Last of the Sandwalkers (2015) Jay Hosler

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I recently reviewed Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay Hosler, a new book from First Second. This is a fun book filled with both adventure and science, so if you know kids (or adults) interested in entomology, you’ll want to pick up this book immediately. Read the full review here.

Graphic Novels Read in May 2015 Part I

I probably won’t have that many movies in my Movies Watched in May 2015 post, but I’ll more than make up for it in graphic novels. Here are just a few of the books I’ve read so far in May (with at least six more that I’ll get to in the next installment).

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New Titles, Podcasts, and Staying Busy

I haven’t posted much this week, mainly because I’m reading a lot of books from Conundrum Press, preparing for a publisher spotlight over at The Comics Alternative. That show (due to go up on May 20) should be a lot of fun, focusing on five graphic novels from Canadian publisher Conundrum.

Speaking of The Comics Alternative, later today Derek will post a show we recorded a couple of days ago, a show which features discussions of three new titles:

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Operation Nemesis: A Story of Genocide and Revenge by Josh Blaylock and Hoyt Silva (Devil’s Due Entertainment)

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Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)

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Palookaville 22 by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

The May Webcomics Show

This month over at The Comics Alternative Podcast, Derek and I discuss three webcomics, two ongoing and one completed.

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First we have The Fox Sister by Christina Strain and Jayd Aït-Kaci, a strange tale set in South Korea during the 1960s, followed by Ben Fleuter’s Derelict, a post-apocalpytic story with many intriguing points, and finally a completed webcomic by Jeff VanderMeer and Eric Orchard called The Situation.

We’re always looking for more webcomics to discuss on the show, so whether you know of a good ongoing or finished webcomic, please let us know. Hope you enjoy the podcast!

The May Previews Catalog

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If you’re a comics fan and aren’t getting the monthly Previews catalog, you’re missing out on a whole world of great stuff. Previews is a print and/or digital publication that highlights all the new or reissued titles from comics publishers big and small. The books inside Previews are generally set to arrive in stores two months from the cover date, so in this case, the books appearing in the May catalog will come out in July.

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Revisiting Whiplash (2014) as a Musician and Former Teacher

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Whiplash (2014) Damien Chazelle (2x)
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Although I watched Whiplash back in February , I wanted to see the film again with my wife, who is a professional musician. For those of you who may not know, my wife and I met at a music school, but not a conservatory like the one depicted in the film. When we met, my wife was finishing her master’s degree in clarinet performance and I was starting my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting. My wife earned her DMA a couple of years later and has been a professional musician for the past 15 years. I received my DMA, but am no longer involved in music, other than playing my guitar and singing for kids at library storytime programs. All this to tell you that we both have extensive music backgrounds, which means that we may look at Whiplash with a slightly different perspective than your average moviegoer.

I won’t really call this a “review” as such, but an examination of the worldview(s) of the film and how two musicians reacted to it. As such, it will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film please read no further.

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