What I'm reading - <I>Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire</I>, <i>The Myth of 8-Opus</i>

Who's exercising their minds?!?

This week I'm zipping through John Bierman's Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire, which is a fairly good if not terribly in-depth read. I've always had a soft spot for Napoleon III, because the Second Empire was such an odd creation led by an odd emperor. Plus, it's nineteenth century European history, for which I'm a bit of a sucker. Louis Napoleon is an interesting dude - he may not have been related to Napoleon at all (his mother tended to sleep around), he had a lot of liberal tendencies but ruled over an increasingly autocratic state (to be fair, he clamped down on civil liberties after Italians kept trying to assassinate him), and he apparently slept with every woman in Europe. I haven't gotten to his misadventures against the Prussians in 1870, but it's keen knowing how it's all going to end and what kind of ruler Napoleon was that led him to the disaster at Sedan.

I just started Tom Scioli's latest installment of The Myth of 8-Opus, "The Labyrinth." If you think Scioli's art is Kirby-esque on Gødland, you should check out The Myth of 8-Opus, which is a complete homage to the King. It's a wild space adventure with all sorts of strange things going on and all sorts of weird creations of Scioli's running around, and it really does read like a cosmic comic from the Sixties, complete with overwrought prose. It's a hell of a lot of fun, though, and presumably you can order the trades online somewhere. It doesn't disappoint!

What's keeping you company as my beloved Philles circle the drain and the most evil team in organized sports sits on the verge of another store-bought title?

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