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Comics for Grownups Episode 29: Best of 2013

by on Jan.01, 2014, under Comics

Comics for Grownups Episode 29


Comics for Grownups Episode 29 with Joshua Malbin and Alex Rothman is now out on iTunes. Direct RSS link for Android users here.

In this last episode of 2013 we count down our favorite comics of the year. On a methodological note, we limited ourselves to book-length works that felt like complete statements.

We also discussed the Sequential Artists Workshop’s end-of-year fundraiser. There are still 28 days left—consider pitching in to help fund this awesome school!

Josh’s Top Five:

5. Ambedkar: The Fight for Justice by Srividya NatarajanS. AnandDurgabai Vyam, and Subhash Vyam

4. Sammy the Mouse Vol. 2 by Zak Sally

3. My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt 

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

1. The End by Anders Nilsen

Alex’s Top Five:

5. In Pieces by Marion Fayolle

4. New School by Dash Shaw

3. Out of Hollow Water by Anna Bongiovanni

2. Pompeii by Frank Santoro

1. B+F by Gregory Benton

We said we’d post links to a bunch of our favorite minis and floppies here, but man, that’s hard to sort through. Hopefully we’ll do that soon.

Thanks for listening, everyone. 2013 was a great year in comics—see you early in 2014!


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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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