 trade
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories
Donald Duck
Uncle Scrooge
Mickey Mouse

 
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 01, 2016, 03:36:02 PM
I read
Archie & Friends #5 & #145 & #153
Reggie's Revenge #1 & #2 & #3
Saga #34
Jem & Holograms #12
Spider Gwen #6
I read each of these for twelve minutes
Betty & Veronica Comics Annual #236
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241
B & V Easter Annual #247

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: rusty on April 01, 2016, 10:11:32 PM
continuing with Image:

Invincible
Manifest Destiny
Nameless
No Mercy
Roche Limit Clandestiny

and others
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 02, 2016, 01:34:15 PM
I read my digital copy of Jughead #5. It finally worked from the Archie app. It was alright. I think the other 4 were better though. I don't like it when they change into super heros.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: The Downloader on April 02, 2016, 01:46:31 PM
Not sure if it counts, but I picked up the July Previews World.  I'm really excited for the DC Relaunch, and the new Post Apoc Scooby Do?!
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 02, 2016, 03:45:25 PM
I read my digital copy of Jughead #5. It finally worked from the Archie app. It was alright. I think the other 4 were better though. I don't like it when they change into super heros.
The Superhero parodies are always a bit inane, but at least this one is framed as a definite dream sequence (and and as superhero stories go it wasn’t bad, so bonus)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 02, 2016, 06:05:40 PM
I read each of books for 12 minutes each
📖 Archie 1000 Page Mega Digest
📖 Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
📖 Archie's Favorite High Stories
📖 BatGirl- BatGirl From Burnside
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 02, 2016, 11:05:46 PM
Wayward 14 and 15 - end of this arc. Also looks like they are totally changing the direction of the series. Not to be too spoilery.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 03, 2016, 12:14:40 AM
Just read through Kirkman’s Outcast … which will be on TV starting in June — already renewed for a second season  ::) which I did not know when I started last night …  dark, S-F hiding in a religion-theme, and not for everyone — but hey, he also writes the Walking Dead …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: The Downloader on April 03, 2016, 12:16:41 AM
Just read through Kirkman’s Outcast … and which will be on TV starting in June — already renewed for a second season  ::) which I did not know when I started last night …  dark, S-F hiding in a religion-theme, and not for everyone — but hey, he also writes the Walking Dead …

I heard about that somewhere...
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 03, 2016, 08:06:15 AM
I'm going read each of these for 12 minutes each
📖-B & V Friends Easter Annual #247
📖 -Archie Winter Annual #265
📖 - Archie-The Married Life-Book #5
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 04, 2016, 03:41:43 AM
SUNDAY 04-03
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST # 1, 3, 5
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 04, 2016, 09:48:26 AM
I'm going read
🐻 Archie #1- Staples, the variant
🐰 Archie #2-Paul Renaud
🐧 Archie #3-Andrew Robinson
🐨 Archie #4-Jaime Hernandez
🐘 Archie #5-David Williams
🐹 Archie #6-Marguerite Sauvage
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Deb on April 04, 2016, 10:06:22 AM
Just finished Archie vol. 1 recently.  I have to say that I liked it more than I thought I would.  Once I got caught up in the story, not having it drawn in the house Archie style didn't bother me as much.  Having Archie talk to the reader is an effective way to draw you in to the story.  I really like Jughead in this version, too, especially after Veronica Fish started drawing the comic.  She got him to look more indifferent and less like he's angry at the world.  I may have to track down issue 7 when it comes out.  The Jughead preview was fun, too.  "You can...MAKE food?" and "I have the power of...infinite burgers!" both had me laughing.  The art is a bit odd, but suits the quirkiness of the story itself.  I'll have to look for the Jughead trade when it comes out. 
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 04, 2016, 03:02:26 PM
I finished Betty & Veronica Comics Annual #236. But I'm still reading Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest 241 & Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics #15.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 06, 2016, 12:19:14 AM
I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular-Rock On. But I also read Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241 & B & V Easter Annual #247 & Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics #15 & Archie Winter Annual #265 & Archie Favorite High School Comic for 12 minutes each.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 06, 2016, 01:03:46 AM
I’ve been reading PS238 which is hilarious and a great story. As well as the usual weekly Adventures of Supergirl & Injustice.
 
If course tomorrow is Wednesday, so all the new issue … Archie #7, Henchgirl #6, and Spider-women Alpha … among others …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 06, 2016, 01:18:11 AM
🍦 🍪 🍕 🍟 I read my digital copy of Jughead #5.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Archiecomicxfan215 on April 06, 2016, 11:21:16 AM
Last i read was the daily newsLuann strip for Luann
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 06, 2016, 12:25:27 PM
Archie #7 - not great. Don't like how they wouldn't tell us what Reggie did. The series keeps teasing but doesn't reveal much. Also there wasn't much of the girls in this issue. I'm looking forward to Betty and Veronica when it comes out this summer.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 06, 2016, 06:26:36 PM
I agree, it was just ok. Hardly any Betty in this one. But we did see her holding hands with Sayid. Maybe she finally moved on from Archie. I wonder if Sayid is boyfriend material?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 06, 2016, 08:03:18 PM
Princeless Vol 2 and 3 - #3 featured my favorite character: Raven.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 07, 2016, 02:54:16 AM
Princeless Vol 2 and 3 - #3 featured my favorite character: Raven.
Yeah, I consider Book 3 to really be Raven Book 0 … did you read the short stories book which shows their first meeting from a slightly different view?
 
As for Archie … interesting to see Mr. Mantle for a change, and the interaction there … it was an okay issue, nothing spectacular, but good.
Also the latest Henchgirl (#6) & working through PS238 …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 07, 2016, 03:02:01 AM
MONDAY 04-04
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST # 5

TUESDAY 04-05
ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS # 6 (not finished)
ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST # 7

WEDNESDAY 04-06
SWAMP THING #4 (OF 6)
UNCLE SCROOGE #417
MICKEY MOUSE #320
BOB’S BURGERS #10
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARKSEID WAR SPECIAL #1
SUPERMAN: THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #3 (OF 6)
WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE HC
EMPRESS #1 (OF 7)
THE INFINITY ENTITY #4 (OF 4)
UNCANNY X-MEN #6
BLACK WIDOW #2
BLACK PANTHER #1
LOBSTER JOHNSON (#23) THE FORGOTTEN MAN
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #14 (June 1998)
DILTON’S STRANGE SCIENCE (1989) #1, 2, 4, 5

Off-topic:
Anyone else having this problem? Since the site came back, it seems to always insist on putting extra spaces in between lines whenever I compose a post.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: JonInIowaCity on April 07, 2016, 09:30:30 AM
I read Archie #7 last night. Hopefully I'll read the latest Uncanny X-Men and Die Kitty Die! #2 tonight or tomorrow.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 07, 2016, 09:40:14 AM
I read Archie #7 last night. Hopefully I'll read the latest Uncanny X-Men and Die Kitty Die! #2 tonight or tomorrow.


Uncanny X-Men #6 is some kind of lead-in to another massive crossover story, "Apocalypse War". As such, I'm already losing interest (the first five issues were better than I expected them to be), and having art by a couple of fill-in artists didn't help much. That's pretty much been the story of my X-Men reading experience though -- I read 6 or 8 issues, then there's some lousy crossover tie-in issues, and I quit reading.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: JonInIowaCity on April 07, 2016, 09:43:38 AM
One thing that I'm liking (in theory at least) about the "Apocalypse Wars" is that it seems to be more of a thematic crossover instead of an actual crossover. Kind of like "Fall of the Mutants" back in the 80s. They all have Apocalypse stories, but the books aren't directly connected. I prefer crossovers like that because I can skip out on some of the books if I don't like those titles!!
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 07, 2016, 11:04:08 AM
I read my digital copy of Archie #7. And Cheryl Blossom #28 & #29 & part #2 of 3 issues when Cheryl gets a summer job.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 07, 2016, 01:32:11 PM
I want to read The Best of Archie Book Four but it's checked out at the library  :(
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 07, 2016, 01:46:16 PM
I suppose you can at least be happy there’s at least one other Archie fan at or near your library system … :-\
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 07, 2016, 02:21:04 PM
Read today...

SABRINA'S HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR #2 (1993) - There's a 3-part new story that takes up about half the issue; the rest are reprints (that I'd mostly read before). The new story tries to cover Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, all in one story (the previous issue's story was completely Halloween-based). Just need to find the third issue now.
REGGIE'S REVENGE #1 (1994) - One new 8-page story, plus a bunch of Reggie-centric reprints. Surprisingly (they're all sourced), none of them originally from REGGIE's own series. All of the reprints have the "Reggie's Revenge" logo pasted on them, though.
WORLD OF JUGHEAD (Archie Giant Series) #542 - "Throughout History With Jughead!" - A bunch of short stories with Jughead existing in different time periods... no other explanation offered. (I was sort of hoping it could be retroactively explained by way of the Time Police, but... nah.)
FACULTY FUNNIES #1-5 (1989) - The complete series, which strangely enough, has both an "origin issue" and a final issue where the "Awesome Foursome" lose their superpowers for good. You don't see that often in a comic book series.
WORLD OF ARCHIE (Giant Series) #587, 599 - Two issues that introduced the EXPLORERS OF THE UNKNOWN, by Rich Margopoulis and Rex Lindsay (the same people responsible for JUGHEAD'S TIME POLICE). Kind of a shameless rip-off of Jack Kirby's Challengers of the Unknown, even to the point of the team having their secret base inside a mountaintop. It's surprising that DC's lawyers never sent ACP a cease-and-desist letter (or maybe they did, and that's when the series ended).

It's always fascinating when reading these older Archie Comics to look through the ads and see not only what they were publishing at that time, but what they were selling. 1990s Archies seem to have all kinds of merchandise offered through mail-order. These had some ads for things like the Riverdale High "Archie Romance Novels", t-shirts, hats, watches, a 1990 calendar, and posters, including two 6-foot tall posters of Archie and Jughead!
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 07, 2016, 03:05:21 PM
I read Archie Volume #1, the beautiful book that just came out. I read it for 15 minutes. I also read Archie #1- the Fiona Staple cover with white border & Archie #2-Paul Renaud variant & Archie #3-Andrew Robinson variant & Archie #4-Jaime Hernandez variant.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 07, 2016, 03:22:22 PM
I just read Pep Digital #4. Archie & Friends Spring Has Sprung.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 07, 2016, 06:27:58 PM
I read both of books for 15 minutes then finished Archie Winter Annual #265.I also read Archie 1000 Mega Comics Digest.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 07, 2016, 08:06:13 PM
I read each of these books for 12 minutes each.
The Archie Wedding-Will You Marry Me?
Archie-The Married Life-Book #5
The Cute Girl Network
BatGirl-BatGirl Of Burnside
Friends With Boys , which is by Faith Erin Hicks. I love that book. I love the way she draws characters that are guys, they are so cute.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 07, 2016, 08:09:05 PM
Princeless Vol 2 and 3 - #3 featured my favorite character: Raven.
Yeah, I consider Book 3 to really be Raven Book 0 … did you read the short stories book which shows their first meeting from a slightly different view?


That and Vol #4 are on my TBR list.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 07, 2016, 08:15:02 PM

Off-topic:
Anyone else having this problem? Since the site came back, it seems to always insist on putting extra spaces in between lines whenever I compose a post.


I have also had this problem. I don't know how to pre-fix besides going back and modifying the already submitted post.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Mr.Lodge on April 07, 2016, 11:56:54 PM
Anything that looks interesting EXCEPT superhero comics. I can't stand superhero comics.  :idiot2:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 07, 2016, 11:59:15 PM
Princeless Vol 2 and 3 - #3 featured my favorite character: Raven.
Yeah, I consider Book 3 to really be Raven Book 0 … did you read the short stories book which shows their first meeting from a slightly different view?


That and Vol #4 are on my TBR list.
The short stories are all either between books 2 & 3 or (fairly important) backstory; each has a different artist (all female except The Smiths) with a large variety of styles …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 08, 2016, 10:04:26 AM
Anything that looks interesting EXCEPT superhero comics. I can't stand superhero comics.  :idiot2:


You're my new best friend. I thought I was the only one!
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 08, 2016, 10:05:35 AM
Reading lots of manga:
Orange
Yamada kun and the 7 Witches
LDK
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 08, 2016, 10:17:07 AM
Going to read Pep Digital #1 Arch- Madness between my classes.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Bluto on April 08, 2016, 10:37:17 AM
DK III: The Master Race
Klaus
James Bond
Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Astro City
Black Widow
The Invincible Iron Man
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Howard The Duck
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 08, 2016, 01:42:48 PM
I suppose you can at least be happy there’s at least one other Archie fan at or near your library system … :-\


I guess. I would like to know who is checking out Archie. At the main library it seems like I am the only one who checks them out. The other day one of the librarians told me that she hasn't seen any kids paying attention to those comics (they have them in the children's section). At another branch, close to the main library, they  told me the same thing. The comic I mentioned (Best of Archie #4)is at another branch I have never been to, on the other side of the town. So someone, I don't know who, on the other side of town, is a fan of Archie,too.....
I want to be able to read them before they disappear, because I've noticed that a lot of the AC are not on their catalog anymore. I guess, someone is stealing them?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 08, 2016, 09:39:04 PM
Princeless Vol 2 and 3 - #3 featured my favorite character: Raven.
Yeah, I consider Book 3 to really be Raven Book 0 … did you read the short stories book which shows their first meeting from a slightly different view?


That and Vol #4 are on my TBR list.
The short stories are all either between books 2 & 3 or (fairly important) backstory; each has a different artist (all female except The Smiths) with a large variety of styles …

Read these 2 now. Princeless Vol 4 and the Short stories tpb. Kinda disappointed in these. I didn't really understand where the story is going in Vol 4. Onto the new Princeless series now Make Yourself.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 09, 2016, 01:12:57 AM
I've noticed that a lot of the AC are not on their catalog anymore. I guess, someone is stealing them?

Could be that, because ACP is letting their older TPBs go out of print and not reprinting them (except for maybe a few, like Best of Archie Comics and The Married Life). That makes the older TPBs harder to find, and copies for sale begin to have "collectible" prices when you can.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 09, 2016, 01:32:24 AM
Also possible that they are just old and undesirable by the library’s standards and put on “sale” carts to raise money, or beat-up by younger patrons and not deemed worth replacing
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 09, 2016, 06:42:14 AM
I read
Lumberjanes #24
Jem & Holograms #13
Saga #35
BatGirl #50
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 09, 2016, 07:32:33 AM
I just read Jughead #5-Thomas Pitilli variant. I'm going put in the comic frame next to next to the Reggie commission that Thomas Pitilli did for me.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 09, 2016, 09:59:00 AM
It's so freaking cold outside today so that put me in a Christmas mood. I am going to read a digital exclusive of Archie's Christmas Stocking.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 09, 2016, 08:44:51 PM
I've noticed that a lot of the AC are not on their catalog anymore. I guess, someone is stealing them?

Could be that, because ACP is letting their older TPBs go out of print and not reprinting them (except for maybe a few, like Best of Archie Comics and The Married Life). That makes the older TPBs harder to find, and copies for sale begin to have "collectible" prices when you can.


Sorry but what are TPBs?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 09, 2016, 08:47:53 PM
Also possible that they are just old and undesirable by the library’s standards and put on “sale” carts to raise money, or beat-up by younger patrons and not deemed worth replacing


Hmm, I don't know. I've never seen them on the library's book store but who knows. I wish they sold some of them at the library, I would buy them right away.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: nuageo on April 09, 2016, 09:10:09 PM
I've noticed that a lot of the AC are not on their catalog anymore. I guess, someone is stealing them?

Could be that, because ACP is letting their older TPBs go out of print and not reprinting them (except for maybe a few, like Best of Archie Comics and The Married Life). That makes the older TPBs harder to find, and copies for sale begin to have "collectible" prices when you can.


Sorry but what are TPBs?

In comics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comics), a trade paperback (often shortened to TPB, TP or trade) is a collection of stories originally published in comic books (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_comic_books), reprinted in book format, usually capturing one story arc (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_arc) from a single title or a series of stories with a connected story arc or common theme from one or more titles.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_paperback_%28comics%29
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 09, 2016, 09:22:06 PM
I've noticed that a lot of the AC are not on their catalog anymore. I guess, someone is stealing them?

Could be that, because ACP is letting their older TPBs go out of print and not reprinting them (except for maybe a few, like Best of Archie Comics and The Married Life). That makes the older TPBs harder to find, and copies for sale begin to have "collectible" prices when you can.


Sorry but what are TPBs?

In comics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comics), a trade paperback (often shortened to TPB, TP or trade) is a collection of stories originally published in comic books (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_comic_books), reprinted in book format, usually capturing one story arc (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_arc) from a single title or a series of stories with a connected story arc or common theme from one or more titles.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_paperback_%28comics%29 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_paperback_%28comics%29)


Ah, okay yeah that makes sense. Thanks!
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 09, 2016, 09:26:53 PM
📖 📖 📖 No reading for me today. I took a break 📖 📖 📖
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 10, 2016, 08:39:27 AM
I read Jughead #5-Erica Henderson variant.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 10, 2016, 04:20:14 PM
📖 I read Archie #7-Marguerite Sauvage Variant.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 10, 2016, 04:29:05 PM
I am reading Archie's Rival Reggie #1.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 10, 2016, 04:46:55 PM
Let's see...

Friday 04-08
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS #6 (finished)

Saturday 04-09
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #8

Sunday 04-10
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #9 & 10
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #9 & 10
(I'm done with Funhouse for now, and moving on to another title...)
JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #1
(Plan to read #1-3, and 6-8; missing issues 4 & 5)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 10, 2016, 07:55:57 PM
I read these books for 15 minutes each
Archie's Favorite High School Comics
Archie Giant Comics Collection
Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 10, 2016, 07:56:38 PM
Some really good manga webcomics from the Webtoon app.
Siren's Lament about mermaids yay
Helios Femina Michelle Phan's comic
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 10, 2016, 08:00:39 PM
Keeping with my theme for the day of reading original #1 comics on digital I have read Archie Girls Betty and Veronica.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 11, 2016, 10:12:43 AM
Keeping with my theme for the day of reading original #1 comics on digital I have read Archie Girls Betty and Veronica.


Are they digitizing these now? Did you find them on the app?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 11, 2016, 10:35:23 AM
Keeping with my theme for the day of reading original #1 comics on digital I have read Archie Girls Betty and Veronica.


Are they digitizing these now? Did you find them on the app?
Yes they are. They have all the original #1's including Archie #1, Jughead #1, Betty and Veronica #1, and Archie's Rival Reggie #1.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 11, 2016, 03:35:42 PM
Keeping with my theme for the day of reading original #1 comics on digital I have read Archie Girls Betty and Veronica.


Are they digitizing these now? Did you find them on the app?
Yes they are. They have all the original #1's including Archie #1, Jughead #1, Betty and Veronica #1, and Archie's Rival Reggie #1.


I hope they continue digitizing Archie's Girls now that the hardcover is canceled.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 11, 2016, 03:41:34 PM
Keeping with my theme for the day of reading original #1 comics on digital I have read Archie Girls Betty and Veronica.


Are they digitizing these now? Did you find them on the app?
Yes they are. They have all the original #1's including Archie #1, Jughead #1, Betty and Veronica #1, and Archie's Rival Reggie #1.


I hope they continue digitizing Archie's Girls now that the hardcover is canceled.
I hope so because the Betty and Veronica series other than maybe the Jughead series has been one of my favorites. I would love reading some of the earlier stuff. I will let you know. I just recently got the Unlimited service so I am just getting used to it, but I am liking it so far.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 11, 2016, 04:25:25 PM
I took break from reading any comics today.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 11, 2016, 05:01:15 PM
I continued with reading the #1's by reading the digital copy of the original Jughead.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 12, 2016, 10:24:52 AM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
📖-Archie's Funhouse House Comics Double Digest #13
📖 -World Of Archie Comics Annual #50
📖-Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #239
📖-Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics #233
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 12, 2016, 11:50:13 AM
Continuing with the digital exclusives. Pep Digital #2 Reggie King of April Fools.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 12, 2016, 01:11:36 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 12, 2016, 01:49:28 PM
I read both Archie #7-Fish & Djibril Morissette -Phan issues.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 12, 2016, 02:15:20 PM
Finishing up with the original #1's on digital with the Archie #1. I have read this one before in the Archie#1 reboot so I will be familiar with the story.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 13, 2016, 12:07:02 AM
I finally finished reading my digital copy of Jughead's Time Police. I also the digital comic where Cheryl trying to take down Pieter, the foreign exchange student.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 13, 2016, 12:19:30 AM
Finished the night off by reading Pep Digital Exclusive #3 Betty & Veronica Go Green.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 13, 2016, 01:43:14 AM
Today I found a copy of ARCHIE'S CAR by Al Hartley, and it was in pretty good condition. This was one of the later printings, from 1986, under the Barbour imprint (they took over after Spire Christian Comics and just reprinted the comics exactly except for the company imprint and cover price -- this one was priced at 69 cents). I think there were 17 different Archie comics done by Hartley under Spire, and I'm keeping an eye out for these. I got a kick out of it, anyway.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 13, 2016, 09:06:46 AM
Between classes I am starting to read Pep Digital #5 Archie's Grand Slams.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 13, 2016, 12:53:43 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.


I hate that they repeat the same stories in different books. I started reading 1000 page comics Gala and there are 8 stories in a row that I had already read on Block Party.  :tickedoff:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 13, 2016, 12:57:42 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.


I hate that they repeat the same stories in different books. I started reading 1000 page comics Gala and there are 8 stories in a row that I had already read on Block Party.  :tickedoff:
I just shake my head at this. I just don't understand this at all with all the material they have you'd think they could pick different stories for what they are putting out. Do they not have a clue what material they are putting in there comics?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 13, 2016, 01:08:34 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.


I hate that they repeat the same stories in different books. I started reading 1000 page comics Gala and there are 8 stories in a row that I had already read on Block Party.  :tickedoff:


I can't believe you're just noticing this for the first time. You know that the 1000 Page digests just contain straight chunks of pages (several stories in the exact same order) as the regular digest titles from 3 or 4 months earlier, right?  And the Spectaculars just reprint the stories from recent digest titles on better paper, grouped by some kind of theme (very loosely themed, I should say). At any rate, they cancelled the last Spectacular (High School Hijinks) that they solicited, so it looks like there will be no more of those.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 13, 2016, 01:13:11 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.


I hate that they repeat the same stories in different books. I started reading 1000 page comics Gala and there are 8 stories in a row that I had already read on Block Party.  :tickedoff:
I just shake my head at this. I just don't understand this at all with all the material they have you'd think they could pick different stories for what they are putting out. Do they not have a clue what material they are putting in there comics?


And then there are those stories (great stories) that just came out once and never again were they reprinted.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 13, 2016, 01:16:41 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.


I hate that they repeat the same stories in different books. I started reading 1000 page comics Gala and there are 8 stories in a row that I had already read on Block Party.  :tickedoff:


I can't believe you're just noticing this for the first time. You know that the 1000 Page digests just contain straight chunks of pages (several stories in the exact same order) as the regular digest titles from 3 or 4 months earlier, right?  And the Spectaculars just reprint the stories from recent digest titles on better paper, grouped by some kind of theme (very loosely themed, I should say). At any rate, they cancelled the last Spectacular (High School Hijinks) that they solicited, so it looks like there will be no more of those.


No, this isn't the first time I noticed this. I know they love to repeat stories over and over but it still makes me mad....I didn't know about HS Hijinks being cancelled. Is it the same one as Pep Rally, or is that another one?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 13, 2016, 01:27:34 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.


I hate that they repeat the same stories in different books. I started reading 1000 page comics Gala and there are 8 stories in a row that I had already read on Block Party.  :tickedoff:
I just shake my head at this. I just don't understand this at all with all the material they have you'd think they could pick different stories for what they are putting out. Do they not have a clue what material they are putting in there comics?


And then there are those stories (great stories) that just came out once and never again were they reprinted.
That certainly seems the way it is.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 13, 2016, 01:48:12 PM
0-day so I’ve read (so far):
Saving Princeless book 5 #1 for last …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 13, 2016, 02:37:24 PM
0-day so I’ve read (so far):
  • Spidey #4
  • Spider-Gwen #7
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1
Saving Princeless book 5 #1 for last …

I liked princeless book 5 #0 even though it was more of a prequel.

How's gwenpool?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 13, 2016, 02:40:16 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.


I hate that they repeat the same stories in different books. I started reading 1000 page comics Gala and there are 8 stories in a row that I had already read on Block Party.  :tickedoff:
I just shake my head at this. I just don't understand this at all with all the material they have you'd think they could pick different stories for what they are putting out. Do they not have a clue what material they are putting in there comics?

It costs money to hire someone to curate these stories. ACP just wants to make a quick buck.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 13, 2016, 03:13:17 PM
This morning I finished reading Archie Comics Spectacular Block Party.
I'm gonna start reading Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala.


I hate that they repeat the same stories in different books. I started reading 1000 page comics Gala and there are 8 stories in a row that I had already read on Block Party.  :tickedoff:
I just shake my head at this. I just don't understand this at all with all the material they have you'd think they could pick different stories for what they are putting out. Do they not have a clue what material they are putting in there comics?

It costs money to hire someone to curate these stories. ACP just wants to make a quick buck.
What they are going to end up getting is a lot of customers that finally get fed up with the crap they keep on pulling and then more sales will start going down. If the Digest sales start to sink badly ACP will be in even more trouble.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 13, 2016, 03:16:23 PM
No, this isn't the first time I noticed this. I know they love to repeat stories over and over but it still makes me mad....I didn't know about HS Hijinks being cancelled. Is it the same one as Pep Rally, or is that another one?

Well, you got me with that one. I hadn't even heard of any Spectacular called "Pep Rally", so I had to google that one for more information. Most of those turned out to be dead ends (like the Walmart.com listings) that didn't provide any information or even show a cover image.

No, I had to go all the way to a bookstore in Malaysia to find a listing for that with a little more info and a cover image, which indeed -- does turn out to be the same cover as "High School Hijinks". Unlike a lot of the other listings, this one actually identified the book correctly as being cancelled.

https://malaysia.kinokuniya.com/bw/9781627388665 (https://malaysia.kinokuniya.com/bw/9781627388665)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 13, 2016, 03:47:04 PM
0-day so I’ve read (so far):
  • Spidey #4
  • Spider-Gwen #7
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1
Saving Princeless book 5 #1 for last …

"0-day"?

Wow, I read a few pages into SPIDEY #4 and then just gave up. What a difference the art of Nick Bradshaw made on the first 3 issues of that book (which are slated to be reprinted in a one-shot deluxe Marvel Treasury Edition). Unless Bradshaw's just skipping an issue or two before coming back, I guess I'm done with it.

Here's what I read today:
REGGIE'S WISE GUY JOKES #13 (June 1970)
HENCHGIRL #6 (Things take an interesting turn in this issue.)
AW YEAH COMICS ACTION CAT AND ADVENTURE BUG #2
WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #730
THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE (OGN) - (This being the third OGN by Jim Starlin in a trilogy. It occurs to me I may have missed the second one, so I'll have to look into reordering that.)
SILVER SURFER #3 (I just love what Dan Slott and Mike Allred have been doing with this character. Great stuff.)
HERCULES #6 (A title I was only slowly warming up to, this issue totally sold me on the revised concept. Absolutely zero action in this issue, but the characterization and dialogue held me riveted for the entire issue. A teaser on the last page leads me to believe this is the final under this title, to be replace by a new #1 called THE GODS OF WAR.)
MOON KNIGHT #1 (I haven't been a huge fan of Jeff Lemire's writing, so I almost skipped this, but I'm glad I read it now. I'll read at least a couple more issues now, as he kind of hooked me with the general concept here.)
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #5 (of 6)
JUPITER'S CIRCLE - Book 2 #5 (of 6)
ROUGH RIDERS #1

I have more to get to from this week's haul, but that's probably it for today. Other stuff I got today:
THE PHANTOM COMPLETE SUNDAYS VOL 3 HC
DONALD DUCK: GHOST OF THE GROTTO TP
DONALD DUCK: THE GOLDEN HELMET TP
BLACK BAT DOUBLE NOVEL #3
THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL #105
MONSTER BASH #26
CAPTAIN AMERICA 70TH ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE (Free)
DC REBIRTH PREVIEWS MAGAZINE (Free again)
WONDER WOMAN '77 SPECIAL #3
DOC SAVAGE: THE SPIDER'S WEB #5 (of 5)
BRUCE LEE: THE DRAGON RISES #1
THE THREE STOOGES: THE BOYS ARE BACK #1
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 13, 2016, 06:38:47 PM
No, this isn't the first time I noticed this. I know they love to repeat stories over and over but it still makes me mad....I didn't know about HS Hijinks being cancelled. Is it the same one as Pep Rally, or is that another one?

Well, you got me with that one. I hadn't even heard of any Spectacular called "Pep Rally", so I had to google that one for more information. Most of those turned out to be dead ends (like the Walmart.com listings) that didn't provide any information or even show a cover image.

No, I had to go all the way to a bookstore in Malaysia to find a listing for that with a little more info and a cover image, which indeed -- does turn out to be the same cover as "High School Hijinks". Unlike a lot of the other listings, this one actually identified the book correctly as being cancelled.

https://malaysia.kinokuniya.com/bw/9781627388665 (https://malaysia.kinokuniya.com/bw/9781627388665)


I got the Pep Rally title from my library's online database. I just checked again and noticed that the cover image does indeed say High School Hijinks. Too bad it was cancelled.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 13, 2016, 06:54:05 PM
0-day so I’ve read (so far):
  • Spidey #4
  • Spider-Gwen #7
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1
Saving Princeless book 5 #1 for last …

I liked princeless book 5 #0 even though it was more of a prequel.

How's gwenpool?
that’s a hard question — it’s definitely a strange book, self-referential mocking of the superhero genre; and that was the stated intent (more or less — do you know anything about it already?) … I’d like it to succeed actually, but not sure if they’re going to pull it off …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 13, 2016, 07:06:08 PM
"0-day"?
The day when new comics hit the stores …

Quote
Wow, I read a few pages into SPIDEY #4 and then just gave up. What a difference the art of Nick Bradshaw made on the first 3 issues of that book (which are slated to be reprinted in a one-shot deluxe Marvel Treasury Edition). Unless Bradshaw's just skipping an issue or two before coming back, I guess I'm done with it.
I wouldn’t say the art made a real difference to me, but I don’t blame you for giving up — I thought the first issue showed a lot of potential, but with #2 it just seemed …  ::) aimless?  :-\ pointless?  :( I'll probably keep watching where it goes a while longer, but …  :P

Quote
HENCHGIRL #6 (Things take an interesting turn in this issue.)
Definitely — may you live in interesting times.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 13, 2016, 07:23:11 PM
0-day so I’ve read (so far):
  • Spidey #4
  • Spider-Gwen #7
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1
Saving Princeless book 5 #1 for last …

I liked princeless book 5 #0 even though it was more of a prequel.

How's gwenpool?
that’s a hard question — it’s definitely a strange book, self-referential mocking of the superhero genre; and that was the stated intent (more or less — do you know anything about it already?) … I’d like it to succeed actually, but not sure if they’re going to pull it off …


Don't know anything about it or Marvel but the art looked cool.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 13, 2016, 07:24:12 PM
"0-day"?
The day when new comics hit the stores …

Quote
Wow, I read a few pages into SPIDEY #4 and then just gave up. What a difference the art of Nick Bradshaw made on the first 3 issues of that book (which are slated to be reprinted in a one-shot deluxe Marvel Treasury Edition). Unless Bradshaw's just skipping an issue or two before coming back, I guess I'm done with it.
I wouldn’t say the art made a real difference to me, but I don’t blame you for giving up — I thought the first issue showed a lot of potential, but with #2 it just seemed …  ::) aimless?  :-\ pointless?  :( I'll probably keep watching where it goes a while longer, but …  :P

Quote
HENCHGIRL #6 (Things take an interesting turn in this issue.)
Definitely — may you live in interesting times.


Just as I gave up on the series. Boo. Maybe I'll have to pick it up again. Too bad they don't do digital issues. I guess I'll slog through the web comic.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 13, 2016, 07:29:24 PM
More manga...My Love Story and Princess Jellyfish
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 13, 2016, 07:49:28 PM
How's gwenpool?
that’s a hard question — it’s definitely a strange book, self-referential mocking of the superhero genre; and that was the stated intent (more or less — do you know anything about it already?) … I’d like it to succeed actually, but not sure if they’re going to pull it off …

Don't know anything about it or Marvel but the art looked cool.
Gwen Poole is a comic fan who got “displaced” during a multi-universe event … her version of Earth is essentially ours, and she’s read all sorts of Marvel comics so when she ends up on that earth she decides she’s dreaming or part of a book/narrative and must be the hero — so she will win in the end and nothing horribly bad can happen … and if she is the hero in a superhero world then she gets to be a superhero … and starts living out her fantasies … and things get … weird …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 13, 2016, 08:00:10 PM
No reading for me again, I actually went out & went to the avenue.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Great Gazoo on April 13, 2016, 08:11:24 PM
I finished up Pep Digital Exclusive #5.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 14, 2016, 01:32:48 AM
Quote
HENCHGIRL #6 (Things take an interesting turn in this issue.)
Definitely — may you live in interesting times.
Just as I gave up on the series. Boo. Maybe I'll have to pick it up again. Too bad they don't do digital issues. I guess I'll slog through the web comic.

Webcomics are annoying to you to the point where you'd rather pay for a PDF (or whatever digital format it is you're used to reading) than to "slog" through it for FREE? Or you know, save a bunch of the webcomics as JPGs and put them in a file folder on your tablet where your comic reader app can access them? This I don't get. The fact that they're free is what keeps me reading webcomics. Other digital comics that are available in print, it's just easier to get the print copy. When they're not available (or hard to find) in print, then it's just annoying. Unless they're free webcomics.

The other thing I realized the other day when thinking about this is that I have absolutely NO sense of urgency about getting digital comics. They're not going to NOT be available next week, next month, or next year, or harder to find, or more expensive. (In fact, they occasionally are later on sale cheaper, for 99 cents or something, on ComiXology, or other places that have sales on digital comics.) That makes them a lot lower priority for me, because I need to find the stuff that won't be easy to find next week, next month, next year FIRST. So that stuff goes to the top of my list, while digital comics go to the bottom. A lot of the stuff I read and/or collect isn't available digitally anyway.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 14, 2016, 02:03:00 AM
How's gwenpool?
that’s a hard question — it’s definitely a strange book, self-referential mocking of the superhero genre; and that was the stated intent (more or less — do you know anything about it already?) … I’d like it to succeed actually, but not sure if they’re going to pull it off …

Don't know anything about it or Marvel but the art looked cool.
Gwen Poole is a comic fan who got “displaced” during a multi-universe event … her version of Earth is essentially ours, and she’s read all sorts of Marvel comics so when she ends up on that earth she decides she’s dreaming or part of a book/narrative and must be the hero — so she will win in the end and nothing horribly bad can happen … and if she is the hero in a superhero world then she gets to be a superhero … and starts living out her fantasies … and things get … weird …

Pretty much seems like Marvel's answer to Harley Quinn to me... the adventures of a dangerously loopy chick.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 14, 2016, 05:20:10 AM
Quote
Wow, I read a few pages into SPIDEY #4 and then just gave up. What a difference the art of Nick Bradshaw made on the first 3 issues of that book (which are slated to be reprinted in a one-shot deluxe Marvel Treasury Edition). Unless Bradshaw's just skipping an issue or two before coming back, I guess I'm done with it.
I wouldn’t say the art made a real difference to me, but I don’t blame you for giving up — I thought the first issue showed a lot of potential, but with #2 it just seemed …  ::) aimless?  :-\ pointless?  :( I'll probably keep watching where it goes a while longer, but …  :P


I took 'the point' such as it is, to be approximately the same as that of Ultimate Spider-Man when that title started out, i.e. "What If Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man were just beginning his career today?" Come to think of it, that's pretty much what Kurt Busiek & Pat Oliffe's Untold Tales of Spider-Man was as well, except that they weren't concentrating so much on making a point of modernizing things, just telling modern-style stories "interstitially" dispersed between those classic adventures. SPIDEY wasn't doing a straight retelling of the original Lee/Ditko stories so much as a reinterpretation of Peter's first encounters with various foes in a modern context, which I think is perfectly valid. If you're going to sweat how it fits into "Spider-Man continuity", it's probably just going to be a burr in your saddle.

Is there a place in modern comics for a stripped-down, back-to-basics Spider-Man? I think there is; but then again, the execution is everything (Bradshaw's art made those stories dynamic and fun, whereas the art in #4 made it all look rather dull and pedestrian). I pretty much have zero interest in the continuity-heavy, complexly-interwoven adventures of the current Spider-Man. Marvel Universe Spider-Man fans obviously disagree vehemently with my opinion.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 14, 2016, 08:05:15 AM
Quote
HENCHGIRL #6 (Things take an interesting turn in this issue.)
Definitely — may you live in interesting times.
Just as I gave up on the series. Boo. Maybe I'll have to pick it up again. Too bad they don't do digital issues. I guess I'll slog through the web comic.

Webcomics are annoying to you to the point where you'd rather pay for a PDF (or whatever digital format it is you're used to reading) than to "slog" through it for FREE? Or you know, save a bunch of the webcomics as JPGs and put them in a file folder on your tablet where your comic reader app can access them? This I don't get. The fact that they're free is what keeps me reading webcomics. Other digital comics that are available in print, it's just easier to get the print copy. When they're not available (or hard to find) in print, then it's just annoying. Unless they're free webcomics.

The other thing I realized the other day when thinking about this is that I have absolutely NO sense of urgency about getting digital comics. They're not going to NOT be available next week, next month, or next year, or harder to find, or more expensive. (In fact, they occasionally are later on sale cheaper, for 99 cents or something, on ComiXology, or other places that have sales on digital comics.) That makes them a lot lower priority for me, because I need to find the stuff that won't be easy to find next week, next month, next year FIRST. So that stuff goes to the top of my list, while digital comics go to the bottom. A lot of the stuff I read and/or collect isn't available digitally anyway.

I don't like webcomics because you have to click from page from page. And I read fast so it disrupts my enjoyment having to wait for each page to load. I have an ad blocker so that isn't the problem. To read them fluidly I have to beg my husband for some computer science trickery to download the images through a command line. And he hates my comic habit. I believe in supporting things monetarily if I like them otherwise they will stop publishing them.

To buy physical comics I have to pay shipping which makes the comics cost double and as you said if you wait long enough there will be a sale on Comixology. I also read a lot of Kindle books and download from iTunes and digital items do disappear from these stores over time especially if they are from indie companies. It must cost money to host these things on these big websites and small companies can't afford it over time. I've learned that the hard way when I've waited to buy things digitally.

I have a lot of those deluxe hardcovers and they hurt my hands to read them. Also they take up a lot of space and in my field I have to move around a lot.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on April 14, 2016, 10:22:40 AM
Gwen Poole is a comic fan who got “displaced” during a multi-universe event … her version of Earth is essentially ours, and she’s read all sorts of Marvel comics so when she ends up on that earth she decides she’s dreaming or part of a book/narrative and must be the hero — so she will win in the end and nothing horribly bad can happen … and if she is the hero in a superhero world then she gets to be a superhero … and starts living out her fantasies … and things get … weird …
Pretty much seems like Marvel's answer to Harley Quinn to me... the adventures of a dangerously loopy chick.
Quite possibly true — her  view of the world is that it’s just a story or video game (her mind holding on to sanity in the wake of the events that brought her to her current place, by extreme rationalization, so definitely loopy) and since she views it as unreal and essential a (violent) game for her to play she is totally fearless and has no second thoughts about killing bad guys or blowing up unreal estate … so also definitely dangerous …
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Post by: BettyReggie on April 14, 2016, 10:40:14 AM
I read
Archie #1- Sanford Greene variant
Archie #2-Erica Henderson variant
Archie #3-Fiona Staples
Archie #4-Joe Quinones variant
Archie #7-Djibril Morissette -Phan
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Post by: invisifan on April 14, 2016, 10:50:47 AM
I took 'the point' such as it is, to be approximately the same as that of Ultimate Spider-Man when that title started out, i.e. "What If Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man were just beginning his career today?" Come to think of it, that's pretty much what Kurt Busiek & Pat Oliffe's Untold Tales of Spider-Man was as well, except that they weren't concentrating so much on making a point of modernizing things, just telling modern-style stories "interstitially" dispersed between those classic adventures. SPIDEY wasn't doing a straight retelling of the original Lee/Ditko stories so much as a reinterpretation of Peter's first encounters with various foes in a modern context, which I think is perfectly valid. If you're going to sweat how it fits into "Spider-Man continuity", it's probably just going to be a burr in your saddle.
On the one hand, they just went to a lot of trouble to get rid of the Ultimate Universe … so why start a new one? Retelling in a modern style is no problem — this certainly isn’t the main universe, so they can do what they want it’s just that it’s rushed and aimless … They are changing fundamental things for no apparent reason and skipping over details (new and old) apparently rushing to get somewhere, with nowhere to go … it’s a new continuity, but they aren’t giving us an actual story, just vignettes along the way, so — pointless and aimless. If they treated it as a new continuity (like Spider-Gwen) I’d be fine with that but it has no substance.

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Is there a place in modern comics for a stripped-down, back-to-basics Spider-Man? I think there is; but then again, the execution is everything (Bradshaw's art made those stories dynamic and fun, whereas the art in #4 made it all look rather dull and pedestrian). I pretty much have zero interest in the continuity-heavy, complexly-interwoven adventures of the current Spider-Man. Marvel Universe Spider-Man fans obviously disagree vehemently with my opinion.
This is stripped down beyond the point of readable on my opinion — the art isn’t the determining factor, the whole thing just falls flat … and a sad part of it is that this is really all there is for Peter Parker — anywhere else he’s just a big name cameo — including what should be his own book: “The Amazing Spider-man” which is now really “Parker Ind. Inc.” with him pretending to be his own bodyguard/security force like Stark’s original Iron Man deal …
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Post by: Great Gazoo on April 14, 2016, 01:45:18 PM
I'm reading Pep Digital Exclusive #6 Archie & Friends Mother Knows Best.
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 14, 2016, 04:47:36 PM
In my attempt to try superheroes again I read Mockingbird #1. It was interesting. The first issue didn't explain much.
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 14, 2016, 05:12:41 PM
Heart Throb #1
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Post by: invisifan on April 14, 2016, 05:18:32 PM
In my attempt to try superheroes again I read Mockingbird #1. It was interesting. The first issue didn't explain much.
She has a long history (which isn’t totally necessary) — nothing like Patsy of course and she’s always been in the superhero side of things, but about 50 years I’d say … I could do a summary if you want, but I doubt it’s essential …
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 14, 2016, 06:06:43 PM
Goldie Vance #1 - Nancy Drew in South Florida. It's definitely an all ages comic and I wouldn't compare her to Veronica Mars. Not snarky enough.


I liked the preview in the back for the Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy crossover. I've been trying to catch up on Gotham Academy in preparation.
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 14, 2016, 06:08:30 PM
In my attempt to try superheroes again I read Mockingbird #1. It was interesting. The first issue didn't explain much.
She has a long history (which isn’t totally necessary) — nothing like Patsy of course and she’s always been in the superhero side of things, but about 50 years I’d say … I could do a summary if you want, but I doubt it’s essential …


Do you think I would like issue #2? I think it was released this week. I'm on the fence with continuing the series.
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Post by: invisifan on April 14, 2016, 06:39:29 PM
I’ve picked it up but not read it yet — will get to it tonight and let you know  ;)
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 14, 2016, 07:31:44 PM
Harrow County #11 - Oh how I love thee. Still acting mysterious. I especially like the scary stories sent in by readers in the back.


Another Castle #2 - Beautiful art especially the colors. The story is standard princess fare/fairytale written by a man.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 15, 2016, 12:18:41 AM
Today I read ARCHIE GIANT SERIES #590 and 602, and JUGHEAD'S TIME POLICE #1-6; plus about halfway through JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #2.
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Post by: invisifan on April 15, 2016, 02:39:59 PM
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In my attempt to try superheroes again I read Mockingbird #1. It was interesting. The first issue didn't explain much.
Do you think I would like issue #2? I think it was released this week. I'm on the fence with continuing the series.
I’ve picked it up but not read it yet — will get to it tonight and let you know  ;)
Okay — if you thought #1 was interesting I’d say definitely give the next 4 a try … it’s a bit of a mystery and more spy than superhero for the most part — and it’s supposed to be a puzzle that’s shown as it goes along, with the first issue just intended to intrigue …
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Post by: Mr.Lodge on April 15, 2016, 06:13:43 PM
Patty Cake by Scott Roberts

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Post by: BettyReggie on April 16, 2016, 12:54:55 AM
I read
📖 - Cheryl Blossom #6 & #8 & #27
📖- Archie 3000 #1 & #2 & #7 & #11
📖- The New Archies #1 & #15 & #22
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 17, 2016, 02:09:13 AM
Friday 4/15
JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #2

Saturday 04/16
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #267 (arrived that same day, along with Jughead and Archie Spring Annual #20)
WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #58 (arrived 04/14)

... and that catches me up on the current digests, at least until Archie Comics Annual #268 or Betty and Veronica Double Digest #243, whichever comes out first. Until I get those in the mail, I'll be catching up on older Jughead and Archie, and Jughead & Friends digests.
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Post by: BettyReggie on April 18, 2016, 06:08:54 AM
I read each of 12 minutes
The Best Of Archie-75 Years 75 Stories
Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
The Best Of Archie Comics Starring Betty & Veronica
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Post by: BettyReggie on April 19, 2016, 04:22:48 AM
I read
Jughead #5-Henderson
Deadly Class #19
Jem & Holograms-Valentine's Day Special
Jem & Holograms #13
Lumberjanes #23 & #24
Black Canary #2 & #9
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 19, 2016, 01:35:32 PM
Bruce Lee The Dragon Rises #1
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 19, 2016, 02:22:49 PM
Bruce Lee The Dragon Rises #1

I have this, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Any good?
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 19, 2016, 04:58:36 PM
Bruce Lee The Dragon Rises #1

I have this, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Any good?


I like it. I had no idea what the story was before I read it. Lots of fighting scenes which is to be expected.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 19, 2016, 09:42:42 PM
So I was just reading HOWARD THE DUCK (2016, Vol. 2) #6, which is, in addition to being the second part of a crossover with THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL (also 2016, Vol. 2) #6, a story that takes place in between HOWARD THE DUCK (2016, Vol. 1) and HOWARD THE DUCK (2016, Vol. 2), that explains just where the heck Howard got that cyborg cat that he's had hanging around since the beginning of Vol. 2.

Now, the interesting thing here, is that a running footnote/sidebar metatextual commentary (which is the usual case for things in SQUIRREL GIRL, but not in HOWARD THE DUCK) reveals some previously unknown facts of major significance to the Marvel Universe mythos. To wit, and with reference to the character of Weapon II (who, I guess I need to explain, is a mutant cyborg squirrel, and a product of the same clandestine government program that produced Weapon X, whom most of you may know as Wolverine): As it turns out, "Weapon II" is (shockingly, I know) NOT pronounced as "Weapon Eye-Eye" but as "Weapon Two" ("II" being the Roman numeral for "2"), which means, by implication, that "Weapon X" is not pronounced "Weapon Echhs" either, but as "Weapon TEN" (again, "X" being the Roman numeral for "10"). THAT, in itself, was mind-staggering enough to those of us who had been pronouncing it "Weapon Echhs" all these years, but THEN, to have it revealed (still in the aforementioned running footnote/sidebar metatextual commentary - stay with me here) that IN ACTUAL FACT, Professor Xavier had meant to create a team of mutants known as the "Ten-Men" (his idea being that he could find 10 mutants to fill out the team ranks), but had tried to be clever and used the Roman numeral X as the designation for the number of mutants in the team. Well, obviously he did not succeed in finding his ten suitable mutants for the team, and gave up after finding only five. Since everybody was already calling his mutant team "The Echhs-Men", he just let them think he meant the English letter of the alphabet X, and not the Roman numeral, all along. This is the kind of shocking revelation that totally rewrites TOHOTMU (that's The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, in case you haven't been paying attention). Oh, and there's a story in here (HOWARD THE DUCK #6, still) with both Squirrel Girl and Howard in it (and the aforementioned cyborg cat - not to be confused with Weapon II, who is a cyborg squirrel), as well. AND THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAID THAT THIS TITLE WAS NOT IMPORTANT TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!! HAH!, I say, HAH!
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 19, 2016, 10:56:58 PM
Browsing the Eisner nominees looking for more recs...


Lady Killer #1
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 20, 2016, 09:28:49 AM

What I read today 04-20:

BACK TO THE FUTURE #7 (IDW)
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #6 - Nick Spenser does an interesting job of mixing serious stuff with light comedy. Fun book.
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #4 - The best part was when Spidey and Pool went on a double date, and wound up being forced to dance in a club on stage in their underwear. You just don't see enough of that type of thing in superhero comics. PS: Deadpool was wearing his Spider-Man underpants.
HOWARD THE DUCK #6 - Case closed! Boy, does Howard love to say that, even when it really isn't. He just wants it to be true so bad. Did I mention he has a talking cyborg cat named Biggs? Well, he calls him a "robocat" but he's pretty much a cyborg.
ASTRO CITY #34 (DC/Vertigo) - I'll keep going on this as long as Kurt Busiek wants to write the thing.
TITANS HUNT #7 (of 8 ) - Oh well, might as well see how it ends now, I guess.
HYPERION #2  - this will be my last
HUCK #6 (of 6) (Image)
DONALD DUCK #379 (IDW) - Wow, I just realized all these Disney titles have 36 pages of story for $4!
GUTTER MAGIC #4 (of 4) (IDW)
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #8- Getting close to dropping this, I think.
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #5 - Getting close to dropping this, I think.
INVINCIBLE #127 (Image) - still kinda lost
SNOWFALL #3 (Image) - I think this will be my last
BLACK-EYED KIDS #1 (Aftershock)
HEARTTHROB #1 (Oni Press)
JONESY #3 (of 4) (Oni Press)

I gotta start dropping some stuff.
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Post by: invisifan on April 20, 2016, 01:40:17 PM
Injustice Year 5 #18
Huck #6
Invincible #127
Silk #7
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 20, 2016, 07:13:16 PM

What I read today 04-20:

BACK TO THE FUTURE #7 (IDW)
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #6 - Nick Spenser does an interesting job of mixing serious stuff with light comedy. Fun book.
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #4 - The best part was when Spidey and Pool went on a double date, and wound up being forced to dance in a club on stage in their underwear. You just don't see enough of that type of thing in superhero comics. PS: Deadpool was wearing his Spider-Man underpants.
HOWARD THE DUCK #6 - Case closed! Boy, does Howard love to say that, even when it really isn't. He just wants it to be true so bad. Did I mention he has a talking cyborg cat named Biggs? Well, he calls him a "robocat" but he's pretty much a cyborg.
ASTRO CITY #34 (DC/Vertigo) - I'll keep going on this as long as Kurt Busiek wants to write the thing.
TITANS HUNT #7 (of 8 ) - Oh well, might as well see how it ends now, I guess.
HYPERION #2  - this will be my last
HUCK #6 (of 6) (Image)
DONALD DUCK #379 (IDW) - Wow, I just realized all these Disney titles have 36 pages of story for $4!
GUTTER MAGIC #4 (of 4) (IDW)
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #8- Getting close to dropping this, I think.
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #5 - Getting close to dropping this, I think.
INVINCIBLE #127 (Image) - still kinda lost
SNOWFALL #3 (Image) - I think this will be my last
BLACK-EYED KIDS #1 (Aftershock)
HEARTTHROB #1 (Oni Press)
JONESY #3 (of 4) (Oni Press)

I gotta start dropping some stuff.


How did you like Huck? I read the 1st two issues and it was basically a superhero story starring an everyman.


What did you think of Heartthrob?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 20, 2016, 09:58:50 PM
Silk #1 - Kinda like a poor man's Patsy Walker instead she's working as a journalist.


Finished Lady Killer #1-5
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 21, 2016, 01:50:10 AM
How did you like Huck? I read the 1st two issues and it was basically a superhero story starring an everyman.

I like it. It has a real upbeat quality to it, unlike a lot of superhero comics. I see it as taking the original stripped-down Superman concept and crossing it with Forrest Gump.

What did you think of Heartthrob?

I don't think I'll continue on this one. I found the artwork... "interesting", not to say bad, but the artist made the protagonist character look unattractive most of the time by giving her these odd facial expressions (or maybe he's trying, but just has trouble drawing the eyes). Apart from that though, the whole thing was just kind of a drag to read, like the script was really bogged down; it was taking a long time to plow through it, and the whole thing just left me with the impression of being too depressing to really be entertaining. A fair amount of what's happening is predictable, so the fact that it takes so long for the writer to get there is kind of irksome. It's easy to imagine this being turned into a not-bad movie, though (which I'm sure they're hoping).
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Post by: BettyReggie on April 21, 2016, 11:14:17 AM
I finished Betty & Veronica Friends-Easter Annual #247. But I also read Betty & Veronica Double Digest #234 & Betty & Veronica-Jumbo Comics #242 & Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala. I read each of those for 12 minutes.
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Post by: invisifan on April 21, 2016, 12:16:21 PM
Finished reading through Nodwick; started Insufferable.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 21, 2016, 02:22:59 PM
Not really a comic, but I'm reading "The Gremlins" by Roald Dahl (writing as 'Pegasus', with illustrations by the Walt Disney Studio) from the December 1942 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine, as reprinted in the back of The Return of the Gremlins hardcover, a Dark Horse Comics sequel to the story (which later was expanded to book form in 1943). The story (and 1943 book) was intended to form the basis of a (never-produced) Disney animated movie. Roald Dahl wrote it when he was in the RAF, still a young man in his twenties. He later went on to write such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches (all of which have been made into films). These Gremlins have nothing whatsoever to do with the popular 1980s film directed by Joe Dante. Also in the back of the hardcover are some reprints of short comic strips by Walt Kelly from WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES from 1942 and 1943.
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Post by: GingerGal on April 21, 2016, 02:41:11 PM
The last Archie I read was Archie #7.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 22, 2016, 12:14:34 AM
Finished RETURN OF THE GREMLINS (the comic sequel portion which is the main part of the book) and THE NEW ENGLAND LIFE OF CARTOONIST BOB MONTANA.
Started ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER COMICS 1946-1948 (50 pages or so), and ARCHIE GIANT COMICS COLLECTION (also 50 pages or so).
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Post by: GingerGal on April 22, 2016, 07:09:45 AM
This A.M. before school I read Jughead #5
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 22, 2016, 11:38:05 AM
This morning:
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These CRIMINAL specials are a great standalone story (last year's pictured below). There are pages from a 1970s B&W retro comic interspersed and paralleling events of the main story. Brubaker and Phillips are to comics what Quentin Tarantino is to films.


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Post by: GingerGal on April 22, 2016, 03:48:00 PM
Reading Jughead #4 and Archie #5.
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 23, 2016, 06:12:07 PM
Loving Rachel Rising so far. It fills the "good but creepy story" vibe while I wait between issues of Harrow County. I don't usually like black and white but the art is so good. When she was walking through the forest I could practically hear the leaves crunching (without those sound effect words).
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Post by: GingerGal on April 23, 2016, 06:15:56 PM
Went back to the beginning with the new Jughead and read #1 again. I really like that story line.
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 23, 2016, 06:52:54 PM
Henchgirl #5 and 6 - Don't really get this comic. She's superglueing this guy back together and I have no idea where he came from and in the next issue she's kidnapped??
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Post by: GingerGal on April 23, 2016, 06:57:10 PM
I now going onto the new Jughead #2. By the end of the day I am going to read all 5 of them again.
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 23, 2016, 07:11:47 PM
Princeless Make Yourself #1 - not as good of a series as Vol 1 and 2 and the Raven books
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Post by: GingerGal on April 23, 2016, 07:28:57 PM
Now onto the new Jughead #3. I tell ya every time I read this story over I find new things in it.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 23, 2016, 07:36:46 PM
Henchgirl #5 and 6 - Don't really get this comic. She's superglueing this guy back together and I have no idea where he came from and in the next issue she's kidnapped??


He was in previous issues. This is where it probably helps not to have such big gaps between reading issues. I really think those first six read much better if you read them back-to-back (or eventually, as a graphic novel, print or digital version).


1. He has a really dumb superpower, able to leave his body but his body then becomes immobile and brittle, and when the bad guys figure this out they smash him like a glass statue.


2. She's "kidnapped" by the same gang of which she's supposed to be a lowly henchgirl, when they finally figure out that it was SHE that really betrayed the gang. In fact, they ascertain this for sure by tricking her into holding a magical gem which requires the holder to only speak the truth, and then they just ask her point blank. She's unable to lie about it until after she isn't holding the gem, so they are now treating her as a prisoner and an enemy superhero.
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Post by: GingerGal on April 23, 2016, 08:06:59 PM
The new Jughead #4 is next up for me right now.
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Post by: BettyReggie on April 24, 2016, 07:14:04 AM
I read some digital comics
Reggie & Me
Betty's Garden Variety
Archie & Friends-Love Is Blind
Cheryl Blossom-High School Royalty
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 24, 2016, 12:14:22 PM
When I woke up I reread the new Archie #1 & 2. Now I am about to reread #3.
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Post by: irishmoxie on April 24, 2016, 03:50:58 PM
When I woke up I reread the new Archie #1 & 2. Now I am about to reread #3.


Out of curiosity do you just have the regular covers for Archie and Jughead? If you have any variants, which ones?
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Post by: GingerGal on April 24, 2016, 04:18:21 PM
When I woke up I reread the new Archie #1 & 2. Now I am about to reread #3.


Out of curiosity do you just have the regular covers for Archie and Jughead? If you have any variants, which ones?
I mostly have the regular covers because that is what they order at the comic shop I get them at. You have to special order a variant if you want that.

Archie #1: Regular Cover
Archie #2: Regular Cover
Archie #3: Variant Cover(Stuart Immonen)
Archie #4: Variant Cover(Mahmud Asrar)
Archie#5: Regular Cover
Archie #6: Variant Cover(Marguerite Sauvage)
Archie #7: Regular Cover

Jughead #1: Regular Cover
Jughead #2: Regular Cover
Jughead #3: Variant Cover(Ty Templeton)
Jughead #4: Regular Cover
Jughead #5: Variant Cover(Thomas Pitilli)
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Post by: BettyReggie on April 24, 2016, 08:23:29 PM
I'm going read each of for 15 minutes.
🎉 Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash 🎉
🎉 The Best Of Archie Comics-Starring Betty & Veronica 🎉
🎉 The Best Of Archie Comics-75 Years 75 Stories 🎉
🎉 Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration 🎉
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Post by: GingerGal on April 24, 2016, 08:37:33 PM
I have read the new Archie #1-6. I've only got #7 left to go.
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Post by: invisifan on April 24, 2016, 09:52:47 PM
Just got this issue of Millie the Model it was 10 dollars pretty good condition a few small rips
Wonder how much it's actually going for

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Also she looks like a Cyclops from side view lol
I was just thinking “cyclops” myself …
as for value … a lot of factors come into place including subject evaluation of condition — based on the picture & your description I’d say it rates around “good” from a dealers viewer — maybe a little less if the dealer was buying, or a bit more based on age and generosity … 2 years ago that would be about $8US and while some thing go up, it’s not by that much, and Millie in particular wouldn’t have seen a huge change in value in that period (I could check for sure tomorrow if you want though) …
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Post by: GingerGal on April 24, 2016, 10:14:47 PM
I did complete my reading task for the weekend by rereading all 7 of the new Archie comics and also all 5 of the new Jughead comics. I can't wait till next month and the new ones come out for both of them.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 25, 2016, 12:58:14 AM
Just got this issue of Millie the Model it was 10 dollars pretty good condition a few small rips
Wonder how much it's actually going for

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Also she looks like a Cyclops from side view lol
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The early-to-mid 1960s MILLIEs are cool, but I don't like them as much as the older ones (1950s, largely the work of Dan DeCarlo, but those are hard to come by in better condition), or the ones from after 1967, when MILLIE got "retro-booted" back to being a teen humor comic. But any of them are good; I just like the ones where the stories are more cartoony/funny than soap-opera/drama better.

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Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 25, 2016, 07:22:46 AM
I read
🏯 🎰 🚲 Cheryl Blossom #1 & #2 & #3 & #4 & #5 & #9 & #10 & #22 & #23 Cheryl Blossom #3-Special.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 25, 2016, 07:30:54 AM
Re-reading Harrow County. I just love this series. The writing and art fit perfectly together.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 25, 2016, 11:04:59 AM
Re-reading Harrow County. I just love this series. The writing and art fit perfectly together.


What's it about?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 25, 2016, 11:58:58 AM
Re-reading Harrow County. I just love this series. The writing and art fit perfectly together.


What's it about?

It's kinda like Sabrina ;) but more of a mystery. I first read it without knowing the plot and I think it's better this way. The art is watercolors which adds to the mystery. The writer is Cullen Bunn. Usually I care more about the art than the writing but the writing is really strong in this like a novel.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 26, 2016, 06:01:58 AM
I read
🌹 Cheryl Blossom #11 & #24
🍁 Archie 3000 #14
I also read
☔ Archie's Favorite High School Comics
🎤 Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash
🔆Archie Giant Comics Collection
🌃 Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #234
⚓ Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics #233
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 26, 2016, 06:13:07 PM
Just started reading Life With Archie #16. It is the one where Kevin gets married.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 26, 2016, 06:23:30 PM
I finished reading ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER COMICS 1946-1948. That was really good. Today I got ARCHIE'S PAL JUGHEAD ARCHIVES VOL. 1 hardcover from Dark Horse Comics, which reprints the first 8 issues from 1949-1951, so (after reading this week's current releases) that is what I'll probably be getting into next. After I finish that I plan to get the next ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER COMICS hardcover volume from IDW, which covers the years 1960-1963 (don't ask me why they skipped 1949 through 1959).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 26, 2016, 06:41:50 PM
Finished Life With Archie #16 and it was very good. Now I am going to read another story about Kevin Keller in Veronica #202. I think it is the first ever appearance of Kevin.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 26, 2016, 09:24:31 PM
I read
📖 Lumberjanes #25
📖 Jem & The Holograms #14
📖 Invincible #127
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 26, 2016, 09:53:42 PM
I finished Veronica #202 and now onto Veronica #205 both digital freebies on the app before I go to bed.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 27, 2016, 12:05:19 AM
This week's comics for me:
SQUADRON SUPREME #6
RICK AND MORTY # 13
JACKED #6 (of 6)
HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. 1953: BEYOND THE FENCES #3 (of 3)
BILL AND TED GO TO HELL #3 (of 4)
3 DEVILS #2 (of 4)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #49
DARK KNIGHT III: MASTER RACE #4 (of 8 )
MICRONAUTS #1
BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. #5 (of 6)
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW #1 (of 4)
LORDS OF THE JUNGLE #2 (of 6)
GODZILLA: OBLIVION #2 (of 5)
LOST IN SPACE #2
VELVET #14
SIMPSONS COMICS #228
PATSY WALKER A.K.A. HELLCAT #5
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 27, 2016, 07:36:01 AM
So I also noticed with the Life With Archie comic I just read that they had one where where Archie Marries Veronica and one where Archie Mariies Betty. The story line is very similar in ways as it remains that Kevin is getting married, but in Archie Marries Veronica, Betty is with Reggie. It is kind of weird but I somehow like the two different angles.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 27, 2016, 08:25:55 AM
So I also noticed with the Life With Archie comic I just read that they had one where where Archie Marries Veronica and one where Archie Mariies Betty. The story line is very similar in ways as it remains that Kevin is getting married, but in Archie Marries Veronica, Betty is with Reggie. It is kind of weird but I somehow like the two different angles.


I'm surprised you were able to figure out what was going on, without knowing too much about the story beforehand, given that this was an issue from the middle of the 37-issue run. I read the whole thing in trade paperback from beginning to end (6 volumes) and there were times I couldn't keep straight what was happening with each character in which story.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 27, 2016, 09:05:12 AM
So I also noticed with the Life With Archie comic I just read that they had one where where Archie Marries Veronica and one where Archie Mariies Betty. The story line is very similar in ways as it remains that Kevin is getting married, but in Archie Marries Veronica, Betty is with Reggie. It is kind of weird but I somehow like the two different angles.


I'm surprised you were able to figure out what was going on, without knowing too much about the story beforehand, given that this was an issue from the middle of the 37-issue run. I read the whole thing in trade paperback from beginning to end (6 volumes) and there were times I couldn't keep straight what was happening with each character in which story.
It was hard. They had this little description of the major relationships going on in the story before you got into the actual comic. That helped a little bit. I actually liked the Veronica comics I read much better though.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 27, 2016, 09:19:53 AM
I read Archie Volume #1 which has both Staples & Fish issues & Archie-The Married Life- Book #5 for 15 minutes each.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 27, 2016, 10:19:55 AM
So I also noticed with the Life With Archie comic I just read that they had one where where Archie Marries Veronica and one where Archie Mariies Betty. The story line is very similar in ways as it remains that Kevin is getting married, but in Archie Marries Veronica, Betty is with Reggie. It is kind of weird but I somehow like the two different angles.


I'm surprised you were able to figure out what was going on, without knowing too much about the story beforehand, given that this was an issue from the middle of the 37-issue run. I read the whole thing in trade paperback from beginning to end (6 volumes) and there were times I couldn't keep straight what was happening with each character in which story.
It was hard. They had this little description of the major relationships going on in the story before you got into the actual comic. That helped a little bit. I actually liked the Veronica comics I read much better though.


That reminds me, re-reading the entire The Married Life series has been on my to-do list forever. I want to read it through the second time by just reading "Archie Marries Betty" from beginning to end, and then "Archie Marries Veronica" from beginning to end - instead of reading one chapter of each alternating back and forth (the way it appeared in LIFE WITH ARCHIE). I wonder if it will make more, or less, sense that way.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 27, 2016, 11:09:54 AM
So I also noticed with the Life With Archie comic I just read that they had one where where Archie Marries Veronica and one where Archie Mariies Betty. The story line is very similar in ways as it remains that Kevin is getting married, but in Archie Marries Veronica, Betty is with Reggie. It is kind of weird but I somehow like the two different angles.


I'm surprised you were able to figure out what was going on, without knowing too much about the story beforehand, given that this was an issue from the middle of the 37-issue run. I read the whole thing in trade paperback from beginning to end (6 volumes) and there were times I couldn't keep straight what was happening with each character in which story.
It was hard. They had this little description of the major relationships going on in the story before you got into the actual comic. That helped a little bit. I actually liked the Veronica comics I read much better though.


That reminds me, re-reading the entire The Married Life series has been on my to-do list forever. I want to read it through the second time by just reading "Archie Marries Betty" from beginning to end, and then "Archie Marries Veronica" from beginning to end - instead of reading one chapter of each alternating back and forth (the way it appeared in LIFE WITH ARCHIE). I wonder if it will make more, or less, sense that way.
I think that would be the much easier way to understand it reading it the way you said you were going to reread it. Wow that sentence didn't make much sense.  ;D
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 27, 2016, 01:48:26 PM
I keep meaning to read Life With Archie for the first time but keep getting bogged down with how depressing it is and never finish the first volume.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 27, 2016, 03:00:43 PM
The Archie Digital App came out with 3 more FREE comics so I am going to read Veronica #183. This one it looks like Veronica is going to be running for President.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: GingerGal on April 27, 2016, 09:32:58 PM
Finished Veronica #183 and now I am going to read Veronica #199 where it looks like Veronica meets American President Obama.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 28, 2016, 03:16:55 AM
I keep meaning to read Life With Archie for the first time but keep getting bogged down with how depressing it is and never finish the first volume.

For me, I think it helped that The Married Life was my (re-)introduction to Archie. The long and drawn out storyline, with its convoluted soap-opera subplots and dire circumstances, is very common in the ongoing Marvel and DC titles (where there's always some new lurking menace or personal problem looming in the background). LIFE WITH ARCHIE seemed designed purposefully to attract readers who were long used to that kind of storytelling in comics.

On the plus side, you knew that these depressing circumstances were merely what you get when you emerge from the relative safety and carefree years of high school into adult life, and, being sequestered off in 'possible future' timelines, there was no chance of any of that seeping into the traditional classic Archie stories which were strictly episodic sitcoms. Here they were able to explore some situations and cater to fanboy/fangirl fantasies that couldn't be dealt with in the traditional style stories, where real change can never be allowed to accumulate.

It seems that ACP's takeaway from the publishing experience of LWA was to reboot Archie in his high school days, and add the longer continuing storyline with subplot elements of teenage angst and soap-opera dramatics (whether that be the breakup of a longtime relationship, or an evil Principal taking over the school), so if it doesn't bother you there, I don't see why it would bother you to see them as adults with problems in a 'possible future' setting. If you had said you didn't care for it because there were too many science-fictional elements in the story, that I could probably understand.

Now, the problem I have with the New Riverdale titles isn't their mere existence, for an audience that wants to purchase an "Archie variant", in the same way that LIFE WITH ARCHIE or AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE are "variant Archies". For me, it's "eh... been there, done that". That's all well and good, if what they were doing was merely expanding the audience by adding new options for types of Archie products, variants that would appeal to different audience demographic segments. The problem I have with it is that every indication is that the intention of ACP is to seed and fertilize the NEW garden of New Riverdale titles, while they let the OLD garden of Classic Archie wither and die out. All the resources are being diverted over there, and away from Classic Archie. It's not an Archie alternative, it's an Archie replacement.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 28, 2016, 11:39:52 AM
I keep meaning to read Life With Archie for the first time but keep getting bogged down with how depressing it is and never finish the first volume.

For me, I think it helped that The Married Life was my (re-)introduction to Archie. The long and drawn out storyline, with its convoluted soap-opera subplots and dire circumstances, is very common in the ongoing Marvel and DC titles (where there's always some new lurking menace or personal problem looming in the background). LIFE WITH ARCHIE seemed designed purposefully to attract readers who were long used to that kind of storytelling in comics.

On the plus side, you knew that these depressing circumstances were merely what you get when you emerge from the relative safety and carefree years of high school into adult life, and, being sequestered off in 'possible future' timelines, there was no chance of any of that seeping into the traditional classic Archie stories which were strictly episodic sitcoms. Here they were able to explore some situations and cater to fanboy/fangirl fantasies that couldn't be dealt with in the traditional style stories, where real change can never be allowed to accumulate.

It seems that ACP's takeaway from the publishing experience of LWA was to reboot Archie in his high school days, and add the longer continuing storyline with subplot elements of teenage angst and soap-opera dramatics (whether that be the breakup of a longtime relationship, or an evil Principal taking over the school), so if it doesn't bother you there, I don't see why it would bother you to see them as adults with problems in a 'possible future' setting. If you had said you didn't care for it because there were too many science-fictional elements in the story, that I could probably understand.

Now, the problem I have with the New Riverdale titles isn't their mere existence, for an audience that wants to purchase an "Archie variant", in the same way that LIFE WITH ARCHIE or AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE are "variant Archies". For me, it's "eh... been there, done that". That's all well and good, if what they were doing was merely expanding the audience by adding new options for types of Archie products, variants that would appeal to different audience demographic segments. The problem I have with it is that every indication is that the intention of ACP is to seed and fertilize the NEW garden of New Riverdale titles, while they let the OLD garden of Classic Archie wither and die out. All the resources are being diverted over there, and away from Classic Archie. It's not an Archie alternative, it's an Archie replacement.

ACP will probably go bankrupt if the TV show fails. They don't have unlimited money to devote to keeping multiple Archie universes going at the same time.

I can handle teen drama because it's pretty petty and doesn't really affect the world. LWA was too realistic for me. I have to be in a certain kind of mood to read it when there isn't a lot of stress going on in my own life. Same reason I don't read Saga a lot even though whether that comic is realistic is debatable. I read comics for escapism.

I'm curious to what other comics you consider to be similar to the new Riverdale. I might be interested in reading them.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 28, 2016, 03:33:01 PM
I read
Cheryl Blossom #18 & #19 & & #20 & #25 & #26 & Cheryl Blossom Special #4.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 28, 2016, 03:34:26 PM
I'm curious to what other comics you consider to be similar to the new Riverdale. I might be interested in reading them.


I've read a lot of comics, and find very little of uniqueness in the two New Riverdale books. The style of art and writing/storytelling in basically the same as in most mainstream comics, but that shouldn't be all that surprising because that's why they hired those people to write and draw them. It basically looks like those pages of a superhero comic on which no superheroes appear, and it's just people walking around, talking and doing other ordinary boring-type stuff. Other mainstream comics have other elements that make them unique that I like, but those are conceptual usually, or sometimes more character-driven, but for the most part they are illustrated adventure stories, not characters that were originally designed as funny cartoons. With Archie Comics, there's just nothing about the characters themselves and their relationships that I find that intrinsically compelling apart from the style and tone, and the way it's executed. It's just like there are a dozen different styles of Batman comic books, but I don't like them all, only certain ones, according to the style and execution of it.


I like classic Archie because it's unique and not like comics produced by any other company (although other companies DID produce this type of comics in the past, and I like those too... Millie the Model, Chili, Patsy and Hedy, Date With Debbi, Leave It To Binky, Swing With Scooter, Tippy Teen, Go-Go and Animal, and others -- plus a few new ones like Die Kitty Die and Super Suckers). I like the cartooniness, the lightheartedness, the cuteness and sweetness of them. They are "comical comics". They are candy for the eyes and for the mind in the same way bubblegum rock is candy for the ears. All that is completely gone from the New Riverdale books. I'd rather read an old issue of one of those other comics I mentioned, or an old issue of some Archie comic.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 29, 2016, 05:27:38 PM
I'm planning to read these 12 comics so I hang them on my wall.
Jem & The Holograms-Outrageous Annual
Jem & The Holograms #4 & & #9 & #10 & #13 & #14
And I also want to read Lumberjanes
Lumberjanes #3 & #9 & #11 & #12 & #13 & #14
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 29, 2016, 08:02:45 PM
I'm planning to read these 12 comics so I hang them on my wall.
Jem & The Holograms-Outrageous Annual
Jem & The Holograms #4 & & #9 & #10 & #13 & #14
And I also want to read Lumberjanes
Lumberjanes #3 & #9 & #11 & #12 & #13 & #14

Trying to find the time to reread lumberjanes from the beginning. I hope there are some Easter eggs or foreshadowing to the mysteries of the forest.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 29, 2016, 08:26:42 PM
I read each of these for 15 minutes
Bad Houses
BatGirl-BatGirl Of Burnside
Archie's Favorite High School Comics
Archie-Volume #1-Staples & Wu & Fish issues
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 30, 2016, 02:01:40 AM
Yesterday I finished reading ARCHIE'S PAL JUGHEAD ARCHIVES VOL. 1. There's a second volume of this series coming in June, and I plan to get that too. I'd love it if Dark Horse Archives produced volumes of REGGIE and ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA too. I haven't gotten any of the ARCHIE ARCHIVES volumes they did (which begin at the beginning, in 1941), but that's mainly because I have a low tolerance for the 1940s Archie stories. The quality of the art and stories seemed to vastly improve by 1949, where the first Jughead volume picks up in the chronology, plus I just find Jughead more intrinsically interesting as a character.

The exception, for me, would be Bob Montana's comic strip Archie, the first IDW volume of which (beginning with the first strip in 1946) I greatly enjoyed -- but it's worth noting that the characters at that point hadn't quite evolved into the versions that we know today. Some of their characteristics are in place right from the start, but others hadn't really begun to be emphasized yet -- notably, Veronica in the strip seems a much more benign or innocent character than she later became. Betty doesn't get a lot of focus, relatively speaking, but the strips where she does show the beginning of her character development, and even then she seems like a sweet kid. I was surprised at the number of plots (or variations on same) that I can recall seeing used in later comic book stories. Montana was a great gag writer too, and the strip format seems to showcase his strengths. His daily strips seem a lot funnier to me than the comic book stories that were being published at the same time.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on April 30, 2016, 12:19:08 PM
I read those 6 Lumberjanes issues & 6 Jem & The Holograms issues. I put them in my comic frames. I will take a picture & put it on my Twitter page.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: longtermarchie101 on April 30, 2016, 12:22:11 PM
not really any for a long time, im sorry to say, with all the new stuff they are pumping out to try and reinvent themselves that archie had died for me. instead, I have been working on my own comics, (my avatar is hand drawn) which  I plan to hopefully post some here as I promised a longgggg time ago lol :P
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on April 30, 2016, 04:57:31 PM
I caught up on a few things that have been piling up in the last month or two (but nowhere near enough).


THE THREE STOOGES #1 (American Mythology Productions) - There's an 8 page story leading off this issue, drawn by Bill Galvan. Funny, with an Archie-like feel to it. I actually liked the second story better (in terms of the writing; it had more of the feel of a real Stooges short). Not a bad first issue. I hope there will be more Bill Galvan art in future issues, as I generally preferred the look of his story to the artwork in the second one, but maybe it wouldn't have worked for that particular story as well. There were a couple of text pages in the back with some interesting fun Stooge facts that I was unaware of, such as: 1) the famous Stooge eye-poke was the invention of Shemp, who first did it to Larry during a real argument over a card game; 2) Curly's signature bit where he runs in little circles was actually an ad-lib while filming when he forgot his lines; 3) the Stooges were once nominated for an Oscar! (for the 1934 short Men In Black - they didn't win). Closing out the issue is a short story reprinted from Dell Four-Color #1170 (1961, erroneously credited as 1942).

BRUCE LEE: THE DRAGON RISES #1 (Darby Pop Publishing) - This was a bit of a disappointment. It's an all-ages comic, and normally I'd applaud that, as there never really seem to be enough of those, but in this case, that particular choice didn't really make sense. While both the writing and the artwork here are serviceable and tell the story, the whole effect is pretty underwhelming. I've read a number of martial arts genre comics (and it's a pretty small genre to begin with), and this didn't really cut it. It would have made more sense to aim this comic at the same audience that enjoys Bruce Lee's films, and dispense with the kid-friendly elements (like the kid sidekicks), and treat the whole thing on a more adult level. Bruce Lee's film fans are bound to be disappointed. The main part where this comic really drops the ball is the art in no way is good enough at displaying the martial arts action sequences. Those need to be cinematic, and convincing to look at, to persuade us that this really is Bruce Lee we're reading about here (at least a fictionalized version of Bruce Lee). They should have hired someone like Paul Gulacy to draw this, or someone of equal ability, but I guess they couldn't afford someone like that. The whole thing just feels like it's too heavily dependent on the Bruce Lee name alone to sell the comic. A certain amount of that is expected, but the follow-through here in terms of the way the story gets visually presented is lacking.

ALL-NEW CLASSIC CAPTAIN CANUCK #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) - Here's something you don't see every day. They already rebooted Captain Canuck in a series from last year which updated the character and costume, giving the identity to a new man. Now they're doing a direct follow-up to the original Captain Canuck series from the 1980s (using the original artist, George Freeman - astounding!), picking up on some unresolved plot threads that were left when that series ended. Unfortunately, it's been a while, and I didn't do my homework and re-read the old series again before getting into this, so I was a little lost on a few background points of information (memory of 1980s comics being a bit fuzzy after all this time), but nevertheless, it felt like a good read. The story picks up with the original Captain (Tom Evans) lost in time, and trying to find his way home (to the original time period where his series left off) by using an alien time-travel device that he doesn't really understand, so he has to resort to trial-and-error (the control markings aren't clear to him). It's a good looking book at any rate, and the writing and art is clear and straightforward (in the old-school style). I'll be wanting to go back and re-read it again, after I find the time to re-read the original series.

IRWIN ALLEN'S LOST IN SPACE: THE LOST ADVENTURES #1-2 (American Gothic Press) - They actually located a couple of unfilmed scripts left over when the TV series was cancelled, written by one of the show's regular scripters, Carey Wilber. The result is good, and this has the exact feel of any of the better television episodes. As I was reading the first two issues (Parts 1 & 2 of the story "The Curious Galactics"), I could easily hear the original cast's voices in my head while reading the dialogue. This would have been one of the more serious (as opposed to the sometimes silly) episodes, where John Robinson, Will, Don and the Robot are off in the Chariot, setting up some radar stations far away from the Jupiter II, and find themselves caught in an alien experiment. They don't know they're part of an experiment, and they haven't seen the aliens, but strange things are happening, and their every effort to find their way back to camp at the Jupiter II is being thwarted somehow. They need to reason out what's going on with very little in the way of clues to go on. Interesting premise, and a good story in the telling.

BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. #5 (of 6) (DC Comics) - I wasn't sure the premise of this would work, as the tone of the original shows was so different, but somehow writer Jeff Parker has made it work. He manages to work pretty much all of the major TV series villains into the story, as well as T.H.R.U.S.H. (U.N.C.L.E.'s evil opposite in the world of international espionage) and even a few bat-villains that never appeared on the TV series (including Professor Hugo Strange, who turns out to be the mysterious puppeteer manipulating both the assembed bat-villains and the forces of T.H.R.U.S.H.). The artwork is very pleasing as well. Just a really good job all around, despite my initial trepidations that it wasn't going to work, while keeping all the characters firmly in-character relative to their television counterparts.

WONDER WOMAN '77 SPECIAL #3 (DC Comics) - There are four stories in this squarebound, $8 comic book. The first two were pretty good, both in terms of story and artwork. The latter two, not so much. On average, this issue was much weaker than the first two of these specials. I'm always hoping to find a DC Comic that I can enjoy, but finding very little apart from Batman '66 and Scooby-Doo Team-Up, both of which have been consistently entertaining. This one was definitely more of a mixed bag. I'd probably enjoy this TV WW adaptation more if there was a consistent writer and artist (or at least a consistent writer).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on April 30, 2016, 06:01:35 PM
 :o  I was not aware there were Three Stooges comics. I used to watch the cartoons as a child, you know, The New Three Stooges on VHS tapes.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on April 30, 2016, 11:08:09 PM
Patsy Walker Hellcat #5 - I think I'll be dropping this series. I liked the first 3 issues but the last two have been too superhero-y for me and skewed away from the girlie stuff.

Pink Panther Classic #1 - A type of comic that is sadly lacking in the marketplace today. A nice alternative to Archie and Disney. The humor reminds me of Looney Tunes. I'll probably read this when I have nothing else to read.

Rachel Rising #4 and 5 - very spooky. Loving it so far. Reminds me a lot of

We Can Never Go Home 1-5 - really strange story. It's supposed to return this year but I don't think I'll be continuing.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 01, 2016, 03:16:28 AM
Strawberry Shortcake #1, Puss in Boots #1, Camp Midnight (preview) - had high hopes for all these and sadly disappointed. The art in Puss is nothing like the cover. The writing on these just isn't funny enough. I wish more comic writers could write comedy as well as in Die Kitty Die and Supersuckers. I like all ages but these were just too juvenile for me. I think older comics pre 1980 even though labeled for kids can also be enjoyed as adults. I think the new all ages comics they are pumping out are mostly for kids now.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 01, 2016, 05:58:26 AM
I got up early now & I'm going read these in my comfy chsir in my room.
Betty & Veronica #237
Cheryl Blossom #21 Cheryl when she goes to Hollywood #1 & #2 & #3& Cheryl Blossom those Summer issues #1 & #2 & #3
Archie #3000 #3 & #9 & #10 & #15
The New Archies #14
In a day or two I have catch up to After Life With Archie because the changed the date to May 25th for the one with Reggie on the cover.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 01, 2016, 02:07:38 PM
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 01, 2016, 03:03:35 PM
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.


I've tried reading this several times and can never get past the first issue. The writing is just bad.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 01, 2016, 04:26:06 PM
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.


I've tried reading this several times and can never get past the first issue. The writing is just bad.
Like it or hate it, it’s one for the “Crazy Betty” thread in the end …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 01, 2016, 09:25:49 PM
I'm going read each of these for 15 minutes
Archie-Jumbo Comics Digest #256
Archie-1000 Page Comics-75th Anniversary Bash
Archie-1000 Page Comics Comics Gala
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #242
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 02, 2016, 12:51:43 AM
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.


I've tried reading this several times and can never get past the first issue. The writing is just bad.
Like it or hate it, it’s one for the “Crazy Betty” thread in the end …

I'm not even sure I'm clear on what Alex DeCampi was trying to imply with that ending -- that somehow the Predator killed everyone else because he's smitten with Betty and just wants to get her away from everyone else, or protect her from those he sees as a threat to her... Cheryl and Jason, Veronica, Archie? Because she's so pretty and nice, and even an extraterrestrial hunter could see that? NOTHING about the story makes the least bit of sense, and then DeCampi is just casually tossing stuff in there like implying that you don't get to be a teenage witch without making a few sacrifices -- of the human type (enough to fill a mass grave, which just disappears along with her house into the netherworld, after she's killed) -- at least, as best as I can make things out there.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 02, 2016, 02:24:15 PM
Archie vs Predator was so weird and it made me feel a bit uncomfortable seeing my characters killed of, especially since they were drawn in the classic house style. The writing wasn't great, but that being said, I liked it  :o 
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 02, 2016, 03:48:07 PM
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.


I've tried reading this several times and can never get past the first issue. The writing is just bad.
Like it or hate it, it’s one for the “Crazy Betty” thread in the end …

I'm not even sure I'm clear on what Alex DeCampi was trying to imply with that ending -- that somehow the Predator killed everyone else because he's smitten with Betty and just wants to get her away from everyone else, or protect her from those he sees as a threat to her... Cheryl and Jason, Veronica, Archie? Because she's so pretty and nice, and even an extraterrestrial hunter could see that? NOTHING about the story makes the least bit of sense, and then DeCampi is just casually tossing stuff in there like implying that you don't get to be a teenage witch without making a few sacrifices -- of the human type (enough to fill a mass grave, which just disappears along with her house into the netherworld, after she's killed) -- at least, as best as I can make things out there.

Now you got me curious. I'll have to read this. I usually love beach/tropical stories.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 02, 2016, 07:19:14 PM
I read the comics I got at the thrift store  Archie #380 & #385 & #403 & Betty & Veronica-Summer Fun #611 & Betty & Veronica-Christmas Spectacular #580 & 629.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 02, 2016, 09:22:29 PM
some Betty and Veronica single issues from the late 90s/early 2000s as I add them to comics.org
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 02, 2016, 11:11:06 PM
Finally finished Betty and Veronica Jumbo #238... yes the orange Christmas one with the dog. Yes I'm a bit behind on digests. Was digging through some digests I had from when I was a kid and actually found Holiday Fun digest #1. Forgot I had that.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 03, 2016, 07:19:01 AM
Just binged through Grace Randolph’s Supurbia …  :buck2:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 03, 2016, 06:26:36 PM
I read some Little Lulu stories  :D
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 03, 2016, 07:00:50 PM
Did anyone read GOLDIE VANCE from a few weeks ago? It's a Boom comic (#1 of 4) by Hope Larson (haven't read any of her previous stuff) and Brittney Williams (who draws Marvel's new PATSY WALKER comic). Not sure what it's about, but it looks like it might be some Nancy Drew-type mystery solving thing. I'm going to give it a try later and see if I like it.

Gotta read PATSY WALKER #5 from last week first, though...
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 03, 2016, 07:15:53 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
📖 Archie's Funhouse Comics Double Digest #13
📖 Archie & Jughead Jumbo Comics Digest #15
📖 World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #48
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 03, 2016, 08:32:21 PM
Yesterday I read JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #1, 2, 8, and 9.
Today I read PATSY WALKER a.k.a. HELLCAT #5, SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #16 and GOLDIE VANCE #1.
I like the art in GOLDIE, and the story was alright I guess, but doesn't really compel me to keep reading the title.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 03, 2016, 09:12:57 PM
I have to catch up on reading my digital comics. I'm going read Sunstone-Volume #4 and maybe a few more digital comics.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 03, 2016, 10:00:00 PM
Did anyone read GOLDIE VANCE from a few weeks ago? It's a Boom comic (#1 of 4) by Hope Larson (haven't read any of her previous stuff) and Brittney Williams (who draws Marvel's new PATSY WALKER comic). Not sure what it's about, but it looks like it might be some Nancy Drew-type mystery solving thing. I'm going to give it a try later and see if I like it.

Gotta read PATSY WALKER #5 from last week first, though...


I've read both of these. The art in Goldie was very cute. The story was like you said very Nancy Drew and ok enough. I'll support it because it's one of the few girlie comics. I especially like the Florida setting. Most comics seem to be set in NYC or big cities.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 03, 2016, 11:17:26 PM
More Betty and Veronicas. Ran across an issue where Victor Gorelick mentions 9/11. I'm still convinced he made a cameo in Die Kitty Die #3. Also there really are tons of Canadian fans, evidenced by how much fan art they send in.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 04, 2016, 06:10:45 PM
I read Deadly Class #20 & Archie #385 & #415 & World Of Archie #6.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 04, 2016, 07:53:36 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #15
The Best Of Archie Comics -75 Years 75 Stories
Archie-1000 Page Comics-75th Anniversary Bash
Betty & Veronica-Comics Double Digest #232
Betty & Veronica-Comics Double Digest #234
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 04, 2016, 07:59:47 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #15
The Best Of Archie Comics -75 Years 75 Stories
Archie-1000 Page Comics-75th Anniversary Bash
Betty & Veronica-Comics Double Digest #232
Betty & Veronica-Comics Double Digest #234

How's the 75th anniversary bash? Does it have lots of old stories?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 04, 2016, 09:02:09 PM
It has new & old stories. But I'm read it again soon.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 04, 2016, 11:18:42 PM
reading some She's Josie stories from the early issues of the World of Archie digests. I didn't realize they reprinted almost complete issues of She's Josie in each digest sort of in order. They could easily put out an anthology of these, even digitally.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 05, 2016, 12:19:02 AM
Space Battle Lunchtime #1 - very cute adventure story. Reminds me a bit of Adventure Time and Monsters Inc. More of a taste than a complete story. Hopefully issue #2 is longer.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 05, 2016, 04:12:44 AM
reading some She's Josie stories from the early issues of the World of Archie digests. I didn't realize they reprinted almost complete issues of She's Josie in each digest sort of in order. They could easily put out an anthology of these, even digitally.

I remember when we had the thread on DE collections I listed the contents of the SHE'S JOSIE digital exclusive collection. That reprints all the Josie stories (because the early ones were issue-long stories) from She's Josie # 1, 8, 9, 10, and 13. Wouldn't surprise me too much to find out they'd all been reprinted earlier in issues of WOADD. Do you find any stories from issues #2-7, 11 or 12 in those early World of Archie digests?

Here's that listing again -

She's JOSIE: Before the Pussycats
    124 pages        Dec. 2013

1-I    "A Gym Dandy"    8    JOSIE #1    Feb. 1963    Josie and Pepper try to get Alex to exercise.
1-II    "Neat Workers"    6    JOSIE #1    Feb. 1963    Josie's dad tells her to clean out the garage.
1-III    "Muscle Hustle"    5    JOSIE #1    Feb. 1963    Josie and Pepper are still trying to get the boys to exercise.
1-IV    "Track Down"    6    JOSIE #1    Feb. 1963    Melody succeeds where Josie failed.
                   
2-I    "The Unhappy Hero"    8    JOSIE #8    Sept. 1964    Alexander inadvertently saves Albert's life.
2-II    "Saved By The Belle"    6    JOSIE #8    Sept. 1964    Alex tries to escape from Albert with Josie.
2-III    "And Away We Go"    5    JOSIE #8    Sept. 1964    At the beach, Albert follows Alex everywhere.
2-IV    "Happy Ending"    5    JOSIE #8    Sept. 1964    Alex just can't help being a hero.
                   
3-I    "You're The Tops"    8    JOSIE #9    Oct. 1964    The gang collect box tops to win a prize.
3-II    "A Run For Your Money"    6    JOSIE #9    Oct. 1964    At the World's Fair, Alex drops his wallet and tries to get it back.
3-III    "Fair Play"    5    JOSIE #9    Oct. 1964    The gang wastes the day trying to help Alex recover his wallet.
3-IV    "Cereal Story"    5    JOSIE #9    Oct. 1964    Filling a swimming pool with Crispy Crunchies pays off for the gang.
                   
4-I    "Team Spirit"    8    JOSIE #10    Dec. 1964    The girls want to help the school football team.
4-II    "No Help Wanted"    6    JOSIE #10    Dec. 1964    Melody recruits a new player - Jinx Malloy.
4-III    "Sideline Stars"    5    JOSIE #10    Dec. 1964    Melody becomes a cheerleader - for the opposing team.
4-IV    "The Last Man"    5    JOSIE #10    Dec. 1964    Coach is so desperate, he takes Albert off the bench.
                   
5-I    "The Schemers"    8    JOSIE #13    Jun. 1965    Albert and Alexandra conspire to break up Josie's date with Alex.
5-II    "The Dreamers"    6    JOSIE #13    Jun. 1965    Alexandra dons a rocket pack!
5-III    "Now You See It"    5    JOSIE #13    Jun. 1965    Melody has her eye on a new boy who needs glasses.
5-IV    "Now You Don't"    5    JOSIE #13    Jun. 1965    Melody enjoys being fought over.



Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 05, 2016, 04:20:59 AM
Space Battle Lunchtime #1 - very cute adventure story. Reminds me a bit of Adventure Time and Monsters Inc. More of a taste than a complete story. Hopefully issue #2 is longer.

I will check that one out next week.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 05, 2016, 07:53:03 AM
reading some She's Josie stories from the early issues of the World of Archie digests. I didn't realize they reprinted almost complete issues of She's Josie in each digest sort of in order. They could easily put out an anthology of these, even digitally.

I remember when we had the thread on DE collections I listed the contents of the SHE'S JOSIE digital exclusive collection. That reprints all the Josie stories (because the early ones were issue-long stories) from She's Josie # 1, 8, 9, 10, and 13. Wouldn't surprise me too much to find out they'd all been reprinted earlier in issues of WOADD. Do you find any stories from issues #2-7, 11 or 12 in those early World of Archie digests?

Here's that listing again -

She's JOSIE: Before the Pussycats
    124 pages        Dec. 2013

1-I    "A Gym Dandy"    8    JOSIE #1    Feb. 1963    Josie and Pepper try to get Alex to exercise.
1-II    "Neat Workers"    6    JOSIE #1    Feb. 1963    Josie's dad tells her to clean out the garage.
1-III    "Muscle Hustle"    5    JOSIE #1    Feb. 1963    Josie and Pepper are still trying to get the boys to exercise.
1-IV    "Track Down"    6    JOSIE #1    Feb. 1963    Melody succeeds where Josie failed.
                   
2-I    "The Unhappy Hero"    8    JOSIE #8    Sept. 1964    Alexander inadvertently saves Albert's life.
2-II    "Saved By The Belle"    6    JOSIE #8    Sept. 1964    Alex tries to escape from Albert with Josie.
2-III    "And Away We Go"    5    JOSIE #8    Sept. 1964    At the beach, Albert follows Alex everywhere.
2-IV    "Happy Ending"    5    JOSIE #8    Sept. 1964    Alex just can't help being a hero.
                   
3-I    "You're The Tops"    8    JOSIE #9    Oct. 1964    The gang collect box tops to win a prize.
3-II    "A Run For Your Money"    6    JOSIE #9    Oct. 1964    At the World's Fair, Alex drops his wallet and tries to get it back.
3-III    "Fair Play"    5    JOSIE #9    Oct. 1964    The gang wastes the day trying to help Alex recover his wallet.
3-IV    "Cereal Story"    5    JOSIE #9    Oct. 1964    Filling a swimming pool with Crispy Crunchies pays off for the gang.
                   
4-I    "Team Spirit"    8    JOSIE #10    Dec. 1964    The girls want to help the school football team.
4-II    "No Help Wanted"    6    JOSIE #10    Dec. 1964    Melody recruits a new player - Jinx Malloy.
4-III    "Sideline Stars"    5    JOSIE #10    Dec. 1964    Melody becomes a cheerleader - for the opposing team.
4-IV    "The Last Man"    5    JOSIE #10    Dec. 1964    Coach is so desperate, he takes Albert off the bench.
                   
5-I    "The Schemers"    8    JOSIE #13    Jun. 1965    Albert and Alexandra conspire to break up Josie's date with Alex.
5-II    "The Dreamers"    6    JOSIE #13    Jun. 1965    Alexandra dons a rocket pack!
5-III    "Now You See It"    5    JOSIE #13    Jun. 1965    Melody has her eye on a new boy who needs glasses.
5-IV    "Now You Don't"    5    JOSIE #13    Jun. 1965    Melody enjoys being fought over.


I'm adding these to comics.org as I go but so far I've read She's Josie issues #1, 2, 3, and 5 and they skip around like 1, 2, 5, 7, 3 or something like that in the early WOA digests. And they reprint pretty much the whole issue except some 1 pagers like Lil Jinx so you're not missing much. They even reprinted some of the fashion pages.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 05, 2016, 10:13:04 AM
I'm adding these to comics.org as I go but so far I've read She's Josie issues #1, 2, 3, and 5 and they skip around like 1, 2, 5, 7, 3 or something like that in the early WOA digests. And they reprint pretty much the whole issue except some 1 pagers like Lil Jinx so you're not missing much. They even reprinted some of the fashion pages.


Those early issues of She's Josie (at least the first 10, but maybe some beyond that) are unusual for Archie Comics (except the "Archie Adventure" line) of the early 1960s, in that they're issue-length stories, broken down into four chapters. In some of them, each chapter focuses on a different incident that happens on a given day, but it's clear that they're connected and should be read in order, unlike the typical Archie Comics of the time, which were merely anthologies of unrelated short stories. Other issues of JOSIE (like the World's Fair story in #9) are more like a cohesive epic, but even in that one, most of the actual action at the World's Fair happens in the middle 2 chapters, while chapters 1 and 4 are like short stories within a longer story; chapter 1 focuses entirely on the gang trying to collect cereal box tops to win a prize.


Occasionally, in a title like LIFE WITH ARCHIE, you might have a 13-page story broken down into two parts (or rarely, as many as four, filling the entire issue), but that may have been the only exception for titles featuring Archie (not LITTLE ARCHIE, where the extended story seemed to be the preferred format as well). But it's clear to me from reading JOSIE that the title was aimed at a slightly older audience than the average Archie comic book. That sort of thing went away -- I'm not clear on exactly when it disappeared, but by the time the Pussycats were introduced in #45, it was a thing of the past, and the individual stories within a JOSIE comic were unrelated to each other, like other Archie comic books.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 05, 2016, 05:47:58 PM
Today I read a couple of digests and some old Archie comics I found at my local comic shop the other day.

JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #10 - A new lead story by Fernando Ruiz (love his Jughead stories) has Mr. Jones reading to Jughead from a book about their family history. Jughead is pretty dubious about the truth of what he tells him about those ancestors, though. One of his ancestors is Sir Jugalot (from JUGHEAD'S FANTASY #1) which was a neat touch, I thought. Fernando always seems to work those little bits of business into a story as sort of a little nugget for sharp-eyed readers in the know. The end of the story had Mrs. Jones cracking a joke which seems to confirm Jughead's suspicions about the veracity of Jonesy's claims about their ancestry.

Next I'm going to read #15, which has the new lead story "Souphead Du Jour" (another Fernando story). I love how he always works the old characters (like Souphead or Uncle Herman) into a story. Every issue of JUGHEAD & FRIENDS has a reprint section of THAT WILKIN BOY stories, which is always something I look forward to. Most of them have Rex Lindsey Jughead stories in them, as well, but #10 and #15 didn't. There's always a bunch of Samm Schwartz Jughead stories too (because there are so many to pick from) but the selection of those is usually pretty good. Occasionally, I'll even spot a Dan DeCarlo Jughead story in one of these digests. The Bingo Wilkin reprints and the new Fernando Ruiz Jughead stories are the main attractions here for me, and what motivated me to try to collect this entire series of 38 issues, but having a bunch of choice Rex Lindsey reprints sure doesn't hurt either.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #243 - This came in the mail today, and as soon as I got back from the mailbox, I sat down to read it. The first thing I noticed is that (like the last World of Archie digest I got) they seem to have done away with the title pages for the special character sections. This issue didn't have a title page for the Sabrina or Little Archie sections, and the last WOA digest didn't have a title page for the Life With Archie and Archie 1 sections. I sort of got used to having those, because they made those sections that much easier to find, but whatever, I guess. (I didn't count the pages, so I don't know if the loss of those title pages results in an extra story page being included instead, or if they were replaced by ads.)

One good thing is that the Sabrina section continues to reprint the excellent series of stories by Bill Golliher and Holly G. This issue reprints "Charm School" which introduces Lilith, a mean teenage witch (and also the daughter of Head Witch Enchantra) who's a rival for Sabrina as she begins attending Charm School. Sabrina's also reunited with her old friend Llandra (from South America; she's the daughter of a shaman) whom she first met when they were children attending 'Camp Nether-Nether Land'. Aunt Zelda (who's quite the cutie in this series of stories) is continuing her quest to find a suitable husband before the deadline of a year passes when she'll lose her powers, and in this story she gets cozy with Headmaster Headstone, who administers the Charm School. I sure wish this series of stories by Golliher and Holly G could have gone on for another 40 issues, instead of being replaced by the manga Sabrina (*sigh*). Zelda and Hilda next have a dating dilemma where they need to be in two places to double date - at the Charm School Reunion dance, and at a Greendale High Faculty Award Night, so they zap Sabrina and Salem into dopplegangers of themselves and send them to Greendale to double-date Sabrina's teacher Mr. Hastings and his twin brother Max (AWKWARD...!!) so that they can both go to the Charm School Reunion.

Oops, I need to backtrack and talk about the new lead story in this issue (SPOILERS -- DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DON'T WANT THE STORY RUINED), "Hooray For Bollywood!" - the latest (and what looks to be the final, for now anyway) chapter of "The Many Loves of Archie Andrews" featuring ARCHIE & AMISHA & RAJ (okay, it doesn't say "Raj", but guess who winds up stealing Archie's thunder in this story?). Archie is more gluttonous when it comes to girls than Jughead is when it comes to food. It's not enough that he's got BOTH Betty AND Veronica wrapped around his little finger, but he's got to supplement that with dating Valerie Smith, Sabrina Spellman, Amisha Mehta, Ginger Lopez, and every other hot girl who's ever appeared in a story more than twice?!? Geez, buddy, leave a few for the other guys!! Sheesh! (All right, what did I expect from a series titled "The Many Loves of Archie Andrews"... but I'd still rather see a series called "The Many Loves of Betty and Veronica"...) But Archie loses Amisha to Raj in this story... so YAY!! It might have helped Raj's image a little if he hadn't been portrayed in this story as so utterly clueless, but at least there was a happy ending. (Any story where Archie loses has a happy ending). Dan Parent does it again!! Okay, a bit spoilerish in a "Darth Vader is Luke's father??" sorta way, but you'll still have to read the story to see what actually happens. (I hope I didn't just ruin The Empire Strikes Back for someone there... but if you haven't seen it by now, it's your own fault.)

If you like Jeff Shultz's art on B&V stories (and who doesn't?), then you'll LOVE this digest. There are EIGHT of them in this issue, plus a few single-page gag strips by him. Plus of course a couple of Dan DeCarlo stories (and a classic Betty pin-up page), a couple of Dan Jr. and Jim DeCarlo stories, a few Dan Parent stories, and a few Stan Goldberg stories. (Plus a couple of Bob Bolling "Little Veronica" and "Little Betty" stories, if you're into that kinda thing.)

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Now I'm too written-out to comment on the old Archie comics I read, so I'll just list them.

ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #61 (Sept. 1978)

LAUGH #21 (June 1990)

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #28 (Oct. 1975)

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #57 (Dec. 1979)

BETTY AND VERONICA #66 (Aug. 1993)

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #195 (July 1978)

JUGHEAD #281 (Oct. 1978)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 05, 2016, 07:15:43 PM
Wow you write a lot, you don't get tired.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 05, 2016, 08:14:29 PM
Wow you write a lot, you don't get tired.

Maybe he has a dictophone but I suspect he's just a fast typist.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 05, 2016, 09:32:17 PM
Oops, I need to backtrack and talk about the new lead story in this issue (SPOILERS -- DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DON'T WANT THE STORY RUINED), "Hooray For Bollywood!"

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Now I'm too written-out to comment on the old Archie comics I read, so I'll just list them.

ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #61 (Sept. 1978)

LAUGH #21 (June 1990)

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #28 (Oct. 1975)

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #57 (Dec. 1979)

BETTY AND VERONICA #66 (Aug. 1993)

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #195 (July 1978)

JUGHEAD #281 (Oct. 1978)


I can hardly ever find Sabrinas locally or within a 2h drive and if I do they're always at least $10 each even in fair condition. How much does your shop charge for them?


I hope they continue the Many Loves storyline but this sounds like it's the last one?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 06, 2016, 12:30:05 AM


I remember when we had the thread on DE collections I listed the contents of the SHE'S JOSIE digital exclusive collection. That reprints all the Josie stories (because the early ones were issue-long stories) from She's Josie # 1, 8, 9, 10, and 13. Wouldn't surprise me too much to find out they'd all been reprinted earlier in issues of WOADD. Do you find any stories from issues #2-7, 11 or 12 in those early World of Archie digests?


Went through some WOADD's and comics.org and was able to compile this list. All these WOADD's are on Unlimited on the Archie app. I wonder why they don't just put all these in hardcover volumes. They are almost complete on She's Josie and Josie. They could even compiled these into a digital exclusive and charge a boatload of money. For some reason I don't see the 70's stories of Josie and the Pussycats reprinted that much. Maybe they feel very 70's/dated and that's why?

WOADD #1 = No Josie. All Christmas stories.
She’s Josie #1 = WOADD #2
She’s Josie #2 = WOADD #3
She’s Josie #3 = WOADD #7
She’s Josie #4 = WOADD #44
She’s Josie #5 = WOADD #4
She’s Josie #6 = WOADD #5
She’s Josie #7 = WOADD #6
She’s Josie #8 = WOADD #8
She’s Josie #9 = WOADD #9
She’s Josie #10 = WOADD #10
She’s Josie #11 = WOADD #12
She’s Josie #12 = ?Not in a WOADD
She’s Josie #13 = WOADD #11
She’s Josie #14 = ?Not in a WOADD but one of the stories is reprinted in some digests from the 90s
She’s Josie #15 = WOADD #40
She’s Josie #16 = WOADD #41
Josie #17 = ?Not in a WOADD
Josie #18 = WOADD #35
Josie #19 = WOADD #13
Josie #20 = ?Not in a WOADD but one of the stories is reprinted in The Best of Dan DeCarlo Vol. 4
Josie #21 = WOADD #19
Josie #22 = WOADD #17
Josie #23 = WOADD #16
Josie #24 = WOADD #14
Josie #25 = WOADD #39
Josie #26 = WOADD #36
Josie #27 = WOADD #38
Josie #28 = WOADD #15
Josie #29 = WOADD #20
Josie #31 = WOADD #21
Josie# 32 = WOADD# 37
Josie #33 = WOADD #22
Josie #34 = WOADD #29
Josie #36 = WOADD #30
Josie #37 = WOADD #32
Josie #38 = ?Not in a WOADD
Josie #39 (only 3/4 stories included from #39; the fourth story is in a B&V Friends digest from 2012) = WOADD # 55 (story from Laugh #157 also in this issue)
Josie #40 = WOADD# 34
Josie #41 = WOADD #31Josie stories from Laugh:
WOADD #33 = Laugh #147, 152, 155, 159
WOADD #42 = Laugh #154, 158, 160, 161
WOADD #43 = Laugh #145, 146, 168, 151
WOADD #50 = Laugh #149, 148, 153 and Pep #161


Seems to be no more Josie after WOADD #50. Maybe they are thought she wasn't that popular after all? Or the recoloring/retouching cost was too high? Or maybe we will see her again in another digest like B&V Friends.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 06, 2016, 12:31:02 AM
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I can hardly ever find Sabrinas locally or within a 2h drive and if I do they're always at least $10 each even in fair condition. How much does your shop charge for them?

I hope they continue the Many Loves storyline but this sounds like it's the last one?


I'm guessing about TMLoAA, based on the descriptions of the lead stories in the solicitations for issues 244 and 245 of B&VDD. Since there have already been 7 episodes up to this point, and they already did episodes featuring each of the other six girls (besides B&V) that nominated Archie for the "Boyfriend of the Year Award" mentioned in the first episode, if the series were to continue to 10 episodes (as originally projected by Dan Parent) the remaining 3 episodes would spotlight Betty in one story, Veronica in another, and then a concluding episode to wrap things up. Based on the solicitation descriptions the new lead stories in 244 and 245 don't sound like episodes of TMLoAA. That and the fact that the timing of this last episode coincides with Fernando's mention (after he turned in his last new story only to discover, to his surprise, that they had no new art assignments to offer him) that all new lead stories in the digests will be strictly limited to 5 pages from here on out, and all of the TMLoAA episodes have been 10 or more pages so far.

Those old comics were only in 'good' condition, and I found them rummaging through some $1 boxes. Occasionally (I should probably say very occasionally) I can find some SABRINAs (not the earliest ones) in less than VG condition, but rarely any JOSIEs. But mostly I only find common, lesser condition issues of almost every Archie title except the ones featuring Josie, Sabrina, Betty, Veronica, or B&V, unless it's a recent one from the last 5 years.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 06, 2016, 12:48:10 AM

Seems to be no more Josie after WOADD #50. Maybe they are thought she wasn't that popular after all? Or the recoloring/retouching cost was too high? Or maybe we will see her again in another digest like B&V Friends.


Thanks for the list, it's helpful. I'll save that for future reference.

The Josie (& the Pussycats) reprint section has been appearing in B&V FRIENDS DD since the beginning (#209), but it's only a 12-page section with two 5 or 6 page stories. Occasionally one of those is a pre-Pussycats Josie story, if it fits the page count.

The digital exclusive JOSIE & THE SCAREDY CATS is all '70s stories. We can sit here and wonder why ACP doesn't do the logical thing in reprinting stories, and figure that older collectors who have disposable income would jump on a series of hardcover collections, but somehow it doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone. Dark Horse is doing the most ancient Archie stories they can find, but those aren't the most attractive ones to the majority of adult Archie fans, it's the later ones from the mid-1950s to mid-1970s, especially on select titles like JOSIE. Someone will figure it out eventually, if I live that long, I guess. ACP doesn't have the money or the know-how to do high-end hardcover reprints (except if they recruit someone like Craig Yoe, as they did with their two hardcovers, The Art of Betty and Veronica, and The Art of Archie: The Covers). IDW did "the best of" Archie artists hardcover collections, and ACP did "The Best of Archie Comics" TPBs, but nobody seems to think about doing chronological Archives collections of the best series featuring the best stories and artwork, like JOSIE. Dan DeCarlo is probably THE most popular artist among the older collectors, but gee... he didn't do a huge amount of Archie stories, and Archie is the most popular character according to digest readers, so that obviously wouldn't work. DUH. Nobody buying hardcovers cares all that much about Dan's Archie or Jughead stories, comparatively speaking -- they want to see him drawing girls, like Josie, Sabrina, or Betty & Veronica.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 06, 2016, 07:53:06 AM
I think the Archie archives are finally at the end of the 40s now. Hopefully we will start seeing stories from the 50s and beyond. Especially Josie and the other female characters.

After I posted that I remember the pussycats stories were in the B&V Friends digests. I believe there are still some holes regarding which stories are where so I'll try to fill those in when I have time.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 06, 2016, 09:26:25 AM
SuperZero ... Totally .. weird ... enjoying it but no idea where it's going ... after 5 issues ...
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 06, 2016, 10:10:29 AM
I think the Archie archives are finally at the end of the 40s now. Hopefully we will start seeing stories from the 50s and beyond. Especially Josie and the other female characters.

After I posted that I remember the pussycats stories were in the B&V Friends digests. I believe there are still some holes regarding which stories are where so I'll try to fill those in when I have time.


It's going to be a long wait to get to JOSIE and those DeCarlo Sabrina stories from ARCHIE'S MADHOUSE, if they just keep moving forward at the pace they have been. With the first ARCHIE'S PAL JUGHEAD ARCHIVES (volume 2 due in June) they're already up to issue #8 (1951), but they haven't even scheduled a first volume of ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA yet. Likely REGGIE would be first, anyway, chronologically speaking (I'd be anxious to get my hands on that one myself), and it would be a short run, with issues #1-14 (2 volumes) covering the years 1949 through 1954, then a big break while the title went on hiatus until #15 in September 1962. This is all assuming that they are going in strict chronological sequence. There's another 12-13 years to cover before they get to 1962 and SHE'S JOSIE #1, so my argument would be to jump ahead to the good stuff, and forego the strict chronological reprinting of all Archie titles. Fantagraphics Books took exactly that approach when doing THE CARL BARKS DISNEY LIBRARY, not proceeding in chronological order of issuing volumes in that hardcover series. The stories within each volume ARE in chronological sequence, but there's no need for the readers to read them that way, since the stories themselves aren't heavily dependent on those that came before. Why not just jump straight to 1962 with some of the better Archie material like JOSIE and proceed from there? Go back and forth and eventually fill the gaps in each series, but that way you've got a bunch of different titles proceeding ahead, each at its own pace (according to what sells best).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 06, 2016, 03:27:08 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
🌠Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #242
🌠Jughead & Archie Comics Double Digest #14
🌠Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 06, 2016, 04:04:05 PM
ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #268 came in the mail this morning, and I'm about halfway through it. I'd probably have finished it hours ago if I weren't typing a few huge replies over on another thread.


TWO Raj Patel stories in one month? Are Archie digests in India outselling the U.S. ones? I don't mean just 2 new digest stories where he shows up somewhere in the story, I mean 2 where he's one of the three main characters in the story. Maybe they're gearing up for a Raj Patel digital exclusive collection or something.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on May 06, 2016, 04:32:53 PM
ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #268 came in the mail this morning, and I'm about halfway through it. I'd probably have finished it hours ago if I weren't typing a few huge replies over on another thread.


TWO Raj Patel stories in one month? Are Archie digests in India outselling the U.S. ones? I don't mean just 2 new digest stories where he shows up somewhere in the story, I mean 2 where he's one of the three main characters in the story. Maybe they're gearing up for a Raj Patel digital exclusive collection or something.

Who knows if it's true, but Jon Goldwater always says India is very important to them and they do well there. 
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 06, 2016, 09:31:29 PM
I read some digital comics for 12 minutes each
📖-Team Betty
📖-B & V -Snow Day
📖-Jughead In Love
📖-Archie & Friends-Love Is Blind
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 07, 2016, 04:52:52 AM
I got up early & read
Jughead #5-Thomas Pitilli variant
Archie #6-Veronica Fish
Archie #7-Djibril Morissette-Phan variant
Saga #31
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 07, 2016, 09:20:00 AM
I read
Saga #36
BatGirl #51- they changed the artist, I miss Babbs Tarr. Her art was great.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8
Invincible #127-they changed the artist too, I miss the guy who did the other issues
Casey & April-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 07, 2016, 02:02:07 PM
More of ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #268


Didn't have time to read that much today. Found a few more Archie Comics when I went to my LCS today, a BETTY AND VERONICA, a BETTY'S DIARY, and an issue of ARCHIE'S TV LAUGH-OUT. No SABRINAs or JOSIEs, though.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 08, 2016, 01:02:17 AM
Some Laugh comics from the late 80s series because they contain Josie and Sabrina stories. Adding them to the GCD as I go.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 08, 2016, 06:06:41 AM
Some Laugh comics from the late 80s series because they contain Josie and Sabrina stories. Adding them to the GCD as I go.

Excellent. I was just combing through that listing for Laugh at GCDb (or maybe it was the second series) looking for the Sabrina and Josie stories. Maybe when I have some more complete (or at least somewhat substantial in terms of multiple issues) runs of those older anthology titles (TV Laugh-Out is another, as is Pep Comics) I'll be able to contribute a few things to the index. I realize you can just add a single issue here or there, but I haven't really spent any time looking at the mechanics of adding listings, the format and whatnot. Seems like it would be easier to just concentrate on one title at a time, if I had a bunch of issues of the same. My older issues are sparse and pretty random acquisitions at this point. I haven't really seriously devoted time to searching out ones of particular interest, because I still have only the vaguest sense of what stories go in which titles in which time periods. That and a lack of good selection of Archie back issues to buy anywhere but online. I need more help from GCD than I'm able to give at this point. All I know is that I like Sabrina and Josie stories, and Betty & Veronica stories drawn by Dan DeCarlo. Wish I had more of the originals.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 08, 2016, 04:28:42 PM
Some Laugh comics from the late 80s series because they contain Josie and Sabrina stories. Adding them to the GCD as I go.

Excellent. I was just combing through that listing for Laugh at GCDb (or maybe it was the second series) looking for the Sabrina and Josie stories. Maybe when I have some more complete (or at least somewhat substantial in terms of multiple issues) runs of those older anthology titles (TV Laugh-Out is another, as is Pep Comics) I'll be able to contribute a few things to the index. I realize you can just add a single issue here or there, but I haven't really spent any time looking at the mechanics of adding listings, the format and whatnot. Seems like it would be easier to just concentrate on one title at a time, if I had a bunch of issues of the same. My older issues are sparse and pretty random acquisitions at this point. I haven't really seriously devoted time to searching out ones of particular interest, because I still have only the vaguest sense of what stories go in which titles in which time periods. That and a lack of good selection of Archie back issues to buy anywhere but online. I need more help from GCD than I'm able to give at this point. All I know is that I like Sabrina and Josie stories, and Betty & Veronica stories drawn by Dan DeCarlo. Wish I had more of the originals.


Some stories I liked so far:
"Camp Scamps" in Laugh #10 - Sabrina is a camp counselor for mischievous young witches. (not reprinted elsewhere that I can find)
"Clowns of Renown" in Laugh #11 - Sabrina is a clown and helps another clown entertain some children with magic.
"Maid of Money" in Laugh #18 - Melody wears a dress made out of dollar bills and gives them out to the boys at the dance.
"It's Magic" in Laugh #14 - The Pussycats get a band of magician's costumes by mistake.



Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 09, 2016, 01:29:41 AM
I read Archie Comics Digest #195 and Archie #116-119
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 09, 2016, 03:03:46 AM
JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #15, 16, 17, 18

There are good new Fernando Ruiz Jughead stories in all of these. #17 has "New Superkid In Town", a 10 page story that takes place at the local comic shop, where Archie, Jughead and Chuck are excited about the upcoming in-store appearance of Hugh Kendraw (punny... "you-can-draw"), a famous comic creator who has a new reality TV series entitled So You Wanna Be A Superhero?. (An obvious reference to the then-current reality TV series, Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, hosted by Stan Lee.) As part of the promotional kickoff for the new show, Kendraw will be judging a competition at the store with fans creating their own superhero characters, and appearing as them in costume. The winner of the contest gets to appear on the show and will be drawn into one of Kendraw's comic books as a guest star character. At the comic shop they bump into Dexter Daring, a meek, mild-mannered glasses-wearing teen, who begs off from participating in the competition, claiming it's "a little too much excitement for me".

Chuck creates a costume for himself as his superhero Fastball, a baseball-inspired superhero; Jughead appears as The Living Statue, whose indestructible stone body can't be harmed (but he has some mobility issues in his costume); Betty & Veronica appear in identical costumes sporting the Roman numeral II as a symbol, as one girl who can split herself into two bodies named Gemini; and Archie appears in an orange and yellow costume as Count Vertical, his superhero creation whose not-very-well-thought-out superpower is vertical flight (he can only levitate up and down, not horizontally). All of them are impressed when they witness the real superhero Courageous Kid flying overhead, saving Riverdale from the threat of an impending meteor impact (no points for guessing that Dex is secretly Courageous Kid). The final panel punchline comes after an irritated Hugh Kendraw throws up his arms in frustration over the parade of ill-conceived wannabe superhero character contestants, refusing to continue judging the competition. His parting accurate observation is "This town wouldn't know a REAL SUPER HERO if it stared one right in the face!" My own observation would be that Stan Lee must likely have felt the same frustration often in the judging of contestants on his cable series Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, but years of experience dealing with wannabe comic book writers and artists certainly must have armed him with diplomacy and tact. On the couple of episodes of that show I managed to catch, Lee handled the less-talented participants with kid gloves.

That story caused me to ponder the similar plot of Night At the Comic Shop (also drawn by Ruiz, and hardly coincidentally, I think -- he seems to relish these opportunities to work superheroes into the Archiverse, and the results are always enjoyable to me). In that story, a meteor impact at the comic book shop causes a rift in the multiverse, opening a number of dimensional gateways to parallel worlds inhabited by other characters formerly published by ACP. But where was Courageous Kid when he was needed?! (Probably otherwise occupied, off in outer space stopping some incipient cosmic disaster or alien incursion... it's the most likely explanation in these all-too-common situations.)

Reggie's cousin Regina appears in "Cousin Calamity" issue #18, where she actually goes on a date (not shown) with Jughead! Regina actually reminded me of one of the prettier versions of Ethel, without the buck teeth and with eye makeup and lipstick, except for her hairstyle. At least, to me she looked more like Ethel than a female Reggie, which was what I expected. She's mad at herself after the date, when her anticipated pranking of Jughead on their date got sidetracked by a trip to a burger joint and a movie, followed by ice cream and a long walk in the park, resulting in what she claims is the best date she ever had (she was having such a good time, she forgot to prank him).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 09, 2016, 08:45:51 PM
I was going to continue reading Archie #120 to maybe #125 but with my allergies acting up I don't feel like reading  :(
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 09, 2016, 09:34:25 PM
I took a break from reading today. Maybe tomorrow.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 10, 2016, 05:49:38 AM
Finally started Millar’s “Jupiter’s Legacy” … fairly typical Millar  ::) (which is to say pretty good)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 10, 2016, 07:52:05 AM
Finally started Millar’s “Jupiter’s Legacy” … fairly typical Millar  ::) (which is to say pretty good)


I liked the prequel, Jupiter's Circle, even better in terms of the writing, although it's not as consistent having more than one artist.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 10, 2016, 08:44:07 AM
I'm going read every single Saga issue that I have. I have 22 out of 36 issues. I'm going give them all new plastics too.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 10, 2016, 08:41:37 PM
I read a couple of Casper the Friendly Ghost stories.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 11, 2016, 03:45:50 AM
ARCHIE'S JOKE BOOK #187 (Aug. 1973)
ARCHIE'S JOKE BOOK #251 (Dec. 1978)
ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #46 (Feb. 1977) coverless
ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #96 (Aug. 1984)
BETTY #43 (Nov. 1996) - "One Brief Moment", the ultimate Betty/Reggie shipping story
BETTY'S DIARY #2 (June 1986)
BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR (Archie Giant Series) #537 (June 1984)
BETTY AND VERONICA #60 (Feb. 1993)
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #143 (Mar. 1974)
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #197 (Sept. 1978)
THAT WILKIN BOY #29 (Sept. 1974)

MEET MISTY #5 (Aug. 1986) [STAR Comics/Marvel] - Interesting. Written and drawn a simple, retro style by Trina Robbins, it has a very "Katy Keene" feel to it, with virtually every panel crediting a reader for contributing the clothing design for the character(s) in that panel. Given that this was only the 5th issue, you have to wonder whether a lot of those reader names weren't just made up. I'd been aware of the existence of this comic from the time it came out, but had never really read it. It turns out that the teenage Misty of the title lives with her Aunt Millie, who is actually an older & heavier version of Millie Collins (last names are never mentioned, but she's married by the time of this series; her husband is seen in a few panels, but never named) of MILLIE THE MODEL fame. There was a short story in the middle of the book called "Millie's Memories" where she goes to clean her old clothes out of her closet, and spends a couple of pages reminiscing about all the times she first wore various outfits (which are each illustrated in their own flashback panels, showing how she looked in them when she was young). Clicker (Millie's fashion photographer boyfriend in her old series) is shown in one panel, and Millie thinks "I wonder if I should have married him?" She eventually donates all her old outfits to a thrift store, but then just as she's having pangs about missing those old memories, Misty and her friends show up wearing some of her old outfits.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 11, 2016, 05:18:18 AM
I just read my digital copy of Archie #8, I give it a A+.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 11, 2016, 07:39:31 AM
I read Archie's & Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #15 & Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #234 for 12 minutes each.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 11, 2016, 11:32:20 AM
The Walking Dead #1-3: very good so far. Each issue ends on a cliffhanger.

Archie #8: a succinct and satisfying issue. The storytelling is getting better. I'm glad they ditched the 1940s reprints for Samm Schwartz instead.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 11, 2016, 04:12:02 PM
FCBD 2016 PINK PANTHER
FCBD 2016 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS
FCBD 2016 CBLDF DEFEND COMICS
Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT #10
FCBD 2015 THE PHANTOM, FCBD 2016
THE PHANTOM
JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #24
ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE DAILY COMICS 1960-1963 HC (Just started.)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 11, 2016, 07:56:01 PM
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 - Alright first issue. The tone was a bit affected. I wonder if it gets better.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 12, 2016, 05:11:49 PM
Harrow County #12 - they unfortunately changed the artist again. I miss the watercolors which really work with the story. I liked the idea of the possessed doll though.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 12, 2016, 09:36:55 PM
More Laugh issues. A lot of the Mighty Archie Art Players stories are reprinted in the Pals N Gals digests. There's a parody of Back to the Future in Laugh #22.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 12, 2016, 10:57:22 PM
I skipped reading anything Archie related. I read a lot of library books. Tomorrow I'll focus on my digital comics.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 12, 2016, 11:02:42 PM
Re-reading Finding Molly issues 1 and 2 in preparation for issue 3.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 13, 2016, 12:22:52 AM
Kennel Block Blues 1-4: I probably shouldnt've read this as a pet owner. Issue #3 just about killed me it was so sad.  :'( First time a comic made me cry. I loved the juxtaposition between reality and the song and dance the dog made up to deal with the harsh reality.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 13, 2016, 12:56:03 AM
THE PHANTOM (Hermes Press, 2014-16) #1-6
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 13, 2016, 08:05:09 AM
I read each of these for 13 minutes
👟 Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #15
👔  Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
🌂 Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
👚 World Of Archie Comics Annual #50
👕 Archie & Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #15
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 13, 2016, 02:08:30 PM
I just got My Dinner with Lulu (Little Lulu Vol.1)

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 13, 2016, 03:43:55 PM
Read “Protectors, Inc.” while waiting for the conclusion of Jupiter’s Circle on Wednesday  — good stuff; really a long graphic novel … Jupiter’s was good to — with a return to Legacy next month to anticipate …
After those: Silk 8 (Spiderwomen #6), Gwenpool 2 (funny — of a sort I don’t usually enjoy, but it’s growing on me …) and of course Archie … which was good, but … while I enjoyed it it was just … good …
Also read through Paul Jenkin’s Sidekick … just gratuitous humour  :-\ if it wasn’t relatively short (and long finished) I’d have dropped it …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 13, 2016, 03:47:41 PM
Finally started Millar’s “Jupiter’s Legacy” … fairly typical Millar  ::) (which is to say pretty good)

I liked the prequel, Jupiter's Circle, even better in terms of the writing, although it's not as consistent having more than one artist.
It was good, but it invoked “Before Watchmen” for me, with the Justice League/DC heroes standing in for Charlton’s … and while Millar is good (even great at times) the overall comparison is not in his favour (though he makes a strong effort) …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 13, 2016, 04:17:43 PM
Finally started Millar’s “Jupiter’s Legacy” … fairly typical Millar  ::) (which is to say pretty good)

I liked the prequel, Jupiter's Circle, even better in terms of the writing, although it's not as consistent having more than one artist.
It was good, but it invoked “Before Watchmen” for me, with the Justice League/DC heroes standing in for Charlton’s … and while Millar is good (even great at times) the overall comparison is not in his favour (though he makes a strong effort) …


I sort of wished I'd been able to read the whole thing in the proper chronological sequence, though. I believe there's still a third book to Jupiter's Circle, and it's been so long since the original Jupiter's Legacy came out that I've lost the thread a little, so I may wait until Jupiter's Circle is completed, then go back and read Book 1 of Jupiter's Legacy again before going on to Book 2. JLA simulacra (like Squadron Supreme) is such a common trope in comics now that I can't even see it as Moore's Minutemen, or whatever the abortive Silver Age group was called. Millar's characters don't really live in that Watchmen-like world, where Dr. Manhattan was the only real superpowered character, they have all the cornball Silver Age-y JLA-type adventures fighting alien invasions and supervillains, and they even have their own 'Teen Titans'. Obviously done with love and affection for those original comics.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 13, 2016, 05:18:19 PM
Read “Protectors, Inc.” while waiting for the conclusion of Jupiter’s Circle on Wednesday  — good stuff; really a long graphic novel … Jupiter’s was good to — with a return to Legacy next month to anticipate …
After those: Silk 8 (Spiderwomen #6), Gwenpool 2 (funny — of a sort I don’t usually enjoy, but it’s growing on me …) and of course Archie … which was good, but … while I enjoyed it it was just … good …
Also read through Paul Jenkin’s Sidekick … just gratuitous humour  :-\ if it wasn’t relatively short (and long finished) I’d have dropped it …


Protectors, Inc. the J. Michael Straczynski book? Funny you mentioned Paul Jenkin's Sidekick, as I'd never heard of it or him (or is it the Marvel Paul Jenkins? Different guy? Jenkins is not known for his humor.), but while I didn't read JMS' Protectors, I did read J. Michael Straczynski's Sidekick (interesting, but pretty downbeat... there are no real good guys in the story, so it's hard to know who you're supposed to root for by the end of it). Intriguing concept, but I'm not so sure how I felt about the ending. I was reminded somewhat of Rick Veitch's Bratpack, from long ago.


Hermes' THE PHANTOM was great, but it did make me wish there was some way there could be a real Phantom/Tarzan crossover story. Old-school in a good way, and much better than Moonstone's Phantom (which wasn't bad, really) and MILES better than Dynamite's. Can't wait for Hermes' second Phantom series coming in August.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 13, 2016, 05:40:04 PM
Protectors, Inc. the J. Michael Straczynski book? Funny you mentioned Paul Jenkin's Sidekick, as I'd never heard of it or him (or is it the Marvel Paul Jenkins? Different guy? Jenkins is not known for his humor.), but while I didn't read JMS' Protectors, I did read J. Michael Straczynski's Sidekick (interesting, but pretty downbeat... there are no real good guys in the story, so it's hard to know who you're supposed to root for by the end of it). Intriguing concept, but I'm not so sure how I felt about the ending. I was reminded somewhat of Rick Veitch's Bratpack, from long ago.
Likely the same Paul Jenkins — and if so, still not known for his humour IMO — and yes, Protectors, Inc. the J. Michael Straczynski book — more of a mystery+love story with “super”heroes as a complicating factor … and not so downbeat … well, mostly. and I actually picked up the Jenkins’ Sidekick because I came across it first when looking for the other, so not so much a coincidence really …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 13, 2016, 05:55:25 PM
It was good, but it invoked “Before Watchmen” for me, with the Justice League/DC heroes standing in for Charlton’s … and while Millar is good (even great at times) the overall comparison is not in his favour (though he makes a strong effort) …
I sort of wished I'd been able to read the whole thing in the proper chronological sequence, though. I believe there's still a third book to Jupiter's Circle, and it's been so long since the original Jupiter's Legacy came out that I've lost the thread a little, so I may wait until Jupiter's Circle is completed, then go back and read Book 1 of Jupiter's Legacy again before going on to Book 2. JLA simulacra (like Squadron Supreme) is such a common trope in comics now that I can't even see it as Moore's Minutemen, or whatever the abortive Silver Age group was called. Millar's characters don't really live in that Watchmen-like world, where Dr. Manhattan was the only real superpowered character, they have all the cornball Silver Age-y JLA-type adventures fighting alien invasions and supervillains, and they even have their own 'Teen Titans'. Obviously done with love and affection for those original comics.
Well, I would say that you are supposed to read Legacy without the foreknowledge of just how corrupt “Brainwave” really is, so the start comes as a shock … Circle v2 comes to a natural close, but there’s room for a 3rd which I think implies a 3rd Legacy series as well …  in many ways Circle opens more cans of worms than it answers questions …
 
Watchmen of course had nothing to do with the JLA/JSA, the Minutemen was just the old Charlton heroes used as a team the way everyone formed teams — but the Circle is not just a homage to the old DC heroes, it even uses very recent DC material …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 14, 2016, 12:58:01 AM
And now finished the JMS Sidekick ...
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 14, 2016, 04:12:20 AM
Got about halfway through ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER COMICS 1960-1963 - THE SWINGIN' SIXTIES. The title "The Swingin' Sixties" is a bit of a misnomer here, as there's nothing particularly "Swingin' " about these strips (the "Swingin' Sixties" didn't really get underway until the arrival of The Beatles in America in 1964). I like this volume a bit less than the previous one (1946-1948) because ALL the strips here are independent and unrelated gags. In the earlier volume, Montana had little running storylines, even though each strip stood on its own as a "gag-a-day" strip. That was a tough thing to pull off, but he did it beautifully in those early strips. A punchline every day, while still moving a short continuity of related strips forward -- a series of incidents all happening during a running theme.

Also read about half of JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #27 (good new story by Bill Galvan, who was particularly well-suited as an artist for Jughead).

Reading Dynamite's DOC SAVAGE: THE SPIDER'S WEB #3-6 now.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 14, 2016, 01:55:07 PM
Archie #124, 125, 126
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 14, 2016, 02:48:44 PM
I'm going read these books for 12 minutes each
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #242
B & V Friends Comics Annual #246
World Of Archie Comics Annual #50
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 14, 2016, 04:23:19 PM
I finished World Of Archie Comics Annual #50.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 14, 2016, 07:25:35 PM
I read Saga #32 & #33 & #34 & #35 & #36.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 16, 2016, 12:43:49 AM
Someone lent me a copy of the reboot Jughead #1 and I just finished reading it.
Did. Not. Like. It. At. All. Nevermind the fact that I don't care for the reboots or the new style, or Erica's hideous drawings. The comic is just not funny. It was boring, it did not make me laugh not even one bit, plot is not interesting. The guy said I could also borrow the other issues if I want to, but frankly I don't feel like reading the other ones.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 16, 2016, 01:25:02 AM
Sunday I read a bunch of JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGESTs. Issues # 29, 30, 32, 33, 37 and 38. That brings me to the end of that title's run, but I'm still missing issues #3, 7, 13, 23, 25, 26, 31, 34, 35, and 36.

I also read about another 70 pages in ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER COMICS 1960-1963, bringing me up to page 202, with exactly 70 pages left to go (hopefully I'll finish that today). I've already ordered the next (and last to date) volume of this series to be released by IDW/LoAC, 1963-1965, and should have it in day or two.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 16, 2016, 01:34:55 AM
Archie 1-8. Sadly it doesn't hold up to a reread that well though it goes really fast because each issue is so short. It doesn't help I've never really been a fan of the Archie vs. Mr. Lodge stories and they dragged that out for 8 issues. I also am not a big fan of Reggie the villain and I don't like how they keep withholding info like what Reggie did that was so bad that he didn't want anyone else to know about. Also I noticed a lot happens that they never show. Like Betty and Sayid suddenly start dating. Hopefully the next arc will be better with the music theme. The Pussycats might even make an appearance.



In each issue about one thing happens:
#1 - the one with the dance
#2 - the one where Betty gets a makeover and Mr. Lodge's house falls down
#3 - the one where Veronica vomits at school and Archie falls in love
#4 - the lipstick incident aka emo teen angst issue
#5 - the one where Veronica has a house party; Reggie's Revenge part 1
#6 - the one where Archie gets a concussion; Reggie's Revenge part 2
#7 - the one where Archie works at the newspaper; Reggie's Revenge part 3
#8 - Mr. Lodge finally allows Veronica to date Archie


Never thought I'd say this but I think this series needs more action by Jughead. What happened to Jughead and Betty teaming up to break up Archie and Veronica?? Guess she's too distracted by Sayid now.


Have to say though Fiona Staples still draws my favorite Veronica. She captures that rich girl Blair Waldorf aesthetic better than the others.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 16, 2016, 10:09:40 AM
I read in my room in my cofmy chair
Archie #3000-#3 & #9 & #10
Cheryl Blossom - those summer issues where she gets a job #1 of 3 &
Cheryl Blossom #1 & # 2 & #3 those are also issues where she gets a job.



Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 16, 2016, 03:51:00 PM
Binged through Lazarus … I wouldn’t have thought so initial (still not at all sure, but …) irishmoxie , you might like this — strong female lead(s), dystopian & some definite mysteries involved …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 16, 2016, 08:07:49 PM
I read
Saga #27 & #28 & #29 & #30 & #31
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 17, 2016, 11:55:37 PM
SQUADRON SUPREME #7
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #8
TITANS HUNT #8 (of 8 )
SILVER SURFER #4
JUGHEAD #6
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #5
HENCHGIRL #1&2 BUMPER EDITION
MICRONAUTS #2
ASTRO CITY #35
INVINCIBLE #128
FUTURE QUEST #1
THE BADGER #4 (of 5)
STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES VOL. 6: THE OUTER LIMITS (Introduction only - 6 pages)
WALLY WOOD: GALAXY ART AND BEYOND HC (Introduction only -21 pages)
ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER COMICS 1963-1965 (Introduction only - 3 pages)
GRAVEDIGGER: HOT WOMEN COLD CASH TP
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 18, 2016, 12:02:41 AM
I also am not a big fan of Reggie the villain and I don't like how they keep withholding info like what Reggie did that was so bad that he didn't want anyone else to know about.


Hit and run accident where he killed Hot Dog with his car and fled the scene before anyone saw him? At least, that's the answer in Afterlife With Archie.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 18, 2016, 09:17:27 AM
I just read Jughead #6 my digital copy. It was just ok, I would give it a B. The other 5 issues were better. I can't we haven't seen Ethel in any of the issues. It seems like they really don't talk about Jughead not liking girls. He was friendly with Betty. And he really can't stand Veronica.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on May 18, 2016, 09:51:47 AM
I just read Jughead #6 my digital copy. It was just ok, I would give it a B. The other 5 issues were better. I can't we haven't seen Ethel in any of the issues. It seems like they really don't talk about Jughead not liking girls. He was friendly with Betty. And he really can't stand Veronica.


Maybe the new writer and artist will bring Ethel in
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 18, 2016, 09:55:20 AM
I just read Jughead #6 my digital copy. It was just ok, I would give it a B. The other 5 issues were better. I can't we haven't seen Ethel in any of the issues. It seems like they really don't talk about Jughead not liking girls. He was friendly with Betty. And he really can't stand Veronica.


Maybe the new writer and artist will bring Ethel in

I was re-reading Archie and I saw Ethel in a background in a scene. I believe it's the one where Veronica vomits up the sloppy joe.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 18, 2016, 10:22:12 AM
I just read Jughead #6 my digital copy. It was just ok, I would give it a B. The other 5 issues were better. I can't we haven't seen Ethel in any of the issues. It seems like they really don't talk about Jughead not liking girls. He was friendly with Betty. And he really can't stand Veronica.


Maybe the new writer and artist will bring Ethel in

I was re-reading Archie and I saw Ethel in a background in a scene. I believe it's the one where Veronica vomits up the sloppy joe.


I was just saying to myself the other day, "You know, there just isn't enough vomiting in comics." Good to see that ACP's addressing that.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on May 18, 2016, 12:42:48 PM
I just read Jughead #6 my digital copy. It was just ok, I would give it a B. The other 5 issues were better. I can't we haven't seen Ethel in any of the issues. It seems like they really don't talk about Jughead not liking girls. He was friendly with Betty. And he really can't stand Veronica.


Maybe the new writer and artist will bring Ethel in

I was re-reading Archie and I saw Ethel in a background in a scene. I believe it's the one where Veronica vomits up the sloppy joe.


I was just saying to myself the other day, "You know, there just isn't enough vomiting in comics." Good to see that ACP's addressing that.

Me too!  It's amazing we were thinking the same thing.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 18, 2016, 01:06:08 PM
I just read Jughead #6 my digital copy. It was just ok, I would give it a B. The other 5 issues were better. I can't we haven't seen Ethel in any of the issues. It seems like they really don't talk about Jughead not liking girls. He was friendly with Betty. And he really can't stand Veronica.


Maybe the new writer and artist will bring Ethel in

I was re-reading Archie and I saw Ethel in a background in a scene. I believe it's the one where Veronica vomits up the sloppy joe.


I was just saying to myself the other day, "You know, there just isn't enough vomiting in comics." Good to see that ACP's addressing that.

Me too!  It's amazing we were thinking the same thing.


Were you also thinking that Veronica was bulemic? Oh, I suppose they might just be trying for physical comedy in that scene (who made the sloppy joe, Pop Tate?), but with the reboot you never know. Bulemia just seems more angst-y, so it would fit. Or maybe it does play as comedy in that scene, and it's only the setup; the angst comes later when it's discovered that she's actually bulemic. I obviously haven't read it, so I'm trying to visualize the context.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on May 18, 2016, 01:49:55 PM
I just read Jughead #6 my digital copy. It was just ok, I would give it a B. The other 5 issues were better. I can't we haven't seen Ethel in any of the issues. It seems like they really don't talk about Jughead not liking girls. He was friendly with Betty. And he really can't stand Veronica.


Maybe the new writer and artist will bring Ethel in

I was re-reading Archie and I saw Ethel in a background in a scene. I believe it's the one where Veronica vomits up the sloppy joe.


I was just saying to myself the other day, "You know, there just isn't enough vomiting in comics." Good to see that ACP's addressing that.

Me too!  It's amazing we were thinking the same thing.


Were you also thinking that Veronica was bulemic? Oh, I suppose they might just be trying for physical comedy in that scene (who made the sloppy joe, Pop Tate?), but with the reboot you never know. Bulemia just seems more angst-y, so it would fit. Or maybe it does play as comedy in that scene, and it's only the setup; the angst comes later when it's discovered that she's actually bulemic. I obviously haven't read it, so I'm trying to visualize the context.

I don't think that hard about Archie Comics.  Just enjoying the vomiting for what it is! LOL.  Anytime Archie goes in a John Waters direction, I just have to roll with it!  Ha ha. 
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Post by: irishmoxie on May 18, 2016, 01:55:59 PM
I just read Jughead #6 my digital copy. It was just ok, I would give it a B. The other 5 issues were better. I can't we haven't seen Ethel in any of the issues. It seems like they really don't talk about Jughead not liking girls. He was friendly with Betty. And he really can't stand Veronica.


Maybe the new writer and artist will bring Ethel in

I was re-reading Archie and I saw Ethel in a background in a scene. I believe it's the one where Veronica vomits up the sloppy joe.


I was just saying to myself the other day, "You know, there just isn't enough vomiting in comics." Good to see that ACP's addressing that.

Me too!  It's amazing we were thinking the same thing.


Were you also thinking that Veronica was bulemic? Oh, I suppose they might just be trying for physical comedy in that scene (who made the sloppy joe, Pop Tate?), but with the reboot you never know. Bulemia just seems more angst-y, so it would fit. Or maybe it does play as comedy in that scene, and it's only the setup; the angst comes later when it's discovered that she's actually bulemic. I obviously haven't read it, so I'm trying to visualize the context.

It's comedic. An instance of actual comedy in the reboot!
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 18, 2016, 02:50:33 PM
It was cafeteria food ...
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 18, 2016, 03:35:23 PM
It's comedic. An instance of actual comedy in the reboot!


Unless it was a sloppy joe made with some really bad meat, or just a terrible home-made recipe or something, I assume the joke is that Veronica's palate is so accustomed to upper-crust cuisine that she finds "regular people food" totally inedible. I know I've seen the occasional instance of a vomiting joke in a classic Archie story or two, probably only modern ones though. Don't think I recall any instances of Veronica not being able to stomach the same kind of foods the other kids eat, though. She spends so much time at Pop Tate's, even if she would vastly prefer Gaston's cooking.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 18, 2016, 04:12:18 PM
The joke would be her first exposure to Ms Beazley's cooking ... Everyone else has (presumably) built up a resistance ;)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Mr.Lodge on May 18, 2016, 08:26:46 PM
Jughead 006 - Absolute garbage from start to finish.

Sabrina 005 - Really good, especially the ending.

Archie 008 - Entertaining, good read.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 18, 2016, 08:56:07 PM
Unbelievable amount of girlie comics coming out today:
Finding Molly #3
Disney Princess #3
Goldie Vance #2
Lumberjanes #26
Lumberjanes Special
Mae #1
Princeless Raven #8
Princeless Make Yourself #2
Strawberry Shortcake #2
Chilling Sabrina #5

And other light hearted comics:

Grumpy Cat #4
Puss in Boots #2
Mighty Zodiac #2
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 18, 2016, 09:15:29 PM
No reading for today. I took a break. I watched Orange Is The New Black-Season #3 instead.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 19, 2016, 12:50:22 AM
Unbelievable amount of girlie comics coming out today:
Finding Molly #3
Disney Princess #3
Goldie Vance #2
Lumberjanes #26
Lumberjanes Special
Mae #1
Princeless Raven #8
Princeless Make Yourself #2
Strawberry Shortcake #2
Chilling Sabrina #5

And other light hearted comics:

Grumpy Cat #4
Puss in Boots #2
Mighty Zodiac #2

I don't know that Sabrina belongs anywhere on that list or that's there's anything particularly girlie about it, beyond the fact that the title character is female (but you left a lot of those books off the list). Point taken on the others.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 19, 2016, 12:54:17 AM
The joke would be her first exposure to Ms Beazley's cooking ... Everyone else has (presumably) built up a resistance ;)

That was a constant source of gags for Bob Montana's newspaper strip -- somewhat less so for classic Archie comic books.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 19, 2016, 09:09:04 AM
I read Archie #8- Fish cover. There was no Reggie in this issue. And Betty was just on one page. Who were the people playing cards with Archie's parents? Were they supposed to be Raj or Sayid's Mother & Father. You would think  it's Raj's parents because why would  Archie's parents want to hang with them now their son is dating Betty.And why did Betty fix his car again, I think she would still hate Archie for dumping her to be with Veronica.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on May 19, 2016, 09:36:36 AM
I read Archie #8- Fish cover. There was no Reggie in this issue. And Betty was just on one page. Who were the people playing cards with Archie's parents? Were they supposed to be Raj or Sayid's Mother & Father. You would think  it's Raj's parents because why would  Archie's parents want to hang with them now their son is dating Betty.And why did Betty fix his car again, I think she would still hate Archie for dumping her to be with Veronica.


Maybe now that she's dating Sayid, she's happy and doesn't need to be mad at Archie.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on May 19, 2016, 10:27:28 AM
Jughead 006 - Absolute garbage from start to finish.

Sabrina 005 - Really good, especially the ending.

Archie 008 - Entertaining, good read.


I haven't read Sabrina yet.  I have to go back and read the last few to get caught back up.  I've forgotten a lot of it.


I loved Archie. 


I didn't think Jughead was absolute garbage.  It reminded me more of a Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E story with the fast pace.  Maybe not the best issue, but I'll keep on with the series to see what happens now that they've gotten Stanger out of the way and are heading into what looks like more typical Archie territory on a summer vacation.  It does seem odd to me that Chip Zdarsky is staying on for the next two issues.  Seems like this would have been a good jumping off point. 
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Mazz on May 19, 2016, 02:58:29 PM
I read The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina #5 and it was outstanding. I'd definitely give it a solid 8.5/10.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 19, 2016, 04:48:01 PM
I read for 12 minutes each
💝 Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
🎊 Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
🎁 Betty & Veronica Comics  Double Digest #234
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Mazz on May 19, 2016, 04:56:23 PM
I'm reading Betty and Veronica DD #243 now.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on May 19, 2016, 08:53:41 PM
Reading through a bunch of different issues from Wednesday, notably Jughead 6 .. I'd say the arc ended on a high note at least, though all things considered that wasn't difficult ...
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 19, 2016, 09:00:40 PM
I have been reading old issues of Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 20, 2016, 09:41:40 PM
I read the 7 free comic book day that I got from Midtown Comics in the mail today. I'll hang them in my comic frames tomorrow.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on May 20, 2016, 10:38:53 PM
I finally got from the library Archie Vol. 1 The New Riverdale.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 21, 2016, 01:04:58 PM
I read these for 12 minutes each
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #1
Betty & Veronica Annual Digest Magazine #1 & #2
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 21, 2016, 10:29:55 PM
💞 💘 💓 💕 I read Archie #8 which is my 10th Archie issue of 24 Archie issue subscription.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 22, 2016, 01:43:41 AM
Thursday 05/19- ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER COMICS 1963-1965 (started)
Friday 05/20- WORLD OF ARCHIE SUMMER ANNUAL #59
Saturday 05/21 -  ARCHIE BY BOB MONTANA: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER COMICS 1963-1965 (finished)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 22, 2016, 10:58:50 AM
I read Saga #22 & #23 & #24 & #25 & #26 & #34
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 22, 2016, 01:41:17 PM
STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY #1-5 - This is co-written by Mike Johnson, the regular writer on IDW's ongoing STAR TREK comic book series. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, probably that I'd like it, but I don't really think I expected to like it as much as I did. The story is kind of a spinoff concept for ST, and self-contained so that a reader new to the Trek universe doesn't need much background info or previous familiarity with Star Trek going into it (which is good). It's also more of an all-ages comic. Or perhaps I should say it almost seems like this could have been an animated series on Cartoon Network (it's not, but maybe it should be). If it were a novel, then it would be a Young Adult ST novel. In a way it almost feels like a modernized take on such old sci-fi television staples from the 1950s like Space Patrol or Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, although this never really occurred to me until I'd finished reading it.

The story starts with a mystery uncovered three years ago (2258) by Cadet Nyoka Uhura while she was still attending Starfleet Academy along with James Kirk, Leonard McCoy, and Spock (who is an Academy grad student-teacher at the time), as seen briefly in the early part of J.J. Abrams STAR TREK reboot film, and then flashes forward to a new group of Academy students in 2261. Most of the story focuses on them as a group representing Starfleet in a competition among students from different academies from different planets that is being held in honor of Starfleet Academy's Centennial Celebration. The mystery that Uhura discovered 3 years earlier will eventually involve the 5 students representing Starfleet Academy in a big way. The flashbacks to 2258 with Uhura and her contemporaries come up in every issue, so there are two parallel stories running, but you have to wait until the final issue to see how the whole thing connects (in retrospect the connection seems a little obvious, although I never really saw where it was going while I was reading it).

Derek Charm does a great job of drawing attractive people (and aliens), and he doesn't overwork the figures and faces with excessive lines and detail. The whole effect is pretty clean and streamlined; I have to admire an artist who has a philosophy of economy of line, but has put a lot of thought into the work to make sure every line is important and conveys all the information needed while looking good at the same time. Derek has a real facility for tweaking nuanced expression out of his characters' faces with a minimal number of lines, too. Seeing how his art works gives me a good feeling as far as him taking over JUGHEAD. The only thing I can't tell from his work here (because there are no real opportunities in this script to showcase any comedy scenes) is whether he'll be able to exaggerate his characters' facial expressions and body language enough to get the most out of the funny parts of JUGHEAD.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 22, 2016, 07:20:29 PM
Josie and the Pussycats Manga digital exclusive
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 23, 2016, 05:46:31 PM
I read Jughead #6-Cliff Chaing variant. I'm going hang my 12 favorite Jughead covers & I'll take a picture & put it on Twitter page soon.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 23, 2016, 08:25:48 PM
I read for 15 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics Digest
Archie 1000 Page 75th Anniversary Bash
The Best Of Archie Comics 75 Years 75 Stories
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 23, 2016, 09:13:59 PM
Reading the STARFLEET ACADEMY miniseries a few days ago got me motivated to catch up on my IDW Star Trek comics, which I'd let pile up for over a year. So yesterday and today I made a concerted effort to catch up, and read a veritable boatload of Trek comics:


STAR TREK: NEW VISIONS #3-11 - A bookshelf format series of 48-page standalone episodes; fumetti done in 'photomontage' style, by manipulating hi-def screen grabs of the actors and props from The Original Series, mixed with Photoshop-created imagery, by John Byrne. As close as possible to watching new episodes of the classic Trek.

STAR TREK: MIRROR IMAGES TPB (= #1-5) - A miniseries based on the original series "Mirror, Mirror" episode that shows how that universe's Kirk became Captain of the ISS Enterprise.

STAR TREK (2011 ongoing) #35-54 - This is the series based on the J.J. Abrams rebooted Trek universe.

STAR TREK: ALIENS SPOTLIGHT TPB VOL. 1 - Six standalone stories focusing on the Star Trek alien races: Gorn, Orions, Vulcans, Borg, Andorians, and Romulans.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: daren on May 24, 2016, 01:55:56 AM
I'm reading The Blue Baron from Sitcomics.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 24, 2016, 09:46:53 AM
I read
Jughead #211- which is all time favorite Jughead issue & The last Archie #666 issue with Jughead on the cover. I changed all my comic frames 12 issues of Jughead. 6 issues are the classic Jughead & 6 are from the reboot. I'll take a picture & put it on my Twitter page. I can't wait for all the Derek Charm covers .
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 24, 2016, 09:35:08 PM
I read AfterLife With Archie #8. I forgot Archie asked Betty to marry him in that issue. I'm getting Afterlife With Archie #9 from tfaw. The one with Reggie on the cover.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: daren on May 25, 2016, 02:43:05 AM
I finished the Blue Baron, liked it a lot. Now I'm brushing up on Afterlife 1-8 so I'll know what's going on when I read 9 tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it, every reread I do of this series makes me like it less and the next issue sounds like it could misstep badly. I hope the character who does the "unexpected act of kindness" that makes Reggie confess is one of two characters even though it's not likely.  :P
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 25, 2016, 03:46:06 AM
I finished the Blue Baron, liked it a lot. Now I'm brushing up on Afterlife 1-8 so I'll know what's going on when I read 9 tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it, every reread I do of this series makes me like it less and the next issue sounds like it could misstep badly. I hope the character who does the "unexpected act of kindness" that makes Reggie confess is one of two characters even though it's not likely.  :P


Cheryl or Veronica. Otherwise the kindness would not be "unexpected". I won't read it until next week.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 25, 2016, 12:51:49 PM

NIGHTHAWK #1* (* = title I'm not continuing reading)
RICK AND MORTY #14
BACK TO THE FUTURE #8 (now an ongoing series)
BILL & TED GO TO HELL #4 (of 4)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #50*
DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 (one-shot)
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #6*
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #5 (DP swears off killing? Seriously. Seriously? Don't know what they're thinking with that.)
JONESY #4 (now an ongoing series)
LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #1 (of 3)
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW #2 (of 4)
BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. #6 (of 6)
LORDS OF THE JUNGLE #3 (of 6)
TANK GIRL: TWO GIRLS ONE TANK #1
STREET FIGHTER X G.I. JOE #4 (of 6)
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS #20
DISNEY MAGIC KINGDOM COMICS #1 (of 2)

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on May 25, 2016, 02:05:41 PM

NIGHTHAWK #1* (* = title I'm not continuing reading)
RICK AND MORTY #14
BACK TO THE FUTURE #8 (now an ongoing series)
BILL & TED GO TO HELL #4 (of 4)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #50*
DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 (one-shot)
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #6*
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #5 (DP swears off killing? Seriously. Seriously? Don't know what they're thinking with that.)
JONESY #4 (now an ongoing series)
LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #1 (of 3)
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW #2 (of 4)
BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. #6 (of 6)
LORDS OF THE JUNGLE #3 (of 6)
TANK GIRL: TWO GIRLS ONE TANK #1
STREET FIGHTER X G.I. JOE #4 (of 6)
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS #20
DISNEY MAGIC KINGDOM COMICS #1 (of 2)

How was magic kingdom? Glad to see you're reading Jonesy.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 25, 2016, 02:50:09 PM

NIGHTHAWK #1* (* = title I'm not continuing reading)
RICK AND MORTY #14
BACK TO THE FUTURE #8 (now an ongoing series)
BILL & TED GO TO HELL #4 (of 4)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #50*
DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 (one-shot)
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #6*
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #5 (DP swears off killing? Seriously. Seriously? Don't know what they're thinking with that.)
JONESY #4 (now an ongoing series)
LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #1 (of 3)
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW #2 (of 4)
BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. #6 (of 6)
LORDS OF THE JUNGLE #3 (of 6)
TANK GIRL: TWO GIRLS ONE TANK #1
STREET FIGHTER X G.I. JOE #4 (of 6)
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS #20
DISNEY MAGIC KINGDOM COMICS #1 (of 2)

How was magic kingdom? Glad to see you're reading Jonesy.


It's a deluxe comic ($6.99 cover) on good paper with glossy cardstock covers. I didn't count the pages, but somewhere between 48 and 64, I think.
It has four mid-length stories with the classic Disney characters taking place or spinning out of a visit to Disneyland (in honor of the 60th anniversary). There can't be that many of those in existence. In one of them, the characters from the Country Bear Jamboree practically steal the story from Mickey and Donald. There's a couple that work more like a standard Uncle Scrooge or Scrooge+Donald+nephews story (but spin out of specific attractions like Pirates of the Carribean), and the last one stars the unlikely team of Goofy+Pluto+Minnie+Jiminy Cricket (with a lot of guest-stars as well, like the Red Queen of Wonderland, the evil Witch from Snow White, Peter Pan, the Seven Dwarfs, etc. Oddly enough, no stories here based around the Haunted Mansion. There's supposed to be a second issue in August, which I hope might have some stories based on the other Disney parks in Orlando, Paris, and Tokyo.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 25, 2016, 03:35:13 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics Mega Digest
The Best Of Archie 75 Years 75 Stories
.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 26, 2016, 02:32:48 AM
BIFF BAM POW! #1 (2007, Amaze Ink) - Found in the 50c boxes, this is a collection of alternative-y superhero comix by Evan Dorkin (MILK & CHEESE) and Sarah Dyer. Some of the strips appeared earlier in other places like DISNEY ADVENTURES DIGEST or NICKELODEON MAGAZINE. It seems like most of Evan Dorkin's work is either in mainstream kids publications or for indy fringe comix publishers like Slave Labor Graphics, but whenever I see an entire comic that's all his strips I pick it up. Sarah Dyer is his partner and frequent collaborator. This one has a long lead story (the cover feature) about how 110-lb female prizefighter One Punch Goldberg became a crime fighter, plus strips featuring Nutsy Monkey, Kid Blastoff, and the 1 page "Billy and Super-Rad" about a teenage superhero and his little brother/nemesis.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: daren on May 26, 2016, 04:24:28 AM
I finished the Blue Baron, liked it a lot. Now I'm brushing up on Afterlife 1-8 so I'll know what's going on when I read 9 tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it, every reread I do of this series makes me like it less and the next issue sounds like it could misstep badly. I hope the character who does the "unexpected act of kindness" that makes Reggie confess is one of two characters even though it's not likely.  :P


Cheryl or Veronica. Otherwise the kindness would not be "unexpected". I won't read it until next week.


The two I had in mind weren't even in the issue after all.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 27, 2016, 07:24:11 AM
I read
🎨 Jem & The Holograms #15
🚴 Invincible #128
🍄 Pasty Walker aka HellCat #6
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 27, 2016, 07:31:02 PM
I read these for 12 minutes each
📠 Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #232
📣 Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
☀ Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241
⛄ World Of Archie Winter Annual #56
💋 I finished Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #234


Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 28, 2016, 12:43:32 AM
ARCHIE GIANT COMICS COLLECTION - I've been reading a little off an on over the last week. About halfway through it.

STAR TREK: ROMULANS: PAWNS OF WAR by John Byrne - JB is a genius of classic Trek. Here he gives the background leading up to the key classic Trek episode "The Balance of Terror", plus an adaptation of said episode, as seen from the Romulan side of events, followed by the aftermath of those events. The origin of the Romulan/Klingon alliance is explained, how they shared technology between those two empires, working in references to "The Trouble With Tribbles", "The Corbomite Maneuver", "The Enterprise Incident", and knitting all the background events together and filling in the details. Klingons Kor and Koloth play a big part in the alliance. A certain unnamed Starfleet Commodore formerly known only as 'Number One' from the pilot episode "The Cage" (a.k.a. "The Menagerie") shows up later in the story, and even the Organians from "Errand of Mercy" appear. There is a shift in power on Romulus after the events of "Balance of Terror" (thanks to the Klingons' machinations) that eventually results in the Praetor being succeeded by Gaius, the son of the unnamed Romulan Commander seen in "Balance of Terror" (the better for the Klingons to instigate war between the Romulans and the Federation, with Gaius seeking revenge on Kirk for his father's death in confrontation with the Enterprise), as well as an internal plot on Kronos to overthrow the Klingon emperor. All very well thought-out and satisfying by way of connecting the background history of ST, as the writers of the original television screenplays weren't working from some master plan, but merely constructing stand-alone episodes as they went along.

STAR TREK: CREW by John Byrne - In a series of individual stories, JB follows the career of Number One, from cadet assigned to the shakedown cruise of the Constitution-class starship NX-0001 (which will eventually be christened Enterprise) to her eventual return to the ship as a Starfleet Lieutenant under its original Captain, Robert April. She's obviously one of Byrne's favorite characters from the original series. Chris Pike shows up (as First Officer to Captain April) in the last story as well. One of the stories here is a sequel of sorts to an earlier Byrne ST miniseries, STAR TREK: ASSIGNMENT EARTH (which itself is a sequel to TOS episode of the same name featuring Robert Lansing as Gary Seven, agent of mysterious alien masters assigned to Earth in the 1960s). I'll be reading that one next.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 29, 2016, 05:27:44 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
 1-Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion
 2-Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
 3-Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
 4-Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #232
 5- Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241
 6-Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 30, 2016, 06:58:26 AM
I read
Jughead #141 & #144 & #145 & #160 & #162 & early this morning I read these digital comics
Betty & Veronica Sleepover Party Special
B & V Pool Party
Team Betty
Betty Vs Veronica -Sabotage
I finished reading Betty & Veronica Rival Cheryl Blossom High School Royalty
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 31, 2016, 03:28:27 PM
I read Jughead #12 & #18 & #60 & #62 & #71 Jughead's Baby Tales #2.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on May 31, 2016, 06:05:20 PM
I read AfterLife With Archie #9, which was great.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on May 31, 2016, 08:39:51 PM
I haven't updated this in a few days, so here's what I read the last four days:

Saturday May 28:
STAR TREK: ASSIGNMENT EARTH TP by John Byrne

Sunday May 29:

STAR TREK 100-PAGE SPECTACULAR 2011 (#1)
STAR TREK 100-PAGE SPECTACULAR 2012 (#2)
STAR TREK: LEONARD McCOY: FRONTIER DOCTOR TP by John Byrne

Monday May 30:

STAR TREK CLASSICS: THE GORN CRISIS TP
ARCHIE GIANT COMICS SPOTLIGHT
CAPTAIN CANUCK: ALEPH TP

Tuesday May 31:
STAR TREK: KLINGONS: BLOOD WILL TELL TP
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on June 01, 2016, 12:21:45 AM
Just an FYI since it’s not one I read, but apparently BOOM! studios has lowered it on “Bee & Puppycat” — despite earlier solicits for #12-16, #11 is now the final issue …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 01, 2016, 01:10:48 AM
JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS #21 came in the mail today, and I read that tonight. One thing I've been doing is counting the pages of the new lead stories in the months since Fernando Ruiz announced that ACP would be limiting the new stories to 5 pages going forward (I began counting only after Fernando's final story had appeared), and I found that not to be the case, with more than a few 6 page stories, as is the case with the new lead story in this issue.


One thing I'm noticing is that apart from the final B&V stories of "The Many Loves of Archie Andrews", all of the new Dan Parent stories since then have been written by writers other than Dan himself. And with the last couple of months of solicitations having digests where the lead stories are NOT described as "NEW", that's planted a suspicion in my mind that the new lead stories may only hold out as long as the scripts which ACP had bought and paid for far ahead of time. They may already have ceased paying for new scripts from writers entirely, and are merely having Dan Parent work through a backlog of paid-for scrips that had been accumulating for some time. After those scripts run out, it may be all over for new classic Archie stories in the digests.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on June 01, 2016, 01:06:56 PM
I haven't had time to read anything :(
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 01, 2016, 07:48:45 PM
Just an FYI since it’s not one I read, but apparently BOOM! studios has lowered it on “Bee & Puppycat” — despite earlier solicits for #12-16, #11 is now the final issue …


I read this one. I got an email from TFAW awhile back canceling my orders for those issues. Boo.  :(
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 02, 2016, 06:23:36 AM
I got up early & read in my room in my comfy chair. And read & gsve these comics new plastics.
Jughead #90 & #100 & #131 & #134
AfterLife With Archie #1 & #2 & #3 & #4
Now I finished reading
Afterlife With Archie #5 & #6 & #7 & #8 & #9. I put all of them in comics frames. I'm going take a picture & post it on my Twitter Page today.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 02, 2016, 10:56:19 AM
All the Prom issues from Betty, Veronica, and Betty and Veronica featured on the Archie app.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 02, 2016, 03:41:02 PM
FBCD 2016 VIZ MEDIA ONE-PUNCH MAN/MY HERO ACADEMIA - Previewing two superhero series from the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. The first stars a "superhero for fun" who looks very unimpressive - not much of a physique, bald-headed, only the simplest of facial features. His biggest problem is trying to avoid boredom, because his devastating power to defeat any foe with a single punch has him constantly seeking new challenges. The second is about a world where about 80% of the population has a "quirk" (specialized superpower), and our protagonist is a teenager trying to be accepted at UA Hero Academy, a superhero high school. He has near-unlimited power he can draw from crystals, but it's too powerful for him to handle at 100%, and he hasn't learned to modulate that power to smaller percentages yet. In this story he's got to pass a series of physical tests and he's in danger of being cut from the school before even starting. Both sort of interesting, but I liked One-Punch Man a lot better, because it's more like a tongue-in-cheek comedy, plus I preferred the art style to My Hero Academia, which seems to tread some of the same ground as a lot of X-Men spinoff titles featuring young mutants. I think I might order Volume 1 of the One-Punch Man series (it was recommended to me by someone else, as well).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 03, 2016, 06:32:47 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
🐒 1-Archie Giant Comics Party
💅 2-Archie 1000 Page Mega Digest
⛪ 3-World Of Archie Winter Annual #56
💝 4- The Best Of Archie Comics 75 Years 75 Stories
🌆 5-Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #232
⛅ 6-Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
And on Saturday morning I read
🐨 1-Invincible #128
🔦 2-Patsy Walker AKA HellCat #1 & #6
💘 3-Casey & April-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 & #4
💾 4-Saga #18
⛺ 5-Vampirella #1
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 04, 2016, 10:59:16 AM

Patsy Walker AKA HellCat #1 & #6

I couldn't even make it all the way through Patsy Walker #6. That was the most terrible example of using a fill-in artist (completely different style) that I've ever seen in a comic. Essentially the equivalent of having the artist of the newspaper strip CATHY (Cathy Guisewite) fill in on the artwork in an issue of BATGIRL or something.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 04, 2016, 01:37:54 PM
I didn't like the art from #6, issue #1 is great though.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 05, 2016, 10:08:53 AM
Saturday:
SUPER 'SUCKERS #1 & 2


Sunday:
ARCHIE ANNUAL COMICS DIGEST #48 (1986)
MISTER X: RAZED TP
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 05, 2016, 04:58:02 PM
This week I plan to read 12 Veronica issues so I change my wall. I'm going read
Veronica #1 & #8 & #38 & #100 & #120 & 128 & #149 & #157 & #194 & #201 & #202 & #206.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 05, 2016, 10:11:19 PM
📚 📖 📚 📖 📚Tonight I have to catch up & read some digital comics while in bed.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 06, 2016, 10:21:17 AM
⛵ I read all 12 of those Veronica issues that I said I was going read before putting them in my comic frames. I gave them new plastics too.
Veronica #1 & #8 & #38 & #100 & #120 & #128 & #149 & #152 & #194 & #201 & #202 & #206
I want to read Jughead #1 - #6 before the 15th to get ready for #7. I can't wait to see Derek Charm's art.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 06, 2016, 06:57:06 PM
⛵ I read some Digital Comics
📔 Reggie & Me
📓 Invincible #22
📙 Sunstone-Volume #4
📓 Jughead's Cousin Bingo Wilkin
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 07, 2016, 01:34:00 PM
I've mostly been updating on Goodreads these days.


Paper Girls #6 - I was just about to give up on this series (because they weren't explaining anything) but this book brought me back. I loved the fish out of water experience the 80's girls had in 2016 and the 3 Erins.


Escape to Gold Mountain - a very difficult and horrifying book to read but a very important one. This is for those interested in Asian studies or race relations.


Curb Stomp #1 - Didn't like it at all unfortunately despite the beautiful colors. I wanted it to be Jem and the Holograms but it just wasn't. Why are these so few comics about music and bands??


Grimm Fairy Tales The Little Mermaid - Just terrible.


Part Time Princesses #1 - It was ok. Loved the idea of the setting - amusement parks, summer, and princesses.


Ares & Aphrodite #1 - I'm trying out Comixology Unlimited which unfortunately is mostly just issue/volume #1's. So if you like a series you have to buy it. This was ok. It was like a rom-com movie but in comic format.


The Undertaking of Lily Chen - Great idea (corpse brides are fascinating) but the old fashioned art style did not at all go with the modern dialogue.


Through the Woods - Loved it! Spooky stories and fabulous art. Why don't they make more like these??

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 07, 2016, 06:13:31 PM
⛵ I read each of these books for 12 minutes
Archie 1000 Page Mega Digest
Archie Giant Comics Party
World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #49
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
And I finished Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #232
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 08, 2016, 12:26:58 AM
HOWARD THE DUCK #8
GODS OF WAR #1 (of 4)
MICKEY MOUSE #322
DONALD DUCK #381
THE SHADOW: DEATH OF MARGO LANE #1 (of 6)
WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT #11 (of 12)
EMPRESS #3 (of 7)
MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL #1 (of 5)
INVADER ZIM #10
STAR TREK #55-58 (Legacy of Spock, Parts 1-4)
STAR TREK: MANIFEST DESTINY #1-4
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 08, 2016, 01:12:50 AM
Best of Jughead Crowning Achievements - loved the Craig Boldman stories. I'm thinking of going back and reading all the ones he wrote.


In Real Life by Jen Wang - poignant, girlie gamer story.  :smitten:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 08, 2016, 11:55:15 AM
Best of Jughead Crowning Achievements - loved the Craig Boldman stories. I'm thinking of going back and reading all the ones he wrote.


You're just discovering Craig Boldman's Jughead? He did an incredible 10-year run on Jughead with Rex Lindsey. Gave Jughead an amazing array of quirky obsessions, a vocabulary word of the month, and introduced his arch-nemesis Trula Twyst.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on June 08, 2016, 03:51:52 PM
Best of Jughead Crowning Achievements - loved the Craig Boldman stories. I'm thinking of going back and reading all the ones he wrote.


You're just discovering Craig Boldman's Jughead? He did an incredible 10-year run on Jughead with Rex Lindsey. Gave Jughead an amazing array of quirky obsessions, a vocabulary word of the month, and introduced his arch-nemesis Trula Twyst.

I like Boldman's writing way better than Lindsey's art.  He didn't do bad on the girls but I always thought the guys' heads were too tall or something.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 08, 2016, 06:06:51 PM
Best of Jughead Crowning Achievements - loved the Craig Boldman stories. I'm thinking of going back and reading all the ones he wrote.


You're just discovering Craig Boldman's Jughead? He did an incredible 10-year run on Jughead with Rex Lindsey. Gave Jughead an amazing array of quirky obsessions, a vocabulary word of the month, and introduced his arch-nemesis Trula Twyst.

Never gave Jughead much of a try because when he appears in the Archie issues he's very one dimensional and obsessed with food which gets boring. These Craig Boldman stories are probably some of the funniest Archie Comics stories ever.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 09, 2016, 12:21:36 AM
Best of Jughead Crowning Achievements - loved the Craig Boldman stories. I'm thinking of going back and reading all the ones he wrote.


You're just discovering Craig Boldman's Jughead? He did an incredible 10-year run on Jughead with Rex Lindsey. Gave Jughead an amazing array of quirky obsessions, a vocabulary word of the month, and introduced his arch-nemesis Trula Twyst.

Never gave Jughead much of a try because when he appears in the Archie issues he's very one dimensional and obsessed with food which gets boring. These Craig Boldman stories are probably some of the funniest Archie Comics stories ever.

That's what I meant about the quirky obsessions. The obsessions with food, laziness/avoiding effort, and his relationship to girls aren't isolated things in Craig Boldman's Jughead, but part of a broader range of general eccentricity. I think Boldman realized the food/laziness/girls thing had been done to death over the decades, so while he incorporated those aspects of the character, he tried to make them part of a wider spectrum of oddball behavior. Cleverness and luck (sometimes good, sometimes bad) both play a part in the stories.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: daren on June 09, 2016, 05:31:47 AM

I read Archie Double Digest 269, the one with Fernando's final Archie story. "Happiness is a Clean Pup" about Archie and Jughead starting their own dog washing business.



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Pretty soon they expand their business to washing cats:


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Obviously the story is funny and Fernando's art is as great as ever. Now we won't be seeing it in any new ACP stories anymore and no need to say to anyone here how much this sucks. Coincidental that this story comes out the same day that ACP announces their new Josie reboot as if as distraction, maybe when Dan Parent does his last story we'll get news of a Reggie reboot. With Reggie in juvie hall or maybe the psych ward if that isn't too tame for them by then.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 09, 2016, 05:53:45 AM
⛵ I read
Jughead #5-Erica Henderson variant
Betty & Veronica #278-The 90's variant
Archie #6-Derek Charm & Marguerite Sauvage variants
Archie #415 & #645 & 648
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 09, 2016, 06:55:24 AM

I read Archie Double Digest 269, the one with Fernando's final Archie story. "Happiness is a Clean Pup" about Archie and Jughead starting their own dog washing business.



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Pretty soon they expand their business to washing cats:


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Obviously the story is funny and Fernando's art is as great as ever. Now we won't be seeing it in any new ACP stories anymore and no need to say to anyone here how much this sucks. Coincidental that this story comes out the same day that ACP announces their new Josie reboot as if as distraction, maybe when Dan Parent does his last story we'll get news of a Reggie reboot. With Reggie in juvie hall or maybe the psych ward if that isn't too tame for them by then.

Started reading that yesterday as well. Usually I sit and read the whole digest (Annuals and Jumbos included) in one sitting, but for some reason I fell asleep after reading (I guess) about 50 pages (it was in the middle of the Statue of Liberty story).

And now I'm wondering just what happened to that B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #248, and if I will ever see it, or if it was cancelled with no announcement.
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Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 09, 2016, 03:15:28 PM

I read Archie Double Digest 269, the one with Fernando's final Archie story. "Happiness is a Clean Pup" about Archie and Jughead starting their own dog washing business.



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Pretty soon they expand their business to washing cats:


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Obviously the story is funny and Fernando's art is as great as ever. Now we won't be seeing it in any new ACP stories anymore and no need to say to anyone here how much this sucks. Coincidental that this story comes out the same day that ACP announces their new Josie reboot as if as distraction, maybe when Dan Parent does his last story we'll get news of a Reggie reboot. With Reggie in juvie hall or maybe the psych ward if that isn't too tame for them by then.

Started reading that yesterday as well. Usually I sit and read the whole digest (Annuals and Jumbos included) in one sitting, but for some reason I fell asleep after reading (I guess) about 50 pages (it was in the middle of the Statue of Liberty story).

And now I'm wondering just what happened to that B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #248, and if I will ever see it, or if it was cancelled with no announcement.
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How was the rest of that Archie digest? Does it have a lot of summer themed stories?


B&V Friends 248 has been out digitally since 5/25/2016. I've already read it. I'm not sure about the print version. Maybe they are testing the waters to see if people will buy digests digitally now. Or there is some new embargo before the print copies get released.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 09, 2016, 03:33:08 PM
How was the rest of that Archie digest? Does it have a lot of summer themed stories?


Not that I noticed. I didn't really pay that much attention to when the stories might have been taking place. I guess some or most of them could have been during the summer (there really weren't any "school" stories, but nothing like beach stories, either). The only story that stood out (apart from the longish Statue of Liberty story I mentioned) was one written by Bob Bolling and drawn by Rex Lindsey (first time I've ever seen that particular combo) about Mr. Lodge taking (teenage) Archie with him on a trip to find Mystic Lake's legendary lake monster, "Misty". It has sort of a strange ending, the kind that is becoming an earmark of Bolling's writing to me. Apart from those, nothing really stood out - a pretty average issue.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 10, 2016, 06:28:56 AM
PREZ: THE FIRST TEEN PRESIDENT TP  - by Joe Simon (w)/ Jerry Grandenetti (a) + Neil Gaiman (w)/ Mike Allred (a) + Ed Brubaker (w)/ Eric Shanower (a)
PREZ was a bizarre concept for a comic book even by DC Comics standards of 1973. (His actual name is Prez Rickard, given no more justification in the story than "When I was born, my mom said 'Someday this baby will be president, so she named me Prez -- ' ".) This collection reprints all 4 issues of the 1970s series plus the unpublished story originally intended as issue #5. Also included is a story by Cary Bates from SUPERGIRL #10 (Oct. 1974) that featured a guest appearance by Prez, plus a 1993 issue of the Vertigo series THE SANDMAN by Neil Gaiman & Mike Allred that revisited the character, and a final one-shot Vertigo Visions from 1995 written by Ed Brubaker, "Smells Like Teen President". I guess it's no more bizarre than Jughead's Time Police, though. In fact, it's not hard to imagine something like President Archie coming out of that late '80s period of experimental titles from ACP.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 10, 2016, 06:12:01 PM
I read The Nameless City for 12 minutes. It's a great book by Faith Erin Hicks. I also read BatGirl #52 & Deadly Class #21 & After Life With Archie #9.
On Saturday Morning I read these books for 13 minutes each
🍦 1-Archie 1000 Page Mega Comics Digest
💅2-Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #242
💃 3-Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #20
🐾 4-The Archie Wedding-Will You Marry Me?
🌌 5-Friends With Boys
🌾 6-The Nameless City
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 12, 2016, 01:37:45 PM

I read all 6 Jughead issues in order to ready for #7.
Jughead #1- Francavilla variant
Jughead #2-Les Mclaine variant
Jughead #3-TY variant
Jughead #4-Mack variant
Jughead #5-Henderson variant
Jughead #6-Chaing variant
I also read in my room for awhile.I read each of these digests for 12 minutes
World Of Jumbo Comics Digest #41
Jughead & Archie Double Digest #1
Archie Giant Comics Festival
And I also read
Jughead #177 & #186
Archie #385 & #640 & #649 & #657
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: daren on June 13, 2016, 01:45:02 AM

I read Archie Double Digest 269, the one with Fernando's final Archie story. "Happiness is a Clean Pup" about Archie and Jughead starting their own dog washing business.



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Pretty soon they expand their business to washing cats:


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Obviously the story is funny and Fernando's art is as great as ever. Now we won't be seeing it in any new ACP stories anymore and no need to say to anyone here how much this sucks. Coincidental that this story comes out the same day that ACP announces their new Josie reboot as if as distraction, maybe when Dan Parent does his last story we'll get news of a Reggie reboot. With Reggie in juvie hall or maybe the psych ward if that isn't too tame for them by then.

Started reading that yesterday as well. Usually I sit and read the whole digest (Annuals and Jumbos included) in one sitting, but for some reason I fell asleep after reading (I guess) about 50 pages (it was in the middle of the Statue of Liberty story).

And now I'm wondering just what happened to that B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #248, and if I will ever see it, or if it was cancelled with no announcement.
(https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_pi/300/3243143.jpg)


How was the rest of that Archie digest? Does it have a lot of summer themed stories?


B&V Friends 248 has been out digitally since 5/25/2016. I've already read it. I'm not sure about the print version. Maybe they are testing the waters to see if people will buy digests digitally now. Or there is some new embargo before the print copies get released.


Not really, the closest was an old story where Veronica, Mr. Lodge and Archie are sitting by the pool but most of it doesn't even take place there.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 14, 2016, 11:05:21 AM
I read each of these books for 12 minutes
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #239
World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #48
Archie's Funhouse Comics Double Digest #13
Archie Giant Comics Collection
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 14, 2016, 07:04:50 PM
I will reading Jughead #7 on my phone . I'm getting it from the Google Play Store.
I finished Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241. And I also read these Archie Giant Comics Party & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266 & World Of Archie Winter Annual #56
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 15, 2016, 05:52:58 AM

JUGHEAD #7 - Well, it's an improvement, anyway. Derek Charm's artwork makes reboot Jughead and Archie a lot easier to look at. The humor here is coming through slightly better now, but is still far too subdued for my liking, and the overall problem of decompressed storytelling continues to apply here -- far too little is happening in any given issue. I can only hope incoming writer Ryan North will pick up the pace when he takes over.


ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #9 - A decently written and drawn, solid superhero comic. One could wish that the protagonist wasn't so relentlessly portrayed as a loser (although he does manage to defeat the villains in each story arc), and for this particular title, I sometimes think it could do with a little LESS humor. Still a decent read every month.


INVINCIBLE #129 - I've been reading this since the "Reboot" arc (which wasn't really a reboot), and have managed (despite my handicap of not being well-versed in the complex backstory of INVINCIBLE) to follow along so far with few problems, but this issue baffled me as to what exactly was going on. There are a few scene changes in the latter half of the story, with no hints as to whether we're viewing events from the past, future, or perhaps even some alternate timeline. If things aren't made clear by the next issue, I'll probably wind up dropping this from my reading list, as I honestly couldn't make heads or tails of it. Not even a guess as to what might be going on here, really.


BLACK WIDOW #4 - I have to admit I'm not enjoying this book anywhere near as much as I'd hoped I would. Part of that is that the tone of the story, while fine for a comic per se, runs counter to my expectations for this character, and my expectations from the Waid/Samnee team based on their prior work on DAREDEVIL. It's reminiscent of nothing so much as the tone and tropes of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's VELVET, but otherwise suffers by the comparison to that excellent series. Again, as with the rebooted ARCHIE, Waid's writing here is in the decompressed storytelling mode, with not much happening in any given issue. I'll give it a couple more issues before giving up on it, but I'm afraid I'll be dropping this if it doesn't get better fairly soon.


SQUADRON SUPREME #8 - I've very little in the way of attachment to most of the main protagonists of this series (save for Hyperion and Thundra), but James Robinson's writing and the involvement of incidental characters like Black Bolt and Toro Raymond are holding my interest, and Robinson seems to be slowly adding some dimension to the other main characters who were previously cyphers to me. Going to stick with this one for a while yet.

WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #732 - The conclusion of the long running series of stories focused around "The Search For the Zodiac Stones" (this is Part 12 of 12) that involved Scrooge McDuck, Donald and his nephews, plus Mickey Mouse and Goofy. Individual stories in this series were complete adventures in themselves, but this 31-page concluding chapter wraps up the overarching subplot as the component 12 zodiac stones are assembled; it's the longest story ever featuring all of Disney Comics' most popular stars. Also included is a 6-page backup story starring the less-frequently seen Ludwig von Drake (and a personal fave).


HENCHGIRL #8 - This is such a "fringe" title that I'm a little surprised (given my heavy reading list) that I'm still reading it after 8 issues, but at the same time, I realised that with every issue, I was a little more charmed by and drawn into the world of Kristen Gudsnuk's Crepe City, and its oddball heroes and villains. In this issue, Fred Stumbley (AKA Mannikin) continues to heal from having his brittle body shattered and then glued back together. He meets Lovely Celestial Angel Amelia, who's just moved to Crepe City (and just been robbed of all her belongings). Having nowhere to go, she decides to become Fred's crime-fighting partner, which leads to Mary Posa making her the object of her vengeance (due to still being turned evil, which is worrysome as there doesn't seem to be any possible way to rectify her condition). Poor Mary. Poor Fred! Actually, Amelia seems nice for a magical girl crime-fighter, so maybe something will develop between Fred and her (I can't believe I'm shipping them already). I know, I know... I'm supposed to be rooting for Mary. And now I'm thinking I REALLY should be following the webcomic at www.henchgirlcomic.com. That goes on my to-do list. So far the story is up to 233 pages.


SWAMP THING #6 (of 6) - Not much to say about this one. As ST comics go, this story wasn't one of the more interesting ones, although it had a lot of guest stars, particularly in this final issue.


ASTRO CITY #36 - 2nd part of a 2-parter. Again, not one of the more notable stories in this series.


TITANS REBIRTH #1 - Not crazy about the artwork (though I've seen much worse as well, particularly from DC), but they really are "trying to get the band back together". The original 5 kid sidekicks of the Silver Age JLA (Robin/Dick Grayson, Wonder Girl/Donna Troy, Aqualad/Garth, Speedy/Roy Harper, and Kid Flash/Wally West) are reunited after discovering that their minds have been tampered with to erase memories of their past association together (and some characters like Wally West had been erased from the current reality altogether). What can I say, there was probably nowhere further DOWN that DC Comics could go, so I guess they're at least going through the motions of pretending to listen to what their former fans have been complaining about. This is merely what I'd consider an "okay" DC comic book, but even at that it's a big improvement over the last 5 years of their superhero comics. They happen to also be some of my personal favorite DC characters, which really doesn't hurt either.


ACTION COMICS #957 + SUPERMAN (2016) #1 - The first of these comics featuring the "rebirth"ed Superman wasn't actually too bad (credit goes to old-school DC Superman writer Dan Jurgens), and has the pre-New 52 DC Universe Superman replacing the recently-deceased New 52 Superman. Trouble rears its head immediately in the form of Justice Leaguer Lex Luthor (still the New 52 incarnation of said character), who wants the job for himself. The new SUPERMAN #1 issue (by writer Peter Tomasi) gets a thumbs-down just as easily for a boring story (same Superman as Action Comics, though) that doesn't really have much interesting going on. Less than half (honestly maybe closer to 25-35%) of the DC Rebirth first issues represent any sort of improvement over the previous months, but mild though that improvement may be, it's exceeded my expectations in that regard, so I'll see what develops in a few of these books in the coming months. AQUAMAN REBIRTH, FLASH REBIRTH and DETECTIVE COMICS REBIRTH were reasonably not-too-horrible as well. None of this stuff is going to make my top 20 list, but "nowhere to go but up" seems to apply here.

PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #7 - OMFG it's Kate Leth again! After that last issue, I wasn't sure... Not a bad issue, and it finally wraps up Patsy's problems with Hedy Wolfe.


WACKY RACELAND #1 - Too bad. It's a big bore. Takes itself way too seriously. There was some real potential here, as I could see where they were using the MAD MAX franchise (with a big dollop of Roger Corman's DEATH RACE 2000) as a lens through which to re-interpret the Hanna-Barbera WACKY RACES cartoon. I still think the concept has legs, and they're complete idiots if they don't turn this into a videogame. What's missing here is that the series has no self-awareness of its own absurdity. This would have been better handled as a full-bore 2000AD (the zarjaz Mega-Comic from the UK) tongue-in-cheek sardonic humor style post-Apocalyptic comic. They should have hired someone like Pat Mills (or Alan Grant) to write it, and someone like Mike McMahon, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Ezquerra, or Kevin O'Neill (all Judge Dredd/2000AD alumni) to draw it. Or maybe someone like Jamie Hewlett (TANK GIRL). That could have really worked, and been a kick-ass comic.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 15, 2016, 07:15:51 AM
Really liked Jughead #7. It's more of a classic Archie comedic story (with some inside jokes) and no dream sequences/fantastical elements.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 15, 2016, 08:55:38 PM
I read Jughead #7 which I actually got from Archie Comics by mistake. My 6 issue subscription is over. On the label it said a Grace issue, I guess that means free. I can't wait to hang up on my wall.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on June 15, 2016, 09:32:56 PM
I read Jughead #7 which I actually got from Archie Comics by mistake. My 6 issue subscription is over. On the label it said a Grace issue, I guess that means free. I can't wait to hang up on my wall.
Maybe to see if the new art style will tempt you to renew …
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 15, 2016, 10:39:18 PM
That could be the reason but I'm not going get a subscription to it. That 6 Jughead issue subscription was enough.  I have a subscription to Archie & hsve only got 8 issues so far. A lot of them are damaged. And The issues are cheaper at Midtown Comics. Midtown Comics sends them in a box so they are not damaged.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 16, 2016, 07:40:55 AM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
✈ 1-World Of Archie Winter Annual #56
🐝 2-Archie Giant Comics Party
👻 3-Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
☔ 4-Archie-Volume #1 with those issues  1-6
👗 5-Friends With Boys
🍟 6-Nameless City
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 16, 2016, 09:19:27 AM
I read
Jughead #7-Charm, the beautiful cover with Jughead giving us the peace sign even though it's for 2 for 1 Burgers.
Afterlife With Archie #9- The Reggie cover
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 16, 2016, 09:49:53 PM
🐯 🐻 🐨 🐯 I took a break from reading today
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 17, 2016, 07:40:04 AM
THE BIRTH OF KITARO by Shigeru Mizuki, a just released collection of manga stories from the late 1960s, and an earlier-released (2013), larger collection (300-ish pages) of the same, simply entitled KITARO. Both of these were published by Drawn & Quarterly.

Kitaro is a little yokai boy, the last member of the Ghost Tribe, who helps humans (and other yokai) with their problems. You could call him a "yokai buster". He has a number of strange abilities due to his yokai heritage, and seems to discover new ones in every story. He has a long prehensile tongue like a gecko, his hair can stretch out and grab things, and is strong like metal wire. He can also fire the hairs out of his head like porcupine quills, or blend into his background surroundings like a chameleon. He has special yokai glasses that allow him to see things that humans and other yokai can't. He wears wooden sandals that have special properties like allowing him to walk on rainbows. In one story his hand is cut off, but continues to move around on its own until it finally returns to his body.

As for what exactly a yokai is, that's a little hard to explain. Yokai can be monsters, demons, goblins, spirit creatures, minor deities, ghosts, or cryptids. They encompass all sorts of folkloric beings and paranormal creatures. Some are humanoid, some combine features of various animals, and some are in-between. Others have no real form at all -- they can be like balls of gas or light. They could be Japanese, or from another country, or even from outer space. They could be daikaiju (giant monsters) or mythical creatures that inhabit lakes and rivers, live underground, or in the sky. Some were once human, and some are born as yokai; some might have a mixed heritage, being half-human and half-yokai. Traditional western monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein's monster are considered yokai too. About all you can really say that they have in common is that they are strange, intelligent beings that inhabit our world (which is to say, the modern world). There are bad yokai and good yokai, and some who are just mischievous.

Kitaro was born of a dead mother, in a graveyard. He's a little boy with a bulbous head and one huge eye. His other eye socket is empty, and that's where his father lives. His father was a yokai too, but as he lay dying of a long illness, slowly decomposing, he learned of his son's birth and was so motivated to protect and look after the boy that he willed his remaining spirit into his eyeball, which oozed out of its socket and fell on the floor, where it regrew a tiny body from the optic nerve so that he could move about. Now he's just an eyeball with an itty-bitty body and he rides around in Kitaro's empty eye socket.

These are whimsical stories about monsters and paranormal creatures and a little monster boy who helps people who are being troubled by them. Not a genre of manga that I was familiar with before reading this, but they're quite fun.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 17, 2016, 03:52:51 PM
I read Archie #9. It was very good. Fish's art is getting better. Veronica has to hang out at Archie's being of mean old dad. If Mr. Lodge sees Archie, I think he kill him. So to make Veronica feel at home with the Andrews she buys them expensive gifts which Fred Andrews love especially the huge tv. Veronica overs hears Mary Archie's complain about it make Veronica question their relationship. Which has Archie worried that they are going break up. Betty gives Archie her opinion but it falls on deaf ears. Archie & Veronica don't break up. The only bad thing about the issue there was no Reggie.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 17, 2016, 06:51:18 PM
I read each of these books for 15 minutes
🌠 Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion
👑 Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
🌲 Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 18, 2016, 05:16:07 AM
Read the latest two issues of Patsy Walker. I can see what DeCarlo Rules meant about the art in issue #6. It was in the style of a little kids' series. I actually didn't mind it because I like the artist's series Bee and Puppycat. I also read the last 2 issues of this series as well. Sad to see it go. There are so few current series that feature multiple short stories in one issue which I prefer over an issue long story when I'm tired. There's Grumpy Cat and the Disney comics. Anyone know any others?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 18, 2016, 01:18:05 PM
I finished reading The Cute Girl Network. And also read these for 12 minutes each
📖 Archie Giant Comics Collection
📖 The Archie Wedding-Will You Marry Me?
📖 Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #15
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 18, 2016, 02:37:19 PM
SHADOW LADY VOL. 3: SUDDEN DEATH (Dark Horse, 2001) - Interesting superhero manga by Masakazu Katsura. I knew of his work from a couple of anime shows (also superheroes) I'd seen that he created, Tiger & Bunny (about superheroes competing in a reality TV series) and Zetman (which began as a manga, but hasn't gotten an official English language translation). The Japanese always seem to put an interesting spin on superheroes. I picked this up at my LCS out of curiosity (because I'd never read Masakazu's manga, only seen his anime). I enjoyed it, and will probably try to track down the first two volumes (this was the concluding arc of a longer series which ran 24 issues in the standard floppy comic format). Shadow Lady is a Japanese teenager who gets a gift of magical eye shadow from her grandmother, which when applied, turns her into Shadow Lady, whose job it is to retrieve a series of demon gemstones that are like eggs with hibernating demons inside waiting to be reborn. If they awaken they will cause the destruction of the world. She's assisted by a small magical creature from the demon world named De-Mo. The big problem is that these demon gems are all possessed by respectable members of society, and they are exerting a corrupting influence on them, causing them to commit acts of evil (but surreptitiously, so they maintain their respectable image). When Shadow Lady tries to steal the gems from them, she's considered a thief and is being hunted by a young police detective (who is also conflicted because he's starting to fall in love with her).

JUGHEAD (1987) #89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 160 - I'll be reviewing these in detail later in another thread.

TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE VOLUME TWO
by Michael Kupperman - Very interesting collection of an alternative anthology series of absurdist/dadaesque stories.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 18, 2016, 04:45:06 PM
I read these Jughead issues while in my comfy chair in my room
Jughead #207 & #208 & #209 & #210 & #211 & #212 & #213
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 18, 2016, 05:34:42 PM
And I also read
Jughead #139 & #143 & #166 &  #214
In bed I read 3 digital comics
💗 Jughead #7
💚 75Th Series Reggie & Me
💙 Sunstone- Volume #4
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 18, 2016, 06:18:28 PM

JUGHEAD (1987) #89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 160 - I'll be reviewing these in detail later in another thread.



The Trula Twyst issues. Woot woot. I've been meaning to get my hands on these eventually. They are not available digitally :(.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 19, 2016, 12:26:26 AM

JUGHEAD (1987) #89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 160 - I'll be reviewing these in detail later in another thread.



The Trula Twyst issues. Woot woot. I've been meaning to get my hands on these eventually. They are not available digitally :( .

Yeah, I noticed that. I can't believe they haven't reprinted those somewhere, or done a digital exclusive themed collection of Jughead vs Trula. I've got plenty of reprints of later Trula stories in the digests, but I've not seen the original 5 reprinted anywhere. Comics.org couldn't help me there.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 19, 2016, 06:38:47 AM
I took Archie #9 off my wall & read it again.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 19, 2016, 11:05:31 AM
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #5 - I've been trying to fill in the few issues I was missing of this digest title. As it turns out, I'd already read all of the stories in here, probably because I'd read them earlier in one of those 1000 Page Comics Digests or Giant Comics Digests, so nothing to remark on here. Only missing one issue of this series now, and two issues of ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE to complete the set.
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Post by: BettyReggie on June 19, 2016, 08:24:32 PM
I skipped reading anything today. I dyed my hair instead . I colored a lot in one of my stress coloring books.
On Tuesday I read
Archie #9-Fish the one from my subscription
Jughead #7-Charm, this is one they actually mailed me when my 6 issue subscription was over.
Jughead #211-which is my all time favorite Jughead issue
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 22, 2016, 10:59:33 AM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
🐒 Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
🏯 Archie's Funhouse Jumbo  Comics Digest #15
💝 Archie Comics Double Digest #269
🐱 The Archie Wedding-Will You Marry Me?
And Tonight I read Life With Kevin #1 which was adorable. Kevin's a Hottie. Did you notice a little mouse sleeps in the bed with him. And this mouse looked cute.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Midge Klump on June 22, 2016, 10:50:46 PM
Betty and Veronica #244 Summer Annual
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Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on June 22, 2016, 11:32:26 PM
Been reading some old Betty and Veronica Double Digests (125-127, 147)
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 23, 2016, 06:40:09 AM
Let's see, where did I leave off...?

Monday 06/20:
BETTY AND VERONICA SUMMER ANNUAL #244

Tuesday 06/21:
WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS #60
INVINCIBLE #0 (2005)
DARK HORSE PRESENTS: (THE ONCE AND FUTURE TARZAN) #23
LORDS OF THE JUNGLE #4 (of 6)
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW # 3 (of 4)
STEAM WARS PRINCESS LEGENDS #1
ALL NEW CLASSIC CAPTAIN CANUCK #2
DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY HC OGN
by Paul Dini & Eduardo Risso
ARCHIE'S PAL JUGHEAD ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC


Wednesday 06/22:
JUSTICE LEAGUE #51 & 52
ACTION COMICS #958
FLASH (2016) #1
WONDER WOMAN (2016) #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #935
AQUAMAN (2016) #1


... Already starting to lose interest in a couple of those newly-"Rebirth"ed DC universe titles. FLASH and AQUAMAN were both kind of 'meh'. I think #52 was the last of the current JUSTICE LEAGUE series, and it was (oddly) kind of a prequel to ACTION COMICS #957 (which came out a couple of weeks ago). #51 was a semi-confusing fill-in issue in which remnant characters from different prior iterations of the DC universe appeared, which just leaves you scratching your head as to what that was all about. Maybe it'll be followed up on elsewhere, or after the JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1 issue comes out, who knows? That issue #51 Justice League team seemed to have the old Superman (which is to say, the New 52 Superman, the one they started with) in it, so it had to have taken place before his recent death. The DC Universe is just a confusing place sometimes. ACTION COMICS is still interesting to me, with Lex Luthor putting on an S-shield symbol on his power armor, and attempting to take the deceased Superman's place (meanwhile, over in the regular SUPERMAN Rebirthed title, it's the old pre-New 52 DCU Superman taking his place). They meet in this issue, and have some conflict over that. DETECTIVE COMICS has Batwoman leading a team of Gotham-centric Bat-spinoff characters that includes Spoiler (Stephanie Brown, daughter of minor Bat-villain The Cluemaster), Orphan (Cassandra Cain, one of the former Batgirls), Red Robin (Tim Drake, formerly Robin III), and Clayface II (Matt Hagen). While the idea of having a title with a permanent assemblage of Bat-allies is the kind of no-brainer that makes you wonder why it never happened before, I have to question the inclusion of bat-villain Clayface. I can see where they'd want at least one character with actual superpowers, but if they wanted a monster-type guy, Man-Bat (a.k.a. Kirk Langstrom) was definitely the way to go. While Matt Hagen's origin seems kind of tragic, he's always been presented as pretty irredeemable bad guy, so his inclusion smacks of a really arbitrary, illogical editoral decision. The non-inclusion of the better-known and more popular Batman sidekicks Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) was sort of understandable as they both have their own teams (Titans and Birds of Prey, respectively).  Don't know how long I'll stick with these books, as I'm already thinking about dropping FLASH and AQUAMAN from my reading list. I might stick with ACTION, DETECTIVE and WONDER WOMAN for a few more issues.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 23, 2016, 09:20:53 AM
I read
Jughead #7-Cully & C. Smith variants. Now my wall id full of Jughead issues I 'll take a picture later today & post it on my Twitter page.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Midge Klump on June 23, 2016, 10:29:07 PM
Archie DD #269
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 26, 2016, 02:35:05 PM
I'm going read these digital comics for 15 minutes
🎁 Sunstone-Volume #4
🎁 Reggie & Me-75 Year Series
🎁 Archie & Friends- Love Is Blind -Pep Digital #130
🎁 And these books
🎁 Archie Comics Double Digest #269
🎁 Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #15
🎁 Archie-75 Years 75 Stories
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 26, 2016, 03:41:35 PM
SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATER - BOOK 1 TPB

DC ARCHIVES - THE SANDMAN VOL 1 HC


ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #29 (1978)

JOKEBOOK COMICS DIGEST #2 (1978)

LAUGH COMICS DIGEST #16 (1978)

TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #4, 5, 7, 9
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 28, 2016, 06:26:03 AM
I'm going read these for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Comics Shindig
Archie 1000 Comics Celebration
The Nameless City
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 29, 2016, 08:29:40 AM
I read
Jughead #163 & #165 & #172 & #191 & #193
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 29, 2016, 08:42:57 AM
B&V FRIENDS COMICS ANNUAL #249
PLUTONA #5 (OF 5)
CRYPTOCRACY #1
TANK GIRL 2 GIRLS 1 TANK #2 (OF 4)
RICK & MORTY #15
DAREDEVIL PUNISHER #2 (OF 4)
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #2
MICRONAUTS #3
ACTION MAN #1
DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #5 (OF 8)

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 30, 2016, 03:57:51 AM
I read
Invincible #129
Archie #9-Robinson variant
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 30, 2016, 04:20:56 AM
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #270
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Post by: irishmoxie on June 30, 2016, 10:39:02 AM
B&V FRIENDS COMICS ANNUAL #249
PLUTONA #5 (OF 5)
CRYPTOCRACY #1
TANK GIRL 2 GIRLS 1 TANK #2 (OF 4)
RICK & MORTY #15
DAREDEVIL PUNISHER #2 (OF 4)
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #2
MICRONAUTS #3
ACTION MAN #1
DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #5 (OF 8)


I was underwhelmed by the conclusion of Plutona. It made me want to be reading Paper Girls instead.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on June 30, 2016, 10:56:18 AM
I was underwhelmed by the conclusion of Plutona. It made me want to be reading Paper Girls instead.

Yeah, that one was a loaner. It seemed sort of promising at the beginning, but all it really amounted to was a heapin' helpin' of teen angst.

I was almost tempted to read Paper Girls. I love Cliff Chiang's artwork. I just don't understand Brian K. Vaughn's writing though. It's impenetrable to me.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 30, 2016, 04:50:33 PM
I was underwhelmed by the conclusion of Plutona. It made me want to be reading Paper Girls instead.

Yeah, that one was a loaner. It seemed sort of promising at the beginning, but all it really amounted to was a heapin' helpin' of teen angst.

I was almost tempted to read Paper Girls. I love Cliff Chiang's artwork. I just don't understand Brian K. Vaughn's writing though. It's impenetrable to me.

You would like it if you like open ended mysterious stories that almost make you come up with your own theories about what's going on i.e. The tv show Lost
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on June 30, 2016, 06:37:04 PM
Been along time since I've updated this so there's a bunch. Favorites in bold.

Plutona 1-4 (reread) and 5


Jem #16 (need to find some time to re-read the whole series again since this is the end of Sophie Campbell's run. Really looking forward to Jen Bartel's run. She's one of my all time favs.)

B&V Friends #249 (really enjoyed the beanie babies story; I liked the Josie stories especially "Head Count" even though I'd read them before. Also liked the new Cheryl monkey story and Cheryl story "Spaced Out" which I'd also read before.)
B&V Friends #248 - nothing particularly memorable


Life with Kevin #1 -  :smitten: More please. This bridges the gap between classic Archie and 21st century Archie.


Oddly Normal Vol. 1, 2, (reread) and 3 (read) - reminds me a lot of Sabrina and somewhat of Harry Potter. His background characters are very creative. It's one of those rare "kids" comics that also appears to adults. It doesn't talk down to kids.


Penny Dora Vol 1 - Good like Oddly Normal. I wonder if they are continuing this.


Disney Princess - reread 1-4. These are cute but I'm not in love with the format. It needs to be in a flip book in landscape format and it would be nice if they superimposed which characters/movie the strip is supposed to be. It's a bit jarring to switch to a different character every row or sometimes every third row.


Death Follows - Cullen Bunn can do no wrong. His comics are so novelistic. For fans of spooky stories. IF you like Harrow County, you'll love this.


Jughead 7 and 9- Love these simple classic Archie stories (not a big fan of the fantasy/dream elements previously). Especially love the Jughead artwork. They should've done this from the beginning.


Digital exclusives Betty and Veronica Lifeguard on Duty and Just Keep Swimming


Finished Bee and Puppycat up to issue 11. Sad to see it go.


Blood Feud issue 1 - Another Cullen Bunn farm mystery/countryside horror, whatever this genre is. I like it so far.


The Dark and Bloody issue 1


Mae #1 and #2 - interesting...great animation like artwork but I don't quite get the story.


Goldie Vance #3


Jonesy #4


Shrek #1 - just ok


Puss in Boots #1, 2 - just ok


Marceline Gone Adrift - I'm not super familiar with Adventure Time but since I liked Bee and Puppycat I thought I'd give it a go.


Remind Vol 1 - really good. Fantasy animal story.


Space Battle Lunchtime #2 - Not as good as #1 but I'll keep reading.


Blankets - Did not like, did not finish.


Essex County - same


Ghoul Scouts #1 - it was ok.


Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy crossover - assumes you are very familiar with the Gotham characters which I'm not. Not as great as I was imagining it would be.


Jade Street Protection Services #1 - Left the void that Zodiac Starforce left. For fans of magical girl (Sailor Moon) stories.


She Wolf #1 - Another big disappointment. Very, very weird and not spooky at all.


Ultracat #1 - Cute.


Gray Horses - just bad.


Nutmeg Vol 1, 2, issues 7-9 - Great art but plot is not that engaging despite being a Mean Girls/Jawbreaker mashup.


My Faith in Frankie #1 - bad. It's amazing that a few short years ago comics like these were all girls had to read.


Rowan's Ruin #1-4 - reminded me of the Lois Duncan books I read in the 90s.


Tinker #1 (reread) and #2 - another superhero comic disguised as a girlie comic.  >:(


Action Lab Dog of Wonder #2 - I'm a sucker for animal stories. I wish they made more of these.


All the Hilda books (i.e. Hildafolk, Hilda and the Black Hound) - Love, love, love these. All ages books that adults can enjoy. If you like magical animals, light fantasy, the woods, camping.


Lots of graphic novels from the Minx line for girls that was published back in 2007-2008. Nothing too impressive. I read The New York Four, The New York Five, Burnout, Token.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on June 30, 2016, 06:48:14 PM
I read these for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash
Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 01, 2016, 08:54:49 AM
I read these & changed my wall around so I'll take a picture & post it on my Twitter page.
Archie #3- Robinson variant
Archie #9-Robinson variant
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 02, 2016, 01:38:49 AM
BEAUTIFUL STORIES FOR UGLY CHILDREN Volume 9: "By the Light of the Screaming Moon" (Piranha Press/DC, April 1990) - Sounds like a graphic novel, but it's actually in the floppy comic format, a short story told in blocks of text with accompanying illustrations on every page, or across a two-page spread, in black and white. This issue tells the story of two sibling teenagers about to attend their junior prom. They're actually lemmings, though, and the realities of their existence come crashing in on them when their parents reveal to them on prom night that the lemming community has reached a peak population period, and that lemming instinct dictates that come tomorrow, the entire population of the town will leap to their deaths from the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Extremely experimental for the time (and even now), this series ran for 30 issues (each of which featured a standalone story), written by Dave Louapre and illustrated by Dan Sweetman. You can get an idea of the tone of the series simply by looking at the titles of the stories:

A Cotton Candy Autopsy
The Deadjohnson's Big Incredible Day
Diary of a Depressed Tap Dancer
The Black Balloon (A Happy Story)
The Crypt of the Magi
Happy Birthday to Hell
Ricky the Doughnut Boy
Die Rainbow Die: A Story of Hope
By the Light of the Screaming Moon
Where the Tarantulas Play
The Daffodils of Plague Town
Beneath the Useless Universe
A Cotton Candy Autopsy II: Bingo and Addy's Big Escape
Dangerous Prayers
The Pagan Tourist
The Santas of Demolition Street
A Conspiracy of Sweaters
The Neutered Beast
Nice Girls Don't Massacre Ants
Arnold: Confessions of a Blood Junkie
Dances With Cows
Psychotronic Virgin
Tiny, Slimy, Writhing Thing
I Am Paul's Dog
Legion of Ogs
Dead Like Me
The No-Wax Killing Floor
The Guilty Orphan
Gravity Sucks
The Dream Is Dead - Gone, Shot Off, All Squashed Flat

I pick these up whenever I find them in the 50c or $1 boxes.
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Post by: irishmoxie on July 02, 2016, 03:11:05 AM
Picked up Menage a 3 again. It really is Gisele's best comic as far the writing goes. So funny. I love that she's working at a comic book store now and the references to Archie and Japanese manga/pop culture. The only bad thing is the digital version from gumroad takes awhile to arrive in my inbox. :waits impatiently:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 02, 2016, 09:04:32 AM
I read Jughead #6-Volume #1 & #149 & #199 & #200 & #201
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on July 02, 2016, 09:28:58 AM
I read Jughead #6-Volume #1 & #149 & #199 & #200 & #201


Jughead 200 is one of my favorite Archie issues ever
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 02, 2016, 10:25:58 AM
I have a regular Jughead #200 & the variant of that issue.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 02, 2016, 11:36:10 AM
I read Jughead #6-Volume #1 & #149 & #199 & #200 & #201


Jughead 200 is one of my favorite Archie issues ever

That was the Sabrina story right, where another witch tricks Jughead into selling her his metabolism, essentially? Dan Parent has a print he sells of that cover (I think his was the alternate one).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: spazaru on July 02, 2016, 11:55:15 AM
I read Jughead #6-Volume #1 & #149 & #199 & #200 & #201


Jughead 200 is one of my favorite Archie issues ever

That was the Sabrina story right, where another witch tricks Jughead into selling her his metabolism, essentially? Dan Parent has a print he sells of that cover (I think his was the alternate one).


Yes that's the one!  So maybe adding Sabrina to the new Jughead comic isn't as weird as it seems.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 02, 2016, 03:05:57 PM
I read Jughead #6-Volume #1 & #149 & #199 & #200 & #201

Jughead 200 is one of my favorite Archie issues ever

That was the Sabrina story right, where another witch tricks Jughead into selling her his metabolism, essentially? Dan Parent has a print he sells of that cover (I think his was the alternate one).

Yes that's the one!  So maybe adding Sabrina to the new Jughead comic isn't as weird as it seems.

Speaking of "weird", I remember thinking when I read that, that having Sabrina guest-star in a Jughead story was sort of a weird way (and it is kind of a weird Jughead story, and for him, that's saying something) to celebrate a 200th issue. It's a great story however, just not the sort of one I'd expect for a 200th issue. Generally with Archie comics that would mean something like the number 200 would be central to the plot of the story (as the number 666 was for the final issue of ARCHIE, and they used it in ARCHIE #400 too, IIRC) or it would be more of a retrospective type story, with a lot of old characters that hadn't been seen in while all showing up in the story, or something along those lines. The Sabrina thing almost seemed a little random, like when they wrote the story, they weren't even thinking about "which" issue it would come out in. Of course I was glad to see her in that story, and nothing like that had ever been done in an issue of JUGHEAD before.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 02, 2016, 03:35:58 PM
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #19, 20, 21, & 22 - I've been reading through a big run of these, and really enjoying them. There's a heck of a lot of variety in this digest, and it's a good kind of variety. Some of the reprints that show up on a continuing basis in this title are: Sabrina the Animated Series (let's get that out of the way first, as I consider it pretty much the ONLY drawback detracting from this digest title -- it's in every single issue, and I skip it every single time -- it looks to me like the digest reprinted the entire run of that series); Cheryl Blossom (most issues); Josie & the Pussycats (some older stories, but mostly Stan G shorts from the 90s); That Wilkin Boy (not too often, as that was a regular feature in every issue of JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST); Madhouse (a whole bunch of these have Madhouse sections, which is awesome); Archie's Weird Mysteries (only a few of those); plus the usual mix of Betty, Veronica, Betty & Veronica, Archie, and Jughead stories. A few Reggie stories as well. Three of the Veronica stories in these digests featured Veronica as Powerteen, and they made kind of a big deal about it (Powerteen gets her own splash page introducing the section). Even though I'd read 2 of them before, it was good to read those again.

For new stories, there's also an excellent variety of shorts: I've seen Ginger Lopez, Nancy, Chuck, Chuck & Nancy, Dilton, and even an Archie & Frankie (Valdez) story, all of which were new. I think I saw at least one Mr. Weatherbee story and at least one Reggie story, too. A lot of Archie/Archie & the Gang/Jughead stories as well, of course. I'd say about 2/3rds to 3/4ths of these are by Fernando Ruiz (mostly written by him, too) and the rest mostly by Dan Parent, although there are a few by the Kennedy brothers in there as well. New characters were introduced in some (like Wendy Weatherbee in #10, and Raj Patel and his family in #21). Really, there's some great stuff in this digest that I don't see a lot in other digest titles. Generally there seem to be about 2 or 3 new shorts (10 to 12 pagers for the lead story, then one or two 5 or 6 pagers in the back) in every issue.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 02, 2016, 06:30:59 PM
Oh, and Li'l Jinx. Jinx is pretty much in every one of those, but I really like the way it's reprinted here. Instead of bunching all the Li'l Jinx stories up in one 12 or 15 page section, they're all spread out evenly, and for the most part, it's all 1 or 2 pagers, with rare exceptions. So it's just a brief pause before launching into the next couple of longer stories featuring the other characters. That's the ideal way to read Jinx stories as far as I'm concerned. WHAM-BAM. I get too bored when they clump up too many of these together.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 03, 2016, 11:36:12 AM
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #25, 26, 27 & 28 - #25 had a new 12-page story of Dilton, drawn by Fernando Ruiz, and #26 had a new 11-page story of Reggie, also drawn by Ruiz, but written by George Gladir. All these issues had reprinted Moose stories (not just the one-page gag ones, although those show up randomly in a lot of issues), and I recall one of the earlier issues also had a reprinted Moose story as well. It appears I was mistaken in my earlier post about Sabrina the Animated Series being in every issue, as with #25 it is gone, and replaced by an Archie's Weird Mysteries section (starting with reprints of the 1st issue of that title). #27 has another appearance by Wendy Weatherbee (in another story written & drawn by Ruiz) that tells about her father, Tony Weatherbee, who's Waldo Weatherbee's (almost-)identical twin brother. He has a full head of hair and facial hair, and is into motorcyles, so he opened a motorcycle sales and repair shop. The two brothers had grown apart over the years because of their opposite interests (and Waldo was jealous because his brother never lost his hair like he did), but they reconcile in this story. In a flashback to the brothers' younger years, we get to see a young Geraldine Grundy (sometimes called Gerri) and a young Hirarm Lodge. Geraldine has red hair and Hiram's hair is black, in case you're wondering. By #25, the new 5-6 pagers are gone - only the 11-12 page lead story is new. In addition to AWM, these all have Josie and the Pussycats sections (reprints of Stan G. stories from the '90s). #28 has a new Archie lead story by Ruiz.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 03, 2016, 11:37:04 PM
I read some Digital Comics
Life With Kevin #1
Betty's Diary 75th Year
World Of Archie-Pals vs Gals
Sunstone-Volume #4
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on July 04, 2016, 01:45:24 AM
Read all the Kevin Keller issues.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 05, 2016, 03:37:54 PM
I read each of these books for 12 minutes
🔮  -World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #48
📒-  Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
💜 -Archie & Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #15
🍓 -I finished Archie's Funhouse Comics Double Digest #13
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 06, 2016, 12:49:37 PM
Today, July 6:
HILLBILLY #1
FLINTSTONES #1
SILVER SURFER #15
MOON KNIGHT #4
PUNISHER #3
DAREDEVIL / PUNISHER #3 (of 4)
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1
SUPERMAN THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #6 (of 6)
EMPRESS #4 (of 7)
UNCLE SCROOGE #320
DONALD DUCK #382
LOBSTER JOHNSON METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #2 (of 3)
WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT #12 (of 12)
THE BADGER #5 (of 5)
FUTURE QUEST #2
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED & MRS. PEEL #1 (of 6)
INVADER ZIM #11
KIM & KIM #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1
AQUAMAN #2
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #11
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #29 & 30
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on July 06, 2016, 08:54:50 PM
Today, July 6:
HILLBILLY #1
FLINTSTONES #1
SILVER SURFER #15
MOON KNIGHT #4
PUNISHER #3
DAREDEVIL / PUNISHER #3 (of 4)
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1
SUPERMAN THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #6 (of 6)
EMPRESS #4 (of 7)
UNCLE SCROOGE #320
DONALD DUCK #382
LOBSTER JOHNSON METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #2 (of 3)
WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT #12 (of 12)
THE BADGER #5 (of 5)
FUTURE QUEST #2
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED & MRS. PEEL #1 (of 6)
INVADER ZIM #11
KIM & KIM #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1
AQUAMAN #2
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #11
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #29 & 30


Looking forward to The Flintstones and Kim & Kim. How were they?


Edit: read Bounty and Kim and Kim now. I keep thinking they're the same series. Unfortunately Kim and Kim pulls a bait and switch where the interior art is not as great as the cover.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 07, 2016, 06:43:10 AM
I preorder Kim & Kim #1 because I follow the artist on Facebook.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 07, 2016, 07:17:23 AM
Today, July 6:
HILLBILLY #1
FLINTSTONES #1
SILVER SURFER #15
MOON KNIGHT #4
PUNISHER #3
DAREDEVIL / PUNISHER #3 (of 4)
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1
SUPERMAN THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #6 (of 6)
EMPRESS #4 (of 7)
UNCLE SCROOGE #320
DONALD DUCK #382
LOBSTER JOHNSON METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #2 (of 3)
WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT #12 (of 12)
THE BADGER #5 (of 5)
FUTURE QUEST #2
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED & MRS. PEEL #1 (of 6)
INVADER ZIM #11
KIM & KIM #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1
AQUAMAN #2
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #11
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #29 & 30


Looking forward to The Flintstones and Kim & Kim. How were they?


Edit: read Bounty and Kim and Kim now. I keep thinking they're the same series. Unfortunately Kim and Kim pulls a bait and switch where the interior art is not as great as the cover.

I wasn't impressed with Kim & Kim, and won't be following it. The Flintstones was... strange. It was a mixed bag, not all good or all bad. I'm not totally sure how I feel about it yet. I'll probably read a few more before deciding for sure if it's worth the time spent reading it.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 07, 2016, 07:20:02 AM
I didn't get Kim & Kim #1 yet but I really like the cover. It's coming from Midtown Comics.
On Friday night I read these each for 12 minutes
💝 Archie 1000 Page Mega Comics Digest
🐳 Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
🐝 Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
📞 Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 10, 2016, 04:12:49 AM
TMNT: BEBOP & ROCKSTEADY DESTROY EVERYTHING! #1-5
MARS ATTACKS: THE OCCUPATION #4 (of 5)
THE THREE STOOGES ("Stooge-A-Palooza") #2
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #31-35, 38, 39
(the final issue).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 10, 2016, 12:03:59 PM
I read the Blank Jughead #1 that I'm going mail to Gabbie Gross & she will draw Jughead on for me. But I'm also give mail a Blank Betty & Veronica #1 with it. So I could get both commissions together.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 10, 2016, 04:51:14 PM
REALWORLDS: WONDER WOMAN (2000)
MIRACULOUS #1 (of 4?) - 64 pages, not bad for $4.
THE ROCKETEER AT WAR #1-4
SECRET WARS: AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (one-shot)
2000 AD FCBD 2016
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 10, 2016, 07:29:09 PM
I read each of these books for 15 minutes
Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th 🎉 Anniversary Bash
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 11, 2016, 08:04:34 PM
I finished World Of Archie Comics Digest #48. But I also read these books for 12 minutes.
🌈 1-Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #15
📖 2-Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
🚿  3-Archie Comics Double Digest 269
🐨 4-Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Archiecomicxfan215 on July 12, 2016, 12:00:36 AM
School is going to end soon for me, I cannot wait to read my Double Digests again  :smitten:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 14, 2016, 06:58:45 AM
Yesterday, Wednesday July 13th:
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #2 (of 4)
MILLARWORLD ANNUAL 2016 #1
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #6
RICK AND MORTY: LIL POOPY SUPERSTAR #1
BETTY AND ME #33 (Feb. 1971)
ACTION COMICS #959
DETECTIVE COMICS #936
WONDER WOMAN #2
NIGHTWING REBIRTH #1
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS REBIRTH #1
JOSIE #26 (Apr. 1967)
BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #245
THE LONE RANGER #1 (1993) one-shot newspaper strip reprint
THE LONE RANGER & THE GREEN HORNET #1 (of 6)
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: FALL OF MAN #1 (of 5)
RAGNAROK #9
KAIJUMAX SEASON 2 #2 (of 6)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 14, 2016, 09:20:03 AM
I read these & put them in new plastics.
Archie #1-Staples
Archie #2-Rivera
Archie #3-Caldwell
Archie #4-Hernandez
Archie #5-Fish
Archie #6-Fish
Archie #7-Morissette-Phan
Archie #8-Hicks
Archie #9-Robinson
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 14, 2016, 03:52:45 PM
I read these & gave them new Plastics
Archie #1-Staples cover
Archie #2-Staples cover
Archie #3 Staples cover
Archie #4-Wu cover
Archie #5-Fish cover
Archie #6-Fish cover
Archie #7-Fish cover
Archie #8-Fish cover
Archie #9-Fish cover
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 14, 2016, 06:20:01 PM
Today I read SWING WITH SCOOTER #8, 21, and 24, plus BINKY'S BUDDIES #4. SWING WITH SCOOTER #8 wasn't the least bit Archie-like, and I can't say I much cared for its forced attempt at humor. #21 and 24 were much more to my liking, having work by Doug Crane and Henry Scarpelli. BINKY'S BUDDIES #4 wasn't quite as good, but still had a (somewhat more vague) Archie-like approach to teen humor.

Doing a little bit of research on these two titles on GCD, it looks as though SWING WITH SCOOTER, which began as a DC humor title based around a fashionable "mod" British teen and his sister who come to live with their Aunt Hatta and attend an American high school, seems to have experienced a makeover around issue #14 (with the two issues prior to that somewhat transitional). Later issues never refer to Scooter's British origins and he seems to have lost his accent and Anglicized slang. Cookie and Penny are his two gal pals (a blonde and a raven-haired brunette), and he's got a weird friend (an otherwise handsome blond-haired guy) named Malibu, whose family are all monsters. Apart from the fact that Malibu always wears a black turtleneck and pants with a white trenchcoat (even indoors) and has pointed ears, it's never mentioned or hinted at what kind of monster he's supposed to be, so maybe he's a bit like Marilyn Munster, the "oddball" offspring of the family. He seemed to be the most popular of Scooter's friends, and he appears in many one- and two-page gag strips, sometimes filling out half the issue.

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BINKY'S BUDDIES was a spinoff title from the earlier LEAVE IT TO BINKY, a title that goes all the way back to 1948 for DC. It compared reasonably with the same type of teen humor comics being published by Marvel at that time, before people like Dan DeCarlo, Stan Goldberg, and Al Hartley became some of the main artists on teen humor titles there in the 1950s. (When Marvel severely cut back on its publishing in 1958, DeCarlo was let go, and ACP became his main source of income. By 1960, Marvel's remaining girl humor titles were transitioned to romantic soap opera dramas.) By 1958 though, DC's LEAVE IT TO BINKY must have appeared pretty dated and was selling badly, and there were several long gaps between issues #58 (Jan/Feb 1957) and #60 (Oct 1958), when the title was cancelled. It was revived almost 10 years later, in 1968 (after a one-issue tryout in SHOWCASE #70, Sept/Oct 1967), picking up with #61 (Jun/July 68), now revamped in the mode of then-contemporary Archie Comics, and ran until #81 (after a title change to just plain BINKY beginning with issue #72), dated Oct/Nov 1971. There was one final issue published in Summer 1977 (#82). Despite the short run of 22 issues in its revived incarnation, the revamped BINKY must have initially been well-received enough that it did manage to spin off a separate title in that time, BINKY'S BUDDIES, which lasted from #1 (Jan/Feb 1969) to #12 (Nov/Dec 1970).

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Also during this same time, DC published DATE WITH DEBBI for 18 issues, which actually outlasted both BINKY and BINKY'S BUDDIES, and contained work by Samm Schwartz, Henry Scarpelli, Doug Crane (the latter two were also contributors to SCOOTER), and Stan Goldberg (is there a comic publisher he didn't work for?), running until Oct/Nov 1972, and ending the same month as SCOOTER's final issue, #36 (even though the previous issue, #35 had been published back in Aug/Sept 1971).

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One final DC humor title of overlapping interest was ANGEL AND THE APE, featuring pretty Angel O'Day and her cartoonist/detective partner Sam Simeon, who just happened to be a talking gorilla. It ran for 7 issues, from Dec 1968 to Dec 1969, after a one-issue tryout appearance in SHOWCASE #77 (Sept. '68), with pencilling mostly supplied by DC humor mainstay Bob Oskner, while much of the inking gets credited to the legendary Wallace Wood.

Not coincidentally, during that same period from late 1967 to early 1973, Marvel's girl humor titles (previously revamped as soap operas) returned to the Archie style sitcom and gags. Also not coincidentally, Archie Comics was itself riding high (relatively speaking) during that time period, and enjoying the exposure of its characters in animated cartoons on Saturday morning television (and in later reruns), something that was not lost on the marketing departments at DC and Marvel.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 15, 2016, 09:56:16 AM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
💝 Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #238
🐯 World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #49
🎭 Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #15
🎉 Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Archiecomicxfan215 on July 15, 2016, 05:21:09 PM
Im sitting insude Wendys I am in my 45 minute break. I got 25 minutes left. Someone took over my job cleaning lingere in the store. Good riddence i hate that section now
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 16, 2016, 01:12:43 AM
Yesterday I read CARTOON NETWORK PRESENTS #3 (Wacky Races), 17 (Toonami), 20 (Cartoon All-Stars), 21 (Toonami), 22 (Cartoon All-Stars), and THE FLINTSTONES AND THE JETSONS #19, all published around 1998-1999 by DC.

These were published at a time when Cartoon Network's programming was mostly comprised of reruns of old cartoons, and DC had just taken over the license to publish Hanna-Barbera comic books from Archie Comics. In fact, CARTOON NETWORK PRESENTS was sort of a continuation of the same sort of content that had been in ACP's licensed HANNA-BARBERA PRESENTS (#1-8, 1995-1996), and featured a lot of the same characters, like Wacky Racers, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, Quick Draw McGraw, Magilla Gorilla, Secret Squirrel and Atom Ant. Cartoon Network was just beginning to produce new shows, a few of which were featured in CARTOON NETWORK PRESENTS, like Dexter's Laboratory (#1) and it's companion cartoon Dial M For Monkey (#4) and Space Ghost Coast To Coast (#2), but most of these issues featured old Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters. One major exception was the new CN show Cow and Chicken, which appeared in issues #6, 10, 14 and 19. Toonami (which appeared in issues #5, 9, 13, 17 and 21) was originally an afternoon programming block of H-B adventure cartoons (Herculoids, Birdman, Galaxy Trio, Shazzan, Dynomutt & the Blue Falcon, etc.) hosted in framing segments by Space Ghost's old foe Moltar. Later the format switched to mostly a mix of anime shows like Dragonball Z and DC character cartoons like Batman, and Moltar was dropped as a host in favor of the robotic CGI host Tom.

#24 was the last issue of Cartoon Network Presents, as new programming on Cartoon Network continued to increase. DEXTER'S LABORATORY was quickly spun off into it's own title after the early issues, and Cartoon Network Presents was cancelled in favor of a similar title, CARTOON NETWORK STARRING (1999), which premiered with THE POWERPUFF GIRLS in issue #1 (also in #5), before they too got their own ongoing title. From then on Cartoon Network Starring featured Cow and Chicken (continuing from where it left off in Cartoon Network Presents #19) in issues #3, 7, 10, 13, and 16, rotating with Space Ghost Coast To Coast (previously featured in Cartoon Network Presents #2) in issues #4, 9, 12, 15 and 18,  and Johnny Bravo in issues #2, 6, 8, 11, 14 and 17.

Other anthology titles based on the network like CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY (which featured The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Codename: Kids Next Door, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed Edd & Eddy, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Foster's Imaginary Friends, and Camp Lazlo, in addition to continuing Dexter's Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and Cow and Chicken, and ran 59 issues), and CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK (featuring Ben 10/Alien Force/Ultimate Alien, The Secret Saturdays, Samurai Jack, and Generator Rex, among others, for 67 issues) followed at DC.

While I missed the old H-B cartoons featured in Cartoon Network Presents when it was cancelled, DC did continue to publish THE FLINTSTONES AND THE JETSONS for 21 issues from 1997-1999 (picking up where Archie Comics' previous FLINTSTONES series of 22 issues, 1995-1997, and THE JETSONS, 17 issues from 1995-1997 had left off). These were interesting because a few of the issues featured crossover stories between the modern stone age family and the family of the future. Archie Comics had also published SCOOBY-DOO for 21 issues from 1995-1997, and DC picked up with a new SCOOBY-DOO #1 in 1997, and that series has continued running until this day (155 issues and still going strong, even spinning off the companion title SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP in 2014, which is also still going after 16 issues).

DEXTER'S LABORATORY, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, BEN 10, and SAMURAI JACK all eventually appeared in DC Comics, but they eventually lost the CN license (with the exception of SCOOBY-DOO, which they kept) to IDW in 2013, which continues to publish irregular miniseries featuring those CN properties and others. Recently they launched a new POWERPUFF GIRLS comic to tie in with the revived/revamped new PPG animated series on CN.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 16, 2016, 03:13:22 PM
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE SUMMER ANNUAL #21 - In addition to the usual 11-page Little Archie section this issue had a long 22-page Little Archie story reprinted from one of the last issues of ARCHIE & FRIENDS, and another 5-page lead (possibly new, but I'm not convinced) Little Archie story by Bob Bolling. Besides which, I counted several stories in this digest that I'd read recently elsewhere (can't recall where). That made it a pretty lackluster Summer Annual for me, with entirely too much Little Archie content. The only other thing I noticed that was noteworthy were a number of stories where Dilton plays a major part (more than is average for a digest this size) which is a good thing AFAIC, and (I think) 3 or 4 stories in which Archie seems interested in Midge (or attempts to flirt) briefly, in one fashion or another, which again seems like a higher percentage than random.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 16, 2016, 03:23:09 PM
I read this
B-V-1Asrarvar-49030
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 16, 2016, 05:22:08 PM
Now I just finished reading Betty & Veronica #1- Francavilla variant.
betty-veronica-1-45
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on July 16, 2016, 08:39:57 PM
I read the Archie reboot #7-9
Are they supposed to be on vacation? They were not at school in those 3 issues.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 17, 2016, 06:34:00 AM
I read Betty & Veronica #1 - the blank variant. It's actually the one I'm mailing to Gabbie Gross so she can draw Betty & Reggie on it.
betty-veronica-1-173
Now I just read Hack's variant of Betty & Veronica #1. I can take a picture of my wall after I get up in a little while.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: rusty on July 17, 2016, 09:02:31 AM
I just got caught up with the last 9-10 months of Constantine, DC Comics Bombshells, Earth 2 Society and Harley Quinn over the last couple of days.  The Justice League  titles, Wonder Woman, Starfire and Legends of Tomorrow are next.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 19, 2016, 06:55:17 AM
I read Betty & Veronica #1-Price variant & this afternoon I read these for 12 minutes each
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #238
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #15
The Nameless City
Friends With Boys
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 20, 2016, 01:31:09 PM
Monday, 7/18:
THE ETERNAUT HC

Wednesday, 7/20:
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #10
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #8
BLACK WIDOW #5
SQUADRON SUPREME #9
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #7
BETTY & VERONICA #1
WEIRD DETECTIVE #2 (of 5)
BLACK HAMMER #1
ASTRO CITY #37
HELLBLAZER REBIRTH #1
BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY REBIRTH #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE (2016) #1
ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 1 TP
HENCHGIRL #9
STAR TREK NEW VISIONS SPECIAL: THE CAGE
ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 3 TP
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 20, 2016, 03:23:19 PM
I read
Archie #1-Mike Norton
Archie #2-Zullo
Archie #3-Andrew Robinson
Archie #4-Asrar
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on July 20, 2016, 04:15:55 PM
Monday, 7/18:
THE ETERNAUT HC

Wednesday, 7/20:
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #10
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #8
BLACK WIDOW #5
SQUADRON SUPREME #9
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #7
BETTY & VERONICA #1
WEIRD DETECTIVE #2 (of 5)
BLACK HAMMER #1
ASTRO CITY #37
HELLBLAZER REBIRTH #1
BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY REBIRTH #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE (2016) #1
ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 1 TP
HENCHGIRL #9
STAR TREK NEW VISIONS SPECIAL: THE CAGE
ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 3 TP

What did you think of Betty and Veronica #1?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 20, 2016, 11:23:55 PM
I read my digital copy of Betty & Veronica #1 this morning.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 21, 2016, 07:31:43 AM
What did you think of Betty and Veronica #1?

Quotable quote of the issue:
Quote
"I know it's unrealistic to want it, but I want to keep our Riverdale the way it's always been. I want it to grow, but I don't want it to CHANGE. Does that make sense?"

I'd have voted for two pin-up/fashion pages of B&V in their bikinis instead of two small pictures of Betty reading the script. In fact, I think I could have given the script a pass altogether, for 24 pages of B&V in their bikinis. AH should just go with what works for him.

Is Veronica this big of a putz in the regular ARCHIE series?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 21, 2016, 11:11:59 AM
I read
Gwen Pool #1
Jem & The Holograms #1
Kim & Kim #1
Silk #8
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 21, 2016, 01:31:27 PM
ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 4, 5, 6, & 7 - One of the most enjoyable manga series I've read in a while. I intend to pick this up from now on as new volumes come out.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 21, 2016, 03:55:55 PM
I read
Archie #666- the one with Jughead on the cover
Jughead #19
Jughead #4 Erica Henderson

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on July 22, 2016, 03:53:39 PM
ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 4, 5, 6, & 7 - One of the most enjoyable manga series I've read in a while. I intend to pick this up from now on as new volumes come out.
I'll look for this. Never heard if it.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 22, 2016, 04:42:09 PM
ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 4, 5, 6, & 7 - One of the most enjoyable manga series I've read in a while. I intend to pick this up from now on as new volumes come out.
I'll look for this. Never heard if it.

Yeah, it's very interesting. Runs the gamut from silly comedy to heavier drama, with plenty of melodrama in the middle, but it's chiefly fascinating to me that the creators seem to like the superhero tropes, but at the same time don't have the kind of reverence (that's the best approximation, I think) for that genre that American comics do. That allows the creators to examine the themes of vigilante justice, fame and celebrity, what motivates someone to become a hero, etc. in ways that American comics seem to rarely (if ever) explore. A lot of Saitama's (he's the "One-Punch Man" of the title, but that's not an official hero name) colleagues in the Hero Association are revealed to be venal, and some truly heroic, some in-between, but there's a real spectrum of characters there. I was actually kind of surprised to find this series was nominated for an Eisner award last year. I didn't know that until after I'd read it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-Punch_Man (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-Punch_Man)

Since I caught up on most of the current volumes of One-Punch Man (still missing Vol. 2 at the moment, and it seems to be out-of stock currently with Diamond Distribution), I decided to catch up on a few more random manga things I'd bought and hadn't gotten to in the last year or two:

JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN by Akira Toriyama - This is a series of short chapters that make up a single done-in-one volume. Jaco is a young Ultraman-type alien law-enforcer, who comes to Earth looking for a monster, and the monster, which he never does find, turns out to be the baby Saiyan warrior named Son Goku, in a tie-in to Toriyama's mega-popular DRAGON BALL series, which I've never read (or seen the anime). That's sort of a bonus feature to the main story of Jaco, though, as the plot here stood on its own. I enjoyed this quick, light-hearted read, and particularly liked the artist's drawing style. May have to look into reading Dragon Ball now, too.

Disney's BIG HERO 6 Volume 1 by Haruki Ueno - Still only partway through this one. Haven't seen the movie, by the way, although I'm aware of its origins as Marvel Comics' Japanese counterpart to nationalistic superhero teams like Canada's Alpha Flight. There's a Volume 2 in this series, not sure if there are any more to come. Will review after I've read both. There's also a "Cinestory" color comic adaptation taken from frame grabs of the movie, and it occurred to me I should actually read that -- as these other B&W volumes are prequels, I think -- so I ordered a copy.
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Post by: BettyReggie on July 24, 2016, 06:56:00 AM
I read some Digital Comics for a change. I read each of them for 12 minutes.
❄ B & V Snow Day
💝Betty & Veronica-Sabotage
🍍Jughead In Love
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 25, 2016, 07:04:16 AM
Finished reading BIG HERO 6, volumes 1 & 2 - a complete story which had an ending. Seemed like an origin story, but now I'm still a little confused (because of how the story ended) as to exactly how this related to the movie (which I haven't seen) so... I'm going to wait until I get the "Cinestory" photomanga adaptation to review all three. On to more manga...

BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE: DOOM DIMENSION Volumes 1 & 2 (Del Rey Manga, 2010) - Actually more of an "Amerimanga" (still in the B&W/small paperback format) by writer Peter David and artist Dan Hipp. Each of these was a slim book with only 80 pages of story, and together these two (like the two BIG HERO 6 volumes) make up a single complete story. Made me wonder why it wasn't just published as a single book of 160 story pages -- guess they were just trying to milk the consumer for the extra cash ($8 cover price each). I was familiar with Peter David's prior comics, and this story was typical of his usual good work. Dan Hipp was not an artist whom I was familiar with, but he has a very interesting style. While the characters remained recognizable as the same ones from the television series, he definitely put his own stylistic stamp on them. Somewhat manga-esque (and the tv series itself was obviously influenced by manga heroes and the manga style to begin with), but Hipp has his own 'independent-y' style. I'll be on the lookout for more of his work from now on. The story could have been a more-or-less typical episode (or two-part episode) of the tv series, which is a good thing I guess, because this doesn't seem like it wouldn't fit in with the type of adventures Ben 10 is usually involved in. I have to wonder what the genesis of this manga spinoff was though, and why only these 2 books were produced. The artwork has a lot of gray tones (much more than is the usual case for manga) so I wonder if it wasn't originally supposed to be printed in color, and going with the manga format was an afterthought. It could have worked either way, I suppose, as a standalone color graphic novel in the regular trade paperback format, but it still looks good in black & white and reduced to the tankobon (as it's called in Japan) format, too.

SPIDER-MAN J (Vol. 1) Japanese Knights & (Vol. 2) Japanese Daze by Akira Yamanaka (Marvel, 2008/2009) - This is an English-language adaptation (by Marc Sumerak & Zeb Wells) of a story that originally ran for about 6 months in the shonen manga Comic Bom Bom (published in Japan by Kodansha) in 2004-2005. The Americanized adaptation previously appeared as 11 chapter installments in the anthology comic (which was partially reprinted material) SPIDER-MAN FAMILY. It's also not the first manga version of Spider-Man to be produced in Japan -- an earlier version by Ryoichi Ikegama (later to be known for Mai the Psychic Girl, Crying Freeman, and Sanctuary in the U.S.) had appeared in Japan in 1970-71 (that version has also been partially reprinted by Marvel, in the standard floppy comic format, no collected edition so far). I bring it up only to point out the differences to Spider-Man J. While Ikegama's manga Spider-Man had been aimed at a slightly older readership, and took pains to be realistic and serious-minded, Spider-Man J is just the opposite, aimed at younger kids, and strictly for fun. I wasn't familiar with creator Yamanaka's work, but I really enjoyed his 'retro' style of manga art -- it looks to be influenced by that first generation of manga artists who began working in the 1950s and 1960s, like Osamu Tezuka, Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Shotaro Ishinomori, along with the somewhat younger Akira Toriyama (DragonBall Z). In this version, Spider-Man works with a Tokyo police detective partner (Detective Makoto in Japan/Detective Flynn in the Americanized translation). In Japan, Spider-Man J's true identity is Sho Amano (but in this version, he's just called "Peter Parker"). I found this kind of annoying, the adapters trying to translate the manga back into its American counterpart. Why is Peter Parker living in Tokyo, and working with a Tokyo Police detective named 'Flynn'? Why is his Aunt May (actually Mami) so young looking, and why is she dressed in a kimono, making a living in Tokyo as a dressmaker? His friends at school (because Spider-Man J is only 15 years old) are "Jane-Marie" (actually, Megumi) and "Harold" (actually, Densuke), and of course, they look nothing like Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn (even allowing considerable leeway for the artistic differences in American style comics and Japanese manga). Apart from that, this is a fun little tale, filled with the sort of tropes found in those henshin hero Japanese TV programs (think Power Rangers or Masked Rider), and again, I'll be looking out for more of creator Yamanaka's work in the future.
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Post by: BettyReggie on July 25, 2016, 02:27:52 PM
I read Betty & Veronica #1-Andy Price variant.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 26, 2016, 08:41:15 AM
I read Betty & Veronica #1-Hack variant This afternoon I read each of these for 12 minutes each
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #239
World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #49
Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
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Post by: rusty on July 26, 2016, 10:41:28 PM
I just finished reading Archie #3-9 plus the most recent issue of Afterlife with Archie and the last two issues of Sabrina.  I thought all of them were pretty good.  I'm going to read the new Jughead series and B&V #1 next.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 27, 2016, 01:35:30 AM
GARTH ENNIS' RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP #1 (of 8 )
POWERPUFF GIRLS (2016) #1
HOWARD THE DUCK #9
RICK AND MORTY #16
SAVAGE DRAGON #215
SHE-WOLF #1 & 2
ARCHIE #10 (just the reprinted story)
TITANS #1
ACTION COMICS #960
DETECTIVE COMICS #937
WONDER WOMAN #3
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: PINK #2 (of 6)
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #17
HANNA-BARBERA FUTURE QUEST #3
THE SHADOW: THE DEATH OF MARGO LANE #2 (of 5)
LORDS OF THE JUNGLE #5 (of 6)
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS' THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #1
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #1 (of 6)
DARK HORSE PRESENTS VOL 3 #24
PREDATOR VS JUDGE DREDD VS ALIENS #1
MICRONAUTS #4
ACTION MAN #2
MICKEY MOUSE SHORTS: SEASON ONE #1 (of 4)
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Post by: BettyReggie on July 27, 2016, 05:25:28 AM
I just read my digital copy of Archie #10. It was just ok. It was mostly about a teacher who mean to the stud students but he had his reasons. Veronica took video of him being cruel & it started a lots fights because now this teacher's life is ruined. And that video that Veronica taped made him a candidate for Mayor & he's actually Betty's Uncle. Reggie was only in one page.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 28, 2016, 10:31:43 PM
No reading for me today, I was busy in the morning at Physical Therapy. So I skipped it.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 29, 2016, 07:07:44 AM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #15
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #238
Lumberjanes #28- the cover with those beautiful unicorns
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Post by: Archiecomicxfan215 on July 29, 2016, 04:49:01 PM
I am currently reading Betty and Veronica Comics Double Digest #245
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Post by: irishmoxie on July 29, 2016, 05:17:07 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #15
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #238
Lumberjanes #28- the cover with those beautiful unicorns

I wanted that cover but it was pretty expensive from Midtown.
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Post by: irishmoxie on July 29, 2016, 05:18:21 PM
I just read my digital copy of Archie #10. It was just ok. It was mostly about a teacher who mean to the stud students but he had his reasons. Veronica took video of him being cruel & it started a lots fights because now this teacher's life is ruined. And that video that Veronica taped made him a candidate for Mayor & he's actually Betty's Uncle. Reggie was only in one page.

Yeah it was pretty boring. This was the first issue of the reboot that has taken me days to get through.
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Post by: BettyReggie on July 29, 2016, 08:29:09 PM
I only read it once but I'll try to read my digital copy it again tonight. I'm still waiting for my issue to come from www.archiecomics.com
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 30, 2016, 01:54:26 AM
Thursday 7/28
B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #248 - This was a good one. Only one or two stories in here that I'd read before previously. Loved the lead story with Ethel at an open mic comedy night (and it was really nice to see new kids Chloe Mancuso and Carla Teal in a story, hanging out with B&V). There was another 10-page story in here starring Ethel too (Jughead was barely even in it, although she mentioned him several times), and it was a pretty good story. I think that the first Ethel solo story I've ever seen that wasn't a 1-page or 1/2-page gag strip. There were a lot of good stories in this one, and one that was particularly good, written by Kathleen Webb, titled "There's This Triangle", which was so well written it seemed almost like one of those early 1960s Frank Doyle stories where he used to do a little breakdown of the basic premise of the Archie/Betty/Veronica relationship, and in this one it gets a little meta with some 4th-wall breaking stuff. That really impressed me. I always thought Kathleen Webb was one of the better writers, but this story just raised my estimation of her, as far as the 1987-present ACP writers are concerned. I'd rate her just below Craig Boldman and Dan Parent overall, but this story could compare to one of the better ones by either of them.

Thursday/Friday
B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS #250 - This is getting to be problem for me in general with any of the Jumbo digests, but there were quite a few stories in here that I'd read before. It was still a pretty good digest, though. Plenty of good stories even if I'd read maybe a half-dozen or more of them before. It was really nice to get a double dose of my fix of Josie stories with the previous issue together with this one. Both digests had Cheryl stories in them too, which is never a bad thing. I'd point out a few of the better stories in #250 but I don't have the digest here with me at the moment. There are a lot of summertime/beach stories, which I always look forward to at this time of year. The lead story, "The Perils of Pet Sitting" wasn't particularly noteworthy from a writing standpoint (Alex Simmons isn't one of my favorite ACP writers), but boy am I loving every single new story I see that's drawn by the Kennedy brothers. That is some stylish artwork. The Kennedys seem to be the most fashion-conscious of all the 21st century Archie artists (Dan P. is too, but mostly that shows more in his covers and pin-up/fashion pages rather than the stories themselves), and there's this one page where Veronica shows up in a brand-new outfit (it's the first panel on the page, and it takes up an entire third of the page) and she looks absolutely stunning in her ensemble as drawn by the Kennedys. But whether the characters are dressed casually or dressed to impress, the Kennedys always make them look good. They love drawing those sneakers, too. I also need to mention Dan Parent's cover, which while just a simple iconic image of B&V in their swimsuits is probably my favorite digest cover so far this year. I really like that background with the palm tree icons and the white outline around the figures of B&V which if you look at it for a few seconds, almost gives the cover a 3-D effect where the figures of B&V look like they're on a separate plane. I wouldn't be surprised to see this cover show up again on a B&V digital exclusive or trade paperback collection sometime down the road.

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Post by: BettyReggie on July 30, 2016, 06:29:15 AM
I read each of books for 12 minutes
🏯 1-Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
💕 2-Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
⛄ 3-Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on July 30, 2016, 06:02:18 PM
I read a bunch of the Hernandez brothers' comics I found in the bargain boxes at my LCS. Great stuff, and I didn't realize they did so many different titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
I still have a bunch more Hernandez comics that I didn't get to today, but hopefully tomorrow or Monday. In the meantime I'm going to read a little bit more of this book I picked up last Wednesday, THE OSAMU TEZUKA STORY - A LIFE IN MANGA AND ANIME by Toshio Ban. This is by far the longest graphic novel I've ever seen in one complete book, and it's a biographic novel in manga format. 865 whopping pages from beginning to end, without so much as a chapter break anywhere in it. The book is a softcover, but it's literally as thick as a brick. I've only read about 50 pages so far, but it's really interesting.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on July 31, 2016, 05:28:42 AM
I love the book Love & Rockets. I rented a lot of their books from the library. There's actually going be a new comic coming out soon. I hope it's good.
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Post by: BettyReggie on July 31, 2016, 07:35:28 PM
No reading for me today. It was too hot to do anything. My brother came over . So no time for reading. He did change my poster near my bed to the where Archie becomes a girl. I really wish that story had more issues to it. I loved Reggie as girl & Archie as a girl.
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Post by: irishmoxie on July 31, 2016, 08:43:22 PM
MICKEY MOUSE SHORTS: SEASON ONE #1 (of 4)


How are these different than the regular Mickey comic? Shorter stories?
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Post by: Csnapp2019 on July 31, 2016, 10:26:59 PM
HELP! I have trying to rember this for years! Does anyone know the name of the Archie comic where their is an angry old man who gets shot outside his mansion before he dies he vows to return in 100 years. He returns and then starts haunting Archie and his friends Sabrina is also in the comic and I think it is a 4 part series
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 01, 2016, 12:11:08 AM
MICKEY MOUSE SHORTS: SEASON ONE #1 (of 4)


How are these different than the regular Mickey comic? Shorter stories?

No, it's a four-issue miniseries, each issue featuring several stories adapted from the new Mickey Mouse animated shorts being produced by Disney since 2013, which you can watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC6qIbU1olyXQe1WOKt8UJ4hErx3D7qt8 (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC6qIbU1olyXQe1WOKt8UJ4hErx3D7qt8)
Season One (19 episodes, of approx. 03:45) of these cartoons was also released on DVD in 2104. They're really good cartoons.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 01, 2016, 12:21:33 AM
HELP! I have trying to rember this for years! Does anyone know the name of the Archie comic where their is an angry old man who gets shot outside his mansion before he dies he vows to return in 100 years. He returns and then starts haunting Archie and his friends Sabrina is also in the comic and I think it is a 4 part series

Sounds a little bit like "House of Riverdale" (a.k.a. Archie's Haunted House in trade paperback), but that was only a 3-parter. I didn't remember Sabrina being in it, but according to GCDb, I guess she was. I'll have to re-read that sometime.

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Post by: BettyReggie on August 01, 2016, 07:20:06 AM
Why isn't Reggie on a cover?
I'm going read some of the Betty & Veronica #1's I got on Saturday & then change my wall around again .
I read
Betty & Veronica #1-Rebecca Isaacs
Betty & Veronica #1-Audrey Mok
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Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on August 01, 2016, 12:53:30 PM
^ Reggie is so underrated  :( >:(
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Post by: BettyReggie on August 01, 2016, 10:09:19 PM
Even when Archie was rebooted. Reggie wasn't on any of the covers. I wish he was on Sanford Green's Archie #1 cover but he wasn't. 
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 02, 2016, 08:51:00 PM
BLUE MONDAY VOL. 1: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT TP (Image, 2016) by Chynna Clugston Flores
 - This was a pretty cool comic that I'd never read before, and it had a 'teen humor comic' vibe to it, but done in a modern style (even though the story is taking place in the early 1990s). There was even a reference on the last page (and in the introduction as well) to Archie Comics, although the style of art (somewhat manga-influenced) and writing here isn't particularly reminiscent of Archie Comics. It was funny and felt fresh and 'indie', though. It did make me wonder what an Archie reboot done by Chynna Clugston might have been like. They should have asked her, or maybe someone like Bryan Lee O'Malley (SCOTT PILGRIM) or even Scott McCloud (ZOT!, UNDERSTANDING COMICS).
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Post by: steveinthecity on August 02, 2016, 11:04:15 PM
It did make me wonder what an Archie reboot done by Chynna Clugston might have been like. They should have asked her, or maybe someone like Bryan Lee O'Malley (SCOTT PILGRIM) or even Scott McCloud (ZOT!, UNDERSTANDING COMICS).
Sounds cool. I'll add Blue Monday to my pickup list this month.  A Scott McCloud Archie is intriguing.  I enjoyed Zot! and Eclipse in general. (DNAgents and I think Crossfire were favorites.)  Also, whatever happened to Cat Y.? Did she just retire from comics after the company shut down?  I first remember her as a prolific LOC contributor.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 03, 2016, 01:15:08 AM
It did make me wonder what an Archie reboot done by Chynna Clugston might have been like. They should have asked her, or maybe someone like Bryan Lee O'Malley (SCOTT PILGRIM) or even Scott McCloud (ZOT!, UNDERSTANDING COMICS).
Sounds cool. I'll add Blue Monday to my pickup list this month.  A Scott McCloud Archie is intriguing.  I enjoyed Zot! and Eclipse in general. (DNAgents and I think Crossfire were favorites.)  Also, whatever happened to Cat Y.? Did she just retire from comics after the company shut down?  I first remember her as a prolific LOC contributor.

I should perhaps make clear that the Image trade paperback is reprinting (for the first time in color) the first Blue Monday three-issue miniseries originally published by Oni Press in 2000 (and a half-dozen shorter stories that preceded it). Image plans to release the second volume trade collection in October, followed by a third in January, and a fourth in April. They then plan to serialize a previously-unfinished miniseries (the first issue of which was published by Oni Press in 2008) and complete it, followed by a hardback omnibus, "Germfree Adolescents" collecting the Blue Monday series in its entirety. They also plan to reissue Clugston's SCOOTER GIRL six-issue miniseries as a color trade collection in December.

From 1993-2007, Cat Yronwode worked in the production department for the small publisher Claypool Comics, best known for publishing a long-running series (166 issues) based on ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK. She currently operates an online business called The Lucky Mojo Curio Shop devoted to occult and new age topics, and continues to write books on those subjects.
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Post by: BettyReggie on August 03, 2016, 03:48:02 AM
I just read my digital copy of Jughead #8, I give it an A plus but sadly No Reggie. I hope he is in the next issue.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 03, 2016, 11:18:03 AM
JUGHEAD #8 - Mrs. Weatherbee is a pretty black woman who looks 10-15 years younger than her husband, and drives a sexy-looking sports car?
CAPTAIN KID #1 - Another Mark Waid idea, a middle-aged guy who turns into a super-powered kid hero (Billy Batson/Captain Marvel in reverse). Not as interesting as I thought it would be. Probably won't continue unless #2 is a lot better than the first.
SQUADRON SUPREME #10 - I just like the way James Robinson writes.
PUNISHER #4 - Much better than the last few Punisher series Marvel published. I love Steve Dillon's artwork, and Becky Cloonan writes a pretty gritty Punisher story.
MOON KNIGHT #5 - Somewhat confused now, by the ending of this story arc...
UNCANNY X-MEN #11 - I skipped a bunch of these because they were crossover stories, now I don't know if I'll be able to pick up the thread again. I'll give it another issue or two.
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW #4 (OF 4) - Rod Serling knows what evil lurks in the heart of The Shadow. Excellent execution of an unusual concept.
LOBSTER JOHNSON: METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN #3 (OF 3) - All of these are consistently top-notch.
GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT #1 (OF 3) - This teams the Black Bat up with four other public domain pulp heroes: The Moon Man, Airboy, The Skull Killer, and the Golden Amazon, against alien invaders collaborating with the Nazis.
TANK GIRL: 2 GIRLS 1 TANK #3 (OF 4)
JONESY #5 - May be starting to lose interest in this one.
KILL OR BE KILLED #1 - The start of another new Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips series. I get all of these, and am never disappointed.
KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC (SAINT SEIYA) VOL. 8, 9 (2006) - Another superhero manga, with mythological/cosmic elements, from the mid-1980s.
GODZILLA: OBLIVION #1-5 - The worst Godzilla comic IDW has done so far. Boring story, with lackluster artwork. Nice covers, though.
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Post by: BettyReggie on August 03, 2016, 04:06:49 PM
It's funny that they never mentioning Mr. Weatherbee having a wife before. He has no children. Just a niece named Wendy & a twin brother named Tony who is Wendy's father. I wonder if we even see Wendy in Jughead title or even in Archie's title? When we ever see Ethel or Trula again?
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Post by: steveinthecity on August 03, 2016, 06:15:13 PM
It's funny that they never mentioning Mr. Weatherbee having a wife before. He has no children. Just a niece named Wendy & a twin brother named Tony who is Wendy's father. I wonder if we even see Wendy in Jughead title or even in Archie's title? When we ever see Ethel or Trula again?
Mr. Weatherbee has had a wife before on at least two occasions(as I recall)in classic Archie.  You'll have to give me time to dig those stories out.
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Post by: rusty on August 04, 2016, 12:35:14 AM
I'm catching up on Dark Horse comics this week as well as a few Marvels

today included -

Abe Sapien, Baltimore, BPRD, Hellboy, Joe Golem, Lobster Johnson, Angel & Faith from Dark Horse

Spider-Gwen, Spider-Woman, Silk, Spider-Man 2099 and Spidey from Marvel
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 04, 2016, 02:26:32 AM
It's funny that they never mentioning Mr. Weatherbee having a wife before. He has no children. Just a niece named Wendy & a twin brother named Tony who is Wendy's father. I wonder if we even see Wendy in Jughead title or even in Archie's title? When we ever see Ethel or Trula again?
Mr. Weatherbee has had a wife before on at least two occasions(as I recall)in classic Archie.  You'll have to give me time to dig those stories out.

I remember those old stories with Weatherbee's wife (but not the titles or where they appeared).

As for Ethel, and to some degree the Moose/Midge couple, I can see where those characters might need a complete overhaul for the 21st century.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 04, 2016, 12:24:06 PM
After lunch I have to catch up & read some Betty & Veronica #1's
I read
Betty & Veronica #1-Moritat
Archie #10-Elliot
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 05, 2016, 02:40:19 AM
SHADOW LADY: DANGEROUS LOVE (Vol. 1)
SHADOW LADY: THE AWAKENING (Vol. 2)
SHADOW LADY: SUDDEN DEATH (Vol. 3)

by Masakazu Katsura. Basically a magical girl series for boys, like Go Nagai's CUTIE HONEY, to which it bears some similarities. It sort of has that "making it up as I go along" quality, where the character and backstory hadn't been completely thought out to begin with, but developed as it went along. That probably has a lot to do with the nature of how stories are serialized in short installments published weekly or bi-weekly in manga anthologies in Japan, with the creators working under very tight deadlines. About halfway through the entire series, the tone shifts away from a playful adventure-themed romantic comedy to a more serious dramatic manga, and the pacing could have been a little better. The final half of the story seems a little compressed from what may have originally been intended as a longer run of chapters, and there are some inconsistencies in that latter half of the story. Some of those little inconsistencies might have been glossed over by the translators if they'd taken the time to edit a bit. For example, it's mentioned in a caption that Shadow Lady has six "expert transformation" forms, but only three of them are ever shown. Later on, Shadow Lady takes on the task of retrieving what is originally depicted as five Demon Stones, but later bits of dialogue seem to indicate six, or possibly even seven stones. However, ultimately she's only shown attempting to retrieve three of them, while the never-seen ones are simply referred to in a dialogue balloon as "the others were easy". That sort of left me wondering if there might have been a few missing chapters of the original story that Dark Horse and Studio Proteus failed to translate, perhaps in some attempt to fit the whole story into a certain number of pages for the American translation, or whether Masakazu Katsura had left them out of the original Japanese version. It was still a fun read, and I enjoyed Katsura's artwork.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 05, 2016, 11:27:28 AM
GRIP: THE STRANGE WORLD OF MEN by Gilbert Hernandez (Dark Horse, hardcover) - By far the strangest thing by him I've ever read. Hallucinogenic, stream-of-consciousness, or just plain incoherent... your guess is as good as mine. It's hard to know exactly what to make of this one, but it's pretty out there. I've felt that before with a few of Gilberto's previous graphic novels, but never quite to this degree. I don't mind him invoking some SF or fantasy ideas, or even horror or crime fiction, so long as it's explained in a way that's convincing enough and makes some logical sense. Unfortunately, there's not much in the way of character relationships (his strong suit) to glue the rest of the pieces together.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 05, 2016, 05:50:57 PM
BLACK BLIZZARD by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (D&Q, 2010) - This 127-page graphic novel was originally published in Japan in 1956, and is a crime story about 2 fugitives chained together on the run after a landslide wrecks the train they're being transported on. While still primitive in style on a draftsmanship level, it's pretty advanced (for 1956) in terms of the maturity of the story and storytelling technique, with lots of varying angles and compositions of panels, clearly influenced by cinema. It's kind of funny that up until just a decade or two ago, Americans were debating what could be called the first true graphic novel, but the Japanese had been publishing long-form, original "story manga" (as it was called) as a matter of course since at least the late 1940s.

WONDER MOMO: BATTLE IDOL VOL 1 by Jim Zub, Omar Dogon, Eric Ko (Udon Studios/ShiftyLook, 2014) - Momoko is a 16-year old who dreams of being a pop idol, but instead she's gifted by an alien with power armor which turns her into a superhero to fight the invading Waru, and their various henchmen and game bosses. It's based on a 1987 video game by Namco (now owned by Bandai), and ShiftyLook was their website in collaboration with Udon Studios to create webcomic series to spark some new interest in old IP characters that they owned. Apparently in this case it worked, since the webcomic not only led to a print release, but also a new video game, anime (and soundtrack) based specifically on the webcomic version of the character. As with ACP's MEGA MAN comic, I knew nothing about that back history to the game before reading this -- I just liked the basic concept and the artwork here. They managed to work a decent storyline into this, but now the online ShiftyLook website has been discontinued, so it looks like I will never get to read the second half of the story (this book reprints #001-104, which represent the first 4 story arcs). The story eventually ran to #200, and had a definite conclusion, which could still be read online up until a couple of years ago. Rats.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: rusty on August 06, 2016, 12:17:13 AM
More Dark Horse comics today - Usagi Yojimbo, Groo, Mystery Girl, Midnight Society, Mirror's Edge, The Rook, Eve: Valkyrie, Tomb Raider and a bunch of others.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: rusty on August 06, 2016, 12:21:53 AM
BLUE MONDAY VOL. 1: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT TP (Image, 2016) by Chynna Clugston Flores
 - This was a pretty cool comic that I'd never read before, and it had a 'teen humor comic' vibe to it, but done in a modern style (even though the story is taking place in the early 1990s). There was even a reference on the last page (and in the introduction as well) to Archie Comics, although the style of art (somewhat manga-influenced) and writing here isn't particularly reminiscent of Archie Comics. It was funny and felt fresh and 'indie', though. It did make me wonder what an Archie reboot done by Chynna Clugston might have been like. They should have asked her, or maybe someone like Bryan Lee O'Malley (SCOTT PILGRIM) or even Scott McCloud (ZOT!, UNDERSTANDING COMICS).

I loved this series when it started from Oni back in 2000.  I plan to pick up this edition since it is in color now.  I think Absolute Beginners is due from Image in a couple of months.  Hopefully Chynna comes out with a new Blue Monday series soon since she never finished Thieves Like Us.   Another Scooter Girl series would be cool, too.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 06, 2016, 01:18:56 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #60
The Best Of Archie Comics 75 Years 75 Stories
Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest ##250
I just read some digital comics
Jughead #7
Jughead #8
Jughead & Archie Double Digest #1
And on Sunday I read these for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
Archie 1000 Page Comics Mega Digest
Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #60
And I finished reading Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #15
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 08, 2016, 03:08:25 PM
I read these for 12 minutes each
B & V Jumbo Comics Digest #250
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #239
Archie Giant Comics Collection
World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #49
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 10, 2016, 02:22:22 AM
I still haven't received my subscription copies of Archie Back To School Annual #271 or World of Archie Double Digest #61 that came out last Wednesday.
In the meantime I've been reading mostly manga.

THE OSAMU TEZUKA STORY: A LIFE IN MANGA AND ANIME by Toshio Ban (Stonebridge Press, 2016) - Finished reading this 865-page manga story. It's a little like a crash course in the history of Japanese comics and animation, and explains a lot about how the industry works and developed over there.

THE ART OF OSAMU TEZUKA by Helen McCarthy (Abrams ComicArts, 2009) - I'd mostly just skimmed this oversize coffee-table book and looked at the art when I bought it, so this was a good textual support to the information in the manga biography, with a little more detail about specific works of Tezuka's. Rather than read it from the beginning though, I'm skipping back and forth through it focusing on the parts of greatest interest. Didn't finish it, so I'll be returning to it a bit later to polish off specific sections at a later time.

THE BOOK OF HUMAN INSECTS by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical, 2012) - Here is Tezuka venturing into the kind of 'alternative' comix pathways trod by Daniel Clowes and Gilbert Hernandez. While the graphic storytelling remains top-notch, it's not one of his better works, IMO - not even if we're confining that comparison to his works aimed at older readers (that would be stuff like the multi-volume PHOENIX and BUDDHA, or MESSAGE TO ADOLF). The whole thing comes off a bit too melodramatically, like an adult soap with a few weird elements (and a lot of implausible circumstances) thrown into the mix.

CAPTAIN KEN VOLUME 1 (of 2) by Osamu Tezuka (Digital Manga Publishing, 2015) - Here's Tezuka in his classic mode, with a boys' SF-adventure manga from 1960-61. It's a space western taking place on the Martian frontier, right down to the Martian cacti, shootin' irons and mecha-horses, and oddly enough with an early (possibly) gender-bending element to the story. Haven't finished this yet, but I put it down to read a few other things.

FLINTSTONES #2 - Still kind of lukewarm on this title. The covers are a lot better than the interior story.

BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED AND MRS. PEEL #2 (of 6) - Not enjoying this as much as previous Batman '66 stories, both because the of the writing (by Ian Edgington, presumably chosen because of his familiarity with Steed & Mrs Peel) and the artwork, which aren't as good as I'm used to for Batman '66. Hope any future B66 miniseries go back to Jeff Parker as the writer.

DONALD DUCK #383 - Pretty weird story, almost Lovecraftian in plot (in a Disney comic?).

THE SHADOW: THE DEATH OF MARGO LANE #3 (of 5) - Matt Wagner does the best Shadow comics, ever.

ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 2 - I'd missed this one volume from 2015 earlier in my reading of volumes 1-7, so now I'm caught up. This is probably my current favorite superhero series right now (with the possible exception of Dan Slott and Mike Allred's SILVER SURFER, and Jeff Parker and Evan Shaner's FUTURE QUEST).

Next I plan to finish CAPTAIN KEN VOL. 1, and read a few volumes (#19, 20, & 21) of an older manga from 2006, KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC (Saint Seiya) that I found at my LCS.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Purgatori on August 10, 2016, 11:15:47 AM
Wandering Island - Kenji Tsuruta: Slow-paced first volume from author not know for speed of publication (I really enjoyed Spirit of Wonder, also from Dark Horse, many years ago now). Beautifully illustrated with minimal dialogue. The story of a young woman who is co-owner with her grandfather of an airplane shipping service in the Japanese islands. When he dies, she finds a package addressed to her, but the address is for an island that doesn't exist. So begins her obsessive desire to find this mysterious island
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 10, 2016, 02:32:55 PM
I'm glad you mentioned SPIRIT OF WONDER. I remembered that as being one of the last manga I purchased new in the floppy comics format (all the way back in 1996). I liked the artwork, but I can't remember much about the story other than it had a little bit of a steampunk feel to it (before that genre had become as popular as it is today), and I'm not sure that I ever finished reading it, since I recall that I'd missed an issue or two somewhere. I must have found them since  then (the copies I have of #1, 2, and 5 are bagged and boarded, but issues #3 & 4 aren't boarded, so I must have found them much later). I was able to locate the whole set and put those aside to read later.

Today my subscription copy of WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #61 arrived, and I read that. I'm guessing it's been almost 2 weeks since I've read an Archie digest, when my copies of B&V FRIENDS #248 and 250 arrived on the same day. Even though I'd read at least a half-dozen of the stories in there before (including both of the long ones, part 2 of "The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." and "The Archies in London"), at least there wasn't any space taken up in the digest with Little Archie or Li'l Jinx stories, and I always look forward to reading the Archie 1 stories in the back. Hopefully I'll be getting my subscription copies of ARCHIE BACK TO SCHOOL ANNUAL #271 and JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE ANNUAL #22 sometime in the next week.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Purgatori on August 11, 2016, 03:55:43 AM
I'm glad you mentioned SPIRIT OF WONDER...I liked the artwork, but I can't remember much about the story other than it had a little bit of a steampunk feel to it (before that genre had become as popular as it is today)

I realised when I read this, that I couldn't remember anything about the story either. So I'll have to dig out the issues and add them to the reading pile (Judge Dredd: The Uncensored Cursed Earth Saga is on top at the moment).

I did re-read Betty and Veronica 1 last night and found what could well be a reference to the storyline in Jughead , but it is very tangential
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 11, 2016, 06:31:33 AM
I'm glad you mentioned SPIRIT OF WONDER...I liked the artwork, but I can't remember much about the story other than it had a little bit of a steampunk feel to it (before that genre had become as popular as it is today)

I realised when I read this, that I couldn't remember anything about the story either. So I'll have to dig out the issues and add them to the reading pile (Judge Dredd: The Uncensored Cursed Earth Saga is on top at the moment).

I am also a big Judge Dredd fan, although I find it difficult to keep up with the various Rebellion releases, but I've been reading Dredd (and other 2000 AD series like Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog, A.B.C. Warriors, Nemesis the Warlock, etc.) since the Titan Books albums released in the 1980s.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on August 11, 2016, 09:01:13 AM
I'm glad you mentioned SPIRIT OF WONDER...I liked the artwork, but I can't remember much about the story other than it had a little bit of a steampunk feel to it (before that genre had become as popular as it is today)

I realised when I read this, that I couldn't remember anything about the story either. So I'll have to dig out the issues and add them to the reading pile (Judge Dredd: The Uncensored Cursed Earth Saga is on top at the moment).

I am also a big Judge Dredd fan, although I find it difficult to keep up with the various Rebellion releases, but I've been reading Dredd (and other 2000 AD series like Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog, A.B.C. Warriors, Nemesis the Warlock, etc.) since the Titan Books albums released in the 1980s.
Dredd can be a bit hokey and over the top with some plots and the "Law" thing, but it's a great series overall, imo, but well worth reading.  Additionally, anyone who can get these at their libraries should check it(them) out.  Probably falls mostly under the "hero" genre beyond the action-sci-fi futuristic thing for those interested.

I don't recognize Nemesis The Warrior.  Was that originally a Starlord magazine character?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 11, 2016, 09:58:16 AM
I'm glad you mentioned SPIRIT OF WONDER...I liked the artwork, but I can't remember much about the story other than it had a little bit of a steampunk feel to it (before that genre had become as popular as it is today)

I realised when I read this, that I couldn't remember anything about the story either. So I'll have to dig out the issues and add them to the reading pile (Judge Dredd: The Uncensored Cursed Earth Saga is on top at the moment).


I am also a big Judge Dredd fan, although I find it difficult to keep up with the various Rebellion releases, but I've been reading Dredd (and other 2000 AD series like Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog, A.B.C. Warriors, Nemesis the Warlock, etc.) since the Titan Books albums released in the 1980s.
Dredd can be a bit hokey and over the top with some plots and the "Law" thing, but it's a great series overall, imo, but well worth reading.  Additionally, anyone who can get these at their libraries should check it(them) out.  Probably falls mostly under the "hero" genre beyond the action-sci-fi futuristic thing for those interested.

I don't recognize Nemesis The Warrior.  Was that originally a Starlord magazine character?

NEMESIS THE WARLOCK is another great strip from 2000 AD, created by Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill (who once had a DC Green Lantern Corps story of his rejected by the Comics Code Authority purely on the basis of his art style, because they found it repugnant). The same team later went on to create the equally great (creator-owned) MARSHAL LAW, sort of a cathartic avatar for all the comics creators who hate superhero comics but are forced to work on them if they expect to make a living in the American comics industry. Marshal Law was a hero-hunter who skewered superheroes, both in the visceral and the satirical senses of the word. And of course, O'Neill went on to illustrate Alan Moore's Victorian-era "superhero team", THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN.

A sample of the Mills/O'Neill NEMESIS:

(https://2000ad.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/nemesis-the-warlock-whos-who.jpg)

One of the great things about the early 2000 AD characters was that a number of them didn't need to "spin-off" from one of the more popular features in order to inhabit the same universe. The above image shows Mek-Quake, Ro-Jaws, and Hammerstein, who also featured (individually, or together) in other 2000 AD strips like ROBO-HUNTER, RO-BUSTERS, and A.B.C. WARRIORS.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 12, 2016, 11:11:07 AM
I'm going read these 6 Betty & Veronica #1's so I can put them in my comic frames. I'm going take my time reading them. I don't think it will take one day.
💝 -Hughes
💞-Cliff Chaing
💕 -Ryan Sook
💓-Genevieve F.T
💌-Tom Bancroft
💗-Ramon Perez
This morning I read Hughes & Cliff Chaing issues so far.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on August 12, 2016, 02:39:18 PM
Related trivia:  while it’s not close to a record, there appear to be (excluding the blank) 40 variant covers for B&V  — 24 specifically from ACP and the rest retailer and convention exclusives (including another Adam Hughes, an Andrew Pepoy. J.Scott Campbell and more).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Purgatori on August 13, 2016, 04:32:41 AM
24 specifically from ACP and the rest retailer and convention exclusives (including another Adam Hughes, an Andrew Pepoy. J.Scott Campbell and more).

Do you have a list of these other sixteen variants? Are you counting signed editions separately?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: invisifan on August 13, 2016, 08:07:32 AM
Do you have a list of these other sixteen variants? Are you counting signed editions separately?
I don't count signed or sketch covers separately:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 13, 2016, 11:26:13 AM
Yesterday, I got JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE ANNUAL #22 in the mail and started reading that.
Also attended Boston Comic Con on Friday and found a number of deals, including a big pile of Archie Comics in VF/NM condition for $1 each:

B&V SPECTACULAR #76
BETTY AND VERONICA #196, 198, 199, 231, 250, 253, 256, 259, 260, 265
VERONICA #43, 71, 72, 74, 75, 134, 136, 209var (KEVIN)
KEVIN KELLER #2
JUGHEAD #187, 188, 200var*, 211 (had the #200 variant cover signed by Dan P.)

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The best find: ARCHIE: THE BEST OF SAMM SCHWARTZ VOL. 1 hardcover (slightly dinged lower right-hand corner) for only five bucks!!

Also found a copy of that Papercutz THREE STOOGES "Bed Bugged" TPB by George Gladir and Stan Goldberg for $5. The only other things I bought worth mentioning were a TP reprint of ZORRO newspaper strips by Don McGregor and Tom Yeats, and a couple of manga TPs.

Dan Parent has the blank cover and convention exclusive variants of the Chapterhouse Comics DIE KITTY DIE #1 at his table at Boston Comic Con, so I'll probably pick those up on Sunday -- I also already picked up my Kickstarter rewards package from him at the show (minus the commission piece that I'll hopefully also pick up on Sunday). Haven't had time to look through it much, but I did read the Gisele backup story exclusive to the DKD hardcover collection. Got a couple of nice original Dan P. Archie and DKD art pages in there. I'll see what I can do a couple days later when I get some time about posting some pics of those.

Mark Waid and Erica Henderson are also at Boston Comic Con and were together with Dan Parent on an Archie panel on Friday afternoon. Adam Hughes was originally scheduled to appear but had to cancel (due to his workload) a month or two back.

Had my eye on some older Silver/Bronze SABRINAs and JOSIEs, but didn't buy them on Friday. I'll check back again on Sunday and if he still has them I might try to haggle with the guy for some kind of package deal for a dozen issues or so. We'll see.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 13, 2016, 03:25:54 PM
I'm going read each of these for 12 minutes
🎠Betty & Veronica Annual Digest Magazine #1
🍎 Betty & Veronica Double Digest #1
☎ Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #239
🐯 B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #250
🐷 World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #49
💞 World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #60
🏯 Archie Giant Comics Digest Collection
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 13, 2016, 04:26:32 PM
I finished Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #239 & World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #49.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 14, 2016, 04:04:37 PM
Bronze Age swag (and a couple of Silver Age) that I got at Boston Comic Con today:
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Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 14, 2016, 04:42:20 PM
Haven't updated this in awhile. I've been unbelievably busy with work.


Flintstones #1 and 2 - Different take than I was expecting and not as comical as previous Flintstones reiterations. Lots of connections drawn between this ancient society's race relations and commercialism and modern society. I'm intrigued. I'll keep reading.


Mae #1-3 - Split between 2 parallel worlds. A bit like Narnia in a way.


Shrek #1-2 - These are ok. Writing could be better.


Black Hammer #1 - I wanted it to be my replacement to tide me over between issues of Harrow County and it just wasn't. A weird mix of farm stories and superheroes.


The Hunt #1 - Also really weird.


Lumberjanes #28 - I think they're trying to stretch this series out way too much and not much happens in each issue or even arc. But I'm excited about the upcoming movie.


Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 - Big disappointment. Hopefully subsequent issues improve.


Powerpuff Girls #1 - Cute.


Socute the Corgi #1-2 - I'm a sucker for animal stories.


Space Battle Lunchtime up to #4 - Started out great. My interest is kinda waning. I think this would be better as a cartoon.


Action Lab Dog of Wonder #3 - Not as great as the previous 2 issues.


Ghoul Scouts #1 and #2 - It has all the elements I would like (kid friendly scary stories) but the series just isn't hooking me.


Girl Over Paris #1


Goldie Vance #4


Jonesy #5 - Agree with DeCarlo Rules on this one. This issue isn't as great as previous.


Harrow County up to #15 - Still a great series. It's going in a whole new direction now with new characters and I'm excited to see where it goes.


Jem up to issue #17 - Jen Bartel's interiors weren't as great as I was hoping. Excited for the spinoff series The Misfits. Excited to see Shouri getting more work as she's my favorite colorist and a pretty good artist too. Hopefully she can do the interiors as well.


Jughead up to issue #8 - Look forward to this series every month now. Can't wait for the Sabrina issues.


Lady Killer Vol 2 #1 - Art is still top notch. So far pretty much the same as the previous series.


Paper Girls up to #8 - Still loving.


Ultracat #2


Betty and Veronica #1 - I think Adam Hughes was trying really hard to go in a direction no one was expecting. I'm trying to read and think of this series from an outsider perspective of someone who is not familiar with the franchise. I think they would be very confused as to why the dog was narrating.


Snotgirl #1 - Love the art, the girliness of the story. The end is a cliffhanger.


Really missing great series like Black Magic and Mystery Girl and even Wayward. Comics seem to be a bit dry lately as far as great storytelling goes.




Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 14, 2016, 05:49:35 PM
I kinda liked Black Hammer #1. It established a little mystery as to why these former superheroes had to flee from the world/dimension/earth on which they originated, and there's someone from back in their home world setting out to find them and prove that they're still alive. It was a little slow-moving, but enough of a hook to intrigue me for a few more issues at least (not sure if it's a miniseries or an ongoing).

I passed on Snotgirl #1 originally simply because the title of the book itself was off-putting to me, but now I'll pick it up and give it a look-see, at least, to see what I think.

I've already read a few of those Bronze Age ACP comics I picked up at the con, and I'm going to try to review most (if not all) of them one or two at a time. The thing that immediately hits me about those early-70s "Archie Giant Series" format issues of Archie's T.V. Laugh-Out and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (besides the mere fact of them having more pages and more stories) is that in those early Giants, there always seems to be a story or two where Archie or some of the gang interacts with Sabrina, and you simply don't see much of that in the stories in those titles after they were reduced to the standard price and page count, so that makes the Giants extra-special to have.

Another thing notable about those early Sabrina issues is that the main source of conflict in many, if not most, of the stories revolves around the fact that Sabrina (although a witch) is just a sweet, nice, normal teenage girl who wants to get along with people, be "one of the gang", have fun and date boys like Harvey, and help out those in trouble, but her Aunt Hilda (and even more so, Head Witch Della) is trying to influence her or mentor her to be a "good witch", which is to say, a bad person. A good witch does bad and makes mischief for people with her magic powers, so when Sabrina does good things with her magic to help people, that makes her a very bad witch, and many of the stories involve penalties threatened against her by Head Witch Della, the most dire of which is the removal of her magic powers. Sabrina doesn't want to be bad, because it runs counter to her sunny disposition, but she still feels a sense of responsibility towards her aunts who are raising her, to fulfill that obligation to them by being a good witch and making them proud of her. Cousin Ambrose frequently takes on the role of her protector, trying to balance these opposing directions and secretly help her. That struck me immediately in reading a bunch of these stories together, as something that's been largely lost in the later Sabrina stories, and something I'd greatly like to see restored.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 14, 2016, 08:09:09 PM
I read
Archie #10-Fish
Betty & Veronica #1-Coover
Morning Glories #38
Black Canary #9
Jughead #1-Covention Variant
Jughead #4-J Bone
Jughead #7-Cully Hamner
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 15, 2016, 07:00:28 AM
I'm going read some more Betty & Veronica #1's I read
Betty & Veronica #1-Tom Bancroft
Betty & Veronica #1-Rian Gonzales
I'm going read
Morning Glories #44 & #48
Invincible #122 & #123 & #128
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 16, 2016, 12:08:21 AM
Yesterday I read LOVE-O-RAMA 2000, which is a B&W, 96-page TPB collection of Dan Parent-written stories (except for 2 of them, I think) sub-titled "Romance Stories That Will Touch You In A Special Place!". Most of the stories are drawn by Dan as well, but except for a couple, you probably wouldn't recognize them as his art, because it's not really done in "the Archie style". Three-quarters of those are inked by Kim De Mulder, and I'm not sure exactly how much of the difference in Dan P's usual style is due to his original pencils for the stories, and how much is due to Kim De Mulder's inking. These stories had previously appeared in some obscure comics: Secret Fantasies #1 (1998) and #2 (1999), and Dumbass Express #1 (and only). I guess you could probably say most of these stories were R-rated (definitely not for kids), and for the most part, I found them pretty funny, and found them to reflect Dan's peculiar sense of humor (which I love), just a little more unrestrained and uncensored. Maybe "adult situations" is the best label here, because there's no actual "graphic depictions" or any "adult language" or anything like that, but remember that's just using ACP standards as a yardstick.

The story that interested me the most personally was one called "My Love Is Alien", which was about 2 female friends, a plain but brainy & nerdy sci-fi fangirl and her pretty but shallow roommate who has absolutely no interest in SF, but who had promised her friend she'd go the the science fiction con with her. So the nerdy girl shames her friend into going anyway, after she tried to wheedle her way out of her promise. Marina reluctantly gives in and goes to the SF convention, where she all of a sudden gets interested, when she meets a hunky-looking guy wearing what she thinks is an alien costume at the con. So she finds every excuse to give in to him and spend time with him (and of course, she doesn't realize that he's an actual alien). As I'm reading the first few pages of the story, I'm looking at the girls and what they are saying to each others, and I'm thinking "Wait a minute... Isn't this really just a Veronica story guest-starring her sci-fi loving cousin, Marcy McDermott?", because in this story Marina is pretty but kind of a snob. However, in trying to place the story among the chronology of Veronica stories, this story would seem to precede cousin Marcy's first appearance in the early 2000s (which - I think - was in VERONICA #137, May 2003). As far as the personality and behavior of the girls at the beginning of the story, they interact almost just like Marcy and Veronica, even though the story later goes off in a different direction with Marina (the pretty one) having a one-night stand with this alien guy she's smitten with, and then having his baby while he disappears (it turns out later that he was drafted to fight in some kind of space war). I should mention that as far as how they're drawn in the story, the characters don't actually resemble Marcy and Veronica, it's just that one is a nerdy girl into sci-fi and the other is pretty, but totally disinterested in that kind of stuff, and is snobbish and puts it down. Still, there's this germ of an idea there in this independently-produced work of Dan's, that it seems like he later reworked into his stories in VERONICA, which I found interesting. In this story however, instead of mentioning "Space Trek" or some kind of obvious euphemism, the actual names of science fiction TV shows and movies are used (and the context in which they are referenced helps to make the story funny).

Despite the adult situations, there's still a distinct Archie-like feel to most of these stories, just the fact that they're short, sitcom stories with romantic elements, and Dan Parent's signature sense of humor (which in these stories, he's allowed to get pretty wacky with). There are lots of stories with takeoffs on things like the Patrick Swayze movie Ghost, daytime talk shows like The Jerry Springer Show, the self-explanatory "Vampire Girls Need Love Too", "Drastic Plastic" about plastic surgery, and other weirdness, including one set in the 1970s that crams every TV show and pop culture reference from that time into a short farce. The nature of Dan's humor spares no one's sensibilities in the arena of political correctness, so if you're easily offended by a gay superhero like "Interior Decorator Man", this probably isn't for you. The back page has an utterly hilarious text piece called "A Little About Dan Parent" that totally cracked me up.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #246 came in the mail yesterday, and I'm about halfway through reading that. Spent most of the day catching up on sleep I missed over the weekend while I was either at the Boston Comic Con or working.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 16, 2016, 02:58:42 PM
Yesterday I read LOVE-O-RAMA 2000, which is a B&W, 96-page TPB collection of Dan Parent-written stories (except for 2 of them, I think) sub-titled "Romance Stories That Will Touch You In A Special Place!". Most of the stories are drawn by Dan as well, but except for a couple, you probably wouldn't recognize them as his art, because it's not really done in "the Archie style". Three-quarters of those are inked by Kim De Mulder, and I'm not sure exactly how much of the difference in Dan P's usual style is due to his original pencils for the stories, and how much is due to Kim De Mulder's inking. These stories had previously appeared in some obscure comics: Secret Fantasies #1 (1998) and #2 (1999), and Dumbass Express #1 (and only). I guess you could probably say most of these stories were R-rated (definitely not for kids), and for the most part, I found them pretty funny, and found them to reflect Dan's peculiar sense of humor (which I love), just a little more unrestrained and uncensored. Maybe "adult situations" is the best label here, because there's no actual "graphic depictions" or any "adult language" or anything like that, but remember that's just using ACP standards as a yardstick.

The story that interested me the most personally was one called "My Love Is Alien", which was about 2 female friends, a plain but brainy & nerdy sci-fi fangirl and her pretty but shallow roommate who has absolutely no interest in SF, but who had promised her friend she'd go the the science fiction con with her. So the nerdy girl shames her friend into going anyway, after she tried to wheedle her way out of her promise. Marina reluctantly gives in and goes to the SF convention, where she all of a sudden gets interested, when she meets a hunky-looking guy wearing what she thinks is an alien costume at the con. So she finds every excuse to give in to him and spend time with him (and of course, she doesn't realize that he's an actual alien). As I'm reading the first few pages of the story, I'm looking at the girls and what they are saying to each others, and I'm thinking "Wait a minute... Isn't this really just a Veronica story guest-starring her sci-fi loving cousin, Marcy McDermott?", because in this story Marina is pretty but kind of a snob. However, in trying to place the story among the chronology of Veronica stories, this story would seem to precede cousin Marcy's first appearance in the early 2000s (which - I think - was in VERONICA #137, May 2003). As far as the personality and behavior of the girls at the beginning of the story, they interact almost just like Marcy and Veronica, even though the story later goes off in a different direction with Marina (the pretty one) having a one-night stand with this alien guy she's smitten with, and then having his baby while he disappears (it turns out later that he was drafted to fight in some kind of space war). I should mention that as far as how they're drawn in the story, the characters don't actually resemble Marcy and Veronica, it's just that one is a nerdy girl into sci-fi and the other is pretty, but totally disinterested in that kind of stuff, and is snobbish and puts it down. Still, there's this germ of an idea there in this independently-produced work of Dan's, that it seems like he later reworked into his stories in VERONICA, which I found interesting. In this story however, instead of mentioning "Space Trek" or some kind of obvious euphemism, the actual names of science fiction TV shows and movies are used (and the context in which they are referenced helps to make the story funny).

Despite the adult situations, there's still a distinct Archie-like feel to most of these stories, just the fact that they're short, sitcom stories with romantic elements, and Dan Parent's signature sense of humor (which in these stories, he's allowed to get pretty wacky with). There are lots of stories with takeoffs on things like the Patrick Swayze movie Ghost, daytime talk shows like The Jerry Springer Show, the self-explanatory "Vampire Girls Need Love Too", "Drastic Plastic" about plastic surgery, and other weirdness, including one set in the 1970s that crams every TV show and pop culture reference from that time into a short farce. The nature of Dan's humor spares no one's sensibilities in the arena of political correctness, so if you're easily offended by a gay superhero like "Interior Decorator Man", this probably isn't for you. The back page has an utterly hilarious text piece called "A Little About Dan Parent" that totally cracked me up.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #246 came in the mail yesterday, and I'm about halfway through reading that. Spent most of the day catching up on sleep I missed over the weekend while I was either at the Boston Comic Con or working.

I was supposed to get this from Kickstarter but Dan never sent it. :(
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 16, 2016, 04:24:50 PM
I was supposed to get this from Kickstarter but Dan never sent it. :(

If you email him, I'm sure he'll send it, assuming you already got the rest of your Kickstarter reward package. Dan and Fernando are still in the process of mailing all these out to the pledges, one at a time, and they split up the mailing labels between them, but not necessarily by what supporter was getting original art by which creator, so there's a little confusion between the two of them. One of the things missing from my package was Fernando's sketchbook, which Dan tells me is still at the printers, so packages that got mailed out already will be missing those. This is their first Kickstarter, so maybe they're not as well-organized as some others who've done it before, and there were a lot of bonuses and add-ons to the packages, so there's a list of different stuff that has to go in depending on your pledge level. If you didn't get your rewards package yet, be patient, either Dan or Fernando could have your mailing label.

Then too, these guys are both still doing the convention circuit at the same time. Dan was at SDCC last month, then in Boston last weekend (Aug. 12-14), and will be at TerrifiCon in Connecticut next weekend (Aug. 19-21), then he's off to Hyderabad, India for a big con (Sept. 24-25), and then New York Comic Con (Oct. 8-9), plus who knows all what else -- while continuing to turn in 5 page stories and covers for the digests.

The best thing to do is contact them through the Kickstarter page and let them know, if you got the rewards package already and it was missing that TPB.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 16, 2016, 06:12:43 PM
SNOTGIRL #1 - I liked the artwork. Couldn't relate to the story at all. It's pretty much all social media and 20something angst -- subtract those from it and there's really nothing left, so thumbs down for me.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 16, 2016, 06:46:34 PM
I was supposed to get this from Kickstarter but Dan never sent it. :(

If you email him, I'm sure he'll send it, assuming you already got the rest of your Kickstarter reward package. Dan and Fernando are still in the process of mailing all these out to the pledges, one at a time, and they split up the mailing labels between them, but not necessarily by what supporter was getting original art by which creator, so there's a little confusion between the two of them. One of the things missing from my package was Fernando's sketchbook, which Dan tells me is still at the printers, so packages that got mailed out already will be missing those. This is their first Kickstarter, so maybe they're not as well-organized as some others who've done it before, and there were a lot of bonuses and add-ons to the packages, so there's a list of different stuff that has to go in depending on your pledge level. If you didn't get your rewards package yet, be patient, either Dan or Fernando could have your mailing label.

Then too, these guys are both still doing the convention circuit at the same time. Dan was at SDCC last month, then in Boston last weekend (Aug. 12-14), and will be at TerrifiCon in Connecticut next weekend (Aug. 19-21), then he's off to Hyderabad, India for a big con (Sept. 24-25), and then New York Comic Con (Oct. 8-9), plus who knows all what else -- while continuing to turn in 5 page stories and covers for the digests.

The best thing to do is contact them through the Kickstarter page and let them know, if you got the rewards package already and it was missing that TPB.


I haven't gotten the rewards package yet just the DKD hardback. I ordered a second copy (outside of the Kickstarter) and haven't gotten that either yet. I'll keep waiting.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 16, 2016, 07:26:39 PM
I haven't gotten the rewards package yet just the DKD hardback. I ordered a second copy (outside of the Kickstarter) and haven't gotten that either yet. I'll keep waiting.

I might still be waiting on mine, if I hadn't contacted Dan and made arrangements to pick it up in person at Boston Comic Con. Funny thing, I bumped into a guy I know at Dan's table (whom I had no idea had pledged the DKD Kickstarter) on Friday and he mentioned he hadn't got his rewards package yet. On Sunday, I was at Dan's table again, and the same guy came back and told Dan that his DKD rewards package had arrived at his house on Friday while he was at the con. I think the original plan was to have all these packages out much earlier, but the printer took longer on the hardcovers than they expected, and now both of them are knee-deep in convention season. To be honest, I haven't even had time to go back to check the list of the rewards I was supposed to get, so if there's anything missing (were there pins or buttons?) from mine besides Fernando's sketchbook then I'm not even aware of it. Besides the hardcover book and some original artwork, I got a DKD lanyard, 2 stickers, 12 trading cards, and Dan's sketchbook (and the Love-O-Rama 2000 TPB was an add-on).

Also, the original commission I got (and am now using as my avatar) from Dan isn't the original drawing that he first handed to me. I had requested Betty as Superteen, and Dan somehow had drawn an original of Betty as SuperGIRL... as he was about to hand it to me, he was saying "... and I've got your drawing of Betty as Supergirl right here (looking in portfolio) ..." and I said "You mean Betty as SuperTEEN..." and there was some momentary embarrassment as he realized he'd made a mistake. He showed it to me, but then put it aside and said "It's no problem, I can do it for you and have it later today".  Then we started chatting for a while, and at some point, I decided I'd like a 2-figure drawing of both Betty as Superteen and Veronica as Powerteen (because they'd never actually been in a story together), so I agreed to pay him extra for another figure. Then I wanted him to base the pose on a particular image (that I hadn't thought to bring with me beforehand) so I told him that when I went home that night I'd find the image I was thinking of, and email it to him. Oddly enough, I couldn't find that exact image that I had in mind, and wound up changing my mind, so I had him base the pose on the "Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE!" image (which basically got repeated in every Super Friends cartoon they were in). Dan does a lot of superhero commissions, or Archie/superhero mash-up commissions, which you'll see when you check out his sketchbook (and he'll obviously have no problem selling that drawing of Betty as Supergirl).

Hey, this is my 1000th post (since the meltdown and reboot) -- which would have made it my 5000th post if the meltdown had never happened.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 17, 2016, 10:01:20 AM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #20
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
Archie 75 Years 75 Stories
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 17, 2016, 08:15:17 PM
I haven't gotten the rewards package yet just the DKD hardback. I ordered a second copy (outside of the Kickstarter) and haven't gotten that either yet. I'll keep waiting.

I might still be waiting on mine, if I hadn't contacted Dan and made arrangements to pick it up in person at Boston Comic Con. Funny thing, I bumped into a guy I know at Dan's table (whom I had no idea had pledged the DKD Kickstarter) on Friday and he mentioned he hadn't got his rewards package yet. On Sunday, I was at Dan's table again, and the same guy came back and told Dan that his DKD rewards package had arrived at his house on Friday while he was at the con. I think the original plan was to have all these packages out much earlier, but the printer took longer on the hardcovers than they expected, and now both of them are knee-deep in convention season. To be honest, I haven't even had time to go back to check the list of the rewards I was supposed to get, so if there's anything missing (were there pins or buttons?) from mine besides Fernando's sketchbook then I'm not even aware of it. Besides the hardcover book and some original artwork, I got a DKD lanyard, 2 stickers, 12 trading cards, and Dan's sketchbook (and the Love-O-Rama 2000 TPB was an add-on).

Also, the original commission I got (and am now using as my avatar) from Dan isn't the original drawing that he first handed to me. I had requested Betty as Superteen, and Dan somehow had drawn an original of Betty as SuperGIRL... as he was about to hand it to me, he was saying "... and I've got your drawing of Betty as Supergirl right here (looking in portfolio) ..." and I said "You mean Betty as SuperTEEN..." and there was some momentary embarrassment as he realized he'd made a mistake. He showed it to me, but then put it aside and said "It's no problem, I can do it for you and have it later today".  Then we started chatting for a while, and at some point, I decided I'd like a 2-figure drawing of both Betty as Superteen and Veronica as Powerteen (because they'd never actually been in a story together), so I agreed to pay him extra for another figure. Then I wanted him to base the pose on a particular image (that I hadn't thought to bring with me beforehand) so I told him that when I went home that night I'd find the image I was thinking of, and email it to him. Oddly enough, I couldn't find that exact image that I had in mind, and wound up changing my mind, so I had him base the pose on the "Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE!" image (which basically got repeated in every Super Friends cartoon they were in). Dan does a lot of superhero commissions, or Archie/superhero mash-up commissions, which you'll see when you check out his sketchbook (and he'll obviously have no problem selling that drawing of Betty as Supergirl).

Hey, this is my 1000th post (since the meltdown and reboot) -- which would have made it my 5000th post if the meltdown had never happened.


What's in those sketchbooks? DKD art? Now I'm curious.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 18, 2016, 12:36:40 AM
I haven't gotten the rewards package yet just the DKD hardback. I ordered a second copy (outside of the Kickstarter) and haven't gotten that either yet. I'll keep waiting.

I might still be waiting on mine, if I hadn't contacted Dan and made arrangements to pick it up in person at Boston Comic Con. Funny thing, I bumped into a guy I know at Dan's table (whom I had no idea had pledged the DKD Kickstarter) on Friday and he mentioned he hadn't got his rewards package yet. On Sunday, I was at Dan's table again, and the same guy came back and told Dan that his DKD rewards package had arrived at his house on Friday while he was at the con. I think the original plan was to have all these packages out much earlier, but the printer took longer on the hardcovers than they expected, and now both of them are knee-deep in convention season. To be honest, I haven't even had time to go back to check the list of the rewards I was supposed to get, so if there's anything missing (were there pins or buttons?) from mine besides Fernando's sketchbook then I'm not even aware of it. Besides the hardcover book and some original artwork, I got a DKD lanyard, 2 stickers, 12 trading cards, and Dan's sketchbook (and the Love-O-Rama 2000 TPB was an add-on).

Also, the original commission I got (and am now using as my avatar) from Dan isn't the original drawing that he first handed to me. I had requested Betty as Superteen, and Dan somehow had drawn an original of Betty as SuperGIRL... as he was about to hand it to me, he was saying "... and I've got your drawing of Betty as Supergirl right here (looking in portfolio) ..." and I said "You mean Betty as SuperTEEN..." and there was some momentary embarrassment as he realized he'd made a mistake. He showed it to me, but then put it aside and said "It's no problem, I can do it for you and have it later today".  Then we started chatting for a while, and at some point, I decided I'd like a 2-figure drawing of both Betty as Superteen and Veronica as Powerteen (because they'd never actually been in a story together), so I agreed to pay him extra for another figure. Then I wanted him to base the pose on a particular image (that I hadn't thought to bring with me beforehand) so I told him that when I went home that night I'd find the image I was thinking of, and email it to him. Oddly enough, I couldn't find that exact image that I had in mind, and wound up changing my mind, so I had him base the pose on the "Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE!" image (which basically got repeated in every Super Friends cartoon they were in). Dan does a lot of superhero commissions, or Archie/superhero mash-up commissions, which you'll see when you check out his sketchbook (and he'll obviously have no problem selling that drawing of Betty as Supergirl).

Hey, this is my 1000th post (since the meltdown and reboot) -- which would have made it my 5000th post if the meltdown had never happened.


What's in those sketchbooks? DKD art? Now I'm curious.

Dan's sketchbook is mostly stuff like preliminary cover layouts (some you'll recognize, some not... because they were never used), and commissioned artwork. One of the things I noticed in looking through it again yesterday were three different cover layouts for ARCHIE'S GIRLS: THE PIN-UPS book. I remember that had been announced at one time as a follow-up to the hardcover art books THE ART OF BETTY & VERONICA, and its sequel THE ART OF ARCHIE: THE COVERS, but it never happened.  :tickedoff:

Dan's sketchbook (which is the same dimensions as those small Archie TPBs in the ARCHIE & FRIENDS ALL-STARS series) "Volume 1" was printed back in 2014, so you won't find anything really recent in it. I told him it was time to do a Volume 2, and he agreed, but as to when that might happen... who knows. I haven't seen Fernando's sketchbook since (as I think I mentioned somewhere before) according to Dan it was still at the printers. Presumably that means it contains some of Fernando's really recent stuff, maybe Kitty, but I can't be sure.

In case you missed it, Dan & Fernando sent out another DKD update last night:

Quote
We're halfway through August and we're more than halfway through shipping books!  So, if you haven't received yours yet, please be patient, it's on the way!!  We're hoping to have everything shipped by the end of August, except for those picking up your packages at Toronto Fan Expo.

Thanks for the great responses!  We're so happy with the quality of the books and the extras!

And soon we'll have more exciting news about Kitty's next adventure....
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 18, 2016, 01:35:25 AM
Yesterday (Wednesday 08/17):
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #25 - I'm only following the features "The Once and Future Tarzan", "Mister X", and "Mr. Monster"
INVADER ZIM #12
ISLAND 731 #1 - Didn't really care that much for it, so I won't continue.

SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1 - Certainly one of the best-looking of these DC Rebirth comics, with artwork by Emanuela Lupacchino (and a nice iconic Supergirl image on the variant cover by Adam Hughes). Wish I could say the same about the story, but at least the artwork looked good. All of these "Rebirth" one-shot issues are just preludes to an ongoing series. Whether the same creative team will be on the ongoing series, I don't know. I might give it another chance if the ongoing series is drawn by Lupacchino, we'll see.

BLACK WIDOW #6 - This was actually the best single issue of the series for me so far, but I've lost a lost of my initial enthusiasm that I had in anticipation going into it. Kind of on the fence as to whether I'll keep reading or not, so the next issue might be the last for me. Or not, depending on whether it gets better.

SUPERF*CKERS FOREVER #1 - This is one hilarious comic book, but not for the easily offended. James Kolchaka puts a serious 'alternative comix' spin on the idea of superheroes in a way that's pretty indescribable.

THE LONE RANGER AND THE GREEN HORNET #2 (of 6) - The adventures of the Green Hornet take place in the 1930s/40s, while the adventures of the Lone Ranger take place (usually) in the 1870s/80s. That would place the Lone Ranger's birth around 1850 or so, so in this story taking place in the 1930s, he's in his eighties. How many of you knew that The Lone Ranger is the Green Hornet's great-uncle? This story is written by Michael Uslan of "Archie Marries" fame, by the way. Lots of good historical detail and touchstones in this one, from Nazi bunds and Elliot Ness to 1936 Olympic winner Jesse Owens.

SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: FALL OF MAN #2 (of 5) - Steve Austin is on the run from OSI, having learned from secret documents that Oscar Goldman is apparently collaborating with the government to create an army of cyborg supersoldiers.

ROCHELLE #1 (of 3) - Teenager Rochelle Planeta's mother was artificially inseminated, part of the donor DNA coming from periplaneta americana (the American Cockroach), so now she "does whatever a cockroach can". Nothing particularly noteworthy in this story, apart from the artwork by Dell Barras, whose work I like.

BLACK HAMMER #1 & 2 - I went back and read the first issue again since the new one just came out. I'm quite taken by this, as an original spin on the superhero concept (something that genre needs far more of -- mainstream superheroes are getting pretty boring). It's an unusual art style for the superhero genre, and the approach is pretty unique. Having said that, there's no way I'd expect anyone unfamiliar with superhero comics to understand the tropes and character archetypes that the story is referencing; it can really only be fully appreciated by those that get the references.

HILLBILLY #1 & 2 - Again, went back to read the first again, since the new one just came out. This is an excellent spooky/supernatural/horror comic, in my estimation -- because there's nothing else I can really compare it to; it's totally original. Someone else's mileage may vary -- I guess with horror, it all comes down to what your own personal touchstones are for that genre, and I'm usually pretty picky. The title character is a backwoods mountain man or trapper who becomes a pawn in a vendetta between two witches (and these aren't your modern wiccan-style witches, they're the traditional folkloric evil hags who deal in black magic and put curses, hexes and spells on people). The story is taking place in some unspecified time and place, but I presume it to be sometime in the late 1800s or early 1900s, and there's a real flavor for mood and dialect here. As a result of his involvement in this quarrel between witches, the title character is cursed, and gains possession of "The Devil's Bonesaw", an outsized meat cleaver which can cut through pretty much anything and has supernatural properties, including being toxic to the touch of witches. In the second issue, the personification of Death, on his pale horse, follows the protagonist as he seeks a remedy for a witch's hex placed upon an innocent young girl -- the roots of an anthropomorphic tree, corrupted by evil by feeding on the blood of dozens of hanged murderers. Eric Powell has a real facility for both mood and pacing in this story, using supernatural elements deftly, and a real ear for dialogue. 10 out of 10.

DIE KITTY DIE (THE DELUXE EDITION) HC - Enjoyed it even more the second time around.

Read some of those Archie comics I picked up for $1 each at Boston Comic Con:
JUGHEAD #187, 188, 200
VERONICA #43, 71, 72, 74, 75, 134, 135
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 18, 2016, 04:20:17 PM
My Archie #11 came from my subscription. I loved it. Thomas's art is awesome. I can't wait for him to do the next issue.
I read some Digital Comics while in bed. Betty & Veronica's Sleep Over & Archie's Car Castophe's Dancing With The Archies.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 19, 2016, 08:49:06 AM
I read
Archie #10-Sandy Jarell
Archie #11- Veronica Fish
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 19, 2016, 05:41:39 PM
I read
Invincible #79 & #117 & #118 & 119
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 19, 2016, 06:30:33 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
B & V Friends Jumbo Digest #250
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #60
Archie & Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #20
While in bed I read The New Archies #11
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 20, 2016, 03:15:50 PM
Wandering Island - after DeCarlo Rules' recommendation. It was really good. Kinda in the same family as castaway stories. Unfortunately there's only one volume, it ends on a cliffhanger, and it looks like it's been 5-6 years so I don't think the mangaka is writing another one. I wonder if I would like Spirit of Wonder as it's out of print now and retailing for $60+. Worth it??


Also I got my DKD Kickstarter package today with the rewards. It went to my old address by mistake. They also sent some extras which was cool. Next time they do a Kickstarter though I'd like the option of paying more for shipping as MediaMail isn't kind to books especially dust jackets. 
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 20, 2016, 04:58:55 PM
Wandering Island - after DeCarlo Rules' recommendation. It was really good. Kinda in the same family as castaway stories. Unfortunately there's only one volume, it ends on a cliffhanger, and it looks like it's been 5-6 years so I don't think the mangaka is writing another one. I wonder if I would like Spirit of Wonder as it's out of print now and retailing for $60+. Worth it??

That was... ? Someone else, not me. And now that you reminded me, I still didn't get around to reading those SPIRIT OF WONDER issues that I found a couple of weeks back. They are cheap though. Usually like a buck each or less, assuming you can find them. If you're not interested in hunting them down, mycomicshop.com has all five issues (NM) for $1.35 per issue.

Well, I'm glad someone told me that WANDERING ISLAND is a story that has no conclusion. I'll pass on reading it now, or at least until such time (if ever) that it IS completed.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 20, 2016, 11:02:58 PM
No reading for me today. My mom & I went to my brother's.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 21, 2016, 07:22:47 PM
I'm going read these for 12 minutes each
🌈 1-Betty & Veronica Comics Annual #240
💘 2-Archie Giant Comics Collection
👗 3-Archie's Favorite High School Comics
🐚 4- The Best Of Archie Comics 75 Years 75 Stories
👕 5-Friends With Boys
👻 6- The Nameless City
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 21, 2016, 08:09:10 PM
I finished reading
Archie Giant Comics Collection
Friends With Boys
The Nameless City
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 21, 2016, 11:05:02 PM
I read some Digital Comics
📖 Archie 3000-Teen Of The Future which I just finished.
📒 Archie & Friends-Pals Vs Gals
📘 Betty & Veronica-Sleep Over
📔 Jughead In Love
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 22, 2016, 08:21:43 AM
I'm going read these for 12 minutes each
🎅 Archie Comics Spectacular-It's A Date
🍒 Archie Comics Spectacular-Food Fight
📦 Archie Comics Spectacular-Summer Daze
🏡 Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
😎 Archie 1000 Page Mega Comics Digest
🎈 Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 23, 2016, 10:38:46 AM
I read these while sitting in my comfy chair in my room
Archie #10-Sandy Jarell
Archie #11-Veronica Fish, this is my issue from my 24 Archie Issue Subscription.
Jughead #8-Walt Simonson
Betty & Veronica #1-Jenn St. Onge
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 23, 2016, 08:58:08 PM
I finished reading
Archie Giant Comics Collection
Friends With Boys
The Nameless City


How did you like Nameless City?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 23, 2016, 09:52:10 PM
I liked it. I have few of Faith Erin Hicks books. She is a great Artist.
 
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 24, 2016, 05:24:45 AM
I just read my digital copy of Archie #11. I loved it.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on August 24, 2016, 01:47:26 PM
I just finished reading Betty and Veronica #1.
Meh! It was boring. And the art is ugly, really makes me miss Classic Archie Comics. Seriously, why do people like the reboots?!
And why did the guy who draw this comic, draw Jughead so bad?


(https://www.archiefans.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.archiefans.com%2Findex.php%3Fmedia%2Ffile%2Fugly-juggie-from-boring-bv01.1178%2Fpreview%2F&hash=1eda408fa65b192bf71f71b92abd099b)
I mean, come on!!


The only thing I enjoyed was the classic BV story and Pinup on the last pages.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 24, 2016, 02:46:31 PM
A big list for this week.
GIGANTO MAXIA (Dark Horse) - A done-in-one volume manga I had picked up at Boston Comic Con. Pretty good story, with some hyper-detailed artwork. Wish it had been printed at a larger size, because at the standard manga paperback size (tankobon) it's harder to appreciate all the work that obviously went into the art. It's by the same manga creator who did the series BERZERK (which I haven't read, but is supposedly pretty popular).
LEGENDS OF TOMORROW #6  - I'm not sure if this is the last issue or not. I was only following it to read the Metal Men story, which will hopefully be collected later into a trade paperback, but it ended with this issue, so I'm done. I liked it. I didn't bother reading any of the other stories other than to flip through them.
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #3 (of 4) - I've followed most of Marvel's Hercules series (of which this is one) for the last decade or so. He's one of the few of Marvel's Silver Age characters that still continues to interest me.
GARTH ENNIS RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP #2 (of 9) - A pretty strong reality-based police story, with good, convincing dialogue and procedural details.
UNCLE SCROOGE #17 - A pretty funny story about Donald challenging Scrooge to beat him in a virtual-reality videogame based on The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. It doesn't take much to guess who's going to win, but the story stayed interesting for the entire time.
INVINCIBLE #130 - Stuff happened, but this is way above my priority clearance level. No idea what's going on, really. I'll probably give up the struggle after one more issue if it doesn't become less murky to me. I mean, it seems like it could be potentially interesting if I could make out the context, but they're not exactly providing any help.
TITANS #2 - I'd probably be tempted to stick with this more if I liked the artwork better. I'll give it a few more to see where (if indeed anywhere) it's going.
DAREDEVIL/PUNISHER #4 (of 4) - Two characters that I really like in a story together, but this story didn't much impress me. So much better has been done with these two together.
SIX PACK & DOG WELDER: HARD TRAVELING HEROES #1 (of 6) - Impossible to explain.
SHE-WOLF #3 - If there's such a thing as a girlie werewolf horror story, I guess this would be it. Interesting enough for me to see it through to the end.
DETECTIVE COMICS #939 - This seems to be turning out to be the best of all the DC rebirthed titles, at least for me. I'm still not buying the redemption-seeking Matt Hagen (Clayface), though. It's possible that he'll turn on the team at some point, I guess. I'd like to see him replaced by Kirk Langstrom (Man-Bat).
DARK WEREWOLVES VS DINOSAURS #1 - Pretty weak. I'll pass on future issues.
HELLBLAZER #1 - Not a bad first issue. It even had Swamp Thing in it (always a plus for a Constantine story). This seems like the most likely candidate after Detective Comics for the DC comic that I might actually keep reading for more than the first story arc. The previous Constantine series was definitely lacking.
KINGSWAY WEST #1 - Interesting (so far) alt-history Old West story.
ACTION COMICS #962 - This was the end of the first story arc. Undecided if I'll continue or not.
WONDER WOMAN #5 - I've got mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it seems like a substantial improvement on the character from the New 52 version, but I still have some reservations, and exactly what has changed about the character is still a little unclear to me at this point.
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #3 - The artwork is at least pretty good. The story's not grabbing me much, but I'll probably read up to #5 or 6, whenever it ends.
NORTHGUARD #1 - Just checked it out because it was a Chapterhouse Comics title. Doubt that I'll stick with it.
WEIRD DETECTIVE #3 - Police story with some H.P. Lovecraft thrown into the mix. One of the detectives has been inhabited by an alien being from HPL's "The Colour Out of Space".
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #9 - Still liking it.
LORDS OF THE JUNGLE #6 (of 6) - The conclusion of a time-travel story where Tarzan meets Sheena.
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #2 (of 6) - A neat story that explains some things about how King Kong (and the native tribe that worships him) got to Skull Island in the first place. Which makes sense, since they're the only primates on an island whose indigenous fauna is comprised almost entirely of reptiles from the Age of Dinosaurs. Some great artwork by Carlos Magna here.
GODZILLA: RAGE AGAINST TIME #1 (of 5) - Another story set in the past, this time 13th Century Japan, where the invading Mongol hordes of Kublai Khan have somehow gotten control of the ancient daikaiju Gigan and Megalon. This is a pretty good (and pretty different) Godzilla comic, with some good artwork and a refreshingly different setting. The next issue is set in ancient Greece, so I'm looking forward to seeing the big G go up against some of the traditional giant monsters of Greek myth (Typhon, Charybdis, etc.).
MARS ATTACKS: THE OCCUPATION #5 (of 5) - I enjoyed the first 10-issue run of Mars Attacks, and the miniseries where Mars Attacks Judge Dredd. This was no exception. John Layman, the writer of the original IDW series, wrote it, so it's a direct sequel.
STAR TREK 50th ANNIVERSARY COVER CELEBRATION - Surprise! Bet you wouldn't have guessed that Archie and the gang are in this. This reprints 50 of the best Star Trek comic book covers. All but 2 came from IDW's Star Trek comics. They've done 60 issues of an ongoing series based on J.J. Abrams' reboot of the franchise, and over a dozen other miniseries (varying from 4 to 6 issues), plus some one shots -- an of those 100+ comics, virtually all of them have been available with at least two different cover art options, a smaller number of them with between 3 and 5 different covers. And they use some really good artists. Two of the covers here came from the original Gold Key Star Trek series from the 1960s/70s. So of the possible 48 covers chosen to represent IDW's comics, with something like 300 or more covers to pick from, it's kind of an honor that Dan Parent's alternate cover from STAR TREK (ongoing) #52, with Archie and the gang in Starfleet uniforms, was among those chosen. Yay, Dan!!







Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 24, 2016, 10:00:45 PM
Archie #11 - The art was particularly bad. Maybe because 3 different people worked on it? Breakdowns, Finishes, and Special Thanks to Veronica Fish. Comparing this to Fiona Staples is astounding. Interesting how they tried to make it look like old Archie with the half page stories. But the comedy wasn't there. Battle of the Bands was nowhere near Jem and the Holograms levels.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 25, 2016, 12:10:43 AM
Archie #11 - The art was particularly bad. Maybe because 3 different people worked on it? Breakdowns, Finishes, and Special Thanks to Veronica Fish. Comparing this to Fiona Staples is astounding. Interesting how they tried to make it look like old Archie with the half page stories. But the comedy wasn't there. Battle of the Bands was nowhere near Jem and the Holograms levels.

I was going to read the reprint in the back but I forgot to. Hopefully I didn't miss anything good, but I usually enjoy reading Waid's little text essays.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 25, 2016, 03:09:22 PM
I read
Invincible #120 & #121 & #124
Morning Glories #40 & #41 & #46
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 25, 2016, 07:34:19 PM
Archie #11 - The art was particularly bad. Maybe because 3 different people worked on it? Breakdowns, Finishes, and Special Thanks to Veronica Fish. Comparing this to Fiona Staples is astounding. Interesting how they tried to make it look like old Archie with the half page stories. But the comedy wasn't there. Battle of the Bands was nowhere near Jem and the Holograms levels.

I was going to read the reprint in the back but I forgot to. Hopefully I didn't miss anything good, but I usually enjoy reading Waid's little text essays.


The reprint was a Harry Lucey The Archies story from the late 60's which I know I've read before.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 26, 2016, 12:48:54 AM
Archie #11 - The art was particularly bad. Maybe because 3 different people worked on it? Breakdowns, Finishes, and Special Thanks to Veronica Fish. Comparing this to Fiona Staples is astounding. Interesting how they tried to make it look like old Archie with the half page stories. But the comedy wasn't there. Battle of the Bands was nowhere near Jem and the Holograms levels.

I was going to read the reprint in the back but I forgot to. Hopefully I didn't miss anything good, but I usually enjoy reading Waid's little text essays.

The reprint was a Harry Lucey The Archies story from the late 60's which I know I've read before.

You never know. Sometimes I get surprised, like the last issue of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, which had an early Dan DeCarlo Sabrina reprint from Archie's Madhouse that I'd never read before. I think all of the reprints in the back of ARCHIE and JUGHEAD have been ones I've seen before, or at least almost all of them.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 26, 2016, 11:31:29 AM
I read
Invincible #129
Morning Glories #47 & #49
And each of these for 12 minutes
Archie's Favorite High School Comics
Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #5
Archie & Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #17
Betty & Veronica Comics Annual #240

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 26, 2016, 01:04:13 PM
DISNEY MAGIC KINGDOM COMICS #2 (of 2) - There's a great long story in here where Mickey accidentally winds up in Disneyland, in an exact replica of his hometown, Mouseton. Mind you, this story was written and drawn for Disneyland's 30th Anniversary (1986) -- which was eight years before the actual Mickey's ToonTown attraction opened in Disneyland, so this story kind of predicted the future.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VAMPIRES OF LONDON HC - This is Dark Horse's English translation of a graphic novel originally published (in two parts) in France. It's a pretty good story, and Holmes seemed true to character. I don't know if I liked it as much as Dynamite's various Sherlock Holmes miniseries, but I'd say it was an enjoyable read.

WALLY WOOD'S JUNGLE ADVENTURES WITH JIM KING AND ANIMAN HC - First, Vanguard put out hardcover collections of Wood's early (non-E.C.) science fiction comics, then his horror and crime comics. Now we have a collection of stories with a jungle theme. The book leads off with the best material, Animan from Wood's own prozine, Witzend #1 and 2, followed by five stories he did for Charlton Comics' Jungle Jim comic book (here changed to "Jim King") -- both of these hailing from the 1960s. That's the first 52 pages. The rest of the book is filled out with very early Wood comics circa 1950-51, most of it nearly unrecognizable compared to his polished work of just three or four years later. Still worth it.

CLOCKWORK APPLE by Osamu Tezuka TP - Very much like a collection of Twilight Zone stories, ranging from science fiction, and some horror and fantasy overtones, to more realist scenarios. This publication was funded through Kickstarter. I like these type of stories, and the endings here weren't too predictable, which always helps. All of the stories were originally created between 1968 and 1973. I plan to read Tezuka's 1953 shonen manga adaptation of Dostoyevsky's CRIME AND PUNISHMENT next.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 27, 2016, 11:28:17 AM
I read
Invincible #130
Archie #11-Thomas Pitilli
Jughead #8-Andre Szymanowic
And tonight I read
Jughead #8-Derek Charm
Archie #11-Veronica Fish
On Sunday I read a bunch of digital comics
🎉 Archie At The Chocklit Shoppe
💝 Team Betty
🐹 Archie & Friends-Pals Vs Gals
🐙 Betty & Veronica-Sabotage
☁ Betty & Veronica-Sleep Over Special
🐞 Archie 75th Series -Reggie & Me
⛵ Jughead's Cousin Bingo Wilkin
💚 Morning Glories-For Better Future
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 30, 2016, 01:37:56 AM
I read
Life With Kevin
Betty's Diary-75th Series
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 30, 2016, 10:38:58 AM
I read
Betty & Veronica #1-Chip Zdarsky variant
And I just started reading Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life-Volume #1 which I got from the Thrift Store.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 30, 2016, 06:13:07 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
🎡 The Best Of Archie Comics-Betty & Veronica
😎 Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion
🎁 Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
🎊 Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on August 31, 2016, 09:19:27 AM
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Osamu Tezuka (adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky) TP
BRAVE DAN by Osamu Tezuka TP
TRITON OF THE SEA by Osamu Tezuka VOL 1 TP
ATOMCAT by Osamu Tezuka TP
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #11
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES UNIVERSE #1
DUCK AVENGER #0
HOWARD THE DUCK #10 (of 11)
SILVER SURFER #6 (#200)
FUTURE QUEST #4
PREDATOR VS. JUDGE DREDD VS. ALIENS #2
WORLD OF TANKS #1
TANK GIRL: 2 GIRLS 1 TANK #4 (of 4)
TRITON OF THE SEA by Osamu Tezuka VOL 2
TP - 1st 86 pages (of 432 pages)
ROM #1 & 2
MICKEY MOUSE: SHORTS SEASON ONE #2 (of 4)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 31, 2016, 05:07:56 PM
I have read some digests for 12 minutes each . I haven't read any in while
🍏 Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #17
🍒 Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #20
🍓 World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #60
🍉Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #5
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on August 31, 2016, 07:37:00 PM
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Osamu Tezuka (adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky) TP
BRAVE DAN by Osamu Tezuka TP
TRITON OF THE SEA by Osamu Tezuka VOL 1 TP
ATOMCAT by Osamu Tezuka TP
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #11
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES UNIVERSE #1
DUCK AVENGER #0
HOWARD THE DUCK #10 (of 11)
SILVER SURFER #6 (#200)
FUTURE QUEST #4
PREDATOR VS. JUDGE DREDD VS. ALIENS #2
WORLD OF TANKS #1
TANK GIRL: 2 GIRLS 1 TANK #4 (of 4)
TRITON OF THE SEA by Osamu Tezuka
TP - 1st 86 pages (of 432 pages)
ROM #1 & 2
MICKEY MOUSE: SHORTS SEASON ONE #2 (of 4)


No Betty and Veronica #2?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on August 31, 2016, 09:26:13 PM
Tfaw says the date of release of Betty & Veronica #2 now is October 5th well at least it will come out with Archie Meets The Ramones 🎤 🎸 🎹 🎶 🎵 🎼 🎧 🎤.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 01, 2016, 05:36:39 AM
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Osamu Tezuka (adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky) TP
BRAVE DAN by Osamu Tezuka TP
TRITON OF THE SEA by Osamu Tezuka VOL 1 TP
ATOMCAT by Osamu Tezuka TP
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #11
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES UNIVERSE #1
DUCK AVENGER #0
HOWARD THE DUCK #10 (of 11)
SILVER SURFER #6 (#200)
FUTURE QUEST #4
PREDATOR VS. JUDGE DREDD VS. ALIENS #2
WORLD OF TANKS #1
TANK GIRL: 2 GIRLS 1 TANK #4 (of 4)
TRITON OF THE SEA by Osamu Tezuka
TP - 1st 86 pages (of 432 pages)
ROM #1 & 2
MICKEY MOUSE: SHORTS SEASON ONE #2 (of 4)


No Betty and Veronica #2?

Nope. JUGHEAD #9 will be out next week (hoping that the combination of Derek Charm and Sabrina's charm adds up to something magical), and hopefully I'll get my copy of the B&V GIRLS RULE trade collection. I'll have to review which recent digests I'm still missing copies of. At least ARCHIE BACK TO SCHOOL ANNUAL #271, possibly others.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 02, 2016, 03:07:24 PM
I read each of books for 12 minutes
👻 Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
🎄 Archie Double Digest #221
🎁 World Of Archie Christmas Annual
🐻 Jughead Double Digest #173
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 02, 2016, 03:45:19 PM
Finished TRITON OF THE SEA by Osamu Tezuka VOL 2 TP.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on September 03, 2016, 02:18:49 AM
ROM #1 & 2

Is this a reboot I wasn't paying attention to?  The original series was pretty cool. Bedrock City Comics from Houston actually ran a ROM only booth at the STL convention a few years ago as a gimmick of sorts, and managed to cover costs of the booth.  There are some underground ROM fans out there evidently.  I was a little late to the party, but it would be nice to see all those early issues repackaged for sale.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 03, 2016, 05:15:35 AM
ROM #1 & 2

Is this a reboot I wasn't paying attention to?  The original series was pretty cool. Bedrock City Comics from Houston actually ran a ROM only booth at the STL convention a few years ago as a gimmick of sorts, and managed to cover costs of the booth.  There are some underground ROM fans out there evidently.  I was a little late to the party, but it would be nice to see all those early issues repackaged for sale.

Yes. IDW has been expanding the number of their properties licensed from Hasbro (and other toy companies), first with MICRONAUTS, then ACTION MAN (which was the British version of the original G.I. Joe), now with ROM. This is all leading into a big crossover event series called REVOLUTION, which will feature all of the aforementioned properties plus the long-running G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS titles, and spinning off yet another new/old one, M.A.S.K.

This latest crossover would appear to be building on the success of a prior IDW crossover, TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE, which recently completed its 13-issue run. I hadn't been following either Transformers or G.I. Joe, but I bought that one simply because the art was drawn by Tom Scioli (co-creator, along with Joe Casey, of Image's GØDLAND series, which I loved) in his usual pseudo-Kirbyesque style.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on September 03, 2016, 12:07:13 PM
ROM #1 & 2

Is this a reboot I wasn't paying attention to?  The original series was pretty cool. Bedrock City Comics from Houston actually ran a ROM only booth at the STL convention a few years ago as a gimmick of sorts, and managed to cover costs of the booth.  There are some underground ROM fans out there evidently.  I was a little late to the party, but it would be nice to see all those early issues repackaged for sale.

Yes. IDW has been expanding the number of their properties licensed from Hasbro (and other toy companies), first with MICRONAUTS, then ACTION MAN (which was the British version of the original G.I. Joe), now with ROM. This is all leading into a big crossover event series called REVOLUTION, which will feature all of the aforementioned properties plus the long-running G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS titles, and spinning off yet another new/old one, M.A.S.K.

This latest crossover would appear to be building on the success of a prior IDW crossover, TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE, which recently completed its 13-issue run. I hadn't been following either Transformers or G.I. Joe, but I bought that one simply because the art was drawn by Tom Scioli (co-creator, along with Joe Casey, of Image's GØDLAND series, which I loved) in his usual pseudo-Kirbyesque style.
Thanks for the info, I'll look these up. 

Just wondering when someone might bring
Action Jackson into comic book reality, or even Best Of The West.  Jay, Jamie, Janice, or Josie West might appeal to a younger market demo(horsies!)  Those Viking and Knight characters were pretty awesome as well, but I forget their names.  They would have kicked GI Joe butt going one on one, but the Joe's had better accessories plus the kung-fu grip thing going for them.  I still think Johnny West should get a comic.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 03, 2016, 02:09:53 PM
Just wondering when someone might bring Action Jackson into comic book reality, or even Best Of The West.  Jay, Jamie, Janice, or Josie West might appeal to a younger market demo(horsies!)  Those Viking and Knight characters were pretty awesome as well, but I forget their names.  They would have kicked GI Joe butt going one on one, but the Joe's had better accessories plus the kung-fu grip thing going for them.  I still think Johnny West should get a comic.

You would appear to have a penchant for those briefly-marketed toy lines owned by now long-defunct manufacturers. Marx Toys and Mego Corp. have been out of business for many decades now. Too bad you didn't ask about Stretch Armstrong... I happen to know that one is now owned by Hasbro. No idea who (if anyone) now owns on the ones you mentioned. The only really viable nostalgia toy properties would probably be long-running franchises that had prior equally long-running comic book incarnations.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 03, 2016, 06:27:43 PM
I read
Invincible #127 & #130
Jem & The Holograms -Holiday Special
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: mugpate on September 03, 2016, 06:47:27 PM
Sonic the Hedgehog 285
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 10
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 03, 2016, 06:51:46 PM
Today the mailman brought both ARCHIE BACK TO SCHOOL ANNUAL #271 (a month late, after sending an email to orderhelp@archiecomics.com earlier this week), and WORLD OF ARCHIE ANNUAL #62 (which might be a few days early, or a few days late, I'll have to check). So I'll be reading those within the next 24 hours.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on September 04, 2016, 02:05:37 AM
Just wondering when someone might bring Action Jackson into comic book reality, or even Best Of The West.  Jay, Jamie, Janice, or Josie West might appeal to a younger market demo(horsies!)  Those Viking and Knight characters were pretty awesome as well, but I forget their names.  They would have kicked GI Joe butt going one on one, but the Joe's had better accessories plus the kung-fu grip thing going for them.  I still think Johnny West should get a comic.

You would appear to have a penchant for those briefly-marketed toy lines owned by now long-defunct manufacturers. Marx Toys and Mego Corp. have been out of business for many decades now. Too bad you didn't ask about Stretch Armstrong... I happen to know that one is now owned by Hasbro. No idea who (if anyone) now owns on the ones you mentioned. The only really viable nostalgia toy properties would probably be long-running franchises that had prior equally long-running comic book incarnations.
I don't know if it's a "penchant" per se, but I've always really liked those action figures, Mego as you mentioned in particular.  The Big Jim, Big Jack, Big Josh, etc. also seem pretty cool.  It's Kirby art in those 70's comic ads, is it not? 

I've always found it interesting that my playing with fighting or war themed "dolls" throughout my youth resulted in me being such a peaceful, kindly, and sensitive person in the long run.  8)

I even like those C.W. McCall themed figures now that I think about it.   :smitten:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 04, 2016, 04:37:07 AM
The Big Jim, Big Jack, Big Josh, etc. also seem pretty cool.  It's Kirby art in those 70's comic ads, is it not? 

I've seen those comic book ads. It is Kirby. Not sure if the King did any actual packaging art for Mattel. I'm blanking on Big Josh and Big Jack, but wasn't there a Bulletman doll? Not the Fawcett/DC character, some Mattel original superhero, like the Captain Laser figure that was a late add-on to the Major Matt Mason toy line of the 1960s -- my dream comic franchise, along with the identically-scaled Ideal's Zeroids and Colorforms' Outer Space Men, but it'll never happen. There were abortive attempts at all of those, that managed to squeak out a single comic or two.

Anyway, back to Kirby. I'm not sure how he got set up on a number of these deals, but I know that he got some decent bucks for the re-designs of the second wave of Kenner's Super Powers figures. That's why the action figures weren't based on Kirby's original Fourth World character designs from 1970 -- it was a way to get Kirby money (that he wouldn't have gotten since he had no rights to the DC characters he'd created). The Mattel stuff obviously came earlier. I think Paul Levitz and Jenette Kahn worked some deal out with Kenner to help him out, and that's when DC wanted him to do the wrap up to the New Gods saga that eventually became the graphic novel The Hunger Dogs. I also remember seeing in the 70s these small carded games (like those slide puzzles and similar low-priced items) that had beautiful package graphics that were pure Kirby, and they were all classic hero characters like Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, etc. Not sure if those were Mattel too, or some other toy company.

I even like those C.W. McCall themed figures now that I think about it.   :smitten:

C.W. McCall sounds like it should be some kind of toy figure trying to tap into the brief C.B. radio fad of the 1970s (there was even an Archie story about that). Can't say that I'm familiar, though.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Archiecomicxfan215 on September 04, 2016, 11:00:46 AM
i've been looking at the 1000 pagers that I own
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 04, 2016, 12:22:35 PM
I read in my comfy chair in my room & read these for 12 minutes each
🍉 Scott Pilgrim's - Precious Little Life-Volume #1
😈 Free Comic Book Day-World Of Archie Digest #1
🎅 World Of Archie Christmas Annual #53
🎁 Betty & Veronica Digest #185
☔ Archie Double Digest #221
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on September 05, 2016, 12:39:43 AM
The Big Jim, Big Jack, Big Josh, etc. also seem pretty cool.  It's Kirby art in those 70's comic ads, is it not? 

I've seen those comic book ads. It is Kirby. Not sure if the King did any actual packaging art for Mattel. I'm blanking on Big Josh and Big Jack, but wasn't there a Bulletman doll? Not the Fawcett/DC character, some Mattel original superhero, like the Captain Laser figure that was a late add-on to the Major Matt Mason toy line of the 1960s -- my dream comic franchise, along with the identically-scaled Ideal's Zeroids and Colorforms' Outer Space Men, but it'll never happen. There were abortive attempts at all of those, that managed to squeak out a single comic or two.

Anyway, back to Kirby. I'm not sure how he got set up on a number of these deals, but I know that he got some decent bucks for the re-designs of the second wave of Kenner's Super Powers figures. That's why the action figures weren't based on Kirby's original Fourth World character designs from 1970 -- it was a way to get Kirby money (that he wouldn't have gotten since he had no rights to the DC characters he'd created). The Mattel stuff obviously came earlier. I think Paul Levitz and Jenette Kahn worked some deal out with Kenner to help him out, and that's when DC wanted him to do the wrap up to the New Gods saga that eventually became the graphic novel The Hunger Dogs. I also remember seeing in the 70s these small carded games (like those slide puzzles and similar low-priced items) that had beautiful package graphics that were pure Kirby, and they were all classic hero characters like Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, etc. Not sure if those were Mattel too, or some other toy company.

I even like those C.W. McCall themed figures now that I think about it.   :smitten:

C.W. McCall sounds like it should be some kind of toy figure trying to tap into the brief C.B. radio fad of the 1970s (there was even an Archie story about that). Can't say that I'm familiar, though.
I didn't know about Kirby's involvement with designing action figures or Super Powers, so I appreciate the info.  Glad to know he was being compensated for that work.

C.W. McCall was a real thing ---he or they recorded the song "Convoy" during the CB craze and toys followed shortly thereafter.  What red blooded American kid didn't dream of life on the open road in an 18-wheeler?  Never saw the actual toys, just pics from an old Sears catalog and e-Bay.  My trucking life went as far as standing along a highway pumping my arm up and down to encourage a passing truck to blow it's airhorn.  Life was simpler back then for six and seven year olds.  :(

Sticking more to the thread topic I read Our Love Story #32 from Marvel(1974), also B&V #149.  I'm tempted to start a "Bronze Age in review" thread as I read and re-read material from this era all the time, but not sure if many are interested in the older stuff.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 06, 2016, 08:50:10 PM
No reading for me today. I'm was too tired.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Archiecomicxfan215 on September 06, 2016, 10:51:54 PM
I read some of Betty and Veronica Comics Double Digest #246
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 07, 2016, 01:24:00 AM
BETTY BOOP'S BIG BREAK (1990)
KO-KO THE KLOWN AND HIS CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE (2000)
FLINTSTONES #3
RICK AND MORTY #17
RICK AND MORTY: L'IL POOPY SUPERSTAR #2 (of 5)
SQUADRON SUPREME #11
UNCANNY X-MEN #12
MOON KNIGHT #6
KILL OR BE KILLED #2
NOWHERE MEN #11
SKYBOURNE #1
HENCHGIRL #10
MICRONAUTS #5
STAR TREK #59 & 60
GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT #2 (of 3)
BETTY AND VERONICA: GIRLS RULE! TP
JUGHEAD #9
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS #22

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 07, 2016, 01:29:25 AM
Sticking more to the thread topic I read Our Love Story #32 from Marvel(1974), also B&V #149.  I'm tempted to start a "Bronze Age in review" thread as I read and re-read material from this era all the time, but not sure if many are interested in the older stuff.

I'd read it. Any noteworthy stories in Our Love Story #32?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on September 07, 2016, 01:43:52 AM
Sticking more to the thread topic I read Our Love Story #32 from Marvel(1974), also B&V #149.  I'm tempted to start a "Bronze Age in review" thread as I read and re-read material from this era all the time, but not sure if many are interested in the older stuff.

I'd read it. Any noteworthy stories in Our Love Story #32?
Not really noteworthy, interesting to me for the over the top dramatics, male perspective plots written for the primary story characters(young women), and some nice Gene Colan art.  Pretty good art in general I'd say.  Several stories were reprints from Our Love(#1 & 2 in 1970) as Stan obviously wasn't writing these comics by '74. Not sure when he stopped, kind of like what you were seeing in the Millie comics you posted on the "old" forum.  Sometimes the indicia helps to find the original year of publication, but sometimes not. I just find the romance comics to be a fun read.  Please keep that just between you and me, though.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 07, 2016, 06:33:16 AM
I just read my digital copy of Jughead #9. It was ok, The science fair was crazy. Jughead made a human of himself with food- Burgers & Hot Dogs & Nanchos.  The part with Dilton was boring. I hate Dilton.  Any way the rest of story was better. Jughead actually had a crush on the lady outside handing out coupons for Burgers but he couldn't who she was because of custome. And what a shocker, it's Sabrina.
I think I like Chip Zdarsky's writing the book better.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 07, 2016, 07:21:17 AM
I just read my digital copy of Jughead #9. It was ok, The science fair was crazy. Jughead made a human of himself with food- Burgers & Hot Dogs & Nanchos.  The part with Dilton was boring. I hate Dilton.  Any way the rest of story was better. Jughead actually had a crush on the lady outside handing out coupons for Burgers but he couldn't who she was because of custome. And what a shocker, it's Sabrina.
I think I like Chip Zdarsky's writing the book better.

Wow, you must really hate science. That really shouldn't matter though, as the story took place during an art competition. Surely you didn't think a mannequin made out of hamburgers qualifies under even the loosest definition of "science"?? Dilton was explaining how he used math and a computer to create art, but he's only in a few panels of the story, so what's the big deal. It's an art competition, so naturally there would be other students from Riverdale High competing. It's just a simple way of showing the contrast between Jughead's approach to creating art and Dilton's.

How could you be shocked that the Burger Lady turned out to be Sabrina? She's on the cover, which kind of gives away the ending of the story. I guess it would have made for a better story if they hadn't put her on the cover, since she's the only suspect for who's in the Burger Lady outfit.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 07, 2016, 08:42:42 AM
I just can't stand Dilton. He's just terrible. I hate science. And he is a nerd. How does he have friends? There was no Kevin in the issue. And when will we see Ethel? Is Jellybean ever going make a appearance? I like the part where they are all discussing that Jughead was going on a date. That part was good.
I'm going catch up on reading Archie. The ones from my subscription.
Archie #8, #9, #10, #11

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on September 07, 2016, 06:05:19 PM
Random Zits: A Zits Treasury
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 07, 2016, 08:54:53 PM
I read those religious Archie Comics
Archie's Car
Archie's World
Laugh #339
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 08, 2016, 04:57:50 AM
I just can't stand Dilton. He's just terrible. I hate science. And he is a nerd. How does he have friends?

Because not everyone hates science like you. Scientists have friends and families, just like everyone else. Unless they are those stereotypical "mad scientists" that you see in movies and comic books -- then they just have lackies, like Mad Doctor Doom and Chester.  :)

Dilton's a good guy. He helps everyone out, or at least tries to (sometimes his attempts to help people backfire, but at least his heart's in the right place). Unlike, say... Reggie, who can be a selfish, egotistical ratfink, but has his fans anyway just because he's good looking. So what if Dilton's a little different than the typical guys at Riverdale High. Should I hate Ethel because she's different and isn't as pretty as the other girls at RHS? She may not be one of my favorite characters, but I don't hate her. Should I hate people in wheelchairs because they're a little different than most people? That strikes me as an odd attitude to take.

How do you feel about Simon Silverstein (also known as "Prankenstein")? The reason I ask is that he's brainy, short, and not the hunky type (like Dilton), but at the same time he's got the same bad attitude as Reggie (thinks he's superior to others because he has a big ego, and is always pulling pranks on people). I guess that if he was tall and good looking, you'd probably like him despite his brains and ego. Dilton's smarter than almost anyone else at Riverdale High, but he doesn't lord it over anyone because of his superior intelligence, he just tries to be one of the gang and a regular guy (in his own way), and help out his friends in any way he can. So he's obsessed with science...  and Jughead's obsessed with food, Archie's obsessed with girls, and Reggie's obsessed with himself. What's the difference?

I don't even understand how someone can say "I hate science." Do you hate indoor plumbing and heating, medical health care, electric wheelchairs, television, computers, the internet, mobile phones, digital comic books? None of those things would even exist without science. We'd all be living in caves, hunting our own food or gathering nuts and berries if not for science. People with no mobility would be dead from starvation if they couldn't do those things by themselves.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 08, 2016, 05:11:19 AM
Basically I just don't like his character. He is boring. All his stories are a waste, I skip over them. With Ethel I can go either way, she's not interesting. And she is a sad sack. Can't Veronica doll her up. Veronica give her a makeover . And could help her a little. She is only trying to get Jughead. Some prize he is.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 08, 2016, 06:40:54 AM
Basically I just don't like his character. He is boring. All his stories are a waste, I skip over them.

Okay. Sort of like me and Little Archie (or Little Anybody, actually). I wouldn't say I hate Little Archie, though. Just "no interest". His stories just take up space in the digests that could be devoted to other stories I like better. Heck, if this was a democracy and you could order up your stories with only the characters you like in them, ala carte, I'd just vote to skip Archie altogether, in favor of other characters. To me he's the least interesting character, and appears in far too many stories. Most of the really good Archie stories are the ones from 1955-1965. Just my opinion.

With Ethel I can go either way, she's not interesting. And she is a sad sack. Can't Veronica doll her up. Veronica give her a makeover . And could help her a little. She is only trying to get Jughead. Some prize he is.

Yeah, isn't it amazing how many girls have been interested in him, though? Offhand, a partial list would include Ethel Muggs, January McAndrews, Debbi Dalton, Joani Jumpp, Anita Chavita, Jackie Frost, Trula Twyst, and Toni Topaz. And now I guess we have to add Sabrina Spellman to that list. That's only nine girls though, in 75 years. Archie has dated hundreds, although most of them were just a one-time fling, and what's so special about him?

There have been more than a few stories where Ethel got a makeover. Overall, her ugliness has been really toned down in the last 25 years. In that one story I mentioned on another thread where she got herself all dolled up with a new dress, hairdo and makeup to go to a model railroading expo with Archie she practically looks cute, and I've seen several other stories where she's been cuted up quite a bit as well.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 08, 2016, 11:15:53 AM
I read
Betty & Veronica #1-Stephanie Buscema
And each of these for 12 minutes
Archie Double Digest #221
Free Comic Book Day-World Of Archie Digest #1
Jughead Double Digest #173
And I finished reading Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life-Volume #1
And Tonight I read these fo t 12 minutes
Betty & Veronica Comics Annual #240
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #17 & #20
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #60
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 11, 2016, 06:33:13 AM
I read several Digital Comics for 12 minutes each.
🌷 Betty's Diary
🔉 Jughead's Time Police
🐇 Jughead In Love
🌈 Betty & Veronica #245
🏠 World Of Archie-Pals VS Gals
🎭 Team Betty
🌆 Archie At The Chocklit Shoppe
📞 Archie Explores Of The Unknown
This Morning I read these for 12 minutes each
📖 B &V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #250
📖 The Best Of Betty & Veronica
📖 Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion
📖 I finished World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #60
📖 Betty #99
📖 Betty #138
📖 Betty #145
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 12, 2016, 09:09:46 AM
I read
Betty #100
Veronica #155 & #199
The rest of day I didn't read anything else. I wasn't in the mood.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 14, 2016, 08:38:51 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
🎄 B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #250
🎄 Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
🎄 Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #5
🎄 Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #20
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 14, 2016, 11:50:18 PM
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #4 (of 4)
DOOM PATROL #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #940
ACTION COMICS #963
WONDER WOMAN #6
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4
SUPERWOMAN #2
ASTRO CITY #38
POWER RANGERS: PINK #3 (of 6)
THE SHADOW: THE DEATH OF MARGO LANE #4 (of 5)
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED AND MRS PEEL #3 (of 6)
ROCHELLE #2 (of 3)
ONE-PUNCH MAN GN VOL 08
SPIRIT OF WONDER #1-5
(Dark Horse, 1996)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: SAGG on September 15, 2016, 10:09:01 AM
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #4 (of 4)
DOOM PATROL #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #940
ACTION COMICS #963
WONDER WOMAN #6
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4
SUPERWOMAN #2
ASTRO CITY #38
POWER RANGERS: PINK #3 (of 6)
THE SHADOW: THE DEATH OF MARGO LANE #4 (of 5)
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED AND MRS PEEL #3 (of 6)
ROCHELLE #2 (of 3)
ONE-PUNCH MAN GN VOL 08
SPIRIT OF WONDER #1-5
(Dark Horse, 1996)
One Punch Man is awesome,dude!! :P Have you seen the anime yet? Hmmm--no Future Quest, buddy. I thought it was your favorite DC comic.... :)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 15, 2016, 10:15:57 AM
One Punch Man is awesome,dude!! :P Have you seen the anime yet? Hmmm--no Future Quest, buddy. I thought it was your favorite DC comic.... :)

One-Punch Man is indeed awesome! It's practically a re-invention of the whole superhero genre. I haven't seen the anime yet, but this volume has a couple of "congrats" and "thank you's" regarding the anime. Hard to believe this all started as a webcomic, then it went viral with over a million hits, and then began appearing in print in Shonen Jump (which is the best-selling comic in Japan), before being collected as paperbacks, and eventually translated to English -- and that whole journey was remarkably short. That sort of makes the whole Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles thing back in the 80s look like a mere fluke by comparison, because the webmanga was a huge success BEFORE anything else, the print version OR the anime got made. I'll probably just wait and get the whole anime series on DVD when it comes out.

???  Future Quest #4 came out at the end of July, so I'm not sure which issue you're talking about. I read that a couple of weeks ago, and there hasn't been a new one since then. It was on my list back at the top of Page 39 of this thread. #5 isn't due out until the first week in October.

For some strange reason, all of those DC Rebirth titles that I still read ALL come out the same week. Except maybe for Titans and Hellblazer, I think. I know I don't have any DCs on my "to read" list for next week, and some weeks I have no Marvels to read. Sometimes just one like this week (Gods of War #4, which is really a continuation of Hercules) or two or three, like next week (Ant-Man #12, Patsy Walker #10 and Punisher #5). Normally I just borrow the Marvels to read (and get the trade paperbacks later), except for Patsy Walker. I don't know if I'll be getting any of those DC Rebirth titles as trade paperbacks. I kind of doubt it. Maybe Detective Comics, or possibly Hellblazer (haven't read enough issues yet to decide) if anything. The only DCs I buy now as floppy comics are Batman '66, Wonder Woman '77, Scooby-Doo Team-Up and Future Quest, and I still get the trade paperbacks (hardcover in the case of Batman '66) later!
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: SAGG on September 15, 2016, 03:52:32 PM
One Punch Man is awesome,dude!! :P Have you seen the anime yet? Hmmm--no Future Quest, buddy. I thought it was your favorite DC comic.... :)

One-Punch Man is indeed awesome! It's practically a re-invention of the whole superhero genre. I haven't seen the anime yet, but this volume has a couple of "congrats" and "thank you's" regarding the anime. Hard to believe this all started as a webcomic, then it went viral with over a million hits, and then began appearing in print in Shonen Jump (which is the best-selling comic in Japan), before being collected as paperbacks, and eventually translated to English -- and that whole journey was remarkably short. That sort of makes the whole Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles thing back in the 80s look like a mere fluke by comparison, because the webmanga was a huge success BEFORE anything else, the print version OR the anime got made. I'll probably just wait and get the whole anime series on DVD when it comes out.

???  Future Quest #4 came out at the end of July, so I'm not sure which issue you're talking about. I read that a couple of weeks ago, and there hasn't been a new one since then. It was on my list back at the top of Page 39 of this thread. #5 isn't due out until the first week in October.

For some strange reason, all of those DC Rebirth titles that I still read ALL come out the same week. Except maybe for Titans and Hellblazer, I think. I know I don't have any DCs on my "to read" list for next week, and some weeks I have no Marvels to read. Sometimes just one like this week (Gods of War #4, which is really a continuation of Hercules) or two or three, like next week (Ant-Man #12, Patsy Walker #10 and Punisher #5). Normally I just borrow the Marvels to read (and get the trade paperbacks later), except for Patsy Walker. I don't know if I'll be getting any of those DC Rebirth titles as trade paperbacks. I kind of doubt it. Maybe Detective Comics, or possibly Hellblazer (haven't read enough issues yet to decide) if anything. The only DCs I buy now as floppy comics are Batman '66, Wonder Woman '77, Scooby-Doo Team-Up and Future Quest, and I still get the trade paperbacks (hardcover in the case of Batman '66) later!
I responded because you didn't have FQ on your favorite comics list at all. :)  Meanwhile, I'm reading OPM on my computer, catching up on it. In case you're interested, or don't know, it comes on Saturday night/Sunday mornings on Adult Swim...
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 15, 2016, 04:22:26 PM
I responded because you didn't have FQ on your favorite comics list at all. :) 

"Favorite comics list"? Where are we doing that? This thread is just for "What comics have you been reading?", so I normally list them as I read them, with the bulk of the non-graphic novel/trade collections occurring every Wednesday. As I mentioned, I listed Future Quest #4 among the comics I read back a couple of weeks ago, at the top of Page 39 of this thread. SteveInTheCity recently started a "Favorite Comics Genres" thread, but that's not the same as "Favorite Comics", so it wouldn't be listing individual titles.

Meanwhile, I'm reading OPM on my computer, catching up on it. In case you're interested, or don't know, it comes on Saturday night/Sunday mornings on Adult Swim...

I prefer marathon-watching an entire series (or at least an entire season of a series). I find I enjoy it more and it's easier to connect bits and pieces from individual episodes, if it's a continuing story. Even if the episodes are basically self-contained, I just like immersing myself in a show for hours at a time. So like I said, I'll just wait until the entire thing comes out on DVD and buy it. There's no way I'm not going to like it, unless it's completely different from the manga. I mean yes, I expect there will be some differences in the story between the manga and the anime, that's pretty common, but as long as it's faithful in the main points, I'm good with that.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on September 15, 2016, 07:25:08 PM
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #4 (of 4)
DOOM PATROL #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #940
ACTION COMICS #963
WONDER WOMAN #6
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4
SUPERWOMAN #2
ASTRO CITY #38
POWER RANGERS: PINK #3 (of 6)
THE SHADOW: THE DEATH OF MARGO LANE #4 (of 5)
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED AND MRS PEEL #3 (of 6)
ROCHELLE #2 (of 3)
ONE-PUNCH MAN GN VOL 08
SPIRIT OF WONDER #1-5
(Dark Horse, 1996)
One Punch Man is awesome,dude!! :P Have you seen the anime yet? Hmmm--no Future Quest, buddy. I thought it was your favorite DC comic.... :)

How's Spirit of Wonder? I picked these up for cheap based on your recommendation and the fact that I loved his recent graphic novel Wandering Island despite the non ending. Haven't had time to read them yet.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: SAGG on September 15, 2016, 11:32:48 PM
Well, DR, I  assumed FQ was one of your favorite comics, so I added it. 😆
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 16, 2016, 12:02:57 AM
Well, DR, I  assumed FQ was one of your favorite comics, so I added it. 😆

Still confused, SAGG. What do you mean you added it? Where did you add it? Was there an old thread here somewhere about "Your favorite comics" that I somehow forgot about? On THIS thread, I just list all the comics I read, whether they're my favorites or not.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 16, 2016, 01:00:29 AM
How's Spirit of Wonder? I picked these up for cheap based on your recommendation and the fact that I loved his recent graphic novel Wandering Island despite the non ending. Haven't had time to read them yet.

Spirit of Wonder left me wondering if that's all there was to it, just the 5 issues that Dark Horse published in 1996. I mean, it's okay, and I liked the art, but it's kind of a little thing, a piece of fluff. A little steampunk thing where the eccentric genius scientist (Dr. Breckenridge) was obviously inspired by Lionel Jeffries, who played the part of Mr. Cavor, the scientist who invents the anti-gravity substance named "Cavorite" and takes trip to become one of THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (in the 1964 film directed by Nathan Juran, based on H.G. Wells' 1901 novel of the same title).

The first two issues tell a complete story, then the third issue is a standalone story, then the last two issues tell another complete story. So it's a bit episodic, and doesn't really go anywhere in particular. It's a nice little character piece for Miss China, the main character, and it left me wanting to read more about her, but is that all there is? I had to seach the web for answers, and now I'm even more confused. Apparently the Dark Horse translation of Spirit of Wonder is actually Volume TWO. You can read that online here:

http://www.mangareader.net/spirit-of-wonder/2 (http://www.mangareader.net/spirit-of-wonder/2)

I wonder what you might think of Miss China (who is never given another name in the story). In some ways, she's stereotypical -- a young Chinese girl living in Bristol, England around the turn of the 20th Century, who speaks in pidgin English (hard to say how much of that is the translators' -Studio Proteus- fault, since in the original version she would have been speaking Japanese -- and I have no idea if there's such a thing as a stereotyped 'pidgin Japanese'), she wears traditional Chinese clothing, runs a Chinese restaurant that she inherited from her father at 18, and practices some kind of Chinese martial arts. She also has a short temper, and is hopelessly smitten with "Doctor Breckinlidge's" (as she calls him) handsome young assistant, Jim Floyd, which is why she puts up with Dr. Breckinridge's habitually late rent payments (he usually has Jim spend the money for needed parts and supplies at Lily's, a local flower shop whose proprietress also functions as a source of black market scientific parts, and is Miss China's rival for Jim's affections) and allows him and Jim to remain as boarders on the second floor of the Ten-Kai Chinese restaurant. She also has to put up with the somewhat pervy old Doctor's attempts to grope her boobs at least once in every story (but that's seinen manga of the mid-1990s for you -- typical fanservice). If you can't get past those kind of racial stereotypes and sexism, you may reject this altogether, but to me Miss China came across as a realistic character, for this particular time and place, even if the basic premise of the story here is more of a gentle science-fantasy. By way of contrast, Lily didn't come across as realistic to me, because she seemed like an anachronistic character, out of place in that time period, and far too 'modern' as a character. Doctor Breckinridge and Jim Floyd came across as only the sketchiest of character archetypes, the elder eccentric genius scientist and his equally gifted handsome young assistant. That accounts for all the characters in the series, so the whole thing stands or falls on your impression of Miss China. I wouldn't exactly call this manga a work of genius or anything, and the artwork is good, but not remarkably so. It's a pleasant enough read, just a few little vignette episodes in a hazily-conceived story setting.

But there was a Volume ONE (not translated by Dark Horse, or at least not published), and although those stories were originally published in Japan beginning in 1986, it seems to take place in the present (1986) in Japan, unlike Vol. 2 which was taking place in Victorian England. I haven't read it yet, but I browsed it a bit and there seems to be a backstory connection with the scientist characters in Vol. 2 (the Dark Horse/Studio Proteus-translated Spirit of Wonder). You can read Volume One here:

http://www.mangareader.net/spirit-of-wonder/1 (http://www.mangareader.net/spirit-of-wonder/1)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: SAGG on September 16, 2016, 04:21:42 AM
Well, DR, I  assumed FQ was one of your favorite comics, so I added it. 😆

Still confused, SAGG. What do you mean you added it? Where did you add it? Was there an old thread here somewhere about "Your favorite comics" that I somehow forgot about? On THIS thread, I just list all the comics I read, whether they're my favorites or not.
Urg. Just--we'll let it go, buddy... 🤔
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 17, 2016, 01:03:36 AM
Just finished reading Osamu Tezuka's PHOENIX, which he considered his life's work. Still missing one volume (Vol. 9, Strange Beings/Life). The volumes, in the order they were first published, veer back and forth from the distant past to the far future, but I chose to read them in the chronological order of when they were taking place (although "Sun", in particular, tells a story that alternates back and forth from the past to the future). Even though each of the individual stories stands alone on its own, they're all connected thematically, and also by reoccurring characters who are either reincarnated or have descendants or ancestors in future or past time periods. The past-set volumes (Dawn, Yamato, Sun, Karma, Civil War) all deal with Japanese myth or history.

PHOENIX Vol. 12         EARLY WORKS (Egypt/Greece/Rome)
PHOENIX Vol. 01         DAWN
PHOENIX Vol. 03         YAMATO/
PHOENIX Vol. 10-11      SUN (Part 1 & 2)
PHOENIX Vol. 04         KARMA
PHOENIX Vol. 07-08      CIVIL WAR (Part 1 & 2)
PHOENIX Vol. 06         NOSTALGIA
PHOENIX Vol. 05         RESURRECTION
PHOENIX Vol. 03         /SPACE
PHOENIX Vol. 02         FUTURE
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 19, 2016, 10:46:06 AM
I finished Free Comic Book Day-World Of Archie Digest #1
And read these for 12 minutes each
Archie Double Digest #221
Jughead Double Digest #173
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World-Book #2
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 20, 2016, 04:38:53 PM
No reading for me today. I have a headache. I will read my digital copy of Archie #12 in the morning.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 21, 2016, 04:42:07 AM
I read my digital copy of Archie #12. I loved it. I love the art. Sayid is really hot. I hope sticks around. But sadly no Reggie. I hope he's in the next issue.
Later I read each of these for 12 minutes
Archie #11-Anwar
Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #20
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 21, 2016, 10:41:22 PM
I read some Digital Comics
Reggie-King Of April Fool's-Volume #2
Archie #12
Saga #37
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 22, 2016, 12:05:44 AM
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #12
PUNISHER #5
UNCANNY X-MEN #13
MICRONAUTS #6
KINGSWAY WEST #2
EMPRESS #6 (of 7)
UNCLE SCROOGE #18
SAVAGE DRAGON #216
BLACK HAMMER #3
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #10
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #3 (of 6)
KAIJUMAX SEASON 2 #4 (of 6)
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: FALL OF MAN #3 (of 5)
SUPERF*CKERS FOREVER #2 (of 5)
LOST IN SPACE: THE LOST EPISODES #4 (of 6)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 22, 2016, 07:51:35 PM
No reading for me today, I was busying coloring in my new stress free coloring book most of the day.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 23, 2016, 05:36:41 AM
ROM #3
REVOLUTION #1 (of 5)
ROM: REVOLUTION #1 (one-shot)
WONDER WOMAN '77 SPECIAL #4
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 23, 2016, 09:22:38 AM
I'm going read each of these books for 12 minutes each
💖 Archie Comics Spectacular-Summer Daze
🍕 Archie Comics Spectacular-Food Fight
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Post by: steveinthecity on September 24, 2016, 12:17:18 AM
Kull The Conqueror #8 (1973)
Len Wein-script/John & Marie Severin-art
While lost in a stormy sea, Kull and his followers are shipwrecked on an island believed to be inhabited by the "Cult Of The Leopard". A self-contained story including mysterious murders, villager rebellion, a mad ruler-type, lycanthropy, and swordplay.  All in all a pretty decent representation of the Sword and Sorcery genre in early 70's comics.
Ad pick: "Train at home to be a veterinary assistant". Training can lead to a career as a Lab Aide, Kennel Owner, or as a ZooKeeper!

Rawhide Kid #143 (1977)
Story and art by Larry Lieber
Reprints Rawhide Kid #45 and tells the origin of the Kid.  We also meet his previously unknown two brothers.  Simplistic, but entertaining backstory.
Ad pick: "Poster Bonanza"!  For only $2 you get five full color posters featuring such 70's idols as KISS, Hardy Boys, Farrah Fawcett, Grizzly Adams, Baretta, etc.
Hostess Ad: "Thor In The Ding-A-Ling Family". Hillbillies in a trailer floating randomly through Asgardian orbit encounter Thor and his allies.  As one hillbilly is about to bring down Thor with his "Atomic Shotgun" Sif distracts the baddie with delicious Hostess fruit pies. The drama now averted, Volstagg in a wildly out of character moment suggests they bring the remaining fruit pies back to Odin(rather than eat the snacks himself).

Rawhide Kid #144 (1977)
Story and Pencils - Larry Lieber, inks- George Roussos.  Reprints a story from RK #112.  Run of the mill western fare.  Single young woman is approached by the local baddie to sell her ranch, she refuses, bad guy starts killing her ranch hands.  A spurned romantic advance and several gunfights follow with the bad guy eveventually getting put down and the young woman agreeing to marry the gunslinger that helped Kid save her ranch. A back up story from Two Gun Kid #68 by Stan Lee and Jack Keller had an interesting twist ending.
Ad pick: Heroes World selling a "Marvel Collector's Set" for $5.50 post paid that consisted of 2001 #1, What If #1, Black Panther #1, Red Sonja #2, and Peter Parker #3.

Hostess Ad: "Spider-Man Spoils A Snatch".  While out with MJ (as Pete), Spidey foils an unnamed villain who's projected multiple images of himself during a museum jewel robbery to confuse onlookers.  The quick thinking Spidey tosses delicious devil's food chocolate cupcakes on the floor to draw out the real villain who can't resist the temptation to eat the snacks.

Chili #22 (1973)
Indicia shows copyright date from '69, so these are apparently all reprints.  Five short stories by Stan Lee and Stan Goldberg plus one uncredited single page strip.  The usual Chili fare with Chili trying to outsmart or one-up her rival Millie with her efforts often backfiring.  I find the later Chili's mostly unremarkable when compared to the Millie's of the early 60's or before.
Ad pick:  A company called Adolph's from Minneapolis, Minnesota is selling reproduction German Army helmets with swastika decals. Decals come in your choice of red, blue, or orange!  :P
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 24, 2016, 11:41:13 AM
I read
AfterLife With Archie #10
Saga #37
Jughead #10- Audrey Mok
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 25, 2016, 12:23:21 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash
Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
Archie Comics Spectacular Summer Daze
World Of Archie Christmas Annual #53
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 26, 2016, 10:00:27 AM
I read
Betty & Veronica #1-Hack
Jughead #9-Fish & Mok
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 26, 2016, 05:33:52 PM
ASTRO BOY - Reading the manga paperbacks, beginning with the earliest stories and following along in the chronological sequence of how the stories were originally published -- which is NOT the order in which they're printed in the 23-volume English language translation from Dark Horse Comics. So far I've read the stories originally published from 1951 through 1953 (out of the 5000+ pages that comprise the entire series). Which isn't much, really... maybe about 1 and a half books out of the 23 (but I cheated and read the 2 volumes of stories that were random 1-shot appearances in various publications, not considered part of the continuity, first).

Another thing that's slowing me down in reading the stories is that I'm pausing to watch those stories which were adapted into anime, just to see how they were adapted, what they changed or left out, etc. There were three different Astro Boy anime series, the first from 1963-1966 (only 104 of those 193 episodes were translated into English, and I don't have the Japanese DVD set), the second from 1980-1981 (51 episodes in English, missing one of the Japanese episodes), and a third series from 2003-2004 (another 52 episodes). As it turns out, the 1963 series adapted a lot of the original manga stories, but not all of those episodes made it into the English-dubbed series, and less than half the total episodes were adapted from the original manga. In the 1980 series, most of those episodes were adapted from the manga stories, and in the 2003 series, very few of the episodes were straight adaptations of the manga (they tended to mostly just mix bits and pieces of different manga stories into a new plot). But even so, a lot of the manga stories got adapted in one series or another, sometimes with the same story adapted as episodes of both the 1963 and 1980 anime. Naturally the anime series episodes' order doesn't follow the manga series order, so I'm skipping all over the place swapping out discs. It's interesting reading a manga story written and drawn in the 1950s, and then seeing how it was adapted into anime made 10, 30, or 50 years later though.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 27, 2016, 08:06:41 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes
1-B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #233
2-B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #250
3-Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #235
4- Betty & Veronica Halloween Annual #237
5-Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on September 28, 2016, 01:51:21 AM
I read these books for 12 minutes
1-B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #233
2-B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #250
3-Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #235
4- Betty & Veronica Halloween Annual #237
5-Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
When it comes to the digests and their short, random stories, why not just read through one for an hour instead of five for twelve minutes each?

Inquiring minds want to know.  ???
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 28, 2016, 07:32:36 AM
That's my style. I like doing that way. Just with digests I use book marks in my books. But I read a whole comic through.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 28, 2016, 08:19:41 AM
Yesterday I received Archie #12 Fish & Bilquis Evely issues. I'll read them today. I just love Thomas Pitilli's art. He's the best. I'll hang in my comic frames soon.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on September 29, 2016, 12:52:54 AM
ARCHIE #12 - Just read the reprint in back, "MOOSE!". That's from 1990, written by Waid, which is what I suggested to Waid that they should reprint in the back of ARCHIE when I saw him at Boston Comic Con back in August -- so thanks for the quick response. Hopefully we'll get to see the rest of those half-dozen shorts he wrote back then.

JOSIE #1 - Ugh. Worse than I feared, a real snooze-fest. It's all talk, talk, talk, nothing much happens... it's boring. Halfway through the story I was already skimming the dialogue (which wasn't interesting or funny) to get to the end. Pepper is brought back, but this version of the character is pretty dull and uninteresting, lacking the witty and sarcastic observations of the classic Pepper. Melody just isn't the same Melody, either. I felt pretty neutral about the artwork, didn't love it or hate it. Last issue for me, at least until they get a new writer.

GARTH ENNIS' RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP #3 (of 9)
RICK AND MORTY: LI'L POOPY SUPERSTAR #3 (of 5)
INVADER ZIM #13
BATMAN BEYOND REBIRTH #1
ACTION COMICS #964
WONDER WOMAN #7
DONALD DUCK #17
WALT DISNEY'S COMICS & STORIES #734
HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. 1954: BLACK SUN #1 (of 2)
WEIRD DETECTIVE #4
TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 (of 5)
LONE RANGER/GREEN HORNET #3 (of 5)
ASTRO CITY #39
APOLLO'S SONG by Osamu Tezuka VOL. 2 TP
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Bluto on September 29, 2016, 10:09:46 AM
At the present time, I'm reading back issues of the old Marvel series WHAT THE..?! Issue #4 has an Archie parody.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 30, 2016, 12:46:21 PM
I will be reading my Archie Meets The Ramones which just came from www.archiecomics.com
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Post by: irishmoxie on September 30, 2016, 03:14:03 PM
At the present time, I'm reading back issues of the old Marvel series WHAT THE..?! Issue #4 has an Archie parody.


Post it. Would love to read this.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 30, 2016, 04:55:25 PM
I read Gisele's Archie Meets The Ramones. I loved it. It was so colorful. Everybody looked great even the crowds in the audience. There was even characters from Gisele's other comics which was cool.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 30, 2016, 05:16:05 PM
I 'm going read Veronica Fish's tomorrow. I'm giving my brother the Gisele one because I preorder another Gisele from midtown comics.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on September 30, 2016, 08:19:40 PM
I read Veronica's Archie Meets The Ramones. Reggie is awesome in this issue, he looks hot. He even looked Tan.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 01, 2016, 09:51:53 AM
I read Archie Meets The Ramones-Gisele's issue. I just love it. I think it's better than those Kiss issues. Even though I'm a huge fan of Kiss. I have seen them in concert twice.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Jingles on October 01, 2016, 10:01:12 AM
I am currently reading Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics #247 and Archie Comics DD #272.
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Post by: BettyReggie on October 02, 2016, 10:14:13 AM
I have a lot catch up on with all my digests. I 'll read some.
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Post by: irishmoxie on October 02, 2016, 01:50:45 PM
The later Cheryl Blossom issues. Surprisingly they weren't up on comics.org so I'm trying to add them.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 02, 2016, 04:52:15 PM
I finished Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion & also read these for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics Anniversary Bash
Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #20
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
Betty & Veronica Comics Digest #235
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 03, 2016, 08:24:24 AM
I'm going read each of these books for 12 minutes each but I'm sure which ones yet, I'll fill you in later.
I read these digital comics
Jughead In Love
Betty's Garden Variety
Betty & Veronica Sleep Over Special
Reggie & Me
Reggie King Of April Fool's #1
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 05, 2016, 11:20:41 AM
ASTRO BOY TPs (Dark Horse) - Skipping around various volumes, reading stories in chronological order (I'm up to 1957).
WONDER WOMAN '77 SPECIAL #4
ACTION MAN #4 (of 4)
REVOLUTION: MICRONAUTS #1 (one-shot)
REVOLUTION: M.A.S.K. #1 (one-shot)
SPEED RACER TP (2007, Seven Seas) - An OEL (original English-language) manga, done-in-one volume.
MONSTER MUSUME VOL. 1 TP
SQUADRON SUPREME #12
HELLBLAZER #2
SIXPACK AND DOGWELDER: HARD-TRAVELIN' HEROZ #2 (of 6)
RICK AND MORTY #18
LOONEY TUNES #233
UNCLE SCROOGE #19
ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES #1 - Totally awesome.
BETTY BOOP #1 (Dynamite) - ALSO totally awesome.
DEATH OF HAWKMAN #1 (of 6)
TITANS #3
UNCANNY X-MEN #14
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP #18 - So much fun!
FUTURE QUEST #5 - Still good, but beginning to stray a bit farther from the original cartoons...
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED AND MRS. PEEL #4 (of 6)
REVOLUTION #2 (of 5)
SUPER F*CKERS FOREVER #3 (of 5) - Hilarious.
BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #247 - Fun new lead story by Dan Parent!
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Post by: irishmoxie on October 05, 2016, 02:33:39 PM
ASTRO BOY TPs (Dark Horse) - Skipping around various volumes, reading stories in chronological order (I'm up to 1957).
WONDER WOMAN '77 SPECIAL #4
ACTION MAN #4 (of 4)
REVOLUTION: MICRONAUTS #1 (one-shot)
REVOLUTION: M.A.S.K. #1 (one-shot)
SPEED RACER TP (2007, Seven Seas) - An OEL (original English-language) manga, done-in-one volume.
MONSTER MUSUME VOL. 1 TP
SQUADRON SUPREME #12
HELLBLAZER #2
SIXPACK AND DOGWELDER: HARD-TRAVELIN' HEROZ #2 (of 6)
RICK AND MORTY #18
LOONEY TUNES #233
UNCLE SCROOGE #19
ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES #1 - Totally awesome.
BETTY BOOP #1 (Dynamite) - ALSO totally awesome.
DEATH OF HAWKMAN #1 (of 6)
TITANS #3
UNCANNY X-MEN #14
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP #18 - So much fun!
FUTURE QUEST #5 - Still good, but beginning to stray a bit farther from the original cartoons...
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED AND MRS. PEEL #4 (of 6)
REVOLUTION #2 (of 5)
SUPER F*CKERS FOREVER #3 (of 5) - Hilarious.
BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #247 - Fun new lead story by Dan Parent!


Do you take every Wednesday off to read comics? Lucky.


Looking forward to your reviews on the Ramones and Betty Boop. How was monster musume?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 05, 2016, 03:30:12 PM
I read Saga #38 & Josie & The Pussycats #1-Gisele's issue.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 05, 2016, 03:42:43 PM

Do you take every Wednesday off to read comics? Lucky.

Looking forward to your reviews on the Ramones and Betty Boop. How was monster musume?

HaHa! I don't have to take every Wednesday off, because back when I was given the option of arranging my work schedule, I opted to take Tuesdays and Wednesdays off -- so my regular work week is Thursday through Monday.

This week is jam-packed though, so I'm not sure when I can get around to those reviews. I wanted to review those two though, so hopefully I'll find some time to squeeze those in before next week.

What to say about Monster Musume, (subtitled "Everyday Life With Monster Girls")? Not my usual type of thing, but I was able to borrow it to read (actually I was thinking it might be something like Eerie Cuties... but no, not really). That resulted in my spending hours on the internet researching various specialized subgenres (and terminology) of manga & anime, in order to understand the context of this particular specialized manga genre. I should mention that I'd not read much manga in the past 20 years or so prior to just the past few months (and I'm pretty sure this particular subgenre didn't exist then, at least not in any English translations), and I had mostly kept to my usual genres of shonen and seinin manga up to this point. That said, Monster Musume turned out to be all of the following: ecchi manga, also part of the "harem" subgenre, and to have as two of its three main characters the character archetypes of lolicon and yandere. It's also helpful to understand the concept of moe (MO-eh) in manga and anime characters. If any of the foregoing means anything to you. Basically, Monster Musume is an R-rated sex comedy, with some nudity (but no genitalia). It may or may not be offensive to women depending on how you feel about the nudity and/or stereotypes. The girls seem to have a hard time keeping their clothes on. It could be related to Archie only in the sense that the main character is a typical 'nice guy' who is surrounded by beautiful girls who insist on throwing themselves at him, yet issues of interspecies legality and strict rules involved in hosting 'monster girl' exchange students create barriers to following his natural impulses. Also, his "interspecies exchange coordinator" (who he may also have the hots for) has set up a situation in which this single young guy is playing "host family" to three different monster girl exchange students (a lamia, a harpy, and a centaur), all of whom are attracted to him, but rivals to each other, seemingly for the specific purpose of torturing him. I personally don't think it's worth the time for me to follow up with future volumes of this.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 06, 2016, 08:26:24 AM
I still have plenty to read from yesterday. I only read one of my Josie & The Pussycats #1, I have a Deadly Class to read plus those Ramones issues.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 07, 2016, 07:27:33 AM

I'm definitely go read those issues in my room today because I want to change my wall. I'm going keep that commission from Gisele on the wall because that Reggie was inspired by the Archie Meets Ramones, when I saw a picture of it last year. I asked her draw Reggie similar to that picture.
I still have plenty to read from yesterday. I only read one of my Josie & The Pussycats #1, I have a Deadly Class to read plus those Ramones issues.
On Friday I read
Deadly Class #22
Josie & The  Pussycats #1-Derek Charm
Archie Meets Ramones-Gisele, the issue that I got free from Archie Comics.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 08, 2016, 12:14:32 PM
BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS #247
B&V FRIENDS HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #251
BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR #30 (July 1998)
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH (1997) #5, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31
RAGNAROK #10
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS' THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #2
TANK GIRL: GOLD #1 (of 4)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 09, 2016, 09:39:41 AM

I have those 2 books I picked up yesterday at Forbidden Planet Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics #247 & Betty & Veronica- Girls Rule. I'll probably read them in a while.

I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Comics Pages 75th Anniversary Bash
Betty & Veronica-Girls Rule
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 09, 2016, 05:53:56 PM
I read
Josie & The Pussycats #1-Hack
Archie Meets Ramones-Veronica Fish
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on October 10, 2016, 02:55:34 PM
Betty Boop # 1 - cute art but I didn't really get the story. Maybe it's because I'm not that familiar with Betty Boop.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 10, 2016, 08:43:21 PM

I took a break from reading anything today. My mom & I went out instead.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 11, 2016, 11:57:54 AM
I read Josie & The Pussycats #1-Veronica Fish's issue
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 11, 2016, 06:24:01 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash
Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
Betty & Veronica-Girls Rule
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 12, 2016, 11:45:19 AM
HCF 2016 ARCHIE'S MADHOUSE

HOWARD THE DUCK #11 - Final issue. I'll miss this, one of my favorite Marvel titles.
PUNISHER #6
MOON KNIGHT #7
GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #1


ACTION COMICS #965
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #6
DOOM PATROL #2
MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO #1
(of 6) - I think I'm pretty much giving up on all of these DC comics.

REVOLUTION #3 (of 5)
KILL OR BE KILLED #3
JONESY #7 - Better than the last one I read.
HENCHGIRL #11 - Apparently the final issue. I didn't understand the ending.
THE SHADOW: THE DEATH OF MARGO LANE #5 (of 5) - Good ending. Can't say I was surprised to find out that she wasn't really dead after all, but I liked the way it was handled.
GODZILLA: RAGE ACROSS TIME #2 (of 5) - A lot weaker than the first issue, which was great, but they're all stand-alone stories set in different time periods.
SPAWN #266 - Only read it because it was a crossover story with SAVAGE DRAGON.
ASTRO BOY - Various stories: "Black Lux", "The Mysterious Ball", "Super Cyclone", closing out the year 1956.
HOTEL HARBOR VIEW (Viz, 1990) - A one-shot trade paperback, seinin manga. Pretty good hard-boiled noir stuff.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1 (of 6) - Turns out that Jack Burton and Snake Plisskin are actually parallel-universe counterparts of each other. Interesting concept based on the fact that they were both portrayed on film by the same actor, Kurt Russell.
MOONSHINE #1 - By Brian Azarrello & Eduardo Rizzo. The "100 BULLETS" team together again on a story set in the Prohibition-era 1920s, with backwoods hillbillies, a New York bootlegging mobster, G-Men, and (unless I miss my guess) werewolves, all in the mix. Very atmospheric. I liked it quite a bit.
REBORN #1 - By Mark Millar and Greg Capulo. I usually like Millar's stuff, but both EMPRESS and this aren't really doing it for me. I'll probably pass on future issues of this. Never been a big fan of Capulo to begin with.
DUCK AVENGER #1





Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on October 12, 2016, 08:32:24 PM
Donald Duck, Timeless Tales
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 13, 2016, 11:19:40 AM
I read
Archie #12, Fish- the issue that came from subscription.
Saga #37
Jem & The Holograms #18
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 13, 2016, 05:49:42 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Digest #233
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #235
Betty & Veronica Halloween Annual #237
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 15, 2016, 11:47:39 AM
I read these for 12 minutes each
Betty & Veronica-Girls Rule
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
Archie's Favorite High School Comics
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #20
World Of Archie Christmas Annual #53








Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 16, 2016, 09:58:07 PM
I skipped reading any comics today because my brother came over & we hanged out. So there was no time for reading any comics.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 17, 2016, 07:56:45 AM
I'll read later
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 18, 2016, 06:10:09 PM
ASTRO BOY - "Crucifix Island", "Fortress of the Centaurs", "The Mad Machine", "Count Bat" (bringing me up to January 1959)

A few one-shot manga floppies: (these FCBD & HCF freebies are about the only manga left to be found in the traditional comic format)
GEKIGA! Drawn & Quarterly FCBD 2008
UZUMAKI Viz HCF 2013
RESIDENT EVIL Viz HCF 2014


SOLARLORD 83 (includes DRAGONMAN Vol.011) - An oddity found in the fifty-cent boxes, this is a standard-size/page-count comic with a cardboard cover, with a smaller (same width, but an inch and a half shorter) comic book stapled into the center. This was published in Hong Kong, so technically it's known as "manhwa". It was in Chinese, so I couldn't really read it, just follow the story through the pictures (if you're curious, it reads from right to left, the opposite of US comics). The art style looked to be about equally influenced by both US/European and Japanese styles of comic art, while having a unique style that seems distinct to HK comics.

train_man : densha otoko - Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (the complete story) - A love story (allegedly true) based on posts found on a thread on 2Channel, a popular internet forum in Japan. Interesting concept, but as a result the characters seem pretty 2-dimensional, and at 3 volumes, the story seems more than slightly padded-out. Given the lack of detail about the characters, one volume would have sufficed, and probably have given the story (such as it is) a little better pacing and more impact. Either that, or they should have decided to take the liberty to fictionalize and provide a little more background detail to make the characters seem more realistic. That same bulletin board thread is the basis for 3 different manga adaptations, as well as both a feature film and a television series in Japan. It seems likely that the latter would have had to take some liberties to fictionalize more to the story. I haven't read or seen any of the other adaptations, but I'd be curious to, if only to compare with this one. The film has been released on DVD with English subtitles, but is based on the manga. The story concerns a nerdy guy in a chance encounter with a pretty woman on a train, and his subsequent posting about his experience on an internet forum, which garners all sorts of comments, reactions, and advice from other forum users.

CHERYL BLOSSOM #2 [of 3] (Oct. 1995) - "Tough Turf" - Good one. I hadn't read this story before. Pencils were credited to both Dan DeCarlo and Dan Parent, so I'm curious exactly how that division of labor worked.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 18, 2016, 10:21:03 PM
At Midnight I will be getting Archie #13 on my phone. I can't wait to read it.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 19, 2016, 04:44:22 AM
I just finished reading Archie #13. It was great, Mr. Lodge moved the family to Switzerland. Wow, you would think that would be hard but Veronica misses Archie terribly. Now it seems like Veronica is the be the outcast but she becomes friends with Cheryl Bossom who is not what she seems. But that's not going happen, Cheryl plans a party for another student who not as rich as either Veronica or Cheryl but sadly that was all Cheryl's plan to start the fireworks. The party was just a mean joke that Veronica would be butt of & also that poor girl in their class. Jason Blossom even made apperance at the end. I hope to see more of him in future issues.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 19, 2016, 05:04:21 PM
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #26 - Only read the "Once and Future Tarzan" story.
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #13 - The ending of this storyline seemed to indicate this might be the final issue? I'm not sure. I'll miss it if it is.
STAR TREK: BOLDLY GO #1 - The post-Star Trek Beyond universe adventures. Don't think I'll continue with this title.
POWER RANGERS: PINK #4 (of 6)
EVIL DEAD 2: DARK ONES RISING #1 (of 3)
EVIL DEAD 2: REVENGE OF DRACULA (one-shot)
EVIL DEAD 2: REVENGE OF THE MARTIANS (one-shot)
WEIRD DETECTIVE #5 (of 5)
SPELL ON WHEELS #1 (of 5)
- Bit of a disappointment. Couldn't get into it. Won't be continuing.
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #11
ASTRO CITY #40
BLACK HAMMER #4
KAIJUMAX SEASON 2 #5
GODZILLA RAGE ACROSS TIME #3 (of 5)
LONE RANGER/GREEN HORNET #4 (of 5)
LOST IN SPACE: THE LOST EPISODES #5 (of 6)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 19, 2016, 07:27:31 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each.
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
I finished Archie's Jumbo Comics Digest #20
I also read Archie #13, the one from my subscription.
While in bed later tonight I'm going catch up on my digital comics so I'll be back later tonight.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on October 20, 2016, 02:26:01 AM
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #13 - The ending of this storyline seemed to indicate this might be the final issue? I'm not sure. I'll miss it if it is.
Yeah, Ant-Man is done, Spidey is scrapped as of #12, and there's at least a dozen more on the chopping block. I know Avengers and Captain Marvel will be starting over with new #1's, but that's about all the specifics I remember.  I'm quite weary from all these stops/starts/relaunches.   :-\
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 20, 2016, 05:46:16 AM
I read my digital copies of Life With Kevin #1 & Archie #7 & Betty's Diary.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 20, 2016, 07:04:13 AM
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #13 - The ending of this storyline seemed to indicate this might be the final issue? I'm not sure. I'll miss it if it is.
Yeah, Ant-Man is done, Spidey is scrapped as of #12, and there's at least a dozen more on the chopping block. I know Avengers and Captain Marvel will be starting over with new #1's, but that's about all the specifics I remember.  I'm quite weary from all these stops/starts/relaunches.   :-\

I guess I could hope that (as seemed to be indicated at the end of the story) it might get relaunched with a new "NOW" #1 as ANT-MAN AND STINGER. While nowhere close to one of Marvel's better sellers, it was more of a middle-ish seller, along with titles like SILVER SURFER and SQUADRON SUPREME.

It sold better than things like PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT, SQUIRREL GIRL, and MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, which seem to be continuing... or are they? Can't say that the end of SPIDEY was a shock, as it was really at the bottom end of Marvel's sales, but those others I mentioned can't be that far ahead of it, either.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 20, 2016, 07:56:30 AM
I have to catch up on my issues. Yesterday I got Archie #13 & Archie Meets Ramones-Veronica Fish's issue. which Archie Comics just sent me.  I didn't buy it.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Jugman on October 20, 2016, 10:17:43 AM
Just got Archie Double Digest 273 so I started getting into that.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 21, 2016, 09:34:09 AM
I plan to read some comics that I got from Archie Subscription.
💌 Archie # 11 -Fish
🎈 Archie #12- Fish
🚲 Archie #13- Fish

And in my comfy chair in room I read
Archie Vs Sharknado - Hack
Betty & Veronica #1-Zullo
Jughead #9- Fish
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 21, 2016, 03:33:25 PM
WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS #63 came in the mail today and I read it. It has a great Halloween party-themed cover by Dan Parent (originally slated to appear on the Halloween issue of ARCHIE' FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST from last year, before that title was downgraded from 10 times per year to 6 times per year -- so it's good it finally got to see the light of day). NO new lead story in this issue. Instead, the issue leads off with a decent Dan Parent-written (and Dan DeCarlo-pencilled) Veronica story that sort of fits into the Halloween theme. There's also the conclusion of the 4-part DeFalco/Ruiz "Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." story, and another 22-pager both written and drawn by Fernando, which has a Halloween theme, too (I swear I've read this one somewhere before, but I can't recall where), and another Halloween-themed story where Chuck Clayton creates a new comic feature for the school paper called Monster High (years before the multi-million dollar franchise was a gleam in the eye of toy designers at Mattel). Apart from a couple of stories that only vaguely fit the seasonal theme, that's about it. Surprisingly, after so many months of being absent from the Jumbo Comics, the "From the Vault" section makes a return appearance with reprints of Archie stories from the fifties (both the time frame of original publication, and the issue numbers reprinted). Also of note, I think I counted something like 13 or 14 pages of Reggie stories (all one-pagers, apart from a single 6-page story) spread throughout the issue. The rest of the issue was fairly mediocre, and percentage-wise, this didn't feel all that Halloween-y either.

I'm thinking of letting my subscriptions to both the ARCHIE and WORLD OF ARCHIE digests run out, rather than renewing. I'm just growing bored with them lately. I guess I'll keep going with the JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE and ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE digests, since they're only bi-monthly, and of course both B&V digests.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 22, 2016, 05:33:57 AM
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #1
DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #6 (of 8 )
ROGER RABBIT #14 & 15 (1991)
THE INFERIOR FIVE #3 (July-Aug. 1967)
METAMORPHO, THE ELEMENT MAN #14  (Sept-Oct. 1967)
SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #119 (April 1969)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on October 22, 2016, 09:40:09 AM
WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS #63 came in the mail today and I read it. It has a great Halloween party-themed cover by Dan Parent (originally slated to appear on the Halloween issue of ARCHIE' FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST from last year, before that title was downgraded from 10 times per year to 6 times per year -- so it's good it finally got to see the light of day). NO new lead story in this issue. Instead, the issue leads off with a decent Dan Parent-written (and Dan DeCarlo-pencilled) Veronica story that sort of fits into the Halloween theme. There's also the conclusion of the 4-part DeFalco/Ruiz "Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." story, and another 22-pager both written and drawn by Fernando, which has a Halloween theme, too (I swear I've read this one somewhere before, but I can't recall where), and another Halloween-themed story where Chuck Clayton creates a new comic feature for the school paper called Monster High (years before the multi-million dollar franchise was a gleam in the eye of toy designers at Mattel). Apart from a couple of stories that only vaguely fit the seasonal theme, that's about it. Surprisingly, after so many months of being absent from the Jumbo Comics, the "From the Vault" section makes a return appearance with reprints of Archie stories from the fifties (both the time frame of original publication, and the issue numbers reprinted). Also of note, I think I counted something like 13 or 14 pages of Reggie stories (all one-pagers, apart from a single 6-page story) spread throughout the issue. The rest of the issue was fairly mediocre, and percentage-wise, this didn't feel all that Halloween-y either.

I'm thinking of letting my subscriptions to both the ARCHIE and WORLD OF ARCHIE digests run out, rather than renewing. I'm just growing bored with them lately. I guess I'll keep going with the JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE and ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE digests, since they're only bi-monthly, and of course both B&V digests.


What happened to the Life With Archie reprints in WOA?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on October 22, 2016, 12:25:55 PM
Archie #13 - this series is taking a new turn. I really like the boarding school/Mean Girls storyline with Cheryl.



Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 22, 2016, 08:13:48 PM
Even the style of how the pages are laid out are different. The only disappointment was there was no Reggie. But at the e nd we get a small picture of Jason Blossom 💝.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 23, 2016, 10:04:45 AM
I read all 3 of the Archie #13's & Archie Meets Ramones-Dan Parent variant. I put them all in my comic frames & I will post the picture on Twitter.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 23, 2016, 11:44:33 AM
WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS #63 came in the mail today and I read it. It has a great Halloween party-themed cover by Dan Parent (originally slated to appear on the Halloween issue of ARCHIE' FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST from last year, before that title was downgraded from 10 times per year to 6 times per year -- so it's good it finally got to see the light of day). NO new lead story in this issue. Instead, the issue leads off with a decent Dan Parent-written (and Dan DeCarlo-pencilled) Veronica story that sort of fits into the Halloween theme. There's also the conclusion of the 4-part DeFalco/Ruiz "Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E." story, and another 22-pager both written and drawn by Fernando, which has a Halloween theme, too (I swear I've read this one somewhere before, but I can't recall where), and another Halloween-themed story where Chuck Clayton creates a new comic feature for the school paper called Monster High (years before the multi-million dollar franchise was a gleam in the eye of toy designers at Mattel). Apart from a couple of stories that only vaguely fit the seasonal theme, that's about it. Surprisingly, after so many months of being absent from the Jumbo Comics, the "From the Vault" section makes a return appearance with reprints of Archie stories from the fifties (both the time frame of original publication, and the issue numbers reprinted). Also of note, I think I counted something like 13 or 14 pages of Reggie stories (all one-pagers, apart from a single 6-page story) spread throughout the issue. The rest of the issue was fairly mediocre, and percentage-wise, this didn't feel all that Halloween-y either.

I'm thinking of letting my subscriptions to both the ARCHIE and WORLD OF ARCHIE digests run out, rather than renewing. I'm just growing bored with them lately. I guess I'll keep going with the JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE and ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE digests, since they're only bi-monthly, and of course both B&V digests.


What happened to the Life With Archie reprints in WOA?

Good question. Another good one would be, what happened to the Archie 1 reprints in WOA? Last month I was asking myself where the Cheryl Blossom reprints in B&V Friends digest went... a year ago, where the From the Vault reprints went to in the Jumbo digests. A year before that, what happened to the That Wilkin Boy reprints in the Jughead digest.

I can tell you exactly where the Little Archie reprints are, though. They're not in EVERY SINGLE ISSUE of EVERY SINGLE DIGEST... but they are pretty close.  DAMMIT!  :tickedoff:

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 23, 2016, 06:09:41 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each in my comfy chair in my room
💎 Scott Pilgrim Vs The World-Volume #2
🍬 Jughead Double Digest #173
🎈  Archie Giant Comics Festival
🎄  Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics
 🎱 World Of Archie Double Digest #6
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 24, 2016, 07:51:33 AM
I have to catch up on my issues. I read some books instead. I read each of these for 12 minutes each.
Betty & Veronica-Girls Rule
Archie-The Married Life- Book #5
Bad Houses
A For Better Or For Worse Collection- Middle Age Spread
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 25, 2016, 08:22:06 AM

I'm not sure if I read anything today because I feel sick with a cold.
I did read these books for 12 minutes each
A For Better Or For Worse Collection-Middle Age Spread
Bad Houses
Archie-The Married Life-Book #5
The Best Of Archie Comics-75 Years 75 Stories
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 26, 2016, 02:57:09 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
🎃 Betty & Veronica Halloween Annual #237
🎉 Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #235
🌄 Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
🍎 B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #250
📷 Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 26, 2016, 04:24:28 PM
I gave in & bought the digital copy of Jughead #10. I love it. Especially when Sabrina does spells on Jughead for ruining their date. She did a spell to make Reggie & Jughead friends, they hate each other.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 27, 2016, 12:54:08 AM
EVIL DEAD 2: DARK ONES RISING #2 (of 3)
RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP #4 (of 9)
SILVER SURFER #7
SIXPACK & DOGWELDER: HARD-TRAVELIN HEROZ #3 (of 6)
JUGHEAD #10
KISS #1
SAVAGE DRAGON #217
BATMAN BEYOND #1
TITANS #4
DETECTIVE COMICS #943
WONDER WOMAN #9
SPIDER-MAN / DEADPOOL #10
ACTION MAN: REVOLUTION #1
DOCTOR STRANGE: MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #19
FUTURE QUEST #6
WONDER WOMAN 75th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #2 (of 5)
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #4 (of 6)
ROCHELLE #3 (of 3)
DISNEY GIANT HALLOWEEN HEX #1
LOVE & ROCKETS (VOL 4) #1
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on October 27, 2016, 12:50:33 PM
EVIL DEAD 2: DARK ONES RISING #2 (of 3)
RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP #4 (of 9)
SILVER SURFER #7
SIXPACK & DOGWELDER: HARD-TRAVELIN HEROZ #3 (of 6)
JUGHEAD #10
KISS #1
SAVAGE DRAGON #217
BATMAN BEYOND #1
TITANS #4
DETECTIVE COMICS #943
WONDER WOMAN #9
SPIDER-MAN / DEADPOOL #10
ACTION MAN: REVOLUTION #1
DOCTOR STRANGE: MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #19
FUTURE QUEST #6
WONDER WOMAN 75th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #2 (of 5)
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #4 (of 6)
ROCHELLE #3 (of 3)
DISNEY GIANT HALLOWEEN HEX #1
LOVE & ROCKETS (VOL 4) #1



What did you think of Jughead, Kiss, and Halloween Hex.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 27, 2016, 04:02:34 PM
EVIL DEAD 2: DARK ONES RISING #2 (of 3)
RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP #4 (of 9)
SILVER SURFER #7
SIXPACK & DOGWELDER: HARD-TRAVELIN HEROZ #3 (of 6)
JUGHEAD #10
KISS #1
SAVAGE DRAGON #217
BATMAN BEYOND #1
TITANS #4
DETECTIVE COMICS #943
WONDER WOMAN #9
SPIDER-MAN / DEADPOOL #10
ACTION MAN: REVOLUTION #1
DOCTOR STRANGE: MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #19
FUTURE QUEST #6
WONDER WOMAN 75th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #2 (of 5)
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #4 (of 6)
ROCHELLE #3 (of 3)
DISNEY GIANT HALLOWEEN HEX #1
LOVE & ROCKETS (VOL 4) #1



What did you think of Jughead, Kiss, and Halloween Hex.

JUGHEAD #10 was good, the best so far of all the New Riverdale comics, IMO. I was pleased to see that my theory about what exactly was going on in Jughead's mind in the previous issue when he made the date was spelled out in so many words when Jughead admitted that on some level, he just wanted to hang out with a talking hamburger. On the other hand, I was wrong about him trying to back out of the date, but maybe he'd have been better off if he had -- since his obvious lack of enthusiasm resulted in a pissed-off Sabrina (which I also predicted). One frustrating bit occurred in the scene where Jughead was about to explain something to Sabrina, but she cut him off -- I wonder, just exactly, what he was going to say to her? One small niggling thing annoyed me, and that's how Sabrina showed up dressed for her date. Surely she's more fashionable than that? She's wearing a dress that looks like something a woman a couple of decades (or more) older would wear. Wouldn't she want to look her best to make a good impression on Jughead? Okay, not that it's going to matter to Jughead, but she couldn't know that beforehand. I was pleased by Derek Charm's interpretation of Salem, it's a different look, but I like it.

KISS #1 is a miss. I only got it because of the variant cover by Fernando, and I was curious, having enjoyed ARCHIE MEETS KISS by Dan Parent (otherwise, I've never been a huge Kiss fan). It was pretty ho-hum compared to that, and Kiss only appears on the last page or two.

DISNEY GIANT HALLOWEEN HEX #1 was an extra-length special starring Scrooge McDuck's perennial nemesis, Magica De Spell. Magica, in case you're not familiar, is a sorceress who constantly plots to steal "Old Number One", the very first dime that Scrooge ever made, and Scrooge obsessively fears that if he ever lost possession of it, all his worldly fortune would soon follow. Because Scrooge is the world's richest duck, and he's touched the dime so many times, it has a special quality whereby Magica hopes to acquire it, melt it down in the fires of Mt. Vesuvius, and turn it into a mystic amulet to give her a Midas touch, thereby making her the world's most wealthy duck. Here she's the main character (and we get to meet her kooky family for the first time), and Scrooge is barely in the story at all, except for a few pages at the end. Big thumbs up on this one.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 27, 2016, 05:35:54 PM
My mom came home with goodies from the Thift Store. She got me Archie & Friends #112 & Archie #600 & 602 & 603 & 604 & 605. I'll read them tomorrow.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 28, 2016, 07:40:24 AM
I read these last night & I put them in my comic frames. Archie & Friends #112 & Archie #600 & 602 & 603 & 604 & 605. I'll take picture of wall later today.
I read these for 12 minutes each
Betty & Veronica-Girls Rule
Archie-The Married Life-Book #5
A For Better Or From Worse Collection-Middle Life Spread.
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #17
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
Betty & Veronica Halloween Annual #237
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 29, 2016, 01:55:57 AM
BLACK JACK VOL. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS: DELUXE EDITION HC
MONKEY KING VOL. 1: BIRTH OF THE STONE MONKEY by Wei Dong Chen & Chao Peng
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 29, 2016, 06:47:18 AM
I just read my digital copy of Jughead #10. I give it an A Plus.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on October 29, 2016, 11:31:09 AM
POPEYE CLASSICS VOL. 7 & 8 by Bud Sagendorf (Those two volumes of the hardcover collect issues 30-39 of the comic book. I stopped buying the floppies because I prefer reading a bunch of them together anyway, and I like the larger size of the hardcover. A fast and fun read every time.)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 30, 2016, 03:51:07 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
A For Better Or For Worse Collection-Middle Age Spread
The Best Of Betty & Veronica
Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
Archie's Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #17
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 30, 2016, 05:13:03 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
Archie 1000 Page Comics Bonanza
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on October 31, 2016, 11:25:32 AM
Maybe I'll read later tonight.
I read 3 of my digital comics
Jughead #7
Jughead #8
Sunstone-Volume #4
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 02, 2016, 08:13:25 AM
I'm going read in my room & sit in my chair. I want read
I read
Saga #36 & #37 & #38
Invincible #127 & #128 & #129 & #130
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 03, 2016, 12:44:21 AM
ASTRO BOY - Most of the stories from 1959, including "The Eyes of Christ", "Ivan the Fool", "The Secret of the Egyptian Conspirators", "S.O.S. From a Satellite", "Gademu" and "Subterranean Tank", as well as watching the associated stories (where applicable) adapted into episodes of the 1963 anime.
BETTY AND VERONICA HOLIDAY ANNUAL #248
JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS #2
- Meh. Good classic reprint in the back, though.
EVIL DEAD 2: REVENGE OF JACK THE RIPPER (one-shot)
RICK AND MORTY #19
MOON KNIGHT #8
SOUTHERN B@STARDS #15

DEATH OF HAWKMAN #2 (of 6)
CATWOMAN: ELECTION NIGHT #1 (one-shot)
2000 AD PROG 2000
ROM #4
TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE: REVOLUTION #1
(one-shot)
TRANSFORMERS: REVOLUTION #1 (one-shot)
REVOLUTION #4 (of 5)
CBLD LIBERTY ANNUAL 2016
SPOOKHOUSE #1


Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 03, 2016, 08:17:34 AM
Will you keep buying Josie & Pussycats DeCarlo Rules?  Out of all the reboots that they have it's my least favorite.   
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 03, 2016, 12:52:46 PM
Will you keep buying Josie & Pussycats DeCarlo Rules?  Out of all the reboots that they have it's my least favorite.   

I didn't even buy #2, I just borrowed a copy. I only spent the money on Josie #1 to get the Gisele cover variant. I may or may not read future issues, or just check out the back of the book (like I do with Archie) to see what the reprint is - the last issue of Archie that I actually read the main story was issue #2, though I've read every issue of Jughead, and B&V #1. I've been friends with the owner of my LCS for over 20 years, and I spend enough money with him that he lets me borrow stuff and bring it back, or just read it in the store, so everything on that list above between JOSIE #2 and CATWOMAN: ELECTION NIGHT #1 was just read in the store or borrowed (but the rest of that stuff isn't a complete list of the books I purchased this week, either).

I could probably warm up to Audrey Mok's artwork (it's not bad) over time, but I just don't care for the writing. Other than getting that Gisele cover on Josie #1, the only other New Riverdale comic books that I actually bought and paid for were Jughead #9 and 10 (and I plan on getting #11, to complete the Sabrina story, as well). After that, who knows.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 03, 2016, 04:52:57 PM
GEN 13: BOOTLEG #8, 9, & 10 - I'm not really a fan of Gen 13, but I found these in a 50-cent box, and they were written and drawn by Adam Warren (who is the best of the American manga writer/artists, and previously worked on Dark Horse's DIRTY PAIR and BUBBLEGUM CRISIS Ameri-manga spinoffs), so I picked them up. It was a fun read, if a little light on anything but crazy action and comedy, but that's fine for a fast-reading 3-part story. I'd read more Gen 13 stories drawn by him if I could find them cheap.
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED AND MRS. PEEL #5 (of 6)
HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST 2016 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS - Can't beat the price ($0.00). ;D
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 03, 2016, 06:16:37 PM
I read each of books for 12 minutes
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #235
B & V Jumbo Comics Digest #250
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
I finished Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 05, 2016, 09:57:41 AM
I have to check up on some comics which I'll do later.
I read
Archie Meets Glee -#644-Variant with boy in the wheelchair.
Betty #138 & #145
Archie #385 & #415 & #640 & #649
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 05, 2016, 12:46:06 PM
I read each of books for 12 minutes
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #235
B & V Jumbo Comics Digest #250
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
I finished Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233


Have you ever tried to figure out approximately how many pages (of classic Archie comics) you can read in 12 minutes? I realize other comics (including New Riverdale) take longer to read, but I seem to be able to breeze through a Jumbo Comics digest (skipping the ads and Little Archie) in say, somewhere around an hour or two, depending on whether I'm pausing to notice certain things about the writing or artwork.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 05, 2016, 01:10:32 PM
I just like using bookmarks in the digests. So that's why I time my readings. I don't time my regular comics though. Sometimes though I try to see how many comics I can read in a hour.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 05, 2016, 10:28:58 PM
BLACK JACK, VOL. 2 by Osamu Tezuka
THE THREE STOOGES: CURSE OF FRANKENSTOOGE (cover says #1, but indicia states that it's Vol. 1, #4) - There's an 8-page story, "Scaredy Stooge" (written by S.A. Check) with artwork by former Archie creator Bill Galvan in this one (there was a Bill Galvan story in the first issue, as well).


Found a stack of older Archie comics (variable condition, mostly "uncollectable") in the 50-cent boxes this week, and I'll be commenting on some of those over in my "Some reviews..." thread as I have the time. Here's a few that I've read so far. Let's start with a few of those Giant Size 48-Page Specials that they published a dozen or so of, back about 20 years ago. These are all mixtures of new stories and reprints (proportions of each vary with the specific issues).

REGGIE'S REVENGE #3 (1995) - This one's actually in decent enough condition to warrant checking it off my Want List. Now if I can just find #2 (same for SABRINA'S HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR) I'll have the complete set of three. Some minor discoloration on the mostly white background of the cover, but I can live with that. Nothing particularly notable about this one, and most of the stories have been reprinted again later, since I'd already read several of them.
BETTY AND VERONICA SUMMER FUN #3 (1996) - It's just too bad the cover had tears at the top and bottom of the spine and about 2 inches into the logo (no pieces missing, but writing on some of the ad page coupons and checklists). Not too obvious, looks OK at first glance. I'll be reviewing this one.
ARCHIE'S CHRISTMAS STOCKING #3 (1995) - I'd previously read most of the reprinted stories in this one, but there are a couple of key stories (one featuring Jingles, the other featuring Sugar Plum) that I just have to comment on (see my "Some reviews..." thread).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 06, 2016, 11:23:00 AM
I read that free Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. I hated it. I was awful. And I read 2 other free Halloween comics.
I also read these for 15 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
Archie's Favorite High School Comics
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 07, 2016, 04:23:56 AM
Just some random old Archie comics I found in the 50-cent boxes.

(ARCHIE GIANT SERIES) SABRINA'S CHRISTMAS MAGIC # 243 - Xmas 1975

(ARCHIE GIANT SERIES) BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR # 548 - June 1985

ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY & VERONICA #264 - Dec. 1977

BETTY AND ME  #78 - Sept. 1976

JUGHEAD #293 - Oct. 1979

ARCHIE'S JOKE BOOK #221 - June 1976

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #148 - Aug. 1974

ARCHIE AND ME #113 - Sept. 1979

EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #33 - June 1974

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 08, 2016, 07:00:24 PM
I preorder the digital copy of  Betty & Veronica #2 so I will looking forward to read that later.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 09, 2016, 01:14:33 AM
More comics I found in the 50-cent boxes at my LCS...

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #6, 10, & 12
BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #13 & 20

(I'm noticing that most issues of A&F and B&V Spec. have Dan Parent stories, so I always look out for those titles in particular. Those books seem to have been mostly his ongoing assignment in the '90s, along with VERONICA and SABRINA...)
BETTY & VERONICA #72, 74, 79, 101,106, 107, 217

I picked up a bunch of issues of VERONICA, and some issues of BETTY, too. I'll be reading those sometime later this week.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 09, 2016, 05:20:17 AM
I did read my digital copy of B & V #2. It was worth the wait. It was strange when they were fighting in the boxing ring their measurements were not the same. Betty weighs 116 while Veronica is 120 pounds. Veronica is taller than Betty. And their fight at the park with Veronica selling alcohol is something is never see in a comic. And at the car wash Cheryl Blossom makes a appearance which is something I never thought I see. I would it give A. Plus I can't see Kevin being on Veronica's side . He is too sweet .
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 09, 2016, 12:45:19 PM
It's pretty weird to see a story where Cheryl Blossom just happily does whatever Veronica wants her to, even if it means washing cars in a bikini in 50-degree weather. It's the sort of thing that makes you question whether Adam Hughes had ever actually read an Archie comic book before getting the B&V assignment.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 09, 2016, 01:52:51 PM
It's a little weird Cheryl & Veronica that now they seem be buddy buddy. The only time the ever seem to get along was in Life With Archie when Cheryl had breast cancer. Veronica seems to just be so nice & caring to her because she felt so bad because she was sick.
I also read these today
Archie #3 -Staples Variant
Archie #4 -Joe Quiones Variant
Archie #7- Marguerite Sauvage Variant
Archie #3000 #15
Love & Rockets #1
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 10, 2016, 01:51:42 PM
I read my Archie Meets Ramones Convention Cover which I just got in the mail today. I put in one of my comic frames.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 10, 2016, 02:18:37 PM
BETTY & VERONICA #2
AVENGERS #1.1
UNCANNY X-MEN #15
ACTION COMICS #967
WONDER WOMAN #10
DETECTIVE COMICS #944
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES #1 (OF 6)
DONALD DUCK #18
JONESY #8
BETTY AND VERONICA FAIRY TALES TP
ASTRO BOY - "The Artificial Sun" & "Space Snow Leopard"
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 11, 2016, 09:37:13 AM
💘 🎀 👓 💄 👜 👛 🌂 💅I  read my digital copy of Betty & Veronica #2.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 11, 2016, 10:32:06 AM
VERONICA #29, 37, 41, 44, 45, 46, 48, 56, 58, 84 (August 1993-February 1999)














New sig... too much? Still mulling it over, might have been a tweak or two too many in manipulating the bits'n'pieces.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on November 11, 2016, 11:12:44 PM

New sig... too much? Still mulling it over, might have been a tweak or two too many in manipulating the bits'n'pieces.
The coloring makes me think of Mr. Goodbar candy. Your mentioning "bits'n'pieces" then makes me think of Sugar Babies.   :)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 11, 2016, 11:59:11 PM

New sig... too much? Still mulling it over, might have been a tweak or two too many in manipulating the bits'n'pieces.
The coloring makes me think of Mr. Goodbar candy. Your mentioning "bits'n'pieces" then makes me think of Sugar Babies.   :)

(https://www.archiefans.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages6.fanpop.com%2Fimage%2Fphotos%2F36600000%2FSugarbaby15-image-sugarbaby15-36634110-500-279.jpg&hash=709313828aa816032927ccc4ac8971f9)

Hmm... I see what you mean. I was looking for an effect similar to a brightly-colored comic book title logo with an equally-bright contrasting background, but I may have overdone it. That yellow is a little intense. I may experiment with some other colors, but will probably keep the red lettering.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 12, 2016, 12:01:32 PM

I read
Jughead #5-Thomas Pitilli
Jughead #7-Derek Charm
Archie #657
Betty & Veronica #1-Alitha Martinez
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 12, 2016, 03:32:27 PM
BETTY #38, 39, 43, 45, 48 - Not too much to say about these. I'd read a few of these issues before, including #45 (which has the ultimate Betty/Reggie story, "For One Brief Moment"), and oh, those crazy Bob Bolling 'Betty Cooper, Super Sleuther' stories! I always keep an eye out in these BETTY issues for the Kathleen Webb stories, since I consider her to be the defining writer for Betty (at least since the late 1980s). Doug Crane seems to be the artist most consistently assigned to draw Betty stories. On average, the VERONICA comic is a much stronger series, but that last batch of issues I read was closer to what I've grown to expect from typical issues of BETTY. I'm thinking of ordering a bunch of BETTY'S DIARY issues, as that title seems (based on the few issues I have read so far) to be a much better book on average than BETTY for Betty stories.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: steveinthecity on November 12, 2016, 04:47:59 PM
I'm thinking of ordering a bunch of BETTY'S DIARY issues, as that title seems (based on the few issues I have read so far) to be a much better book on average than BETTY for Betty stories.
I don't recall off the top of my head, but was there a more consistent writer for Betty's Diary?  Those issues do seem to standout when compared to the Betty solo title.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 12, 2016, 05:21:11 PM
I'm thinking of ordering a bunch of BETTY'S DIARY issues, as that title seems (based on the few issues I have read so far) to be a much better book on average than BETTY for Betty stories.
I don't recall off the top of my head, but was there a more consistent writer for Betty's Diary?  Those issues do seem to standout when compared to the Betty solo title.

Kathleen Webb. She is pretty consistent with at least one  story (more often 2, sometimes even 3 or 4... but I don't know if some of the latter are really longer stories with shorter chapters) in nearly every issue of Betty's Diary in GCDb that is indexed so far.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 12, 2016, 07:51:45 PM
Maybe tonight I'll read some digital comics. I can't wait to get the digital copy of Reggie & Me #1
I'll read these
💝 Reggie King Of April Fool's #1
🚌 Archie Explores Of The Unknown
💙 Betty & Veronica-Rival Cheryl Blossom High School Royalty
😸 Betty's Garden Variety
🍒 Jughead's Time Police
🍼  Jughead's Baby Tales
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 14, 2016, 07:26:36 AM
I have some reading to do .
I read each of for 12 minutes each
B & V Friends Jumbo Comics #250
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
Archie Giant Comics Party
Last Look
Middle Age Spread-A For Better Or For Worse Collection
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 15, 2016, 07:29:32 AM
I have to catch up on what I'm reading in my room.
I read these for 12 minutes each
🍉 Jughead Double Digest #173
🍩 Archie Giant Comics Festival
❄ World Of Archie Double Digest #6
🎅 Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics
🐻 Scott Pilgrim Vs The World-Volume #2
And also these comics
Archie #666-Zip Comics with Kevin Keller on the cover
Everything's Kevin Keller #1
Kevin Keller #1
Kevin Keller #2
Kevin Keller #2-The Prom Special

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 15, 2016, 01:45:30 PM
Everything's Kevin Keller #1
Kevin Keller #1
Kevin Keller #2
Kevin Keller #2-The Prom Special

Not trying to be too nit-picky here, and if you want to list whatever cover variants you happen to own, that's fine. I'm not sure what that has to do with reading the comics, though. Did you really read Kevin Keller #1 with the "Everything's Kevin" variant cover for 12 minutes, and then pick up Kevin Keller #1 with the regular cover, and read that one for 12 minutes also? (Same applies to KK#2 and the two covers.) Maybe that's not what you meant, but that's what it sounds like when you list them that way. So essentially you'd be reading the same story for 12 minutes twice in a row, unless maybe you just looked at the cover for 12 minutes (doesn't seem likely that that's what you meant).

I mean, I noticed earlier that you'd list whatever variant covers you happened to own, and say you read this one or that one, but I just thought "Well, I guess she just likes reading the same story over multiple times, even if she already read that issue with a different cover a few days or a couple of weeks ago." But now when I just see you listing cover variants of the same issue at the same time, I'm not sure if that's what you're really doing or what.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 15, 2016, 02:23:58 PM
I don't time the comics but I only see how many I read in a hour. I time my digests.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 15, 2016, 03:05:58 PM
I don't time the comics but I only see how many I read in a hour. I time my digests.

That's not what I'm asking though. I mean when you list Everthing's Kevin #1 and Kevin Keller #1, those are the same comic book issue with two different covers. So did you read the same interior story twice?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 15, 2016, 03:19:01 PM
Each Kevin #1 was different stories, one was about meeting Kevin & the other was Kevin & the gang at a parade. Jughead & Kevin stuffed their faces with pies & threw up. And we met Wendy & William in that issue Kevin's childhood friends.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 15, 2016, 03:51:04 PM
Each Kevin #1 was different stories, one was about meeting Kevin & the other was Kevin & the gang at a parade. Jughead & Kevin stuffed their faces with pies & threw up. And we met Wendy & William in that issue Kevin's childhood friends.

Since you seem determined to dodge the question, just forget it then.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 15, 2016, 05:18:38 PM
At Midnight Archie #14 comes out digitally. I read these
Archie #1-NYCC variant, The one with them sitting on the lawn
Archie #5-Thomas Pitilli
Archie #8-Faith Erin Hicks
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 16, 2016, 05:16:25 AM
I read my digital copy of Archie #14 which was good but I think the one before it was better. I thought we would see Jason Blossom again but he wasn't in it. But in this issue Veronica has the upperhand & puts Cheryl in her place for now. There's no Betty or Reggie in the issue.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 16, 2016, 08:48:05 AM
ASTRO BOY - Stories from 1960.
BETTY #19 - All stories written by Mike Pellowski. Unremarkable.
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: FALL OF MAN #4 (of 5)
SQUADRON SUPREME #13
THANOS #1
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #12
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #2
WALT DISNEY'S COMICS & STORIES #735
UNCLE SCROOGE #20
KILL OR BE KILLED #4
MOONSHINE #2
ONE PUNCH MAN VOL. 9 TP
BETTY BOOP #2
(of 4) - Review of #1 & 2 to follow at some point.
LONE RANGER / GREEN HORNET #5 (of 5)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on November 16, 2016, 11:41:08 AM
I read the Archie reboot: issues 12 and 13
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 17, 2016, 07:46:09 AM
I'm not sure what I'll read but I have lot to choose from. I'll do it in a while.
So I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie Giant Comics Party
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics #247
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 17, 2016, 03:53:31 PM
REVOLUTION: G.I. JOE #1 (one-shot)
MICRONAUTS #7
GODZILLA: RAGE AGAINST TIME #4
(of 5)
STAR TREK: WAYPOINT #2 (of 6)
BLACK HAMMER #5
EVIL DEAD 2: REVENGE OF KRAMPUS #1
(one-shot)
SKYBOURNE #2 (of 5)
THE MUMMY: PALIMSEST #1
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on November 18, 2016, 04:15:39 PM
Issues 9 and 10 from the Jughead reboot.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 18, 2016, 07:26:34 PM
No reading for me today, I was at the doctor's office all day today.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 19, 2016, 01:12:58 AM
ARCHIE'S STORY & GAME DIGEST #16
JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #16
LAUGH COMICS DIGEST #16


After I found those first two digests at my LCS, I noticed that they were both #16, and pulled the third one out of my collection (one of the oldest digests I own, and I don't really collect LAUGH digest, it's the only one I have). That made me wonder how many other #16 issues of digests I own so I checked and here are the ones I found:

ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #16
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #16
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #16
JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #16
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #16

That is the longest list of digest titles that I own the same issue number of, and it will probably be a long time until I own more digest titles of a different issue number.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 19, 2016, 03:19:11 PM

I read
Saga #39
Josie & Pussycats #2 -Zullo variant.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 19, 2016, 04:52:05 PM
I just read
Archie #14-Derek Charm's variant
Betty & Veronica #2-Kevin Wada's Variant
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on November 19, 2016, 06:56:03 PM
ARCHIE'S STORY & GAME DIGEST #16
JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #16
LAUGH COMICS DIGEST #16


After I found those first two digests at my LCS, I noticed that they were both #16, and pulled the third one out of my collection (one of the oldest digests I own, and I don't really collect LAUGH digest, it's the only one I have). That made me wonder how many other #16 issues of digests I own so I checked and here are the ones I found:

ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #16
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #16
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #16
JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #16
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #16

That is the longest list of digest titles that I own the same issue number of, and it will probably be a long time until I own more digest titles of a different issue number.


Is #16 the last issue of the series?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 19, 2016, 07:56:46 PM
Is #16 the last issue of the series?

No.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 20, 2016, 11:03:58 AM
I'll read some books after lunch
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 20, 2016, 12:37:16 PM
Catching up on some Pixie Trix webcomics. Reading DANGEROUSLY CHLOE Vol. 2 (Chapters 11-16) right now on the computer (I save them all first to  make it easier to read -- I figure it's worth the extra time/work to save it before reading it, because I'll probably want to re-read it again sometime), and ASTRO BOY (1960-61 stories) in paperback. After I finish those stories I'll have to see if I can get caught up on other Pixie Trix comics I haven't read in months, like EERIE CUTIES and MAGICK CHICKS, and maybe save all of Kristin Gudsnuk's HENCHGIRL webcomics and re-read the whole thing (it concluded with the 10th issue of the print comic). I kind of like waiting a few months until I can save complete chapters of the webcomic series. I just enjoy it more that way than checking it every few weeks just to read a few pages.

Sure wish there would be a new print issue of Darin Henry and Jeff Schultz' SUPER SUCKERS soon.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on November 20, 2016, 01:48:06 PM
Archie Comics Super Special #7 - not as many Christmas stories as I was hoping. Lots of snow stories.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 21, 2016, 07:17:14 AM

I going read those comics I got in the mail recently so I put them on my wall.
I read these
Archie #14- Joe Eisma
Betty & Veronica #2 -Rachael Stott
Jughead Vol 3 #10 -Fiona Staples
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 21, 2016, 02:42:24 PM
I finished reading
World Of Archie Double Digest #6
Jughead Double Digest #173
And I also read these for 12 minutes each
Archie Giant Comics Festival
Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World-Volume #2
And I read these comics
Jughead #5-Thomas Pitilli
Archie #11-Veronica Fish
Betty & Veronica #2-Adam Hughes
Betty & Veronica #2 -Allison Sohn

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 22, 2016, 07:27:42 AM

I'll read in a while. I'm going read each of these for 12 minutes each
📦 1-Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #235
🎃 2-Betty & Veronica-Halloween Annual #237
💾 3-Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #238
💛 4-Betty & Veronica Comics Annual #240

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 22, 2016, 04:35:12 PM
Archie Comics Super Special #7 - not as many Christmas stories as I was hoping. Lots of snow stories.

I count 9 Christmas stories, which is pretty good relative to a double digest Xmas issue. That's not counting one-page gags and pin-up pages. You're right, there are a lot of "snow stories" as well. I was kind of happy to see that there was a good mix of older and newer stories in this, more older stories than would be the case with one of those double digest Xmas issues.

They could really enhance the desirability of these Super Specials by putting a new 20 (+/-) page lead story in each issue.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 23, 2016, 07:38:51 AM
I want to catch up on Last Look by Charles Burns.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 23, 2016, 07:36:28 PM
RICK AND MORTY: L'IL POOPY SUPERSTAR #5 (of 5)
RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP # 5 (of 9)
EMPRESS #7 (of 7)
HELLBOY & THE B.P.R.D.: THE UNREASONING BEAST, Part 1 (of 2), or whole #13
ROM #5
MICKEY MOUSE #323
SIXPACK & DOGWELDER: HARD-TRAVELIN' HEROZ #4 (of 6)
BATMAN BEYOND #2
DETECTIVE COMICS #945
WONDER WOMAN #11
ACTION COMICS #968
TITANS #5
SUPERF*CKERS FOREVER #4 (of 5)
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP #20 (featuring Space Ghost)
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #74
FUTURE QUEST #7
SUPER POWERS! #1 (of 6)
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #28
TRUE PATRIOT PRESENTS #1
KAIJUMAX SEASON 2 #6 (of 6)
GODZILLA: RAGE ACROSS TIME #5 (of 5)
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND # 5 (of 6)
ARCHIE COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #7


Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 24, 2016, 09:30:09 AM

I want read these again because I put all my commissions back on my wall
Jughead #10 -Fiona Staples
Saga #39
Josie & Pussycats #2 -Zullo variant.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 25, 2016, 12:28:08 AM
📖 📓 📚 📓 📖 📚 📓No reading for me today 📖 📓 📚 📓 📖 📓 📚 📓.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 26, 2016, 11:26:52 AM
I read these for 12 minutes each
🍎 Archie-Giant Comics Party
🎅 Archie Comic Super Special
⚡ For Better Or For Worse-Middle Age Spread
💞 Last Look
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 26, 2016, 02:25:00 PM
I read
Reggie & Me #1- Sandy Jarell cover
I loved it. The comic is so colorful. Reggie looks awesome in it. It seems like Midge is kinda friendly with Reggie. She & Moose are at Reggie's party. And Veronica is also having a party the same night & everyone heads to it. So Reggie has to get revenge on Veronica & Archie for ruining his party. There's no way in old comics that would ever happen that Midge would even talk to Reggie.  Midge is even happy when Reggie says he going get s dog but he wants her help him pick one out but she has a Study Date with Moose which makes Reggie angry. He just want to spend some time with her.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 26, 2016, 03:43:44 PM
Now I read all of these & I'm going put them in my comic frames. I'll take a picture & put it on my Twitter page.
Reggie & Me #1-The Blank Variant
Reggie & Me #1-Ryan Jampole Variant
Reggie & Me #1-Ron Frenz Variant
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on November 26, 2016, 05:12:43 PM
I read
Reggie & Me #1- Sandy Jarell cover
I loved it. The comic is so colorful. Reggie looks awesome in it. It seems like Midge is kinda friendly with Reggie. She & Moose are at Reggie's party. And Veronica is also having a party the same night & everyone heads to it. So Reggie has to get revenge on Veronica & Archie for ruining his party. There's no way in old comics that would ever happen that Midge would even talk to Reggie.  Midge is even happy when Reggie says he going get s dog but he wants her help him pick one out but she has a Study Date with Moose which makes Reggie angry. He just want to spend some time with her.



So who's the Me in Reggie and Me?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on November 26, 2016, 05:14:03 PM
White #1 - a comic about a shipwrecked girl surrounded by sharks. I loved it! Very compelling. The artwork is photorealistic. More comics like this please!
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 26, 2016, 05:49:16 PM
Vader, who is Reggie's dog is me in the comic. Its sweet how Reggie got the dog. Jughead was playing with Hot Dog & that made Reggie want to get a dog. Jughead seemed Happy that Hot Dog & Jughead were so happy together. Reggie was lonely & wanted a friend.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 26, 2016, 08:01:52 PM
Vader, who is Reggie's dog is me in the comic. Its sweet how Reggie got the dog. Jughead was playing with Hot Dog & that made Reggie want to get a dog. Jughead seemed Happy that Hot Dog & Jughead were so happy together. Reggie was lonely & wanted a friend.

Did he get a dog just because it would help him meet cute girls? That's the way he got Runty (from an animal shelter) in the other (digital exclusive) REGGIE AND ME miniseries.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 26, 2016, 08:29:59 PM
In this series, I only think Reggie got the dog because he was sad & lonely. He is only interested in Midge . Vadar actually says Reggie could have his choice of any girl but Reggie only wants Midge.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 26, 2016, 10:39:26 PM
ASTRO BOY - "The White-Hot Being", "Plant People", "The Hot Dog Corps", "The Blast Furnace Mystery", "The Third Magician" (all stories from 1961)

JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #70 (Oct. 2000) - Not much to say about this one, except that this issue had not one, not two, but three of those 1-page "KNOW YOUR HEROES!" 1 or 2 page features that ran randomly as fillers in both floppy and digest comics between 1999 and 2002, all of them written by Paul Castiglia: "The Legacy of The Black Hood", "The Origin of The Jaguar", and "The Origin of Steel Sterling". I've rarely seen even 2 of these in a single comic, and here there are three of them. I've been able to identify 10 different instances of this feature (a few of which were in the form of Public Service Announcements about Bicycle Safety, In-Line Skating Safety, or Fire Safety; the rest were origin story recaps of the various MLJ heroes: Black Hood, Black Jack, Mr. Justice, The Shield, Steel Sterling, The Comet, The Jaguar, and The Web).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 26, 2016, 10:41:39 PM
In this series, I only think Reggie got the dog because he was sad & lonely. He is only interested in Midge . Vadar actually says Reggie could have his choice of any girl but Reggie only wants Midge.

Vadar is another talking dog like Hot Dog in B&V?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 27, 2016, 04:18:33 AM
Yes Vader is the narrator of the story.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 27, 2016, 10:45:50 PM
I read some digital comics for 12 minutes each tonight
🍼 Jughead's Baby Tales
💝 Reggie King Of April Fool's #2
💎 Reggie & Me -Archie's 75 Series
🍹 Betty's Diary-Archie's 75 Series
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 28, 2016, 07:15:29 AM
ASTRO BOY - "Space Parasites", "Robot Land", "Astro vs. Garon", "White Planet", "Demon Bees", and "The Robot Spaceship" (stories from 1962-1963).
TRANSFORMERS: 'TIL ALL ARE ONE # 1-5
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 29, 2016, 07:44:11 AM

Yesterday I got Archie #14 in the mail which is from my 24 Archie issue subscription. I'll read it later.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 29, 2016, 05:50:55 PM
I read
Archie #14, The one from my 24 Archie subscription
Invincible #131
Saga #39
And Tonight I will be reading my digital copy of Jughead #11.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on November 29, 2016, 06:16:06 PM
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #75
GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #2
JUGHEAD #11 - More to say about this later, on my reviews thread.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 29, 2016, 09:09:06 PM
And I will be reading my digital copy of Jughead #11 sometime in the morning.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 30, 2016, 06:09:01 AM
I just read my digital copy of Jughead #11. I liked it & I didn't liked it. The reason I liked is the art . Derek's Jughead & Reggie are adorable. I think they both look so cute. The colors in the book are amazing . I didn't think I like North's style of writing. It's very strange. It doesn't fit the Jughead I used to know. What he writes is hard to understand.  I don't care for the quotes at the bottom of page. I would give this comic a B if I was grading it. I miss Chip Zdarsky's writing the book.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on November 30, 2016, 03:51:37 PM
I'm going read all my Reggie & Me #1's again when I sit my room & read.
Reggie & Me #1-Sandy Jarell
Reggie & Me #1-Blank Variant
Reggie & Me #1-Ryan Jampole
Reggie & Me #1-Ron Frenz

AfterLife With Archie #9 & #10

I'll read some digital comics tomorrow, I'm too tired now.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 01, 2016, 10:55:28 AM
I just read my digital copy of Jughead #11. I liked it & I didn't liked it. The reason I liked is the art . Derek's Jughead & Reggie are adorable. I think they both look so cute. The colors in the book are amazing . I didn't think I like North's style of writing. It's very strange. It doesn't fit the Jughead I used to know. What he writes is hard to understand.  I don't care for the quotes at the bottom of page. I would give this comic a B if I was grading it. I miss Chip Zdarsky's writing the book.

They have the same names, but they are not the same characters. They talk differently (Betty even swears) and they act differently. And they are certainly drawn differently. That's not just Ryan North. That's ALL the New Riverdale comics, and all the characters in them. Oh, they do have a few similar characteristics, but it's only a vague-ish resemblance.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 01, 2016, 10:58:55 AM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Last Look
Archie's Favorite High School Comics
Archie Giant Comics Party
World Of Archie Christmas Annual #53
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 02, 2016, 12:10:34 AM
REVOLUTION #5 (of 5)
M.A.S.K. #1
RICK AND MORTY #20
SPOOK HOUSE #2
TALES FROM THE CRYPT #1 (Supergenius Comics, 2016)
JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS #23
TANK GIRL: GOLD #2 (of 4)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 02, 2016, 09:58:56 AM
I'll read later today
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 02, 2016, 01:21:36 PM

51NKaj+78JL. SX323 BO1,204,203,200
I got this today & I'm going read it & put in one of my comic frames.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 03, 2016, 05:31:34 AM
Started to read Gisele's webcomic MA3 again, from the beginning. I think I got as far as partway through February 2009.

Only another 1,200 pages to go.

Hard to say if I'll be able to make it that far, as I can't really read these during my idle moments at work.

also read:
TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #3 (of 5)
Edgar Rice Burroughs' THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #3
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 03, 2016, 03:32:49 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
💝 Last Look
🔦 Archie 1000 Page Comics Bonanza
🐰 Archie 1000 Page Comics Extravaganza
📷 World Of Archie Christmas Annual #53
💎 Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #235
🐯 Betty & Veronica Halloween Annual #237
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 03, 2016, 04:22:48 PM
What's LAST LOOK about?

Today I read part of ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS #274 - Man, they could fill ten of those 1000 Page Comics Digests with just Mike Pellowski stories. Sometimes I think he must have written more stories than Frank Doyle and George Gladir combined in the 1990s and 2000s. There's another lead story in here by the Kennedy brothers. I guess those guys must have been fast, and they really stockpiled a backlog of stories from them, because it seems like every new lead story that isn't a Dan Parent story is one that's been drawn by the Kennedys (not a bad thing, though). Y'know, I never noticed this before, but some of the figure drawings and panel compositions in the Kennedy brothers' stories remind me a little of Samm Schwartz. It's a little hard to recognize his influence at first, because Schwartz would never have drawn the characters with the styles of clothing that the K-bros give them, and they put a ton of background details in, while Schwartz' backgrounds were so sparse that they're austere. But a couple of the panels in this new lead story, "In Olden Days" (written by James Gartler, who was pretty new to ACP as a writer, even before they stopped buying new stories from anyone but Dan Parent) really have the look of a Samm Schwartz drawing, if you ignore the backgrounds.

Also today, I read ASTRO BOY "The Greatest Robot In The World". It's a 180-page epic (takes up almost an entire paperback volume of the series) about a giant robot named Pluto who appears and goes around challenging all the most powerful robots from different countries, destroying them one by one, just to prove that he's "the greatest robot in the world". He turns out to be not all bad, though, because he's been built only for the purpose of fighting other robots and has to obey the orders of his master, but eventually he turns against him and refuses to obey him any more. He battles Astro several times during the course of the story, but there's always something that happens to cut the battle short before the winner is decided. Then there's a big epic showdown at the end where a new mystery robot called Bora shows up, who is twice as powerful as even Pluto. It's a fun story, and there's a moral in there about robots not being created to fight, but to help humans (and each other), and that the true greatness of a robot isn't judged by the amount of horsepower he has or who he can beat in a fight.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 03, 2016, 04:37:50 PM

Last Look
The epic trilogy that began with X'ed Out, continued in The Hive, and concluded in Sugar Skull—now in one book.
51k07xiUVWL. SX381 BO1,204,203,200
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 03, 2016, 04:53:03 PM
Somehow I never managed to read much of Charles' Burns work, and I never seem to see his books on the shelves at my LCS, but I'll have to check him out some time.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 04, 2016, 07:16:03 PM
No reading for me today, Maybe tomorrow. AcI did read some Archie 75 Year-Betty's Diary.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 05, 2016, 07:47:10 AM
I'll read later
I read each of these books for 12 minutes each
Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
The Best Of Archie Comics 75 Years 75 Stories
Betty & Veronica-Girls Rule
Nameless City
Friends With Boys
Last Look
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 06, 2016, 10:49:21 AM
I read some comic as in my comfy chair in my room.
I read
Reggie & Me #1-Sandy Jarell,I read it twice
Reggie's Revenge #1 & #2 & #3
Josie & The Pussycats #2-Chrissie Zullo variant
Archie #13-Veronica Fish variant
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 06, 2016, 06:34:35 PM
DEATH OF HAWKMAN #3 (of 6)
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE REVOLUTION #1 (one-shot)
REGGIE AND ME #1 (of 5)
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #3
MOON KNIGHT #9
SAVAGE DRAGON #218
MICKEY MOUSE #324
DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE #2 (of 3)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on December 06, 2016, 06:50:49 PM
DEATH OF HAWKMAN #3 (of 6)
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE REVOLUTION #1 (one-shot)
REGGIE AND ME #1 (of 5)
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #3
MOON KNIGHT #9
SAVAGE DRAGON #218
MICKEY MOUSE #324
DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE #2 (of 3)


How was Josie and Reggie?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 06, 2016, 07:34:33 PM
Reggie & Me #1 was awesome. Vader Reggie's dog is the narrator of the book. Reggie gets Vader from the dog pound because he sees how happy Hot Dog makes Jughead. Which was so sweet. All the new kids are involved in the story.Sherry, that gothic girl, Chunk, Lawrence. I was surprised because I haven't seen since the other story line where they all introduced to RiverDale High School a few years ago. And since all these kids left Reggie's party to go Veronica's Bash Reggie played tricks on them.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 07, 2016, 12:27:47 AM
I just read my digital copy of Reggie & Me #1, I loved it. It was awesome.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 07, 2016, 03:58:44 AM
MICKEY'S CRAZIEST ADVENTURES HC
GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT #3 (of 3)
BATMAN '66 MEETS STEED & MRS. PEEL #6 (of 6)
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: FALL OF MAN #5 (of 5)
MICRONAUTS #8
PREDATOR VS. JUDGE DREDD VS. ALIENS #3 (of 6)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 07, 2016, 03:05:44 PM
I read
Sex Criminals #12
The Beauty #6
Morning Glories #50

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 08, 2016, 04:02:29 PM
THE ROOK VOL. 2: DESPERATE TIMES TP
RESIDENT ALIEN VOL. 3: THE SAM HAIN MYSTERY TP
STAR TREK: NEW VISIONS #13 - THE HIDDEN FACE
PLUTO: URASAWA X TEZUKA VOLS. 1, 2, 3, & 4
(of 8 )
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 08, 2016, 10:17:33 PM
Today I skipped reading anything today.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 09, 2016, 07:53:16 AM


I plan to check on comics I just got recently from tfaw. I will change my wall & hang them up later today
Sex Criminals #13
Sex  Criminals #14
Sex Criminals #15
Jughead #11
Morning Glories #50

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 09, 2016, 10:49:22 AM
I read a bunch of beat-up, uncollectable comics (mostly from the '60s and '70s) that I found in the bins at my LCS:

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #13

ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA #154

MADHOUSE GLADS #81
- Interesting story - "When Johnny Comes Marching Home": Clyde Didit joins the Army Reserves (thereby paying for his college tuition whilst simultaneously avoiding being drafted and sent to Vietnam) and goes off to boot camp, where he has a typical 'generation gap' experience dealing with his drill sergeant, trying to explain why he doesn't dig the whole 'learn how to kill your fellow man' scene. Luckily for him, Clyde fractures his leg while heroically pushing the sarge out of the way of a bunch of falling oil drums, so he gets off the hook from having to spend two whole weeks in Camp Hell. (huh. I guess "When Clyde Comes Hobbling Home" just didn't have the right ring to it...) Another story's in here where Bippy the Hippie 'sells out' and joins The Establishment, gets a haircut and wears a suit and tie so he can rake in the simoleans working for The Man (but he was only doing it because his father lost his job). Fran the Fan saves Bippy from dropping out of school when she asks her dad (a well-connected dude with some pull) to help Bippy's dad get a new (and better) job, so Bippy can go back to being the loveable freaky laid-back poster boy for peace, love, nonconformity, and happily-adjusted unemployment. Far out, man. I was a little bummed out that fab Fran didn't get a bigger part in the stories (unrecognized by los hermanos Didit, she's a brainy bird who usually outsmarts them), but at least these ones were a little different. Then there's a more typical one, where Rod the Mod buys a brand new chopper (apparently he'd just seen Easy Rider, as his bike's a copy of the one Peter Fonda rode in that movie) just for the purpose of showing up Clyde in front of Fran by challenging him to an off-road race, and making him look bad. Naturally, Rod's dirty tricks of rigging the race course wind up backfiring on him (hmm... this guy reminds me of someone...)

(https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_iv/600/820655.jpg)

I've got more of these, but it'll have to wait for a bit.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 09, 2016, 06:18:25 PM
I read some comics while sitting in my comfy chair in my room
🐯 1-Phonogram-The Immaterial Girl #6
🎡 2-Archie #5-David Williams
💜 3-Archie #6-Veronica Fish
🐑 4-Archie #12-Veronica Fish
And I read these books for 12 minutes each
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World-Volume #2
Archie Giant Comics Festival
Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 10, 2016, 11:52:45 AM
More well-worn funnybooks from the bins at my LCS. I don't see many Harvey Comics in there, and when I do, they're almost invariably either RICHIE RICH, CASPER, or SAD SACK, all of which seem to have had a ton of spinoff titles, and none of which particularly interest me. It's the second-tier titles from Harvey that I like... BABY HUEY, LITTLE DOT, STUMBO THE GIANT, and HOT STUFF, and I hardly ever see any of those. So I was happy to find these random issues from the '60s & '70s:

HOT STUFF #131 & 143
HOT STUFF CREEPY CAVES #3 & 7
DEVIL KIDS STARRING HOT STUFF # 35 & 71


There also existed another spinoff title called HOT STUFF SIZZLERS, but I didn't find any of those. I never really thought about it before, but I wonder what the deal was with Harvey Comics having SO many spinoff titles for its various characters, even ones like Hot Stuff who weren't the company's real breadwinners like Richie Rich, Casper, and Sad Sack? I mean, HOT STUFF CREEPY CAVES does not, as you might imagine, contain any stories featuring any caves apart from the one that Hot Stuff usually lives in. Nor do the stories in DEVIL KIDS feature any other kid devils, with the exception of Hot Stuff himself. In other words, the contents of both spinoff titles were completely indistinguishable from any random issue of the main HOT STUFF title... so WHY, then, did those spinoff titles exist at all? They were all published bi-monthly, so if there was enough of an audience to support spinoff titles for those characters, why not just make the regular HOT STUFF title monthly instead, or even every-three-weeks, since the contents of all of the spinoffs was interchangeable? The best I can come up with is that retailers were likely to leave a bimonthly title displayed for sale longer, until a new issue arrived to replace it, so the title would have a better chance of actually selling to a reader than a monthly title that got removed from display sooner, if still unsold. That, and I guess maybe Harvey Comics liked to project some kind of illusion that they were a larger publisher in the comic book industry than they actually were, and publishing three or four bi-monthly titles instead of one or two monthly titles helped create that illusion, because...  it's just more different titles that they can say they publish, even though in any given year it would be the same total number of comics published as if they had half as many monthly titles.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 10, 2016, 04:41:34 PM
I finished reading
Last Look
And I also read these for 12 minutes each
No Mercy
Invincible-Still Standing-Volume #12
Archie 1000 Page-75Th Anniversary Bash
Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 10, 2016, 09:10:50 PM
I plan to read any digital comic that I have that involves Reggie 💝 🔥 💘 💋 💖 💌.
I read
Reggie & Me #1
Reggie & Me -75th Year
Archie Meets Ramones
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 11, 2016, 08:30:57 AM
I'll probably read in a little while.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 12, 2016, 06:18:31 AM
PLUTO: URASAWA x TEZUKA VOL. 5, 6, 7, & 8 (of 8 ) - That was great. One of the best manga series I've ever read. Really impressed. Five stars *****!
REGGIE'S WISE GUY JOKES #13, 24, 30, 34 - IMO, this is the best of all the Joke Book titles. Why? I dunno, maybe the one-page gag just suits Reggie better than Archie or Jughead. Here you find more one-page gags with Reggie dating Midge again, and also more of his insults and put-downs aimed at Ethel (but mostly, Archie is the victim of his zingers more than anyone else).
MOTOR CRUSH #1
DUCK AVENGER #2


Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 13, 2016, 07:48:13 AM
My mom got me Archie Double Digest #273 from the Thrift Store yesterday. I'll start to read it today.
I read these in my room while sitting in my comfy chair while reading each book for 12 minutes each 
Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics
Archie Giant Comics Festival
The Best Of Archie Comics-Book #3
And I finished
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World-Volume #2
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 13, 2016, 06:03:28 PM
Now I'm starting to read
Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness-Volume #3
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on December 13, 2016, 11:54:33 PM
Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Richest Duck In The World (The Don Rosa Library, Vol. 5)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 14, 2016, 02:34:23 PM
Lots of stuff over the last week or so, not all of which I've been writing down, so here's where I catch up.

ASTRO BOY - Beginning with the first story from 1965, and continuing through to Feb. 1967:
"Roboids", "Robio and Robiette", "The Blue Knight", "Astro Boy Reborn", "The Melanin Tribe", "Meeva", and "The Faceless Robot".
I'm just about a year away from the end of the original serialized run of Mighty Atom in Shonen Magazine (about one and a half volumes in paperback). After that there are three paperback collections of the Mighty Atom newspaper strip that ran from 1966-1969, and I'm done. I think I may re-read the whole run (minus the 2 crossovers with Sonic the Hedgehog) of MEGA MAN after this.

JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #95 (Aug. 2003) - Not bad, but nothing very notable worth mentioning.

JUGHEAD'S JOKES (3 random issues) - At this point I've forgotten the issue numbers, but the gags were just as forgettable. I definitely liked the 4 issues of REGGIE'S WISE GUY JOKES I read a couple of days earlier better.

EVIL DEAD 2: MERRY DEADITE XMAS #1
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES #2 (of 6)
UNCLE SCROOGE #425
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #76
HAWKEYE #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #946
WONDER WOMAN #12
MOONSHINE #3

ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #23 - Arrived on 12/12, but I didn't read it all right away. I just finished it yesterday. The best thing in there was a longish Xmas story by Dan Parent, "The ELFth Day of Christmas" which is kind of like the movie Groundhog Day, with the day before Christmas repeating over and over, due to Jingles, of course. That and some B&V Christmas Fashions pages by Dan DeCarlo. The lead story is by Dan too, and it's okay, but not one of his best. It must be kind of hard to come up with new material for these 5-page Xmas stories when you're doing so many of them, so they can't all be his best.

HILLBILLY #4 - Enjoying this series quite a bit.

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #122 (June 1972) - There's a Bob Bolling story in here that's about Betty helping Veronica get her evening gown just perfect for a big awards presentation that she has to give that evening at the Yacht Club, a very swank blueblood affair, and Ronnie's going on and on, condescending to Betty, about how she wouldn't fit in with that crowd, wouldn't know how to act, and so on. At one point, as she's just about to hop into the limo with Archie, she actually pats Betty on the head! And there's even a little 'pat-pat' sound FX there. Then just as the limo speeds off, Mr. Lodge comes running down with the award plaque that she was supposed to present, but it's too late, Veronica's gone. Mr. Lodge grabs Betty, tells her she has to go to the club and bring the award to Veronica, drags her up to Veronica's room, and tells her to pick something out of Ronnie's wardrobe (they're the same size) but to hurry. He sees her all dolled up in one of Veronica's gowns, hands her the plaque, and gives her the keys to one of his cars to speed over there. Betty doesn't feel comfortable taking one of Mr. Lodge's cars, so she takes Archie's jalopy (a.k.a. "Ol' Betsy") instead. She gets to the club, but parks the car on the street where it won't be seen, and runs into the club, where she immediately catches the eyes of all the guys in her (actually Veronica's) stunning dress. All of sudden there's a big hubbub, she's the center of attention, and the guys won't let her go to bring the award to Veronica. One of them grabs it, and tells her he'll make sure it gets to her, but then hands it off to another guy. While it finally does make its way to Veronica's hands, by that time the stuffy old fogey who was supposed to be the one being honored that night with the award is so captivated by Betty that he's got no interest in receiving the award, he just wants to keep dancing with Betty. When they put him on the spot, he basically just grabs the award, saying to himself "Who cares about some silly old award, anyway?" leaving Veronica (literally) speechless. She's seething because presenting the award was her big moment, she had a nice introductory speech all prepared and memorized, and now it seems like her being there at all was just a big waste of her time. In all that's going on, she never noticed that Betty was there (she was too far away with all the guys crowded around Betty, so she couldn't recognize her, or her own dress that Betty was wearing). She leaves the club, fit to be tied, and goes home to tell Daddykins about it. Meanwhile, Betty finally manages to make her escape from all the attention, runs out of the Yacht Club, and hops in Archie's car to drive away. As Veronica sits at home, steaming about how her entire evening was ruined, she mentions some 'new blonde girl' that had all the guys distracted, and Mr. Lodge suddenly realizes that it was Betty, and his fault that he sent her. A nice little update of the Cinderella story by Bob Bolling. Most of his best stories have some kind of fantasy/fairytale feel to them.

LOST IN SPACE: THE LOST ADVENTURES #6 (of 6)

JUGHEAD #240, 243 (both from 1975)

THE THREE STOOGES: MERRY STOOGEMAS #1 - Another story by Bill Galvan is in this issue.

SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #84 (April 1965) - "Jimmy's a good kid, but he's always getting into trouble." That's what Superman is thinking to himself in this issue. Yup, that's our Archie, all right... I mean, Jimmy. Must be the red hair and freckles. You know, if Dan Parent or Dan DeCarlo had drawn this story, it would probably be just as funny as a typical Archie comic, too. Because of all his weird and wacky adventures, Jimmy promises to make a monster movie that breaks all box office records for monster movies. He's got access to nutty Professor Potter's time-space transporter machine, and summons up Titano the Super-Ape (old foe of the Man of Steel who has kryptonite vision) to battle against the Flame Dragon from Krypton (yeah, they had some strange megafauna on that planet), but everything goes wrong (just as well, since he'd probably have been sued by Toho Studios & Universal Pictures for ripping off their earlier film, King Kong vs. Godzilla). Oh that Jimmy! In the second story, JO disguises himself as a girl, in order to fool the members of his own adoring Jimmy Olsen Fan Club. For some reason, this seems to happen in Jimmy Olsen stories almost as much as it did to Bugs Bunny. That's when he's not changing into a Giant Turtle Boy, a werewolf, a human porcupine, or his superhero identity of Elastic Lad. Great cover (falling off, no backcover on my copy) on this issue.

(https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_iv/600/681077.jpg)

BETTY BOOP #3 (of 4) - I wish this was an ongoing series. Too bad it has to end with #4.

WONDER WOMAN '77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN #1 - This was better written and drawn than most of the previous WW77 specials, and I liked the story and art better than the last BATMAN '66 miniseries. I got both of the regular cover variants (Alex Ross & Cat Staggs), but didn't know until I looked at the back pages that Dan Parent drew a Retailer Exclusive variant cover for UltimateComics.com. They cost $10 plus shipping, though. Here's Dan's cover:
(https://www.archiefans.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fultimatecomics.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F11%2FWW-BW-cover-Dan-parent-color-final-1-low-res-1.jpg&hash=a9f82d71f6494c4bfe4b2a52fed8266f)
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Post by: irishmoxie on December 14, 2016, 08:49:04 PM
PLUTO: URASAWA x TEZUKA VOL. 5, 6, 7, & 8 (of 8 ) - That was great. One of the best manga series I've ever read. Really impressed. Five stars *****!
REGGIE'S WISE GUY JOKES #13, 24, 30, 34 - IMO, this is the best of all the Joke Book titles. Why? I dunno, maybe the one-page gag just suits Reggie better than Archie or Jughead. Here you find more one-page gags with Reggie dating Midge again, and also more of his insults and put-downs aimed at Ethel (but mostly, Archie is the victim of his zingers more than anyone else).
MOTOR CRUSH #1
DUCK AVENGER #2



How was Motor Crush? Would I like it? Is it girlie?


Would I like Duck Avenger if I like the Duck Tales movie from the 90s?
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 15, 2016, 05:08:29 AM
How was Motor Crush? Would I like it? Is it girlie?

Would I like Duck Avenger if I like the Duck Tales movie from the 90s?

No and no.

Motor Crush is kind of some alternate universe Speed Racer thing with motorcycles instead of cars, with a female drug-addicted protagonist.

Duck Avenger is Donald as a superhero, but in a 60-page story it gets a little tedious.

I'm not going to continue reading either of those.

If you want a recommendation of something that seems girlie to check out, try SPELL ON WHEELS by Kate Leth & Megan Levins, a 5-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Comics. It's about 3 witches trying to recover their stolen magical items from a thief, and while the story didn't interest me enough to continue beyond the first issue, it's competently enough written and drawn, and I had no problem following what was going on. The character interaction between the three main protagonists may be enough to hold your interest.
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Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on December 15, 2016, 12:43:16 PM
How was Motor Crush? Would I like it? Is it girlie?

Would I like Duck Avenger if I like the Duck Tales movie from the 90s?

No and no.

Motor Crush is kind of some alternate universe Speed Racer thing with motorcycles instead of cars, with a female drug-addicted protagonist.

Duck Avenger is Donald as a superhero, but in a 60-page story it gets a little tedious.

I'm not going to continue reading either of those.

If you want a recommendation of something that seems girlie to check out, try SPELL ON WHEELS by Kate Leth & Megan Levins, a 5-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Comics. It's about 3 witches trying to recover their stolen magical items from a thief, and while the story didn't interest me enough to continue beyond the first issue, it's competently enough written and drawn, and I had no problem following what was going on. The character interaction between the three main protagonists may be enough to hold your interest.


I read the beginnings of Duck Avenger in one of those Don Rosa Uncle Scrooge and Donald volumes and  it was alright, it was funny. But I have not read the other comics that are only about the Avenger. Is Scrooge and/or his nephews in those comics?
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Post by: BettyReggie on December 15, 2016, 12:46:00 PM
I'll read later
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 15, 2016, 02:22:57 PM
I read the beginnings of Duck Avenger in one of those Don Rosa Uncle Scrooge and Donald volumes and  it was alright, it was funny. But I have not read the other comics that are only about the Avenger. Is Scrooge and/or his nephews in those comics?

I wasn't aware that Duck Avenger was used in any of Don Rosa's stories, but I've missed a lot of them. I've been meaning to catch up with Fantagraphics' complete Don Rosa Library collections, but have fallen a little behind on that series in particular. There is just a LOT of Disney stuff coming out right now, with IDW's regular comics, trade paperback collections of same, and the Library of American Comics hardcover reprint collections of the Donald Duck, Silly Symphonies, and Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Stories newspaper strips, and then Fantagraphics' Mickey Mouse newspaper strip collections and Carl Barks Library and Don Rosa Library hardcovers. It's hard to keep up with it all, since all these hardcover books tend to be somewhere in the $30-$50 price range (except for IDW's reprinting of the European stories in trade paperback).

Duck Avenger is actually a creation of the Italian Disney comics artists. IDW reprinted the earliest appearances (short stories, including his origin) in some of their regular DONALD DUCK comic books not too long ago. My objection to the DUCK AVENGER comic book is that the stories are far too long at 60 pages, not very humorous (it's more like a regular superhero comic book that way), and I don't particularly like the artist (whose name I've forgotten now). His style is a little off the standard Disney character model and style.

But to answer your question, Uncle Scrooge was in the first issue (actually, DUCK AVENGER #0) briefly, but he didn't play a big part in the story. I didn't notice the nephews in any of the 3 issues I read. In fact, this series tries to give an entirely new setup than Donald's usual one. Here he's hired by Uncle Scrooge to manage a new skyscraper that Scrooge purchased, that formerly belonged to an eccentric billionaire scientist who disappeared. Donald discovers a completely hidden floor in the building that houses an artificially-intelligent computer called One, and this become's the Duck Avenger's new secret headquarters (there are other high-tech gadgets that the scientist left behind when he disappeared, also), and One becomes his aide-de-camp as the Duck Avenger, stays constantly in contact with him, and is able to help him out of especially tough scrapes. In the second issue (actually #1) the building is rented (or leased, I forget which) to a muckraking TV news station, whose obnoxious star reporter has a vendetta against the Duck Avenger, and there's a mysterious woman who works there that turns out to be time traveller from the future who figures out Donald's secret, and aids him for reasons known only to herself. In issue #0, Donald battles an invasion from the conquest-minded alien race known as the Evronians, and they return again in issue #2. In issue #1 he had to stop a time traveller from the future from changing history. Very non-standard for a Disney comic.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 15, 2016, 03:12:37 PM
I read the 2 of the 3 comics that I got at Unique. Someone brought gave those comics to the Thift store . And they were brand new because they were still in the plastic. And they left their name on them. They were mailed to Ryan Jampole.
Reggie & Me #1-Sandy Jarell cover
Jughead #10-Derek Charm cover
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on December 15, 2016, 08:15:36 PM
How was Motor Crush? Would I like it? Is it girlie?

Would I like Duck Avenger if I like the Duck Tales movie from the 90s?

No and no.

Motor Crush is kind of some alternate universe Speed Racer thing with motorcycles instead of cars, with a female drug-addicted protagonist.

Duck Avenger is Donald as a superhero, but in a 60-page story it gets a little tedious.

I'm not going to continue reading either of those.

If you want a recommendation of something that seems girlie to check out, try SPELL ON WHEELS by Kate Leth & Megan Levins, a 5-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Comics. It's about 3 witches trying to recover their stolen magical items from a thief, and while the story didn't interest me enough to continue beyond the first issue, it's competently enough written and drawn, and I had no problem following what was going on. The character interaction between the three main protagonists may be enough to hold your interest.


Thanks. I've read the 1st 2 issues of Spell on Wheels. It was ok. Maybe I'll reread them to see if they grow on me.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 17, 2016, 01:23:09 PM
I finished Archie's Favorite High School Comics
And also I read these for 12 minutes
Archie Double Digest #273
Archie 1000 Page Comics Bonanza
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 17, 2016, 04:52:57 PM
I read
Josie & Pussycats #3-Mok
I read all of my Reggie & Me #1's & I put them in my comic frames. I put a picture on my Twitter Page.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 18, 2016, 03:27:35 PM
I'll read some digital comics later when I'm in bed.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 20, 2016, 08:37:07 PM
PUNISHER #7 - The last issue to be drawn by artist Steve Dillon before his untimely death. Since that was really the big attraction to me with this new series, I'll probably wind up dropping it soon.
AVENGERS #2.1 - Seems kind of like an arbitrary numbering sequence, as this story is really taking place shortly after the events of AVENGERS Vol. 1 #16, so shouldn't this be #16.02 ? Whatever. Now THIS is really Mark Waid's forte.
SQUADRON SUPREME #14
SILVER SURFER #8
THANOS #2
STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN VOL 2 #1
(of 6)
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #3
GREEN HORNET: REIGN OF THE DEMON #1
(of 4)
JEM AND THE MISFITS #1 - Very talky and slow-moving. Doesn't make me want to continue.
TANK GIRL: GOLD #3 (of 4)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 20, 2016, 09:15:07 PM
At midnight I will getting Archie #15 from the Google Play Store.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 21, 2016, 06:02:12 AM
I just finished reading my digital copy of Archie #15. This was a great issue. Reggie is even in it. Only at the party Archie is throwing for his Parents Anniversary. Archie only can make this party happen with help from his friends. Veronica is still fighting with Cheryl & MR. Lodge winds up buying Blossom's industries. But that means Cheryl & her family are broke. And the Blossom wind up moving to RiverDale, which is awful for Veronica & the rest of RiverDale.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 21, 2016, 05:22:32 PM
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #13
BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR (ARCHIE GIANT SERIES) #458
- All good stories. All Dan DeCarlo stories.
BLACK HAMMER #6
ART & BEAUTY MAGAZINE #3
- Robert Crumb's drawings of various women taken from photographs.
SUPERF*CKERS FOREVER #5 (of 5) - Also has the hilarious bonus flip-book twisted Christmas Special SUPERF*CKERS SAVE CHRISTMAS!
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #29
GUMBALLS #1
DONALD DUCK ALBUM (DELL FOUR COLOR) #1182
(May 1961)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 21, 2016, 07:16:19 PM
I'll probably read some digital comics tonight while in bed.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 22, 2016, 08:22:02 PM
🍇 🍒 🍉 🍍 🍓 🍎 🌽 🍇I read my digital copy of Archie #15🍇 🍒 🍍 🍉 🍓 🌽 🍎 🍇
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Post by: irishmoxie on December 23, 2016, 04:35:29 AM
Lots of Archie's Holiday Fun digests. I'm trying to add them as I go to comics.org. I already have a ton of the Christmas Giant Series issues and I thought these would be a repeat but so far the stories are mostly from elsewhere. Though I have read a lot of these stories before, probably in the digital Pep comics.
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Post by: BettyReggie on December 24, 2016, 03:45:57 PM
I read each of these for 12 minutes
🌟 1-Last Look
🎈 2-Middle Age Spread-A For Better Or For Worse Collection
🐻  3-Archie 1000 Page Comics Extravaganza
🏯 4-Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 24, 2016, 11:52:25 PM
I read some digital comics while in bed.
Life With Kevin #2
Archie #15
Morning Glories-Volume #1
SunStone-Volume #4
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: grubhead on December 25, 2016, 08:13:27 PM
My Pull List

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 26, 2016, 02:26:10 PM
I read the 2 books that I got for Christmas from my brother. I read each of them for 20 minutes.
1-Black Hole
2-Blankets
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 27, 2016, 07:42:06 AM
I'm not sure what I'll read today. I just pre-order Reggie & Me #2 from The Google Play Store.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on December 27, 2016, 12:49:50 PM
Finished reading: Archie 1000 Page Comics Spree!
and I am currently reading: The Best of Archie Comics Book Two and Book Four
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 27, 2016, 10:23:12 PM
I will be reading my copy of Life With Kevin #2 from the Google Play Store.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 28, 2016, 12:53:20 AM
JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #95 (Aug 2003), #97 (Oct 2003), #100 (Mar 2004)
ARCHIE ANNUAL COMICS DIGEST #47 (1985), #48 (1986), #68 (Apr 1997)
ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #97 (Aug 1989)
EVIL DEAD 2: DARK ONES RISING #3 (of 3)
RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP #6 (of 9)
SIXPACK & DOGWELDER: HARD-TRAVELIN' HEROZ #5 (of 6)
DARK KNIGHT III: MASTER RACE #7 (of 8 )
DETECTIVE COMICS #947
WONDER WOMAN #13
GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #3
ROM #6
G.I. JOE (2016) #1
SUPER POWERS #2 (of 6)
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP #21
FUTURE QUEST #8
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 28, 2016, 05:13:09 AM
I just read my digital copy of Life With Kevin #3. It was adorable. I love this version of Kevin. I love that the comic is done in blue. I hope they keep it that way & not change the color of the comic.
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Post by: BettyReggie on December 28, 2016, 07:47:21 AM
I'll read later
I read
Reggie & Me #1-Sandy Jarell
Archie #14-Joe Eisma
Halloween Comic Fest -After Life With Archie-Season #2
Sex Criminals #12
New Romancer #6
The Beauty #6
Invincible #131
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 28, 2016, 01:50:52 PM
I just read my digital copy of Life With Kevin #3. It was adorable. I love this version of Kevin. I love that the comic is done in blue. I hope they keep it that way & not change the color of the comic.

I hope that if this story is ever offered in a print format it is in full color. Either that or just print it as a coloring book, and I'll do it myself. Not that it looks like it will ever be offered in a paper version, so I'm just rambling. Archie Comics really doesn't want MY money anyway.
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Post by: BettyReggie on December 28, 2016, 03:04:01 PM
I read each of these books for 15 minutes
Blankets
Black Hole
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 29, 2016, 09:58:32 AM
Today I want to take a break from reading anything Archie related. I have many other comics from
BatGirl
Black Canary
New Romancer
I'm going start with 3 titles.
BatGirl #35 & #38 & #47 & #48 & #50 & & #51& #52
Black Canary #1 & #2 & #3 & #5 & # 6
New Romancer #1 & #2 & #3





Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 29, 2016, 10:58:46 AM
I read these BatGirl issues #35 & #38 & #47 & #48
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 29, 2016, 03:58:34 PM
I read in my comfy chair in my room & read a lot .
I read each of books for 12 minutes each
🎄1-Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics
🐵 2-The Best Of Archie Comics-Book #3
🐞 3-Archie Giant Comics Festival
💔 4-Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness-Volume #3
I also read these comics
Archie #657
Archie #666-The Betty Cover
Archie #1-It is a variant that I bought from Acme Comics
And I also read 3 digital comics
Life With Kevin #1 & #2 & #3
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 30, 2016, 02:39:18 AM
BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #249 - Fun new lead 5-page story by Dan Parent. Seems like it barely got started before it was over. Lately I've been craving some longer stories. I don't think there were any other stories in here (apart from the Sabrina reprint section) that I hadn't read before.

JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #106 (Oct. 2004), #114 (Sept. 2005), #115 (Oct. 2005), #118 (Feb. 2006) - Nothing too notable in these, but I like seeing the then-recent (possibly even new at the time) Jughead stories drawn by Fernando Ruiz. There always seems to be at least 2 or 3 of those in every issue. I think Jughead is the character I most associate with Fernando. While I would probably admit to preferring the Craig Boldman/Rex Lindsey team on Jughead (they are pretty difficult to beat in my estimation), the short stories both written and drawn by Fernando are a close second. I would say that he seems to have written only about half (or less) of the Jughead stories he drew, so there are all sorts of other writers, George Gladir probably being the most prominent.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 30, 2016, 07:49:18 AM
I'll probably read some books later. I read Archie #15-Joe Eisma issue. It was one from my subscription.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 30, 2016, 02:45:32 PM
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE WINTER ANNUAL #24
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Post by: irishmoxie on December 30, 2016, 09:43:36 PM
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE WINTER ANNUAL #24


Any good stories ie Boldman? I'm debating on whether to buy this or not. The last Jughead digest was really good.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 31, 2016, 12:17:52 AM
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE WINTER ANNUAL #24


Any good stories ie Boldman? I'm debating on whether to buy this or not. The last Jughead digest was really good.

There are several Boldman/Lindsey Jughead stories in this one (I didn't count them, but I don't have it here right now; I'll go back and look and let you know later), and several Fernando Ruiz-drawn stories too, as well as the usual expected older Samm Schwartz stories, and a mish-mosh of others.
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Post by: DeCarlo Rules on December 31, 2016, 12:16:17 PM
B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS #252 came in the mail today. I'll be reading that later tonight and tomorrow. Already read the new lead story by Dan Parent. Very unusual theme to this one, entitled "OWL Be Seeing You!". Seems B & V are very concerned about birds flying into the large glass windowpanes of the Lodge mansion, due to a flock of migrating owls passing through Riverdale. Can't say I've ever seen any sort of variation on this particular plot before. I guess Dan just reads things in the news or sees them on television, and decides to write a story about it. He did that last year with a Jughead story about 'hoverboards' (which actually look like some kind of spinoff of the Segway technology) being unsafe and prone to malfunctions. Oh well, I guess he must get bored doing variations of the same typical plots we've seen dozens of times already.
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Post by: irishmoxie on December 31, 2016, 02:38:37 PM
B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS #252 came in the mail today. I'll be reading that later tonight and tomorrow. Already read the new lead story by Dan Parent. Very unusual theme to this one, entitled "OWL Be Seeing You!". Seems B & V are very concerned about birds flying into the large glass windowpanes of the Lodge mansion, due to a flock of migrating owls passing through Riverdale. Can't say I've ever seen any sort of variation on this particular plot before. I guess Dan just reads things in the news or sees them on television, and decides to write a story about it. He did that last year with a Jughead story about 'hoverboards' (which actually look like some kind of spinoff of the Segway technology) being unsafe and prone to malfunctions. Oh well, I guess he must get bored doing variations of the same typical plots we've seen dozens of times already.


Yeah I was curious where the inspiration for this one came from as well. Who knows?? At least we're getting something different.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on December 31, 2016, 10:21:41 PM
I read a few digital comics
🌟 Jughead In Love
🎈 Archie Explores Of The Unknown
🎄 Betty & Veronica Christmas Shopping
👑 Betty & Veronica-Cheryl Blossom High School Royalty
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 01, 2017, 01:01:12 AM
B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS #252 came in the mail today. I'll be reading that later tonight and tomorrow. Already read the new lead story by Dan Parent. Very unusual theme to this one, entitled "OWL Be Seeing You!". Seems B & V are very concerned about birds flying into the large glass windowpanes of the Lodge mansion, due to a flock of migrating owls passing through Riverdale. Can't say I've ever seen any sort of variation on this particular plot before. I guess Dan just reads things in the news or sees them on television, and decides to write a story about it. He did that last year with a Jughead story about 'hoverboards' (which actually look like some kind of spinoff of the Segway technology) being unsafe and prone to malfunctions. Oh well, I guess he must get bored doing variations of the same typical plots we've seen dozens of times already.

Yeah I was curious where the inspiration for this one came from as well. Who knows?? At least we're getting something different.

Yeah, and it fits with the general trend towards more stories demonstrating a pro-social awareness that seem to be a more common theme for B&V stories than for Archie and Jughead stories. The girls always seem to get involved in raising money for charity, and at one time they formed the Green Girls as a club to promote positive eco-action in the community. Those are just a couple of examples that come to mind off the top of my head, but I'm sure you could probably add half-a-dozen more if you really thought about it, or browsed through a dozen or so B&V digests, so promoting awareness of how human communities impact wildlife isn't much of a stretch. I think I'm gonna say that ACP has a bigger awareness of how much more B&V are role models for young female readers, as opposed to say, Archie and Jughead for young male readers.

That probably has something to do with the softening of Veronica's less-admirable personality traits in the 2000s as well, now that I think about it -- although it certainly has as much to do with keeping her as a likeable protagonist starring in her own title for a couple of decades, too. Cheryl certainly became more likeable as the protagonist of her own series during the years when she had one, and since she lost it and went back to being a mere supporting character, she gets cast in the villain role more often than not.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on January 01, 2017, 01:23:55 AM
Trying to slog through the mid 2000s Betty and Veronica stories (Issue 200 or so) to complete Betty and Veronica on comics.org. Poor Jeff Shultz. The stories aren't that great plot wise. Most of them just feature Betty and Veronica without any other characters.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 01, 2017, 01:35:05 AM
Trying to slog through the mid 2000s Betty and Veronica stories (Issue 200 or so) to complete Betty and Veronica on comics.org. Poor Jeff Shultz. The stories aren't that great plot wise. Most of them just feature Betty and Veronica without any other characters.

Well, I've read #200. That was a pretty good story, I thought (Kathleen Webb, IIRC). I would say if they begin to get boring and repetitious after that... good possibility that they're Mike Pellowski stories?

Fun Fact: If you're reading an uncredited ACP story from the 1990s or early 2000s, and there's some minor incidental character in it named "Melanie" or "_______ Morgan", chances are pretty good that it's a Mike Pellowski story. Pellowski also wrote the Riverdale High prose novel series from 1992-1993, and adapted a bunch of them (under different titles) as the "New Look Archie Series", writing under the pseudonym Melanie J. Morgan. Since by this time he'd already written hundreds of comic stories for ACP, it's unknown why he employed a nom de plume for that series. Unless he was wary of the potential fan backlash, which in fact is exactly what ensued.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 01, 2017, 04:25:48 AM
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE WINTER ANNUAL #24
Any good stories ie Boldman? I'm debating on whether to buy this or not. The last Jughead digest was really good.

Here's a list of some of the better stories in this issue (about half of them - Boldman stories in bold):

"Oh, Brother... or Sister" (Parent/Parent, 5 pages, NEW) - Jughead, Archie, Reggie & Jellybean in a 'Snow Day' story.

"The Ice Breaker" (Doyle/DeCarlo Jr.-J. DeCarlo, 5 pages) - Archie volunteers to do a favor for Mr. Lodge during an ice storm.

"Snow Day" (Boldman/Lindsey, 6 pages) - Jughead proves to Reggie that he can throw snowballs at people without them getting mad at him.

"Snow Bored" (Pellowski/Ruiz, 6 pages) - Archie's helps Mr. Lodge demonstrate the new Lodge 'Sno-Scoot', a powered snowboard, to prospective buyers.

"Hot Lips" (Doyle/Crane, 5 pages) - Jughead saves a little girl stuck in a snow drift, and is rewarded as a hero by her grateful older sister.

"Resolution Solution!!" (Golliher/Golliher, 6 pages) - Jughead makes himself sick by trying to eat healthy to set an example for Jellybean.

"=Garbage In=> <=Garbage Out=" (Boldman/Lindsey, 11 pages) - Jughead's dad assigns him the simple chore of taking out the garbage, but when Juggie fails to get it to the curb in time for the pickup, then tries to hide the evidence of his failure, a series of comedic consequences result.

"Bored Dumb!" (Pellowski/Ruiz, 5 pages) - Jughead & Archie are having a tough time making it through Study Hall without annoying The Bee.

"Nose Job" (Doyle/Goldberg, 6 pages) - When Betty tells Archie how her dad used to put her to sleep by rubbing her nose as a baby, Archie tries it on her, and she goes into a deep, unwakeable sleep, standing in the hallway of Riverdale High.

"Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back Inside... GNAWS!" (Margopoulis/Goldberg, 11 pages) - Archie & Jughead hire themselves out to Mr. Lodge for the weekend as mice exterminators at his mountain cabin.

"Hideaway" (Boldman/Lindsey, 5 pages) - Jughead is delighted to accidentally discover that his favorite old couch has hidden a fold-out bed all along.

"Cafeteria Crisis" (Golliher/Ruiz, 6 pages) - When Ms. Beazley goes on strike, the only people freaking out are Jughead and Mr. Weatherbee.

"Turn the Other Chick!" (Boldman/Lindsey, 6 pages) - Ethel is dismayed by all the attention Jughead is getting from other girls like Debbie Dalton and Joani Jumpp, but turnabout is fair play.

"Battling Butlers" (Boldman/Lindsey, 6 pages) - Reggie visits Veronica's house with his own butler in tow - Jughead, which leads to some confusion on the part of an important client of Mr. Lodge's as to who's butlering for whom.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on January 01, 2017, 03:31:15 PM
Trying to slog through the mid 2000s Betty and Veronica stories (Issue 200 or so) to complete Betty and Veronica on comics.org. Poor Jeff Shultz. The stories aren't that great plot wise. Most of them just feature Betty and Veronica without any other characters.

Well, I've read #200. That was a pretty good story, I thought (Kathleen Webb, IIRC). I would say if they begin to get boring and repetitious after that... good possibility that they're Mike Pellowski stories?

Fun Fact: If you're reading an uncredited ACP story from the 1990s or early 2000s, and there's some minor incidental character in it named "Melanie" or "_______ Morgan", chances are pretty good that it's a Mike Pellowski story. Pellowski also wrote the Riverdale High prose novel series from 1992-1993, and adapted a bunch of them (under different titles) as the "New Look Archie Series", writing under the pseudonym Melanie J. Morgan. Since by this time he'd already written hundreds of comic stories for ACP, it's unknown why he employed a nom de plume for that series. Unless he was wary of the potential fan backlash, which in fact is exactly what ensued.


Most of them are by Barbara Slate.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 02, 2017, 03:17:01 PM
I read these books for 15 minutes each
💝 Blankets
💋 Black Hole
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 03, 2017, 07:08:17 AM
I'll read in a while.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 03, 2017, 03:54:08 PM
Most of them are by Barbara Slate.

Can't say that I've read enough of Barbara Slate's stories for Archie Comics to have formed an opinion about her writing one way or the other. I've read more than just a few, but none of them ever struck me as especially outstanding in some way, or particularly bad either. I guess you could say the same about Mike Pellowski's stories... most of them aren't really bad per se, just run of the mill. Some of the scripts can be taken up or down a notch or two depending on the artwork.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 03, 2017, 03:56:54 PM

I read
Kevin #4 , #5 ,# 6, #7, #8 , #9 ,#10 , #11, #12, #13 , # 14 , #15.

Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 03, 2017, 04:42:23 PM
I read
Life With Kevin #3
I read each of books for 12 minutes
Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics
The Best Of Archie Comics-Book #3
Archie Giant Comics Festival
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World-Volume #3
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 03, 2017, 07:37:47 PM
THE FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM #1 (of 3)
UNCLE SCROOGE #426
MICKEY MOUSE #325
RICK AND MORTY #21
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #77
HAWKEYE #2
MOON KNIGHT #10
WORLD WAR X #1
CAGE #1, 2 & 3 (of 4)
WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #65
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #275
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 04, 2017, 09:54:23 AM
I read each of these books for 12 minutes each
🎈 Archie 1000 Page Comics Gala
💞 Archie 1000 Page Comics 75Th Anniversary Bash
📀 Archie 1000 Page Comics Extravaganza
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 04, 2017, 07:56:21 PM
I'll probably read some digital comics in bed later tonight.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 06, 2017, 08:10:53 AM
I'll read in a while. I  read eachof these for 12 minutes each
🎁 Archie 1000 Page Comics Bonanza
🐸 Black Hole
⚡ Blankets
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Deb on January 06, 2017, 08:36:17 AM
Mickey's Craziest Adventures, a 44-page album sized comic https://www.idwpublishing.com/product/mickeys-craziest-adventures/
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on January 06, 2017, 01:39:10 PM
Mickey's Craziest Adventures, a 44-page album sized comic https://www.idwpublishing.com/product/mickeys-craziest-adventures/ (https://www.idwpublishing.com/product/mickeys-craziest-adventures/)


That one looks like fun! I'll put in on my to-read list.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: SAGG on January 07, 2017, 10:10:16 AM

Outside of Archie, I've caught up a bit on Superman, which is quite interesting. He's the Superman of the previous incarnation, not the current one who just died recently. He's also older, married to Lois, and has a kid, who's developing superpowers.


And then, there's Harley Quinn. Man, I kind of like her character, and what they're doing with her. I sort of like her in her anti-hero role, and not as a mere sexy psycho sidekick girlfriend to the Joker. There's more to her than meets the eye, and she's quite the looker, too...  :smitten: :D
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on January 07, 2017, 10:39:08 AM
Finished reading Donald Duck: Sheriff of Bullet Valley by Carl Barks.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 07, 2017, 11:50:56 AM
Maybe I'll read some later, I just focused on my library books today.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: SAGG on January 07, 2017, 12:01:43 PM


Finished reading Donald Duck: Sheriff of Bullet Valley by Carl Barks.
"Carl Barks was to Donald Duck what Bob Bolling was to Little Archie." I recall reading that somewhere....  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: 60sBettyandReggie on January 07, 2017, 12:32:07 PM


Finished reading Donald Duck: Sheriff of Bullet Valley by Carl Barks.
"Carl Barks was to Donald Duck what Bob Bolling was to Little Archie." I recall reading that somewhere....  :coolsmiley:


I like that! And just like Dexter Taylor (If you like Dexter's work, I know I do) Don Rosa is pretty damn good too, hehe  :)
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 07, 2017, 02:27:14 PM

Finished reading Donald Duck: Sheriff of Bullet Valley by Carl Barks.
"Carl Barks was to Donald Duck what Bob Bolling was to Little Archie." I recall reading that somewhere....  :coolsmiley:

That doesn't seem quite right to me. Carl Barks was brilliant, no question. But he didn't create Donald Duck or his nephews. He did create a lot of other important characters like Uncle Scrooge, Gyro Gearloose, and Gladstone Gander, to name just three of the most important ones.

I may be mistaken about this, but didn't Bob Bolling create Little Archie? Granted, I guess it would be more analogous to creating Superboy where Superman already existed beforehand, but to put it more accurately I guess, Little Archie would not exist if it were not for Bob Bolling. Or if he did somehow, eventually, come into existence, then he would have turned out to be a significantly different character under a different creator's hands. However, Donald Duck would still exist if Carl Barks had never written or drawn him, because he already existed before Carl Barks ever worked on his stories, and he'd still be essentially the same Donald... just with far less good stories about him.

So it would probably be more accurate to say "Bob Bolling was to Little Archie what Carl Barks was to Uncle Scrooge", since Uncle Scooge can be considered a derivative character of Donald Duck. Scrooge McDuck could not have come into existence if Donald Duck had not existed first, which is the same situation as with Bob Bolling's Little Archie and Bob Montana's Archie.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: SAGG on January 07, 2017, 02:57:59 PM


Finished reading Donald Duck: Sheriff of Bullet Valley by Carl Barks.
"Carl Barks was to Donald Duck what Bob Bolling was to Little Archie." I recall reading that somewhere....  :coolsmiley:

That doesn't seem quite right to me. Carl Barks was brilliant, no question. But he didn't create Donald Duck or his nephews. He did create a lot of other important characters like Uncle Scrooge, Gyro Gearloose, and Gladstone Gander, to name just three of the most important ones.

I may be mistaken about this, but didn't Bob Bolling create Little Archie? Granted, I guess it would be more analogous to creating Superboy where Superman already existed beforehand, but to put it more accurately I guess, Little Archie would not exist if it were not for Bob Bolling. Or if he did somehow, eventually, come into existence, then he would have turned out to be a significantly different character under a different creator's hands. However, Donald Duck would still exist if Carl Barks had never written or drawn him, because he already existed before Carl Barks ever worked on his stories, and he'd still be essentially the same Donald... just with far less good stories about him.

So it would probably be more accurate to say "Bob Bolling was to Little Archie what Carl Barks was to Uncle Scrooge", since Uncle Scooge can be considered a derivative character of Donald Duck. Scrooge McDuck could not have come into existence if Donald Duck had not existed first, which is the same situation as with Bob Bolling's Little Archie and Bob Montana's Archie.


Okay, I was wrong after I did a little checking. I only thought I heard that saying. This may have been the article I got it from when I compared Barks and Bolling on their works. Plucked from Bolling's entry on Wikipedia:


"Bolling's work on Little Archie has earned him comparisons to Carl Barks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Barks) for the wide emotional and stylistic range of his work. Scott Shaw! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Shaw_(artist)) has written that "Bolling's clever, sometimes surprisingly emotional writing, his imaginative storytelling and staging and his dramatic, Will Eisner-ish inking" make Little Archie "add up to a comic book series unlike any other ever published by Archie Comics.""


My bad...  :-[
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 08, 2017, 09:32:07 AM
I'm going read again after my shower. I read a few digital comics
Archie 75 Series-Reggie & Me
Archie & Friends-Sibling Rivalry
Betty & Veronica-Go Green
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 09, 2017, 02:55:46 PM
I read these books for 12 minutes each
Archie Comics Double Digest #273
The Best Of Archie Comics 75 Years 75 Comics
Archie's Giant Comic Party
Betty & Veronica-Girls Rule
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 10, 2017, 08:13:10 AM
I'll read in a little while
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 10, 2017, 04:13:08 PM
"Bolling's work on Little Archie has earned him comparisons to Carl Barks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Barks) for the wide emotional and stylistic range of his work. Scott Shaw! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Shaw_(artist)) has written that "Bolling's clever, sometimes surprisingly emotional writing, his imaginative storytelling and staging and his dramatic, Will Eisner-ish inking" make Little Archie "add up to a comic book series unlike any other ever published by Archie Comics.""

Little Archie isn't like any other series published by ACP, because Bob Bolling wasn't in charge of any other series. Other stories he worked on for ACP appeared in many different titles, not just a few specific ones. And everything Scott Shaw has to say about Bolling's Little Archie pretty much applies to all the other stories Bolling wrote for ACP, too. It's harder to see, because those stories appeared all over the place, as opposed to regularly in a single title. But when Bolling wrote a story about regular teenage Archie and his friends, or Sabrina, pretty much all of those things apply. Bolling's stories are just different from a lot of the other regular writers' handling of those characters. Those stories really should appear in an all-Bob Bolling collection of (regular) Archie stories sometime. It would make that fact more obvious. However, unlike the Best of Archie artists hardcover collections published by IDW, it's not ACP's thing to spotlight the writer or artist as somehow more important an attraction than the company-owned characters. If they did that, the artists and writers might start thinking they were important somehow, and not replaceable like cogs in a machine.

This might sound confusing coming from me, as I've gone on record many times as having no interest in Little Archie (or any other "Little" versions of ACP's main teenage cast), but it isn't because I don't like Bob Bolling's writing. I find him to be much more interesting as writer than as an artist for ACP, to the degree that his later artwork on the standard Archie characters looks very 'off-model' in terms of adhering to the ACP house style (and his earlier artwork actually seems pretty consistent with the house style, although you can still tell it's him... even if I sometimes I confuse his earlier artwork with Dick Malmgren's though, because they looked awfully similar). As a writer, he definitely displays a unique viewpoint and interesting take on the characters (particularly his use of fantasy or supernatural elements in the story), compared to most of ACP's writers, which I appreciate. I simply have no interest in whatever Archie and his friends were doing at age six (or whatever), in terms of a basic premise for a story.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 10, 2017, 07:12:23 PM
At midnight the digital copy of Reggie & Me #2 comes out. I can't wait.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 11, 2017, 04:37:19 AM
I just finished my digital copy of Reggie & Me #2. It was really good. It explored Reggie & Archie's relationship & the reason why Reggie can't be trusted. Betty hates him. I loved how made look when she is in High School. Moose actually wants a Friendship with Reggie which is odd but maybe he not as dumb as he looks.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 11, 2017, 06:59:37 PM
I just read my digital copy of Jughead #12 . I liked it a lot. It was very colorful. Reggie & Jughead are so cute. I liked the story.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: Thestereotypebuster on January 11, 2017, 09:34:38 PM
I just read my digital copy of Jughead #12 . I liked it a lot. It was very colorful. Reggie & Jughead are so cute. I liked the story.
I loved this issue! I love the art and and the writing is so good I can practically hear the characters voices  :smitten:
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 11, 2017, 10:29:38 PM
Me too, but you should all go see what Mike Pellrito, he draw s picture of Jughead. And it's beautiful. That guy can draw.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 12, 2017, 07:09:17 AM
I'll probably read in a little while.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 12, 2017, 09:13:17 AM
I've been reading a bunch of stuff, but not posting that much, so consequently this list goes back a few days, maybe almost a week, is probably somewhat out of the order in which I read things, and may be missing a few things as well.

Holly G's SCHOOL BITES (digital) - It's a webcomic, so I'm going to call what I read "issues #1-7 (of 8 )" (some of these have a print version, but not all of them are printed as individual stories/comics). I might review this later on my review thread.

LOVEBUNNY & MR. HELL TP (Devil's Due Publishing, 2004) - This was a small (thin) manga-size TP in black & white, but it's not manga or even Amerimanga, just regular comics. It's a superhero parody. Not sure where the contents (short stories) were reprinted from... possibly a webcomic? It wasn't bad, so I'll probably try to figure out whether other comics with these same characters exist somewhere.

SAVAGE DRAGON #219

JUGHEAD #12
- Better than I thought it would be. I may review this later also.

REGGIE & ME #2 (of 5) - I just guess it goes to prove that even a talented writer like Tom DeFalco is capable of producing a dud, if he sets out to avoid writing an ACP story that has too much comedy in it. Pretty boring, sad to say, and this is coming from someone who enjoyed most of his non-comedy writing over at Marvel. Can't win them all, I guess.

MOONSHINE #4
SOUTHERN BASTARDS #16
DETECTIVE COMICS #948
WONDER WOMAN #14
TITANS #7
JLA VIXEN REBIRTH #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE / POWER RANGERS #1 (of 6)
SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 (2016)
SUPERMAN #14
GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #4
SPIDER-MAN #12
LOBSTER JOHNSON (#27): GARDEN OF BONES
TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #4 (of 5)
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #6

MICKEY MOUSE: A MYSTERIOUS MELODY (or, How Mickey Met Minnie)
HC GN - A large size, thin hardcover story of 60 pages, drawn in an interesting retro-Euro style, the story is set circa 1930, and has Mickey in the role of a scriptwriter chronicling the silver screen adventures of a dog named Rover (who will later be re-named Pluto, and this story explains why). The graphic novel co-stars Goofy with many other early Disney characters in smaller parts, and leads up to (as the title says) how Mickey and Minnie first met. While this was in many ways a loose and non-canonical re-interpretation of the classic Disney characters in a psuedo-classic style (Mickey has his classic red shorts, white face, and big black ovals for eyes), it was highly enjoyable nonetheless.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on January 12, 2017, 08:05:22 PM

Holly G's SCHOOL BITES (digital) - It's a webcomic, so I'm going to call what I read "issues #1-7 (of 8 )" (some of these have a print version, but not all of them are printed as individual stories/comics). I might review this later on my review thread.



I'd like to see a review of this! And how it compares to Eerie Cuties.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 13, 2017, 05:34:02 AM
I just read my digital copy of Reggie & Me #2.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 13, 2017, 08:43:17 AM
SCOOTER GIRL #1, 3 & 6 (Because those were the only issues I could find.) This was originally published by Oni Press in the early 2000s (in black & white). It's supposed to be coming out as a TP from Image next month (and, IIRC, in color - at least I hope so). I kinda feel bad that I read the ending (#6) before reading the entire series. I don't know if I was quite satisfied with the way it ended, but I'm not sure if it was the actual ending itself, or the fact that I'd missed issues #2, 4, and 5 that made me feel that way. I'll give this a proper review once I get the chance to read the whole thing in trade (already ordered a copy).
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 13, 2017, 12:50:14 PM
I'll probably read in a little while.
I read
Archie #14-Eisma
Archie #15-Eisma
Reggie & Me #1-Blank issue
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 14, 2017, 12:00:35 PM
I'm going catch up on reading all the comics that Gisele did. So I'll be back in a while.
I read
Archie Meets Ramones-Dan Parent's Cover
Archie Vs Predtor #3-Gisele's cover
Archie #635 -Gisele's Occupy RiverDale cover
Archie #636-Gisele's Cover with Archie & Veronica fighting
Archie #637-Gisele's Christmas Cover
Archie #646-Gisele's Cover with Archie's face in The Moon.
I still have few more to read which I'll do tomorrow


Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 14, 2017, 08:51:17 PM
I'll probably read some digital comics in bed later. I read each of these for 12 minutes
Betty's Garden Variety
Jughead's Time Police
Jughead Baby Tales
Archie At The Chocklit Shoppe
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: DeCarlo Rules on January 15, 2017, 02:35:55 PM
Holly G's SCHOOL BITES: NIGHT CLASSES Part 1 - "Just Desserts" (digital) - Completed (after more than a year) back in 2014, this 22 page story is the final SB story has done to date (and also the only story she did that was printed as a floppy comic book). Doesn't look as though there will be any continuation at this point, I'm guessing. So many unresolved plot threads left hanging. It feels like the readers had barely gotten to know the large cast of characters, and it makes me wonder where (if she'd even planned it out that much in advance) Holly G thought she was heading with the story. She drew around 380 pages of this webcomic before abandoning it, and there's nothing like a real ending. Ah, well.

I'd like to see her reboot it as a regular print comic, and go for shorter, done-in-one-issue stories (although she could keep the connecting subplot threads), concentrating more on comedy situations. I think she was possibly overly ambitious with this series, and shouldn't have introduced so many new characters, and planted so many plot threads that never came to any sort of fruition - or maybe that's just the nature of an ongoing webcomic that posts new pages once or twice a week. I guess the fact that this last story, a 22-pager, took her so long to complete (where her earlier, and longer, stories had posted new pages far more frequently) was a big hint that she was running out of steam. SCHOOL BITES had been around as early as 2004 in a print digest format (I'm pretty sure it was initially a Kickstarter project) before having the first two printed stories (about 125 pages) serialized as a webcomic (3 times weekly) beginning in 2009, and after which she continued with new stories online (and later funded print versions of the webcomic pages again through Kickstarter). You could tell at one point she couldn't devote the time to it, because she began to frequently post sketches, pin-ups or 1-page gag strips (and even some of those were done by guest artists) instead of new pages of the current storyline, and even began an ongoing once-a-week 'backup feature' on Fridays called "Life With Prince Pangur Ban the Fluffy" (supposedly based on the real-life antics of her cat). Maybe she should have just slowed down and dropped the frequency of posting back, and not wasted her precious energy trying to draw pin-ups or gags, solely to maintain the relentless grind of a 3-times-weekly schedule. Apparently Prince Pangur Ban had his fans though, because that also went on to become a successful Kickstarter campaign that resulted in a collected print edition. It was cute, but I'd rather have seen more pages of SCHOOL BITES to move the story forward with all those plot threads.

Now see, I already spent a couple of hundred words talking about SCHOOL BITES without even giving one hint about the characters, storyline, or... anything, really. But it's weird because the comic has a lot of things I like, and a lot of things I don't like about it -- or rather, let's put it this way... there were some aspects of it that definitely need work and possibly a little re-thinking. I can't help but feel that some of those latter problems had a lot to do with the fact that it was being created as a webcomic though, as opposed to the normal sort of schedule that a writer/artist needs to maintain to create a regularly-published comic book.

And you might be asking what does Holly G do all day that she can't find the time to draw 3 finished pages of a webcomic in a week, since she isn't committed to drawing any other comics? Well, the answer there is that her "day job" is helping her husband, Jim Balent, run his little self-publishing comic book company, Broadsword Comics. Balent publishes his own title, TAROT: Witch of the Black Rose (not really my cup of tea, but just to put Holly's world in context here), and Holly is not only his wife, she's his VP of operations, which means she deals with the business and production end of running a one-comic-book publishing operation, while Jim spends the majority of his time doing the writing and drawing of TAROT (which is how the couple really pay their rent). Plus, of course, Holly has her own fanbase and takes on commission work for her own fans, and always seems to be putting together another Kickstarter project, some sort of ancilliary merchandising (prints, limited edition variant covers, buttons, magnets, stickers, etc.), either for TAROT or for SCHOOL BITES, and of course, they both maintain a heavy convention appearance schedule, because it's all about promotion, keeping in touch with their fans, and selling that ancilliary merchandise and getting new private commissions work. Ya gotta hustle to be a self-employed entrepreneur. Holly also maintains a bunch of other interests like cosplay, glamor photography, and burlesque. What I'm leading up to here though is that I think she put a lot of energy into promoting SCHOOL BITES at first, hoping that it would get a little more well-known, and thus generate a lot more income for the couple, but for whatever reason, when that didn't happen and it didn't really "take off", as it were, for her (she was doing it for ten years, believe it or not), she got a little burnt out on it, as I think the energy she was putting into it was taking more out of her than it was really worth. I think at one point she had hoped it might be optioned for animation or something. I can see why there weren't any takers, because it's not (in its current form) an all-ages property. It could be re-worked that way, or at least as a PG-rated thing, but maybe she isn't interested in doing it that way as a webcomic or a print comic. There's a few mild adult situations and some minor nudity, but that's about it. In its current form it would have to have a fairly narrow audience range, because it's reflective of Holly's tastes and not really "mainstream".

Anyway, I think what it is, is that for Holly to really focus her energy on SCHOOL BITES and address some of the weaknesses I mentioned, she'd need to be free to spend the majority of her time "in the zone" of creating that comic, which is what her husband needs to do to get TAROT (which is supporting the both of them) done on a timely basis and make it a consistent product. And he can only focus on that because he has her there to support him and do a lot of the grunt work of running a one-comic-book publishing operation. And it's equally true that she'd need someone to do all the same stuff for her that needs getting done, for her to really put the same level of energy into SCHOOL BITES and make that something that generates a living wage for her, but I don't think she can do it. It's kind of like a Catch-22 thing, where they'd need to be successful enough each on their own comics that they could afford to hire someone else to free up both of their time, knowing that all the important stuff was still getting done while the two of them were spending most of their time just writing and drawing comic books.
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 15, 2017, 02:57:45 PM

I read
Saga #41
Deadly Class #25
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 15, 2017, 04:41:06 PM
I read
Archie #15-Zullo's
Jughead #12-Charm's
Reggie & Me #2-Jarelll's & Zdarsky's
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: BettyReggie on January 16, 2017, 10:48:12 AM
I finished Betty & Veronica Comics Annual #240
And read these for 12 minutes each
Blankets
World Of Archie Winter Annual #56
B & V Friends Comics Double Digest #243
Title: Re: What comics have you been reading?
Post by: irishmoxie on January 16, 2017, 02:32:51 PM