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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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Golden Age of DC Comics: 365 Days
Golden Age of DC Comics: 365 Days

bradshaw.pm, July 2, 2007

Set up as 365-day calendar, this small coffee table book is anything but. What it is is a wonderful collection of comic book covers and pages from the 1930s through the 1950s. Artfully photographed and cropped by Geoff Spear, each of the 365 pages are a visual treat from the DC Comics universe.

Graphic designer Chip Kidd has set up the book not as a stuffy museum piece of days past, but as an explosion of Americana. Vibrant and alive, the pages burst with excitement and fun. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and others are alive again as our parents or grandparents first saw them. It is quickly obvious why these characters inspired generation after generation, and are still alive and well today in the American consciousness.

Les Daniels does a superb job, as always, of summing up a character?s history and importance, but has fun at the same time. Wit and sly commentary on Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Robin the Boy Wonder line these pages. If there is a ?comics historian? out there, Daniels is it. And never is it more obvious than in this book, where he comments not only the big characters such as Superman and Batman, but on the smaller characters, the ones long-forgotten, and the myriad of villains.

And for one more bit of fun, the back cover of the book is a display of the ubiquitous advertisements of the day. Everything from X-ray glasses to whoopee cushions, all for just pennies!

Recent movies of Superman, Batman, and the like show that these characters of a by-gone era (and books like this) are still a constant gift and joy in America today. The Golden Age of DC Comics ? 365 Days is a delight.
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The Walking Dead #02: A Continuing Story of Survival Horror by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
The Walking Dead #02: A Continuing Story of Survival Horror

bradshaw.pm, March 30, 2007

More of the Modern Zombie Classic!

Collecting trade paperback Volumes 3 & 4 (comic books 13-24) this is a great story of life amongst the zombies.

How can Robert Kirkman possibly top what came before? I don’t know. But he does it again, here. What’s worse – the zombie threat, or the threat the survivors pose to each other?
You’ll have to read the million shades of gray in this edition of the zombie classic to find out!

Kirkman is writing a Modern Zombie Classic, that really about the true nature of humanity. And human frailties are very present in this installment.

If there’s a god in Hollywood, he should be making Walking Dead movies, right now.
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The Walking Dead Book 2 by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Book 2

bradshaw.pm, March 30, 2007

More of the Modern Zombie Classic!

Collecting trade paperback Volumes 3 & 4 (comic books 13-24) this is a great story of life amongst the zombies.

How can Robert Kirkman possibly top what came before? I don’t know. But he does it again, here. What’s worse – the zombie threat, or the threat the survivors pose to each other?
You’ll have to read the million shades of gray in this edition of the zombie classic to find out!

Kirkman is writing a Modern Zombie Classic, that really about the true nature of humanity. And human frailties are very present in this installment.

If there’s a god in Hollywood, he should be making Walking Dead movies, right now.
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Walking Dead #01 by Robert Kirkman
Walking Dead #01

bradshaw.pm, March 30, 2007

THE Zombie Classic!

Robert Kirkman has done no less than write Greatest Zombie Story EVER.

Think of the best parts of the George A. Romero films. Consider what are your favorite scenes in Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake. Ponder the best chapters and narrators in Max Brooks' World War Z. The Walking Dead has all of that, put together, plus a whole lot more. More in-depth, fully fleshed out characters, simple yet stunning plots, heartbreaking humanity, and buckets of zombie gore!

This book, with RED lettering and figure on cover, collects the first 12 issues of the comic book (Volumes 1 & 2 of the trade paperback collections). The story is great, the artwork is fantastic.
Today, as in the zombie-infested future, this will be seen as a benchmark of the genre.

Have I mentioned that this may be the Greatest Zombie Story EVER ?

The Walking Dead: There Is No Substitute.
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The Walking Dead Volume 1 Signed Edition by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Volume 1 Signed Edition

bradshaw.pm, March 30, 2007

A Modern Zombie Classic!

Robert Kirkman has done no less than write Greatest Zombie Story EVER.

Think of the best parts of the George A. Romero films. Consider what are your favorite scenes in Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake. Ponder the best chapters and narrators in Max Brooks' World War Z. The Walking Dead has all of that, put together, plus a whole lot more. More in-depth, fully fleshed out characters, simple yet stunning plots, heartbreaking humanity, and buckets of zombie gore!

Today, as in the zombie-infested future, this will be seen as a benchmark of the genre.

The Walking Dead: There Is No Substitute.
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