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Dave Sim Is a Girl

Posted by on January 29th, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Rich Kreiner’s post reminded me, and probably many other people who’d forgotten, of the existence of Dave Sim’s comic/magazine hybrid Glamourpuss.  It’s an odd little exercise, isn’t it?  I read the first few issues, as much as anyone can

On Glamourpuss by Dave Sim

Posted by on January 29th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Aardvark-Vanaheim; single issues

While elsewhere other forces are marshalling “best of the year” retrospectives for 2009, I am nagged by a comic I failed to commend as of 2008. Well, half a comic, really. Last year, I neglected to publicly

Rob Clough Reviews Solipsistic Pop #1

Posted by on January 28th, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Rob reviews the new anthology series featuring British alt-comics artists, SOLIPSISTIC POP.

The artists behind British anthology SOLIPSISTIC POP #1 were clearly so anxious to have their voices clearly and distinctively heard in a comics scene still dominated by genre

Kent Worcester reviews Fortune Cookies by Sue Rice and Nick Thorkelson

Posted by on January 24th, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Fortune Cookies: New Comics about Journeys and Transformations. Sue Rice and Nick Thorkelson, eds. Forty-eight b&w pages; saddlestitch binding; $4.50. No ISBN. To order copies visit

This self-published anthology features eleven graphic stories, most of which are autobiographical

Bulletpoint Review: Footnotes In Gaza

Posted by on January 23rd, 2010 at 5:32 AM

A few quick thoughts on one of the major releases of 2009, Joe Sacco’s FOOTNOTES IN GAZA.

* This is certainly the most accomplished book of Sacco’s career in terms of ambition and his sheer drawing skill, but it didn’t

Phil Evans: Once More With Feeling

Posted by on January 18th, 2010 at 7:46 AM

In previous posts – “Whatever Happened to Phil Evans?” and “The Return of Phil Evans” – I introduced Journal readers to one of the overlooked political cartoonists of the past half-century, the English socialist Phil Evans. Evans has pretty much

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Asterios Polyp

Posted by on January 16th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

©2009 David Mazzucchelli


So is it possible that a book among the very best of the calendar year could still be a something of a disappointment?

Things the Industry Is Doing Right

Posted by on January 15th, 2010 at 11:58 AM

This being The Comics Journal and all, we tend to focus on the thousands of things the comics industry does wrong.  But that gets to be such a downer.  Here, because lists are the ideal form of online discourse, are

Gavin Lees on Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

Posted by on January 14th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
It would be hard to overstate this book's importance. First published in 1972, it's largely considered to be the first autobiographical comic (in the English language, at least). It opened the floodgates for Harvey Pekar, Eddie Campbell, Chester Brown, most of Crumb's '80s work and… well, you know the rest.

Shaenon Garrity reviews The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

Posted by on January 11th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
The Eternal Smile, a short-story collection written by Gene Yang and drawn by Derek Kirk Kim, was eagerly anticipated by fans of both creators, but anyone expecting a graphic novel on the level of their breakthrough works was likely disappointed; this is a strong, well-executed, but modest work that feels like a warm-up for more ambitious future comics.

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