Author Archive

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Hate Annual #8 by Peter Bagge

Posted by on May 25th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Peter Bagge’s very first Hate Annual back in 2001 had an eight-page Buddy Bradley story, another seven-pager introducing the character Lovey and three pages of comics in which Johnny Ryan didn’t “get” the first Matrix movie.

Minis Monday: Breakfast at Mimi’s; Mimi’s Doughnuts Zine Volume 1 By Marek Bennett

Posted by on May 24th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
As was the case last week, “Minis Monday” is again something of a misrepresentation. There’s nothing mini about Volume 1 of Breakfast at Mimi’s, Marek Bennett’s self-published compilation of his strip Mimi’s Doughnuts.

Yearlong Best of the Year: Little Nothings: Uneasy Happiness By Lewis Trondheim

Posted by on May 19th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Uneasy Happiness presents an eminently accessible idea. Conceptually it’s loaded with entry points and hooks for would-be commentators. It’s easy to describe. The Little Nothings books are diaries of one-page strips in which Trondheim offers his reflections, sometimes developed, sometimes not, on moments of his daily life.

Minis Monday: The Ragbox Vol. 1

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
This time around the “minis” designation of “Minis Monday” is more inelegant than usual. Instead we have a book, volume one of Ragbox. It contains the first three chapters of what is announced to be— and convincingly begun as—a far-reaching tale of an urban neighborhood as experienced by two young siblings.

Minis Monday: Crooked Teeth #2 & #3 and The Archer

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
I’m still trying to tender full faith and credit to the minis and handmades gathered at last year’s Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland even as the next gathering is in the offing (, which brings us to a trio of comics from Nate Doyle.

Minis Monday: Sweetheart Comics #2 and Christina and Charles, Windy Corner Magazine

Posted by on May 3rd, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Like the man said, this year’s Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland is coming up fast, as in May 23. Here is more of the booty from last year’s get-together, three books from Austin English.

Minis Monday: Snake Oil #1-2

Posted by on April 26th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Miiiiiiiiiin-ni comics Where the work’s fine and the books are cheap, Where we sit and read and pay no heed To the economics of the trade! Awww, sing it!

World War 3 Illustrated

Posted by on April 24th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
World War III Illustrated is an anthology of left-leaning political comics, many of which are made by people more concerned with social change than professional cartooning. (Its price is a sustained victory for the masses right there.) The introduction to this latest issue reveals it was produced to reflect the spirit of the times at the end of “28 years of right wing dominance in U.S. politics,” where “Americans were looking leftward for solutions” even as early discontent and disillusionment with the Obama administration was making itself felt.

Inbound #4 “A Comic Book History of Boston”

Posted by on April 21st, 2010 at 1:00 PM
On Minis Monday, we looked at the first three issues of Inbound, the flagship anthology from the Boston Comics Roundtable. While many of the general comments back then hold true here, Inbound #4 makes additional smart decisions on several different fronts.

Minis Monday: Inbound #1–3

Posted by on April 19th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
The Boston Comics Roundtable was founded in 2006 by Dave Kender in the hopes of gathering area folks interested in making comics. A mission statement of sorts runs: “We meet, we talk, we publish, and most importantly, we encourage one another in the pursuit of creating more and better comics.”

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