Saturday, January 28, 2006

Five Publications That Define Comics Right Now -- See my list and others at The Comics Reporter's latest Five for Friday feature.


Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Science Fair -- Issue #4 of Jasen Lex's The Science Fair is the best issue of this four-issue mini-series, an autobiographical reminiscence of pizza delivery and the night it all went wrong. Anyone who read Lex's Gypsy Lounge will want to pick this up, and anyone who loves good comics, period, really.

Very possible a fourth addition to my rapidly-filling-up Best of 2006 list.


Monday, January 23, 2006

Talkin' Ice Haven -- Check out Ken Parille's essay about Dan Clowes's Ice Haven at The Boston Review.


Sunday, January 22, 2006

2006: A Great Fucking Year for Comics -- Look, it's just this simple. We're less than a month into the new year and already we have Ganges #1, Schizo #4 and Acme #16. Three of the top ten slots for best of the year are already locked up.

Over at The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon's often-excellent Five for Friday asks folks what they're looking forward to this year. Culling that list, here's what I'm thrilled to be anticipating in the months ahead.

Fate of the Artist by Eddie Campbell (his interview in the new Comics Journal is MUST READING)
Bluesman by Rob Vollmar and Pablo Callejo - NBM
More Ganges and Or Else from Kevin Huizenga
My Day in the Life of Jay by Jason Marcy
The Paradoxman and The Thing GN by Barry Windsor-Smith
Get a Life, Dupuy & Berberian
The Ticking, Renee French
The Curse and Other Stories, Kevin Huizenga
Atlas #2 by Dylan Horrocks
Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators
Lost Girls, by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Wildcats by Grant Morrison and Jim Lee
Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye, by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart.
Comics as Art: We Told You So - Fantagraphics 30th anniversary history book by Tom Spurgeon
The rest of All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960 - Charles Schulz, Seth, Fantagraphics
The Complete Dennis the Menace Vol. 2- Hank Ketchum, Fantagraphics
Walt & Skeezix Vol. 2 - Frank King, Chris Ware, D&Q
Optic Nerve #11 by Adrian Tomine, D&Q
Addition: Kramers Ergot #6 (thanks, Jog!)

Can you imagine just a few shorts months ago there were nerds bitching about how comics are no good right now? This may be the best year for comics in my goddamned lifetime.


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