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More Dark Fancy From Colleen Frakes

Posted by on October 9th, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Rob kicks off a month of reviewing various comics related to students from the Center For Cartoon Studies by looking at Tragic Relief #8 and #9, by Colleen Frakes.

Much like Eleanor Davis, Colleen Frakes is building up a body

Sweet Spot: Mome Vol. 19

Posted by on October 7th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In #19, Reynolds shifted gears and used fewer but longer entries to put together perhaps the single best issue of the entire series (only #12 surpasses it in my estimation). Beyond its quality, Mome 19 also seems to be the issue that best reflects Reynolds' taste as an editor. Reynolds has always been more on the underground side of the fence than in the literary fiction camp when it comes to comics. This issue's mix of the transgressively funny, pulpish noir, surrealism, scatology and innovation was sequenced in such a way that every transition from story to story was nearly seamless. More importantly, the stories frequently complemented each other in a way that acted as a form of editorial storytelling on its own.

Sweet Misery: Memory Foam

Posted by on October 6th, 2010 at 5:43 AM

Rob reviews Memory Foam #1 and #2, by Toby Jones.

Toby Jones is an autobio miserablist.  He whines, he complains and he wallows in complaints both petty and existential about his life and the direction it’s going in.  He’s the

Minicomics Round-Up: Dawson, Gennis, Baylis

Posted by on October 4th, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Rob reviews Spaz #3, by Emi Gennis, So Buttons #3, by Jonathan Baylis & various collaborators; and Troop 142 #5, by Mike Dawson.

Troop 142 #5, by Mike Dawson.  Two things I noticed about this latest issue: 1) Dawson

Appearances and Disappearances: Three

Posted by on October 2nd, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Rob reviews the first issue of the anthology series Three, edited by Robert Kirby.  This issue features stories by Kirby, Joey Alison Sayers and Eric Orner.

Three is a new anthology series with a focus on queer cartoonists.  There’s

Elegance In Design: Solipsistic Pop 2

Posted by on October 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Solipsistic Pop #2; Various;Tom Humberstone, ed.; 64 pp., £14.00 (inc p&p – International)

Cover copyright 2010 Luke Pearson

Solipsistic Pop is an impressive anthology designed to showcase the talents of U.K. alt-comics cartoonists. The small-press scene has been flowering in Great Britain over the past decade, as it has striven to get out of the shadow of the mainstream comics that have dominated the isle for several decades. That need to demonstrate just how different the first issue was from the average reader's understanding of British comics creators resulted in some slightly blustery manifestos and statements of purpose, as my review of the first issue noted. The second issue was content to proceed without feeling a need to explain itself, other than to offer up a single word as the issue's theme: "middle".

Minicomics Round-Up: Kelberman, Baddeley, Reed

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 5:08 AM

Rob reviews a smattering of recent minicomics, including The Regular Man #11 & #12, by Dina Kelberman; Aloha and The Island, by Desmond Reed; and Silent-V #2, by Kyle Baddeley.

Silent-V #2, by Kyle Baddeley.  This is another

Love and Air: El Vocho

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 5:21 AM

Rob reviews Steve Lafler’s latest release, El Vocho.

Steve Lafler’s new comic El Vocho is a return to his roots in some respects.  It rambles pleasantly in an episodic fashion, keeping a tenuous hold on its plot.  It’s a caper

Fade To Blank: How I Made It To Eighteen

Posted by on September 25th, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Rob reviews How I Made It To Eighteen, Tracy White’s “95% true” memoir (Roaring Brook Press).

Tracy White’s How I Made It To Eighteen is a perfect example of an artist understanding and embracing their limitations as a draftsman

Fear Itself: The Axe-Man Of New Orleans

Posted by on September 22nd, 2010 at 5:11 AM

Rob reviews the new volume of Rick Geary’s Treasury of XXth Century Murder series, The Axe-Man of New Orleans (NBM).

There’s a sense in which Rick Geary is the most accomplished horror artist working today.  It’s just that the horrors

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