This Week’s Must Read Comics

Happy Friday, everybody!

The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #1

So cool, so weird. A bit beyond description, but perfect if you’re looking to read something refreshingly different.

Alpha Flight #8

I’m going to miss this series! I had never read any Alpha Flight before, but this limited series/then ongoing series/finally limited series has made me a fan of Canada’s finest super hero team. This final issue is a great ending to what was an entertaining 8 issue run.

American Vampire #23

I have to admit, American Vampire had kind of lost me with the last couple story arcs. I found them a bit… lacking, especially compared to how great the series was right out of the gate. Luckily, this current “Death Race” story is a return to form. Love the ’50s aesthetic, love vampire hunter car chases, all wonderful stuff.

The Walking Dead #93

Oh boy, I love it when Robert Kirkman starts shakin’ things up in the Walking Dead world. Big stuff’s happening, guys! (Trying to keep these things spoiler free, so that’s all I’m going to say.)

It was a bit of a light week for me single issue-wise, but some must read collections came out this week: Mark Waid’s Daredevil volume 1 in hardcover and the brilliant Sweet Tooth volume 4 in trade paperback. Get into it.


Posted in stuff we love

New Tattoo

A tribute to my favorite cartoonist, Jason.

I had wanted a Jason tattoo for years but could never decide on the specific art. I was perusing his blog (catswithoutdogs), saw this piece, and fell in love with it. I believe it was part of a commission for a Norwegian magazine.

The girl (I think I shall name her Ingrid) encapsulates a lot of what I love about Jason. The art is dynamic, classic, clever, and heck, she’s just adorable.

Many thanks to Chris at Alchemy Tattoo in Silver Lake!


Posted in stuff we love

This Week’s Must Read Comics

It was a great week for new books! Here are some of my personal favorites…

Prophet #21

Great sci-fi story, cannot wait to see where it goes. Don’t let the #21 keep you from checking it out; for all intents and purposes, it’s a #1.

Batman #5

Insane. A game-changing Batman story. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been killin’ it on this title.

Daredevil #8

I love fun and sexy Daredevil! This issue picks up where Amazing Spider-Man #677 (drawn beautifully by Emma Rios) left off.

Ultimate Spider-Man #6

This series has been fantastic. I could not be more pleased with Miles Morales as the new Spidey.

Runners-up: Amazing Spider-Man, Moon Knight (with my favorite issue of the series so far), Catwoman, Chew.

Pretty big week for Marvel!


Posted in stuff we love

7 Billion Needles

I am fairly new to the world manga. Besides the seriously incredible 20th Century Boys I haven’t read all that much; it’s a genre that I’m still learning about little by little.

So far, my method for picking a new series to read has been to literally judge a book by its cover and grab whatever looks cool off the shelf. Luckily, this lead me straight to 7 Billion Needles.

From the publisher:

Hikaru Takabe may not be the most social of teens. Always sporting her headphones, she gives off an aloof aura that rubs her classmates the wrong way. But her not being part of the crowd takes on a different dimension when she becomes involved in an intergalactic game of cat and mouse.

Inspired by Needle, the Golden Age hard sci-fi classic by the late Hal Clement, Nobuaki Tadano’s debut work brings a unique take on alien invasion up to date and into the maelstrom that is the Japanese high school girl.

7 Billion Needles is emotionally intelligent science fiction in a compact four volumes.

The art is both beautiful and, at times, grotesque (reminds me a lot of what Travel Foreman has been doing on DC’s Animal Man.) The story is fun, emotionally gripping, and totally bonkers. The series is definitely a good first step into manga if you’re a newbie like me, but I’m sure it would satisfy the most hardcore manga fan as well.


Posted in how I learned to stop worrying and love manga, stuff we love

Jason + Hellboy…

… two great tastes that taste great together!

“Hellboy… painted on a cigarette case.”

From Jason’s wonderful blog cats without dogs. I discovered the blog thanks to Fantagraphics’s “Jason Conquers America” one shot from last month. It’s got interviews with Jason, his colorist Hubert, some great Jason fan art, and more. Good stuff.


Posted in stuff we love
The Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Mon - Sat 11-9 / Sun 12-7
tel 323.666.2228

Dungeon Dungeon
435 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(Inside The Last Bookstore)

Mon - Thu 10-10 / Fri-Sat 10-11 / Sun 10-6
tel 323.666.2228