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Posted by on February 11th, 2011 at 4:14 PM

This is my last post for It’s been fun. I posted 48 entries in 2010; the last one went up on November 9th. A majority of these entries were book reviews, but I also posted three interviews (with Eli

The Horror! The Horror!

Posted by on November 9th, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Kent reviews the latest coffee table slab from Abrams ComicArts.

Jim Trombetta, The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read! New York: Abrams ComicArts, 2010. 306 pp, full color, $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-8109-5595-0. Includes a DVD

The Comic Torah

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Kent reviews a “decidedly unconventional retelling” of the Five Books of Moses.

Aaron Freeman and Sharon Rosenzweig, The Comic Torah: Reimagining the Very Good Book.  Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press, 2010. 128 pp, full color. $19.95 paperback. ISBN:

Iraqi Science Fiction Imagery

Posted by on September 26th, 2010 at 3:03 PM

In the 1980s the Children’s Culture House of Iraq published a series of full-color pamphlets on astronomy, space exploration, the frontiers of science and the like. The image above is taken from the cover of an illustrated guide to the

The Unsinkable Walker Bean, by Aaron Renier

Posted by on September 21st, 2010 at 6:35 AM

The Unsinkable Walker Bean. Written and illustrated by Aaron Renier, colored by Alec Longstreth. New York: First Second, 2010. 200 pp.; $13.99 full-color paperback. ISBN: 978-1-59643-4530-0.

I remember picking up Spiral-Bound (2005) in a bookstore and wondering what the

FDR and the New Deal For Beginners, by Paul Buhle, Sabrina Jones and Harvey Pekar

Posted by on September 14th, 2010 at 9:21 PM

FDR and the New Deal for Beginners. Written by Paul Buhle; comics by Sabrina Jones; afterword by Harvey Pekar. Danbury, CT: For Beginners, 2010. 160 pp; $14.99 pb; numerous black-and-white illustrations and short stories. ISBN: 978-1-934389-50-8.

The epic story

The Eli Valley Interview

Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 7:35 AM

Eli Valley is a New York-based cartoonist and writer whose remarkable comic strip, Comics Rescued From a Burning Synagogue in Bialystok and Hidden in a Salt Mine Until After the War, appears each month in the pages of the

Greetings from Baghdad

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 3:59 AM

Greetings from Baghdad. I’m writing from the International Zone (IZ), which until recently was called the Green Zone. I’m here at the invitation of the Iraqi government, via a Washington, DC-based non-governmental organization. I’ve been here for two weeks, running

Lev Gleason: The Family Speaks!

Posted by on July 2nd, 2010 at 7:32 AM

Two weeks ago I asked if there was a “Lev Gleason Expert in the House?” Several readers responded, both in the comments section and via email. Alan Wald, the literary historian who first prompted this inquiry, put me in touch

Pterodactyl Fever: An Interview with Brendan Leach

Posted by on June 28th, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Brendan Leach is the creator of one of the year’s most enjoyable comics – The Pterodactyl Hunters in the Gilded City. As I noted in an earlier Comics Journal post, Pterodactyl Hunters is a clever mock newspaper from 1904

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