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Assorted Miscellany: Candy Or Medicine, Devil’s Lake, Desmond Reed minis, Dina Kelberman, The Cornelia Collection

Posted by on February 7th, 2011 at 5:39 AM
Rob offers quick takes on comics in a variety of media: the webcomics content of Devil's Lake; minicomics by Desmond Reed, The Corneila Collection by Kel Crum; Candy Or Medicine #12, edited by Josh Blair; and the latest issue of The Regular Man, by Dina Kelberman.

D&Q Classics, Part III: Nipper, 1963-1964

Posted by on February 5th, 2011 at 5:28 AM

Rob concludes his look at Drawn & Quarterly’s reprints of classic comic books and strips with Doug Wright’s Nipper (1963-1964).

I love that Drawn & Quarterly will occasionally remind its readers that it is still a fundamentally Canadian comics publisher. 

Graphic Youth: Solipsistic Pop 3

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011 at 12:01 AM

©2010 Marc Ellerby

The latest edition of the always-beautiful U.K. anthology Solipsistic Pop was designed as an all-ages comic, inspired in part by British standards like Dandy and The Beano. On that level, it doesn't entirely cohere, because some of the stories are clearly aimed for preteens while others are more about the experience of being young as an adult would understand it now. Of course, the theme of this issue is "wonder," and on that level, it certainly succeeds. Each of the stories touches on one's sense of wonder as a child, and occasionally, on how it is lost.

D&Q Classics, Part II: Tubby, Volume 1

Posted by on February 2nd, 2011 at 6:24 AM
In the second of a three-part series on classic comic books and strips released by Drawn & Quarterly, Rob looks at Tubby, written and drawn by John Stanley, with additional art by Lloyd White.

D&Q Classics, Part I: Nancy, Volume 2

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 5:16 AM

Rob reviews the second volume of Nancy, from Drawn & Quarterly’s John Stanley Library.

The latest edition of the John Stanley-written (he also did breakdowns) Nancy goes from strength to strength in terms of its use of character formulas,

Minicomics: Ford, Frederick-Frost, Freibert

Posted by on January 29th, 2011 at 5:09 AM

Rob reviews Only Skin #6, by Sean Ford; Mr. Cellar’s Attic, by Noel Freibert; and Courtship of Ms. Smith, by Alexis Frederick-Frost.

Only Skin #6, by Sean Ford. Ford’s series will be collected by Secret Acres

The Comforts of Terror: Curio Cabinet

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

All images ©2010 John Brodowski

A shorthand way of describing this comic is that it's very metal. "Metal" in the very best junior-high school sense of the word, where a world of fantasies and possibilities have arisen that have a certain jagged edge to them, representative of the teenager's simple view of the world as either awesome or deserving of scorn and/or revenge. It's metal in the occasional id-born brutality of those fantasies. It's metal in its sweep, and in its and unapologetic and unironic embrace of the epic, the over-the-top and the operatic. The genius of this book is the way that Brodkowski employs restraint in his narrative and patience in his pacing. He doesn't bother to spell out what's happening in these fantasy narratives, forcing the reader to simply accept what's on the page and roll with it. This is not to say that his storytelling is unclear; indeed, the deliberate nature of that pacing makes his stories quite easy to follow in terms of structure. Each story has its own internal logic, no matter how screwy it may be. His control over his line is so exact yet expressive that one never questions what one is looking at, but rather why it's happening.

Party Favor: Scenes From An Impending Marriage

Posted by on January 26th, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Rob reviews the new comic from Adrian Tomine, Scenes From An Impending Marriage (Drawn & Quarterly).

Halfway through reading Adrian Tomine’s new release, Scenes From An Impending Marriage, I was baffled.  This comic was certainly funny and strangely sweet in

TCJ’s Slush Pile

Posted by on January 24th, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Rob reviews a variety of comics that have come through The Comics Journal’s transom, including Toner #5 by Jonathan Wayshak; The Boston Gastronauts, by C. Che’ Salazar & Andrew Abbott; Sub Text & Tonight And Every Night, by C. Che’

D&Q’s Comic Books III: Big Questions #15

Posted by on January 22nd, 2011 at 6:51 AM
Rob reviews the fifteenth and final issue of Anders Nilsen's epic series Big Questions, in the last of three posts about recent comic books from Drawn & Quarterly.

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