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    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2010
    While reading, I wished I was on the web, and that every quote was hyperlinked back to the original interview/source, every person's name linked to their wiki or website, every comic title linked to pages of information about that comic, where to buy, etc... The whole series of articles could be written in 100% hyperlinks, really.
    • CommentAuthorJeff P.
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2010
    This weekend I alternated between reading Do Anything and watching Matthew Collings' The is Civilization on Ovation. This show put my woman in the mood for some James Burke. She watched Connections 2 while I sipped rum and finished off Do Anything, flooding my brain with a wash of linkages teased out of history and pop culture. I imagined a weird Warren Ellis/James Burke hybrid hosting a show showing how lower class peasant-rape after the Battle of Hastings led to The Damned's Grimly Fiendish or something.

    Style-wise, I was faintly reminded of one of Alan Moore's history-hopping spoken word CDs, which is a good thing. It also seemed to be a continuation of the path of Crecy and Frankenstein's Womb: a train of thought mounted on a rigid structure. My favorite aspect was that, even when delving through several layers of causal references, it always felt as if we were moving towards something, some conclusion or endgame.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010
    Seems like I'm not able to get it over here ... but I'll keep trying ...
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    Does not have it?
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010
    Well (US) doesn't have it yet, neither does Powells, or B&N. And my LCS doesn't have it. I'm going to need to check out other sources.
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    Huh. Looks like sold out. will have it, I'm sure.

    CORRECTION: Khepri don't have DO ANYTHING either. What the fuck?
  3.  (8102.7)
    And now I find that TFAW don't have it either.
    • CommentAuthorKarmadrome
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010
    I read it on the flight to Vegas and I found it...inspiring? Yeah, that's probably the word. As soon as I put it down I picked up my laptop and didn't stop typing until we touched down a couple of hours later. I've no clue if anything I wrote was worth a damn, but I haven't had that much energy in quite a while.

    The thing I really loved about the book is that I found myself making notes to get more information on something you'd written on just about every page. Books that are informative but don't leave you with any questions at the end are nice, but it's a lot more fun to learn something about how much more you have to learn.

    Yeah, well worth my (whatever I paid for it, I didn't even look at the price).
    • CommentAuthorDickey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010
    After finally getting to read through in one sitting, I firmly enjoyed the collected work. The flow is great, especially at the end where you combine quite a few sections into that brilliant walkthrough of the architectural map of Kirby's face. And I had never come across Philippe Druillet before either, so that was a great find for me coming out of this series. (Well, I saw his name during the online run, but I only started looking these people up this go-around)

    Your approach to the history of comics as a history of connections is quite brilliant too. It has gotten me to reexamine some of my approach to historiography, so maybe you can provide me with a springboard to eventually say something novel in my own field. Someday in the future at least.

    I want to close by thanking you for one of the most beautiful long-form sentences I have ever seen. At the end (I believe page 47) you managed to compose a nicely sized paragraph on Bowie, Eno, and Moore playing music, discovering comics, and doing anything that is one of the most breathless and masterfully wordy sentences I have had the pleasure of reading. And you do it without me bitching about running on, as I do whenever I read academic shite like Edward Said. So bravo, that one combination of words and ideas has sold a few friends on picking this collection up. (Forgive the incoherence of all this, my brain is fucked today)
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2010
    My LCS here in London had it yesterday - the relief flight made it :)

    Not sure what they'll be doing with last weeks stuff once tomorrows arrives... they may have to rotate stuff to the "normal" shelve quite quickly...
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
    Picked it up at Gosh! two days ago. I had read some of them online but haven't re-visited yet.
  4.  (8102.12)
    so... the last three stupendously busy days at work have been worthwhile for some very specific reasons...
    these arrived each lunchtime on my break, with a satisfying plop through the heathen letterbox, that usually only brings me bills or arguments from British Gas...

    for once, my letterbox likes me, and i am rather fond of it....


    (arse eels just out of shot)

    and just for good measure... i just polished this off once again, whilst having another poo...
    The highest of reading honours... Poo reading is second only to long hot bath reading in satisfying reading honours...


    I also just lent the entire TRANSMETROPOLITAN run to my guitarist, telling him to pay special attention to NO ONE TOUCH THAT DOG... panel.. and challenged him to FREE STEVE CHUNG count off, and i will give him beer if he is correct with the totla amount it appears...

    Ladies and Gentlemen...
    Please excuse me whilst i get my Ellis on...

    Its going to be a GOOD weekend.

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    and by getting my Ellis on... it is not a sexual stalker advance on you Warren...

    No matter how much you keep asking...
    ; )

  6.  (8102.14)
    Got my copy today. My mother threw the Amazon shipping box at my head to wake me up. Read most of it standing in the shower with my back to the water. Really really fun stuff, love the crazy digressions that go on. A little Pynchon-esque in the digression/detailed specific knowledge/ "holy-shit-that-can't-be-true! (checks encyclopedia) WTF it IS!" department. I like that. Best 48 page long book I own.

    Since it is called "Volume 1" I assume there will be more? Please please say there will be more. And please let it actually be about Harlan Ellison's sentient kitchen table.
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    I was sort of expecting it to be the same dimensions as SHIVERING SANDS.
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    As a package - I love the clean lines of the presentation. Nice one, Ariana.

    As a read - inspirational, even more so than on the instalment plan. Not so much on comics specifically - though I love how my understanding of the Anglophone medium got upgraded between reading Do Anything and Googling the various parts I didn't know - but the presentation of the connectivity of ideas there touches on a whole bunch of things I've been trying to write about in semi-coherent fashion (including my next Weaponizer bit). The spirit of James Burke is clearly alive and well!
  9.  (8102.17)
    well todays free comic book day was a bit of a non starter (the queue was horrendous), so i just bypassed it all managed to get hold of this.....

    I enjoyed the instalments on the site. It will be good to read them again this weekend...
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2010 edited
    Does not have it?

    No, it doesn't. Weird thing is: There's kind of an entry for it:
    but it isn't in stock or available by any marketplace retailer ...

    My local comic book store didn't get it either (and there's lots of the Avatar stuff comin' in, normally) ...
  10.  (8102.19)
    From gugliacci on twitter, this is quite excellent:

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    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2010
    Update: It's available now!