3 comments on “Episode 99 — Lazarus, Vol. 1 & 2

  1. On the back matter thing. I am a trade waiter. I would say I go a step further and am a deluxe hard cover waiter. Saga, for instance, I waited for that super gorgeous hard cover before I read it. I knew I’d love it from the things I had heard so I was willing to buy it. Usually I’ll read the first trade some where then wait for that deluxe version to buy it. My prized possession is my deluxe 2nd volume of the Umbrella Academy. It has amazing back matter and letters from Gerard Way. I can’t tell you how hard it is to wait for Invincible. But I have been super burned by trades. Well, by a trade. The first Hellboy trade. It was horribly binded. I opened it and pages fell out. Bought another one after returning it and it happened again. Not to say hardcovers can’t be horribly binded but I trust hard bindings better. How do you guys feel about binding and the lose of the art for a cheaper price?

    • Shoddy bindings are perhaps my #1 complaint about cheap collections. And I’ve had my share of even hardcovers fall apart on me. I’d much rather pay an extra 5-10% and have a product that’s high quality.

      But increasingly I find my preference is to get stuff first digitally—whether it be movies, comics, music, whatever—and then if it’s something I like and care about purchasing a physical copy. In which case I want that copy to be as well made as possible, because I don’t want to have to buy it again.

  2. 1) Is it possible that Rucka thinks strong female protagonists have to prove their ability to survive in a man’s world by getting the shit kicked out of them and coming back for more?

    2) You can blame space empires with beautiful princesses on the stuff Jack Williamson was writing in the 1930s. And you can trace the trope of corporate feudalism directly to L. Sprague de Camp’s 1941 short novel The Stolen Dormouse. Both Williamson and de Camp were basically rationalists with a romantic streak, which they tried to satisfy by bringing fantasy elements into their science fiction and vice versa. The result has been highly influential on subsequent science fiction (among other things — at one point rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons was so obsessed with Williamson’s Darker Than You Think that Aleister Crowley started to worry about him), but none of it was ever plausible, and it’s probably past due to be reevaluated.

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