Review posts

Tales from the Crypt #8: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid

Posted by on September 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
If you are a cynical satirist seeking to exploit current pop cult fads these days, you will probably produce something that has zombies and a wimpy pre-adolescent kid in it, and you'd draw it in a painfully simple style as if you were the self-same wimpy pre-adolescent. But you don't need to be cynical to turn in such a performance: You can be simply, outrageously, satirical. Like cartoonist Rick Parker, writer Stefan Petrucha and Papercutz Editor in Chief Jim Salicrup, who turned the 8th issue of Tales from the Crypt into a parody with Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid.

Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson

Posted by on September 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM

As a fictional conceit, talking animals are difficult to do well. Often the results feel forced, obvious, childish or derivative — the realm of Saturday-morning cartoons. However, Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s Beasts of Burden — about a group of mystery-solving pets — is none of the above.


Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 10:49 AM
Julia Wertz, Drinking at the Movies (Three Rivers Press, 2010). $15.00, paperback.


Neonomicon #1

Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Photobucket Moore, Lovecraft, The Wire

The Amazing, Remarkable Monsieur Leotard

Posted by on August 31st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
As Eddie Campbell's The Playwright comes into view, it's as good a time as any to glance back over the most recent of previous tomes, The Amazing, Remarkable Monsieur Leotard in which Campbell gives whimsical pictorial life to a story by his co-author Dan Best.

Settling In: The Complete Peanuts, 1977-1978

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 5:49 AM
Rob reviews the fourteenth volume of The Complete Peanuts, collecting 1977 and 1978.


Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly interviews Fred Hembeck. Thankfully, they cover a lot more material than just swirly knees. Hembeck discusses his early days as a cartoonist but also talks about the difficulties of freelance gigs in today's marketplace. Chris then runs down a few new books from last week.

Sowing the Wind — Nadia Raviscioni’s Vent frais, vent du matin

Posted by on August 28th, 2010 at 4:14 PM
Swiss cartoonist Nadia Raviscioni's Vent Frais, vent du matin (‘Fresh Breeze, Morning Breeze’), may be the first book fully to meet the challenge set by the previous generation of comics autobiographers in terms of ambition, complexity and artistic conviction. Released earlier this year, the book has been more than a decade in the making. It reclaims for Raviscioni—whose precocious juvenilia was released across a handful of publications in the late 90s by Genevan publisher Atrabile—a place at the center of the new generation of alternative cartoonists.

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

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: Why Didn’t You Just Strike For Higher Pay?

Posted by on August 26th, 2010 at 2:43 AM
I have to say, reading the first roundtable entries by Brian Doherty, Jeet Heer and Ben Schwartz in this roundtable, I was personally offended. Not because Schwartz spent much of his time insulting me — on the contrary, that was about the only enjoyment I got from his prose. Rather, I was offended because the posts were so frankly, egregiously, jaw-droppingly half-assed.

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