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The Craft Behind Cerebus: an Interview with Gerhard (Part Two of Three)

Posted by on February 15th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In Part Two (of Three), Gerhard and Robinson continue to march through volumes of Cerebus, talking technique as they go.

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Sean Michael Robinson: The Craft Behind Cerebus: An Interview with Gerhard (Part One of Three)

Posted by on February 14th, 2011 at 2:00 PM
In Part One (of Three) of a craft-oriented interview, Gerhard talks to Sean Michael Robinson about his learning curve on Cerebus.

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Past and Future: Mineshaft #26

Posted by on February 9th, 2011 at 5:07 AM
Rob Clough reviews the 26th issue of the comics zine Mineshaft, edited by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri.

Assorted Miscellany: Candy Or Medicine, Devil’s Lake, Desmond Reed minis, Dina Kelberman, The Cornelia Collection

Posted by on February 7th, 2011 at 5:39 AM
Rob offers quick takes on comics in a variety of media: the webcomics content of Devil's Lake; minicomics by Desmond Reed, The Corneila Collection by Kel Crum; Candy Or Medicine #12, edited by Josh Blair; and the latest issue of The Regular Man, by Dina Kelberman.

Graphic Youth: Solipsistic Pop 3

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011 at 12:01 AM

©2010 Marc Ellerby

The latest edition of the always-beautiful U.K. anthology Solipsistic Pop was designed as an all-ages comic, inspired in part by British standards like Dandy and The Beano. On that level, it doesn't entirely cohere, because some of the stories are clearly aimed for preteens while others are more about the experience of being young as an adult would understand it now. Of course, the theme of this issue is "wonder," and on that level, it certainly succeeds. Each of the stories touches on one's sense of wonder as a child, and occasionally, on how it is lost.

Interview with Chris Ware Part 2 of 2

Posted by on February 1st, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the second part of a two-part interview with Chris Ware, conducted by Matthias Wivel at Komiks.dk, the pair talk about "an ideographic style of drawing, a cartooning style of drawing," Building Stories and the fourth dimension.

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Interview with Chris Ware Part 1 of 2

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 12:01 AM
The first part of a two-part interview with Chris Ware, conducted by Matthias Wivel at Komiks.dk, about Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.

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The Comforts of Terror: Curio Cabinet

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

All images ©2010 John Brodowski

A shorthand way of describing this comic is that it's very metal. "Metal" in the very best junior-high school sense of the word, where a world of fantasies and possibilities have arisen that have a certain jagged edge to them, representative of the teenager's simple view of the world as either awesome or deserving of scorn and/or revenge. It's metal in the occasional id-born brutality of those fantasies. It's metal in its sweep, and in its and unapologetic and unironic embrace of the epic, the over-the-top and the operatic. The genius of this book is the way that Brodkowski employs restraint in his narrative and patience in his pacing. He doesn't bother to spell out what's happening in these fantasy narratives, forcing the reader to simply accept what's on the page and roll with it. This is not to say that his storytelling is unclear; indeed, the deliberate nature of that pacing makes his stories quite easy to follow in terms of structure. Each story has its own internal logic, no matter how screwy it may be. His control over his line is so exact yet expressive that one never questions what one is looking at, but rather why it's happening.

Party Favor: Scenes From An Impending Marriage

Posted by on January 26th, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Rob reviews the new comic from Adrian Tomine, Scenes From An Impending Marriage (Drawn & Quarterly).

Halfway through reading Adrian Tomine’s new release, Scenes From An Impending Marriage, I was baffled.  This comic was certainly funny and strangely sweet in

TCJ’s Slush Pile

Posted by on January 24th, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Rob reviews a variety of comics that have come through The Comics Journal’s transom, including Toner #5 by Jonathan Wayshak; The Boston Gastronauts, by C. Che’ Salazar & Andrew Abbott; Sub Text & Tonight And Every Night, by C. Che’

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