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Iowa weather has been very... wet. God, I hope it doesn't flood again, my cousin just moved back into his house.

For Spring Break I'll be going up to Wisconsin, though God only knows what I'll do there. Blake is going to be in Hawaii for some band related reason, so I will be at a lack for someone to geek out with.

This month I promised myself I'd get a bunch of indie comics to try out, and I really enjoyed them!

First up, Wonderful Wizard of OZ #1 by Marvel. I know, Marvel isn't indie, but I my local comic shop gave me a free sneak-peek issue and I thought the least I could do was try issue 1. I was pleasantly surprised that it's based off the book, and the art is enchanting, it's cute as sin and I want to buy them all!

Next is... Mouse Guard! I was browsing and I recalled seeing an icon from someone on, you guessed it, s_d, or rather [livejournal.com profile] noscans_daily . I accidentally picked up issue 3 instead of 1, but I still really enjoyed it. The concept alone is intriguing, but the art art keep on making me squeal with glee. Wee little mice! I'm definitely going to go pick up issues 1 and 2.

After that I went and dug through the 25 cent box and found all kinds of goodies:

Darkness from Top Cow. The Wizard poster issues had a few from this series and I always loved the art, so I decided to see if the inside is as good as the cover. It was one of those "First Look" issues, so it didn't really tell me anything, but it did pique my interest, so I'm going to try to out a few more issues.

Next was a funny little number from http://deftoons.com/ called School: A Ghost Story. Apparently, my dinky little comic shop is the only one in the state that carried it, crazy huh? Anyway, it had a very ... unconventional yet ultimately familiar art style. It was something I would have never have though of picking up, so I decided it would be good to give it a try. It's turned out to be pretty deep, and I really wanna know what happens next. If my comic shop doesn't have anymore in stock I may have to *gasp* order it off the website.

There was a Spirit special that had a handful of old Spirit comics from the 40's and 50's. I think this is the first time I've gotten around to reading anything by Will Eisner, and man I never knew! I loved everything about it; characters, plot, presentation. The way the panels are set up is genius, no wonder this guy has awards named after him! So yeah, I'm going be buying a lot of his old stuff in the comic months.

The last two were from Wildstorm, Midnighter #9 and Stormwatch #20. Both were fairly entertaining, but Stormwatch had cruddy art IMO. I poked around the store for more recent issues, but I didn't see any. I'm not sure what that means, maybe they never sold the titles in their shop and someone dropped them off as trade-ins. Anyway, I guess I'll pick up more if I see it but I won't weep if I don't.

The world of indie comics is a big, scary place when your just starting out, so please send some more recs my way, especially if it isn't getting the hype it deserves. Even older stuff that if I consider myself a comic fan I would have read by now. Webcomics are great too, I just started reading Planet Karen, so awesome.


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