I have nothing but fondness for Tony Isabella who (along with then-Capital City distribution acquisitions manager Tom Fassbender) first responded really, really positively to the initial Astronauts in Trouble
minicomic. Tony called it "an elegant and poignant tale" in his column in the Comics Buyer's Guide.
Believe me, for a kid scribbling away on the train on the way to work, it sure was a heady thing to know not only that Tony had read
the thing but had actually enjoyed it. So I will always appreciate that Tony was Number One on the Runway for me way back when.
So I'm happy to report that in Tony's latest,
he gives DEMO
five out of five Tonys. This bit is exceptionally cool: "The art? I'm not sure I have the language to properly praise Cloonan's artwork. Her basic style is this kind of 'grunge manga,' but she doesn't take short cuts on the expressions or backgrounds. She varies elements of her style to fit the individual stories and characters, like a baseball pitcher who can vary his throws without ever missing the strike zone. You don't always know where the next pitch is coming from, but it always end up where it's supposed to. If Cloonan has that level of control right now, when she's not yet 25 years of age, it staggers me to consider how good she's going to be in the decades to come."
Finally, someone has the stones to say about Scurvy Dogs
what everyone else is thinking: "Oh my. Um. Well. Yikes. Er. Uh. Eh. Ok. These are... bizarre."
...and Dorian Wright
is still the best new book of the year..."
Anyone who's looking for something to listen to today can check me out at 6 pm EST on Dan Merritt's
excellent show on WHFR, "Graphic Music." Way back when, Dan took a Sunday and played the whole bootleg Astronauts in Trouble
"soundtrack" I mixed up, and I sure have fond memories of laying on the floor of our old apartment and listening to it wheeze out of my tinny Power PC clone monitor speakers. Anyway, Real Audio and mp3-streaming -enabled. Listen in.
digs on Couscous Express,
and Ken Lowery
finishes up his comprehensive look at the behind-the-scenes action of Planet of the Capes.