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May the Puke Be With You

Brian Chippendale’s Puke Force has static on every page; not motionless images but bits of visual noise. It's like watching a great old TV show with bad reception.

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'Season of the Witch': Pick Up Every Stitch

Peter Bebergal writes about the “satanic panic” which rose alongside rock 'n' roll, a parallel universe of paranoia and biblical absurdity.

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The Creator and Creation in Elvis Costello's 'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink'

Costello on Costello is a joy for those already in the cult and another arrow in the quiver for those who think he should just shut up already.

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Back to the Drawing Board With 'Flash Gordon Volume 4: The Storm Queen of Valkir'

At first, Austin Briggs’ work feels like a simplified version of Alex Raymond’s, the boldness of the characters’ figures and poses replaced by understated charm.

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'Monster Mash' Is a Veritable Catalogue of the Damned

Nearly every consumer good sold in America from 1957-1972 had some kind of monster on it at some point.

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Trimpe Will Smash

Herb Trimpe didn’t care much for superheroes, but he worked for one of the genre’s most enduring titles and brought to life one of its most popular characters.

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Name That Tune: 'Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack'

Thirty years after the release of his most famous work, there are likely still many who don’t know the name Koji Kondo -- yet they know they've heard his music, somewhere.

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Sandra Newman's 'The Country of Ice Cream Star' Is a Heavy Read

There’s talk of war, rape, disease -- all things we associate with the worst of adulthood. But Newman never lets us forget that these are children.

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Crossing the Troll Bridge With 'Marvel Comics in the 1980s'

It’s almost as if Pierre Comtois is trolling the reader, treating the printed page as a message board on which to make fans go crazy.

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Pop Punk Powerhouse

As in any scene, bands form, break up, and share the stage with each other, and the strong sense of community felt by the Lookout alums runs through the pages.

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The Results of True Collaboration: 'The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio'

Reading The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio is like entering the offices of Simon and Kirby and rifling through their files, scouring the slush pile, even breathing in the smoke from one of Kirby's cigars.

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Changing Lanes with John Waters

To most, hitchhiking is a terrifying risk taken by the desperate or insane. This makes it a perfect subject for John Waters’ latest book, Carsick.

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Cinema Sabbath: On 'Heavy Metal Movies'

If metal is music’s loudest voice against oppression, then surely Mike "McBeardo" McPadden's is the loudest for obsession.

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Is Tarzan Forever Lost in the Jungle?

There are no futuristic weapons or strange beasts in Tarzan: In the City of Gold. With Tarzan, it's just the specter of colonialism and dated views on race.

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The End is Always Near in 'Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape'

Imagining the world ending is a safe kind of fantasy because, deep down inside, we don’t think it can actually happen.

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Poking Fun at Everyone: 'Mad's Dave Berg

Dave Berg's Mad work reveals the true motivations of people, their selfishness and greed, and their utter ridiculousness.

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Bite-Sized Bond: 'James Bond Omnibus Volume 005'

Terrorists want to kill the US Secretary of State; sensitive information is in danger of falling into the wrong hands. What more do you need?

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The Future Is Always Now: '21st Century Science Fiction'

Science fiction was never really about predicting the future so much as it was extrapolating and speculating on possible futures.

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He Can't Go Home Again: 'Flash Gordon: The Fall of Ming'

Speculating, extrapolating, and completely abandoning the principles of logic and physics ruled Flash’s world, especially when the world went to war.

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The Dark Knight Is Finally Defeated by 'Batman: Night of the Owls'

“Night of the Owls” is bad in almost every conceivable way. It’s derivative, thoughtless, and boring, a by-the-numbers crossover in which the same story is told over and over again until the last page.

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Menace and Meh: Patrick McEown's 'Hair Shirt'

Patrick McEown excels at creating the rich imagery of nightmares and memory, but the waking relationships between the characters is tedious.


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