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Alex Dueben interviews Ho Che Anderson (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on March 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Alex Dueben concludes his interview with Ho Che Anderson. Previously: PART ONE

Alex Dueben interviews Ho Che Anderson (Part One of Two)

Posted by on March 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Ho Che Anderson will likely always be associated with King, the three-volume biography of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was published by Fantagraphics in single-issue form between 1993-2002 before being collected in a single volume, and rereleased in hardcover this year. For some of us, our first introduction to Anderson’s work was a series of gritty urban relationship tales — Young Hoods in Love, I Want to Be Your Dog, Pop Life — a little more sexual and frank than most comics, with an expressionistic style defined by mood and lighting.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Abstract Comics

Posted by on March 24th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Here’s a book that was initially attractive as an intriguing, if intellectual, curiosity, only to reveal itself in short order as a continually fascinating experience.

Jason Leivian of Floating World Comics talks to Benjamin Marra

Posted by on March 24th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Benjamin Marra self-publishes Gangsta Rap Posse and Night Business under the imprint Traditional Comics. The printing quality stands out: Offset printing on newsprint, it looks and feels like an indy comic from the ’80s or early ’90s. He consistently releases new material and his work gets better with each issue. * Images contained in this article are NSFW.

Super Spy Vol. 2: The Lost Dossiers by Matt Kindt

Posted by on March 22nd, 2010 at 2:10 PM
The Lost Dossiers is not a sequel, per se, but more like the graphic novel equivalent of the bonus disc in a DVD box set. It’s hardly essential; however, for fans of the original, there’s more than enough “bonus features” to make it worth the price.

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days: Artifacts and Bone Fragments

Posted by on March 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
On Al Columbia's art: "I experienced a dreadful shudder of recognition: Yes, I thought— that is what the face of Satan looks like, and I've always known it. I'd just never seen it until now."
*Contains NSFW images.

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Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti

Posted by on March 17th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
*Images contained within this post may be NSFW.
There’s an immediate laugh to be had with the extended title of Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti. This is a slyly hilarious understatement, a clever counterpoint to contents as there’s nothing “questionable” about these jokes.

Harvey Kurtzman and Modern American Satire (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on March 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Even before Mad, Kurtzman had achieved an enviable reputation among comic-book artists and writers for the excellence of his work at EC comics, a firm that had been producing since 1950 what have been considered some of the best-written and drawn stories in comic-book history. He was especially noted for the careful research and meticulous detail of his work, as represented by the editing and writing that went into the Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat titles. Disturbed by the lies and the ultra-patriotism he saw in the other war comic books at the time, just as the Korean conflict was under way, he set out to deglamourize combat by showing it to be the grim, debasing, and dehumanizing thing it was in reality.

Previously: PART ONE

Minis Monday: Morgan Pielli and Jen Vaughn

Posted by on March 15th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Over time, last year’s Maine Comic Arts Festival in Portland has come to seem increasingly like a particularly productive orchard. Here’s more of what was plucked.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Meanwhile

Posted by on March 13th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Like a maze there are narrative dead ends as well as embedded, endlessly recursive loops (some of which are funny in their own way ... assuming you’re in the mood to be amused). There are false leads, duplicated pages, deceptive trails, unrelated paths, isolated sequences and single standalone panels to foil would-be short-cutters as well as any less-than-completely-attentive readers.

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