Inbox/Outbox: October 30, 2015

In Inbox/Outbox, we document the rhythm of readers’ lives by sharing comics we acquired, the comics we finished, and the next comics we plan to read each week.

Inbox (Comics Acquired)

planetes-vol-1Planetes Omnibus, Vol. 1 – Makoto Yukimura (Dark Horse Manga)

This series is coming in two large omnibus volumes, and let me tell you, I am very excited. I haven’t read Planetes, which is the story of three people who do the grunt work of space—cleaning up debris, but the release of a big, shiny, pretty omnibus edition is reason enough to go ahead and do so! I only have the digital right now, but this is a book I have a feeling I will fully appreciate in print.

The Comic Book Story of Beer – Jonathan Hennessey, Mike Smith, Aaron McConnell, Aaron McConnell (Ten Speed Press)

Beer and comics. I know I’m not the only person who loves both of these things, which is why I’m very excited for The Comic Book Story of Beer, a history of beer and brewing ranging from 7000 B.C. to the present day craft brewery explosion.

Outbox (Comics Finished)

blankets-craig-thompsonBlankets – Craig Thompson (Drawn and Quarterly)

Yes, I finally read this modern classic of comics, and yes, it was amazing. It took me so long because I heard so much about it and was afraid of it not meeting expectations, but of course it beat them. Drawn and Quarterly has put out a new paperback edition of the book, and it’s beautiful and amazing and … sob. Go read it if you haven’t already!

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1-4 – Greg Rucka and Marco Chechetto (Marvel)

Oh Star Wars. The rabbit hole I’ve gone down after the release of the new trailer is pretty epic. My anticipation for the movie is pretty ridiculous (I don’t think a day has gone by in the last week that I haven’t tweeted about Star Wars in one form or another), so I’m inhaling all the content I can until the movie’s release. There are a few different stories that bridge the gap between Jedi and The Force Awakens, but I love this as its own story the best.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

prison-islandPrison Island: A Graphic Memoir – Colleen Frakes (Zest Books)

This is a graphic memoir about McNeil Island, one of the United States’ last island prisons, but also the island that Colleen and her family called home. The black and white art in this looks great, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading this unique story.

Snowden – Ted Rall (Seven Stories Press)

I say over and over that I love graphic biographies, so you can bet I had my eye on Snowden from when it was first released. The cover copy makes it sound like the book is very supportive of Edward Snowden. I’m not rah! rah! about the guy, but I am looking forward to learning more about him.

How about you? What comics did you read this week?

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