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Wonton Soup: The Collected Edition

James Stokoe is perhaps most famous for his vibrant colors and “shit, son” sense-of-scale battle sequences in books both licenced (IDW’s Godzilla: The Half-Century War) and creator-owned (Image’s D&D cum Dio song-comic Orc Stain). But before he wrote/drew those, there … Continue reading

 
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School Spirits

In her debut book School Spirits, Anya Davidson carries over the raw energy and power of her zines into a longer loose narrative. Continue reading

 
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How to Be Happy

The first moment — but certainly not the last — that made me stop reading How to Be Happy, turn back the pages, and immediately re-read them came early. “In Our Eden”, the lead-off piece in Eleanor Davis’s masterful new … Continue reading

 
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In the new collection, Macanudo Book 1 from Enchanted Lion Books, it’s clear that the comic strip is better than I thought it was. Continue reading

 
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Buddy Buys a Dump

In its time (the nineties) Peter Bagge’s Hate was seen as one of alternative comics’ breakthrough success stories as well as something of a flagship title for publisher Fantagraphics, achieving a circulation of 30,000 copies at peak popularity. Continue reading

 
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Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1

This is the first of what-promises-to-be an info-filled, art-so-rich-its-choking, three-volume celebration: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson. Continue reading

 
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Tibonom

Billy Mavreas’ Tibonom is one of those works of art determined to move beyond its own bounds—casting, through mood, tone, and implication, a specific kind of spell. Continue reading

 
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QCHQ

QCHQ feels like an essential guidebook for life in 2014. If we are going to spend as much time on the internet as we are, this sort of book, viewable on paper, away from the computer but still a product of it, feels not like a warning or a satire but a map of the territory we’re trapped inside. Continue reading