Saturday, May 16, 2015

Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger

Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ebook Edition, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by NBM Publishing

don't know anything about Dior except that his dresses are gorgeous; I'm especially in love with his little daytime dresses with jackets. This made all the information in this graphic about the beginning of Dior's breakout collection through the eyes of a new model very new to me and I didn't realize the model was a fictional character until the end of the book which does make the story a little confusing. However, the inside look at the fashion industry after WWII and the early 50s is amazingly eye-opening and so very different from today and yet in regards to the false feminine perception of perfection disturbingly the same. I really enjoyed the look inside this world during this era and would say the book is mostly about the industry and Dior's dresses and influence than about the man himself. However, the book's pièce de résistance is the breathtaking artwork. An entirely beautiful book which captures the pure brilliant beauty of the dresses and designs in a unique way. The book will be appreciated by all, but somehow I think I missed out a bit by not knowing the subject matter better beforehand. Knowledgable Christian Dior enthusiasts will come away the most inspired from this gorgeous book worthy of adding to any collection.

At one point the image of a dress was so stunning I had to stop reading and search for the dress until I found it. I want this one from the 1951 Winter Collection!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 3 by Hiromu Arakawa

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 3 by Hiromu Arakawa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Kodansha Comics

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (3)

After the last volume I wasn't sure if I was going to continue with this series and after giving one more volume a try have decided to stop here. It's too militaristic for my tastes and the lack of a what's happened so far summary at the beginning leaves me confused going into each volume. Not feeling any love for this one. It's not bad, just not my thing. I do like the art though.

Batman: Earth One, Vol. 2 by Geoff Johns. Illustrated by Gary Frank

Batman: Earth One, Vol. 2 by Geoff Johns. Illustrated by Gary Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by DC Comics

Batman: Earth One (#2)
Earth One (#6)

Amazing twists! I loved this! This re-imagining of Batman is so much fun! Alfred is a bit of a Cockney thug and he and Bruce are at odds on the methods Batman should be using. One of my favourite villains is introduced, Killer Croc, and in this version he's just a poor misunderstood guy suffering from ichthyosis. I've never been a fan of The Riddler but he's the main villain in this volume and when we finally get a look at him, all I can say is wow! Gary Frank presents us with, not some dude in a green suit but, the most psychopathic looking Riddler ever to grace the page. Harvey and Jessica Dent are working on the side of justice but as the book closes we are given a sneak peek at Two-Face and the brief hint at the new re-imagining of this villain is beyond brilliant. Plus to cap it all off the book ends with a fabulous spread introducing the villain who will be terrorizing Gotham in Volume 3. Hold on to your seats, this is a glorious ride! Loved it!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Smoke Signal No. 20 Fall/Winter 2014 edited by Alex Spiro

Smoke Signal No. 20 Fall/Winter 2014 edited by Alex Spiro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published 2014 by Nobrow / Desert Island Press

This is a free publication put out bi-annually (I believe) by Desert Island comic book store in Brooklyn. (Now I have a second reason for wanting to live in Brooklyn. #1 is the Morbid Anatomy Museum.) This edition was co-published with Nobrow Press and Nobrow was generous enough to send me a copy. It's fantastic and you must search out the publication when you are in the city or visit the website to purchase this or other back issues. Being newspaper size, there are some awesome pages and spreads worthy of framing (if I dared take it apart). The contents are a smorgasbord of surrealism, eccentricities, metaphysics and the down-right odd from Nobrow's stable of comic artists. Some are previews or teasers of books published in 2014 while others are, I'm assuming, original for this publication. I read a fair bit of Nobrow's books so am familiar with some of the artists represented such as Luke Pearson, Andrew Rae, Jamie Coe, Charles Burns, Bianca Bagnarelli and Olivier Balez. I really enjoyed the quirky and surreal comics! A special piece for my collection. Thanks Nobrow!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu

Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by First Second
First Printed French 2010

A short though engrossing page-turner that is a little hard to define. My first thought, and I'm comfortable with it, is to compare the tale to the classic Gothic. A woman stumbles upon a strange situation and finds herself the mistress of a reclusive author. She feels that she has become his muse. But secret after secret is let out of the bag until a couple of twists at the end left me surprised and satisfied. I really enjoyed the book and it has a dstinct Frenchness to it, also with the casual attitude towards sexuality and nudity. That, along with the language would give this a mature rating. The art is also appealing; I enjoy the cartoony style to it. The backgrounds are minimalistic yet there is still a lot of detail within each frame. I enjoyed this and look forward to seeing which of the author's books is translated into English next, this being the first.

Lost Property by Andy Poyiadgi

Lost Property by Andy Poyiadgi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 24 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Nobrow Press

Magnificent! Such a short pure story with a powerful impact that causes an emotional choke in the throat. I adore this book! Presented in the graphic novel format with simple, unpretentious illustrations this is an adult picture book about a man who gave up on his dream to become a sculptor and instead has spent his life as a mailman. Infused with a small dose of magical realism he walks into a Lost Property office to find it filled with all the misplaced, lost, broken and donated items of his past, even including the clerk, a former classmate. This head-on collision with his past brings his life full circle and he draws his former dreams into his current life. Beautiful, touching story that may have you thinking about your own life dreams that you let escape for the more practical aspects of life. Is it too late to realize them yet?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Most Dangerous Game: A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collection Book 2 by Zach Weiner

The Most Dangerous Game: A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collection Book 2 by Zach Weiner
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Paperback, 76 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Breadpig

A collection of comics previously published on the web. Mostly with themes of science, economics and anti-religion in which I had no interest nor found amusing. There are some sex and philosophical themed ones that were ok. I laughed at one. Not my cup of tea.