Author Archive

Lo-Fi: Uptight #4

Posted by on December 27th, 2010 at 5:57 AM

Rob reviews the 4th issue of Jordan Crane’s one-man anthology, Uptight (Fantagraphics).

Uptight #4 is an example of that increasingly-rare animal: a satisfying alt-comic book.  At $3.95 and 36 pages, it’s actually a better bargain than a mainstream comic (especially

The Comics of Adam Meuse

Posted by on December 25th, 2010 at 5:48 AM
Rob reviews three comics by Adam Meuse: Social Insect, Sad Animals and Some Mayan Glyphs.

Grim Tidings: Miss Don’t Touch Me, Vol 2

Posted by on December 22nd, 2010 at 5:45 AM

Rob reviews the second volume of Miss Don’t Touch Me, written by Hubert and drawn by the art team of Kerascoet (NBM).

The first volume of Miss Don’t Touch Me was part murder-mystery, part “erotic thriller”, part workplace procedural and

Genre Is The New Steady-State III: Funny Aminals 2

Posted by on December 20th, 2010 at 5:35 AM

Rob reviews the second volume of the Funny Aminals anthology, edited by Bryan Stone and Jeff Lok.

The second volume of the underground comix tribute Funny Aminals is a good bit tighter than the first edition.  Not that much of

Genre Is The New Steady-State II: Werewolf!!!

Posted by on December 18th, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Rob reviews the anthology Werewolf!!!, edited by Penina Gal, Josh Rosen, Betsey Swardlick and Nick Patten.

Werewolf!!!, is the third volume from a team of cartoonists from the Center For Cartoon Studies. The first and second volumes of

Sympathy and Ambivalence: Artichoke Tales

Posted by on December 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Megan Kelso's first full-length graphic novel, Artichoke Tales, raises the stakes seen in her short stories and makes the relationships between three generations of characters one of simultaneous longing and resentment. The reserved nature of her characters masks seething and churning emotions that emerge in ways that aren't necessarily healthy or rational. The reserve of her present-day characters is juxtaposed against the outsized behavior of historical figures whose story is told as a way of explaining present-day circumstances. This story is entirely about relationships, both familial and romantic. At the same time, it's also about one's relationship to one's country, one's religion, and one's ethnicity, and the ways in which resorting to war to solve conflicts changes all of these relationships irrevocably. Make no mistake: this is not a book with an explicit anti-war message. Rather, it's one that asks the reader to think about what war does to its participants, not the least of which are its soldiers.

Genre Is The New Steady-State I: Elf World #1

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 6:47 AM

Rob reviews the first of three new alt-genre anthologies: Elf World #1, edited by Francois Vigneault.

Elfworld #1, edited by Francois Vigneault.  The first volume of this anthology was released three years ago, and it was one of the

The Latest From Josh Blair

Posted by on December 13th, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Rob reviews a variety of comics written and/or edited by Josh Blair: Postal, Apartment #307: One Year Later, and Candy Or Medicine #11.

Josh Blair is a prolific writer and editor (and sometimes cartoonist) whose most notable contribution

Short Takes On Gag Comics

Posted by on December 11th, 2010 at 6:16 AM
Rob offers short takes on a number of funny minicomics. Included are Fight Scene, by Eric Knisley; Who is Amy Amoeba?, by Jason Viola; Ninjas In The Breakroom, by Leah Riley; Yo! Burbalino #5 & #6, by Greg Farrell; Kevin, by Max Huffman; Cheep Bilds Whith Blocks, (sic) by Yana Levy; The Regular Man #13-14, by Dina Kelberman; and Cartoon Flophouse Presents Greenblatt The Great! #3, by Michael Aushkenker.

Exploring New Worlds: Minis by Kubby, Lisa McDonnell, and Ansis Purins

Posted by on December 8th, 2010 at 6:29 AM

Rob reviews Clare #1 by Kubby; Zombre #2 by Ansis Purins; and Winter Break 2010: University of Diversity, by Lisa McDonnell.

Clare #1, by Kubby.  This Center for Cartoon Studies graduate has always produced lovely, spontaneous work, usually

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10