This One Summer is a finely nuanced portrait of pubescents at the dawning of their age of sexuality that will have readers slowing down if not stopping in their tracks to pause and soak up every line of stunningly good work. The Tamaki cousins enter Hernandez brothers territory here, with their deftly characterized and deeply empathic portraits of each pen & ink participant in the drama that unfolds on these pages. There are echoes, too, of Charles Burns’s Black Hole, in the presentation of the protagonists' stumbling upon detritus strewn outdoor settings that stand as a synecdoche for innocence’s...
Dan Zettwoch is back! Redbird #3 is a handmade wonder! Begininning with a hand-screened cover in white, gold and radioactive green inks, this 32-page, magazine-size collection is packed with Zettwochiana. Starting off with the story designed to integrate theboyinto the man, "Clint J Murgatroyd presents Famous Places I Have Puked" is 8-pages of gut-wrenching action that finishes of with a "Puke-tographic Map", likely the first of its kind in the annals of comics. This is followed by "Communications Workers of America," which can be profitably read as a follow-up of sorts to...
Speaking of classics, here's another sui generis masterwork that belongs in every library. When Reid Fleming first arrived on the scene, lo these thirty years ago (thirty years? how is that possible!?!), it existed at the cusp of the waning underground comix scene and the nascent direct market for alternative comics that was just starting to gain some traction. It was just right there at the crossroads; if any comic book can be said to capture that moment, it's that first issue. With Reid Fleming, David Boswell created a cartoon archetype that served – and continues to serve – as an anger fueled...
Eleanor Davis delivers another graphic tour de force in "BDSM," her tautly delineated drama of the dialectic between fantasy and reality set in the world of softcore porn that, despite its being rendered in starkly contrasting black and white gradually brings out ever more shades of gray as it works towards a conclusion that suggests an erasure of borders.
When Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show was first published in English in 1992 -- by the aptly named Blast Books -- it blew many a mind; nothing like it had been seen before. Originally published in Japan in 1984, it is one of Maruo's major works as well as being the first of them to make it to North American shores. Simultaneously horrific, surreal and perverse, entirely drawn with a meticulous attention to detail it is a work of unrivalled strangeness. Out of print for years, it has just been reprinted by Blast at an amazing inflation-free price!
One comics creator whose work can truly be appreciated by all ages is Carl Barks. Here is another splendiferous hardcover volume in the fifteen-year Fantagraphics Books project of bringing the entirety of his work for The Walt Disney Company back into print in a complete, thirty-volume edition of The Carl Barks Library. This is the sixth volume to be released (but is the eighth position, chronologically speaking, of the series as they are being released out of order) so it looks like we're a fifth of the way there. In this volume readers will get the chance to enjoy Barksian takes on the world of 1949 in...
WIth the release of the fourth volume -- and the simultaneous issuing of the second Gift Box Set containing both the third and fourth volumes -- Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Saga has reached critical mass, and Copacetic has it all!
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