Minicomics posts

Minis Monday: Dexter Park and The Neighbor

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 2:00 PM

A while back I offered comment on Desmond Reed’s Aloha and The Island. The two comics here, Dexter Park and The Neighbor, come in the very same, cozy, 4¼” x 2¾ ” package with double-thick pages. They feature the very same clear, congenial, pictographically accessible drawing style. Reed uses a single, confident line of unvarying thickness to virtually embody cartooning directness. Outlines define the world and solid blacks, spotted to purpose, are it in terms of texture. No shading, no crosshatching. In a similarly no-nonsense fashion, dialogue is to point yet wholly conversational, amicable and routinely engaging.

From Dexter Park

Recent Examples of Comics-As-Poetry, Part 2: L.Nichols, Malcy Duff

Posted by on February 14th, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Rob concludes his look at recent minis in the category of Comics-As-Poetry with Unrequited Monsters, by L.Nichols, and Two Stories, by Malcy Duff.

Two Stories, by Malcy Duff. This Scottish artist takes an almost entirely visual tack …

Recent Examples of Comics-As-Poetry, Part 1: Jason T. Miles and Aaron Cockle

Posted by on February 12th, 2011 at 5:37 AM

Rob reviews several different comics that tackle the notion of Comics-As-Poetry in their own way.  Included are reviews of Annotated #5, by Aaron Cockle and Pines No. 1, by Jason T. Miles.

I’ve long been interested in two related sorts …

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.

Minis Monday: Ophestios, 1890

Posted by on February 7th, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Joshua Rosen has a fondness for “depressing Russian novels.”

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.

Minis Monday: Square Dance #4

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 1:00 PM

This particular edition of Colin Tedford’s Square Dance suggests what underground comics might have been in their nth iteration if maybe America and its cartoonists had progressed differently. For instance, what if, when head shops disappeared, the undergrounds migrated and were sold in farm and feed supply stores?

What if they’d made a wholesale shift into the funnies section of the free local papers? If they became less burdened by revolution and throwing off the shackles of repression and more fully cognizant of being irreparably part of “the system,” consequently committing to work from inside said system? If doing one’s own thing hinged less on sex, drugs and rock and roll and more on tending one’s own rows in the community garden?

Minicomics: Ford, Frederick-Frost, Freibert

Posted by on January 29th, 2011 at 5:09 AM

Rob reviews Only Skin #6, by Sean Ford; Mr. Cellar’s Attic, by Noel Freibert; and Courtship of Ms. Smith, by Alexis Frederick-Frost.

Only Skin #6, by Sean Ford. Ford’s series will be collected by Secret Acres …

Minis Monday: Tag Team!

Posted by on January 24th, 2011 at 1:00 PM

You can’t improve upon the participants’ own definition of their title: “Tag Team is a sweatshop-style comic anthology with an indie vibe.” Gathering in White River Junction, Vermont, six cartoonists — Dennis Pacheco, Pat Barrett, Robyn Chapman, Sam Carbaugh, Colleen Frakes and Morgan Pielli — created six stories using a modified Exquisite Corpse arrangement in the round.

Seated at a circular table, participants took a turn working on one of the tales performing one of six successive tasks — plotting, scripting, thumbnailing, lettering and paneling, penciling and finally inking. At the end of timed intervals, they passed the evolving work along to the creator to their left (meaning that during the first period, everybody was plotting one of the six stories; in the next period, everybody’s scripting the pre-plotted narrative just passed to them; then on to thumbnails next go `round, etc.). Whatever their task and whatever the tale, each was “encouraged to develop the story, improve it, and put their own stamp on it.”

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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