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Daily OCD: 11/16/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallySergio PonchionereviewsPaul HornschemeierKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanIgnatz SeriesGilbert Hernandez 16 Nov 2009 12:56 PM

A few quick hits of Online Commentary & Diversions:

• Review: "Hornschemeier obviously draws a lot of inspiration from Chris Ware, especially in terms of color scheme and alternating between naturalistic and iconic styles. There's a different level of emotional impact in his comics, however, a certain distance that reminds me more of what Daniel Clowes or Art Spiegelman do in their work. ... All and Sundry is less about the work itself and more about the artist as worker." – Rob Clough

• Review: "...Zak Sally's collection of his Recidivist material and other works [Like a Dog] was positively pugillistic in nature. Of course, the battle Sally was fighting was with himself and his place in the world, both as an artist and a person. ... The extended endnotes written by Sally were one of the most bracing but inspiring pieces of writing I've ever seen by an artist on their own work. It's a statement of purpose not just as an artist, but as a human being." – Rob Clough

• Review: "I recently bought [Sergio Ponchione's] Grotesque #2-3, which contained a two-part story, 'Cryptic City.' ... It’s a noir mystery crushed into a surrealistic adventure, and the two work together excellently under Ponchione’s imagination. ... It’s hard to ignore Ponchione’s gorgeous art in Grotesque #2-3, which is certainly part of their charm. ... At this point, I’m not sure what I’m hoping for more; additional issues of Grotesque, or other works from Ponchione translated into English. (Regardless, I’m running out and buying Grotesque #1 as soon as possible.) This is a beautifully off-kilter comic. Definitely check it out." – Greg McElhatton, Read About Comics

• Analysis: Love & Maggie revisits the Sophia Loren-Luba connection

• Events: Banalization has an MP3 of Paul Hornschemeier reading one of his prose short stories from All and Sundry at Wholly Craft in Columbus OH on his current book tour with Jay Ryan

• Things to see: The new Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond strip by Kevin Huizenga features one of my favorite jokes from the strip so far

• Things to see: I want Johnny Ryan's latest strip for Vice to keep going for 30 more pages