#150 Jenny Frison in the Windy City

Chicago 1968FLASHBACK! Chicago artist Jenny Frison talks about her Web comic (with Len Kody) “Chicago 1968“, studying at the Joe Kubert school, the upcoming Windy City comicon, and more! (Originally published October 20, 2008)

Critiquing Comics 015: Time-Travelling

Time-TravellingA short but mind-bending scientific/philosophical comic: “Time-Travelling” by Kevin Huizinga, who does some amazing things with the comics medium to make his points. We pull it up on the “What things do” site and discuss.

#304 Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and DragonsIs Dungeons and Dragons, a game that involves using your imagination to create an ongoing story, a good fit for a more “set” medium like comics? If you make the comic comprehensible only to D&D geeks, are the geeks any more likely to pick it up? D&D adherent Dana and lapsed adherent Kumar discuss.

Critiquing Comics 014: Cross Hare

Cross HareCross Hare is a rabbit who’s a detective and a handyman, not necessarily in that order. How could it be improved? Tim and Mulele look for clues…

REVIEW: “Harvest of Fear”

from Treehouse of Horror #17

written, drawn, and colored by Jim Woodring with some add’l dialog by Tom Dougherty. “Quilty as Sin” segment drawn by Max Badger.

Bongo Comics, 2011.

It never ceases to amaze me that every year, one of the best and most eclectic showcases of comic industry talent is the Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror. Over the years we have seen writing and art contributions from Mike Allred, Jeff Smith, Peter Bagge, Evan Dorkin, Mark Hamill (yes, that Mark Hamill), Garth Ennis, Dan Brereton, Gary Spencer Millidge (doing a From Hell parody in #9!), Pat Boone, Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, Gene Colan, (take a breath now) Bernie Wrightson, John Severin, Al Williamson, Kyle Baker, Eric Powell, the out-of-left-field, brain-detonating extravaganza of altcomix Kramer’s Ergot artists in #15, Lemmy (!!), Glenn Fabry, and Gilbert Hernandez. (I may have already reached my 400 word quota here.)

Now, when I tell you that — of all the ones I’ve read — the Jim Woodring story in this issue is the best of them all, you need to know that that’s no small thing. This story is so incredible that I’m not going to review it — I have to analyze it, so SPOILER WARNINGS are in full effect.

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#303 So you want to go into the comics business…

Tom Rasch is working on a comic, animated cartoon, and toy line for his property Black Alpha.

Billy Hogan, a fellow comics podcaster, is drawing a comic called Slipstream for the new site Clockwork Comics.

Jeffrey Taylor is writing Slipstream, plus podcasting at supermanhomepage.com, and he’s got an actual paying gig writing about Superman!

Tim interviews all three.

Critiquing Comics 013: Geist

GeistA society infested and defined by smokelike spirits, and high school factionalized by the issue, make up L.S. Zwarenstein’s “Geist”. Tim and Mulele critique.

REVIEW: Epicurus the Sage Volume I

by William Messner-Loebs and Sam Kieth

Piranha Press (DC Comics), 1989

Isn’t it weird how sometimes perfectly good comics can somehow completely slip through the cracks?

We’ve reached an era where it feels like eventually every comic ever published will be reprinted, possibly in a hardcover omnibus format. The two issues of Epicurus were apparently reprinted in 2003, but it never registered on my radar in either iteration before now.

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#302 Mermaids and Aliens

A mermaid, the Hudson River, and 19th century riverboats are the focus of Mark Siegel’s Sailor Twain, a Web comic with a thriving online community. Tim and Mulele discuss. (read an interview with Mark Siegel on CBR )

Also, Tim talks to storyboard artist Michael Jasorka about his Kickstarter project, a graphic novel called December 3rd 1967: An Alien Encounter.

#182 Web comics critiques

Evil DivaFLASHBACK! So many comics on the Web. What’s worth reading and what isn’t? Tim and Mulele critique four Web comics, pointing out what’s good and bad about each — from a reader’s perspective, as well as a creator’s. (Originally published June 1, 2009)

Evil Diva

New Experiments in Fiction


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