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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]

X-Factor01-74The Peter David Factor: Part 5

X-Factor #74 (Jan. 1992) “Politically Incorrect” — This issue starts off by showing us the various team members asleep. Most of them seem to be dreaming: Guido about Kim Basinger, Lorna about Magneto, Quicksilver about… [more]

jules fPassionella: A Welcome New Collection From Jules Feiffer

There’s a case to be made that Jules Feiffer was the first prototype of the underground/alternative cartoonist. A comics lifer, he started out as Will Eisner’s assistant on THE SPIRIT and eventually wrote a number… [more]

Joann Sfar KlezmerThe Picturesque World of Klezmer

Continuing my look at First Second’s fall line of books, Joann Sfar’s KLEZMER is the best of the bunch. Sfar is a master of characterization, creating fully-formed and intriguing people out of thin air. While… [more]

imagesQuiet Moments And Early Reflections: Kampung Boy and Missouri Boy

One of the really encouraging developments in recent years in the comics industry has been the increasing number of publishing houses that have started up a graphic novel imprint. This has been happening in fits… [more]

52_18Week 18: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Booster Gol- Oh Wait…

This week marks the official induction of a new segment! The Blurb Detective! In this segment I will look at a up coming week’s blurb on the 52 website and figure out what it means.… [more]

teamboosterWeek 16: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Booster Gold!

This week I was traveling so instead of having a normal format I present to you the following… I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT BOOSTER GOLD! Who is Supernova? My trusty sidekick the internet has failed… [more]

52_15Week 15: INTERGANG! MR. MIND! ISIS!

Here’s that new format I promised last week: While I will still analyze 52 theories, it won’t always be a answer to ‘who are the 52′ that gets looked at in depth. Some weeks a… [more]

strangerWeek 14: Alterations

WHO DIES IN WEEK 15?! This isn’t the theory of the week, rather a small thought or two on who dies next week. “Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid; Breakdowns by… [more]

imagesTwo Paths To Comedic Enlightenment: Jeffrey Brown & The Langridge Brothers

Jeffrey Brown is best known for his episodic, autobiographical comics about assorted relationships. While the relationships inevitably go down the tubes for poor Jeffrey, he is often able to mine a lot of humor from… [more]

gs coverLet’s All Laugh At (and With) Lauren Weinstein

Lauren R Weinstein’s GIRL STORIES is a marvelously all-over-the-place collection of stories done over a seven-year period that somehow manages to cohere into one hilariously painful whole. Weinstein accomplishes something remarkable here: writing a book… [more]

brush11A Minicomics World Tour

Time to take a look at the minicomics that have come my way, and it’s quite an interesting and varied assortment from all over the world. There’s historical adaptations, horror, humor and autobio in this… [more]

hotwire 1Lying in the Gutters: Hotwire

With MOME, Fantagraphics tried to put together an anthology that would appeal to sophisticated readers who were open to reading comics but didn’t necessarily know what to buy. A book for those who read GHOST… [more]

47117_fulBreaking the Code (or, How Mom and Dad are Ruining Your Life)

Aaaaaaaaannnnnnnnd we’re back for a new season! It’s time to reinstate martial law in the land and grab yer shotguns! Hide the children and mark your doors with sheep’s blood! After far too long, Tact… [more]