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PreacherALL003smPreacher: “All in the Family”

Ah, finally we come to the first ‘big’ storyline explored in Preacher: Jesse’s childhood. The arc that stands up and bellows “This title isn’t just tits and innards! Close, but not quite!” Let’s synopsise this… [more]

52_24Week 24: Web of 52

I’d like to take this moment to say that Skeets has quite a lot on Brian Graiser, including a army of cyborgs and pirates. Loose Ends Dr. Ralph – Kicking ass in (in his best… [more]

poopfillerWeek 23: The Most Greaterest Column Ever!

The writer of this column recognizes his right to freedom of speech when speaking about that horrible bastard Supernova and all of his possible indentities, including Brian Graiser. Speaking of which look what Mr. Graiser… [more]

MothersMouthLife In Regression: Dash Shaw’s The Mother’s Mouth

Dash Shaw is one of my favorite artists, hands-down. Readers of this column may recall my review of his previous collection of stories, GODDESS HEAD. Many of the same themes are explored in his newest… [more]

sw 6Stormwatch, Part 3: Issues #6-7

This article examines issues #6-7 of Stormwatch, complete with costume redesigns and an introduction to the island nation of Gamorra, which will play a major part in upcoming Wildstorm titles. As well as all that,… [more]

weinstein_vineylandArtists to Seek out at SPX 2006

The Small Press Expo (SPX) is coming up this Friday and Saturday, October 13th-14th, in Bethesda, MD. It’s still the pre-eminent smallpress/indy/alternative/etc. comics festival, and this year it’s in a new location. Happily, the new… [more]

Summer goes slowlyMini-Comics Round-Up

Ah, the variety of mini comics I receive. I generally like to review comics that I can compare and contrast in some meaningful way, but these three comics couldn’t be any more different. Liz Baillie’s… [more]

52 22Week 22: STUFF!!

This week’s edition of Who are the 52? is brought to you by the letter P and viewers like you. Especially the ones who send me stuff like the following: (The following excerpts are unedited… [more]

arf 2Art + Comics = Arf!

This is a golden age for publications about comics and their history. There are more reprints of classic comics (and in better formats) than ever before. There’s a broad range of books and magazines focusing… [more]

scrublandsStrange Territory: Joe Daly’s Scrublands

It’s hard to pin down Joe Daly’s influences and hence what sort of comic SCRUBLANDS is. The book notes his strong influence by American underground artists like R.Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, S.Clay Wilson and others. While… [more]

supermanWeek 21: Writer’s Block

And so the plot thickens…. “No, curse you, Turturro (if that is, in fact, your real name!), for trying to foil my plot! Yes, I’ll admit it to you (and you alone): I am, in… [more]

52thWacking It (or, 52 Pick-Up)

Welcome, True Believers, to Tact is for the Weak, the column that would defect to a rival website in a heartbeat if Julian Darius wasn’t holding my family hostage… As the more internet-savvy of you… [more]

justice3_cover_fullThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 5

Analysis #5: Reviewing the first two-thirds of Justice #3. My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the Justice issues reviewed, it attempts to deduce… [more]

Mine TonightPulp Politics: Alixopulos’ Mine Tonight

Those that follow the mini comics scene will observe that geography plays a large part in forming artist support groups. These groups provide encouragement and critique for young artists and play a part in their… [more]

dykesArt Comics For Beginners: The Best American Comics 2006

As anyone who’s read my articles on MOME and HOTWIRE will quickly realize, I have a particular interest in comics anthologies and the effect they can have on comics in general. While there are many… [more]

250px-Supernova_(comics)20th WEEK SPECIAL

A notice from the edit- writer…. “Ah my special surprise that I’ve been planning since last week… wha? Graiser is doing the same thing?! Curse you Superno- I mean Graaaaaiser!…wait a minute….I smell a theory… [more]

52_20Week 20: Bald Moon Rising

This week’s column is brought to you by the letter B for BALD and by Brian Michael Bendis. Basically, I’m updating one of my favorite theories I’ve written so far. The 52 List -Pg.1 Batcave… [more]

sparkplugFiring On All Cylinders: Sparkplug Comic Books

A welcome trend in the comics world in recent years is the rise of the boutique publisher. With modest publishing goals and realistic release schedules, a small publisher can carve out a nice niche for… [more]

justiceThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 4

My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the Justice issues reviewed, it attempts to deduce the plots and mysteries of future issues as well.… [more]

journey-into-mohawk-countryIt’s Not The Destination, It’s The Trip: Three Comics About Travel

There’s something particularly appealing about travel comics. Traveling involves beginning and ending points, making it easy to adapt as a narrative. By definition, travel stories almost always involve the narrator or protagonist doing something that’s… [more]

The Expendable OneBack in Black

I decided to take a sabbatical over the summer months. Apologies to all who might have missed the monthly postings. The good news is that this sabbatical has allowed me the time to refocus what… [more]

American Born ChineseIdentity, Shame and Confrontation: American Born Chinese

Ultimately, the moral of AMERICAN BORN CHINESE is not especially profound. Gene Luen Yang’s three storylines converge to deliver the message of be who you are. Resist the urge to assimilate. Be proud of your… [more]

220px-ValiantDoctorSolarByBWSThe Valiant Tangent — Harbinger #1-4 (Children of the Eighth Day, Part 1)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the longest running series whose goal it is to chronicle some of the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but… [more]

1-4Ultimate Fantastic Four: The Fantastic

Ultimate Fantastic Four #1-6 In my collection of DVDs I have a bootleg copy of the 1994 movie Fantastic Four. Simply put, there is nothing fantastic about it. Fast-forward to 2005 and I am sitting… [more]

52 #19Week 19: I Think You Look Good When You Wear Gold

Last week the last few things I wrote seemed a little disorganized, instead of going back and editing them or apologizing to you I’m retconning. That’s right I’m going to retcon the continuity of my… [more]