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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]

mome 2Mome: Comics’ New Murderer’s Row

Five issues of Fantagraphics’ new flagship anthology, MOME, have been published. I was immensely excited when news of it was announced, because a number of my favorite young artists were to be part of its… [more]

justiceThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 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 the plots and mysteries of future issues as well.… [more]

0-1Stormwatch, Part 2: Issues #0, 4-5

Yes, it’s late. There have been a number of technical difficulties this month, but I finally bring you the second part of our Stormwatch write-up. Enjoy, and as always, please feel free to comment. This… [more]

platesbandes030320061Independents and/or Avant-Garde

In the latest issue of l’Eprouvette, a critical review published by l’Association, BD creator Edmond Baudouin provides a retrospective look on his relationship to the medium. Since he hadn’t read much BD, he started in… [more]

u-x-m 2Ultimate X-Men: The Tomorrow People

Ultimate X-Men #1-6 My first experience with the X-Men came in the animated form. I remember many Saturday mornings spent in front of the television watching the X-Men stick it to Magneto and his cronies.… [more]

Sover7cover02Reintroducing: Sovereign Seven #2

Sovereign Seven #2 DC Comics August 1995 By Chris Claremont, Dwayne Turner & Jerome K. Moore “The Twelve Chairs” (32 Pages) The first Chris Claremont comic I ever read was X-Men (Vol. 2) #1, published… [more]

1634400x600The Old Gags Are Best: Milt Gross & Will Elder

Humor is a particular area of interest for me as a writer, and that’s especially true for comics. Indeed, though the medium is capable of addressing any style or genre (as I hope I’ve showed… [more]

iloveledzeppelinNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 3: I LOVE LED ZEPPELIN

Ellen Forney is a hard cartoonist to pin down. Her work is charming and disarming, but isn’t easy to categorize. Her first collection of strips, MONKEY FOOD, compiled her “I Was Seven in ’75″ strips.… [more]

justice6signedrosskruegerThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 2

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]

40hourmanNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 2: 40 Hour Man

How do you measure someone’s worth? In a society where one’s career is supposed to define one’s self, what does this mean for the millions who work minimum-wage, soul-crushing jobs? Even for those who work… [more]

488_mediumReviews from the Hold Box

Welcome back to Reviews from the Hold Box. Each week, I look at what was in my hold box at my local comics shop. Good or bad, I’ll let you know what I thought of… [more]

002-bUltimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility: Part 2

Ultimate Spider-Man #2-7 The second issue is titled “Growing Pains”. It could have been called “The Longest Day” and fit just as well. It starts off with Peter in class. Coming down with the shakes,… [more]

Stormwatchv1-01Stormwatch, Part 1: Issues #1-3

This article will look at the first story arc of Jim Lee’s Stormwatch, giving details on the story and introducing the characters. Stormwatch is a United Nations peacekeeping team based on the satellite station Skywatch,… [more]

imagesNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 1: The Squirrel Mother

The prevailing trend in comics these days is releasing graphic novels. Of course, that is still a painstaking, laborious process that can take years for an artist to complete. Even if a creator is consumed… [more]

green lantern 12PARTY! (or, A Dignified Retrospective)

Welcome, all you vagrants, to a very special edition of Tact is for the Weak, the article that is still waiting for a motherf**king title graphic! For most people, turning 21 means one of two… [more]

X-Factor01-71The Peter David Factor: Part 2

This issue (X-Factor #71, Oct.1991) entitled “Cutting the Mustard”, introduces the new X-Factor team as well as the new creative team. As I mentioned in my last column, the fact that a new team of… [more]

S701-01Reintroducing: Sovereign Seven #1

Sovereign Seven #1 DC Comics July 1995 By Chris Claremont & Dwayne Turner “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…” (38 Pages) First off, I should admit something: I go back and forth between thinking… [more]

2905025-04The Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 4)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the articles 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 some of… [more]

Lanfeust de TroyBandes Dessinées : The Rear Guard

As the art critic Clement Greenberg wrote in 1939, “where there is an avant-garde, generally we also find a rear guard.” He also noted that while the avant-garde is the focus of much attention, the… [more]

458Comics in, of, and about Other Media

A few years back, the Comics Journal published a list of the top 100 English-language comics of the 20th century. That list produced a lot of controversy because a number of the works included didn’t… [more]

5902_180x270Draft Dodging (or, All You Need is Guy Gardner)

Well well, look who’s come crawling back! That’s okay, I forgive you; welcome to the latest chapter of Tact is for the Weak, the article that can eat 34 hotdogs in five minutes! For months,… [more]