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Oliver Ho
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Oliver lives in Toronto. He has published several books, and worked as the Senior Front Page Editor at Yahoo Canada and MSN Canada. Currently, he works as a Manager of Communications at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His website is


Wednesday, May 11 2011

Transforming the Bard Finale: Daggers at Dawn

This is the final of a three-part series of articles about Kill Shakespeare, each featuring an exclusive interview with the comic's co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. Read part one and part two.

Tuesday, April 19 2011

Transforming Shakespeare 2: The Bard and “Argentinean Knife Fights"

This is the second of a three-part series of articles about Kill Shakespeare, each featuring an exclusive interview with the comic's co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. Read part one.

Wednesday, April 6 2011

Transforming the Bard 1: The "Justice League" of Shakespeare

This three-part series examines the extraordinary Kill Shakespeare, and each part includes an exclusive interview with the comic's creators. This is part one.

Tuesday, January 25 2011

Ralph's Jet-Pack Theory, Muhammad Ali and "Last Son"

A reprint of a classic '70s comic triggers schoolyard memories of an odd kid, and reignites a personal interest in the “big blue boy scout”

Monday, August 23 2010

Swamp Monsters and Stoners: When Mainstream Comics Tuned In, Turned On and Dropped Out

Writer Steve Gerber's 39-issue run on Man-Thing exemplifies a crucial period in the development of comics: when the mainstream and underground collided.


Thursday, May 17 2012

Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death

Britain’s pop culture knight, Christopher Frayling, offers the definitive biography and interpretation of the Spaghetti Western maestro, Sergio Leone.


Tuesday, December 18 2012

The Usual Gang of Idiots Offer Up Their Souls in 'Totally MAD'

This gorgeous coffee table book offers a retrospective look at the satirical institution, along with an introduction by Stephen Colbert, informative essays and 12 prints representing "the soul of MAD".

Thursday, February 2 2012

Meditations on the Actual and the Imagined: 'Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life'

A series of poetic meditations on "the madness of puppets", this brief but dense book fascinates as much as its uncanny subject matter.

Sunday, September 18 2011

The Horror of the Camera that Sees the Truth: Tobe Hooper and Alan Goldsher's 'Midnight Movie'

The Texas Chainsaw maestro pens a fun, self-referential novel about a haunted horror movie... or does he?

Thursday, July 21 2011

'The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature': Surprisingly True to Life

Literature abounds with collections of imaginary books. This whimsical and stimulating little book offers a glimpse at the blurbs on their covers.

Thursday, February 24 2011

'AX Vol. One: A Collection of Alternative Manga' Is Full of Weird, Puzzling Beauty

A head trip that matches (and often surpasses) the weirdest of North America’s classic underground comix, this anthology introduces English readers to the wild world of alternative manga.


Monday, February 14 2011

Four-Eyed Stranger #20: I’ll Give It My All...Tomorrow

"Why do you go on living?” Slacker icon Buddy Bradley articulated his ambition in 1990’s “My Pad and Welcome To It”, the first issue of Peter Bagge’s Hate.

Monday, January 31 2011

Borderland Speakeasy #19: “Are you sure you were dreaming?”

With its conclusion possible in 2011, Sin Titulo stands as one of the year’s most anticipated comics.

Monday, January 17 2011

Four-Eyed Stranger #19: “A Brief Interlude in Daily Life”

Jiro Taniguchi celebrates the dreamlike and fleeting happiness to be found on a simple walk in a peaceful part of town.

Monday, January 10 2011

Borderland Speakeasy #18: "Do you have fish swimming in your forehead?"

Indie auteur's return to crime showcases taut storytelling and moments of film-influenced, surreal suspense.

Four-Eyed Stranger #18: Disappearance Diary (Graphic Novelties) [14.Nov.10]
Four-Eyed Stranger #17: "Nobody Is Born Whole" (Graphic Novelties) [19.Oct.10]
Four-Eyed Stranger #16: "Gon" Forever (Graphic Novelties) [19.Sep.10]
"Cards of Wu" Foretell Freaky Fortunes (Mixed Media) [27.May.10]
Appointments with Bruce Lee (video) (Mixed Media) [24.May.10]
James Bond vs. Phillip Marlowe (Mixed Media) [20.May.10]
Borderland Speakeasy #9: Call Off the Thriller (Graphic Novelties) [10.May.10]
Four-Eyed Stranger #9: The "Anti-Manga Manga" (Graphic Novelties) [3.May.10]
Four-Eyed Stranger #7: Myths to Die By (Graphic Novelties) [6.Apr.10]
Four-Eyed Stranger #6: Heavy Metal Monkey King (Graphic Novelties) [22.Mar.10]
Borderland Speakeasy #5: Mirror Image Murders (Graphic Novelties) [15.Mar.10]
Borderland Speakeasy #4: In Praise of Blaise (Graphic Novelties) [25.Feb.10]
Borderland Speakeasy #3: Needle in the Eye (Graphic Novelties) [11.Feb.10]
Four-Eyed Stranger: Unpacking "The Box Man" (Graphic Novelties) [21.Jan.10]
Borderland Speakeasy: Echoes of Vengeance (Graphic Novelties) [14.Jan.10]
Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.09]
400 Lonely Things - "Tonight" (video) (Mixed Media) [7.Dec.09]
From Gekiga to Good Raymond (Graphic Novelties) [1.Aug.09]
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