Read any good books or comics lately?

Postby CapTVK on Sat Apr 06, 2002 10:57 am

It's been awhile, so i decided to drop by in the forum. How's it's going?
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Postby CapTVK on Sat Apr 06, 2002 10:59 am

The post works! Seems my provider finally got that router unscrewed.
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Postby Russ on Sun Apr 07, 2002 7:47 am

Hey there, CapTVK!

As for comic books lately: stuff that leaps to mind is:

I really enjoyed Posy Simmonds's Gemma Bovery (which I had to order from England). It's a modern story that does fun meta stuff with the Emma Bovary story.

Also I have recently started reading Chester Brown's comics... I was already a fan of Joe Matt and Seth, so it's fun reading Chester Brown (since all 3 of those guys seem to hang out together and influence each others' work).

I've been enjoying Richard Sala's Evil Eye series... he does a fun blend of gruesome horror and wacky whimsical humor with a surreal retro feel.

And it's not a comic, but while shopping for comics I found a book of paintings and digital art by Christopher Shy, which was cool since he was an artist I used to work with at a now-defunct game company.
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Postby CapTVK on Sun Apr 14, 2002 12:38 pm

Well Russ,

You probably know what I've been reading lately but for the accidental forum visitors here's my recent list of comic plus some books.


Two pieces written by Alan Moore: The ballad of Halo Jones about a young woman in the far future who wants to lead her own life. A good story for anyone wanting to check out some of Moore's early scripts.
The more recent Top10 which is about a super police force in a city populated entirely with super heroes and villians. Now add a touch of hill street blues and you've got the story in a nutshell.

Closer to my home I've got some work by Joost Swarte Katoen&Pinbal. This particular work is almost 25 years old now but it's style is timeless.

http://www.lambiek.net/aanvang/artefact ... pinbal.jpg

An English bio about Swarte is linked here:
http://www.lambiek.net/swarte1.htm


On a more serious note I've finally started on a classic: Cervantes "Don Quijote de la Mancha". Everyone has heard about the story of fighting windmills but there's a lot more to the book than that. The complete story is quite a read and I've got plenty of pages to go through! :smile:


And on a quite serious note: I.D Lupis The Law of War. Good read for anyone interested in the ethics of warfare.
It's not a book perse but a monograph about the ethics of war and the logic, jurisdiction and principles behind international treaties like the Geneva Conventions and also lesser known treaties and conventions.
The general principles of war are explained with chapters on the concept of war, prohibiton of war, war waging machinery, the nature of the laws of war etc..Going through the rules of belligerence to the consequential aspects of the laws of war. Relating to protocols about legal and illegal weapons one of the more chilling conclusions is that any new type of weapon can be used in combat as long as there are no rules which state they are deemed illegal otherwise.

This edition is from 1987 but the arguments remain as valid today as they were back then. Very ominous sign that since the end of the cold war no more major treaties and protocols (e.a landmines) have been signed. In fact some have been renounced (e.a ABM treaty) since then.


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P.S If this takes your fancy these of books are not the thing you'll find easily on Amazon. If you want more info on obtaining a copy of "The Law of War" Check out the Cambridge University Press link below or go to a large university library:

http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/cis/CISPublications.htm





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