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Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of 5

Posted by on January 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

A book that’s sure to be on many “Best of 2009” lists is Seth’s George Sprott: 1894- 1975.

This volume represents a significant, sensitive enlargement of

TCJ 300: Meet the Comics Press

Posted by on January 1st, 2010 at 4:58 AM
The Firing Line Forms Here

From Tantrum, by and ©1997 Jules Feiffer.

Once upon a time there was no Comics Journal. Coverage of comics, let alone comics criticism, was very, very different.

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Rich Kreiner reviews Luba by Gilbert Hernandez

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Fantagraphics;  596 pp.,  $39.99; B&W, Hardcover; ISBN: 97815609796

In ambition, breadth and heft, this far-ranging compilation is the worthy companion to Gilbert’s formidable Palomar volume. While capable of standing on its own, Luba is very much the continuing story of

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of 4

Posted by on December 30th, 2009 at 1:00 PM
Strange Tales is a thoroughly mixed bag as a whole, yet one that pretty much assures there’s something, somewhere, for everybody, particularly those familiar enough with the Marvelous Marvel Manner to get a laugh out of the abuses.

Rich Kreiner reviews the Magicman Archives by Richard Hughes and Pete Costanza

Posted by on December 24th, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Dark Horse; 264 pp.; $59.95; Color; Hardcover; ISBN: 978-1-59307-985-7

Magicman, the cover feature for 17 consecutive issues of ACG’s  Forbidden Worlds from 1965-67, was part of the company’s belated attempt to catch the wave of superheroes’ popularity rising in

Rich Kreiner reviews Four Squares by Tim Finn, Liz Prince, Joe Quinones and Maris Wicks

Posted by on December 23rd, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Self-published; 64 pp.; $5; B&W; Softcover

Here’s an intrinsically intriguing project: four cartoonists collecting the daily strips each did for a solid month. With Four Squares it’s pals Tim Finn, Liz Prince, Joe Quinones and Maris Wicks over a July

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of 3

Posted by on December 19th, 2009 at 10:00 AM


Previously: Part 1, Part 2.

My last “best of 2009” entry dealt with Roger Langridge’s Muppet Show comics for Boom! Kids.

This year Langridge and Scott Gray also revived a conceit they’d come up with in 2005 for

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of Part 2

Posted by on December 16th, 2009 at 5:11 PM

One nice thing about these “Best Of” recaps is being able to periodically reflect on specific artists, especially regarding what kind of calendar year they had. Compared to times when he was nowhere to be found in stateside comics, 2009

Rich Kreiner reviews Green Lama Archives Featuring the Art of Mac Raboy Vol. 2

Posted by on December 11th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

by Raboy and others; Dark Horse; 176 pp., $ 49.95; Color, Hardcover; ISBN: 9781595821546

This volume contains the final four issues of Green Lama, #5-8 from 1945 and `46. Its title correctly identifies its chief attraction and it ain’t

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong “Annual Best Of” List

Posted by on December 8th, 2009 at 11:11 AM

When these “best of the year” recaps were collected for print in the magazine proper, we contributors used to have to forward our nominees well before the actual close of the calendar year. Over time, thanks to this Pavlovian routine,

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