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29. Apr 2004 at 17:14
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It came to my attention the other day that one of my favorite comic book writers is a big Blaylock fan.  I started to wonder, how many Blaylock fans read comic books?  I certainly do, but as one might suspect they lean towards the more "indie" comics, or the less mainstream fantasy/horror genre.  Of course there are a few of the popular series that I find fun to read but they don't occupy the majority of my collection.

It also got me thinking, is Blaylock a lifestyle?  Do all Blaylock fans have strange eccentricities and favor the smaller publishing houses and independent films and lesser-known musical artists?  Do they all love to walk in the rain without an umbrella, watch the late-night creature feature on television, experiment with strange foods, and long to travel cross-country?  Sometimes I think "Blaylock" is a breed ...

What comic books do YOU read?
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Reply #1 - 29. Apr 2004 at 19:42
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[quote author=Heather  link=1083255243/0#0 date=1083269642]It came to my attention the other day that one of my favorite comic book writers is a big Blaylock fan.  I started to wonder, how many Blaylock fans read comic books?  I certainly do, but as one might suspect they lean towards the more "indie" comics, or the less mainstream fantasy/horror genre.  Of course there are a few of the popular series that I find fun to read but they don't occupy the majority of my collection...What comic books do YOU read? [/quote]
When I was still reading comics, I adored Valiant’s "Harbinger" and "Solar, Man of the Atom."  I think Valiant is now defunct, but am not really sure.  I also liked Archie and the X-Men when I was younger, but I don't suppose you can get more main-streamish than that.  There were many others of course, but at the moment I can't seem to remember any more titles...

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It also got me thinking, is Blaylock a lifestyle?

I'm not sure I would say Blaylock is a lifestyle, but the quirkiness he tends to subscribe to, the eccentric behavior he can at times inspire, and the wonderment he lends as he pens word to page certainly may be.

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Do all Blaylock fans have strange eccentricities and favor the smaller publishing houses and independent films and lesser-known musical artists?

Favorite films:  Run Lola Run, The Fisher King, The House of Long Shadows, The Omega Man, Rear Window, etc.

Favorite Music:  Screeching Weasel, Edie Brickell, Billy Joel, 1000 Homo DJ's, Concrete Blond, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Peter Gabriel, Queen, REM, Sponge, The Kinks, The Pixies, etc.

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Do they all love to walk in the rain without an umbrella...

I used to live in the Pacific Northwest where it seemed to rain all of the time, and I never could get enough of it.  But, as fun as walking in the rain can be, one of my favorite things to do is to grab my umbrella just as the rain begins, find a nice spot and just sit there as the drops fall all around and leave me sitting in my own little dry world.  I usually wind up getting wet anyway, but that's beside the point.  I could do this for hours at a time if the rain lasts and nothing more pressing gets in the way.  

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...watch the late-night creature feature on television...

When I was a kid, there was this guy that called himself "The Son of Svengoolie."  He was on every saturday night on channel 32, wfld, out of Chicago.  If you've seen him even once you will remember him.  He was the king of the late night creature features. Smiley

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...experiment with strange foods...

Panzarotti.  Need I say more?  Wink

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...and long to travel cross-country?

I long to travel coast highway 101 starting in Southern California, following it north at a leisurely pace until it ends somewhere in the vicinity of the San Juan Islands (I think).  The only piece I've seen of it thus far is the part between Florence and Heceda Head, Oregon.  Absolutely awe inspiring. 

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Reply #2 - 30. Apr 2004 at 14:04
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What writer is a Blaylock fan? Just curious, because that fact alone makes me want to see some of his/her work.

I won't go through the list of comics I used to read, as I think you've already seen most of what I have back when you still lived in Michigan.

Jeff
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Reply #3 - 30. Apr 2004 at 14:53
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The comic book writer who likes Blaylock is Ed Brubaker.
http://www.edbrubaker.com/ His current work is pretty mainstream, Catwoman; Gotham Central; and a series called Sleeper that's not as popular but still doing well.  I don't read any of these three series (though Gotham Central is on my list for this summer) and am more of a fan of his earlier work (check out the 'past work' section of his website). Blaylock (and Tim Powers) is mention in the 'Links' section. Well, they themselves aren't specifically mentioned, just their websites with a mention of "my favorite writers". Brubaker is an excellent storyteller and his style is very gritty and noir.  Even with the more popular series he keeps true to form.

Lived in Michigan ... who, me?  Never.  You must be thinking of someone else entirely.  Tongue Smiley
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Reply #4 - 30. Apr 2004 at 23:30
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I prefer manga or graphic novels to comic books, but I do have a few comics! There was a Star Wars series a while back, (not that long ago, more like...3 years, I think) called Star Wars Infinities: what if the Death Star hadn't blown up?
It's really cool, but I've only got 2 out of 4. That's my problem with comic books - they come out so fast, and so many at a time, I can't keep up! Sad I don't have the time or car to go to the store often enough to get an entire series.
As for less mainstream comics...well, I'm not really familiar with the selection, so I don't have a favorite. Any suggestions? (preferably in collections, I find they're easier to get than single comic books)

I've posted in the Eccentricities thread, but I didn't mention what you've brought up. One of my favorite movies is a made for TV version of Kidnapped, came out in 95 or 96, and hardly anyone's heard of it. Firebird is my favorite publishing house; they (or she, rather) offer a lot of lesser known books in paperback. I emailed Ms. November, the founder of Firebird (I think Smiley), suggesting Blaylock's 'Elfin Ship'. Who knows, maybe we'll see some older Blaylock books republished in the near future! Wink
I enjoy a wide range of music, from Irish Songs of Rebellion to the Finnish folk group Varttina, even though I don't understand a single word of it. I also like Tarkan (Turkish pop), Fold Zandura (punk rock), Five Iron Frenzy (Ska), David Arkenstone (new age), Weird Al Yankovic, Baroque, and authentic sailor songs.
So that in itself should pretty much tell you what kind of person I am. Cheesy
Definitely Blaylockian.
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Reply #5 - 01. May 2004 at 03:25
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I was wondering if anyone would bring up manga; any particular favourite titles? I rather like Read or Die, Inuyasha and Ghost in the Shell.
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Reply #6 - 10. May 2004 at 02:32
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Rurouni Kenshin and Sayuki right now. Smiley When I've got all of those (it'll be awhile), I may start on Clover or Rayearth. I also plan on borrowing Utena from a friend.
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Reply #7 - 20. Aug 2004 at 09:43
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I don't read comic books, nor have I read any in the past.  However...I recently saw a movie adaptation of a comic book series called "Hellboy".  I really liked it, although I can't say it was true to the comic (because I've never read it), I can say that they made a really good movie.  It had a very dark plot right out of an H.P. Lovecraft story, but imagine a Lovecraft story with Archie Bunker as the main character.  This is Hellboy in a nutshell.

I hope I haven't gone too far from the intended subject matter of this forum.

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Reply #8 - 01. Dec 2004 at 18:30
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My first time on the board.

Anyhow, Neil Gaiman is/was a comic book writer that is also a Blaylock fan.

If you haven't you can check out his Sandman comic series. They've all been republished these days in "graphic novel" format.
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Reply #9 - 01. Dec 2004 at 19:16
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[quote author=Trawlerman  link=1083255243/0#8 date=1101936614]If you haven't you can check out his Sandman comic series. They've all been republished these days in "graphic novel" format. [/quote]

He also co-wrote a very amusing book called Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, and his children's story Coraline was good too.


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Reply #10 - 24. Oct 2005 at 19:25
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This is a pretty old thread (as I brush aside cobwebs), but, what the heck. What's a Forum for anyway? Might as well then:

1. Love & Rockets (Fantagraphics)
2. Flaming Carrot comics (Dark Horse & others)
3. Space Family Robinson (Dell, Gold Key)
4. Zot! (Eclipse?)
5. Mai (Manga)
6. Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman
7. Turok, Son of Stone (Dell, Gold Key)
8. Concrete (Dark Horse)
9. Flash, Batman (old DC)
10. Watchmen

So yeah, not too much "mainstream" in there, but I can enjoy some of the more common ones too, when there's nothing else around. Comics are getting harder & harder to find all the time. Used to be racks in the corner convenience stores, then one had to go to a special comic book store - but now even many of those are vanishing. Online seems to be the only really handy place to purchase them now. Also, to a somewhat lesser extent, same with used books. Leastwise, in my neck of the woods.
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Reply #11 - 24. Oct 2005 at 23:00
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One of the many things I like about this forum is that you'll never be hit with a shovel for ressurecting old posts!

I used to really like the Love and Rockets series. Most of what I was into at the time were Vertigo and Darkhorse titles, but L&R just seemed to have something unique.
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Reply #12 - 30. Oct 2005 at 06:37
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Hi Jeff. Glad to hear that there are no mad shovelers standing gaurd over the old message threads here.

On the Vertigo, I myself was always drawn to the enigmatic cover art. Titles such as Shade, Kid Eternity, Sandman, Black Orchid, etc, seemed to hold forth a promise of profound marvels & mysteries within. For me, the degree of achievement varied considerably (Gaiman's was sometimes outstanding), but I felt many of the actual stories never quite pulled off the longed-for experience of a Major Vertiginous Enchantment such as that experienced with...well, Mr. Blaylock's works, for example. But I still keep a box of assorted Vertigo comics around, in the event that, on some late night, I might get in a sort of "dark urban fantasy" mood wherin it all comes together to work it's magic correctly. Perhaps if I eat some licorice while reading them....
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Reply #13 - 30. Oct 2005 at 12:28
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[quote author=Jeff M.  link=1083255243/0#11 date=1130205604]One of the many things I like about this forum is that you'll never be hit with a shovel for ressurecting old posts! [/quote]
We have a policy of not employing shovels for disciplinary purposes. Occasional prodding with garden rakes is considered sufficient, in extreme cases. The truly incorrigible will be treated to the ultimate measure: being buried alive in the leaf pile, which is full of slugs.
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Reply #14 - 30. Oct 2005 at 19:57
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That ultimate disciplinary measure wasn't sounding too bad....at least until the introduction of the slugs. Yagg!Hmm... interesting gardening theme going on here. Community of oddball farmers, is it? Well, at least they're friendly. I think. (scans nearby cornfield carefully for any signs of evil glowing eyes among the stalks).
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