Archive for October, 2008

Linktastic

I have a profile up of artist Wafaa Bilal Here’s the first paragraph. A year and a half ago, Wafaa Bilal made himself one of Chicago’s best-known artists when he shut himself in a room at Flatfile Galleries in front of a paintball gun. The gun could be controlled remotely, over the Internet, and Web […]

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Bad Faith

David Heatley responds to my comixology takedown of him here by insinuating that I wrote it in bad faith and that the highlights of my career are bitter attacks on unassailable figures like Art Spiegelman, so who cares what I have to say anyway. (I’d prefer, personally, to see the highlight of my career, such […]

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Seven Magi

The Guin Saga, story by Kaoru Kurimoto, is “Japan’s leading heroic fantasy series” according to the back cover blurb. Vertical is putting it out in bits and pieces, starting with a short story called “The Seven Magi.” I read the first two of the three volumes. So…as Tucker would have me say, this is certainly […]

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Superduper Beats Super

So I got another Jeff Parker digest — Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four Volume 2. The first three stories are fairly pedestrian: the FF battles dinosaurs in the first, then they fight something else in the second, and then they battle Namor the Sub-Mariner in the third. It’s standard-issue super-adventure, told professionally but without any particular […]

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Linkadink

I keep meaning to link to this: if you have any interest in classic illustration, you should check out SurLaLune’s amazing fairy tale illustration archive. It is to die for. Also, Tucker Stone has nothing better to do than parody obscure comics bloggers. I feel I have achieved true fame.

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Why Are Superhero Books So Bad?

I’ve read/skimmed a half dozen for TCJ pieces and they have all let me down. I mean books that are about superheroes in general. There are some good books about the superhero comics industry, a caveat I lob in only to take care of Gerard Jones’s work and a few stray items like the Spurgeon/Raphael […]

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Lab Brat

So one of the comics my son is currently into is the digest-sized compilation of Franklin Richards stories; titled Lab Brat The stories focus on Franklin, son of Reed and Sue Richards, as he causes trouble with his father’s inventions. Basically, it’s a Calvin and Hobbes rip-off; Franklin, with his big-head and light-hair, even looks […]

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