Archive for May, 2010

Guttergeek Review: SGT. ROCK: THE LOST BATTALION

Posted by on May 31st, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Billy Tucci, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion (DC Comics, 2009). Hardcover, $24.99.

War comics are uniquely difficult to critique—especially on Memorial Day. It’s as though because these stories are rooted in the violent atrocity and sacrifice of real life, the military bravery on display creates an insular shield around the actual telling of the stories. This isn’t necessarily a lament. Some great war comics have been written since the 1940s, and the genre enjoys a distinguished place in the medium….

Derik Badman on Formalism in Asterios Polyp

Posted by on May 31st, 2010 at 7:04 AM

Derik Badman discusses balloons, colors, brushwork and more in Asterios Polyp.

Minis: Salad Days and The Natural World #3

Posted by on May 31st, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Rob reviews the first volume of SALAD DAYS, by Minty Lewis and the third issue of THE NATURAL WORLD, by Damien Jay.

Sex Can be Dangerous: Ask Ted Rall

Posted by on May 31st, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Ted Rall says he wrote his coyly entitled graphic memoir The Year of Loving Dangerously (128 6×9-inch pages, color; NBM ComicLit $18.95) partly as “a reaction against the fey, pathetic archetype that defines so many other cartoonists’ personal narratives in which guys declaim their masturbatory nerddom to an uncaring world” with “relentless portrayal of unattractive qualities and male insecurities often combined with extremely beautiful and technically accomplished artwork.”

*Contains NSFW images.

Dan Piraro Wins NCS Reuben

Posted by on May 30th, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Bizarro’s Creator Is Named Cartoonist of the Year

Who Said It?

Posted by on May 30th, 2010 at 1:11 PM

“Abortion is wasted on the unborn”

Must Eyes Be All in All?

Posted by on May 30th, 2010 at 10:40 AM

As recently as the late 1990s, Greenwood Press, which is known for its scholarly monographs and reference works, used to publish books with unbelievably staid covers.

Here is an example. It typifies the old-school Greenwood approach.

And another:

And another:…

Asterios Polyp Played By Robin Williams

Posted by on May 30th, 2010 at 5:27 AM

I start off the Asterios Polyp roundtable at HU with some mean-spirited sneering.

Wait, Our Sarah Palin?

Posted by on May 29th, 2010 at 2:31 PM

“She is, in many ways, a very gracious person.”

Madness As A Job Requirement: On The Odd Hours

Posted by on May 29th, 2010 at 5:25 AM

Rob reviews the new book by Eric Liberge, ON THE ODD HOURS (NBM).

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