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Filling The Shelf: Melvin Monster 2

Posted by on August 14th, 2010 at 5:13 AM
Rob reviews the second volume of Melvin Monster, by John Stanley (Drawn & Quarterly).

Sunday Comics: Wilson

Posted by on August 13th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Any new release from Daniel Clowes these days is subject to a level of scrutiny accorded to only a few cartoonists, including Chris Ware and Robert Crumb. Since completing what might be his career masterwork in Ice Haven, Clowes has mostly done shorter work: the Marvel Treasury-sized The Death Ray, his New York Times strip Mister Wonderful, and his big one-page strip in Kramers Ergot #7. Like those comics, his new book Wilson focuses in a single character who is desperately seeking human connection while battling his own misanthropy. It's not the Next Big Dan Clowes Graphic Novel, but more of a graphic novella — a humble character piece that once again takes its cues from his predecessors in the medium.

Another Tribe: Supertalk #1 and #2

Posted by on August 11th, 2010 at 5:34 AM
Rob reviews the first two issues of the anthology Supertalk, published by Eric Watkins.

Compartmentalization: Revolver

Posted by on August 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Matt Kindt's comics work is notable for the way in which it walks a line between genre concerns (frequently bordering on deliberate evocations of nostalgia) and the emotional particularities of alternative comics. There's always been a sharpness in concept that manages to distill the essence of the genre in question that Kindt deliberately undermines with the wispy, delicate nature of his brushwork. Kindt eschews the sort of slickness and pyrotechnics common to genre work through his character design. Indeed, his almost fragile line gives his work a visceral charge.

Fixing A Hole: The Living Cain

Posted by on August 9th, 2010 at 5:52 AM
Rob reviews Lydia Conklin's new comic, The Living Cain (Killing The Buddha).

Works In Progress: Nurse Nurse 6 and Troop 142 4

Posted by on August 7th, 2010 at 5:05 AM

Rob reviews Troop 142 #4 by Mike Dawson; Nurse Nurse #6 by Katie Skelly.

A few minicomics series have reached a point where it no longer makes much sense to comment on the particular happenings in the narrative.  Instead, I’ll

Lightning Round II: Carter/O’Donnell, Ineke, Baddeley & Jackson

Posted by on August 4th, 2010 at 5:17 AM
Rob offers more short comments on various comics. Included are Perfect Agent #1, by Greg Carter & Stephanie O'Donnell; Blossom On A Thornbush, by Ibrahim R. Ineke; Silent-V Part One, by Kyle Baddeley; and Goblin Hall, by Rob Jackson.

The Phenomenology of Sleep: Ganges #3

Posted by on August 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Kevin Huizenga has been wrestling with the philosophical issues surrounding mind and perception for quite some time through his everyman character Glenn Ganges and his wife Wendy. This approach has allowed him to humanize these problems through an ordinary man with an agile brain and fertile imagination. He first used this approach in Supermonster #14, the "Gloriana" issue, as he explored the depiction of the simultaneity of perceptual apprehension through Glenn experiencing a powerful moment watching a sunset in a library. It was a depiction of Glenn's sensory filters being turned off for a moment, not unlike a psychedelic or mystical experience. That kind of experience forces one to deal with sensation and perception in its rawest and most immediate states, shoving aside everyday understanding of an event.

The Minicomics of Virginia Paine

Posted by on August 2nd, 2010 at 5:48 AM

Rob reviews Milkyboots #9 and #10, The Warehouse On Poplar and Cannibal Corpse On The Turnpike, by Virginia Paine.

Virginia Paine is a young cartoonist currently enrolled as a student at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in Portland,

The Pleasures of Mark-Making: New Comics From Joseph Lambert & Jose-Luis Olivares

Posted by on July 31st, 2010 at 5:58 AM

Rob reviews Polite Fiction 2, by Jose-Luis Olivares; and Tantrum & Everyday, by Joseph Lambert.

Polite Fiction 2, by Jose-Luis Olivares.  I’ve noted before that Olivares is one of the most interesting artists to emerge from the Center

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