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Daily OCD: 9/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel ClowesDame DarcyDaily OCDBen Schwartz 17 Sep 2010 3:27 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Meat Cake

Interview: For Suicide Girls, Alex Dueben, who says "Dame Darcy is a renaissance woman. The Idaho-born artist has crafted a broad and powerful body of work. [...] She is an artist in the finest sense of the word," gets the full scoop from the artist herself: "I come from a family of cowboy poets in Idaho who played music, painted and wrote. So I was always exposed to art as a normal part of life. I began drawing sequential stories when I was two. My great Grandma Marler was a cowgirl and a school teacher, she taught me to read and write at an early age, which I am thankful for because without her help dyslexia would have made it even harder for me to be a writer than it already is. I think my will to tell stories got me through it, and I can remember wanting so badly to be able to write the words over the pictures."

The Best American Comics Criticism

Commentary: At Amazon's Omnivoracious books blog, Alex Carr examines Ken Parille's essay on Daniel Clowes in The Best American Comics Criticism

Oxford American comics redux
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanJosh SimmonsDrew WeingDame Darcy 13 Sep 2010 10:51 PM

Oxford American issue 70

In response to my previous Flog post Eric plopped the new issue of the Oxford American onto my desk yesterday morning and not only does it include comics and illustrations by Drew Weing and Josh Simmons as previously reported, it also has Dame Darcy, Michael Kupperman, Eric Haven, Josh Neufeld, Jeremy Tinder and other, less-familiar talents. Let's hear it for comics in lit mags!

Things to see: 9/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRobert GoodinRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierMiss Lasko-GrossMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJohn HankiewiczJim FloraJasonHans RickheitGabrielle BellDrew WeingDrew FriedmanDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDash ShawDame DarcyAl Columbia 10 Sep 2010 6:26 PM

Periodic clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing and possible artist commentary at the sources:

reality TV/music stars - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman illustrates the latest crop of pop stars-cum-reality TV stars for Billboard (with commentary)

Henni - Miss Lasko-Gross

• The cover of a new minicomic Miss Lasko-Gross is debuting at SPX (via Facebook)

Amazing Facts and Beyond! - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga, a new Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond strip

work in progress - Matthias Lehmann

Two more stages in Matthias Lehmann's scratchboard work in progress

hobos - Jason

• From Jason: a 1996 anthology story page; a lizard lady; an illustration of U2; and three early cartoons

Hole - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman drew Courtney Love for The Stranger's Bumbershoot guide; also, "I, Anonymous" (original, as printed), and ice cream roundup

panels - John Hankiewicz

Two more panels from an upcoming comic by John Hankiewicz 

Prim & Fancy - Jeffrey Meyer

New Mutants #33 - Derek Van Gieson

• Two good ones at the Covered blog: Jeffrey Meyer does Al Columbia's Pim & Francie and Derek Van Gieson does New Mutants #33

Gomorrah - Robert Goodin

• Relatedly, at his Wood Paneled Basement blog Robert Goodin says "The Criterion Collection curated a film festival for this year's All Tomorrow's Parties in New York. Comic artists were asked to create posters for the different movies and I did the one above for Gomorrah."

Lupine Nihilist - Dame Darcy

• Original art, crafts and other good stuff in Dame Darcy's latest blog update

future - Drew Weing

Drew Weing posts this snippet of a comic story he has in the current issue of the Oxford American; Josh Simmons posts an even less revealing bit of his strip from the same issue

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• The latest installment of Tim Lane's Belligerent Piano

Pink & Black Cats - Jim Flora

• At the Jim Flora art blog: a 1960 tempera sketch, 1991 sketchbook & journal pages

squirrel - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler sketches squirrels and other fauna, plus a heron

San Diego - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell's San Diego adventures continue in part 6 of her Comic-Con Comicumentary

Pacer - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko's AMC Pacer reference sketches for Freeway move to the interior

Riunione di Condominio - Sergio Ponchione

Sergio Ponchione presents "Riunione di Condominio" ("Condo Meeting") from the new issue of Linus

Monsieur le Moon - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

Lucky

Another heartrending Lewis strip from Laura Park 

Repetition - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons presents his strip from Bound & Gagged; also, "Quacker Alley" isn't credited to Josh but it sure looks like one of his

bunnytwine - Renee French

• From Renee French: scrote face girl, Barry the bird swimming, bunny with twine, a popsicle, and a series of shadowy things

daily drawing 7 - Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw's Daily Drawing nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, plus his animated sitcom pitch — I'd watch it

Paul Conrad - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner takes on a hero and a villain: Paul Conrad and Pastor Terry Jones respectively

Ectopiary page 40 - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary page 40 — our Dutch-speaking readers may be interested to know that Ectopiary is being translated and serialized at Serieland

Weekend Webcomics for 9/3/10: Dame Darcy, Stephen DeStefano & Steven Weissman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanStephen DeStefanoPeter KuperDame Darcy 3 Sep 2010 11:56 AM

First a bit of related happy news: Peter Kuper's "Ceci n'est pas une comic" (which Peter generously allowed us to host here following its various print appearances) was selected for inclusion in Best American Comics 2010, edited by Neil Gaiman.

This week we're pleased to bring you a sexy & romantic Flog-exclusive unpublished 5-page story by Dame Darcy, a hilarious new strip by Stephen DeStefano which will run for the next 11 weeks, and our usual weekly visit with the President from Steven Weissman:

"The Tunnel of Love" by Dame Darcy (permanent link):

The Tunnel of Love by Dame Darcy - page 1

The Tunnel of Love by Dame Darcy - page 2

The Tunnel of Love by Dame Darcy - page 3

The Tunnel of Love by Dame Darcy - page 4

The Tunnel of Love by Dame Darcy - page 5

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Monday's Strip by Stephen DeStefano (view larger)

Originally run as an experiment on Stephen's blog starting in 2008, Monday's Strip is re-presented here starting with this fine how-do-you-do, seen here in color for the first time.

Monday's Strip - Stephen DeStefano

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Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

Sneak Peek of Hooked on Comix Volume 3 this Weekend at Bumbershoot!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireeventsDame DarcyBumbershoot 2 Sep 2010 11:35 AM

Hooked on Comix

Visitors to the "Counterculture Comix" exhibition at Bumbershoot in Seattle this weekend will get a preview of the latest installment of Hooked on Comix. Director David P. Moore will attend all three days of the festival and screen clips from the new volume, featuring Fantagraphics favorites Dame Darcy and Tony Millionaire [seen below together at Comic-Con - Ed.], who will be at Bumbershoot on Monday.

The show features continuous screenings of classic early volumes of Hooked on Comix. The exhibition celebrates Seattle's legacy of alternative comix awesomeness. It's free on Friday, and the holiday weekend includes giants of pop music (Bob Dylan, Courtney Love, Neko Case, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, etc.), as well as contemporary film, lit, visual arts, and more.

After whetting your comix appetite at the Bumbershoot exhibition, drop by our store to stock up on reading material and the last viewing of Dame Darcy's delightful show of original artwork. Open Friday and Saturday until 8:00 PM, Sunday 11:30 to 5:00 PM. The store will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. Mark your calendars for the Carol Tyler event the following Saturday, September 11.

Tony Millionaire & Dame Darcy - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Daily OCD: 8/23/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsJasonJacques TardiDame DarcyDaily OCDBlake BellBen Schwartz 23 Aug 2010 3:13 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Meat Cake

Review: "Meat Cake is a tour de force showcasing the most primal of passions! It is an issue of Creepy edited by Edward Gorey! It is a Gothic soap opera as written by Victorian lolitas! It is a celebration of love and hubris, beauty and decay! There is no other comic in the world that offers a titillating parade of mermaids, ghosts, sailors, sirens, faeries, witches and wolfmen in intriguing and compromising situations! You will be dazzled, you will be entertained, but above all, you will be enchanted!" – STORM (guest columnist), Robot 6

Review: "Werewolves of Montpellier is a sad and even somewhat funny novel about the fact that loneliness is not hiding under the mask. Is this novel better or worse than other works of Jason? Probably not. Despite repeated methods in his books, [his] novels are utterly worth reading. If you have a werewolf friend, buy him this book. If you don’t, buy two." – Ray Garraty, Endless Falls Up

You Are There

List: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon names Ici Même (You Are There) as one of "25 Emblematic Comics of the '70s": "This grand effort by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Claude Forest may seem like an extravagant oddity now, but it gets credit from some for igniting a wave of alternative voices in a French-language comics industry whose mainstream had the added appeal of actually making its creators popular and wealthy successes. Even if you don't like the tune — and while it's a song I could personally listen to every day, I know many people couldn't — at the time I have to imagine that many comics readers weren't even aware that the medium could play some of these notes."

The Best American Comics Criticism

Roundtable: The Comics Journal presents a critical roundtable on The Best American Comics Criticism, with Ng Suat Tong, the book's editor Ben Schwartz, and Noah Berlatsky weighing in

Fire & Water: Bill Everett,  the Sub-Mariner and the Birth of   Marvel Comics [September 2010]

Profile: "Just like Peter Parker, the most celebrated co-creation of the subject of his first book, Toronto writer Blake Bell was bitten by a strange bug as a youngster. And just like Peter Parker, he was transformed beyond all recognition — into the Amazing Comic Book Historian Guy." – Canadish

Things to see: 8/6/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchRay FenwickPaul HornschemeierNoah Van SciverMaakiesLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohn HankiewiczJoe KimballJim FloraJaime HernandezGabrielle BellFrank Santorofan artDrew WeingDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDame DarcyBob FingermanaudioArcher Prewitt 6 Aug 2010 2:32 PM

Periodic clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Morio - Archer Prewitt

• Our pals at Presspop share this, the cover illustration by Archer Prewitt for the novelization of the upcoming film Morio (Toilet)

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell kicks off "Season 3" of Lucky with the first part of her San Diego Comic-Con diary; also, her previously-serialized strip "Manifestation" is presented in its entirety at What Things Do

Black Madonna - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy's Black Madonna painting and other new stuff in her latest blog update

Lisa Lampanelli - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman illustrates "Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli for Royal Flush magazine, plus more quick sketches

Maggie - Mike Hawthorne

Maggie-through-the-years fan art by Mike Hawthorne at Comic Twart

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Tony Millionaire posted this week's Maakies on Facebook while his new website is being built (if that last link doesn't work try this)

Ascots! - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

Derek Van Gieson

• A couple of teasers from Part 4 of Derek Van Gieson's Mome serial "Devil Doll"

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous " by Steven Weissman

head 01 - John Hankiewicz

Life drawing studies by John Hankiewicz 

collage - Frank Santoro

Collage and some guidelines from Frank Santoro 

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea pages 118 119 & 120

The Big Score - Richard Sala

Richard Sala presents his strip from the July 1994 issue of Pulse magazine

The Cowboy - Tim Lane

Tim Lane extends Belligerent Piano into the audio realm with "The Cowboy's Lament"

Little Rock Getaway teaser - Jim Flora

A preview of the next Jim Flora art print, available for pre-order

turtle - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler sketches some lakeshore fauna

sketchbook - Lilli Carre

Koridian - Lilli Carré

Raising Chicago - Lilli Carré

• From Lilli Carré: sketchbook pages, illustrations for Kordian, and a story for Chicago Magazine

Brooklyn Superhero Supply - Sergio Ponchione

• A quartet of recent illustrations by Sergio Ponchione, including one for 826 Brooklyn

Batman - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver vs. Batman

The Golden Quackers - Josh Simmons

• From Josh Simmons, The Golden Quackers

rock - Renee French

• From Renee French, a couple of rocks and a peek

Obama - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner thinks maybe it's about time for the President to start losing his cool. Also, a grocery store incident as political allegory

panel - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga, a couple of hot panels and a tale of narrowly-averted disaster

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• A new Truth Serum strip by Jon Adams 

Joe Kimball

Joe Kimball shares several glimpses of a whole bunch of stuff on his Flickr page

All Together Now - Ray Fenwick

Loonfest 2010 - Ray Fenwick

• Two recent Ray Fenwick illustrations for Threadless and Cottage Life magazine respectively

Comic-Con Day 3 Part 2: Peter Bagge, Dame Darcy & Tony Millionaire
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairePeter BaggeDame DarcyCCI 28 Jul 2010 5:40 PM

Tony Millionaire, Dame Darcy, Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

We packed three powerhouses of alternative comics behind one table and the result was one of our busiest signings in a week full of busy signings!

Peter Bagge was kept busy by a long line of fans requesting sketches of Bizarro, Buddy Bradley and so on:

Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

He also used the occiasion to debut his band's new CD!

Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Dame Darcy brought along her usual assortment of lovely couture dolls and other merch:

Tony Millionaire & Dame Darcy - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Poor Tony Millionaire got lost in the convention hall for a while but quickly settled in for a brisk round of signatures and Drinky Crow sketches:

Tony Millionaire - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Tony was joined by a camera crew from our pals at Bright Red Rocket, shooting footage for an in-progress documentary about Tony.

Tony Millionaire, Dame Darcy, Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Daily OCD: 7/27/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyreviewsPrince ValiantPeter BaggeMoto HagioMickey MouseMatt ThornmangaKim DeitchJoe DalyJim WoodringJasonJaime HernandezHal FosterGilbert HernandezGary PanterFloyd GottfredsonDame DarcyDaily OCDCCICarol TylerBlazing CombatBlake BellBen Schwartzawards 27 Jul 2010 4:26 PM

I thought I could keep up with Online Commentary & Diversions while at Comic-Con. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Special Exits [October 2010]

Coming Attractions: At Robot 6, Chris Mautner takes a look through the 46 (!!!) upcoming books listed in our Fall/Winter catalog (note: listed release dates may no longer be accurate and are all subject to change)

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

History/Profile/Review: "What A Drunken Dream reveals is an author whose childhood passion for Frances Hodgson Burnett, L.M. Montgomery, and Isaac Asimov profoundly influenced the kind of stories she chose to tell as an adult. ... For those new to Hagio’s work, Fantagraphics has prefaced A Drunken Dream with two indispensable articles by noted manga scholar Matt Thorn. ... Taken together with the stories in A Drunken Dream, these essays make an excellent introduction to one of the most literary and original voices working in comics today. Highly recommended." – Katherine Dacey, The Manga Critic

Review: "Anyone interested in the historical development of manga and the women who’ve contributed to the art form should read this book. I hope A Drunken Dream sells well enough for Fantagraphics or other publishers to consider putting out some of Hagio’s longer works. Her short stories are great, but I’d love to see what she does with a longer storyline." – Anna Neatrour, TangognaT

Plug: "What Osamu Tezuka is to shonen and seinen manga, Moto Hagio is to shojo manga -- a true innovator who challenged and stretched the conventions of the medium by created touching, memorable and truly artistic comics stories. ...  Fantagraphics had copies of the absolutely gorgeous hardcover edition of A Drunken Dream available for sale at their [Comic-Con] booth..." – Deb Aoki, About.com: Manga

Interview: The Comics Journal's Shaenon Garrity sat down with Moto Hagio & translator Matt Thorn for a conversation at Comic-Con International: "I find it very embarrassing to read my very early work, but when you see the stories arranged chronologically it gives a good overall impression of my career.  In Japanese, too, it’s common to present an author’s works in a sample spanning his or her whole career, so it’s turned out very much like that."

Review: "Deadpan dialogue, drawings that move from panel to panel with the strange and deliberate force of kung fu performance art, and a subtle interweaving of humor and angst come together to make [Werewolves of Montpellier] a brief knockout of a book." – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Review: "...[T]his cartwheeling shaggy-dog story begins, like a lot of metafiction, with the semblance of reality... But by the time a frog demon reanimates a 19th-century French peasant whose brains it has eaten, it’s fairly clear that Deitch is making stuff up. The fun of [The Search for Smilin' Ed] is the way it constantly darts back and forth across the line between genuine show-business lore (a favorite Deitch theme) and delirious whole-cloth invention. There are stories within stories, unreliable explainers, secret passageways that lead from one part of the tale to another." – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Wally Gropius

Review: "Wally Gropius is a book that’s constantly lying to the reader, with a terrifying chaos roiling just immediately below its surface. The book is a flood of visual and textual information, but the information itself is near constantly false. ... For me, it’s a book that lies constantly, that lies at its very core, but that nevertheless ends up getting at a greater truth of things. And so, yeah: I thought that was pretty neat." – Abhay Kholsa, The Savage Critics

Prince  Valiant Vol. 2: 1939-1940 [Pre-Order]

Review: "There’s more derring-do [in Prince Valiant Vol. 2: 1939-1940] than you can shake a sword at! Foster’s stories are filled with vivid, colorful characters, none more engaging than the aptly named Valiant and his never-ending quest for adventure. The artwork is breathtaking. Foster’s figures are handsome and graceful whether eating a sumptuous feast or fighting on a crowded battlefield. ... Even if the age of chivalry is not your flask of ale, Foster’s art and storytelling will win you over." — Rich Clabaugh, The Christian Science Monitor

Blazing Combat [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]

Review: "This book is why Fantagraphics is one of the best and most important comic publishers in the business today. [Blazing Combat] is a series that could have easily been forgotten to the ages but Fantagraphics always is at the forefront of making sure important works of sequential art are remembered. ... This is a brilliant collection of stories that should be required reading. Intelligent, gripping stories and fantastic art! Grade A +" – Tim Janson, Mania and Newsarama

Bottomless Belly Button [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: "Formally inventive and emotionally acute, Bottomless Belly Button indeed proves to be all those things: as fascinating and affecting a depiction of family ties as Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections or Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums." – Ed Park, Los Angeles Times

Weathercraft

Plugs: Alex Carr of Amazon's Omnivoracious blog has Weathercraft by Jim Woodring ("I am woefully ignorant when it comes to Woodring’s Frank comics, and this looks like the weirdest place to start") and Dungeon Quest Book 1 ("After The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book, I will read anything Joe Daly produces") on his summer vacation reading list

Love and Rockets #1  (Unpublished)

History: For the Los Angeles Times, Ben Schwartz compiles an oral history of the 1980s heyday of L.A. alternative comics with Matt Groening, Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, David Lynch (!), and Gary Panter

Comic-Con International logo

Comic-Con: ICv2 provides a few additional details (including price and publishing schedule) and The Beat, Cartoon Brew, The Daily Cartoonist, Disney Comics Worldwide, disZine, Publishers Weekly cover our announcement about publishing Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse strips; Sean T. Collins wins for best commentary: "Given Disney's relationships with both Boom and Marvel I'm a little surprised, but only a little. I imagine that if you walk into a conference room with an armful of the Complete Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, Popeye, Krazy & Ignatz, etc., you probably walk back out with a handful of contracts."

Comic-Con: Anime News Network reports on Moto Hagio being awarded an Inkpot Award last week

Comic-Con: Read Blake Bell's daily reports from San Diego: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 

Comic-Con: The San Diego Union Tribune talks to our own Eric Reynolds and other publishers on the floor of Comic-Con about the recent surge in classic comic-strip collections

Comic-Con: Publishers Weekly's "Photo Mania" from the floor of Comic-Con includes nice shots of Moto Hagio, C. Tyler and Natalia Hernandez with Tio Jaime taken at our booth

Comic-Con: Bad Lit's Mike Everleth reports on Peter Bagge's Comic-Con Spotlight Panel

Comic-Con: Making the scene at the USA Today Pop Candy meetup, Dame Darcy

Comic-Con: Scan The Comics Reporter's "Notes from the Convention Floor" posts for more various tidbits: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4.

Daily OCD: 7/16/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPortable GrindhouseNewaveMomeJasonJacques TardiDame DarcyDaily OCD 16 Jul 2010 5:27 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Mome Vol. 17 - Winter 2010 Mome Vol. 18 - Spring 2010 Mome Vol. 19 -  Summer 2010 [Pre-Order]

Review: "...[T]he newer crop of contributors [in Mome Vols. 17, 18 & 19 is] a rough and tumble bunch who are bringing some fierce and hard-edged work to the table. ...[T]he balance is definitely in favor of the strong stuff, because it is strong stuff — well drawn in a variety of styles, and potentially troubling without cloaking itself in shopworn tropes. ... Once again, you're getting your bang for your buck." – Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly

It Was the War of the Trenches

Review: "And when you’re drawn into the world [of It Was the War of the Trenches] it’s hard not to rhapsodize about the drawing itself – Tardi’s gaze may be level, but his lines are sure and lush. His gentle contour line drawings are almost delicate, but then he fills them with a gray tone, or attaches them to nearly psychedelic intestines. It’s art that comes over you and stays with you – nicely offsetting an otherwise icy stare. ...Tardi seems a master, and this work a rare and intensely humane book." – Dan Nadel, Comics Comics

Review: "Sequence by sequence and page by page, the re-readability of [Jason's] stories and scenes consistently offer more densely fulfilling reads than any three or four new $4 books... This particular story [Werewolves of Montpellier] ends in a graceful, yet awkwardly suspenseful and open-ended manner, but as with Jason books I’ve encountered before, this landing contributes to the matter-of-fact delivery he often employs in making you feel like you’re witnessing a story sliced out of a larger saga." – Brian Warmoth

Review: "Those inclined to look for meaning could make a good case for this... as a story about people assuming false identities through a mix of circumstance and personal choice, but what Jason’s comics literally mean matters less than the pleasure of their deadpan humor and unexpected twists: His work has been building a whole habitat of crooks, monsters, and adventurers, just so he can explore their minor personal problems. Werewolves of Montpelier establishes yet another inviting corner of Jasonworld. [Grade] B+" – The A.V. Club

Meat Cake

Review: "...[T]he first 11 issues of [Dame Darcy's] sporadically released pamphlet Meat Cake — collected by Fantagraphics in a new trade-paperback edition — comprise some of the best alt-comics of the past 20 years. ...Darcy’s scratchy, fine-lined, loosely intricate artwork owes a slight debt to Edward Gorey, Victorian illustration, and the more demented wing of the E.C. roster (particularly Graham Ingels), but the dreamy vision and gleefully morbid sensibility are all her. Overall, Meat Cake’s dalliance with folklore, horror, camp, and transcendent bits of autobiography pack more of a poetic punch than the title is generally given credit for… [Grade] A-" – The A.V. Club

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Review: "Newave! is an astonishing collection of minicomics from the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s... This book puts the lie to the notion that underground cartooning was fallow during this period; indeed, all it did was really go underground. ... Newave! gains momentum as it proceeds, an impressive feat for a 900-page anthology. ... The back half of Newave! features nary a dud. ... In an era when some cartoonists are learning how to create minicomics as part of a formal art education, Newave! should be a crucial text." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Portable  Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box

Review: "Out since last Halloween, this handsome collection of early 1980s exploitation VHS box art [Portable Grindhouse] is shaped like one of those old oversized clamshell cases. The all-color book collects the front and backs of many memorable cassette releases of that bygone era and will send you back to the days prowling dusty mom-and-pop video stores for you schlock fix. ... You won’t learn anything about the movies, but who needs that when the rest of the book is such a nostalgic gas?" – Tony Timpone, Fangoria


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