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Division of Labor: Tag Team #1

Posted by on July 28th, 2010 at 5:09 AM

Rob reviews the first issue of the collaborative anthology Tag Team, by Pat Barrett, Robyn Chapman, Colleen Frakes, Morgan Pielli, Sam Carbaugh, and Dennis Pacheco.

Tag Team is a collaborative comic in which six artists contribute to six four-page

Lightning Round: Short Takes on Various Comics

Posted by on July 26th, 2010 at 5:19 AM
Rob offers brief comments on a number of comics: Yo! Burbalino # 1-3, by Greg Farrell; The Regular Man #10, by Dina Kelberman; Candy Or Medicine Volume 10, edited by Josh Blair; and Moral Geometry by Sean Andress.

Outposts: Death Deals and Quiet Human Contact

Posted by on July 24th, 2010 at 5:23 AM
Rob reviews DEATH DEALS, by Eamon Espey; and QUIET HUMAN CONTACT, by John Hankiewicz, Austin English, Juliacks, Onsmith, and Siobhan Calnan.

Pitch Black: Market Day and Mental Illness

Posted by on July 22nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Sobel was right-on in talking about Market Day a study of transitions: the transition to fatherhood, the transition from a golden age of practicing an art and its inevitable decline, and finally a transition from Mendleman as an artist to becoming something else (and lesser). While this is all true, I'd also say that for Sturm this was more than just a transition. His stories tend to be about the beginning of the end: the crucial point where something that was once good tends to fall apart. There's a crisis point where this occurs, but it's really more a matter of a house of cards collapsing. Market Day is no exception.

Romantic: Werewolves of Montpellier

Posted by on July 21st, 2010 at 5:22 AM
Rob reviews the new graphic novella from Jason, Werewolves of Montpellier (Fantagraphics).

Short Takes on Autobio

Posted by on July 19th, 2010 at 5:21 AM
Rob reviews the autobiographical comics HOT TOWN, by Robyn Jordan; VEGGIE DOG SATURN #4, by Jason Young; and SNAKEPIT 2009, by Ben Snakepit.

Saturation: Tales Designed To Thrizzle #6

Posted by on July 17th, 2010 at 5:33 AM
Rob reviews Michael Kupperman's TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #6 (Fantagraphics).

Missing Links: Newave!

Posted by on July 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Various; Michael Dowers, ed.; Fantagraphics; $24.99, 892 pp.; Hardcover, Color, B&W; ISBN: 978-1606993132 Newave! is an astonishing collection of minicomic from the '70s, '80s and early '90s, roughly from the collapse of the underground comics distribution system to the inception of the Xeric grant and an increasingly wider scope of small-press comics shows. This book puts the lie to the notion that underground cartooning was lying fallow during this period; indeed, all it did was really go underground.

Harvey Pekar: An Appreciation

Posted by on July 13th, 2010 at 1:34 PM
Rob reflects on the career of the great Harvey Pekar.

Finding A Voice: Two Comics By L.Nichols

Posted by on July 12th, 2010 at 5:55 AM
Rob reviews two minicomics from L.Nichols: JUMBLY JUNKERY #9 and RADIO GHOSTS Volume 1.

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