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Meet the Comics Press: Royal Flush #5

Posted by on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 AM
For a publication of aggregate interests, this slick, hefty, irregularly published magazine probably incorporates comics, both as medium and topic, more naturally and thoroughly than any other periodical I can think of.

Rich Kreiner: Minis Monday: Pizza Wizard, Sugarcube and Neon Girl

Posted by on March 1st, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Mini comics, q’est-ce que c’est? Fa fa fa fa fa fa Better read read read read read read read away.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Comic Book Comics

Posted by on February 27th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
With all the comparable in-house material available, it’s probably possible to evaluate writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey’s series Comic Book Comics by contrasts alone. As Scott McClouds’ Understanding Comics gave an analysis of comics done in comics, Comic Book Comics gives the history of the form in the form.

Rich Kreiner: Meet the Comics Press: MELUS Vol. 32 #3

Posted by on February 26th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
At their best, academic journals are driven by useful ideas devised with rigor and discrimination. Their treatments explore intriguing themes and rewarding connections unlikely to be supported in other venues. Abstract concepts are habitually framed with an exacting, developed language in order to capture with precision the full subtlety of their thought.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Action Philosophers!

Posted by on February 24th, 2010 at 1:00 PM


The More Than Complete Action Philosophers is out to prove “that philosophy is not just the province of boring tweed-clad college professors.”

Minis Monday: Freddy and Dear Bill, A Month of Weekly Hourlies

Posted by on February 22nd, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Minis, joy of man’s desiring. Women’s, too!


As usual, these were gathered at the inaugural Maine Comics Arts Festival held in Portland last year.

Drinky Crow’s Maakies Treasury by Tony Millionaire

Posted by on February 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 AM
As a whole this book is deeply satisfying in a fundamentally philosophical way. It readily concedes — and advances! — our basal, venal (and OK, perverse) traits.

Nomenclature Revisited: The Wet Blanket

Posted by on February 20th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
As someone who tosses around the words “realistic” and “cartoony” with relative impunity, I was indebted to R. Fiore’s thoughtful essay “Adventures in Nomenclature.”

Legion of Super-Heroes: Enemy Rising by Jim Shooter, Francis Manapul, Livesay and others

Posted by on February 18th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
©2008 DC Comics.
In delivering solid genre fare, Shooter betrays no greater creative fire (nor grander professional ambitions) than that of a highly reliable caretaker.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Tales Designed to Thrizzle

Posted by on February 17th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

A while back, in designating R. Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics as the most fun book of last year, I made it easier on myself by not considering Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle Volume One. This is a collection of

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