Author Archives: R. Fiore


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


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


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


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


A Long Strange Trip, If You’ll Pardon the Expression

The Someday Funnies now joins Smile, From Arrgh to Zap, and a complete version of Metropolis on the list of Things That Have Come Out Before The Last Dangerous Visions. Continue reading

PS Magazine

Whatever Happened to Will Eisner?

PS Magazine then and now… Continue reading

Adele Blanc Sec

Theater of the Inaccessible Presents: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec!

Hollywood released two, three and sometimes four movies that were not as good as Adele Blanc-Sec every week of the year and change since it came out. Continue reading


Art Comics and No Fooling

They send ’em, I review ’em. Eventually.
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