Robot 6

What is Corey Reading?

I’m sure you all ask yourself that every single day of your life.

In addition to my writing for Robot 6, the comics news blog at Comic Book Resources, I also chime in on their weekly What Are You Reading? column whenever I can. Sadly it’s not as regularly as I wish.

Anyway, I thought I would keep a record of what I’ve reviewed in that column. To be honest, I don’t like writing reviews, so I try not to think of them that way but I do like talking about cool comics I’ve read, and lamenting when something I thought would be cool misses the mark.

Click through the links to read the entire column that includes my thoughts on what’s listed below. I’ll add to this post as more go up at Robot 6.

July 29, 2012:

  • The Sandman: Doll’s House [recolored edition] by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, Mike Dringenburg, et al.
  • The Gutters by Ryan Sohmer, Ed Ryzowski, et al.
  • Comic Critics by Sean Whitmore and Brandon Hanvey
  • What Were You Raised by Wolves? by Vera Brosgol

August 26, 2012:

  • Emo Boy, Vol. 2: Walk Around with Your Head Down by Steve Emond
  • A Cartoonist’s Worldview by various (The Guardian)
  • Insufferable by Mark Waid and Peter Krause

September 16, 2012:

  • Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan
  • Freeway by Mark Kalesniko
  • Superman #423 & Action Comics #583: “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” by Alan Moore and Curt Swan

September 23, 2012:

  • Little Nothings: My Shadow in the Distance by Lewis Trondheim
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy and Paul Maybury
  • Tarantula by Mark Kalesniko

October 21, 2012:

  • Cuba: My Revolution by Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel
  • Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
  • Rachel Rising, Vol. 1: The Shadow of Death by Terry Moore

November 25, 2012:

  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
  • Love and Rockets: Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez
  • The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

December 16, 2012:

  • Archie: The Married Life Book One by Michael Uslan, Paul Kupperberg and Norm Breyfogle
  • Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks
  • Avengers vs. X-Men #0 by Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron and Frank Cho
  • Green Lantern #1 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke
  • Tales Designed to Thrizzle #1 by Michael Kupperman

January 6, 2013:

  • The Complete Peanuts: 1950-1952 by Charles M. Schulz
  • The Adventures of Hergé by José-Louis Bocquet, Jean-Luc Fromental and Stanislas Barthélémy
  • RASL, Vol. 1: The Drift by Jeff Smith

April 14, 2013:

  • Owly, Vol. 2: Just a Little Blue by Andy Runton
  • You’ll Never Know, Book Two: Collateral Damage by C. Tyler
  • Kill All Monsters by Michael May and Jason Copland

April 28, 2013:

  • The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
  • A Friendly Game by Joe Pimienta and Lindsay Hornsby
  • X-O Manowar, Vol. 1: By the Sword by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord

May 19, 2013:

  • Harbinger, Vol. 1: Omega Rising by Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans
  • Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1 by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee
  • Eve of the Ozarks #1: Guardians of the Bluffs by Gustav Carlson

May 26, 2013:

  • Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Rust, Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field by Royden Lepp
  • Minor Acts of Happiness #1 by Adriana Ferguson and Kristen Van Dam

Me blabbing off about Comic-Con

So here’s that stuff I teased about on Monday.

The big news is that I am now blogging at Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6. I’ll be doing a weekly piece on whatever big goings-on are going on in the world of comic books. CBR is one of the biggest comics news sites and Robot 6 is one of the best comics blogs, so it’s really exciting for me to be joining their team. In my debut I challenge the notion of who should be going to Comic-Con and why they can’t, along with offering up some solutions and alternatives. Check out the comments too, as there are some good thoughts. Cartoonist Dave Roman offers up an interesting suggestion that really deserves to be explored.

Then I gave Four Tips for Beginners in the following Navigate the Arts interview conducted by Cindy Marie Jenkins:

We also recorded other interview segments on a number of comics-related topics, which will get posted in the near future. I’ll be sure to post them here as they hit the inter-webs, so I can be mortified anew. It’s amazing how uncomfortable I am being myself on-camera and seeing it back. I think Stephen Colbert has the right idea – play a ridiculous fictional character to directly address factual content and the real world. But anyway, Cindy and I had some great conversations.

I’ll be taking Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner down to Comic-Con for the day tomorrow. If you’re going to be there, let’s meet up! Message me on Facebook, Twitter, or email me.

Comics College reveals Essential Reading of Comic Book Masters

One of my favorite regular columns is the monthly Comics College by Chris Mautner at Robot 6, hosted by Comic Book Resources. Each entry is a great introductory overview of what’s best to read from the great comic book masters and why they are so good, making this a fantastic source for newcomers or people who’ve always wanted to expand their reading. It also covers their lesser known work and stuff that maybe should be avoided.

The great part of the column is that it is looking at masters from all over the art form of comics. It’s not just superhero creators, or just alternative comics creators. It’s both those, as well as manga, newspaper strips, underground comics, euro-comics, comics journalism and more.

This month’s subject is the Norwegian cartoonist simply known as Jason. This prolific creator tells funny genre mash-ups with a deadpan economy of dialogue and understated emotion with characters struggling over love and guilt. Next month, George Herriman will be featured. His classic comic strip Krazy Kat is among the most highly regarded in the history of comics.

The Comics College column debuted in August 2009 and has covered the following comics masters past and present (click on the link to be taken to the column):

  1. Los Bros. Hernandez (Love and Rockets)
  2. Jack Kirby (The Fantastic Four, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World)
  3. Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Phoenix)
  4. R. Crumb (Zap Comix, Book of Genesis)
  5. Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Mr. Punch)
  6. Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Acme Novelty Library)
  7. Lewis Trondheim (Dungeon, Little Nothings)
  8. Harvey Kurtzman (Mad Magazine, Frontline Combat)
  9. art spiegelman (Maus, In the Shadow of No Towers)
  10. Eddie Campbell (Alec: The Years Have Pants, The Fate of the Artist)
  11. Harvey Pekar (American Splendor, Our Cancer Year)
  12. Kim Deitch (The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Shadowland)
  13. Kevin Huizenga (Ganges, Curses)
  14. Hergé (Tintin)
  15. Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts)
  16. John Stanley (Little Lulu, Melvin Monster)
  17. Seth (George Sprott: 1894-1975, Wimbledon Green, It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken)
  18. Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City)
  19. Joe Sacco (Safe Area Gorazde, Palestine)
  20. Jason (I Killed Adolf Hitler, Hey Wait…)
  21. George Herriman (Krazy Kat)
  22. Jack Cole (Plastic Man, Betsy and Me)
  23. Adrian Tomine (Summer Blonde, Scenes from an Impending Marriage)
  24. Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, We3)
  25. Jessica Abel (La Perdida, Artbabe)

UPDATE: I’ll keep updating the list over at The Comics Observer as Robot 6 posts new entries.

Miguel Talks Dig Comics with CBR

Dig Comics director/writer/host Miguel Cima speaks with Tim O’Shea of Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 blog for Tim’s excellent interview series “Talking Comics with Tim”. Read the interview here.

In other Dig Comics news, Heidi McDonald of the Publisher’s Weekly comics blog The Beat has been added to our list of panelists for this Saturday’s screening at Jim Hanley’s Universe. We’re very excited to have her voice added to our already impressive panel of comic industry experts.