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Howard the Duck #1

Howard the Duck #1, by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones, balances clear art and solid jokes against a troubled character history and obvious editorial mandates. Continue reading


The Sculptor

Every artist I know knows there’s something very wrong with the artworld; that it has reached a point of seemingly irreparable alienation from everyday life and real human concerns. McCloud’s David Smith sacrifices everything — based on faith in his “talent” or “genius” – to try and mend that gap. And he fails, spectacularly. Continue reading


Maple Key Comics #1-3

Maple Key Comics is a Mome/Shonen Jump style anthology, with each issue containing a single chapter of a longer serial (usually three to six chapters). Each issue also contains shorter, self-contained stories as well, from a mix of CCS grads, … Continue reading


Jupiter’s Legacy #5

Matt returns from retirement for a Listicle. Continue reading


Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two

The third and final volume in Michael Dowers’ selective history of the North American Mini Comics scene, spanning from the late 60’s to recent years Continue reading



When the idealism of college short circuits after graduation, the question of how to use one’s potential becomes an existential crisis. It’s a crisis both self-important and preposterous enough to provide fertile ground for character development and disillusionment, as well … Continue reading


Arsene Schrauwen

This is not real life: It’s a comic book that explicitly calls attention to its own symbolic language. Continue reading


Saint Cole

Noah van Sciver is a cartographer of his generation, and the biographical fact that he pays rent by driving to comic shows with his own books makes him an updated Harvey Pekar of sorts. Continue reading