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D&Q’s Comic Books II: Berlin #17

Posted by on January 19th, 2011 at 5:37 AM
Rob reviews Berlin #17, the first issue of the last segment of Jason Lutes' long-running series and the last comic discussed in a three-part series about comics from Drawn & Quarterly.

D&Q’s Comic Books I: Palookaville #20

Posted by on January 17th, 2011 at 6:43 AM
Rob reviews the landmark twentieth issue of Seth's Palookaville as the first part of a three-part series about recent issues from Drawn & Quarterly.

Correctives & Propaganda: World War III Illustrated #41 and Borderland

Posted by on January 15th, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Rob reviews World War III Illustrated #41 (by various) and Borderland, by Dan Archer & Olga Trusova.

Dan Archer is a young political cartoonist who has been firing off a series of highly well-sourced blasts of polemic for a

Creature Comforts: Hotwire Volume 3

Posted by on January 12th, 2011 at 5:23 AM

Rob reviews the third volume of the Glenn Head-edited anthology, Hotwire (Fantagraphics).

This volume of Hotwire looks and feels very much like the first two volumes, with no surprises.  Glenn Head’s stated mission (“fun” comics with great stories, not literary

Schulzian Mysticism: Eden

Posted by on January 10th, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Rob reviews the English debut of Argentinian cartoonist Pablo Holmberg, Eden (Drawn & Quarterly).

Pablo Holmberg, better known in Argentina under his pen name of Kioskerman, makes comics that elude easy description.  They’re about gaps, in-between places and events going

More Mini-Comics: Smith, Baddeley, Mardou

Posted by on January 8th, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Rob reviews another batch of minicomics, including Anais In Paris, by Sacha Mardou; Silent V #3 by Kyle Baddeley; and Two Eyes Of The Beautiful #2, by Ryan Cecil Smith.

Anais In Paris, by Sacha Mardou.  Mardou has

Mini-Comics Round-Up: Vigneault, Baylis, Fletschinger

Posted by on January 5th, 2011 at 3:47 AM

Rob reviews a variety of mini-comics.  Included are So Buttons Holiday Special #1, by Jonathan Baylis, et al; Beloved by E.J. Fletschinger; and Bird Brain #2-4, by Francois Vigneault.

So Buttons Holiday Special #1, by Jonathan Baylis, Thomas Boatwright,

Erasure, Time and Memory: The Whale

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Rob reviews the recent comic by Aidan Koch, The Whale (Gaze Books).

Comics-as-poetry, a relatively recent development in comics, has unsurprisingly developed a number of branches and subgenres.  Any comic that favors elliptical storytelling rather than a straight narrative, that

Tightening The Web: 1-800-MICE #5

Posted by on January 1st, 2011 at 6:18 AM

Rob reviews the fifth issue of Matthew Thurber’s series 1-800-MICE.

If you haven’t read any issues of Matthew Thurber’s brilliant series 1-800-MICE, you’re missing the best that comics has to offer.  It’s part satire,  part farce, part epic.

Lo-Fi Brits: Gin Palace #2 and B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S #2

Posted by on December 29th, 2010 at 6:35 AM

Rob reviews the British anthologies Gin Palace #2, edited by Rob Jackson; and B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. #2, edited by Francesca Cassavetti.

Great Britain’s small press scene is still a relatively small one, but one can see how certain groups have certain

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