[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘WILDEST DREAM’ BY GARY PANTER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘WILDEST DREAM’ BY GARY PANTER


January 29, 2020    Ryan Carey

  Comprehensive in scope and immersive in its presentation, Brooklyn’s finest comic shop, Desert Island, has done a bang-up job in putting together Wildest Dream, a compact little hardcover collection of Gary Panter’s sketchbook drawings from 1973 through 2018 printed (at the tail end of last year) in suitably garish…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘DITCH LIFE’ BY AMY LOCKHART

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘DITCH LIFE’ BY AMY LOCKHART


January 22, 2020    Ryan Carey

    Understand that what I’m about to say is being applied to an imprint that’s published Greg Stump’s Disillusioned Illusions and Gerald Jablonski’s Farmer Ned’s Comics Barn, so yeah — when I “call out” Amy Lockhart’s Ditch Life as the weirdest comic to come out under the Fantagraphics Underground label? That’s no small…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘CONSTANTLY’ BY GG

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘CONSTANTLY’ BY GG


January 14, 2020    Ryan Carey

    As near as I can tell, the events depicted in GG’s new book, Constantly (her last for Koyama Press and officially the first great comic bearing a 2020 copyright date) all take place within the confines of the apartment or house occupied by its nameless protagonist, but in a less literal…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP TEN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2019

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP TEN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2019


December 17, 2019    Ryan Carey

    As we come to the end of another year, it’s time to survey the landscape and determine what the “best of the best” was. My only rule for inclusion on this list is that the book in question has to be an original work, not serialized in single…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘TULPA’ BY GRACE KROLL

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘TULPA’ BY GRACE KROLL


December 11, 2019    Ryan Carey

          To the extent that I understand the term, a tulpa is an independent thoughtform created by a person that shares their brain but has thoughts, feelings, etc. of its own. Tibetan monks were — and may still be — big on these things, and David…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FORLORN TOREADOR’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FORLORN TOREADOR’


December 4, 2019    Ryan Carey

    There’s a lot of talk these days about comics as poetry (or at least more than there used to be), but E.A. Bethea’s ‘zine’s have been comfortably aligning themselves within that classification for a long time — even if they they don’t, in and of themselves, present literal poems…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ONE MINUTE TO WONDERLAND

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ONE MINUTE TO WONDERLAND


November 26, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Single-panel comics are a tough game to make a go of it in — especially if you’re going for something more, or at least other, than a quick laugh — but in his second self-published collection of them, the just-released One Minute To Wonderland, Denver-based cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘TAD MARTIN #7’ BY CASANOVA FRANKENSTEIN

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘TAD MARTIN #7’ BY CASANOVA FRANKENSTEIN


November 19, 2019    Ryan Carey

So here’s the thing — I’ve reviewed this comic on this site already. But I haven’t reviewed this comic on this site already. I realize that demands an explanation, so by way of such: Casanova Frankenstein self-published a “rough cut” of the book that would later become Tad Martin #7…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BLOOD AND DRUGS’ BY LANCE WARD

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BLOOD AND DRUGS’ BY LANCE WARD


November 12, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Where I come from, drugs were always considered to be pretty fun — and, for the record, I feel that if consumed responsibly they are — but who are we kidding? Kicking them can be a real motherfucker, and it’s not like the path of recovery isn’t perilous in its own…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BAD GATEWAY’ BY SIMON HANSELMANN

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BAD GATEWAY’ BY SIMON HANSELMANN


November 6, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Over the course of the past few years, I’ve been of a mind that Simon Hanselmann should dump Megg, Mogg, Owl, and the rest of the gang and do something different. Move forward. Push himself to expand his horizons by letting go of the familiar. On a purely…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘STUNT’ BY MICHAEL DeFORGE

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘STUNT’ BY MICHAEL DeFORGE


October 30, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Annie Koyama’s “farewell tour” wouldn’t be complete without one more release from Michael DeForge before Koyama Press closes up shop, and while his latest, Stunt, may not qualify as a “book” so much as a stretched-out (in terms of its page count and physical dimensions) Chick tract, it’s…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FREE SHIT’ BY CHARLES BURNS

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FREE SHIT’ BY CHARLES BURNS


October 22, 2019    Ryan Carey

          For nearly two decades, celebrated comics auteur Charles Burns has been occasionally self-publishing a “secret” ‘zine that he gives away to — I dunno, a select few people in his “inner circle,” I suppose is the best way to define it. Friends, fellow cartoonists, for all…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FOR REAL’ BY JAMES ROMBERGER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FOR REAL’ BY JAMES ROMBERGER


October 15, 2019    Ryan Carey

  If there’s one cartoonist that learned scholars of the comics medium — and even the occasional opinionated asshole such as yours truly — wishes we could see more work from, it’s James Romberger. His understanding of the unique potential and possibilities inherent to sequential storytelling is on par with…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THETH: TOMORROW FOREVER’ BY JOSH BAYER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THETH: TOMORROW FOREVER’ BY JOSH BAYER


October 8, 2019    Ryan Carey

  A tidal wave of memories real and imagined, meticulously haphazard (here we go with the contradictions) pencil, pen, and brush strokes, kaleidoscopic colors, steam-of-consciousness observations, mixed genre tropes, and weighty foreboding, Josh Bayer’s latest Tinto Press-published comic/”graphic novel,” Theth: Tomorrow Forever, may be a sequel to its shorter-titled 2014 predecessor…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘NABOKOVA’ BY TANA OSHIMA

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘NABOKOVA’ BY TANA OSHIMA


October 2, 2019    Ryan Carey

    There’s beauty in simplicity, as the cover of Tana Oshima‘s newest self-published mini, Nabokova, clearly demonstrates. It’s stark, perhaps even spartan, but deeply communicative and precisely thought through. It imparts its message with crystal clarity and nothing by way of fuss or muss. But there’s beauty in complexity, too, and…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘OPEN MOLAR’ BY LILLI CARRE

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘OPEN MOLAR’ BY LILLI CARRE


September 25, 2019    Ryan Carey

      An instruction manual like no other, Chicago-based artist Lilli Carré’s Open Molar (#80 in the ongoing Mini Kus! line) is at times as utterly indecipherable as an Ikea assembly guide, but infinitely more interesting and, most crucially, rewarding. But what you come up with at the end is still…

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[KICKSTART MY ART] DEATH TRAP: THE MOST BANANAS COMIC OF 2020!

[KICKSTART MY ART] DEATH TRAP: THE MOST BANANAS COMIC OF 2020!


September 23, 2019    Jon Abrams

  DEATH TRAP is a comic book concept that I’m confident will appeal to anybody who reads Daily Grindhouse. It’s written by Matt Miner (who wrote comics for GWAR, among many other cool things!) and drawn by Christopher Peterson, who was part of Dark Horse Comics’ GRINDHOUSE series, which is…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THE BUS DRIVER’ BY ANTHONY PERILLO & PAT AULISIO

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THE BUS DRIVER’ BY ANTHONY PERILLO & PAT AULISIO


September 10, 2019    Ryan Carey

    We’ve all had ’em — those days when you go in to work and just feel like high-tailing it in the other direction, for reasons that are difficult to quantify as they are to ignore. Work — who the hell came up with this idea? Does anyone, on their…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘TERATOID HEIGHTS’ BY MAT BRINKMAN

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘TERATOID HEIGHTS’ BY MAT BRINKMAN


September 3, 2019    Ryan Carey

  As a critic — particularly a critic of “underground” and/or “avant-garde” comics — sometimes you’re called upon to attempt to describe the utterly indescribable. This is a good thing — at the very least it expands one’s vocabulary, sometimes even one’s consciousness — but it’s by no means an easy…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘MONKS MOUND’ BY CONOR STECHSHULTE

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘MONKS MOUND’ BY CONOR STECHSHULTE


August 28, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Oblique connections are a recurring theme in Conor Stechschulte‘s ongoing Generous Bosom graphic novel series, but the disparate threads that run parallel to each other in that multi-faceted narrative appear to be heading for some sort of convergence as the sure-to-be-big finale approaches; in his latest self-published standalone…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THE EMPRESS CIXTISIS’ BY ANNE SIMON

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THE EMPRESS CIXTISIS’ BY ANNE SIMON


August 23, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Ostensibly a sequel to her earlier, and justly well-received, The Song Of Aglaia, French cartoonist Anne Simon’s newly-released-in-English (and in color!) The Empress Cixtisis (originally published in 2014 under the title Cixtite Imperatrice) is something rather more than that, in actuality — I mean, yeah, Aglaia’s back and all, but she’s…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘RUST BELT’ BY SEAN KNICKERBOCKER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘RUST BELT’ BY SEAN KNICKERBOCKER


August 13, 2019    Ryan Carey

    There’s a sickness at the heart of what used to be called the “American Dream,” and we all know it : the consolidation of wealth among the so-called “one percent” has left a wide swath of devastation in its wake, entire regions of the country cast aside as…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BICYCLE DAY’ BY BRIAN BLOMERTH

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BICYCLE DAY’ BY BRIAN BLOMERTH


August 7, 2019    Ryan Carey

    With his debut graphic novel, Bicycle Day, Brooklyn-based cartoonist and commercial illustrator Brian Blomerth has set for himself a fairly daunting challenge: Not just to illustrate, but to visually communicate, a historical “first.” And not just any historical “first” at that, but one that involved entering another state of consciousness altogether…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘PIERROT ALTERATIONS’ BY C.F.

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘PIERROT ALTERATIONS’ BY C.F.


July 31, 2019    Ryan Carey

      Somewhere, at some point, for some reason, some people are building a city. Only maybe they’re not people, since at least one of them shambles about on all fours. And maybe it’s not a city because all they’ve got finished so far is part of a wall…

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