Reviews

of things I've read, sometimes watched and very occasionally just looked at.

Browsing Archive: July, 2009

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Posted by Peter Bangs on Monday, July 13, 2009, In : novels 
Walter Mosley wrote a children's book, what is now called a YA (young adult?) novel.  That's a hard idea to wrap your brain around if you're familiar with Mosley's adult writing. I've read much of Mosley's work and been impressed by it all, his Easy Rawlins novels are some of the finest examples of crime fiction on the market and books like The man in THe Basement" make him stand out even more as a writer. Mosley gives me, a middle-aged white man, a brief glimpse of what it would be like to h...
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The Story of an Idea (The Red Cross story)

Posted by Peter Bangs on Monday, July 13, 2009, In : comics 
Finance has been tight this month so purchases have been minimal.  Being laid off has made me much more selective about what I read and what I buy.  Mostly I'm raiding the local libraries for my comics fix but sometimes you just want to own something.

So I started fishing around for free, downloadable pdf comics and amid a whole load of rubbish I found something truly outstanding, "The Story of an Idea". A twelve page comic by Moebius, yes that Moebius, about the foundation of the Red Cross an...
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Kampung Boy

Posted by Peter Bangs on Monday, July 13, 2009, In : graphic novels 
I bought Kampung Boy about a year ago and have really wanted to review it. Trouble is I can't find anything to add to the superlatives others have written about the book. Lat's writing is honest and affecting. His artwork is totally perfect for the material, tales of his boyhood, growing up in a tiny village in 50's Malaysia. Each page is one picture with text in a style somewhat similar to the British cartoonist Giles with a line quality like Charles Shulz and an energy to his work that brou...
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the excitement of the ordinary


Peter Bangs Married, two kids, mortgage, going into business with my wife and frankly terrified. Welcome to my little bit of sanity. I've spent 39 of my 46 years wanting to create stories and comics and achieving very little (a 200 page comic and a 24hour comic 10 years or more ago and very little since) so this is where I'm getting serious. Do work, put it out there, move on. Currently blog, reviews and a bunch of artwork will appear here, comics will be hosted on comicsfury with a link from here on the words and pictures page. Now let loose the dogs of war. ( that would have been so much more effective in capitals with lots of exclamation points. ) And the picture's of my son.
 
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