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Requiem for an Overweight

Posted by on September 7th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
My reaction to hearing that Cathy Guisewite was discontinuing Cathy was not unlike my initial shock at the news of bandleader Mitch Miller's death: Wait, Mitch Miller was still alive? It's easy to forget that family daily strips, like network TV shows and top 40 radio, are still running.

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #9

Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Selecting subjects for this feature, I’m forever torn: do I choose comics with deep personal significance in my life or comics that speak to some universal quality with exceptional grace? Or, alternately, do I pick out the weirdest thing I


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


The Eli Valley Interview

Posted by on September 1st, 2010 at 7:35 AM

Eli Valley is a New York-based cartoonist and writer whose remarkable comic strip, Comics Rescued From a Burning Synagogue in Bialystok and Hidden in a Salt Mine Until After the War, appears each month in the pages of the

Inside DMC with Johnny Ryan

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I needed more material if I was ever going to publish something on DMC. After weeks of feeling dejected about the curt interview, about failing to break through the professional wall and become a buddy, I put down the boxed wine, paused my Tori Amos CD, wrapped a metal-plated sash around my forehead, channeled my nine-tail demon fox and started working on this interview again. One day my nine-tailed demon fox (friend and collaborator Ryan Sands) told me his nine-donged spirit animal (friend and collaborator Johnny Ryan) was a die-hard fan of Detroit Metal City. A few e-mails later, we’d had this conversation.

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.

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: In Defense of BACC

Posted by on August 26th, 2010 at 2:40 AM
My response to Noah Berlatsky? I refer readers to my reply to his original BACC blog post. He only offers more personal attacks on me (adding "craven" and "toadying"), more of his painfully limited definition of all things literary, and adds a piece-by-piece and insulting dismissal of the individual authors collected therein.

Joe Matt reveals the Secret Origins of the You’re Short, Bald and Ugly Charlie Brown parody

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 10:22 PM
Joe Matt responded to's Facebook link to Garrity's post "The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #8," about a a mini he, Chester Brown and Seth created. He granted permission to repost it in its entirety on our website.

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: As Much Time as They Deserve

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 12:18 AM
I intend to give the first round of essays by Brian Doherty, Jeet Heer and Ben Schwartz as much time as they deserve, which is to say next to none at all.

Best American Comics Criticism Roundtable: Unsullied Praise and Happiness Doth Not a Critic Make

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 12:10 AM
Caroline Small responds to the roundtable critics: "Substantive, passionate, outrageous polemic — this is a virtue in criticism. The sheer rollicking intellectual high of fantastic ideas about art expressed with great energy compels critics to write and readers to read — without that conviction and intensity the motivations elude me. Yet with only a few exceptions, art-comics critics are consistently resistant to polemic. The world of art comics actively decries polemics within its ranks, and promotes some combination of geekery, enthusiasm, and courtesy."

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