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Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: As Much Time as They Deserve

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 12:18 AM

I intend to give the first round of essays by Brian Doherty, Jeet Heer and Ben Schwartz as much time as they deserve, which is to say next to none at all.

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: A Lost Opportunity

Posted by on August 23rd, 2010 at 1:50 AM

The announcement of Ben Schwartz’s anthology of comics criticism was greeted with a modicum of excitement and expectation which was swiftly followed by a certain incredulity that such a book could be put together at all. Few would dispute the need for such a collection and any disagreements will inevitably boil down to questions of editorial philosophy as well as the individual choices. The retrospective nature of The Best American Comics Criticism (BACC) would suggest that the quality of the final compilation (or lack thereof) can be laid largely at the feet of the editor.

You’ll Never Know (Book 1: A Good and Decent Man) reviewed by Ng Suat Tong

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

Written in 1994, Carol Tyler’s “The Hannah Story” was a tribute to her mother, Hannah, and her strength in dealing with her in-laws as well as the death of her daughter, Ann. Despite the intervening years, Tyler’s sensitive “voice” remains …

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How to Love reviewed by Ng Suat Tong

Posted by on December 18th, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Actus Tragicus; Top Shelf; 144 pp., $29.95; Hardcover, Color; ISBN: 9789659022168

How to Love is the latest collection from the Actus Tragicus comics collective.

As recounted by Rutu Modan in her interview with Joe Sacco, the group was born out …

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Monster Men Bureiko Lullaby reviewed by Ng Suat Tong

Posted by on December 17th, 2009 at 10:00 AM

*This review contains images that are NSFW.

You can get a decent idea about the qualities of Takashi Nemoto’s Monster Men Bureiko Lullaby just by reading the first few lines of the handful reviews that exist online. One reviewer advises …

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Ng Suat Tong On Lettering – Old and New

Posted by on December 15th, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Most people with an interest in Chinese brush painting realize that the calligraphy frequently found at the edge of such pieces form as much a part of the art as the image itself. Chinese calligraphy is of course a major …

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Ng Suat Tong: Delphine # 1-4

Posted by on December 14th, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Synopsis (with significant spoilers): A man arrives in a mysterious town in search of his one-time lover called Delphine. She had left him some time back to visit her ill, and possibly dying, father but has since not returned any …

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