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But I Digress (Comics Buyer's Guide) [Paperback]

Peter David , Myra David
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books (Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873412869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873412865
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Peter David, "Writer of Stuff", has churned out many Star Trek novels and comics in his time. This book collects his most memorable essays from the pages of Comic Buyer's Guide - if you're a fan of his work, it is an absolute must read. If you've yet to discover his imagination, intelligence and ingenuity, not to mention wit, then you're in for a real treat. A book that will make you laugh out loud, raise an eyebrow, and, possibly, look at the world in a different light. This guy is the best.
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These superb essays by Peter David give a insight into the professional (and fannish) comic book world. They range from reviews of comic books to descriptions of infighting to family anecdotes. Beautifully written, often witty, sometimes moving, they detail a world full of over-the-top characters - and those are only the artists, writers and editors. They are full of insights - for instance, I can never contemplate 'Red Sonja' again without feeling very uneasy after reading Peter David's views. He is opinionated, often acerbic, but always logical, and his heart is very definitely in the right place. Whether you are interested in comic books or not, you will be interested in the people and situations in this book, because they are common to all of us.
Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read 4 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A wonderful and often hysterical collection of essays on comic books, science fiction and Hollywood. This book is an insightful look at pop culture which will make you think about what you read and see, and will crack you up at the same time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars funny and informative, but a bit out-of-date 28 May 2001
By Diana Nier - Published on Amazon.com
"But I Digress" is a collection of Peter David's columns for Comic Buyer's Guide, from the early 1990s -- the first few years he wrote the column. Reading them in 2001 creates an interesting time-lapse effect, especially when he refers to the "recent" creation of Image, or the "recently concluded" Gulf War. Some of the columns are a bit dated, while others are more or less timeless; even the dated ones are worth reading, for a glimpse at the comics industry in the early ninties.
David has a marvelous sense of humor, and an eye for stupidity and inconsistency. His columns are entertaining, even when I have very little understanding of his subject matter. (Hey, I was only nine years old when these were current! What did I know back then?) He also explains his subject matter, which is very helpful. Looking back, it's interesting to observe which of his opinions and predictions were accurate and well-founded, and which weren't.
Basically, this is good entertainment, with information about comics writers, artists, publishers, and fans in the early 1990s. It's also a good, though indirect, look at Peter David. I would definitely be interested in a collection of his more recent columns.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inner Workings of A Comic Book Writer 1 Dec 2009
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always enjoyed Mr.David's columns in Comic Buyers Guide, though not necessarily his politics. His revelations on the inner workings of the comic book world should be required to scifi/fantasy fan who needs to understand how the DC/Marvel business' work.

There are some unique bits in this text. The rivalry between Mr. David and John Byrne which seems to grow from something unsettling to a some sort of mutual respect. After all, Byrne contributes the back covers illustration.
(where Byrne manically throws Davids' columns into a shredder--funny I sort of always pictured that).

Some great humorous pieces in this collection as well. David really shows a talent for taking songs and adding some really twisted lyrics. I found myself singing some of them at work.

Reading this made me hungry to read his just released edition, which I just ordered. Hopefully that copy will include my favorite column of his, which discusses how a reprint of a Superman Annual in the mid-ninties was one of the best collections of the Man of Steel in quite awhile.

Good book.

4.0 out of 5 stars A peak inside a "writer of stuff's brain 10 May 2001
By Jesse Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Peter David has been writing a weekly column for Comic Buyer's Guide for years. This is a collection of his columns. There is something here for anyone who's enjoyed his fiction not just his comics. He talks about famous people, movie reviews, comics, Star Trek, TV shows, etc, etc.
It is a wonderful look inside the life of one of the nicest people in Comics.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and bleeping hilarious--so, when's the sequel? 5 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I love Peter David's writing. Anything with his name on it will get me to read it. His BID articles, with his insight and humor, are at times thought-provoking, and other time roll-on-the-floor funny. An amusing book to those not into comic books, and a must-read for those who are. Hey, Peter--where's BID, Volume II?
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