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Disaster and distance

Posted by on April 10th, 2011 at 8:07 PM
Hokusai, 1833
Hokusai’s “Great Wave off Kanagawa,” 1833

I was in Oregon when the quake and wave first struck Japan last month. More specifically, I was in a little comfort food eatery called Belly in downtown Eugene, sipping a martini.

Grim and Gritty: Freewheel, Volume 2

Posted by on March 5th, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Rob reviews the second collection of Liz Baillie’s webcomic, Freewheel.

Liz Baillie’s ongoing webcomic Freewheel can best be described as a slice-of-life fantasy.  Volume 1 of the series (collecting the first five chapters) introduces us to Jamie, the young …

Son of Only in the Comics: What Cartooning Can Do That No Other Medium Can by R.C. Harvey

Posted by on March 3rd, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Excellent, excellent, excellent.

Rough & Tumble: Lewis and Clark

Posted by on March 2nd, 2011 at 6:05 AM

Rob reviews Nick Bertozzi’s historical fiction comic, Lewis and Clark (First Second).

Nick Bertozzi is an alt-cartoonist who’s never been easy to categorize. He comes from a mainstream tradition in some ways but has always had an interest in formalism, …

Egypt, Country of Clay

Posted by on March 2nd, 2011 at 1:37 AM

City of Clay by dutch artist and writer Milan Hulsing has received some press by being published at the same time as the Egyptian revolution against – now luckily former – president Mubarak started. City of Clay does play against …

Minis Monday: So Buttons

Posted by on February 28th, 2011 at 2:46 PM

So Buttons #3; Written by Jonathan Baylis with art by various hands; Color and black and white; 28 pp.
Self-published; $5

So Buttons Holiday Special #1; Written by Jonathan Baylis with art by various celebrants; Black and white; 8 pp.; …

Every Bullet Fired: Twilight Of the Assholes

Posted by on February 28th, 2011 at 5:37 AM

Rob reviews Tim Krieder’s collection of political cartoons from 2005-2008, Twilight Of The Assholes (Fantagraphics).

Among the many alternate-world scenarios to consider if Al Gore had won the 2000 Presidential election (or rather, had won the Supreme Court decision) is …

Ignatz Update 4: Interiorae #4

Posted by on February 26th, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Rob reviews the fourth and final issue of Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae, a title in the joint Fantagraphics/Coconino Press Ignatz series.

Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae wound up as one of the most conventional of the Ignatz line of comics.  Of course, …

Going Underground in the Thirties

Posted by on February 24th, 2011 at 3:27 PM

The world’s history keeps turning and many era’s embed themselves in the fascination of man, rich with history and events. One of those singular timeframes is the Great Depression in early thirties America. The Wall Street crash of 1929 set …

Only in the Comics

Posted by on February 23rd, 2011 at 2:29 PM

What Cartooning Can Do That No Other Medium Can

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