Review posts

Good On Paper: Tales From San Papel

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 5:42 AM

Rob continues his look at the work of artists from the Center for Cartoon Studies with a review of the anthology Tales From San Papel, edited by Nomi Kane & Jon Fine.

The genesis of the Tales From San

Ken Parille reviews X’ed Out Vol. 1 by Charles Burns

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Throughout the Tintin stories by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, a brief scene reappears: the hero and his canine companion, Snowy, are about to enter a black hole. Always in pursuit and often pursued, they pass through natural gaps and man-made holes that open into uncertainty — who or what lies on the other side? — but ultimately lead to a happy ending. The mystery is solved, the rupture figuratively closed-up. In X’ed Out, Charles Burns turns the fictional world of Tintin inside out as he explores the visual and visceral appeal of such seemingly routine scenes and images. Burns makes black holes central, linking them to mental and physical wounds that drive Doug, X’ed Out’s unwilling and alienated hero, to undertake his adventure — he needs answers that can only be found at the other end of the opening.


Posted by on October 24th, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly recently provided a recap of his New York Comic Con experience. He also reviewed one of the books he picked up there: Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (published by IDW).


Posted by on October 24th, 2010 at 11:03 AM
Charles Burns, X'ed Out (Pantheon, 2010). $19.95, hardcover; Seth, Palookaville #20 (Drawn & Quarterly, 2010). $19.95, hardcover.

Fables & Legends From Katherine Roy & Ross Wood Studlar

Posted by on October 23rd, 2010 at 5:17 AM

Rob continues his month of reviewing CCS students and alums by reviewing Spots & Egypt, by Katherine Roy; and The Raven And The Crayfish,  by Ross Wood Studlar.

Spots and Egypt, by Katherine Roy.  Roy is

Wednesday Comics (Slight Return)

Posted by on October 20th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Editor's Note: A few days after Rich Kreiner wrote this review, he had second thoughts, which were unfortunately run on the website Oct. 8, before his first thoughts. Please forget that you read that post, read this post, then go back in time to read his follow-up post. Sorry and thanks.

Backstage At The Culture Wars: Abortion Andy: Baby Steps

Posted by on October 20th, 2010 at 5:41 AM

Rob reviews Abortion Andy: Baby Steps, by G.P. Bonesteel.

GP Bonesteel’s Abortion Andy: Baby Steps is an outrageously vicious satire of the confluence of Christian Right politics and Madison Avenue strategy.  At the same time, it’s a character-based workplace

Two More From CCS: L’Age Dur and Short Notes On Long Comics

Posted by on October 18th, 2010 at 5:10 AM

Rob continues to review minicomics from CCS students & fellows, with Short Notes On Long Comics, by Tim Stout and L’Age Dur, by Max De Radigues.

L’Age Dur #1-5, by Max De Radigues.  Belgian artist De Radigues, a

This and That From CCS

Posted by on October 16th, 2010 at 6:04 AM

Rob reviews A Vanishing Act, by Paul Swartz; Oak & Linden #2, by Pat Barrett; and WW, by Aaron Cockle.

A Vanishing Act, by Paul Swartz.  This was just a 12-page sampler for a longer, 32-page

Graphic Youth: The Storm in the Barn

Posted by on October 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Storm in the Barn is a solo work from children's book illustrator Matt Phelan. It's an atmospheric story of a young boy's trials, both unsurprising and very surprising, in the dust-choked Kansas of 1937. As a young reader's graphic novel, it conveys an appropriately gratifying and uplifting message for its primary audience.

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