Review posts

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

Animated: Go For The Gold #3

Posted by on September 11th, 2010 at 5:10 AM

Rob reviews the third volume of the Meathaus collective’s sketchbook compilation, Go For The Gold.


As a reader, I find myself attracted to any number of rendering and narrative styles.  I can appreciate a stick-figure comic told with strong &

From Essex County to DC: The Transplanting of Jeff Lemire

Posted by on September 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Although several of the themes explored in Essex County can be seen infiltrating this newer material, there is the distinct sense that Lemire has relocated far from his wellsprings.

Yearlong Best of the Year: Essex County

Posted by on September 9th, 2010 at 10:01 AM
Essex County, Ontario spreads out east and south of the city of Windsor, which itself is across the river east and south of Detroit. It is anything but imaginary territory. In his collected edition, Jeff Lemire persuasively presents it as hardscrabble rural. Late in the hardcover version, a literal bird's eye view shows the countryside as surprisingly organized and geometric. Plowed fields arrange themselves in furrowed squares surrounding farmhouses. The homes, set in the cultivated order, are not so very far from one another, yet Lemire has us convinced we may as well be looking over the vast, trackless expanses of interstellar space.

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

Scalped #39-40

Posted by on September 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Jason Aaron reinforces stereotypes and cultural expectations regarding Native peoples while simultaneously challenging and critiquing them.

GutterGeek Review: GIRL COMICS

Posted by on September 7th, 2010 at 9:21 AM
Various Artists, Girl Comics (Marvel Comics, 2010). 3-issue miniseries, $4.99 per issue.

Marvel’s recent Girl Comics reportedly began as a way to mark 2010 as a “Celebration of Women in Marvel Comics.” As celebrations go, the date is a bit arbitrary. This year marks the 30th anniversary of both the National Women’s History Project and the first appearance of She-Hulk. That’s what Marvel’s hitching their celebration to, and they’ve put together an assortment of female-focused books (including Her-Oes, Heralds, Black Widow, Black Cat, and Spitfire) to mark the anniversary....

Lyrical Ballad: Set To Sea

Posted by on September 6th, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Rob reviews Drew Weing’s debut graphic novel, Set To Sea (Fantagraphics).

It’s odd to think of Drew Weing’s Set To Sea as his debut graphic novel, given that he’s been steadily cartooning for nearly a decade.  His The Journal Comic

Bottled Up: Drinking At The Movies

Posted by on September 4th, 2010 at 5:54 AM

Rob reviews Julia Wertz’s new book, Drinking At The Movies (Three Rivers Press).


Julia Wertz has been an interesting name in the diary comics genre over the past few years.  Everything about her comics is crude: the figures,

GutterGeek Review: BUZZARD

Posted by on September 3rd, 2010 at 12:25 PM
Eric Powell, Buzzard (Dark Horse, 2010). Three-issue miniseries, $3.50 per issue.

Sometimes it’s really hard to take Eric Powell seriously. Best known for his creator-owned series The Goon, Powell has made a career out of puncturing the bubble of seriousness that has enveloped mainstream comics during the last couple decades. The Goon typically occupies an unusual middle ground—a blurring of genres that results in chaotic, bawdy, raucous fun. Powell draws from comedy, pulp adventure, horror, and irreverent satire (see Satan’s Sodomy Baby and the Goon letters column), but rarely does he wander into the territory of poetic drama.

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