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I originally had a much larger rant about an unpleasant occurrence that boiled over at the New York Comic Con. Yet while TheCelebrityCafe.com allows me, and often encourages me, to write my opinions about the state of the comics industry, I owe an apology to my editors. This is not the correct forum for a personal grievance.
It's only important to understand that if your love of comics translates into a larger role than just reading books or watching movies. If you have any interaction at all with other human beings, not every one is going to like you. As you're not expected to like every one else. Even the most loving, gentle soul can find frustration and sometimes two people just aren't going to click.
Nobody's wrong! There's nothing wrong with that. There's only wrong in how you conduct yourself after that realization. I can't ever imagine a scenario where anyone is not allowed to simply walk away. Who cares if you don't like somebody, or if they don't like you? Does it change the love your children feel for you? Does it change the trust and respect your peers accord you? Will your dog not wag his or her tail when you come to the door? As soon as you're lost in the story that takes you away, that gives you respite from whatever life happens to be throwing at you. It's all good.
There is absolutely no correlation between personality and talent and whatever you like, whatever brings you joy (as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else), is OK. Just enjoy it. Life's too short for anything else.
Comics for this week start with: Fables #134, $2.99, produced by Bill Willingham, Steve Leialoha, and Mark Buckingham for DC Comics. This is an interlude issue, taking a moment to step away from the story to give us a peek of the Big Bad Wolf’s favorite hunting grounds…
Green Lantern HC volume three: The End, $24.99, is something I both look forward to as well as shake my head at. Written by Geoff Johns and featuring art by Doug Mahnke and others, this volume collects Green Lantern #0 and #13 – 20 and while Johns' Green Lantern is captivating, a good portion of this has already been collected in the Rise of the Third Army HC. There’s no doubt it’s a story that’s a very good addition to any collection, it’s also frustrating to expect fans to pay money for parts they already have…
Joker: Death of the Family HC, $29.99, is another good example. Collecting the horrifying story of the return of the Joker to the New 52 this volume collects Batman #17, Catwoman #13 & 14, Batgirl #14 – 16, Batman and Robin #15 – 17, Nightwing #15 & 16, Detective Comics #16 & 17, Red Hood and the Outlaws #15 & 16, and Teen Titans #15 as well as pages from Batman #13, Batgirl #13, Nightwing #14, Red Hood and the Outlaws #13 & 14, Suicide Squad #14 & 15, and Teen Titans #14 & 16. Many talented creators worked together to make this one and I love that a whole story can be found in one printing. I just wish that it fit outside of continuity so that when it came to, say, Batman, I wouldn’t find myself buying repeat chapters…
Houghton Mifflin Company has assembled the Best American Comics HC 2013, $25.00, showcasing the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Collecting the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this cutting-edge collection, creators include Alison Bechdel, Craig Thompson, Terry Moore, Paul Pope, James Kochalka, and many more…
And there are plenty more that are not listed. For a more complete list, feel free to visit your local comic store or favorite site.