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THE PANELISTS: Enid Coleslaw and the G.O.P.

Posted by on January 5th, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Today at The Panelists, Isaac Cates takes a look at a panel from Clowes’ Ghost World–one involving a diner, a newspaper, the G.O.P., Enid Coleslaw, and a narrative turning point.

THE PANELISTS: Power Girl and All Star Comics

Posted by on January 4th, 2011 at 5:28 AM

Over at The Panelists today, I continue our One-Panel Criticism relay with a look at a Wally Wood panel from All Star Comics #59 (1976).

Posted by on November 7th, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Grant Morrison, Architecture, and Mythology: Batman: Gothic (Legends of the Dark Knight #6-10)

Here and at GutterGeek, I continue to look back at Grant Morrison’s DC Comics superhero work. This time we’re re-reading Batman: Gothic:

Sometimes it’s easy to get so wrapped up in subtext, allusions, and external meaning that I forget to recognize when a story is just good. At its core, that’s what Batman: Gothic is. It’s a really well-told story. Whereas Arkham Asylum was an effective psychological examination without much plot to speak of, Gothic is a plot-driven mystery with a healthy dose of action, adventure, and crime drama thrown in….

GutterGeek Column: ARKHAM ASYLUM

Posted by on October 30th, 2010 at 11:41 PM

I posted a column over at GutterGeek last week explaining that Matt Kleinert and I are going to start an ongoing column/conversation focused on the DC Comics superhero work of Grant Morrison. We’re starting at the beginning and reading systematically through all of Morrison’s work in an attempt to put the larger mythology together. Today I kicked off the conversation with a look at Arkham Asylum. Please feel free to drop in and work through it with us. Oh, and Happy Halloween.

GutterGeek Review Column: NYCC and DICK BRIEFER’S FRANKENSTEIN

Posted by on October 24th, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly recently provided a recap of his New York Comic Con experience. He also reviewed one of the books he picked up there: Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein (published by IDW).

GutterGeek Review Column: CHRIS REILLY’S SPX HAUL

Posted by on September 26th, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly begins a review of the comics and minicomics he picked up at this year’s Small Press Expo. Highlights include several minis by Shawn Cheng, a comic by a kid in Clonetrooper garb, and Jim Rugg’s Rambo 3.5.

GutterGeek Review: GIRL COMICS

Posted by on September 7th, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Various Artists, Girl Comics (Marvel Comics, 2010). 3-issue miniseries, $4.99 per issue.

Marvel’s recent Girl Comics reportedly began as a way to mark 2010 as a “Celebration of Women in Marvel Comics.” As celebrations go, the date is a bit arbitrary. This year marks the 30th anniversary of both the National Women’s History Project and the first appearance of She-Hulk. That’s what Marvel’s hitching their celebration to, and they’ve put together an assortment of female-focused books (including Her-Oes, Heralds, Black Widow, Black Cat, and Spitfire) to mark the anniversary….

GutterGeek Review: BUZZARD

Posted by on September 3rd, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Eric Powell, Buzzard (Dark Horse, 2010). Three-issue miniseries, $3.50 per issue.

Sometimes it’s really hard to take Eric Powell seriously. Best known for his creator-owned series The Goon, Powell has made a career out of puncturing the bubble of seriousness that has enveloped mainstream comics during the last couple decades. The Goon typically occupies an unusual middle ground—a blurring of genres that results in chaotic, bawdy, raucous fun. Powell draws from comedy, pulp adventure, horror, and irreverent satire (see Satan’s Sodomy Baby and the Goon letters column), but rarely does he wander into the territory of poetic drama.

GutterGeek: CHRIS REILLY AND FRED HEMBECK

Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly interviews Fred Hembeck. Thankfully, they cover a lot more material than just swirly knees. Hembeck discusses his early days as a cartoonist but also talks about the difficulties of freelance gigs in today’s marketplace. Chris then runs down a few new books from last week.

GutterGeek: CHRIS REILLY AND EVAN DORKIN

Posted by on August 22nd, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly interviews Evan Dorkin. Chris confronts the limitations of mail interviews, while Evan confronts the difficulties of his experience with Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. And both talk about Milk and Cheese and Evan’s recent success in Dark Horse’s Beasts of Burden. After the interview, Chris runs down some recent monthly books and eviscerates Neal Adams’ Batman: Odyssey. (Because honestly, that’s the only reasonable response besides simply ignoring it.)

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