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Follow The Line: Obligatory Artifact and RDCD Fist

Posted by on November 22nd, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Rob reviews Obligatory Artifact, by Jason Overby and RDCD Fist, by Justin Skarhus.

RDCD Fist, by Justin Skarhus.  Skarhus is one of the editors of the intriguing Good Minnesotan anthology, one that frequently includes entries whose contents

Museum Piece: Al Burian Goes To Hell

Posted by on November 20th, 2010 at 5:54 AM

Rob reviews the bootlegged reprint of Al Burian Goes To Hell, by Al Burian (Migraine, distributed by Microcosm).

My first reading of Al Burian Goes To Hell left me a bit confused.  It was noted as being an undergrad’s

No Second Acts: Trigger #1 and You Can’t Be Here

Posted by on November 17th, 2010 at 5:18 AM

Rob reviews You Can’t Be Here, by Nicholas Breutzman and Trigger #1, by Mike Bertino (Revival House).  This pair of artists deals with themes surrounding being an outsider and how a return to one’s roots isn’t necessarily a good

Medical Psychodrama: Fear Of Failure

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 5:43 AM

Rob reviews the first issue of Thom Ferrier’s insider comic on medicine, Fear of Failure.

Thom Ferrier is the nom de plume of a Welsh physician who is also a cartoonist.  His Fear of Failure series (serialized online as

Shame and Comfort: How To Understand Israel In Sixty Days Or Less

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

All images ©2010 Sarah Glidden and DC Comics

Sarah Glidden's How To Understand Israel In Sixty Days Or Less is an interesting companion piece to Joe Sacco's Footnotes In Gaza. Both authors are obsessed with telling the truth about the miserable Israel-Palestine conflict and doing so by unearthing the smallest details that can provide clues as to what's really happened/is happening. Sacco did it by focusing in on one particular historical event, both as an illustration of how this event is still relevant today, but also to show how the vagaries of memory and cultural narrative creation can distort truth into something more convenient. Both authors wanted to go directly to the source and talk to the people living there in order to give a voice to others, but more importantly, to gain a view of the area unfiltered by anyone's perceptions but their own. In Glidden's case, as a 26-year-old American who is Jewish, this came in a format that she immediately viewed with suspicion: a "birthright" tour.

Two Minis From Gabrielle Nowicki

Posted by on November 13th, 2010 at 5:03 AM

Rob reviews two minis from first-time cartoonist Gabrielle Nowicki, Worng and The Curse Of The Parsimonious Great Aunt.

Gabrielle Nowicki is a fine artist who has just begun experimenting with cartooning.  Her first two efforts, The Curse Of The Parsimonious

Five Observations About Sam Henderson’s Newest Minis

Posted by on November 10th, 2010 at 5:16 AM
Rob jots down five observations about Sam Henderson's newest minicomics collections of his single-panel gag work.

Pinfalls: Life of Vice #3

Posted by on November 8th, 2010 at 5:08 AM

Rob reviews the third and final issue of Robin Enrico’s minicomics series, Life of Vice.

The first two issues of Robin Enrico’s Life Of Vice centered on its title character (sex columnist/bass player Becky Vice) as a provocateur, performer and

Tom Neely’s Side Gigs

Posted by on November 6th, 2010 at 5:02 AM
Rob reviews Bound & Gagged, a collection of single-panel gags edited by Tom Neely, and Henry & Glenn Forever, a collection of strips done by Neely and his Igloo Tornado art collective compatriots.

The Latest Batch From Silber Media

Posted by on November 3rd, 2010 at 5:09 AM

Rob reviews the latest batch of matchbook-sized minis from Brian John Mitchell and various collaborators.

Looking at the newest set of minicomics from Raleigh, NC’s own Brian John Mitchell and friends, it’s become clear that the most successful of these

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