Review posts

CCS Anthologies: Future

Posted by on October 13th, 2010 at 5:42 AM

Rob reviews the Emily Wieja-edited anthology Future, which includes contributions from Jason Overby, Jen Tong and Jose-Luis Olivares.

Future is the fifth volume of the Four Square series of anthologies from the I Know Joe Kimpel collective from the Center

Minis Monday: Little Wolves

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
With Little Wolves, James Hindle makes a concerted commitment to rarified realism, one that rises above escapist fare marbled by tragedy, levity, relief or other narrative niceties.

The Comic Torah

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Kent reviews a “decidedly unconventional retelling” of the Five Books of Moses.

Aaron Freeman and Sharon Rosenzweig, The Comic Torah: Reimagining the Very Good Book.  Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press, 2010. 128 pp, full color. $19.95 paperback. ISBN:

Gag Work From Holly Foltz & Lena Chandhok

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 5:55 AM

Rob reviews minis from CCS students Holly Foltz & Lena Chandhok.

The Wind and the Sun and INterruption, by Lena Chandhok.  Chandhok is starting her second semester at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and her potential as a

More Dark Fancy From Colleen Frakes

Posted by on October 9th, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Rob kicks off a month of reviewing various comics related to students from the Center For Cartoon Studies by looking at Tragic Relief #8 and #9, by Colleen Frakes.

Much like Eleanor Davis, Colleen Frakes is building up a body

Wednesday Comics

Posted by on October 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

A while ago I took a look at Wednesday Comics, the 12-week project designed to put DC characters in serialized stories meant to resemble, through their 14" x 20" pages, the continuing adventure strips of old Sunday funnies sections. The title's second iteration, a hardcover compilation, assembled all chapters of all 15 stories, many done by industry stalwarts.

Back then I pronounced the collection an artist's showcase and tried to support that by focusing on a trio of best uses of the novel form and the single, surprising worst. I thought it could stand as my final word on the subject.

And then I started to dream.

Sweet Spot: Mome Vol. 19

Posted by on October 7th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In #19, Reynolds shifted gears and used fewer but longer entries to put together perhaps the single best issue of the entire series (only #12 surpasses it in my estimation). Beyond its quality, Mome 19 also seems to be the issue that best reflects Reynolds' taste as an editor. Reynolds has always been more on the underground side of the fence than in the literary fiction camp when it comes to comics. This issue's mix of the transgressively funny, pulpish noir, surrealism, scatology and innovation was sequenced in such a way that every transition from story to story was nearly seamless. More importantly, the stories frequently complemented each other in a way that acted as a form of editorial storytelling on its own.

Sweet Misery: Memory Foam

Posted by on October 6th, 2010 at 5:43 AM

Rob reviews Memory Foam #1 and #2, by Toby Jones.

Toby Jones is an autobio miserablist.  He whines, he complains and he wallows in complaints both petty and existential about his life and the direction it’s going in.  He’s the

Weird War Tales

Posted by on October 5th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
"Weird War Tales" is back from the dead.

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

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