Did you read Garth Ennis' Punisher MAX run? It's amazing. If you read the pre-Max run, know that the MAX run is nothing like it. Ennis' Marvel Knights Punisher run is a conglomeration of annoying Ennis traits, superhero jokes and gore-humor. But the Punisher MAX comics are just tremendous.
(and I seriously didn't intend this as a plug, but I just realized that I have extra copies of the first four Punisher MAX paperbacks, if anyone wants to buy them)
Currently reading my way through Terry & the Pirates, halfway through book 4 (of 6 total). Reading comic strips is kind of fatiguing because of the lack of "chapter breaks" where you can kind of catch your breath, though there is a little bit of that kind of thing every once in a while where the characters just kind of goof around. But for the most part it just goes from sticky situation to sticky situation. Comic strips are also fatiguing due to the need to recap things every three pages, though Terry isn't as annoying in that way as it could be. Those caveats out of the way, I'm glued to these books. Great snappy dialogue, some great characters (Burma and the Dragon Lady in particular, as well as some of the villains), and man do I love those Sundays.
Also read NEW CHARACTER PARADE by Johnny Ryan a couple weeks ago. This, along with "The World's Funniest Joke", is the funniest Johnny Ryan I've ever read, and is way way better than the similar Comic Book Holocaust or Klassic Komix Klub. I bet just about everyone at F:AT would like some Johnny Ryan; PRISON PIT might be the most AT comic out there right now.
Blacksad sounds interesting. I'll have to hunt around for it.
My current favorite titles are Criminal, The Unwritten and The Walking Dead. I also enjoyed the new Optic Nerve, although it comes out to sporadically to be a current favorite. I am also told by my wife that I need to read the last few Fables trades and catch up with her, so we can talk about them.
I am in the process of making the switch to digital, simply for ease of reading and space reasons. I recently weeded out 11 boxes of comics I no longer want and the other 20-something boxes still take up too much space. I can wait a month on the iPad and buy the issues for a dollar cheaper, so I figure this still saves me money. I can also buy them through my local shops link to Comixology, so they still get a cut of my money. I won't be going completely digital, as some things just aren't available digitally. I still make a trip or two to the comic shop each month.
Not too long ago I read Lint, installment #20 in Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library, which is the single most devastating character portrait I have seen in any medium. A staggering piece of work, really.
I'm a "wait (decades) for the hardcover" kind of guy, even to the point where I haven't read the second volume of Berlin because I'm waiting for that third and final volume to come out (sorry). That said, I did read Acme Novelty Library #19 (I think that's the correct number) because it had been too damn long since I'd read a Chris Ware comic and I'd heard that #19 was self-contained, and holy SHIT it was the best thing I've read by him yet (which makes it one of the all-time great comics ever). It was the "Seeing-Eye Dogs of Mars"-related story. I've heard Lint is equally good. Since it sounds like you're reading the serialized versions: about how many volumes/years would you estimate remain till the story finishes? Much as I loved #19, it was ALL about a theoretically minor character in the main story, so this whole project seems like it might be frighteningly enormous. But it won't be the first comic I wait a decade for.
Wow, this is an old thread. Possibly revived by a spambot?
At any rate, I've downloaded the Marvel, DC, Darkhorse and Comixology apps for my iPad. I've only read free preview issues they've put up, but I really enjoy the experience. I too can wait a month to only pay $1.99 or on sale for 99 cents. Still, it's hard to restrain going crazy and downloaded a crap ton of comics.
In print form I'm reading Omega the Unknown. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's all a bit random, but the pieces are starting to come together. I also picked up the first two issues of Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith. I was a bit leery at another go around in the Buffyverse after the mess that Buffy Season 8 ended in, but it's a series I'm invested in so I continue to read it. The first two issues of each series have been OK, nothing stellar so far.
In my "to read" pile is the newest Fables trade as well as a bunch of stuff this guy in the university library which I haven't really touched yet.
I've also been reading the trades for Locke & Key. I'm only on the second one, but it is good. I can't say it is fantastic, but I look forward to picking it up after each reading, so that is a good sign.
I've been considering Omega the Unknown. Isn't that Dalrymple's book?
I also forgot to comment on JonJacob's mention of Glamourpuss. I have been reading it since it started, but it is too inconsistent. Sometimes he is hilarious and interesting. Other times, he is taking wild guesses about the personal lives of long dead artists with no basis in fact. I took it off my pull list and plan to look at each issue and decide on a month to month basis. The art is always fantastic, so at least that is consistent.
Omega the Unknown has Jonathan Lethem as the writer and Dalrymple as the artist. I like Lethem, I love Dalrymple...but I never pulled the trigger on the hardback for some reason. Is it finally out in paper now?