Mid-Life by Joe Ollman


For those of us who got fed up a long time ago with misanthropic, self-pitying comics about unappreciated cartoonists, the first few pages of Joe Ollmann’s Mid-Life don’t seem promising. Here’s liver-spotted, pot-bellied, deeply scowling John Olsen—Ollmann’s “semi-fictitious” surrogate and protagonist, … Continue reading


The Weird World of Eerie Publications

In 1954 the Comics Code wiped out classic titles like Tales from the Crypt, but Myron Fass’s company, Eerie, dodged the censors by using glossy paper and distributing horror comics as “magazines.” Mike Howlett has written an exhaustive history of … Continue reading


Mister Wonderful

Sean Rogers considers the life of the hapless megalomaniac in this comprehensive review of Daniel Clowes’s latest. Continue reading


Blammo #7

Van Sciver seems to be trying every approach he can think of, in an effort to see what sticks. Continue reading


The Comics

Good pictures and some hoary old anecdotes are the meat of the update of the long out-of-print 1970s history book. Continue reading

Love from the Shadows

Love from the Shadows

Christ, what a fucking book. Continue reading


The Lychee Light Club

Adolescent male mass hysteria permeates Usamaru Furuya’s The Lychee Light Club. Continue reading

Approximate Continuum

Approximate Continuum Comics

Reading an excerpt of Lewis Trondheim’s Approximate Continuum Comics in the pages of the SPX 2000 anthology sparked my interest in modern European comics. Originally published as a series of U.S.-style single issues in the early 1990s, it was supposed … Continue reading