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The Comics

This massive book serves as a rather respectable and thankfully updated entry into the “Comics 101” field. Continue reading


Eye of the Majestic Creature

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more downright affable character than Leslie Stein’s blithely blitzed Larrybear. Continue reading


Melvin Monster: Volume 3

The third volume of John Stanley’s Melvin Monster is the last, and prints the final issues of the original series. Continue reading



In Stigmata, the portrayal of the main character is so sophisticated that it defies us to size him up. Continue reading


Paying for It

On sex, objectification, and commodities. Continue reading


Habitat #2

Dunja Jankovic’s comics are immersive to the point where the reader might feel that they are drowning. She is one of my favorites. Continue reading



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