Matthew the Newsagent here. It's my intention to write a weekly blogpiece about magazines of note that are in the store. Unlike Jean's updates with new titles, which are wonderful, this column will deal with timely subjects and fun stuff I notice as it comes in. Here goes nothin'...
First of all, there has been quite a lot of press lately about the big financial bailout of Ireland's economy. Part of the discussion has been about the increase in emigrant numbers over the past two years, as people set out to find jobs in new lands. Many people can trace their ancestry back to Ireland; if you're one of them, check out Irish Roots magazine. This quarterly publication offers lots of helpful hints on constructing your Irish family tree.
Another magazine of note this month is the one and only MAD, which has devoted its entire January issue to "Spy vs. Spy." If you are a fan of the ongoing battle between the black and white spies, you should definitely pick this one up. It has plenty of plots done by the original creator, the Cuban artist Antonio Prohias, plus Peter Kuper's recent works and guest art by guys like Evan Dorkin and Peter Bagge. A collector's item not to be missed!
Speaking of fun stuff, The New Yorker has released a collection of the cartoons from 2010, all in one convenient publication. My favorite artist is Roz Chast, and she has written a memorable introduction sure to please even the stodgiest curmudgeon. Check it out next time you're in the store. Smiles are guaranteed.
Last but not least this week, we've got a great gift idea for all of you McSweeney's fans who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Issue 36 (coming in a box that looks like a human head): "Greetings from the Ocean's Sweaty Face" is a box set of 100 postcards with awesome artwork from the first 30 issues. There's something for everyone inside. See for yourself!
I'll be back next week with more meanderings.