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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:33 pm

thefourthman wrote:ha!
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I am okay, just extremely busy. Funny what two weeks of sickness did to me. If all goes to plan, which nearly nothing has recently, I will be posting my Sweet Tooth review this evening.


What's Sweet Tooth?

So, at your last Group Meetup, who had to eat the pizza at the end?

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Postby Punchy » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:34 pm

House of J wrote:What's Sweet Tooth?


The book we reviewed 2 weeks ago?

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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:39 pm

Punchy wrote:The book we reviewed 2 weeks ago?


The what now?

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Postby Starlord » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:46 pm

so Fourthman has made it back but lost two weeks of his life? :shock: That sounds like the beginning of a Koontz novel.
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Postby thefourthman » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:59 pm

starlord wrote:so Fourthman has made it back but lost two weeks of his life? :shock: That sounds like the beginning of a Koontz novel.

I might have to write it then, dammit. Good news is it has been four days since my nodes flared up, I have some residual congestion that leads to a really bad coughing fit a day, but other then that I feel awesome.

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Postby thefourthman » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:00 pm

House of J wrote:What's Sweet Tooth?

So, at your last Group Meetup, who had to eat the pizza at the end?

There was pizza? I knew I should stop leaving early dammit!

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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:01 pm

starlord wrote:so Fourthman has made it back but lost two weeks of his life? :shock: That sounds like the beginning of a Koontz novel.


I was thinking Whitley Strieber :smt107 !

That movie with Christopher Walken was fucked up!

[spoiler][youtube=425,344,qQ4VG9U56bw][/youtube][/spoiler]

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Postby thefourthman » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:05 pm

House of J wrote:I was thinking Whitley Strieber :smt107 !

That movie with Christopher Walken was fucked up!

[spoiler][youtube=425,344,qQ4VG9U56bw][/youtube][/spoiler]

Damn, I've got to get cracking then, Walken ain't getting no younger and he would be perfect to play me - if he added about a hundred pounds.

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Postby Old Man » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:48 pm

Punchy wrote:I predict there will be less than 10 reviews this week, but all will be very positive.


"This time for sure!"

[spoiler]"Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!"

"That old trick again?"

"This time for sure!"

{{sound effect}} ROOAAARRRRGGHHH![/spoiler]
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Postby Old Man » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:53 pm

starlord wrote:Nice pick. Thanks for giving me a goo read.


Is that like reading tea leaves? :? :?:
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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:55 pm

thefourthman wrote:I might have to write it then, dammit. Good news is it has been four days since my nodes flared up, I have some residual congestion that leads to a really bad coughing fit a day, but other then that I feel awesome.


:smt101 Waltzing pneumonia, waltzing pneumonia :smt101


I think you may have mentioned a lack of health insurance, but the nodes + extreme fatigue probably indicates a respiratory infection, if you haven't gotten antibiotics and aren't better you should be on them.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:43 pm

Beasts of Burden #1 (of 4)

Kerny, thanks for giving this book a shot this week!

For me, Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson, dogs, and weird horror are a crazy mixture but they're all right up my alley, so it's hard for this book to go wrong--and not much does. First off, thanks Dark Horse for putting out such a slick comic for the $2.99 price point. This book looks fantastic, it really showcases Jill's artwork and is designed nearly perfectly, so a tip o' the hat to designer Tina Alessi as well.

Even though most of these characters were used before, I thought Evan did a great job giving some backstory here and there without a lot of captions to spoil the art. Plus, on the inside front cover it says "Read the earliest BEASTS stories here" and gives the web address, so it's easy to get caught up even before reading this issue, which was cool.

I liked the old-fashioned Letters pages too, and the Horsepower! page on the inside back cover made me sort of excited for the Dark Horse Originals line of books. I've been really pleased with Dark Horse in general lately. Their first Creepy issue showed their heart is in the right place.

Jill Thompson won an Eisner for the first Beasts story, and I can see why. Her watercolor washes are beautiful, and she captures the kinetic energy of the dogs and cats perfectly. That's really tricky, but she does it and the dogs' facial expressions brilliantly.

I thought it was such a pleasure to read this book, a new world to explore by a favorite writer and pages you could really spend some time looking at.

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Postby Kerny » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:34 pm

Just read this.

Not what I expected, really enjoyable but weird as fuck :) Art was beautiful, review sometime tomorrow

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Postby Punchy » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:45 am

House of J wrote:Beasts of Burden #1 (of 4) First off, thanks Dark Horse for putting out such a slick comic for the $2.99 price point. This book looks fantastic, it really showcases Jill's artwork and is designed nearly perfectly, so a tip o' the hat to designer Tina Alessi as well


This was pretty much no different from any other Dark Horse, Image, DC or Marvel book! Are you reviewing the paper stock now! :P

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Postby Starlord » Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:38 am

Old Man wrote:Is that like reading tea leaves? :? :?:


I'd prefer to tea bag, but that's a whole different story. :wink:
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