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Crazy, Sexy, Cool: Jim Rugg’s and Brian Maruca’s Afrodisiac

Posted by on June 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
On the back cover of this book—at dead center—you see a well-built, large black man with a huge mushroom-shaped afro. Surrounding him on this cover are illustrations of a giant bug, a UFO, God, Dracula, the devil, a lion, preacher and Hercules, not to mention several “foxy” women. This montage is overlaid with an embossed silhouette of a nude women, a shout-out to the infamous trucker mud flap so popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The back cover summarizes the book’s multiple plots and functions similarly to a mise-en-abyme, a postmodern technique of using an art piece within another piece of art to provide commentary for the larger work’s structure and purpose. Indeed, this cover represents the beautiful chaos of Afrodisiac.

David Small’s Stitches: Piecing Together a Past for a Future

Posted by on December 23rd, 2009 at 10:00 AM

David Small; Norton; 336 pp., $24.95; B&W, Hardcover; ISBN:  978039306857

Everyone is familiar with Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s  novel for that chronicles the adventures of its main character through a magical land.  By the novel’s end, Alice awakens

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Beautiful but Bland: Matthew Miller Reviews Brian Fies’s Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow

Posted by on December 21st, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?; Brian Fies; Abrams ComicArt; 208 pp., $24.95; Color, Hardcover with die-cut jacket; ISBN:  9780810996366

Starting in 2004 via the Web, Brian Fies’ Mom’s Cancer was a revolutionary narrative about his mother’s metastatic

Breakdowns Offers Breakthroughs: Review of Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@§ ! by Art Spiegelman

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 12:04 AM

Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@§!; Art  Spiegelman; Pantheon Books; 72 pp., $27.50; Color and B&W, Hardcover; ISBN: 9780375423956

In 1978, five thousand copies of Art Spiegelman’s Breakdowns were printed, although most of those, thanks to a

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Everlasting Memorial: Josh Neufeld’s A. D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

Posted by on December 4th, 2009 at 7:15 AM

A. D.:  New Orleans After the Deluge;  Josh Neufeld;  Pantheon.  208 pp; $24.95;  Color; hardcover;  ISBN: 9780307378149.

Long-time illustrator for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, Josh Neufeld has published his first full-length graphic novel, A. D.: New Orleans After the

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