Review posts

Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods

Posted by on November 29th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Nathan Wilson reviews the new documentary DVD release examining the art and career of the writer behind The Invisibles and Final Crisis.

Quick Comments On Series: Shiot Crock, Big Questions, Nurse Nurse, Boneyard

Posted by on November 27th, 2010 at 6:53 AM

Rob offers some quick words on the newest iterations of various series: Shiot Crock #16 edited by Shannon Smith, Boneyard Volume 7 by Richard Moore (NBM), Nurse Nurse #7 by Katie Skelly, and Big Questions #14, by Anders Nilsen (Drawn

Snakes and Ladders

Posted by on November 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms caused by Alan Moore's retreat from comics (or alternately, anyone suffering from his selective participation lately) might well be able to ease their pangs by picking up recorded versions of his stage performances. Case at hand, Snakes and Ladders.

Comfort Level: Make Me A Woman

Posted by on November 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
There's something about Davis' casual storytelling voice that makes readers feel like they're an old friend, and she's simply filling you in on some details from her life.

Process: Make

Posted by on November 24th, 2010 at 5:14 AM

Rob reviews the Robyn Chapman-edited anthology, Make.

To put it simply, Make is an anthology about the act of human defecation and the ramifications thereof.  One would expect an anthology devoted to scatology to be one that went after

Follow The Line: Obligatory Artifact and RDCD Fist

Posted by on November 22nd, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Rob reviews Obligatory Artifact, by Jason Overby and RDCD Fist, by Justin Skarhus.

RDCD Fist, by Justin Skarhus.  Skarhus is one of the editors of the intriguing Good Minnesotan anthology, one that frequently includes entries whose contents

Museum Piece: Al Burian Goes To Hell

Posted by on November 20th, 2010 at 5:54 AM

Rob reviews the bootlegged reprint of Al Burian Goes To Hell, by Al Burian (Migraine, distributed by Microcosm).

My first reading of Al Burian Goes To Hell left me a bit confused.  It was noted as being an undergrad’s

No Second Acts: Trigger #1 and You Can’t Be Here

Posted by on November 17th, 2010 at 5:18 AM

Rob reviews You Can’t Be Here, by Nicholas Breutzman and Trigger #1, by Mike Bertino (Revival House).  This pair of artists deals with themes surrounding being an outsider and how a return to one’s roots isn’t necessarily a good

Nathan Wilson on Richard Stark’s Parker: the Outfit

Posted by on November 17th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
As a direct follow-up to Hunter, Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit, despite the beautiful art and design of the book itself which is definitely an eye-catcher on the shelf, will likely only appeal to fans of Cooke's first outing, as events, characters and plot threads continue in this latest adaptation. Delivering upon the teaser released over the summer as an oversized, stand-alone prelude entitled "The Man With the Getaway Face," Cooke's Outfit finds Parker waging his war against crime syndicate boss Arthur Bronson. Where Hunter may have built upon readers' familiarity with the 1999 film Payback starring Mel Gibson, Outfit is a solitary experience absent similar cinematic references.

Shelton’s Freaks, One More Compendium

Posted by on November 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

In the watershed winter of 1967-68 in Austin, Texas, Gilbert Shelton witnessed two movies, one about the Marx Brothers and the other about the Three Stooges, playing a fated double-bill at the Vulcan Gas Company, a theater for which he drew posters. Stunned by the Marx-Stooges experience, Shelton decided that he, too, could make movies. Enlisting the help of a friend in the film department of the University of Texas, he produced a five-minute movie, The Texas Hippies March on the Capitol. Shelton had been, in the early sixties, editor of Texas Ranger, the campus humor magazine at UT, wherein Shelton published, in the December 1961 issue, an early installment of Wonder Wart-Hog, featuring a protagonist he'd been fooling around with since high school; but that's another story for another time. This time, the winter of 1967-68, Shelton was a moviemaker. And a cartoonist. As a cartoonist, Shelton decided the best way to promote his new film was to publish a flyer featuring a comic strip about three potheads. "Everyone liked the comic strip better than the film," Shelton said, "so I abandoned my film-directing career and devoted my subsequent efforts to cartooning."

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