As I mentioned in my bio, I’m a huge Daniel Clowes fan. There are days when I want to pack up and move to California for the sole purpose of being near him/ other fans/ special events. But alas, my life is here in Texas, so I have to admire him from afar. I, like many others became entranced shortly after seeing Ghost World for the first time. Since then I have been acquiring and admiring his entire collection of work. One of my favorite things to do as a reader is seek out alternative covers and illustrations for each individual story. The following photos are all of the different covers I’ve been able to find for the collective comics of “Eightball”. So here they are, enjoy. And PLEASE, feel free to share any I may have missed. -Lauren
Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week. Every Wednesday I look forward to my fiancé coming home like the zealots look forward to the second coming of Christ. Is it because we’re madly in love and can’t be away from each other for more than a few hours? Well yeah, but that’s everyday. What makes Wednesdays so special is that it is……Comic Book Day! All over the Nation, in every little comic book shop, Wednesdays are the days when all the new comics are released for the week/ month. Wednesdays are the Fridays of the nerd world. So once a week I wait patiently to see his truck pull up so we can go to our favorite little shop (More Fun Comics And Games, in beautiful Denton, TX) and get our weekly fix. This has been a tradition with us for almost 2 years now, it’s one of my favorite things to do together. His affinity for comic books goes back way farther than mine, which is why when we arrive at the checkout counter, his stack of finds always supersedes mine. He reads everything, everything. But I’m….a lot pickier. It really has to speak to me. I love love Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine and many others but Batman and Spider-Man just don’t interest me. Not being a huge consumer of Marvel or DC Comics, sometimes the pickins are slim. I can usually find stuff but sometimes I leave empty handed. Well not entirely empty handed, I usually have to help carry the mountain of comics my fiancé has just purchased. So when I discovered this gem I was thrilled. “Dames In The Atomic Age” was staring right at me. It claimed to be a unique, pulp tale that pays homage to the B-Movies, Sci-Fi serials and crime magazines of the 1940’s and ’50’s.” I of course bought it and ran home and gobbled it right up. It was smart, sexy and extremely well written. I cannot wait to follow the whole series. It’s finds like these that make all those Wednesdays worthwhile. So if you’re into retro, modern, revival era revivals and detectivey sci-fi stories, I highly recommend this trade. Totally worth it for only $8.95 for the entire first volume. Happy Comic-Ing!