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The Weird World of Jack Staff #1 & #2 by Paul Grist

Posted by on April 17th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
If superheroes were ever to move from being something other than contemporary cash drones propping up publishing arms of giant leisure conglomerates, Paul Grist’s Jack Staff could nicely serve as the personal, creative, expressive, idiosyncratic and entertaining evolutionary forerunner.

Yearlong Best of the Year: The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad

Posted by on April 14th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
With The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad, Larry Gonick brings the celebrated chronicle he began in 1978 to its appointed and gratifying conclusion.

Minis Monday: The Comics of Jon Chad

Posted by on April 12th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
I’ve never been introduced to a cartoonist through two comics that were so different from one another as this pair from Jon Chad … but then that’s mostly because one of them is Leo Geo.

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa

Posted by on April 10th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Once more with conviction: as far as resurrecting and reprinting past achievements of the form, we live in a golden age. A favored revival, if one not exactly rescued from the mists of antiquity, is Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

Dodgem Logic #1 by Alan Moore et al.

Posted by on April 7th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
In spirit and content is consciously molded to carry on an illustrious literary tradition. To quote Mr. Moore: “Clearly, what the world needs is a trippy-looking underground mag with a self-confessed agenda of aggressive randomness.”

Minis Monday: Seeds, Mimi’s Doughnuts Zine #17 and Hour 72!

Posted by on April 5th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Colin Tedford, along with Dan Barlow, co-founded the Trees and Hills Comics Group, a loose tribe of cartoonists in Vermont, New Hampshire and western Massachusetts. According to a nifty mini put out last Free Comic Day, the group is dedicated to making and publishing comics as a means of sharing resources and building “creative connections in our diverse communities.” This desire to have comics serve both an artistic and a social function gets showcased here, in the form of what appears to be the group’s flagship title and with work from a committed member.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Hogan’s Alley #16

Posted by on April 3rd, 2010 at 1:00 PM
As implied by the magazine’s name (the stomping grounds of Outcault’s The Yellow Kid), Hogan’s Alley starts with the underlimned wealth of comic strips and expands to regularly host sections on comic books, animation and editorial cartooning.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Pim & Francie by Al Columbia

Posted by on March 31st, 2010 at 1:00 PM
For a fan of Al Columbia, it only took a good look at a couple of pages of Pim & Francie to recognize that the book belonged in any personal “best of” survey for the year.

Minis Monday: Bring Your Daughter to Work Day & Before Sleep #5

Posted by on March 29th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
More work from last year’s Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland. Get — as they say — some!

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: International Journal of Comic Art Vol.12 #1

Posted by on March 27th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Every spring and fall, dependable as the equinox, a great brick of a periodical comes wrapped in a manila envelope to my mailbox. It’s a biannual issue of the International Journal of Comic Art. The most recent arrival, Vol. 12, #1, boasts 27 articles supported by the usual book and exhibition reviews, publication roundup, as well as a gallery of global cartoons. It weighs in at 537 pages, neither a record nor an abnormality.

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