Review posts

Tom Neely’s Side Gigs

Posted by on November 6th, 2010 at 5:02 AM
Rob reviews Bound & Gagged, a collection of single-panel gags edited by Tom Neely, and Henry & Glenn Forever, a collection of strips done by Neely and his Igloo Tornado art collective compatriots.

The Latest Batch From Silber Media

Posted by on November 3rd, 2010 at 5:09 AM

Rob reviews the latest batch of matchbook-sized minis from Brian John Mitchell and various collaborators.

Looking at the newest set of minicomics from Raleigh, NC’s own Brian John Mitchell and friends, it’s become clear that the most successful of these

More Thoughts on CCS and Its Comics

Posted by on November 1st, 2010 at 5:10 AM

Rob concludes his month-long look at comics from students and fellows from the Center For Cartoon Studies by reviewing Ninja Girl, by G.P. Bonesteel; Echo-4 Kilo, by Kevin Kilgore; Monsters, by Lena H. Chandhok; and Ten Reasons The

GutterGeek Column: ARKHAM ASYLUM

Posted by on October 30th, 2010 at 11:41 PM

I posted a column over at GutterGeek last week explaining that Matt Kleinert and I are going to start an ongoing column/conversation focused on the DC Comics superhero work of Grant Morrison. We're starting at the beginning and reading systematically through all of Morrison's work in an attempt to put the larger mythology together. Today I kicked off the conversation with a look at Arkham Asylum. Please feel free to drop in and work through it with us. Oh, and Happy Halloween.

The Minicomics of J.P. Coovert

Posted by on October 30th, 2010 at 5:23 AM

Rob examines a batch of minicomics from prolific cartoonist J.P. Coovert.

J.P. Coovert was one of the first graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies.  Every minicomic I’ve ever seen from this prolific cartoonist has been polished, cleverly designed and

King Aroo Vol. 1 by Jack Kent

Posted by on October 29th, 2010 at 12:23 AM
With IDW's King Aroo, the oblong shape of the book accommodates three daily strips to each of 342 7.5x9.5-inch landscape pages, providing a spacious showcase for cartoonist Jack Kent's simple, low-key albeit fully fledged art, pulsing gently with visual gambols as well as verbal whimsies. Kent's son and heir, Jack Jr., has made available some original art and a hoard of unblemished syndicate proofs for the tome, and Bruce Canwell couches the entire production in an informative and entertaining context, an introductory biographical essay embellished with a generous array of illustration from Kent's early life and career. Delicious.

The Thanos Imperative #3

Posted by on October 28th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Photobucket Headache at the edge of the universe.

Review: Cul de Sac Golden Treasury of Keepsake Garland Classics

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I was a high-school senior in 1995, when Bill Watterson retired Calvin & Hobbes, and I thought I was sitting vigil for the last great newspaper comic strip.  It felt like the end of the line, with the size

Fun ‘n’ Games From Matt Aucoin & Betsey Swardlick

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 5:17 AM

Rob continues his focus on Center for Cartoon Studies folks by reviewing Double-Think by Matt Aucoin; and Poor, Poor Angsty Hungarian by Betsey Swardlick.

Betsey Swardlick is the sort of cartoonist whose voice is so distinct that all of her

Thor: For Asgard #1-2

Posted by on October 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Photobucket Is it any good? Not really. Marvel's wool-mouthed version of Shakespeare is always heavy going, and no other kind of speech is provided here. Sometimes the writer connects. I liked this well enough: "Each has attracted a faction of similar minds from whom they hear nothing but the merit of their own words." Neatly expressed, I think. But you don't read a comic, or anything, to find one neat expression of a secondary idea.

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