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The Complete D.R. & Quinch

Posted by on August 6th, 2010 at 12:05 AM

It'd be hard today to convey the level and nature of the excitement readers felt in 1984 when a fresh new talent — an author — blew into the company town, overhauling a run-of-the-mill commercial comic, revitalizing it completely and, in the process, making it utterly his own. Who was this guy? Where had he learned to write like that?

Rich Kreiner: Minis Monday: Revenge! Tragic Relief #8

Posted by on August 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Accurate record-keeping is superfluous to an enterprise like this, but I’d wager no other cartoonist has shown up more often on Minis Monday than Colleen Frakes. In fact, I’d modify the title once given to James Brown and call her The Hardest Working Woman in Minicomics if that sort of thing, coming from only one corner of America, didn’t sound provincial.

Rich Kreiner: Minis Monday

Posted by on July 26th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
If there was one comic at the inaugural Maine Comics Arts Festival that generated some genuine, non-cliffhanger-related suspense, it would have been that of Jen Vaughn.

Rich Kreiner: Minis Monday

Posted by on July 19th, 2010 at 3:52 PM
In this week's Minis Monday column, Rich Kreiner reviews two books by Cathy Leamy: Reggie & Brian and the Lousy Nickname and Greenblooded.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6 By Michael Kupperman

Posted by on July 13th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I feel like Steve Martin’s character in the movie The Jerk where he dances for joy at the gas station loudly proclaiming to all within earshot, “The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!”

Rich Kreiner: Minis Monday: Blood Moon: A Love Story

Posted by on July 12th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
At the beginning of Minis Monday’s Second Season a month ago, I lamented the fact that I didn’t get to meet nearly enough of the new-to-me cartoonists at the most recent Maine Comics Arts Festival, let alone gather their wares. Naturally since then I’ve been doing nothing but reviewing the work of new-to-me cartoonists.

Rich Kreiner: Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson #53 by Carol Lay and others

Posted by on July 6th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
With Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson #53, Carol Lay joins the House of Bongos. Lay, particularly with her syndicated strip Story Minute, has proven herself a concise weaver of — on occasion — tall tales of — on occasion — resonance and purpose. It’s the same with this comic’s lead story.

Rich Kreiner: Minis Monday

Posted by on June 28th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
One is not often introduced to a young cartoonist the way I was introduced to Eric Baker. At the most recent Maine Comics Arts Festival, I picked up no fewer than five comics of his, each in a different format with different designs, styles and intents.

Minis Monday: The Way It Crumbles by Dan Mazur

Posted by on June 7th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Judging by his contributions to the group’s serialized anthology Inbound, Mazur is a member in good standing of the Boston Comics Roundtable.

The Wellspring of Minis Monday (which comes on Tuesday this week thanks to the long weekend)

Posted by on June 1st, 2010 at 2:23 PM
Many an installment of this column has opened with an acknowledgment of the Maine Comics Festival in exposing me to a mini, handmade, self-published or small-batch comic. In truth, more posts could have begun the same way. The convention in Portland remains the font of funnybooks that sustains and refreshes Minis Monday.

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