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Survival Horror
I'm on a survival horror kick. I picked up The Walking Dead last night while wandering through Capital City Comics. It is... mediocre. The author (Robert Kirkman) is very bad at building suspense. He blundred through a number of potentially dramatic moments with nonsensical dialouge and OHNOITISINTHECLOSET moments. I'm only barely interested in reading the next two books because I really dig the art.

Anyway. Anyone out there know so good, creepy survival horror comics worth a read? Note that comic art is a big deal to me. For example, Lost Girls, which is a really compelling story, falls flat on me because I HATE the art. I also hate Alex Ross. I want my comics surreal with a touch of camp. :)

Anything like that?
Are the Silent Hill comics any good? Those games were amazing.
I'm also thinking this [amazon] would be amazing.

Other:
Apple release record profits and sales for this past quarter -something like 30% higher than original projections and the highest on record for the company.
The stock jumped 6 percent to 185.5 per share subsequently.

i have now earned more than 100% return on my original Apple purchase. :) yay!

Current Mood: blah blah

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graydancer From: graydancer Date: October 23rd, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sorry to burst your bubble...

...but I read Marvel Zombies and was less than impressed. They don't really have any exposition, and the story felt...rushed. Not a lot of story there, really.

But we're even, because in my dreams "Lost Girls" is incredible. So there.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 23rd, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sorry to burst your bubble...

Was it funny? I just expect it to be hilarious carnage.

I tried and couldn't get into lost Girls. I dislike the art that much. i should give it another go, though.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: October 23rd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's only borderline survival horror, but I would recommend Wasteland. The art is pen and ink, I don't know if that's down your ally (up your ally?) either.

I read the first collected of The Walking Dead and didn't care at all for it.

The silent hill comics are kind of terrible but in that (I loved the games so I'll love the comics anyways) kind of way.

Something to consider, some publisher (I can't remember who) started rereleasing old EC comics (Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror, Weird Science, etc) on a monthly basis. So those are worth picking up if you're on a horror kick.

I'd also suggest BPRD, which is the Mike Mignolia off-shoot of Hellboy. It all carries the same art, which is kind of shadowy and blocky, but I've very much enjoyed the storytelling.

That's off the top of my head. I can give you an in depth survey after I get back from work tonight.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 23rd, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is wasteland about? I'm big on apocalyptic survival stories in general. Can you find a sample of the art?

Yeah. The writing is pretty bad. Story is a bit lame.

Yay Silent Hill!

I HATE tales from the Crypt. I don't care for straight out horror outside of the fucked-up mind games of a Chthulhu concept.

BPRD? Mignola is good.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: October 23rd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's the Oni promo site for Wasteland.

I didn't realize you hated on horror so much. Kind of makes me question years of our relationship.

There's a new line of cthulu based comics that started a couple of months ago if you're interested in that. I think they're even called something like Tales of Cthulu. I want to say that Harlan Ellison is writing, but I might be making that up. On that same token, Ellison has a new line called...the green fog? Something similar to that.

BPRD is a series of minis following the paranormal investigation team that hellboy was a part of for a while. I think the feel is kind of like League of Extraordinary gentlemen, but a bit darker in a straightforward kind of way. Closer to that whole cthulhu genre now that I'm thinking about it.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 23rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hating tales from the Crypt doesn't mean I hate horror. One would rationally think that I like horror since I'm asking about it.

TotC bug me because I don't generally go in for morality stories in quick succession. Most of the stories had lame twists created through character negligence. Not my cup o' tea.

Wasteland looks very cool.

I think Alan Moore is writing the Chthulhu series you mean.

nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: October 24th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, so a run down of horror comics:

Dark Horse owns most of the movie rights to horror stuff, so they're producing your Freddy and Chucky based material. None of it is worth reading in my opinion, but if you're into that kind of thing, check out that section.

If you like Mignolia, I would suggest The Dark Horse Book of _______ series. They've got a couple of different topics that are all supposed to be pretty decent.

Rob Zombie cowrote something called The Nail that I've heard of but never read.

Take a look at Trick 'R Treat, a mini from the Wildstorm logo.

Spawn: Godslayer -- which is actually an alternative tail. Spawn itself has some ups and downs.

Also, look for the Devil's Due Publishing imprint.

Hmm...this might be easier if you told me what you liked in the past?
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: October 23rd, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
A sweet perk of working for Apple? I can buy stock at reduced prices. Now that has tickled my fancy...
abmann From: abmann Date: October 23rd, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is awesome. I think I need to move to Cupertino.

I did it smart though. I read about all the upcoming Apple products and bought when the stock sold for less than $90 per share. Did people not think the iPhone would be huge?

Mmm... profit.
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: October 23rd, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well played sir, well played.
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