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INTER/REVIEW : JULIA WERTZ

Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 10:49 AM
Julia Wertz, Drinking at the Movies (Three Rivers Press, 2010). $15.00, paperback.

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APPLE BIT NEWTON #3 @ guttergeek

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 9:49 AM
Is this the end of Isaac Newton? Is this, in fact, the end of the universe itself??

NEW WEBCOMIC AT GUTTERGEEK

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 11:28 AM
Yes, what guttergeek needed was a comic about Isaac Newton (who would have seen that apple coming if he wasn't always looking down in the gutter). Follow Isaac's misadventures, as told by guttergeek's own Chris Reilly and the immensely talented Kenny Keil, as the fabric of the universe slowly unravels....

Guttergeek: Chris Reilly’s 1992 Interview w/ Jim Woodring

Posted by on August 1st, 2010 at 7:59 PM
Over at guttergeek, Chris shakes hand with his 1992 self by digging up an old interview with the author of the brilliant Weathercraft

VERTIGO CRIME (Part 2)

Posted by on July 30th, 2010 at 11:36 AM

In the most recent installments in the Vertigo Crime series, there have been signs of improvement, in large measure, I strongly suspect, because they have been bringing in comic writers instead of Real Authors. But while things are looking up, I am far from confident in the long-term viability of this series, either from an aesthetic or from an economic perspective (alright, I know nothing about how these books are selling, but my gut tells me they aren't exactly flying off the shelves).

VERTIGO CRIME(S) – Part 1

Posted by on July 26th, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I have been in love with crime comics since before I was born: the first time I saw an issue of Lev Gleason's Crime Does Not Pay as a child, I knew I had to find a way to travel back in time to those glorious pre-code days so I could read more. Ultimately, my attempts to build a time machine were thwarted by failing out of first year physics, and for many years I resigned myself to just tracking down all the precode crime I could. But beginning with the code-obliterating efforts of Frank Miller, the 1990s saw a resurgence of crime comics. For me, the best of them remains David Lapham's amazingly twisted Stray Bullets, whose demise I am still mourning many years later, but remarkable crime series have continued to emerge over the past decade—most notably, of course, Azarello and Risso's 100 Bullets and Brubaker and Phillips' Criminal (Rick Geary's unique historical crime books also deserve mention, although in truth they constitute a genre unto themselves).

HARVEY PEKAR, 1939-2010

Posted by on July 12th, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I haven't even begun to absorb the news that Harvey Pekar died today, although I have been staring at the headline at the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the better part of two hours. For those of us who have been following his life for over thirty years, the loss will be a deep one: the loss of friend, whether we ever met the man or not, whose life we have come to know as intimately as can be imagined and whom we have grown to love despite, and because of, the fault-lines  he so painfully and lovingly explored.

WILSON & ECHO @ guttergeek

Posted by on May 6th, 2010 at 2:06 PM
Reviews of Daniel Clowes' Wilson & Terry Moore's Echo at guttergeek.

Guttergeek: A HOME FOR MR. EASTER

Posted by on April 19th, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Over at guttergeek, Chris Reilly reviews a magical new book by a seriously talented new talent:

Guttergeek’s Eisner Forum

Posted by on April 17th, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Over at guttergeek, Jared and Alex continue to slog their way through these year’s nominees, while former-judge Chris Reilly runs over all of ’em in one fell swoop.

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