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James Warren, Empire of Monsters: The Man Behind Creepy, Vampirella, and Famous Monsters

This is an ambitious book about a figure hardly known outside of the world of pulps, arriving too late for the golden or even silver age of that vast trove of popular entertainment—but not quite too late to make a … Continue reading


The Perineum Technique

French cartooning team Ruppert & Mulot (whose mamas named them Florent and Jerome) are tough to put a label on. Setting aside the fact that “their creative partnership has grown so organically as to obscure the individual contribution of the … Continue reading


Off Season

We may never stop relitigating the 2016 election.  (For evidence of this theory, please consult the internet.)  There may be no cultural cachet in revisiting the presidential contests of the past, even ones as sexy as 2000, but the curious … Continue reading


GI Joe: Sierra Muerte #1

There are certain cartoonists I associate with certain genres of music or songs, not very intelligently for the most part, Mark Beyer comics always get Don’t Worry About the Government by Talking Heads stuck in my head for some reason. … Continue reading


This Woman’s Work

The cover of Julie Delporte’s This Woman’s Work features the author fighting a polar bear with her hands. There’s humor there, but its not a happy joke. Late in the book Delporte shares the dream from which the image of … Continue reading


Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

Before I get into reviewing Lucy Knisley’s new book, Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, I need to own up to something. Until giving Kid Gloves a serious read, I thought of Knisley solely as a memoirist. Her five … Continue reading


Mob Psycho 100 Volume 1

One of the brightest stars in the world of current Manga is the web-artist known only as ‘ONE.’ His breakout hit was One Punch Man – a superhero comedy that has as much to do with the American conception of … Continue reading


Corto Maltese: The Secret Rose

If like me you spent multiple years in graduate school studying medieval European literature this is a rare treat of a book that will allow you to actually get some use out of your hundreds of thousands of dollars of amassed student debt. The rest of you should enjoy it if you’re the type who likes to see Hugo Pratt draw things. Continue reading