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Do Anything Volume 1 by Warren Ellis
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Oct 31, 10

Read from October 10 to 30, 2010

Ellis succeeds at writing about comics in the most circuitous way possible. With the sometimes narrator of the robotic head of Jack Kirby, Ellis provides a sort of ethnographic history of comics, charting the confounded, conflicted, and intensely political world of comics writers, artists, and bussinesspeople. Though the volume is slim, it contains more ideas, explication, and people than a single reading can divine. It will be worth returning to often. As usual, Ellis's wit is rich and heady, not unlike working through a satisfying pint of dark stout. Ambiguities, uncertainties, tangents, and in-jokes run rampant, but Ellis proves himself an adequate guide into, if not out of, the history of comics. His constant references to potential later volumes and other robotic heads of comics' figureheads suggests that future jungles, depths, and psyches are yet to come. I eagerly await them.
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