Comics for Grownups Episode 20

by on Aug.06, 2013, under Comics

Comics for Grownups Episode 20 with Alex Rothman is now out on iTunes. Direct RSS link for Android users here. In this episode we are joined by Tom Hart, acclaimed author of many beloved comics and the founder and driving force behind the Sequential Artists Workshop. We talk about SAW and his current project Rosalie Lightning, plus:

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Sammy the Mouse Vol. 2 by Zak Sally

Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault

Optic Nerve #13 by Adrian Tomine

Lazarus #1 and 2 by Greg Rucka

Finder by Carla Speed McNeil

Abe: Wrong for the Right Reasons by Glenn Dakin

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Comics for Grownups Episode 19

by on Jul.15, 2013, under Comics

Hey kids! It’s time for Comics for Grownups Episode 19 with Alex Rothman, now out on iTunes. Direct RSS link for Android users here.

In this episode we talk about:

Heck by Zander Cannon

New School by Dash Shaw

Lost Cat by Jason

Songs of the Abyss by Eamon Espey

Big Plans: The Collected Mini-Comics and More by Aron Nels Steinke

Satellite Sam #1 by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin

Our throwback picks are:

Duncan the Wonder Dog vol. 1 by Adam Hines

Farm 54 by Galit and Gilad Seliktar

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Comics for Grownups Episode 18

by on Jun.24, 2013, under Comics

Comics for Grownups Episode 18 with Alex Rothman is now available on iTunes. Direct RSS link for Android users here. In this episode we talk about:

Raw Power #1 and 2 by Josh Bayer

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust

Study Group Magazine #2

Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann

Tiny Pencil: The Forest Issue

Domovoi by Peter Bergting

Where Eden Once Stood: Veteran Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan by Jess Ruliffson

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting by Guy Delisle

Plus the sad passing of Kim Thompson.

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Comics for Grownups Episode 17

by on Jun.14, 2013, under Comics

Comics for Grownups Episode 17 with Alex Rothman is now available on iTunes. Direct RSS link for Android users here. Andrea Tsurumi joins us once again, and we discuss a ton of books:

The End by Anders Nilsen

Grand Gestures by Simon Moreton

Pictorial Anatomy of the Cute and The Inspiration of Marin Marais by Kriota Willberg

Occupy Comics by Various

Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever by Various

Pink Lemonade and Find My Light by Jen Tong

Genus #1, 2, and 3 by Anuj Shrestha

Pulpo by Alexandra Beguez

Robot Vs. Ghost by Drew Alderfer (Email author through site to inquire about sales)

Clive Barker’s Next Testament by Cliver Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang

The Hollows THC by Chris Ryall and Sam Kieth

Dee’s Dream: The Cosmic Wombat House by Dre Grigoropol

Feeeeeeeeeeeelings by Jess Worby

The Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humor by Various

Misty Circus by Victoria Francés

…As well as the recent Grand Comics Festival and the serious issue of trypophobia.

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Comics for Grownups Episode 16

by on May.27, 2013, under Comics

Comics for Grownups Episode 16 with Alex Rothman is now available on iTunes. RSS link for Android users here. In this episode we discuss:

Vattu by Evan Dahm

My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt (PDF preview)

Drawn to New York by Peter Kuper

So Long, Silver Screen by Blutch

Strange Attractors by Charles Soule

The Property by Rutu Modan

Freaks’ Amour by Dana Marie Andra, adapted from the novel by Tom De Haven, art by Phil Hester

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We Will Remain

by on May.19, 2013, under Comics

 

 

 

We Will Remain by Andrew White

We Will Remain collects five short pieces by Andrew White. Three of them are more or less stories, and two are closer to the realm of comics poetry. As a narrative writer I was naturally drawn more to the stories. I especially liked the last story in the collection, the title story, about a statue built 10,000 years ago and how it survives to the present day before it is destroyed to make way for a freeway, and then about the monuments our civilization will leave behind when it is gone.

You can see White experimenting with his art in different ways over the course of the book. He likes to manipulate things digitally so that the backgrounds show through characters’ faces. That works to best effect in the middle story about a woman who builds herself a little garden hideaway in a cave in the woods.

A couple of preview pages available at the Retrofit link above. Process pages on White’s Tumblr.

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Sand Castle

by on May.18, 2013, under Comics

In Sand Castle a family, a couple, and a group of American tourists happen to come to the same secluded beach, where they find the body of a dead woman and a North African man who swears he didn’t kill her. What you think is going to be a story of racial scapegoating turns out to be something else entirely as things slowly begin to go wrong for the group over the course of a long day.

I don’t want to give away what goes wrong, because author Pierre Oscar Levy introduces and builds it quite subtly, but I will say that it presents an enormous challenge to artist Frederik Peeters, and that he completely pulls it off. He has a simple style with a heavy line, all in black and white, with either very heavy shading or none at all (reflecting the light at the seashore). He has to choose his details carefully and they are all pretty much perfect.

Preview at the link above.

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Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

by on May.17, 2013, under Comics

Matt Kindt is working out how to tell a certain kind of big story using a lot of little stories. It’s a method you usually see on TV, like how Buffy would always have an overarching Big Bad but also each episode have to deal with the Monster of the Week. He began to do it with 3 Story, three perspectives on a constantly growing giant, one from his mother, one from his wife, and one from his daughter. He’s doing it in an ongoing way with MIND MGMT, where the overall quest involving the world-spanning secret spy organization makes room each issue for a look at the special talents of one of its current or former agents. Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes is probably the most complete expression of it so far.

Each piece of Red Handed tells the story of a different quirky criminal. There’s a woman who steals chairs and caps her career by stealing an electric chair. There’s a woman who steals signs to write her multi-warehouse-sized novel about an ant trying to communicate with humans by arranging letters the size of its own body. There’s the aging pickpocket who can’t remember which wallet contains his actual ID because he’s losing his memory and with it losing track of his actual identity. All these perfect little psychological portraits of outlandish criminals, all solved by the city of Red Wheelbarrow’s genius Detective Gould.

Separating these stories are pieces of Gould’s own life and an ongoing dialogue, word balloons against a black background, between Gould and a criminal he’s caught, all about the nature of art, morality, and justice. That dialogue lets us know that someone has manipulated all these criminals into doing something in concert, in ways Detective Gould can’t understand and for reasons he can’t fathom, even though he can solve any crime, understand any motive.

This is the piece of work that cements Kindt’s transition from journeyman to master. I look at what I wrote about his previous books and I see I wasn’t completely taken with them, but this one is my favorite book of 2013 so far, and it’s not even close. It’s high-level stuff, dealing with major themes and intricately assembled, using genre tropes in an entirely new way. It’s going to get a ton of praise from everyone who writes about comics or thinks about them, and it’s going to deserve it.

Preview here.

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Comics for Grownups Episode 15

by on May.11, 2013, under Comics

Comics for Grownups Episode 15 with Alex Rothman is now available on iTunes. RSS link for Android users here.

In this episode we discuss:

š #13, a compilation from kuš

Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes by Matt Kindt

Le Fils du Roi by Eric Lambé

The Complete Deep Girl by Ariel Bordeaux, and in general publisher Robyn Chapman‘s possible ambition to bring out more zines of the 1990s

Post by Molly Brooks

Sand Castle by Frederik Peeters and Pierre Oscar Lévy

Suspect Device #3, a compilation published by Josh Bayer

We Will Remain by Andrew White

3 New Stories by Dash Shaw

Mumbai Confidential Book One: Good Cop, Bad Cop by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde

Good Riddance: An Illustrated Memoir of Divorce by Cynthia Copeland

Country Ass-Whuppin': A Tornado Relief Anthology from 12-Gauge Comics

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Comics for Grownups Episode 14

by on Apr.22, 2013, under Comics

Comics for Grownups Episode 14 with Alex Rothman is now available on iTunes. RSS link for Android users here.

In this episode we discuss:

B+F by Gregory Benton

Zegas #0 by Michel Fiffe

Easy Pieces by Neil Dvorak

Miniature Jesus #1 by Ted McKeever

My Dutch Foreskin by Daniel Pucca

Little Garden Comics by Darryl Ayo Brathwaite (Also online here.)

Artichoke Presents: Sketches and Streams by Antonio Romero

MIND MGMT Vol. 1 by Matt Kindt

The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker

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