Posts Tagged ‘Gilbert Hernandez’

Strange Quality: Strange Tales II #1-3

Posted by on January 12th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Nick Gurewitch returns with an untitled two-page strip that shall henceforth be named “Magneto: Refrigerator Magnet of Galactus,” and Kate Beaton’s “A Distraction” has Kraven the Hunter saying, “You may not go home until tonight has been magical.”

Eric Reynolds Talks About Mome, an Anthology for the 21st Century with Chris Mautner Part 2 of 2

Posted by on December 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Eric Reynolds and Chris Mautner conclude their conversation about the 20th issue of the indy anthology Mome.

Sweet Spot: Mome Vol. 19

Posted by on October 7th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

In #19, Reynolds shifted gears and used fewer but longer entries to put together perhaps the single best issue of the entire series (only #12 surpasses it in my estimation). Beyond its quality, Mome 19 also seems to be the issue that best reflects Reynolds’ taste as an editor. Reynolds has always been more on the underground side of the fence than in the literary fiction camp when it comes to comics. This issue’s mix of the transgressively funny, pulpish noir, surrealism, scatology and innovation was sequenced in such a way that every transition from story to story was nearly seamless. More importantly, the stories frequently complemented each other in a way that acted as a form of editorial storytelling on its own.

Rich Kreiner reviews Luba by Gilbert Hernandez

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Fantagraphics;  596 pp.,  $39.99; B&W, Hardcover; ISBN: 97815609796

In ambition, breadth and heft, this far-ranging compilation is the worthy companion to Gilbert’s formidable Palomar volume. While capable of standing on its own, Luba is very much the continuing story of …

Rob Clough reviews The Troublemakers by Gilbert Hernandez

Posted by on December 30th, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Clough reviews Gilbert Hernandez’ pulpy graphic novel, THE TROUBLEMAKERS (Fantagraphics).

“Birdland Reconsidered”: Part Five (of Five)

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously:  Part Four

PART 5

Conclusion

After deciphering the various code words, the final section of Birdland appears to be a puzzling dismissal of the major social philosophies of life.  But if science, religion and mythology are not “the answers,” …

“Birdland Reconsidered”: Part Four (of Five)

Posted by on December 4th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously: Part Three.

PART 4


Birdland Second Two

Following Fritz’s revelation is a confusing but brilliant section in which the reader is meant to experience a series of visions under hypnosis.  To enhance this trance-like effect, the storytelling is …

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“Birdland Reconsidered”: Part Three (of Five)

Posted by on December 3rd, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously: http://www.tcj.com/?p=469

The Aliens

It wasn’t until A Book of Dreams was released that people realized the extent of Wilhelm Reich’s paranoid delusions in his later years.  Among his many outrageous theories, Reich believed that aliens were depleting the orgone …

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“Birdland Reconsidered”: Part Two (of Five)

Posted by on December 2nd, 2009 at 3:48 AM

Previously: Part One.

Story Structure

Birdland was originally published as a three-issue miniseries in 1990, with an additional fourth issue released as Vol. 2 a year later. This final issue functions as something of an epilogue to the first …

“Birdland Reconsidered”: The roots of Gilbert Hernandez’ sex comic in Reich’s orgone energy.

Posted by on November 30th, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Published by Eros Comix
Original series was four comic books (Birdland vol. 1 #1-3, vol. 2 #1), 1990-1991
Expanded version (Eros, 1992) contains 15 pages of new material, including the one-page strip, “Tierra de Pajaro” from True North #2, …

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