09 June 2009

New Homebrew TTR Map - Africa

It's kind of a pain to check out this new homemade Ticket To Ride map of Africa (well, new is relative, since it's a year old, but I just came across it today), but it's snazzy as all get-out. I'll have to play-test it to be sure, but it'll likely make it into my TTR rotation with France and Asia, which I reviewed on BoardGameGeek awhile back.

Check out the goodness in these very-reduced samples:

If you want to get the cards, click here.
For the standard map in A0 size, click here.
For the snazzy sepia-toned map in A0 size, click here.

02 June 2009

2009 - The Year of Graphic Novels - Update #2: Catwoman

I'm not exactly blazing through these novels lately, but I'm doing my best. I finished up Ed Brubaker's Catwoman run the other day while battling the flu, and I'll give credit where credit is due...the dude can write noir comics with the best of 'em. He might well be the best of them, to be honest. The best of people in his books are morally ambiguous, and the worst are downright sadistic sociopaths. Good stuff.

26. Catwoman Vol. 1: The Dark End of the Street by Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke
27. Catwoman Vol. 2: Crooked Little Town by Ed Brubaker
28. Catwoman Vol. 3: Relentless by Ed Brubaker
29. Catwoman Vol. 4: Wild Ride by Ed Brubaker
30. Catwoman: Selina's Big Score by Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke does a similarly accomplished job in Selina's Big Score, which slides nicely into the events of The Dark End of the Street, which he did the art for.

Well I'm at 30/104, less than 33% accomplished with 5 months in the can. Guess I'll have to step things up a bit. Up next: all of the Batman I've been letting languish on my shelves, including the Bruce Wayne: Murderer trilogy and the Black Mask quintology.