Is it just me or is there a high incidence of comics fandom amongst improvisers? Let’s geek out about comics for a second.
I’m not as big a comic book fan as Marc is but I do enjoy it here and there. I’ve read The Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Cerebus (right up until I couldn’t take it anymore) and growing up I read mostly Spiderman (plus occasional Marvel stuff); nothing too exotic. Was a fan of some obscure things like Greg Hyland’s Lethargic Lad in the 90s. But I was always a casual fan. I never got into this stuff myself but usually on recommendation from someone else. I think I still have my box of, like, 100 Mad Magazines from the 80s somewhere. Plus obligatory Calvin & Hobbes, Far Side, Peanuts.
The last thing I read was Y, The Last Man, which was great. Read Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk (the book) and Lone Wolf and Cub. And the full Bone collection. All four were recommendations from different improvisers.
I also got into a few web comics over the years. Met David Rees back in the Get Your War On days (damn, I still love that book). Copper was a superb webcomic. There’s a great book of the collected stories out there. I loved Perry Bible Fellowship right along with everyone else. Yeah, yeah, xkcd.
Lately, I’ve been a huge fan of Hark, A Vagrant (like, real big) and Three Word Phrase (gotta get that new book). And on recommendation from Miss Beaton herself, Bad Machinery (still have to go through the archive).
If you have recommendations, let me know.
Next week, we talk Anime.