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Guttergeek: Top Shelf’s Capitalization Deal

Posted by on January 14th, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Yesterday, Chris Staros announced what is clearly a very big deal for the beloved Georgia independent comics company, Top Shelf:

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT DEAL WITH JOHN S. JOHNSON AND PRODUCER ANTHONY BREGMAN

January 13, 2010 — Atlanta/Portland/New York

Guttergeek: Chickenhare

Posted by on January 13th, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Chris Grine, Chickenhare, Vol. 3: Fish and Grymps (www.chickenhare.com, 2009- )

First, and quickly: if you haven’t read the first two volumes grab them quickly before they disappear. With Chickenhare‘s future uncertain, there is no telling how

guttergeek review: The Cleaners

Posted by on January 8th, 2010 at 12:11 PM
Mark Wheaton, Joshua Hale Fialkov, and Rahsam Ekedal, The Cleaners: Absent Bodies (Dark Horse, 2010). $14,95, paperback. If you missed the first four-issue mini-series of The Cleaners which wrapped up this past summer, the trade is good news—-and if you read it, it is still better news, in that it suggests that Dark Horse remains committed to the series despite what were apparently disappointing sales for the critical favorite. Mark Wheaton brings horror screenwriting creds to the project, and he is joined in the scripting by Fialkov with whom he collaborated on 2008's The Infected. But for me the high point of the series is Ekedel's pencils and Jon Graef's coloring: together they lend a surreal aura to the SoCal scene which is alternatively clinical and downright spooky--just right for the strange brew that is this strange book.

Guttergeek Gift Guide

Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 at 3:05 PM

If you have been, like us, catching up on the stack of comics by the bedside table, you probably (like us) forgot all about holiday shopping. Well, you’ve come to the right place for your last-second shopping needs. Some of

Guttergeek review: NOIR

Posted by on December 20th, 2009 at 7:38 AM

Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics (Dark Horse, 2009). $12.95, paperback.

After a tragic period of my life (let’s call them my twenties) during which I had drifted away from comics, it was the noir comics of the 1990s that

Guttergeek review: Doom Patrol

Posted by on December 15th, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Alex Boney reviews the new Doom Patrol: http://www.tcj.com/guttergeek/?p=142

Guttergeek review: I’m Crazy

Posted by on December 14th, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Adam Bourret, I’m Crazy (2009). http://www.im-crazy.com/

Another Canadian has been haunting my end-of-year dreams, this time Adam Bourret. Like Rilly’s Pope Hats, reviewed last week, Bourret’s I’m Crazy is the winner of a Xeric Grant, which allowed him to bring

Guttergeek review: POPE HATS

Posted by on December 11th, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Ethan Rilly; AdHouse Books; 32 pp.,  $4.00.

The Canadians are killing me. It seems every time I read a Canadian comic these days I am pulled up short by my own inescapable Americanness. Their restraint; their quiet, dark humor;

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