Hello. Hello? (taps mic three times) Is this thing on?
Much like Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne and half of the other bands in existence, my retirement/ farewell tour has turned out to be anything but. If a writer must write then a blogger must blog. Having said that, I cannot return this blog to the activity level that it was at with my family and life commitments and still maintain my sanity. This blog has always been a one man show without the benefit of contributing reviewers. Every single word has been mine. I thought about farming out reviews but have decided against it for a number of reasons, the biggest one being that I have a hard time sharing my sandbox for fear that some other cat might shit in it.
I am going to revert to my earlier posting style with pellet reviews, only this time with the addition of a simplified OCD zone. Counting stitches on signatures and reporting the full list of extras are out. In will be my attempt at brevity and more concise, off the cuff critiques. I will still do the occasional in depth review if I feel like it. I will post whenever I can but cannot commit myself to my self-imposed schedule of yore. I will try to post at least a few times a month.
The main reason that I have decided to get back into the game is that corporate sponsored comic sites suck. Their “reviews” are puff pieces or, worse still, lazy synopses written no better than a high school book report. These folks read nothing but modern big two comics and their complete lack of taste reflects this.
So, I'm back...sort of. Evil corporate reviews never die, so I guess neither will Junk Food For Thought.
LEONARD STARR'S MARY PERKINS ON STAGE VOL. 2 (Classic Comics Press, 2007; Softcover)
Collects the Mary Perkins On Stage strips originally published on January 12, 1958- April 19, 1959
Writer and Artist: Leonard Starr
This is where more and more of my comic buying dollar is going to these days: the classic comic strip. Characterization is king, with story being the center of attention. Starr makes every single character believable and makes you care what happens to them whether you like them or not. Starr's beautiful artwork is heavy on the photo realism while not relying on Photoshop. In other words, pure craftmanship. If gimmicks and crossovers bore you then come and join me over here. You may like what you find.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.
The OCD zone-
Linework/ restoration: Excellent, with many strips taken from proof sheets.
Paper stock: Uncoated stock.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Slightly glossy coating.
MAGIC WIND VOL. 4: THE BEAST (Epicenter, 2014; Softcover)
Collects Magic Wind #4 (cover date October, 1997)
Writer: Gianfranco Manfredi
Artist: Pasquale Frisenda
Colorist: Laura Piazza
Italian comics are a new thing for us Americans, as the English language translations have just started creeping over here during the past couple of years. They are a more violent, more mature outing than our spandex-clad superhero comics. Epicenter has been licensing the newly colored versions from the European market for the English speaking world with fresh translations...albeit with several typos along the way. Good stuff regardless.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.
The OCD zone-
Paper stock: Glossy coated stock.
Binding: Sewn binding.
Cardstock cover notes: Matte coating which had a scuff or two by the time that I was done with it, and I handle my books gingerly.