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Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Abstract Comics

Posted by on March 24th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Here’s a book that was initially attractive as an intriguing, if intellectual, curiosity, only to reveal itself in short order as a continually fascinating experience.

Minis Monday: Joseph Lambert

Posted by on March 22nd, 2010 at 1:00 PM
All Joseph Lambert, all the time. Thank me later.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: The Simpsons by Sergio Aragonés

Posted by on March 20th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
A few weeks ago I drew comfort from the fact that even though The Simpsons was 20 years along it still had the ability to fire the imaginations of “alternative,” perhaps younger, cartoonists. The offered evidence was the most recent Treehouse of Horror annual edited by Sammy Harkham. I should have noted at the same time that Springfield’s most famous family can additionally still inspire at least one seasoned professional.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti

Posted by on March 17th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
*Images contained within this post may be NSFW.
There’s an immediate laugh to be had with the extended title of Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti. This is a slyly hilarious understatement, a clever counterpoint to contents as there’s nothing “questionable” about these jokes.

Minis Monday: Morgan Pielli and Jen Vaughn

Posted by on March 15th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Over time, last year’s Maine Comic Arts Festival in Portland has come to seem increasingly like a particularly productive orchard. Here’s more of what was plucked.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Meanwhile

Posted by on March 13th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Like a maze there are narrative dead ends as well as embedded, endlessly recursive loops (some of which are funny in their own way ... assuming you’re in the mood to be amused). There are false leads, duplicated pages, deceptive trails, unrelated paths, isolated sequences and single standalone panels to foil would-be short-cutters as well as any less-than-completely-attentive readers.

Rich Kreiner: A Minis Monday Special Bulletin: Woman King

Posted by on March 8th, 2010 at 2:38 PM
A while back I took a look at a chapter, the second, of Colleen Frakes’ Woman King that was assembled, offered and reviewed as a mini. I found that segment to be a fine encapsulation in fantasy of a dilemma of leadership, experienced here by a young girl chosen to rule, in time, over a clan of bears.

Minis Monday: End of Eros, Polite Fiction and Sam n’ Dan

Posted by on March 8th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
You know the beginning-of-the-workweek drill: more comics gathered from last year’s Maine Comics Arts Festival. No joke.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Big Questions by Anders Nilsen

Posted by on March 6th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
The series takes place on a broad communal plain inhabited by several diverse biological species. Collectively, the different animals appear as distinct cultures, societies or tribes, going about their ways as their environment hosts catastrophe and opportunities.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Gotham Central Book Two by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka

Posted by on March 3rd, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Not being a reader of detective novels or viewer of cop shows, I didn’t know there were such things as “police procedural tales” until I read the introduction to Gotham Central Book Two: Jokers and Madmen.

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