Posts Tagged ‘nick patten’

Genre Is The New Steady-State II: Werewolf!!!

Posted by on December 18th, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Rob reviews the anthology Werewolf!!!, edited by Penina Gal, Josh Rosen, Betsey Swardlick and Nick Patten.

Werewolf!!!, is the third volume from a team of cartoonists from the Center For Cartoon Studies. The first and second volumes of

Minis Monday: Unreachable Beasts #1

Posted by on October 4th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Unreachable Beasts is a cleverly realized, charmingly crafted, unapologetically off-kilter and continually surprising comic.

But the odd descriptor I can't get out of my mind is that of it being "classical." Yes, there's a notion of "timelessness" to it. There's fantasy and space travel to the fore and a Russian folk tale at the aft, all rendered in a clear, readily accessible style. But more to the point is that there's a well-formed fitness, an aptness, in composition and execution. First is its sense of proportion, the match of ambition and breadth to scale and structure in its parts and as a whole. Second is a unity of artistic purpose, a pronounced, if intuitively nuanced, coherence in its regard of world and existence. Finally there is a concerted, refined expressiveness to these stories; there's a subtlety, even understatement, in presentation even as narration and intention remain clear. It pleases as a quick read and withstands atomizing scrutiny, all the while keeping its allure and mysteries intact.

New Anthologies From CCS: Werewolf

Posted by on December 2nd, 2009 at 8:14 AM
One of my side interests as a writer has been following the progress of the students and alumni of the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS). For my first week of blog posts, I'll be taking a look at some recent anthology work from CCS. Today's entry will spotlight WEREWOLF!, edited by Nick Patten, Betsey Swardlick, Penina Gal & Joshua Rosen.