My latest Shelf Life is up at Sequart. This one looks at issue #21, which is where the truly classic part of Love & Rockets begins, kicking off both Jaime’s “The Death of Speedy Ortiz” and Gilbert’s “Human Diastrophism.” I am excited to continue plowing through these, and still hope to get to the series midway point before the baby comes in August.
Speaking of the baby, we are now less than 10 weeks 'til the due date and Rachel is getting bigger by the day. It's fun hearing everyone's theories about whether it’s a boy or a girl, but of course, no one really knows. I still find myself at a loss to accept the reality of what’s lurking just over the horizon, but this outstanding NY Times comic strip, entitled "How I Learned to Relax," by Rutu Modan, the Israeli comic artist whose first US graphic novel, Exit Wounds (reviewed here by Tom Spurgeon), is coming out from Drawn and Quarterly very soon, sure does hit close to home. Definitely worth your time to check it out (though you might need a Times Select password to access it).