Before he made his second “appearance” on The Simpsons in 2004, Thomas Pynchon made a few edits to the teleplay—he crossed out a pejorative line of dialogue about Homer’s ample posterior. “Homer is my role model,” he wrote in the margins, “and I won’t speak ill of him.”
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CASANOVA Returns to Image in Style
“All a comic would have to do is say ‘Matt Fraction’ on the front for me to pick it up and feel excited about what was inside.”
–Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Image Comics is very pleased to announce the return of CASANOVA by Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, SATELLITE SAM, Hawkeye), Gabriel Bá (The Umbrella Academy, Daytripper), and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, B.P.R.D.) in a series of deluxe hardcover “Complete Editions.” The first of these, CASANOVA VOLUME 1: LUXURIA, will be released in October 2014, followed by CASANOVA VOLUME 2: GULA in November, and CASANOVA VOLUME 3: AVARITIA in December.
Casanova “Cass” Quinn was born into a life of privilege but turned his back on it to pursue his own interests — namely stealing, spying, and living a hedonistic life with few moral compunctions. The black sheep in a family of international super-spies, Cass is pulled back into their sphere after an evil organization targets the Quinns. In a game of hidden agendas and double espionage across parallel universes, Cas must choose an identity. Is he the decadent thief named Casanova Quinn? Or is he the top secret agent named… Casanova Quinn?
Writer Fraction is known for his metafictional winks and deft melding of genres in the mega-hit SEX CRIMINALS, and CASANOVA puts his skill at the forefront in a science fiction spy story shot through with psychedelia, with gorgeous art by renowned Brazilian artists Bá and Moon.
In January 2014, Image Comics announced that CASANOVA would return with a fourth volume, ACEDIA, co-written by Fraction and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.
Each Complete Edition of CASANOVA collects four issues of the critically-acclaimed series in a deluxe, oversized hardcover volume, complete with covers and extra content. VOLUME 1: LUXURIA will be in comic book stores on October 22 and bookstores on November 4; VOLUME 2: GULA will be in comic book stores on November 12 and bookstores on November 25; VOLUME 3: AVARITIA will be in comic book stores on December 17 and bookstores on December 30. All are now available for pre-order.
CASANOVA VOLUME 1: LUXURIA by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bá
- ISBN 978-1-63215-161-2
- Diamond Comics code AUG140576
- 168 pages, hardbound, full color
- Rated Mature
- In comic book stores 10/22; bookstores 11/4
CASANOVA VOLUME 2: GULA by Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon
- ISBN 978-1-63215-181-0
- Diamond Comics code SEP140603
- 168 pages, hardbound, full color
- Rated Mature
- In comic book stores 11/12; bookstores 11/25
CASANOVA VOLUME 3: AVARITIA by Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon
- ISBN 978-1-63215-191-9
- Diamond Comics code OCT140617
- 176 pages, hardbound, full color
- Rated Mature
- In comic book stores 12/17; bookstores 12/30
Praise for CASANOVA, Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon:
“The idea of “Why not?” that is the spirit Fraction, Bá, and Moon capture in Casanova; a story told by creators stoned out of their heads on the possibilities that the medium provides.” –David Faust, Sequart
“Casanova is a brutally elegant fever dream of science fiction, spy movies and super-heroes, ripped through a hole in space-time specifically to blow your mind.” –Laura Hudson, Comics Alliance
“With such a wide cast and with so much going on, it’s impressive to see how much love and attention Fraction gives to every character, to every moment and to every event happening all at once. Nothing is left underdeveloped or pushed out of the way to for something better; it all feeds into itself like an ouroboros of pop-fueled pandemonium. This comic feels like the pure id of Fraction, limitless in scope and entirely open-ended from every perceivable angle.
“And good lord, Gabriel Bá is basically perfect.” –Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics
I am so excited for these collections. Especially since I’ve given away so many of the singles with the great back matter over the years. If I don’t buy any more comics for the rest of 2014, I’ll be happy to have these three volumes in my bookshelf.
From Essentialism by Greg McKeown: -
All things to all people
“I have to.”
“it’s all important”
“How can I fit it all in?
The undisciplined pursuit of more
Reacts to things most pressing
Says “Yes” to people without really thinking
Tries to force execution at the last moment”
Lives a life that does not satisfy
Takes on too much, and work suffers
Feels out of control
Is unsure of whether the right things got done
Feels overwhelmed and exhausted
Less but better
“I choose to.”
“Only a few things really matter.”
“What are the trade-offs?”
The disciplined pursuit of less
Pauses to discern what really matters
Says “no” to everything except the essential
Removes obstacles to make execution easy
Lives a life that really matters
Chooses carefully in order to do great work
Feels in control
Gets the right things done
Experiences joy in the journey
It’s nice to separate oneself from what one normally reads and this business-minded book was a sigh of relief. I have over ten post-it notes covered in notes to take down into my daybook document, because this book is full of helpful insights. I highly recommend this book if you’re like me and have a full plate and on the verge of being overwhelmed. It’s helped me refocus on what’s truly important in my life.
I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man. —
David Fincher (via lowindustrial)
#bgsd; HT @laurennmcc
A Modest And Belated Birthday Tribute To Archie Goodwin.
Really, really, dig the Michel Fiffe piece in this great tribute article, and Josh Bayer’s piece calls up images of Mark Twain, which is a pretty great coincidence.
I’m obsessed with Goodwin. I don’t know why. But that’s the fun of research, right? I guess that’s why this blog has kind of transformed into a gathering of information on Goodwin as I’m beginning to figure out what it is that fascinates me about him, and why I would like to write something about him. Right now, I’m thinking an oral history slash personal story. I think John Jeremiah Sullivan’s influence has rubbed off on me.
I just finished the hard cover DC put out collecting a bunch of Goodwin’s Batman work. Including the complete Manhunter series and Batman: Night Cries. The collection was a mixed bag, but the range—the span of time from Goodwin’s early work in the 1970s to the late ’90s—is quite significant. The silent Manhunter: Final Chapter is a heartbreaker and some of the finest short comics I’ve ever read. It’s quite something to see the difference in storytelling and artwork as Goodwin and Simonson grow together over the Manhunter back-ups.
Batman: Night Cries, on the other hand, was also quite a change in style given the years covered in the collection. It really showed how he grew as a writer. Overall, if you have any interest in Goodwin, I think you should pick up the book.
Teaching Is Not a Business -
TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology.
Yep, and this is why education in the United States is rated so poorly in the world, because we treat it like capitalism and teachers as students as numbers. A great example is New York City’s public education system under Bloomberg.
(Source: oupacademic, via bookoisseur)