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Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

Shows like Mad Men and Masters of Sex capture domestic and workplace life during the postwar era, but VIP’s cartoons are a record of the era in cartoon form. Continue reading

 
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Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story

Who would have thought that Margaret Sanger, the mother of American birth control, would one day have her story told in a drawing style that simultaneously recalls that of Cathy Guisewite (“Cathy”), R. Crumb (“Mr. Natural”), and Jack Cole (“Plastic Man”)? Continue reading

 
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Fata Morgana

Between the subtly printed opening pages and the carefully mirrored closing ones which bookend Fata Morgana, you’ll find what seems at first blush to be a standard children’s story. Continue reading

 
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Dog City #2

Dog City is part anthology, part art object, part stunt, part value-added merchandise, and all comics. Continue reading

 
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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