[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BEN PASSMORE’S ‘YOUR BLACK FRIEND’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BEN PASSMORE’S ‘YOUR BLACK FRIEND’


September 20, 2017    Ryan Carey

    By the time you read this, odds are better than good that Ben Passmore will have an Ignatz Award with his name stamped on it, as well he should — his early-2017 Silver Sprocket release, Your Black Friend, is a leading contender in the “Outstanding Comic” category, and while…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LIBBY’S DAD

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LIBBY’S DAD


September 10, 2017    Ryan Carey

        If there’s one comic this year that’s taken me the greatest number of readings to fully process, it’s Libby’s Dad by the incomparable Eleanor Davis, which technically came off the presses in late 2016 as part of the monthly co-publishing venture between Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics and…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY #5 & 6

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY #5 & 6


September 6, 2017    Ryan Carey

          If someone put a gun to my head and forced me to name my all-time favorite Jack Kirby story, on most days I think I’d have to go with the two-parter from issues #5 & 6 of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY known in fan circles by…

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[COMICS] All Hail The King: 100 Years Of Jack Kirby

[COMICS] All Hail The King: 100 Years Of Jack Kirby


August 28, 2017    Ryan Carey

On August 28th, 1917, in New York City’s rough-and tumble Lower East Side, the most visionary and significant artistic innovator of the 20th—and, so far, the 21st— century was born. I say that without a hint of hyperbole, exaggeration or, even more appallingly, irony, because the boy that Rose and…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NEW GODS (1984 REPRINT SERIES): EVEN GODS MUST DIE!

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NEW GODS (1984 REPRINT SERIES): EVEN GODS MUST DIE!


August 23, 2017    Ryan Carey

    I admit it — at first, I was planning on reviewing The Hunger Dogs as part of this “Kirby Month” series I’ve got going, but about halfway through writing that appraisal, it occurred to me that there were any number of fine essays devoted to that graphic novel available…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] CAPTAIN VICTORY & THE GALACTIC RANGERS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] CAPTAIN VICTORY & THE GALACTIC RANGERS #1


August 13, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Good vs. evil — at the end of the day, it’s what most stories boil down to. As I write this on the evening of August 12th, 2017, evil has reared its ugly head in this country once again, as three people lay dead thanks to violence perpetrated…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] OUR FIGHTING FORCES #153

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] OUR FIGHTING FORCES #153


August 8, 2017    Ryan Carey

    When most people think of Jack Kirby, war comics don’t immediately come to mind. Super-heroes, absolutely. Science fiction, no doubt. Westerns, you bet. Kid gangs, heck yes. Romance — heck, he created the romance comics genre. But war mags? Those were the domain of Kurtzman, Glanzman, Kanigher, Kubert —…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE’ BY GABRIELLE BELL

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE’ BY GABRIELLE BELL


July 30, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Honestly, I don’t know how Gabrielle Bell does it. And I mean that on two levels.   On the first, purely technical level, her stringent adherence to six-panel grids on each page and “mid-range camera” perspective means that she draws full figures in almost every panel. When you think…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘SONGY OF PARADISE’ BY GARY PANTER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘SONGY OF PARADISE’ BY GARY PANTER


July 22, 2017    Ryan Carey

      I suppose it’s possible that I’m just showing my age here, but to me, the release of a new Gary Panter book still qualifies as a “drop everything” moment — especially when said book marks the concluding chapter of a long-running trilogy that’s followed a circuitous path…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE AMERICAN WAY #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE AMERICAN WAY #1


July 17, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Ten short (from where I’m sitting, anyway) years ago John Ridley was far from a household name in the entertainment industry, yet alone an Oscar winner. That was well before 12 YEARS A SLAVE and American Crime, though, and now it’s a different story. A different world. Or is it?…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] UNHOLY GRAIL #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] UNHOLY GRAIL #1


July 9, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Everyplace is going to hell in a handbasket these days — even Camelot.   Or so Cullen Bunn (who seems to have stepped into the role once occupied by the likes of Brian Michael Bendis and, later, Charles Soule as “the guy who’s writing every other comic…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BATMAN/ ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BATMAN/ ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1


July 3, 2017    Ryan Carey

  If thewe’s one fing I weawwy wuved about —   Okay, that’s gonna get on your nerves and mine really quickly, isn’t it? Let’s start over.   I won’t kid you; when these DC/Looney Tunes crossovers were first announced, I was scratching my head a bit. Some of the team-ups…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER! #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER! #1


June 25, 2017    Ryan Carey

    One of the chief gripes that a lot of folks who’ve fallen away from comics over the years have is that the medium just takes itself way too fucking seriously these days — and I have to admit that, looking over much of the output that comes from the…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1


June 18, 2017    Ryan Carey

    One nice thing about reviewing a new book a couple of days after it comes out rather than a couple of days before is that it gives you a chance to read what others have to say about it before sitting your ass down in front of the keyboard yourself….

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE DEFENDERS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE DEFENDERS #1


June 18, 2017    Ryan Carey

    You know that feeling you get reading the final few issues of a book that’s been cancelled? That “these-creators-are-obviously-running-out-the-clock-but-I-guess-I-want-to-see-how-it-all-wraps-up” feeling? Welcome to all of Marvel Comics circa summer 2017 — even the brand-new series.   “Now hold on just a minute,” I hear you say, “this might be a first…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1


June 11, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Let’s not kid ourselves — America is fucked. Anyone who follows my ramblings regularly is already more than familiar with my views of our current (and, in my opinion, probably quite temporary) president — and anyone who doesn’t can probably intuit how I feel about the bloated orange mentally…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PAKLIS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PAKLIS #1


June 4, 2017    Ryan Carey

    In recent weeks/months/years, I’ve bemoaned the lack of “single-creator anthologies” in the contemporary comic-book marketplace, and while I’m not suggesting that Dustin Weaver was actually listening to me — I’m sure he’s got better things to do with his time — I’m happy to see that he is, however inadvertently,…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE NORMALS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE NORMALS #1


May 30, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Well, whaddya know — sometimes those three-and four-page previews they run in the back of comics actually work.   Case in point : the new Aftershock Comics series The Normals is probably not something I would have picked up from my LCS shelves armed with little to no foreknowledge about it….

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LUKE CAGE #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LUKE CAGE #1


May 21, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Like a good number of folks, I was sorely disappointed when Marvel Comics decided to pull the plug on David F. Walker and Sanford Greene’s superb Power Man And Iron Fist series after an all-too-brief run, but at today’s “Hollywood First, Comics Second” iteration of the so-called “House Of Ideas,” I guess it was too…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PURGATORY (A REJECT’S STORY)

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PURGATORY (A REJECT’S STORY)


May 21, 2017    Ryan Carey

    A couple of years back, the cartoonist formerly known as Al Frank, new moniker of Casanova Frankenstein in tow, burst back onto the alternative/independent/underground scene with the sixth issue of his long-dormant (how long? Try two decades) series The Adventures Of Tad Martin, and my mind was flat-out blown. A harrowing, brutally honest,…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #1


May 15, 2017    Ryan Carey

          Near as I can tell, Marvel is doing precisely fuck-all to commemorate the 100th birthday of the man who created pretty much their entire corporate universe, but DC , to their credit (not a phrase you’ll hear coming from my mouth very often) seems to think that a century…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BLACK BOLT #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BLACK BOLT #1


May 9, 2017    Ryan Carey

    If there’s a tough character to write in comics, it’s Black Bolt. The king — or, at least as of this writing, former king — of the Inhumans is, of course, famously silent, not because he’s mute, but because the mere sound of his voice is powerful enough to level…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BABYBEL WAX BODYSUIT

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BABYBEL WAX BODYSUIT


April 30, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Once upon a time, the “single-creator anthology” was an actual going concern in comics, and let me tell you, those were some very good days indeed. Cartoonists like Chester Brown, Daniel Clowes, Peter Bagge, Chris Ware, and others had books they could call their own, where anything and…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PLASTIC #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PLASTIC #1


April 24, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Maybe I’m just a crusty old-timer who yearns for days gone by, but goddamnit — I miss having comics on the store shelves that were sick and wrong.   Oh, sure, plenty of series have moments here and there designed to shock — Saga is certainly famous for it, although such instances been…

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