Thursday, December 15, 2005


A number of factors have come together to create a perfect storm of new book acquisitions here at Mortlake. Since I plan to begin celebrating my birthday as soon as I finish typing this post, here's a lightly annotated list:

(1) Stanley Cavell, The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film, (Viking Press, 1971).
(2) Russell Hoban, A Bargain For Frances, (Scholastic Books Services, 1971).
(3) Igort, 5 is the Perfect Number, Drawn and Quarterly, 2003.

Two by Jonathan Lethem:
(4) Men and Cartoons: Stories, (Doubleday, 2004)
(5) The Dissappointment Artist: Essays, (Doubleday, 2005)
I highly recommend "The Vision" (from M&C) and "Identifying With Your Parents" (from DA).

(6) Ted Naifeh and Tristan Crane, How Loathsome, (nbm Comics Lit, 2004).
(7) David Sim, Swords of Cerebus, volumes 1-6, (Aardvark Vanaheim, Inc, 1981-2).
(8) William Steig, Dominic, (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1972).

Comics Trade Paperbacks:
(1) Day Of Vengeance, DC Comics, 2005.
(2) Claremont/Davis, Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn, Marvel, 1988.
(3) Showcase Presents: Superman, DC Comics, 2005.
(4) Will Eisner, The Best of The Spirit, DC Comics, 2005.
(5) Mike Allred, The Superman Madman Hullabaloo! Dark Horse/DC Comics, 1997.
(6) Essential Spider-Woman, volume 1, Marvel Comics, 2005.

New Excalibur #1-2
New X-Men #21
Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve #10
Sea of Red #7
Spider-Girl #93
Uncanny X-Men #466-7
X-Factor #1

From the 25c bin:
Excalibur, #12, #13, and #15
Wonder Woman: Legends of the DC Universe #4

Finally, a piece of very good comics-related news (that I discovered yesterday when Marvel Comics released their March solicitations). A hardcover, oversized Alias Omnibus of 700+ pages will be published. In my opinion Alias is Bendis' best work, and Jessica Jones is a wonderful character. This title was rumored to be in the offing for some time, and seeing it solicited was a nice birthday present from Marvel.

Hey, Happy Birthday!
Thanks, Ragnell!
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