Sean Maher's Quality Control

Friday, May 19, 2006

Children of the Grave, more

Big Newsarama day, it seems.


Tom Waltz discusses the new IDW trade collection of Children of the Grave, which long-time readers will remember I enjoyed back in March of last year. Casey Maloney's artwork has all been touched up, and as much as I enjoyed it then, I have to say it looks really stellar now, with the digital effects adding a lot of dimension to the scenery:

Tom also teases with the cover image to his upcoming project with Maloney, The Last Fall ("The Last Samurai meets Starship Troopers"), which looks really badass:


I haven't read any Scott Pilgrim at all. But I took a look at the FCBD issue, which is posted in its entirety at Newsarama. I just looked at this page, and I think I may be sold on the series now:

I'll probably talk about the book when I finally read it... unless, of course, I don't enjoy it, in which case I'll keep my fool mouth shut.


Eximious means "really good," you see.


Ooh, new Harry Crews book is out!

--and appears, already, to be unavailable. I tracked down a copy through Top 10 Website Ever, but it seems they only printed like 2,000 of these. Weird. Publishers Weekly describes An American Family thusly:

"Set in what appears to be the contemporary South, this twisted tale of violence and passion from Crews (The Gospel Singer) focuses on the domestic conflicts facing Major Melton, a former marine and junior college professor. Melton's discovery of an unusual birthmark on his baby son's private parts leads him to suspect his wife of an affair and to a series of brutal episodes involving pit bulls and a hanging."

So, yeah - I'm all over it.


  • At 2:09 PM, Blogger Jason said…


    eximious - Most distinguished; excellent.

    It's sums up the book I plan on rolling out quite nicely. Also sums up Scott Pilgrim, and you better read it.

  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger Sean Maher said…

    Distinguished is for fancy pants. Give me something Really Good any day. ;)

    Don't worry - both books are on my list.

  • At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Emily said…

    Fucking Harry Crews books. Until recently I couldn't find a copy of The Hawk is Dying for less than $114.

  • At 11:23 AM, Blogger Sean Maher said…

    Man, I loved The Hawk Is Dying... something nicely private about that one. Crews is full of isolated, alienated characters, but there was something about a book that basically only contains the man and the hawk (which, as Crews pointed out in a later essay, is totally incapable of loving a man) that really nailed it down.

    But yeah, Crews' body of work is about half-to-two-thirds out of print, and seriously enough so that a lot of 'em are WAY hard to find.

    If you're in SF, keep an eye on Green Apple Books - they often don't seem to realize that XYZ is out of print and going for so much cash - or else just keep your fingers on, which has been a godsend for me when I'm looking for that kind of stuff.


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