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Cometbus 57

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Queen Emeraldas

Starting in the mid-1970s, Leiji Matsumoto created a slew of space operatic manga that would establish the visual vocabulary and storytelling tropes that make his work instantly recognizable. Queen Emeraldas falls between Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 in Matsumoto’s … Continue reading

 

Ohio Is For Sale

Jon Allen’s genuinely funny “funny animal” minicomic series gets its first book collection. Continue reading

 

Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter

Enough Astronaut Blood To Last The Winter makes for a strange bit of business. First, it’s an odds-and-sods assortment of illustration, microfiction, and photography chronicling Derek Van Gieson’s salad days in New York City. Second, who in the hell is … Continue reading

 

The Greatest of Marlys

If you were asking me (and I’m just going to assume that you already did, very quietly, to yourself just now) what the essential quality is for any worthwhile “young adult” author, I would say it’s first and foremost honesty. … Continue reading

 

The Greatest of Marlys

The Greatest of Marlys collects Barry’s comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, which ran in alt-weekly newspapers like The Chicago Reader and The Seattle Stranger. The book features a selection of stories about Marlys, a scrappy red-headed prepubescent girl living with … Continue reading

 

Kramers Ergot 9

It must be stated up front that Kramers Ergot has made life far too easy for critics. Anthologies are often difficult to analyze, because most of them wear the pragmatic limits of their creation like flimsy invisible dust jackets. It … Continue reading

 

It Is the Bad Time

In the fall of 2015, I curated an art exhibition at Appalachian State University titled “At the Junction of Words and Pictures: The Tenth Anniversary of the Center for Cartoon Studies”. The show was not an unqualified success—as a first-time … Continue reading