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The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #13

Posted by on February 16th, 2011 at 12:27 PM

There are comics that everyone agrees are brilliant but nobody seems to talk about. Usually they’re sui generis, works that came out of nowhere and inspired no imitators, little islands of imagination that fit awkwardly into any critic’s attempt …

Now at CAM: From Bloom County to Mars

Posted by on February 8th, 2011 at 8:44 PM

I realize I’ve been remiss in providing updates on the shows at my beloved Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.  Sorry.  This is the latest one. From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed is a sweeping retrospective …

Best Online Comics Criticism of 2010

Posted by on January 20th, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Okay, this happened because last year some dudes did a list of the best online comics criticism, and a bunch of nitpickers whined that it didn’t include anything about manga or anything by women.  So for 2010 they came up …

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #12

Posted by on January 10th, 2011 at 1:58 PM

When a comics publisher goes under, it leaves a lot of orphan licenses behind.  Some get scooped up into loving homes, some bounce from halfway house to halfway house, while others are left to wander the earth, forgotten.  So it …

Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Posted by on November 12th, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
–Opening line of William Gibson’s Neuromancer

The Scott Pilgrim series is the first comic for cyborgs.  Or maybe not the first, but the first really …

Review: Cul de Sac Golden Treasury of Keepsake Garland Classics

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I was a high-school senior in 1995, when Bill Watterson retired Calvin & Hobbes, and I thought I was sitting vigil for the last great newspaper comic strip.  It felt like the end of the line, with the size …

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #11

Posted by on October 22nd, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Michael O’Donoghue, founding member of National Lampoon and the guy opposite John Belushi in the very first Saturday Night Live sketch, is one of my favorite literary assholes, up there with James Joyce. I guess I’m amused by Irish misogynists …

Now at CAM: Graphic Details

Posted by on October 1st, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Is this the most narrowly-focused show the Cartoon Art Museum has ever done? Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women focuses on autobio comics by female Jewish cartoonists. If that sounds like a limited pool, click through for the massive …

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #10

Posted by on September 22nd, 2010 at 12:03 PM

To be a truly irritating manga nerd, it’s important to obsess over at least one untranslated manga, boring people with long descriptions of its veiled glories and bitching about the myopia of the U.S. manga market and/or the unappreciative gaijin …

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #9

Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Selecting subjects for this feature, I’m forever torn: do I choose comics with deep personal significance in my life or comics that speak to some universal quality with exceptional grace? Or, alternately, do I pick out the weirdest thing I …

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