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Wednesday, January 14 2009

Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

By framing the nuclear bomb in a less spectacular context, Kouno makes a very difficult subject a little easier for most of us to relate to.


Monday, January 12 2009

Kick Drum Comix #1, 2

Fusing comics with music, Jim Mahfood’s Kick Drum Comix spans pop culture with wicked art and some pretty cool musical accompaniment (sold separately).


Wednesday, January 7 2009

Transhuman #1-4

The scientific aspects of making a new humanity aren’t as important to Hickman as the societal ones, and it is here that Transhuman lands it strongest punches.


Monday, January 5 2009

Joker

In their follow-up to the brilliant Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo take us on a twisted, depraved ride through a strikingly recognizable America – and our tour guide is a Joker who acts less like any Joker we’ve ever seen and more like a guard at Abu Ghraib.


Thursday, December 18 2008

The Mice Templar Volume One

In an age of secrets and lies, of murder and betrayal, many look to fiction for their greatest hope of escape. How is it, then, that a comic book about the worst parts of human nature is such a joy to read?


Monday, December 15 2008

After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001 -    )

The authors paint a portrait of the Bush Administration as fear mongers caught up in their own selfish quest to capture and execute Saddam Hussein.


Sunday, December 14 2008

Little Things: A Memoir in Slices

Brown’s ability to have the reader relate and his ability to bring a sense of honesty and openness to his work is what makes his comics, including Little Things, sweet and poignant.


Wednesday, December 10 2008

Local

From the opening chapter where Megan makes powerful decision to jettison her boyfriend's codependency to the final chapter where Megan confronts the memory of her mother in their family home, Local demonstrates the need for a greater 'oppositional'.


Monday, December 8 2008

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

Before Obama is sworn in as the next U.S. President in January, let Hennessey and McConnell’s The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation be your refresher course.


Thursday, December 4 2008

Crawl Space: XXXombies

I’m not too sure if anyone has tried to combine the zombie and porno genre before, but it is certainly an entertaining hybrid.


Wednesday, October 8 2008

Welcome to the Dahl House

Dahl traps readers between his incredible powers of persuasion and his equally well-trained powers of self-deprecation. The entire experience leaves you saying, “Oh yes I do hate that about America…Oh, I hate myself for thinking that.”


Wednesday, September 24 2008

The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic & The Light Fantastic

As you can imagine, the Discworld novels are tricky ones to adapt into any form, yet beg -- almost scream -- to make the jump to comic books.


Monday, September 22 2008

The Number 73304-23- 4153-6-96-8

One of the biggest benefits to comics is the ability to tell a story completely through pictures. Few artists take as much advantage of this aspect as Thomas Ott.


Monday, September 15 2008

Stranger and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko

Comics history and scholarship has been improved with Bell's Strange and Stranger, a book that is likely to be an important part of understanding one of the key creators at the dawn of the Silver Age.


Monday, August 25 2008

Krazy! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art

These art forms are so commonplace in popular culture that it is easy for the general public to take advantage of what actually went into creating them.


Monday, August 11 2008

Good-Bye

Yoshihiro Tatsumi's work is aimed at an adult audience, and his stories present a perspective that can be challenging for a reader. It is dark and disturbing, but definitely worth the trip.


Monday, July 28 2008

Gentleman Jim

Briggs' succinctly and effectively depicts the crisis of confidence that comes when staring down a career.


Wednesday, July 23 2008

Bizarre New World: Population Explosion

Krutcher and the world where everyone can fly returns; more of the same, and that's both a good and a bad thing.


Monday, July 14 2008

Willie & Joe: The WWII Years

Mauldin was a chronicler of the everyday grime and misery that was the life of the average G.I., "These strange, mud-caked creatures who fight the war."


Monday, July 7 2008

Slowpoke

This has bite, but doesn’t draw blood -- there's too much intelligence and logic to be totally mean.


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