Book Haul - C2E2 2018

I've been going to the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) since it started. I feel like about three or four years ago it was the largest it's ever been, and the organizers, ReedPop, noticed that and started to scale back. Since then it hasn't felt too large to maintain, or so packed with film and TV that the comics became secondary. Having said that, I rarely go to panels, if ever, so my perception is skewed I think.

Along with these books I grabbed some enamel pins, and a Box Brown sketch of Repo Man (which you can see on my Ledger Twitter). It's a lighter year for me, which was very intentional. I want to be more specific with my book purchases, an effect of having so many fucking books, and also because saving money is smart.

  1. The Sheriff of Babylon - By Tom King, Mitch Gerads, Nick J. Napolitano and Travis Lanham - One of the three Tom King books everyone should read, the others being The Vision and Omega Men. King was in the CIA and actually worked in Iraq, so this book probably has more truth to it than we know. Mitch Gerads brings his usual grit and gun expertise, and the story is supported with expertly rendered characters (written and illustrated). I really freaking wanted to get Omega Men at the show as well, but no luck. (Update: I bought it four days later, online)

  2. Descender Vol. 1 - by Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, and Steve Wands - I've held off buying this for a bit, partially because I was afraid it would be too similar to Re•pro•duct, and partially because--and related to that first point--I was annoyed it looked so good. I'm not immune to professional jealousy, and robots having emotions are something I believe I can write well. I love Jeff Lemire, he's one of my favorite writers, so I eventually just quit being a baby and grabbed a copy.

  3. Black Hammer: Secret Origins - by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart, and Todd Klein - See previous statement about Lemire. I've read this volume but didn't own it. It's a pulpy family saga told through a collection of superheroes who are stranded in a weird alternate dimension--one where they live on a farm together.

  4. Black Hammer: The Event - by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart, Todd Klein and David Rubín - Volume two. I bet I end up buying a fucking hardcover off all this stuff in the future. Like a sucker.

  5. Head Lopper Vol. 2 - by Andrew Maclean, Jordie Bellaire, and Erin Maclean - Pure bloody action, a fun fantasy and sword/sorcery romp, and a vibrant world built up around it all. This character is my favorite of Maclean's stuff, so this was a must-buy.

  6. The Black Monday Murders Vol. 1 - by Jonathan Hickman, Tomm Coker, Michael Garland, and Rus Wooton - I have almost no idea what this book is about, but I know it's by Hickman, who is one of my favorite writers, and I know it says "All hail, God Mammon" on the cover, so let's do this.

  7. Motor Girl - by Terry Moore - Similar to Black Monday Murders, no idea what this book is about, but I love Terry Moore. I still need to get the omnibus of Echo, and the complete Strangers In Paradise.

  8. Stray Bullets Vol. 1 - by David Lapham - I remember seeing these single issues at the comic shop I went to when I was younger, and the cover design holds up I think. A crazy crime book. Kind of not a lot more to say. It's crazy, it's crime.

  9. Extremity Vol. 1- by Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer, and Rus Wooton - I love Daniel Warren Johnson's art, and his Star Wars fan comic Green Leader is fantastic. This looks like an awesome fantasy/sci-fi, but I don't know a ton going into the book, which seems to be the theme for a lot of stuff I picked up this year.

  10. Giant Days Vol. 4 - by John Allison, Max Sarin, Liz Fleming, Whitney Cogar, and Jim Campbell - Volume one was hilarious, I fell in love with all of the characters immediately and completely--so completely in fact, I bought this volume without owning two or three. So yep, it'll be a bit before I can read this one. We're privy to the inner workings of a group of college friends, and witness all the craziness that results from being a human. Volume one has an issue where they all get the flu, and it's one of the most accurate and entertaining portrayals of the struggle to stay sane during a fever.