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It's starting to look like Tavi might like D+Q as much as we like her.

We all knew Tavi was into comics before we published Rookie Yearbook One , but I don't think we realized just how much of a fan she actually is. But over the past week, it's become undeniably clear to any faithful Rookie reader. (Okay, it was already pretty clear.) Take a look at all this evidence I've gathered from just the past three days!

For those of you who were rightfully impressed last winter when Tavi interview Dan Clowes, prepare to be impressed once again while reading her interview with fellow Oak Park resident Chris Ware! The interview is titled Work Hard and Be Kind, which is perhaps the best title for a Chris Ware interview that I've come across.

When we talk about Tavi around the office, the word thoughtful comes up a lot, and this is no doubt what makes her such an intelligent interviewer. She gets Chris talking about his childhood fear of taking his shirt off in public, accidentally stumbling upon Raw while actually hoping to find porn at a head shop during his '60s phase (in the '80s), and about art's ability to "condense experience into something greater than reality." Go! Read! It will be time well-spent.

But there's more! Earlier in the week in their feature titled Literally The Best Thing Ever, where Rookie talks about things that are, like, literally the best things ever, including retro-futurism, glitter, and Joni Mitchell, Chris Ware was once again the subject.

And then, of course, there's this article too, about writers' block, wherein we hear anecdotes/advice from talented writers like Joss Whedon, Malcolm Gladwell, Adrian Tomine, and Vanessa Davis! Hooray!

So there you have it. Tavi likes us. And the best part of this? We're not even in cahoots! Tavi and her crew just have impeccable taste! Thanks for all the attention, Rookie!

Trivia Friday.

Congratulations Shena Tokala at Pens, Thespians, and Words and JT at The Window on the South for being the first people to answer the questions correctly.
Name the movie and character that this quote is from:
"I asked for an army and all I got was you. You are not enough."
Name the movie and character that this quote is from:
"Well... yes. At least, well enough for my own people. But we have no songs for great halls and... evil times."
Name the movie and character that this quote is from:
"Around the survivors a perimeter create."
Here are the answers to last week's questions.
What planet did Princess Leia tell Vader and Tarkin the Rebel Base was located before they destoryed Alderann?
Answer: Dantooie
In the Fellowship of the Ring, what is the name of the creatured that attacked the Fellowship while entering the mines of Moria?
Answer: The Watcher in the Water
Name the movie and character that this quote is from:
"If it bleeds, we can kill it."
Answer: Predator, Dutch
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Sonja Ahlers in Toronto at the One-of-a-Kind Show!

Sobey-nominated artist, THE SELVES petit livre author, and Rookie Yearbook artist Sonja Ahlers has left the confines of her studio in White Horse (in the Yukon, people!)to sell her gorgeous hand-made art at the One of a Kind show in Toronto, which ends this Sunday, she's in booth U-09. Not in Toronto? Check out her etsy page, then.

Phantom Menace Vs Attack of the Clones Part 2.

Here is part 2 of my Phantom Menace Vs. Attack of the Clones Film Versus. Click Here for part 2 of the Versus.
Overall Action
 The Phantom Menace: Other than the two action scenes listed above, the Phantom Menace included a very cool opening scene of the Jedi fighting the basically helpless droids in the Trade Federation capital ship. Later, the fight to take back the Naboo's throne room was fun, however the Gungan battle was not that great. It really could have been a well made action scene, but Jar Jar had to ruin it with unnecessary humor.
Attack of the Clones: Jango Fett's and Obi-Wan's fight on Kamino was cool and really the first time that a Jedi vs. Bounty Hunter battle was shown. Both the execution fight and the Jedi battle in the Geonosis Arena were awesome. Never before has this many Jedi have been in the same fight and then the arrival of the Clones was great.
Verdict: Attack of the Clones: Attack of the Clones take an easy victory in this round. The action is just all around superior and more impressive.
Remember the winner of these following categories means that it was less negative to the film than the other one it is compared to.
Worst Aspect
Jar Jar Binks Vs Bad Romance
Jar Jar Binks: While I dislike his character less that most, he is probably the worst thing to happen to the Star Wars universe since the Holiday Special, actually he is probably worse since people remember him. I would really like to know what George Lucas was thinking when he created Jar Jar. Basically he is the most unnecessary and pointless character in the Star Wars universe, never will understand why he was in it. Upon this recent viewing of the Phantom Menace he annoyed me ever more.
Bad Romance: With Anakin's infamous description of sand and the many other poorly written lines of dialogue, it easily the worst aspect of Attack of the Clones. Although I found it slightly more tolerable than I expected upon this recent viewing, it was still poorly written and delivered.
Verdict: Bad Romance: Jar Jar is present almost throughout the film, while the romance only ruins about 15 minutes of the film. As much I hate to say it, the romance parts were not quite as bad as Jar. (this is coming from a guy who hates an over enphasis on romance in any movie)
Worst Anakin
Jake Lloyd Vs Hayden Christensen
 Jake Lloyd: While some of his performance could be attributed to his young age, Lloyd should have never been casted in the role to start with. He was annoying at some points and they probably should have casted an older actor for the role.
Hayden Christensen: Christensen was also miscast as Anakin he whined a lot and was kind of the creep with stalker like qualities. Although he did play a legitimately awkward teenager relativity well.
Verdict: Tie: While Lloyd was definitely worse, however he had less screen time than Hayden, therefore it was a tie.
 Illustration depicting various characters of the film, surrounded by a frame which reads at the top "Every saga has a beginning". In the background there is a close-up of a face with yellow eyes and red and black tattoos. Below the eyes are a bearded man with long hair, a young woman with facepaint and an intricate hat, three spaceships, a short and cylindrical robot besides a humanoid one, a boy wearing gray clothes, a young man wearing a brown robe holding a laser sword, and an alien creature with long ears. At the bottom of the image is the title "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" and the credits.Film poster. A young man is seen embracing a young woman. A man holds a lightsaber. In the foreground, there is a man wearing a suit.
Verdict: Attack of the Clones: If you asked me this question a few week ago I definitely would have said the Phantom Menace, however after this recent viewing I have concluded that Attack of the Clones was more enjoyable and the Phantom Menace is my least favorite of the six Star Wars films. The action, acting, and concept, were all better in Attack of the Clones compared to the Phantom Menace. Which is your favorite of these two movies? Please vote below. Because these two are so close in ranking for me, there is no "right" answer and I cannot disagree if you like the Phantom Menace more. While these two are my least favorite of the Star Wars Saga, as a Star Wars fan I still enjoy both very much despite their flaws.
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Phatom Menace Vs Attack of the Clones Part 1.

Today on Versus I will be comparing what are generally considered the worst the two Star Wars films, the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. While I have previous said that I liked the Phantom Menace more than Attack of the Clones, after my recent viewing of the movies I am not so sure right now. Therefore, this is a comparison of the two movies in various categories. Please comment below with your favorite of these two movies.

Lightsaber Battle
Duel of Fates vs. Yoda/Dooku Battle
Duel of Fates: Easily the best and most memorable moment from the Phantom Menace, the epic Duel of Fates. The choreography is great, featuring some of the best at the time. Maul duel bladed Lightsaber is just awesome and the shocking death of Qui-Gon Jinn ends the fight perfectly. 

End Lightsaber Battle: This Lightsaber battle includes both Anakin/Obi-Wan vs. Dooku as well as Yoda finally uses his Lightsaber. Count Dooku's skill is shown brilliantly during this battle and then Yoda uses his Lightsaber. It is awesome finally getting to see using it, and his fighting style is unique.
Verdict: Duel of Fates: While Yoda fight is awesome, the Duel of Fates is just more intense and impressive. 
Best Character(s) Introduction
Darth Maul vs. Clones
 Darth Maul: One of the most memorable Star Wars villains, mostly because of his awesome appearance and duel bladed Lightsaber. He will be have a large influence on the Star Wars universe in the up-coming season of The Clone Wars and his Lightsaber has inspirited many others with similar design.
The Clones: Although they were given little personality in the movie, their impact on the Clone Wars TV series is astonishing. They are often the best and most interesting characters in the series, featured in many of the best story arcs.
Verdict: Tie: While Maul definitely made a larger impact in his movie than the Clones had made in theirs, the Clones are the central aspect of the TV series, therefore it had to be a tie.
Best Chase/Race
Pod Race vs. Coruscant Chase
Pod Race: Another one of the Phantom Menace's most memorable scenes from the movie, the Pod Race is a high speed intense thrill ride. However, Anakin's annoying "Yippee! during the race did detract from its excitement but the visual effects at the time were very impressive.
Coruscant Chase: The chase to catch assassin Zam Wessel is thrilling, and again visually impressive.
Verdict: Coruscant Chase: The Coruscant felt more involving and even better filmed than the Pod Race.
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Introducing D+Q's Spring 2013 Catalogue

Hello sports fans! Our spring 2013 list is set, and we're excited to share it with you. So go grab yourself a coffee, mint-julep, corn-dog, whatever, and then come back here ready to be dazzled!

MARBLE SEASON by Gilbert Hernandez! Gilbert just sent in the final pages of the book, and I don't think we could be more excited. It's a beautiful meditation on childhood, comics, and storytelling, from one of comics' best. Marble Season will be in stores this April.

CO-MIX: A RETROSPECTIVE OF COMICS, GRAPHICS, AND SCRAPS by Art Spiegelman! In case an OGN from Gilbert wasn't enough, we are very proud to be publishing this collection of Art's work, featuring a reproduction of the long-out-of-print Raw comic "Two Fisted Painters," original essays, plus so! much! more!. CO-MIX will be available in May.

THE PROPERTY by Rutu Modan! I just wrapped production on this title yesterday. I've been a huge fan of Rutu's work for quite some time now, so it was a real pleasure to work on the book. (I know, I say this about every book I work on, but it's completely sincere each time, I swear.) The Property will be in stores in May.

MY DIRTY DUMB EYES by Lisa Hanawalt! This is not the cover. Lisa sent in a cover mockup the other day though, and with 10 thumbs up from us, she is frantically painting the glorious masterpiece that will cover this collection. I'll post it just as soon as I get it in my sweaty mits. My Dirty Dumb Eyes will be in stores in May.

A USER'S GUIDE TO NEGLECTFUL PARENTING by Guy Delisle! Again, not quite set on the cover here. If you speak French and follow Guy's blog, these hilarious strips will be familiar to you. For the rest, just take my word on this: they are a hoot. A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting will be in stores June.

MOOMIN AND THE SEA by Tove Jansson! The 5th release in our color-Moomin series! In a back-pack friendly size, these books are the perfect stories to send your kids to school with. Moomin and the Sea will be in stores June.

MOOMIN AND THE COMET by Tove Jansson! Perhaps one of my most-loved Moomin stories, this one was extra fun to colour. Watch for it this June.

THE PLAYBOY by Chester Brown! Now back in print! Chester has re-worked this classic story a bit, so even if you already have a copy, I'd recommend taking a look at this one. The Playboy will be in stores May.

PAYING FOR IT by Chester Brown! The New York Times bestselling graphic novel, now in paperback, with an extended afterword. I haven't read the afterword yet. I'm expecting it to arrive in the mail next week. My fingers are wiggling with anticipation. Paying For It will be in stores May.

I DUNNO…WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? by Anouk Richard! The second english release from her acclaimed Anna & Froga series features the friendliest Yeti around, a worm who can only wiggle when asked to dance, and some of the funniest characters in any comic around today, for adults or kids. I Dunno…What Do You Want to Do? will be in stores June.

MOOMIN VOLUME EIGHT by Lars Jansson! The antics continue in this third Lars Jansson collection. There's a tragic love story, get-rich-quick schemes, and cake. What more could one ask for? Watch for it in stores June.

For actual information on each book, and not just my terrible attempt at an elevator pitch, you can view our complete spring catalogue here.

Film Versus.

Film Versus, the new blog post series I plan to make, were I take two movies and compared them in various categories often unique to each movie. For example: The Amazing Spider-Man Vs. Sam Raimi Spider-Man or the Phantom Menace Vs. Attack of the Clones, which I will post tomorrow. If you have any ideas for a Film Versus post please comment below or send me an e-mail to johnstarslyer@gmail.com with two films that you would like to battle to determine the victor. Also I cannot choose every request because some fights would be completely unfair and were one film would easily crush the other in every possible category. Please check back here tomorrow
Here are the Film Versus that I plan to make in the future:
The Dark Knight Vs. The Dark Knight Rises
Raimi Spider-Man Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man

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Anders in Minneapolis at Boneshaker Books!

We have a beautiful new hardcover edition of Anders' heartbreaking memoir DON'T GO WHERE I CAN'T FOLLOW. He is doing one event for the book, and it will be at Boneshaker Books in Minneapolis on Saturday December 8th at 7 PM. Be there.

Book Review: LOTR The Two Towers.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien is the sequel to The Fellowship of the Ring. Actually a better description would be that The Two Towers is part two of three to the best fantasy story ever told and one of the greatest works of fiction in the work of mankind.

Because not everyone has seen the movie or read the books, I will have a "Spoiler" warning before any small spoilers. Additionally, if you have only seen the movie and not read the book, there is nothing that would be considered spoilers.

I would have to say that I enjoyed it even more than The Fellowship of the Ring. Everything was excellent, the Two Towers was faster paced, more epic, and overall even more involving, although The Fellowship of the Ring is still currently my second favorite book of all-time.

The story of the Two Towers continues directly were the previous book ended. The narrative structure of the Two Towers is unlike any other book I have read. It is split-up into two different parts, the first part focuses on two different groups. The first group being *Spoiler* Aragorn and the surviving company on their journey, excluding Frodo and Sam, who are the focus of the second part of the book. *End Spoiler* Surprisingly, there were many similarities with the movie but that will be discussed in a later post.

All of the characters in the story are more developed and given more depth, especially the ones that were given a more minor role in the previous book. Unlike the previous book, Frodo is not the main character of the story, the material is more evenly distributed among the many fascinating character throughout the story. Also there were almost no poems or songs throughout the book, which was great. Although that is not to say I disliked what was in the first book, it did become distracting at times. The ending of the book really made me love the book that much more, *Spoiler* it was one of the saddest ending to a book I have ever read, even though I know how it is going to end. *End Spoiler*
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Epic
Release Date: November 11, 1954
Plot: Because the plot starts directly were the previous book ended, it would be pointless to have a plot summary.
 Plot: 10/10- As with the Fellowship of the Ring, I already love the story. The Two Towers film is one of my favorite movies of all-time, it is just that amazing. The pacing was improved, although the slower pacing was necessary to set up the plot in the first installment, it featured more material of my favorite characters and introduced many other memorable characters that were never developed as much in the films.
Audiobook: 9.5/10- The audiobook was made by the same fan that recorded the previous one I listened to. However, it was vastly improved compared to his previous work (except for the "White Rider" chapter) with better use of music and voice work. His Treebeard impression sounds exactly like the movie and his ability to mimic the other various characters' voices is great. Only Legolas, Aragorn and a few other minor do tend to sound alike at various points. Other than that minor flaw, it was overall excellent and better than any other Lord of the Rings audiobook I have listened to before.
Overall: +10/10- I am giving The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers a special rating of +10 to signify that is better than the other books that I have given a ten rating. Everything in the book was basically perfect, and I cannot wait to read the Return of the King.

Closing Comments: The Two Towers is the epic middle chapter in one of the best stories ever told. What more do I need to say, watch the movies or read the books, either way they are both excellent.

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Reader's Choice Results.

Thanks everyone who voted on last week's Reader's Choice post so here are the results and schedule for the next two weeks.
Monday: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review
Tuesday: Film Versus Introduction (Part 1of Phatom Menace Vs. Attack of the Clones)
Wedsday: Phantom Menace Vs. Attack of the Clones Part 1
Thusday: Phantom Menace Vs. Attack of the Clones Part 2
Friday: Trivia Friday
Saturday: Clone Wars Review
Sunday: ?
Monday: The Hobbit Countdown
Tuesday: The Two Towers: Book Vs. Film Part 2
Wedsday: Book Review: Star Wars Dark Force Rising Review
Thursday: Snow White and The Huntsman Review
Firday: Trivia
Saturday: Clone Wars Review
Note: My TV stopped working yesterday so I have not seen the lastest Clone Wars episode but I might write a short review next Saturday or Sunday when I watch it.
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Trivia Friday.

Congratulations Eldra at A Day On Daremo and Helen at Star Wars Here & There and The Life of a Musician and Dancer for being the first readers to answer correctly. Now here are this week's questions.
What planet did Princess Leia tell Vader and Tarkin the Rebel Base was located before they destoryed Alderann?
In the Fellowship of the Ring, what is the name of the creatured that attacked the Fellowship while entering the mines of Moria?
Name the movie and character that this quote is from:
"If it bleeds, we can kill it."
What are Qui-Gon Jinn’s last words in The Phatom Menace?
Answer: "He is the chosen one. He will bring balance. Train him."

What is the name Mario's brother in his Super Mario Bros. video games?
Answer: Luigi
Name the movie and character that this quote is from:
"Secrets have a cost. They're not free. Not now, not ever."
Answer: Aunt May, The Amazing Spider-Man
What is the name of Indiana Jones' dog when he was a kid?
Answer: Indiana
What is the first Star Wars Expanded Universe novel?
Answer: Splinter of the Mind's Eye
Which Bond film was "Q" introduced in?
Answer: From Russian With Love
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The Most Important Comics of the Year 2012

What do we have here? Seven original graphic novels, ten reprinted books in various formats, fourteen translated titles, one book edited by a teenager, seven Canadian titles, four art books. two calendars, and one model. Pretty great year, my friends, pretty great year.

Jinchalo Matthew Forsythe – Feb 14

Goliath Tom Gauld – Feb 28

Abandon the Old in Tokyo (paperback) Yoshihiro Tatsumi – April 10

Good-Bye (paperback) Yoshihiro Tatsumi – April 10

The Push Man and Other Stories (paperback) Yoshihiro Tatsumi – April 10

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China (paperback) Guy Delisle – April 24

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City Guy Delisle – April 24

Fallen Words Yoshihiro Tatsumi – May 8

Idyll Amber Albrecht - May 22

Nonnonba Shigeru Mizuki – May 22

Ed the Happy Clown Chester Brown – June 5

Gloriana Kevin Huizenga – June 19

Anna & Froga: Wanna Gumball? Anouk Ricard - June 19

Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes Michael Cho – June 19

Birdseye Bristoe Dan Zettwoch – June 19

The Making Of Brecht Evens – Aug 7

Beethoven Birthday Party 2013 Calendar Kate Beaton – Aug 21

There She Blows 2013 Calendar Kate Beaton – Aug 21

Aya: Life in Yop City Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie – Sep 4

Rookie Yearbook One edited by Tavi Gevinson – Sep 4

New York Drawings Adrian Tomine – Oct 2

Moomin’s Winter Follies Tove Jansson – Oct 2

Moominvalley Turns Jungle Tove Jansson – Oct 2

Pippi Moves In Astrid Lindgen & Ingrid Vang Nyman – Oct 2

Multi-Story Building Model Chris Ware - Nov 7

The Complete Moomin Comics Volume 7 Lars Jansson – Oct 2

The Wayside Julie Morstad – Oct 30

Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow Anders Nilsen – Dec 11

The Freddie Stories Lynda Barry – Dec 17

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


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