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Restless: Hate Annual 8

Posted by on July 3rd, 2010 at 5:11 AM

Rob reviews HATE ANNUAL 8, by Peter Bagge (Fantagraphics).

After years of steady updates in the life of his alter ego, Buddy Bradley, Peter Bagge has returned only sporadically to his most famous character.  HATE is now pretty much a

Puzzle Pieces: Mome #18

Posted by on July 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The difference between a mediocre anthology and a good one is being a strong enough editor to cull out weak material that distracts from great work. The difference between a good anthology and a great one is an editor who manages to find a way, without leaning on themes, to select material that is complementary and that is arranged in a way that allows the anthology to go from strength to strength. The Eric Reynolds-edited anthology Mome has an increased degree of difficulty in maintaining quality, because it is published two or three issues a year, and runs several serials in each issue.

The Book of Grickle by Graham Annable

Posted by on July 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Grickle is the most overlooked and under-appreciated Graham Annable work. Alongside his work for Disney, LucasArts and his phenomenally popular YouTube animations, it’s easy to see why his deceptively simple black-and-white comics could be neglected, but with the release of this hardcover collection of the best strips of the last 10 years, that imbalance should be redressed. Although seemingly effortless, these comics reveal the core of Annable’s talent. From "The Book of Grickle" by Graham Annable

Soup To Nuts: Undeleted Scenes

Posted by on June 17th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I once wrote of Jeffrey Brown, "More than any other autobiographical artist that I can think of, Brown is acutely aware of the difference between actual experience and the interpretation and recording of same."

What the Hell

Posted by on June 13th, 2010 at 4:43 PM
You, Robert Crumb . . . what the hell? What the hell did you mean by that?

Minis Monday: The Way It Crumbles by Dan Mazur

Posted by on June 7th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Judging by his contributions to the group’s serialized anthology Inbound, Mazur is a member in good standing of the Boston Comics Roundtable.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Hate Annual #8 by Peter Bagge

Posted by on May 25th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Peter Bagge’s very first Hate Annual back in 2001 had an eight-page Buddy Bradley story, another seven-pager introducing the character Lovey and three pages of comics in which Johnny Ryan didn’t “get” the first Matrix movie.

Minis Monday: Breakfast at Mimi’s; Mimi’s Doughnuts Zine Volume 1 By Marek Bennett

Posted by on May 24th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
As was the case last week, “Minis Monday” is again something of a misrepresentation. There’s nothing mini about Volume 1 of Breakfast at Mimi’s, Marek Bennett’s self-published compilation of his strip Mimi’s Doughnuts.

Yearlong Best of the Year: Little Nothings: Uneasy Happiness By Lewis Trondheim

Posted by on May 19th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Uneasy Happiness presents an eminently accessible idea. Conceptually it’s loaded with entry points and hooks for would-be commentators. It’s easy to describe. The Little Nothings books are diaries of one-page strips in which Trondheim offers his reflections, sometimes developed, sometimes not, on moments of his daily life.

Letters From Old Friends: Mineshaft #25

Posted by on May 19th, 2010 at 5:33 AM
Rob reviews the 25th issue of the comics zine MINESHAFT, edited by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri.

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