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Breakfast of the Gods Book One

Who doesn't remember watching Saturday Morning Cartoons and seeing commercials for how Cap'n Crunch was abducted by the Soggies and you -- yes, you! -- were the only one who could save him?

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Catching Lucifers Lunch

The Mays Brothers never root the reader in any sort of identification, rendering the aesthetic pleasure a mere superficiality.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Music

The Critical Untimeliness of Ultimate Prince

A look at the Ultimate Prince that almost never was, the two Prince fans caught up in this final Warner Bros. project, and the prince of the SuperBowl XLI halftime show who may, ultimately, save the record.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Children of the Grave

The audience can choose to read the book straight, in which case there is a cracking yarn to be found and enjoyed, or they can read between the lines, where a less-than-stellar moral battle is being waged.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Comics

The Best American Comics 2006

By virtue of Pekar's immersion in the comix underground, he's uniquely equipped to lead newcomers on a tour of the best graphic work of the past year that reveals its depth and breadth.

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Talent #1

Reading the first issue is like skimming through a hit parade of some of sci-fi and pop culture's greatest hits from the past 15 years.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Hero Squared #1-2

It's not about being a hero; it's about questioning why heroes are heroes and why "normal" people are not.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Vampire Loves

It is as noteworthy for its good-natured enjoyment as it is for its ability to take ideas and plot elements which have been fodder for graphic novels for years and construct them into a wholly original tale.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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The Lost Colony

Like the island and the people at the center of this tale, The Lost Colony, while off the beaten path, is worth exploring.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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The Lost Colony, Book One: The Snodgrass Conspiracy

Like the island and the people at the center of this tale, The Lost Colony, while off the beaten path, is worth exploring.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Comics

The Wang: Who's Your Daddy?

Yan's protagonist, Eugene, is a wonderful cipher for the aloof, oft-misguided paranoia that characterizes so many twentysomethings carving out a life for themselves in the 21st century.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Books

Born in the U.S.A.

You don't need to be a Springsteen fan to have heard the song or seen the video and know what's happening in it, making Himes's unsubstantial analysis of the song a waste of a page and a half. Himes's bio states he won a 2002 ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for Music Feature Writing -- you'd never guess it by such academic, overstated passages.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Books

Sign 'O' the Times

Matos is a committed Prince fan who revels in the what he perceives as the artist's successes, like Sign, while admonishing those albums that he thinks fell short, like Diamonds and Pearls.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Comics

Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga

If you have little to no familiarity with any of the novels, comics or manga in the book, you're likely going to find more than a few pieces that catch your interest.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Comics

V for Vendetta

In the midst of George W. Bush's second term as president... the themes and tenor of this dystopian graphic novel hit home.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Film

Inventing Is Art, But the Inventor Is Not Always an Artist

Thomas Edison, a cinematic artist? Probably not. But according to our resident film historian, his place in the annals of motion pictures -- and their technology -- is secure.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Wedding Crashers (2005)

The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers might have made it safe for adults to go back to big-screen comedies in 2005, but it was the latter that reminded those viewers that adulthood doesn't mean growing up -- at least in the traditional sense.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Film

Dave Chappelles Block Party (2006)

Block Party sustains a balance between good-natured light-heartedness social commentary.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Sports

Winners at Last

This wasn't your typical celebratory parade of controlled chaos. It was simply chaos. Pure, glorious chaos.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Film

F is for Film; F is for Fraud

Trying to determine why classic films are turning up with greater frequency on his yearly lists, The Lumierenary has discovered a startling truth about Hollywood: the remake has ruined it.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Black Hole

It's hard to look at the disease as anything but an allegory for AIDS.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Unknown Chaplin: The Master at Work (1986)

With its brilliantly in-depth and astutely investigated look at Chaplin's work, as well as its incredibly detailed and loving reconstruction of lost footage from nearly every phase of his career, this documentary should have a home in any film lover's collection.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
Film

Black (and Blue) and White and Red All Over

In his debut column on classic films, Ciampaglia digs deep into Alexander MacKendrick's oft-forgotten Sweet Smell of Success, a 1957 cinematic treat (like a cookie full of arsenic).

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Identity Crisis

The first thing Metzler, an acclaimed novelist in his own right, and artist Rags Morales do is ground their tale in very human concerns.

Dante A. Ciampaglia

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