The Black Diamond
makes it on The Comic Treadmill
's Top Ten List of 2007: "Larry Young has fun with a high concept world that is a blast to visit and that deserves continued publishing life after the current mini-series ends."
...and, in surfing around for pics of the new Starfleet uniforms while I eat my breakfast, I stumble across yet another column the nearly-ubiquitous Graeme McMillan is writing for the comics section of www.io9.com
where he gives the pointed-sideburns crowd the rundown on the week's offerings: "In terms of more indie books, it's all about old faithfuls, with the picks being Joss Whedon's Buffy
book reaching its tenth issue and celebrates by bringing in Daniel Craig (No, really) and AiT/Planet Lar's The Black Diamond
reaching the end of its cross-country road trip/chase movie/colorful exploration of the comic form."
The Homeless Channel
makes reporter/retailer Matt Price's Ten best List at The Daily Oklahoman.
"Network exec Darcy Shaw thinks “The Homeless Channel” will both draw attention to the homeless plight, and be a good way to make some money, taking reality television to the next level. Aaron Sorkin-like dialogue and art reminiscent of an early Brian Michael Bendis make 'The Homeless Channel' a noteworthy debut."
...and our ol' pal Steve Higgins (the teacher/YMBer and not the Massachusetts retailer) writes for Playback/Saint Louis and has THC on his Best of 2007 graphic novels list:
"Matt Silady must be a fan of Aaron Sorkin, because 'The Homeless Channel' has a dash of the behind-the-scenes romantic comedy flair of 'Sports Night' mixed with an exploration of real world issues similar to that found in the best episodes of 'The West Wing.' It's a great debut, and I expect Silady has nowhere to go from here but up."
The Homeless Channel
makes JK Parkin's Blogarama list in their "Favorite Comics of 2007" article: "If I were to rank my favorite books of the year, I’d be hard pressed not to put Matt Silady’s debut graphic novel as my No. 1 pick. I’d also be hard-pressed to pinpoint what exactly makes this such a killer book… is it Silady’s ear for dialogue? The realistic artwork? The interplay between Darcy and Grady? The social commentary? Hell, dunno and don’t care. It all works. I can’t wait to see what Silady does next."
Marc-Oliver Frisch gives a shout-out to Rock Bottom:
"What a strange beast. The protagonist is a man who literally turns to stone - not the convenient kind that allows him to walk around and become a superhero, mind you, but the real deal. On the one hand, Rock Bottom
passes muster as a weird-science character study. On the other, it also has to offer a few worthwhile twists on the superhero genre, and as such fits in quite nicely with Casey's body of work. It's a flawed but intriguing comic. The book actually came out in 2006, but I didn't get around to it until this year."