Thursday, August 25, 2005

Bloggin the Line

Femme fatale Laura Tegan Gjoovaag issued a Blogaround Challange.

Laura, I accept...finally.

First up we have Cognitive Dissonance. Yes, it's true, I've never read CD. I do know who Johanna Draper Carlson is though. I think I see her name bandied around on the internet as often as the word porn, but I never had an overwhelming desire to check out her blog. So, now I have. She talks a lot about manga, a subject I'm interested in, unfortunately I haven't found a book that interested me yet. Blacksad is a book I've been dying to get a hold of, but everytime I order it from Amazon they always backorder it and I never freakin get it. Anyone out there got a copy? Anyway, her blog is pretty cool, lots of links, good reviews. By that I mean she's not just stuck on one stinking genre. She also asks the most important question ever: What ever happened to Blue Devil? Good stuff, I'll have to add it to the sidebar soon.

Next, Noetic Concordance, a blog run by Brian Cooksey, who also took the challenge. There's lots of books reviewed here, mostly Marvel & DC, but enjoyable regardless. I like the mix of old and new stuff, and the reviews are intelligently written (unlike, say, mine). Nothing spectacular, but a darn good run-of-the-mill blog. It'll be added to the sidebar too.

Thirde, we have Christopher Priests blog, According to Me. I love Priest, how the hell did I miss this? No, I don't follow his books like I should, but whenever I've picked up any of his stuff I've enjoyed the hell out of it. It's not an all comics blog, which is cool, I imagine he deals in comics so much he NEEDS a place to vent out other things. Since I don't read enough creator blogs to begin with, and this is pretty damn good, it goes on the sidebar!

Next, it's Snark Free Waters, run by a number of people. It's a "Top 5" blog, consisting of lists of Top 5 various things. I got bored after about five minutes. If that's your bag, check it out, but it's just not that interesting to warrant daily checks.

Comics At My Brain is fifth on the list. Run by Tom Bondurant, it's a pretty good superhero comics blog. Tom seems generally well informed and talkitave as all hell. My God those are some long posts. Unfortunately he seems mostly infatuated with DC heroes, something I'm not overly interested in, and I'm already reading blogs by enough DC junkies that reading another might make my brain explode. It's good stuff though, well written, informative, even if it is only a capes blog.

The Low Road is up next. More good stuff all around here. Links, discussion, info, not a lot of reviews though (like I can talk...). I liked it enough to want to add it to the sidebar. Not much more to say outside of that, sorry.

Coming in at #7 is Highway 62. It's pretty much just linkblogging, which is okay, but that's what I have Neilalien for, no? But it is a creator blog, and it's by Matt, who's last name I do not know. It's okay stuff, just not terribly interesting.

Hitting the eighth spot is Dial B For Blog, a site I've seen mentioned in a few places. This is someone who apparently has waaaay toom uch time on their hands! Geez, I'm ashamed to even read it, it makes pretty much every other blog look like an ugly stepsister. Lots of hard work obviously went into this one, and I can't recommend it enough. The "Big Giant Hand" cover gallery is hilarious!

View From the Cheap Seats is my "number nine, number nine" blog. It's a pop culture blog, like mine, but moreso I guess. Kinda reminds me of Tom's blog. Good stuff, even if nothing junmped out and grabbed me from the get go. I'll be keeping an eye on it for sure.

Loose Pages ends the list. I picked it because the title was similar to my column's. It's another creator blog, and not terribly interesting i'm sad to say. Just sort of a day-in-the-life kinda thing.

So, there's my blogaraound, apologies to those expecting giant insights and criticisms. You'll all learn eventually I'm one lazy bastard.


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