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March 14 2006

Coming out this week: Angel: Old Friends #4 and Spike Vs. Dracula #1. Check your comic store for these releases on March 15th, 2006. Angel: Script Book #1 will be out the following week.

Ok, here's a little self-promotional thing, which I don't like doing 'cause it feels kinda icky, but here goes:

The International Comic Arts Association has a non-profit project called the Comics Outreach Program in which they donate comic books to schools, children’s hospitals and pediatric wards; after-school programs; boys and girls clubs; other youth organizations and libraries.

They accept donations of comic books from individuals. I thought it would be a good idea for those of us who want to support the 'verse and share it with new audiences to donate Buffy, Angel and Serenity comics to them. I wrote about this idea here.

Also, and this is the really shameless part, there's a comic book give-away drawing going on at the Whedonverse site if anyone would like a free copy of Serenity issue #3.

*Bleh, I need to shower now*
I wouldn't feel icky about that at all, but I do question whether these are the comics to donate to groups who serve children. Teens, yes, but not kids.
I believe the comics are sorted by rating or content so that those receiving them are age appropriate.
An Angel script book? I find the thought astonishing, given the cancellation of the Buffy script books midway through Season Three, aside from the one-off "Once More With Feeling" script book.
I would love to see kids reading comic books. If I hadn't started reading comic books when I was around 8 or 9, I wouldn't have become a sci-fi fan and hence wouldn't have discovered Buffy. Comic books expand the mind. It's as simple as that.

This is a great idea.
Simon, I agree completely. But there are a lot of good comics written for kids. These aren't.
Come on...comics are by definition for kids. There's no such thing as mature, intelligent comics with breathtaking art that can change your whole world view.


But there are a lot of good comics written for kids. These aren't.

But these are just fine for teens. There are plenty of youth organizations that serve teenagers. It's not limited to kids.
This is going way off topic here, but killinj do they accept any and all comics? I just mean do they accept single issues, or do they only want trades? I only ask because there's more than a few comics I own and as I'm running out of room to store them I'd seriously consider giving some of them away, where appropriate for children. (For instance I'd probably keep the Lobo comic where he kills Santa.)

[ edited by war_machine on 2006-03-14 23:20 ]
As far as I know, they accept any comics and graphic novels. They accept used and slightly damaged materials. So, they don't have to be in perfect condition either. I've contacted them to see if I can find out more.
There's no such thing as mature, intelligent comics with breathtaking art that can change your whole world view.


V For Vendetta, Maus and Watchmen spring to mind.
OMG, I had actually written "/end sarcasm directed at normies" after my post, but I put the <>'s in it and I guess it's blinvisible now...

But anyway, it was completely sarcastic. Can't decide if I should read V first or see the movie...as for Watchmen, hubby wants me to wait until we get the newly colored version.
I'd definitely recommend reading it 1st RS but YMMV.
Another option, although it involves more effort, is to contact your local comic shop. They may already have a similar program where they donate to a local charity.
In case it's too far off from the source material, I'd recommend just waiting for the movie first, then reading the comic. That way, you may be able to enjoy the film on its own merits (if any), then when you experience the comic you can see how adaptation stacks up against source material. Or simply appreciate them both, depending on how it all turns out. If the movie sucks utterly, there's still a good chance you'll check out the comic some day on strength of reputation hopefully. If you read the book first and love it tonnes, then even if the movie's pretty decent but not astonishing, you may find your knowledge of the better book detracting from your enjoyment of the film.

See the film first. I've seen lots of Alan Moore fans' comments who say From Hell actually kinda sucks, but I thought it was a better-than-average comic book adaptation, loved the look of it, and felt that many scenes/plot details were grade-A moviemaking. I'll definitely read the goliath of a graphic novel for it eventually, but I'm glad I was able to enjoy the film first without prejudice. If I decide the film completely pales in comparison to the book, at least I will have had the initial enjoyment of the film and some of its performances (twice, actually).
Kris, That's exactly what my hubby says to do. Since movie adaptations tend to be a bit 'less' than the source material...might be best to save the source for after. I think I agree. I'd rather say "Wow, in hindsight, that movie that I thought rocked wasn't quite all that" than walk out of the theater going, "Man, that sucked and was nothing like the book!"
Rogue, if you can separate the two in your mind then you (and hubby) are right, film first, comic second. If you think the book might be forever marred by a bad film then read V first. It's one of my favourite comics and though it was written in 1982 (the first part anyway) it's actually quite scary how relevant it is today.

Kris, i'm an Alan Moore fan that hasn't read From Hell and I thought the film was OK. Not brilliant but nicely shot and acted (Johnny Depp's accent was a bit dodgy but cockney is pretty hard even for English people and he was otherwise excellent).

On the other hand i've met people that thought League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the film) was quite good but never anyone who's read the comic. The book is a wonderful pastiche of Victoriana and a fairly insightful comment on British (or any other) imperialism with all the rich denseness that Moore always brings. The film is, well, nothing with Big Sean can be all bad but car chases ? in Venice ? Tom Sawyer ? Errk. Also, one of the key points of the book is that Mina Murray (previously Mina Harker), a woman and a divorcee (oh, the humanity), is leader of the group but apparently Sean Connery doesn't get led by women so that was 'de-emphasised' in the movie. Depressing.
Yes, the ICAA is thrilled to receive donations of any and all comics! The organization distributes these books through a wide variety of outlets and organizations to readers of all ages, including adults. The ICAA screens all of the books that we pass on to make sure all are age-appropriate to the group or organization that they are going to. We would be most appreciative to receive any and all items that you would
like to donate and you can rest assurred that your donation will be put to good use.

Thanks for your support-

Erik Enervold
Executive Director
/The International Comic Arts Association (ICAA)/
Saje - you will always know if I am watching League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - I am the one sobbing uncontrollably, muttering "They turned it into this?" Definitely one of the worst adaptations I have seen. Of course, I haven't seen Elektra, Daredevil or Catwoman so there may be worse out there yet!

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