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Comment Archives: stories: Books

Re: “Mommy Wars

I like the phrase "narrative eddies." Also, without having read the thing, I agree in advance that those character names don't work. It still sounds like an enjoyable read.

I wonder indeed if someone somewhere is going to hate it just because it's only about white people...even though that would make it a fairly realistic portrayal of Portland. I suspect the same person who would level that criticism is also the first person to call bullshit if Monica Drake decided her narrators should be an Eritrean family from Lents. Hehhh...

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Posted by rich bachelor on 04/11/2013 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Smallpressapalooza

hahaha-- Janey is a guy, first off. And the Merc has been great at covering all types of literary events in Portland. Cheers to Hallett for pointing out that women STILL don't get an equal voice in literature.

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Posted by carrieseitzinger on 03/18/2013 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Smallpressapalooza

Is it cool to snack there?

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Posted by Michael Herman on 03/15/2013 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Inspiration / Intoxication

aggh fixed!

Posted by Alison Hallett on 03/15/2013 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Smallpressapalooza

Yes: it's totally super feminist to only review female authors that come pre-approved by Kevin Sampsell at Powell's, and to only cover literary events that happen at Powell's. That bookstore also happens to be the place where I regularly purchase books that have been sold by the Mercury to Powell's. You are ridiculous, and should be ashamed.

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Posted by pretentiousliteraryreference on 03/14/2013 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Inspiration / Intoxication

The patches say "League of Adult Babysitters" - not "bartenders". Cool that she's able to quit bartending and pursue illustration full time! Great work!!

Posted by ROM on 03/14/2013 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Con vs. Con

This is like comparing apples and oranges, Rosecity is going into year 2 and Wizard has been around 15-20 years or so. ECCC also started out small and now price wise they are on par with Wizard World.

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Posted by Kenneth Dieterich on 02/24/2013 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Con vs. Con

I agree with JK that there was a lot more wrong with comics in the 90s than just Liefeld, but JK also minimizes Liefeld's influence. Liefeld's artistic style took everything that was idiosyncratic with comics and turned it up to 11. His work is not solely responsible, but it is characteristic of that bad trend.

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Posted by guspasho on 02/22/2013 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Con vs. Con

Liefeld sucks

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Posted by Goon on 02/21/2013 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Con vs. Con

While I understand your complaints about the pricing and timing of both the announcement and of the con itself, it unfortunately worked in my favor. It's in a convenient location, and there are some names that I haven't seen go to a con (like James Hong). Yes, it's more mainstream, but mainstream also means more well-known names (and with it, higher prices). I love Portland, and helping local cons/businesses/events, but does that mean we have to say "no" to everything that isn't Portland?

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Posted by Logan Jenkins on 02/21/2013 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Con vs. Con

Blaming the "debilitating stroke [comics] suffered in the '90s" on Rob Liefeld of all people is outright lazy reporting, blatantly untrue and a cheap, tired jab. (And yes, full disclosure, I've been employed by Rob in a freelance capacity, albeit years after the time period discussed.)

Said "stroke" was in actuality a perfect storm, with Rob of all people playing an especially minor part. Did it help he solicited titles which came out at, at best, an unreliable schedule, if at all? Of course, absolutely not. Yet it's so minor compared to, say, the 'Distributor Wars' with Marvel purchasing HeroesWorld, using them as their sole distributor and the fall out which followed. This alone put a lot of people -- retailers, distributors and publishers alike -- out of business. Then there was Marvel's staggered release schedule of X-Men #1 covers, then there was the even greater issue with DC promising retailers their Return Of Superman would be even a greater deal than his Death, which subsequently flopped. Both of those examples are merely the largest in a series of poor decisions made by virtually every single publisher working at the time -- cash-ins and collector's items, enhanced covers and variants sold with the promise to make speculators a lot of money, instead of the promise of storytelling. Of course, these ended up largely worthless, causing stores to shutter their doors and speculators turn away from an industry -- publisher, retailer, distributor and, yes, sometime creator -- that lied to them.

On that note, you know how many variant and enhanced covers Youngblood #1 had?

Zero, save the second printing after the first sold so extraordinarily well.

It was a time of immense greed, to be sure -- one Neil Gaiman smartly compared during a 1993 retailer summit to the 17th century Dutch Tulip boom/bust. Rob's certainly guilty of taking part, but giving him the blame is just ridiculous.

I get what you were going for. A lot of people go for the ground-level low hanging fruit of taking a stab at Rob. It'd be nice if they went for something new, perhaps even factual.

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Posted by Joe Keatinge on 02/21/2013 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Con vs. Con

This is a great breakdown for those who arent part of the normal comics community and already imbeded in the culture to understand why this convention upsets so many locals and really is such a concern. At one level I hope Wizard World succeeds because if it does maybe it will bring some new life to our community by getting them active possibly in other local cons, but on the other end it does take ALOT of money out of local wallets with the blatant hucksterism of the whole thing (as Dawn so conicsely pointed out).

Posted by Riley Crowder on 02/21/2013 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Con vs. Con

I imagine (or, rather, hope) that most locals don't feel too warmly about the craven hucksterism of these sorts of corporate cons. It costs $30-$40 for a one-day pass just to get in the door. Want a autograph from one of the featured guests? That's another $40. Want your picture taken with Bruce Campbell? Shell out another 90 bucks. It seems like an especially ugly way to fleece fans, and antithetical to the spirit in which Portlanders embrace the industry.

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Posted by Dawn Taylor on 02/21/2013 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Invincible Nicole

Stares at a rooster? Hmm

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Posted by geyser on 01/21/2013 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Invincible Nicole

Went to Dr Laura for advice....puts weight into what a psychic has to say...??
Hmmmm....

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Posted by frankieb on 01/21/2013 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Invincible Nicole

She worked as a Karate Janitor at the Paragon Club? Interesting...

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Posted by Waddles on 01/21/2013 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Big Plans

Nice work, Ring. Now nail down a decent sci-fi license and you'll be set for life.

Posted by timistheword on 11/15/2012 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Cartoon Marbles

I've flipped through this book at work. It looks interesting, and I really like her style. Plan to read it soon. Should've gone to the reading.

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Posted by Todd Mecklem on 11/13/2012 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Cartoon Marbles

Oh good another memoir of someone with bipolar. How novel. I can't wait to shit on it.

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Posted by lol on 11/12/2012 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Review: The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories

Wasn't this published 15 years ago? I saw a reading of it at A Different Light in SF in the 90s

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Posted by altogetherPDX on 11/09/2012 at 9:25 AM

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