Friday, September 5, 2008

the established library or the summer I loved comic books

by sarah marine


"I'm a bookseller" transported here from Bookslut. enjoy.

My summer reading took a surprising turn when in the midst of classes, moving and nuptial things, I found that I am quite partial to Alpha Flight, Power Man, the Avengers and X-Men comic books. Bayard and I did much trolling in the comic section of Downtown Books, which is a trove of treasure, and suffice to say that my regular fiction reading took a backseat to Wolverine and co. I have also been obsessed with Battle Star Galactica-even to the extent of when my comics reading extended into the world of Chris Ware, I was of course examining some Rusty Brown plate with a handy magnifying thing and nearly screamed when I spotted a Battle Star Galactica poster on Rusty's bedroom wall. Also, Chalky is my favorite. Hey Jay! Put that Quimby the Mouse in IBID so I can devour it, thanks.

The comic explosion having settled a bit, and our library having been packed realtively early in anticipation of our long-time-coming move, I picked up the only book not in a box, Confederacy of Dunces, which Bayard got for his birthday, and 3/4 of the way through it, Rusty Brown and Ignatius C. Reilly- brothers from another mother??? Furthermore, Jones is my favorite fiction character read all year.

stay tuned for housewarming party news...until then, here are a couple low quality pictures of our beloved home library. It is named 'junebug vs. hurricane' and dedicated to Borges, a great lover of libraries. Its all quite formal, you see.








the fireplace works!

4 comments:

Justin Riley said...

Grrrr! Your stately library puts the unruly collective of four foot tall 'book squats' peppered around my apartment to shame.

Now I have shame. Thanks.

Jay Johnson said...

Ja. I totally put Quimby Mouse in *yesterday*!

Beautiful comic, though, both the link and the Ware.

This is for you both: link

Brian said...

Sarah, your pictures are fantastic and your comparison between Ignatius --

Wait a second.

Did you say "Alpha Flight"?

You can't mean the crime-fighting Canadar mutant group Alpha Flight? With the guy in the Captain America suit except with a giant red maple leaf on it? And the braniac scientist who turns into a yeti? And the super strong dwarf with the giant letter "P" on his jumpsuit? And there's a world famous skier and a bipolar Quebecci on that team, too, if I recall.

Man, sometimes I wonder how I made it through adolesence with my brain in tact. (Or, rather, if.)

StacieMichelle said...

I like your cat on the ottoman.

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