Minicomics posts

Minis Monday: Play and Shelter

Posted by on September 6th, 2010 at 10:28 AM
The key to appreciating these two meaty, self-published anthologies lies in their originating organization's "mission statement." It appears in Play as the "solution" to the prior day's (and nonexistent) Criptaquip puzzle: "The Trees and Hills Comics Group brings together cartoonists in Vermont, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts to produce, publish and promote comics, share resources, and build creative connections in our diverse community."

From Shelter, ©2009 Marek Bennett.

Minis Monday: White Mountain Mini Motherload

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Kreiner reviews Crybaby by Robyn Chapman, and the Chuck Forsman and Max de Radigues-edited anthology Caboose.

More Howls From Werewolf!!

Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 5:20 AM

Rob reviews the second volume of the Werewolf!! anthology, compiled by an assortment of students and alumni from the Center for Cartoon Studies.

The first volume of the Werewolf! anthology was one of the more consistently entertaining efforts from students

Joe Matt reveals the Secret Origins of the You’re Short, Bald and Ugly Charlie Brown parody

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 10:22 PM
Joe Matt responded to TCJ.com's Facebook link to Garrity's post "The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #8," about a a mini he, Chester Brown and Seth created. He granted TCJ.com permission to repost it in its entirety on our website.

One-Woman Anthologies From Laura Terry & Penina Gal

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 5:49 AM

Rob reviews Dance After Dark by Laura Terry and The Rapt Attention And Deep Emotion Caused By The Sight Of Something Extraordinary, by Penina Gal.

Laura Terry and Penina Gal are graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies who

Finding A Voice: These Things Happen

Posted by on August 21st, 2010 at 5:36 AM
Rob reviews the third and fourth issues of Sam Carbaugh's minicomic, These Things Happen.

Minis Monday: Liz Prince’s I Swallowed the Key to my Heart

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Prince revels in the satisfaction of immediate appetites and is perfectly willing to present herself as aggressive, even prickly, all the while maintaining a guarded sense of hope for more subtle fulfillment: One strip’s internalized narration runs “As I passed a stranger on my walk to work, // unprompted we gave each other the evil-eye// ‘Take that, you fucker.’ That guy was probably my soul mate.”

Minis Monday: Color Comics by Colleen Frakes

Posted by on August 9th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Last time out we looked at what I thought was a bijou of a minicomic: Colleen Frakes’ Revenge! This time we get a whole jewelry box, brightened to near iridescence with the addition of color. This collection of mostly short works offers color in several guises, applied in different ways, delivering various effects and triggering varying reactions. There’s a pervasive intensity to the picture plane at work here, a real density not ordinarily found in Frakes’ comics. Color acts to unite what we’d probably call visual problem-solving for mature talents and spontaneous, natural ingenuity in drawings by children.

Works In Progress: Nurse Nurse 6 and Troop 142 4

Posted by on August 7th, 2010 at 5:05 AM

Rob reviews Troop 142 #4 by Mike Dawson; Nurse Nurse #6 by Katie Skelly.

A few minicomics series have reached a point where it no longer makes much sense to comment on the particular happenings in the narrative.  Instead, I’ll

Lightning Round II: Carter/O’Donnell, Ineke, Baddeley & Jackson

Posted by on August 4th, 2010 at 5:17 AM
Rob offers more short comments on various comics. Included are Perfect Agent #1, by Greg Carter & Stephanie O'Donnell; Blossom On A Thornbush, by Ibrahim R. Ineke; Silent-V Part One, by Kyle Baddeley; and Goblin Hall, by Rob Jackson.

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