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Comfort Level: Make Me A Woman

Posted by on November 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
There's something about Davis' casual storytelling voice that makes readers feel like they're an old friend, and she's simply filling you in on some details from her life.

Museum Piece: Al Burian Goes To Hell

Posted by on November 20th, 2010 at 5:54 AM

Rob reviews the bootlegged reprint of Al Burian Goes To Hell, by Al Burian (Migraine, distributed by Microcosm).

My first reading of Al Burian Goes To Hell left me a bit confused.  It was noted as being an undergrad’s

No Second Acts: Trigger #1 and You Can’t Be Here

Posted by on November 17th, 2010 at 5:18 AM

Rob reviews You Can’t Be Here, by Nicholas Breutzman and Trigger #1, by Mike Bertino (Revival House).  This pair of artists deals with themes surrounding being an outsider and how a return to one’s roots isn’t necessarily a good

AltCom 2010

Posted by on November 16th, 2010 at 1:45 PM
The AltCom weekend is over, and I must say that I am very pleased with how it all turned out. We've had a festival for kids and kids' comics in Malmö for about ten years now, but this was the first all-out adult comics festival and it drew a fair number of visitors, some really interesting guests from all over the world, many publishers and so on.

Shame and Comfort: How To Understand Israel In Sixty Days Or Less

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

All images ©2010 Sarah Glidden and DC Comics

Sarah Glidden's How To Understand Israel In Sixty Days Or Less is an interesting companion piece to Joe Sacco's Footnotes In Gaza. Both authors are obsessed with telling the truth about the miserable Israel-Palestine conflict and doing so by unearthing the smallest details that can provide clues as to what's really happened/is happening. Sacco did it by focusing in on one particular historical event, both as an illustration of how this event is still relevant today, but also to show how the vagaries of memory and cultural narrative creation can distort truth into something more convenient. Both authors wanted to go directly to the source and talk to the people living there in order to give a voice to others, but more importantly, to gain a view of the area unfiltered by anyone's perceptions but their own. In Glidden's case, as a 26-year-old American who is Jewish, this came in a format that she immediately viewed with suspicion: a "birthright" tour.

Tom Neely’s Side Gigs

Posted by on November 6th, 2010 at 5:02 AM
Rob reviews Bound & Gagged, a collection of single-panel gags edited by Tom Neely, and Henry & Glenn Forever, a collection of strips done by Neely and his Igloo Tornado art collective compatriots.

Oslo’s soft spot

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 7:27 AM

The intriguing art, character and dance moves of the norwegian graphic novel legend Harriton Pushwagner (Terje Brofoss) have inspired Norwegians for a long time, although he first got his brakethrough after the turn of the millennium.

For those of us

Ian Burns interviews Johnny Ryan about Prison Pit

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit series is spontaneous, frantic and gruesome — each page-turn reveals something unexpected. At no point does it require the reader to stop and analyze the proceedings (despite a certain interviewer’s attempt, an account of which you’ll read shortly), which is just as well; readers are too busy urgently turning the pages because they’re enjoying the story so damn much. There just isn’t time to stop and think. And that’s what makes it special. In the following conversation, Johnny Ryan and I speak about his objectives and inspirations for the Prison Pit, how it relates to his previous work in Angry Youth Comix, and how Prison Pit has affected his cartooning. — Ian Burns

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Sweet Spot: Mome Vol. 19

Posted by on October 7th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In #19, Reynolds shifted gears and used fewer but longer entries to put together perhaps the single best issue of the entire series (only #12 surpasses it in my estimation). Beyond its quality, Mome 19 also seems to be the issue that best reflects Reynolds' taste as an editor. Reynolds has always been more on the underground side of the fence than in the literary fiction camp when it comes to comics. This issue's mix of the transgressively funny, pulpish noir, surrealism, scatology and innovation was sequenced in such a way that every transition from story to story was nearly seamless. More importantly, the stories frequently complemented each other in a way that acted as a form of editorial storytelling on its own.

Love and Air: El Vocho

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 5:21 AM

Rob reviews Steve Lafler’s latest release, El Vocho.

Steve Lafler’s new comic El Vocho is a return to his roots in some respects.  It rambles pleasantly in an episodic fashion, keeping a tenuous hold on its plot.  It’s a caper

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