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The Secret History of Marvel Comics

This is really two books in one: The first is a history of Martin Goodman’s business, the second a collection of black-and-white illustrations by comic book greats. Continue reading

 
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Mould Map 3

“What do you want to be?” I asked, shaking my reward out of its envelope. It was an intemperate question. In Update #13 to the Mould Map 3 Kickstarter campaign, prospective contributor Blaise Larmee acknowledged a statement he had made … Continue reading

 
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Batman: Death of the Family

Responses to the work tell a larger story about how the culture surrounding these comics enables their worst qualities. Continue reading

 
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Infomaniacs

Matthew Thurber’s INFOMANIACS is my choice for best comic of 2013. Thurber is perhaps the funniest cartoonist working today, though in more of a narrative sense rather than the gag-built work of cartoonists like Michael Kupperman, Lisa Hanawalt and Sam Henderson. … Continue reading

 
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Celebrated Summer

Two disaffected teenage boys standing uneasily on the brink of adulthood drop acid and take to the road in this follow up to the author’s acclaimed graphic novel The End of the Fucking World. Continue reading

 
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Hagelbarger and That Nightmare Goat

If her book H Day was about externalizing her own sensation of pain, and The Ticking was about the difficulty of self-expression in the face of a brutally judgmental world, then Hagelbarger and That Nightmare Goat is about the ways in which beauty, kindness, cruelty, humor, and horror can all share the same space Continue reading

 
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Black Is the Color

On the title-page spread of Julia Gfrörer’s new book Black Is the Color, long, curving strands of line emerge thickly from the bottom of the left page and ramble up and across the facing page. Some strands disappear off the … Continue reading

 
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The Best of Wonder Wart-Hog

In the lore of comic art and its transformation, not only in the Bay Area epicenter of counterculture “comix” but across North America and, at the very least, Western Europe, no figure stands higher than Gilbert Shelton. Continue reading