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In The Dark Ages: Ashes, Ashes and The Natural World #4

Posted by on December 6th, 2010 at 5:57 AM
Rob reviews the Bill Volk-edited anthology Ashes, Ashes and the fourth issue of The Natural World, by Damien Jay.

Hyperreal: The Lodger

Posted by on December 4th, 2010 at 6:05 AM

Rob reviews Karl Stevens’ recent book, The Lodger (Karl Stevens Art Publishing).

Karl Stevens made a mark in the comics world a few years ago with his hyper-realistically rendered, Xeric-grant winning comic Guilty.  While most cartoonists try to create

Art Objects: Good Minnesotan #4

Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Good Minnesotan's origins are not unlike that of Kramers Ergot. Both anthologies started small and featured stories by friends of the editor, a young cartoonist with ambition and a wide view of comics art. The fourth issue of Kramers exploded onto the art-comics scene and gained its editor, Sammy Harkham, a considerable amount of notice and respect. That issue saw him reach out far beyond his own circle of friends to include the most cutting-edge of cartoonists, as well as a number of pieces that stretched the boundaries of what could be called narrative.

The Minicomics of Nomi Kane

Posted by on December 1st, 2010 at 5:41 AM

Rob reviews a batch of minicomics from CCS cartoonist Nomi Kane.

Nomi Kane is a young cartoonist with an appealing line and a whimsical sense of design.  Each of the four minis reviewed here is attractive and eye-catching in its

The Dina Kelberman Interview (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on December 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the conclusion of this two-part interview with multimedia artist Dina Kelberman, Kelberman and Clough talk about autobiography, color, subscription, dissonance and found art.

Everyone’s An Impossible Person: The Dina Kelberman Interview (Part One of Two)

Posted by on November 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Dina Kelberman's comics are filled with contradictions. They have a strongly misanthropic quality, yet an unfailingly social one as well. There's a frequent self-negating air about them (the many "should I quit art?" ruminations), yet the strips keep coming out relentlessly. Her characters are minimalist, geometric shapes that berate each other and themselves in frequently hilarious fashion. Her use of color is boldly original and frequently dissonant. She brings her background as a multimedia artist to bear on her comics in the way she incorporates interesting design elements into her lettering and cultivates the immediacy and off-the-cuff nature of a do-it-yourself project.

Dark Corners: Dungeon Monstres, Volume 3

Posted by on November 29th, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Rob reviews Dungeon Monstres Volume 3, by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer and Walter.

The initial draw of Lewis Trondheim & Joann Sfar’s Dungeon series is its status as a light-hearted goof on familiar sword-and-sorcery (and Dungeons

Quick Comments On Series: Shiot Crock, Big Questions, Nurse Nurse, Boneyard

Posted by on November 27th, 2010 at 6:53 AM

Rob offers some quick words on the newest iterations of various series: Shiot Crock #16 edited by Shannon Smith, Boneyard Volume 7 by Richard Moore (NBM), Nurse Nurse #7 by Katie Skelly, and Big Questions #14, by Anders Nilsen (Drawn

Comfort Level: Make Me A Woman

Posted by on November 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
There's something about Davis' casual storytelling voice that makes readers feel like they're an old friend, and she's simply filling you in on some details from her life.

Process: Make

Posted by on November 24th, 2010 at 5:14 AM

Rob reviews the Robyn Chapman-edited anthology, Make.

To put it simply, Make is an anthology about the act of human defecation and the ramifications thereof.  One would expect an anthology devoted to scatology to be one that went after

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