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Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010

Scott Allie’s incredibly atmospheric and deeply immersive Devil’s Footprint hit the popular consciousness more or less contemporaneously with the premier season of an equally phenomenal piece of television drama, Six Feet Under.


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Monday, Jan 25, 2010
Writer and artist Rick Veitch takes his place among the foremost comics creators of the 1980s.

Superheroes have not been cool since—well, ever.  Pretty much since their inception, they’ve been a playground for garishly colorful adolescent male-power fantasies.  Not to dismiss that brand of good times, but if the 1980s hadn’t happened, these would probably remain the only kind of superhero comics being produced.


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Friday, Jan 22, 2010

It’s hard not to root for Joe Sacco when he’s just learning to smoke for the first time in the pages of Safe Area Gorazde. Really hard, even as a non-smoker. In the short, 5-page chapter “Drina”, readers find themselves awash in a cultural milieu around the cigarette brand that’s named for a local river, and that becomes a pop-cultural flashpoint for the entire war.


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Thursday, Jan 21, 2010

[Note: Even though the plot seems pretty far from primary when experiencing this head-trip of a book, the following contains details that could be considered “spoilers.”]


The Box Man starts and ends with a kappa, and we see everything it does. The creature hops on the back of a passing scooter, bringing us along as it observes and becomes part of an incredibly strange adventure.


The kappa is “easily the single most famous yokai in Japan”, according to Yokai Attack: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide. Among its other, nastier traits, the child-sized water-monster has a beak-like mouth and a shell like a turtle, and it likes to cause trouble.


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Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010

I was in third grade when I first heard about Spawn. On the bus ride to elementary school, my friends and I would always take some action figures, comic books, trading cards or something to entertain ourselves. But who were we kidding, we were really trying to show off. I would take my comic books thinking, “My friends will be totally impressed by this!” Back then, all it took to impress us was a flashy cover, and a cool looking hero. My Night Thrasher #1 was pretty impressive by those standards. However, the one that really captured us was my friend’s Spawn #1. He was a dark and mysterious hero, with incredible power, searching for revenge on those who ruined his life… and he used swear words. To a third-grader, it does not get much cooler than that.


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