Review posts

Short Takes On Gag Comics

Posted by on December 11th, 2010 at 6:16 AM
Rob offers short takes on a number of funny minicomics. Included are Fight Scene, by Eric Knisley; Who is Amy Amoeba?, by Jason Viola; Ninjas In The Breakroom, by Leah Riley; Yo! Burbalino #5 & #6, by Greg Farrell; Kevin, by Max Huffman; Cheep Bilds Whith Blocks, (sic) by Yana Levy; The Regular Man #13-14, by Dina Kelberman; and Cartoon Flophouse Presents Greenblatt The Great! #3, by Michael Aushkenker.

Low Moon

Posted by on December 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
It's not that "Low Moon" is perfect comics, incapable of being improved upon. (I'd argue — but not here — that it isn't even the best story in its own anthology.) But one thing that it does get absolutely perfectly, and which limits the amount of additions or tinkering you'd want to see, is the sublime blend of the heady ingredients that Jason harmonizes so effortlessly.

A Sickness in the Family by Denise Mina and Antonio Fuso

Posted by on December 9th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Denise Mina's new graphic novel, A Sickness in the Family, is based upon Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and the crumbling architecture of her native Glasgow becomes its dark psyche manifest. Around this scaffold, she assembles a typically grim mystery as a family finds their repressed secrets returning in a series of murders.

In The Dark Ages: Ashes, Ashes and The Natural World #4

Posted by on December 6th, 2010 at 5:57 AM
Rob reviews the Bill Volk-edited anthology Ashes, Ashes and the fourth issue of The Natural World, by Damien Jay.

Hyperreal: The Lodger

Posted by on December 4th, 2010 at 6:05 AM

Rob reviews Karl Stevens’ recent book, The Lodger (Karl Stevens Art Publishing).

Karl Stevens made a mark in the comics world a few years ago with his hyper-realistically rendered, Xeric-grant winning comic Guilty.  While most cartoonists try to create

Newave!; The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Posted by on December 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The chief surprise with Newave! is the vitality and merit it sustains throughout its length and not so much in its content, although there is a lot of content … well over 70 complete minis from the day. This is altogether riveting stuff, a host of guerilla comics from so many different hands offering an astonishing variety of visual experiences.

Art Objects: Good Minnesotan #4

Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Good Minnesotan's origins are not unlike that of Kramers Ergot. Both anthologies started small and featured stories by friends of the editor, a young cartoonist with ambition and a wide view of comics art. The fourth issue of Kramers exploded onto the art-comics scene and gained its editor, Sammy Harkham, a considerable amount of notice and respect. That issue saw him reach out far beyond his own circle of friends to include the most cutting-edge of cartoonists, as well as a number of pieces that stretched the boundaries of what could be called narrative.

The Minicomics of Nomi Kane

Posted by on December 1st, 2010 at 5:41 AM

Rob reviews a batch of minicomics from CCS cartoonist Nomi Kane.

Nomi Kane is a young cartoonist with an appealing line and a whimsical sense of design.  Each of the four minis reviewed here is attractive and eye-catching in its

Lio versus Calvin: Freudian Funnies

Posted by on December 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Lio's direct referencing of Calvin makes the difference a matter of one's attitude toward the past, toward tradition — in this case, toward comics. Calvin digs up trash, and calls it treasure; discovers, instead, that the tradition is dead and rotting. The very symbol of the decay is Calvin. But death, here, is not necessarily bad. Lio is by disposition morbid — curious about the monsters under the bed, a friend to aliens and zombies. So Lio is thrilled to find the dead boy, just as Calvin was thrilled to find some bugs. Maybe corpses are treasure. Lio's is a gleeful nihilism.

Dark Corners: Dungeon Monstres, Volume 3

Posted by on November 29th, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Rob reviews Dungeon Monstres Volume 3, by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer and Walter.

The initial draw of Lewis Trondheim & Joann Sfar’s Dungeon series is its status as a light-hearted goof on familiar sword-and-sorcery (and Dungeons

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