Better Read tries each month to point you at something related to Spider-Man comics that we hope you might enjoy, or warn you about something you probably should stay away from. This month, we're really pushing the envelope in both directions. Firstly, we're really stretching the comics connection, and secondly, we're looking to help you in something more than just your search for good entertainment.
This month's recommendation is actually the 2004 RAINN calender. It features fourteen months of stunning artwork depicting Tori Amos. In case you didn't know, Tori Amos is not only an extraordinarily talented singer/songwriter/musician, but a strong supporter of RAINN - the U.S. based Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
The connection by which I'm justifying selecting the calendar is that July's art is an achingly beautiful watercolor/mixed-media of Tori by David Mack, who I first encountered via his work in Daredevil. Vibrant, moving, evocative. Sure, July is a way off, but there's plenty of other great art to enjoy before then.
Hence, the three recommendations from this month:
You can call RAINN in the U.S. on 1-800-656-HOPE, or reach them online at www.rainn.org. In other countries, look in your phone book, there are always people who will help.