Minicomics posts

Minicomics Round-Up: Dawson, Gennis, Baylis

Posted by on October 4th, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Rob reviews Spaz #3, by Emi Gennis, So Buttons #3, by Jonathan Baylis & various collaborators; and Troop 142 #5, by Mike Dawson.

Troop 142 #5, by Mike Dawson.  Two things I noticed about this latest issue: 1) Dawson

Appearances and Disappearances: Three

Posted by on October 2nd, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Rob reviews the first issue of the anthology series Three, edited by Robert Kirby.  This issue features stories by Kirby, Joey Alison Sayers and Eric Orner.

Three is a new anthology series with a focus on queer cartoonists.  There’s

Minicomics Round-Up: Kelberman, Baddeley, Reed

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 5:08 AM

Rob reviews a smattering of recent minicomics, including The Regular Man #11 & #12, by Dina Kelberman; Aloha and The Island, by Desmond Reed; and Silent-V #2, by Kyle Baddeley.

Silent-V #2, by Kyle Baddeley.  This is another

The Julia Gfrörer interview conducted by Jason Leivian

Posted by on September 28th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Julia Gfrörer is an artist living in Portland, OR. She has previously self-published a number of books including How Life Became Unbearable and Ariadne Auf Naxos with Teenage Dinosaur. Flesh and Bone is her first book published by Sparkplug Comic Books. It’s a grim, magical fairy tale told with a modern voice. It is primarily a love story. A man’s lover has died and he is sick with despair. He believes suicide is a mortal sin, so he asks a witch to help him “deceive God” and reunite him with his dead lover. We are then treated to a story within the story as the witch’s ritual involves two children walking through the woods as a sort of Hansel and Gretel homage. The themes and humor are reminiscent of her earlier comic, Ariadne Auf Naxos, which read more like a diary comic embellished with fantastic details. It’s satisfying to see her develop the symbolism and style of her writing into a longer story arc. *Contains NSFW images after the jump.

Minis Monday: Fail Wolves: Three Tales of Inept Lycanthropy

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 1:51 PM
I was introduced to Betsey Swardlick’s "Fail Wolves" through the Werewolves!!, the anthology from Team Werewolf seen here last time out. Within that earlier review I tried to suggest that part of the success of Werewolves!! lay in the variety of approaches to its iconic subject. At the same time those approaches were somewhat aligned in that they regarded the mythic creature as a manifestation of liberated aspects of one’s own interior makeup, as a bit of individual wish fulfillment.

GutterGeek Review Column: CHRIS REILLY’S SPX HAUL

Posted by on September 26th, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly begins a review of the comics and minicomics he picked up at this year's Small Press Expo. Highlights include several minis by Shawn Cheng, a comic by a kid in Clonetrooper garb, and Jim Rugg's Rambo 3.5.

Fear Of The Unknown: Indestructible Universe Quarterly

Posted by on September 20th, 2010 at 5:02 AM

Rob reviews the fourth and fifth issues of Indestructible Universe Quarterly, by Morgan Pielli.

Morgan Pielli’s Indestructible Universe Quarterly (henceforth IUQ) minicomics series is a one-man anthology featuring new stories, reprints and a print serialization of a webcomic.  Pielli’s

American Nightmare: Smuttynose

Posted by on September 18th, 2010 at 5:35 AM

Rob reviews the first three issues of Bob Oxman’s Smuttynose, an account of a grisly murder spree in 1870s America.

Rick Geary hasn’t entirely cornered the market on depictions of famous murders in comics form.  The three issues to

Picture Show: Nymphonomena

Posted by on September 13th, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Rob reviews Nymphonomena, a themed anthology by Pat Barrett, Josh Kramer, Betsey Swardlick and Ben Horak.

Of the many anthologies to emerge from the Center for Cartoon Studies, Nymphonomena has emerged as one of the best, with only the

Quest’s End: New Comics From Colleen Frakes & Alex Kim

Posted by on September 8th, 2010 at 5:09 AM

Rob reviews The Trials of Sir Christopher, by Colleen Frakes; and Eagle Flight Squad 2030 A.D.: Bird On Fire, by Alex Kim.

It’s been difficult to pin down exactly what sort of cartoonists Center For Cartoon Studies grads

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