Review posts

Lo-Fi: Uptight #4

Posted by on December 27th, 2010 at 5:57 AM

Rob reviews the 4th issue of Jordan Crane’s one-man anthology, Uptight (Fantagraphics).

Uptight #4 is an example of that increasingly-rare animal: a satisfying alt-comic book.  At $3.95 and 36 pages, it’s actually a better bargain than a mainstream comic (especially

The Comics of Adam Meuse

Posted by on December 25th, 2010 at 5:48 AM
Rob reviews three comics by Adam Meuse: Social Insect, Sad Animals and Some Mayan Glyphs.

Looking back to move forward: A few good gift books

Posted by on December 21st, 2010 at 5:32 AM
Given such dire prognostications for the near future, it may be better, or at least more fun, to look back at a few of 2010’s gift-worthy Japanese pop culture pubs.

Spider-Man: Fever by Brendan McCarthy

Posted by on December 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Here we have the much-vaunted return of Brendan McCarthy to comics. After years adrift in the world of television and movies, the British artist finds his new home at Marvel, riding the wave of '70s revivalism with a series that channels two of Ditko’s most pop creations.

Thor: Tales of Asgard

Posted by on December 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
This volume gathers up almost 50 episodes of a back-up series begun in 1963 in the last issues of Journey into Mystery and continued into the first issues of Thor. To my eyes back then, they were some of the most awesome and best-looking comics coming from Marvel. To my eyes now, the initial installments stand among selected arcs as the absolute peak of the partnership of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Genre Is The New Steady-State III: Funny Aminals 2

Posted by on December 20th, 2010 at 5:35 AM

Rob reviews the second volume of the Funny Aminals anthology, edited by Bryan Stone and Jeff Lok.

The second volume of the underground comix tribute Funny Aminals is a good bit tighter than the first edition.  Not that much of

Best Swedish Graphic Novels of 2010

Posted by on December 19th, 2010 at 4:30 AM

It’s that time of year again… Time to start looking back at what actually happened during the last 12 months. So, here are my thoughts on the best Swedish graphic novels published during 2010:

Title: Om någon vrålar i skogen

Sympathy and Ambivalence: Artichoke Tales

Posted by on December 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Megan Kelso's first full-length graphic novel, Artichoke Tales, raises the stakes seen in her short stories and makes the relationships between three generations of characters one of simultaneous longing and resentment. The reserved nature of her characters masks seething and churning emotions that emerge in ways that aren't necessarily healthy or rational. The reserve of her present-day characters is juxtaposed against the outsized behavior of historical figures whose story is told as a way of explaining present-day circumstances. This story is entirely about relationships, both familial and romantic. At the same time, it's also about one's relationship to one's country, one's religion, and one's ethnicity, and the ways in which resorting to war to solve conflicts changes all of these relationships irrevocably. Make no mistake: this is not a book with an explicit anti-war message. Rather, it's one that asks the reader to think about what war does to its participants, not the least of which are its soldiers.


Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Everyone there has his or her story, and it’s these tales that this anthology sets out to tell. Not to mourn the loss of the legendary New York club (closed since 2006), but to show what made it such a vital part of musical history for the people who went there. CBGB’s accepted all-comers and for that group of misfits, weirdos and outcasts, it wasn’t just about the music —it was so much more — it was the people, the stories, the sense of adventure. It was life lived urgently.

The Latest From Josh Blair

Posted by on December 13th, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Rob reviews a variety of comics written and/or edited by Josh Blair: Postal, Apartment #307: One Year Later, and Candy Or Medicine #11.

Josh Blair is a prolific writer and editor (and sometimes cartoonist) whose most notable contribution

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