Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice Into the Woods 6/22/2012

(Sung to the tune of David Bowie's "Space Oddity")

LCS to Obes and Don
LCS to Obes and Don
Come pick up your pull and get your comics on
(Ten) LCS (nine) to Obes and Don (eight)
(seven, six) Ohio plane ride (five), miss out son (four)
(three, two) Wheres my Sixth Gun (one), is that a (Blastoff) double dip of Chew?

This is LCS to Obes and Don, there's cool stuff to be read
You're missing out on Saga it's not standard fare
And we have your Wonder Woman, don't you care?

This is Obes and Don to LCS, We're at a coffee shop
On an island in Lake Erie, Put-In-Bay
Wait, what? There's no comic store in sight, no way!
Here we're sitting without Daredevil, Mobile Donist World
Obes and Don are blue and there's nothing we can do.

Hello Donist World readers, as I said last time, this week's post is void of any of the current releases--and my late copy of The Sixth Gun, which still really chaps my hide--but I was able to find some time to talk about a few heavenly goodies with the grace of a wi-fi spot I discovered out in the wild. Contrary to what David Bowie sang in our introductory song, Obie, my friends' Boston terrier and CFO of Donist World, was unable to accompany me to Ohio as he instead had a manned (as opposed to dogged) space flight scheduled in which he was set to travel to a distant alien world to discover the mystery of great comics and something else...oh yes, life or something like that, the mystery of life. Obie's ship is called the Prome...Proboscis, Protagonist,, those aren't it. Oh yeah, Characterization, that's what the ship was called. Anyhow, we hope to have our comics by Monday and here's some brief thoughts of what was too cool for school and rocked the bells. In the meantime, check out and learn about...

Friday Slice of Heaven

I...Vampire TPB
I...Vampire TPB - Written by Mark J. Dematteis (and others) and illustrated by Mark Sutton (and others), published by DC Comics. I remember being a kid and sitting at the Albertson's grocery store spinner rack with my brother while our mother shopped. We would pour over the Micronauts comics (pre-direct only), New Teen Titans, Swamp Thing and tons of others, including glimpses of House of Mystery. Unfortunately, our limited allowance never allowed us enough to pick up HoM and experience the full effect of the "I...Vampire" story and the tragendy of Andrew Bennett and Mary Seward, aka Mary Queen of Blood. At times overly dramatic and oftentimes fill-in artists interrupted the tone of the story, "I...Vampire" still has that '80s horror touch that made it compelling and made the reader sympathetic to Bennett's cause of defeating his former love, Mary Queen of Blood. Despite the lead character's desperate need to get with the times and get out of the outfit that made him look like a total Dracula (which he was, so I guess it's okay), the story was fascinating and well-told through to the tragic end. It's no wonder DC decided to reboot the character and bring him back into the modern world. If you like the old '80s horror comics and great characters, this one is for you. Recommended!

Mr. Murder is Dead HC
Mr. Murder is Dead - Written by Victor Quinaz and illustrated by Brent Schoonover, published by Archaia. I believe I first heard about the beautiful Archaia release of Mr. Murder is Dead on the 11 O'Clock Comics podcast sometime in 2011 and I knew that I had to have it. Gould Kane used to be one of the best detectives on the scene, but now in the twilight years of his retirement his life is without purpose and he could use a little excitement. But when his arch-nemesis Mr. Murder is murdered, he decides to solve the case while going down a bad road himself. A fantastic story and gorgeous art that mimics the old crime/noir comic strips of the past--think Dick Tracy--that also mirrors the styles of illustration, coloring and lettering of the times as the decades pass. The experience of reading this book is one that should only be experienced in print, as digital, which will still look nice, honestly cannot compete with the amount of craft and love of the form that makes this book a must own. This is a top-notch hardcover, whose design equals the story and the art and one that fans of the wonderful Tale of Sand (also from Archaia) should wish to display on their best shelf. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Beer School "Lesson in Hops" - Taught by Zach Rosen at the Mercury Lounge.
Firestone - Wookey Jack - Black Rye India Pale Ale
Santa Barbara Brewing Co. - Rincon Red (four stages)
Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada - Southern Hemisphere Harvest IPA
Scheider Weisse and - Edel-Weisse American Style Hefeweizen
Green Flash Brewing Co. - Le Freak Belgo-American IPA

Yup, this is how I spent the past Saturday night and I have to tell you that it was an education. School was NEVER like this before, although if it was, some teachers would have been in jail by golly. Anyways, each of the beers above was paired with a bread and cheese with the last two beers being paired with carmelized ginger, and grapefruit gummies. For the Rincon Red from the Santa Barbara Brewing company, we were able to taste the beer at its four stages: 1) sweet and malty, 2) sweet, malty and hoppy, 3) tasted more like beer, but smelled like a cross between ass and a mildewed dish sponge...haggard, 4) the final awesome product. If you ever have a chance to go to a beer school taught by a trained Cicerone, I strongly recommend attending. Of all, the Wookey Jack was my favorite as I'm a huge fan of Black IPAs. I can't wait for the next class. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Slice Into the Woods

Plane Delays and Charges for Everything - A three hour delay does not a fun beginning of a trip make. C'mon United, I hear about your high plane delay rates pretty often. Let's hope the trip home is on time, but I can't really argue with the flight itself...aside from the $9 hamburger thing they were offering for "food." 

I'm Using Blogsy on My iPad - Not a bad thing, but I'm sure there will be a learning curve. Let's see how this turns out formatting wise. If I can, expect to see another entry early next week.


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