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MacDoodle St.

Mark Alan Stamaty’s comic strip MacDoodle St. ran in the Village Voice from 1978 through 1979. While Stamaty is perhaps better known for his work as a children’s book illustrator, creating detail-filled work for readers to pore over, his strip … Continue reading

 

The Sleep Gas

Anyone who knows me knows of my love for whacked-out, anti-linear B-to-Z movies of the 1950s and ‘60s. Their bewildering lack of structure and logic have always been a tonic as I swim against the current from the standards of … Continue reading

 

Sports Is Hell

Generally speaking, there’s two components to a football team’s game plan. The first is team identity: who are we, what do we do well, where are our advantages? The second involves adapting that identity in order to actually beat opponents—finding … Continue reading

 

Pumpkinheads

I feel like most of the reviews of Pumpkinheads that have come out address the writing far more than the art. To some extent, that’s fair. The book’s cover itself adds the word “graphic” with a caret between “a” and … Continue reading

 

These Savage Shores

These Savage Shores begins in southwestern India in the 1760s, during the Anglo-Mysore wars, a time when the corruptive influence and absolute power of the British Crown and its corporate bloodsuckers, The East India Company, was corrupting absolutely. Into this … Continue reading

 

Silver Surfer: Black

There are two main things of interest in Silver Surfer: Black, and the first of them is Tradd Moore. I came across his work first in The New World, the miniseries he co-created with Aleš Kot for Image. It’s art … Continue reading

 

Frogcatchers

It often seems unfair that an artist’s year(s)-long labour can be read in a disproportionally short span of time. I cannot say how long or short artistic appreciation should take, but I can say that when Jeff Lemire is the … Continue reading

 

Bradley of Him

Connor Willumsen’s 2017 book Anti-Gone announced to all in no uncertain terms what those who’d been paying attention had known for a while: his audience sits in the presence of brilliance. What was so thrilling about that book, the immediate predecessor to the … Continue reading