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The Minicomics of Maggie Morrill

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Rob reviews assorted issues of SUBCULTURE CLASH, by Maggie Morrill.

I was first introduced to the work of Maggie Morrill in the Candy or Medicine anthology, and was struck by her line and character design.  Her SUBCULTURE CLASH minicomics are

Pain Is The Great Teacher: Smile

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Raina Telgemeier's graphic memoir Smile purported to be about her dental nightmares as a pre-teen and teen, a specific period that gave the book a certain sturdy structure. At the same time, there's a second narrative that didn't coalesce until the end of the book, entirely by design. Both of them are unusual for young adult stories, and Telgemeier took a calculated risk in arranging the elements of what seemed to be a slice-of-life story into a coherent narrative with some sharp, direct points to make. Telgemeier's book has been wildly popular at school libraries and with teens precisely because the specific details she related are so easy to understand and empathize with.

In-Between: New Comics From Melissa Mendes

Posted by on June 19th, 2010 at 5:25 AM

Rob reviews FREDDY and WARMTH, two minis by Melissa Mendes.

In a large and talented 2010 graduating class from the Center For Cartoon Studies, Melissa Mendes has proven to be one of the standouts.  Her stories about the slightly androgynous

Soup To Nuts: Undeleted Scenes

Posted by on June 17th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I once wrote of Jeffrey Brown, "More than any other autobiographical artist that I can think of, Brown is acutely aware of the difference between actual experience and the interpretation and recording of same."

Melee Rounds: Dungeon Quest

Posted by on June 16th, 2010 at 6:38 AM
Rob reviews the first volume of what is promising to be quite an epic: Joe Day's DUNGEON QUEST (Fantagraphics).

Minicomics Round-Up: Henderson, Neely

Posted by on June 14th, 2010 at 5:37 AM
Rob reviews new minis from Sam Henderson and Tom Neely.

New Comics From Ed Choy Moorman

Posted by on June 12th, 2010 at 5:53 AM
Rob reviews STITCHING TOGETHER and DECORUM, both new minicomics from Ed Choy Moorman.

Interspecies Anthropology: Yasha Lizard

Posted by on June 9th, 2010 at 5:15 AM

Rob reviews the first two volumes of Kristina Stipetic’s minicomics series, YASHA LIZARD.

Kristina Stipetic seems to be the kind of cartoonist who came to comics after a longer stint or at least training in illustration.  Her pages are neat

Show Your Work: Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers

Posted by on June 7th, 2010 at 5:22 AM

Rob reviews the new book of supplementary material from Matt Kindt’s book SUPER SPY, titled THE LOST DOSSIERS (Top Shelf).

Matt Kindt isn’t mentioned along with a lot of other alternative artists who do variations on genre work, perhaps because

Minicomics Round-Up: Kelberman, Badman

Posted by on June 5th, 2010 at 8:47 AM
Rob reviews a variety of minis from Dina Kelberman and Derik Badman.

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