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Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn

“You’re cute, like a velvet glove cast in iron. And like a gas chamber, Varla, a real fun gal,” Lori Williams tells Tura Satana in Russ Meyer’s 1965 Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! A director who created his own language of … Continue reading

 

Savage Dragon #233

“It looks like a superhero comic, but I just want to have people fucking all the time.” -Erik Larsen, interviewed by Eric Evans, from The Comics Journal #222 (April, 2000) * Savage Dragon does not have the highest issue number … Continue reading

 

Carnet de Voyage

The “New Expanded Edition” of Craig Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage uses the occasion of the reissue to allow the author to reframe his earlier narrative. It’s a good use of the device. Sketchbook narratives are odd hybrids that assemble power … Continue reading

 

All Summer Long

Hope Larson has been quite prolific over the past two years: two volumes of a graphic novel trilogy called Four Points, twelve issues of Goldie Vance for Boom! Studios and a monthly Batgirl comic for DC. All of these have … Continue reading

 

Love That Bunch

This expanded and revamped edition of the original 1990 book offers a generous overview of Kominsky-Crumb’s groundbreaking autobiographical comics, originally published in titles ranging from Twisted Sisters to Weirdo to The New Yorker. Continue reading

 

Street Angel Goes to Juvie

Before I started the latest entry in Jim Rugg’s Street Angel saga, it flashed on my just how long the book has been around in some form or another. Rare indeed is the still-relevant creator that can lay claim to … Continue reading

 

All the Answers

All the Answers documents Michael Kupperman’s efforts to learn more about the years his father, Joel Kupperman, spent as a child performer on Quiz Kids, first a radio game show and later an early television program. Throughout the book, he … Continue reading

 

X-Men: Grand Design

In 2011, Ed Piskor created a webcomic for boingboing called Brain Rot in which he compared hip hop to comic books. In hindsight, that strip represents a pivotal moment in his career, foreshadowing both his Hip Hop Family Tree series, … Continue reading