Thursday, August 10, 2006

Reading Italian comics and loving it!

Partly inspired by ACT's post of a few weeks ago, and partly uninspired by my choice of reading material for the holidays (Machiavelli's The Prince, which I am reading for a second time, and the Bill Hicks Love All the People book), while in Italy I went mad for Dylan Dog comics (fumetti).


They take me a little while to read because I'm trying to improve my Italian at the same time, focusing on sentence structure and the like, but they are great fun. I bought 13 in total (only 12 in this pic, cos one was sitting ready near my bag for today's train trip to London) at €2.50 each. Wife thought I was insane, I think, spending €32.50 (£22, or US$42) on these things over the course of about four days, but I'm hooked, man! And I was amazed that the beachside newsstands had original first editions (even though some of them were a bit tatty) dating back to 1990!

And while at the newsstand I couldn't resist the urge to buy some Italian porn comics, too. More on those later...



Blogger Deep Stoat said...

Don't know about you, but as I recall, The Prince reveals Machiavelli to be something of at worst, a pragmatist, and at best an idealist.

I always thought his name was taken in vain, but I did read it over twenty years ago.

Got to go. I have just seen an actual stoat, yes a STOAT in my garden.

This does not bode well for my feathered friends.

Very intrigued about Italian Porn. Please reveal all.

10 August, 2006 20:04  
Blogger Adam said...

Italian Porn comics - yes!

So, I bought a Funeral For A Friend CD - casually dressed and deep in conversation. I believe either you or Red suggested it to me, so I want to say I massively enjoy them - on another note, if you could make me check out one band, what would it be - I already know your answer I think ha

10 August, 2006 21:19  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

OH Stoat you crack me up!

I love these photos and the covers isn't it awesome when you get totally into a comic. Last time I did it was Sandman(used to collect comics)

What a good incentive to study and absorb a language, good idea!

Look forward to the porn hopefully Stoat won't have tattered it before I get back:)

11 August, 2006 01:54  
Blogger a.c.t said...

Good for you in spreading the DD word. Don't you find Groucho's jokes really funny? Sometimes I don't get all of them though, they can be very obscure.

11 August, 2006 08:43  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

DS: Certainly I agree about his name being taken in vain. It was not quite the book I was expecting, whihc is partly why, a few years later, I have decided to re-read it.

Adam: Glad you're enjoying FFAF. Good, aren't they? Recommend a group: Manic Street Preachers, maybe. My Chemical Romance? But I'm sure you are well versed in both. Who did you suspect I'd say?

Candy: I used to collect comics too, as well as work in a comic-book store. Never got into Sandman, but did read a lot of Hellblazer. I'll make sure Stoat goes easy on the porn!

ACT: I find Groucho, generally, a totally unnecessary inclusion, devo dire! His jokes are bad, but, like you, non capisco tutte. Devo chiedere a Moglie che vogliono dire! By the way, one of the ones I bought was Johnny Freak, so I'm looking forward to reading that one.

11 August, 2006 10:00  
Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

I still like Toppolino. I import it from my relatives. yes, I know it's mickey mouse under an italian name, but my father's collected every copy since 1961 so I might as well keep up the tradition

11 August, 2006 10:37  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

I've never really been a huge Mickey Mouse fan, although I do have an old copy of Topolino here somewhere. Cool to have such a wealth of back issues, though.

11 August, 2006 10:44  
Blogger a.c.t said...

No way, I love Groucho. He's a totally necessary inclusion. I love their friendship his stupid jokes.

12 August, 2006 11:35  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

ACT: Ummm, nah! I do like the way Dylan is always threatening to shoot him, though.

12 August, 2006 12:43  

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