The weekend has arrived, and so has Weekend Reading 107! Once again, the elite members of The Beat team are spending our Saturday and Sunday inside Stately Beat Manor, lost in a good book… and as ever, we hope that you’ll share your reading plans with us, too!
Give us a shout-out, right here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat, and let us know what you’re planning on paging through this weekend.
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend I am shamelessly ripping-off past Weekend Reading entries by other members of The Beat team! First up is Little Monarchs by Jonathan Case, which Arpad Okay was reading for last week’s entry. Then, for prose, I’m borrowing from one of Johanna Draper Carlson’s picks for Weekend Reading 102: Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook: Iconic Fare and Nostalgia from Landmark Eateries by Mary Bergin. My only regret is that I’ll never be able to visit some of the now-defunct restaurants covered by the book!
AJ FROST: This weekend marks the celebration of Passover, one of my favorite holidays! Traditionally, Jewish families the world over hold a seder to commemorate the Hebrew slaves’ escape from the evil Pharoah and the blessings of freedom. Naturally, I will be reading the Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel, adapted by Jordan B. Gorfinkel with beautiful art from Erez Zadok, during the service. Since being released several years ago, the PHGN has been my family’s go-to Haggadah. I feel it’s a great way to connect not only to my loved ones, but to people from across the generations.
DEAN SIMONS: Back from my travels but still craving BD, I am probably going to be rereading more Thorgal as Grzegorz Rosinski’s art is just sublime. That would be Thorgal: The Black Galley (La Galère noire), the fourth album in the series but the second half of the second Cinebook collection in English, titled The Three Elders of Aran. I am also reading Bleach via a combination of comixology (when it works) and Shonen Jump (when comixology doesn’t work). It is sadly not in HD on my comixology anymore – which was my main incentive to buy it digitally there and which frustrates the hell out of me still – but Tite Kubo’s action packed series is hard to keep away from for long. Currently at the end of volume 39. Meanwhile, now that I am finally back in the UK, I managed to track down the first issue of Rebellion’s new bimonthly Monster Fun comic in my local newsagent, so add that to my Pesach/Easter weekend reading list.
CY BELTRAN: Though I am still in the middle of my Loki readthrough, I found almost all of Fabian Nicieza’s early 90’s X-Force run in long boxes at the comics shop I work at and had to get it all. I haven’t read much of it, but Jay Edidin and Miles Stokes of Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men have described it as a continuation of 80’s New Mutants and I just have to see if they’re right. So, between playoff basketball (Go Celtics!) and work, I’m gonna try to read through Assault on Graymalkin (issues 19-24), which features art by Greg Capullo, Harry Candelario, Steve Buccellato, Marie Javins, Will Conrad, Kevin Tinsley, Ericka Moran, Richard Bennet, and letters by Chris Eliopoulos. It’s the first arc after X-Cutioner’s Song and after Rob Liefeld left for Image, so we’ll see how it goes! I may have gone overboard by buying all 30 or so issues of the run, but who cares!
TAIMUR DAR: It’s been a week since I returned from my California trip and I’m still adjusting to life back home. One of the reasons I haven’t gotten to reading all my comic book pulls from the last two weeks. Hopefully this weekend will allow me to catch up on recent comics. Among the books in my pile include Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Gene Ha, Radio Spaceman #2 by Mike Mignola and Greg Hinkle, She-Hulk #3 by Rainbow Rowell and Rogê Antônio, and Fantastic Four #42 by Dan Slott and Rachel Stott.
REBECCA KAPLAN: I’m still in the PanelxPanel grind this weekend, continously reading for the upcoming metafiction piece about self-conscious stories in newspaper strips that I am co-authoring with Avery Kaplan. Our copy of How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden finally arrived, and I am absolutly thrilled to learn more about the art of the plunger gag. Also, still engrossed in research on a PxP piece about Jewish textiles, lace, and Emma Frost, and reading History of Lace by Mrs. Bury Palliser, originally published between 1801 and 1878, with revision by M. Jourdain and Alice Dryden in 1901, and reprinted in 1984… so it’s fucking old and I love it! And finally, inspired by Taimur Dar’s weekend reading awhile back, I’m finally getting to Usagi Yojimbo: Origins, a TPB collecting IDW’s Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #1–7 that present 1987’s “Samurai” storyline in color for the first time.