Author Archives: R. Fiore

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Sometimes a Watermelon is Just a Watermelon

Walt Kelly, M.K. Brown, George Wunder and George Carlson.
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Mouly Mouthpiece

A look at Jeet Heer’s new book, In Love With Art. Continue reading

 
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A Reminiscence of Things I Would Prefer to Forget

My recollection of the “debate” with Harvey Pekar recently posted here was that I made an ass of myself, and I am sufficiently confident of my memory that I really can’t bear to look. Continue reading

 
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Days of Yesteryear

Now that all our fond hopes for 2013 have been dashed and our memories of 2012 rendered into a whited sepulcher, wouldn’t it be wonderful to relive those innocent times? Well, then, I’ve got the column for you. Continue reading

 
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The House that Jack Built

To a comic book mogul a comic book character was of no value unless you had the means to print and distribute a magazine. The deal offered to the creators was regular employment in exchange for all rights in their creations, and the terms were take it or leave it. Continue reading

 
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You Needn’t Get Up on My Account

Like its predecessor, The Dark Knight Rises is a badly made movie redeemed by a single element that works. Continue reading

 
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Gold Out of Straw

Ed the Happy Clown returns, Shadow covers do battle, an ancient penny drops, Adrian Tomine meets Liz Prince in a paper bag, and Ray Bradbury checks out. Continue reading

 
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Freeway to UPA

Freeway by Mark Kalesniko (Fantagraphics) UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection (TCM) The eponymous metaphor of Matt Kalesniko’s Freeway is almost too easy: A transportation network that once granted free and effortless mobility that’s become a morass of stagnation and frustration … Continue reading

 
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