Another week of Shut In Theater has passed, and according to our calculations, that means it’s both time for Weekend Reading 6 and… somehow already May? Does that sound right? Huh, okay.
Just like we have been doing every week, we asked the Beat staff what they would be reading this weekend. Please share your reading plans with us in the comments! We’d love to hear what you’re reading, too!
JOE GRUNENWALD: I’ve had a stack of books I backed as Kickstarters waiting to be read for a while now. This weekend I think I’ll dig in to Hey, Amateur!, the anthology of one-page ‘how-to’ stories curated by Shelly Bond, and Mine!, an anthology edited by Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson which benefitted Planned Parenthood.
JOSH HIGENBERG: I’m thinking this weekend is the time to dive back into my Fourth World Omnibus. I’ve had it for a while and made (what I consider) a sizable dent in it, but for whatever reason I got busy and didn’t pick it up again. But, the time has come to revisit Jack Kirby’s corner of the DC universe – and get just a little bit closer to reading the whole dang thing.
ARPAD OKAY: Checking up on this series every week to see what my peers are into made me curious about the book being read in the header image, which is Don’t Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. My big regret from the last MICE was missing the ShortBox table, so I figured it was time to check it out. Don’t Go Without Me and Cry Wolf Girl by Ariel Ries came in the mail this week and I am looking forward to getting lost in both.
TAIMUR DAR: The send-up of toxic fandom in this week’s Harley Quinn episode inspired me to revisit The Eltingville Club by Evan Dorkin that was collected and published by Dark Horse. Last year, I picked up the first volume of The Mask Omnibus as a freebie from my office. I remember loving the Jim Carrey movie as a kid, but was sorely disappointed when I tried to get into the original comics and discovered how considerably darker they were than the movie. Now that I’m older and (hopefully) wiser, I think I can better appreciate these comics from writer John Arcudi, artist Doug Mahnke, and many other creators.
AJ FROST: Is this a cop out? My plan this weekend is to re-read the ARC of Derf’s Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio which was originally going to be released next week, but then got postponed until the fall. That the book got postponed is a shame because it is Derf’s best work to date, a truly heartbreaking comic that merges the best elements of history, journalism, politics, and social commentary.
NANCY POWELL: This weekend I will continue with Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, a beautifully written and spellbinding meta-fictional tale about two women who “meet” when a Hello Kitty lunch box (suspected debris from the Japanese tsunami of 2011) washes up on a beach in the Pacific Northwest. I’m also excited to finally catch up on Greg Pak’s and Giannis Milonogiannis’ Ronin Island—a guilty pleasure and fun series about the zombie apocalypse in 19th century Japan.
BILLY HENEHAN: Breaking from form, DC recently added the entire Batman: White Knight series by Sean Murphy, instead of waiting their usual month by month after one year of publication. I’m looking forward to reading through the entire story this weekend!
AVERY KAPLAN: I’ve been inspired by a conversation with Zack and Kyle to read some Ursula K. Le Guin this weekend, so I’ll be starting A Wizard of Earthsea, the first book of the Earthsea cycle. As far as comics go, I’m going to check out some classic Sabrina stories in Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Complete Collection Volume One.