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June 22, 2005

Slave Labor’s Summer Sale

I notice that Slave Labor is having a summer sale based on this entry at their editor-in-chief's on-line journal. Since Slave Labor is comics' most habitually underappreciated and underreported company (NBM is up there, too) -- I thought I'd see if I could come up with a list of ten books you might consider exploring. If you're not a sight-unseen kind of consumer, SLG has traditionally maintained a large con presence in San Francsico, San Diego and Bethesda, so you might walk up and check out one or two of these books on one of those occasions.

Here they are as they occurred to me, which makes a decent barometer for my relative enthusiasm for each project. I went to the site and got proper titles because I'm already afraid Jennifer De Guzman is going to slam me for some grammar mistake and I don't want to compound the damage.

image1. Nil: A Land Beyond Belief, James Turner -- a very new book and a very dense one. I'm still thinking about it two weeks or so after I read it. It is frequently very funny.
2. Dork Volume 2: Circling the Drain -- Evan Dorkin's strongest collection to date.
3. Street Angel, Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca -- strong, quirky genre work fueled by a restless desire to experiment and improve. (pictured)
4. Slow News Day Collection, Andi Watson -- Watson's style here is really interesting.
5. Seamonsters and Superheroes, Scott Mills -- the disjointed nature of the stories best flatters Mills restless approach to presentation, which may not be for everyone.
6. Samaurai Jam Graphic Novel, Andi Watson -- sometimes I think there should have been a dozen books from this time period that looked like this, but there were only one or two.
7. Dork Volume 1, Evan Dorkin -- solid, funny cartooning.
8. Flee Puny Humans!, Scott Saavedra -- the best of the retro comics 'zines, collected.
9. Dreadstar Collection #1: Metamorphosis Odyssey, Jim Starlin -- primarily valuable as a real creature of its time, when the undergrounds had died and the alternatives had yet to come and it looked like serious ideas would have to explored solely through grand genre pieces.
10. Hectic Planet: The Bummer Trilogy, Evan Dorkin -- another piece I find equally valuable for what seems to be going on between art and artist as I do for the work itself.
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