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Minis Monday: Crooked Teeth #2 & #3 and The Archer

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
I’m still trying to tender full faith and credit to the minis and handmades gathered at last year’s Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland even as the next gathering is in the offing (, which brings us to a trio of comics from Nate Doyle.

Sobel on Market Day by James Sturm

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
James Sturm is a cartoonist’s cartoonist, a passionate supporter of the medium and one of its great ambassadors. His comics, like all great artists, have sharpened and focused over the course of his career, and following his trilogy of graphic novels, recently collected as a single, stunning volume simply titled James Sturm’s America, it was only logical that Sturm would turn next to Europe.

Lees on Market Day by James Sturm

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 12:00 AM
In Market Day — his first graphic novel since 2001’s The Golem’s Mighty Swing — Sturm appears to have lost his former optimism and what’s left is a beautifully told piece of abject nihilism.

Minis Monday: Sweetheart Comics #2 and Christina and Charles, Windy Corner Magazine

Posted by on May 3rd, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Like the man said, this year’s Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland is coming up fast, as in May 23. Here is more of the booty from last year’s get-together, three books from Austin English.

RASL #1-7 review by Ian Burns

Posted by on April 29th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
An art thief named RASL hops through dimensional barriers, hiding out on various parallel worlds. Because he only "drifts" laterally, or without being displaced in space and time, RASL operates in the same geographical and temporal setting in each dimension. The worlds are almost identical to our own (let’s call it “A”), and any inconsistencies lie hidden in pop-cultural minutiae: perhaps McDonald’s of Earth A is McDaniel’s on Earth B, on Earth C Apple Inc. just released their new iTab or, as in RASL #1, the Bob Dylan of Earth A isn’t Bob Dylan on another. Therefore, because of these trivial differences, RASL can easily acclimate to each parallel world. If trans-dimensional travel provides RASL with a hideout only, is it really necessary? If RASL operated in the same town on the same world would the story lose anything?

World War 3 Illustrated

Posted by on April 24th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
World War III Illustrated is an anthology of left-leaning political comics, many of which are made by people more concerned with social change than professional cartooning. (Its price is a sustained victory for the masses right there.) The introduction to this latest issue reveals it was produced to reflect the spirit of the times at the end of “28 years of right wing dominance in U.S. politics,” where “Americans were looking leftward for solutions” even as early discontent and disillusionment with the Obama administration was making itself felt.

The Making of Stumptown: a Matthew Southworth interview conducted by Jason Leivian

Posted by on April 23rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I spoke with Seattle artist Matthew Southworth about his first major comics work, Stumptown, a crime story set in writer Greg Rucka's hometown, Portland, Ore. Because the real world-setting is a major selling point of the book, in this interview, Southworth talks about the research and preparation he undertook to make his Portland as authentic as possible. He also shares some advice on how to effectively use photo-reference in comics without making it look too stiff or jarring. Southworth will be attending the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend (April 24-25). I will also moderate a panel at the Fest with Southworth, where we will further discuss the use of photo-reference and photo- realism in comics.

Other Lives by Peter Bagge

Posted by on April 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The four principals of Other Lives are worthy Bagge creations. The first introduced is Javy, a computer-programming whiz and conspiracy theorist, who may or may not be a government agent. He’s followed by Vader, a self-pitying journalist who’s completely hung up over his past. There’s also Vader’s fiancée Ivy, who’s fixated on two things: their wedding and the virtual-fantasy community website Second World. Her companion on the site is Vader’s friend Woodrow, an insurance adjuster who can’t own up to either his gambling addiction or his divorce.

Minis Monday: Inbound #1–3

Posted by on April 19th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
The Boston Comics Roundtable was founded in 2006 by Dave Kender in the hopes of gathering area folks interested in making comics. A mission statement of sorts runs: “We meet, we talk, we publish, and most importantly, we encourage one another in the pursuit of creating more and better comics.”

Yearlong Best of the Year: The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad

Posted by on April 14th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
With The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad, Larry Gonick brings the celebrated chronicle he began in 1978 to its appointed and gratifying conclusion.

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