[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] “THE ADVENTURES OF TAD MARTIN SUPER-SECRET SPECIAL” #1 BY CASANOVA FRANKENSTEIN

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] “THE ADVENTURES OF TAD MARTIN SUPER-SECRET SPECIAL” #1 BY CASANOVA FRANKENSTEIN


February 20, 2019    Ryan Carey

  Man, it’s been awhile. Not as long a while as the gap — no, make that gulf — between Casanova Frankenstein’s The Adventures Of Tad Martin #5 and The Adventures Of Tad Martin #sicksicksix, a book that was literally a couple of decades in the making, but still — four or five years, by…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] G.I. JOE: SIERRA MADRE #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] G.I. JOE: SIERRA MADRE #1


February 13, 2019    Ryan Carey

  In point of fact, this is probably the sort of comic that I’m predisposed to dislike: It’s not just that I don’t give much of a shit about G.I. Joe and didn’t even when I was at the age where I was supposed to, it’s that exercises soaked in nostalgia don’t…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘HOBO MOM’ BY CHARLES FORSMAN & MAX DE RADIGUES

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘HOBO MOM’ BY CHARLES FORSMAN & MAX DE RADIGUES


February 6, 2019    Ryan Carey

    And so the first (arguably) “major” release of 2019 in the “alternative” comics world is upon us — never mind that Charles Forsman and Max de Radigues’ Hobo Mom is actually about five years old and is just now being released in an English-language version, publisher Fantagraphics Books is…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BAD FRIENDS’ BY ANCCO

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BAD FRIENDS’ BY ANCCO


January 30, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Growing up is hard, whoever you are — but odds are that no matter how hard your adolescent years were, they weren’t as hard as Pearl’s. Or should that be Ancco’s?   Precisely how autobiographical Bad Friends is seems to be a bit of an open question — the book (originally…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] “THE NEW WORLD: COMICS FROM MAURETANIA” BY CHRIS REYNOLDS

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] “THE NEW WORLD: COMICS FROM MAURETANIA” BY CHRIS REYNOLDS


January 16, 2019    Ryan Carey

  I. I have a recurring dream about a house. My house, to be specific, but not really: There are extra rooms I’ve never seen before, large walk-in closets that my wife and I both wish we had but don’t, cavernous storage spaces with nothing in them — hell, one…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FLOCKS’ BY L. NICHOLS

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FLOCKS’ BY L. NICHOLS


January 9, 2019    Ryan Carey

    By any standard of measure, cartoonist L. Nichols’ recent Secret Acres-published comics memoir, Flocks, is a bit of a curious beast — for one thing, Nichols chooses to portray himself (or, earlier on, herself — I hope the pronoun is appropriate given his gender presentation at that point in…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FASHION FORECASTS’ BY YUMI SAKUGAWA

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FASHION FORECASTS’ BY YUMI SAKUGAWA


December 29, 2018    Ryan Carey

      What will the future hold? What changes, subtle or otherwise, will it usher in? How will it alter the essential character of our lives? And, perhaps most importantly — what will it look like? Yumi Sakugawa has thought about these questions thoroughly, deeply. She’s considered how the past,…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘RECOLLECTION’ BY ALYSSA BERG

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘RECOLLECTION’ BY ALYSSA BERG


December 18, 2018    Ryan Carey

    More quiet than a whisper, louder than a thunderclap, Alyssa Berg’s riso-printed comics collection Recollection seeps into the mind through the eyes, heart, and subconscious simultaneously, bypassing entirely the gatekeeping functions of the rational mind in favor of something deeper, more profound, more fundamentally true. It never ceases to amaze,…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE TOP TEN GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2018!

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE TOP TEN GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2018!


December 12, 2018    Ryan Carey

    It’s that time of the year again, to go over all that’s come out over the last 12 months and choose favorites. And that’s the key word here, “favorites” — I didn’t read everything that came out in 2018 (who could?), and so make no pretenses to being…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘AMERICAN PSYCHO’ BY BENJAMIN MARRA

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘AMERICAN PSYCHO’ BY BENJAMIN MARRA


December 5, 2018    Ryan Carey

    In a way, I suppose, it makes sense that a cartoonist as image-conscious as Benjamin Marra would find “inspiration” in the ultimate story of excess and artifice, American Psycho, but for a guy who’s spent most of his career deliberately confounding readers as to how much of what he’s doing…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘GO-BOTS #1’ BY TOM SCIOLI

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘GO-BOTS #1’ BY TOM SCIOLI


November 28, 2018    Ryan Carey

    Even by the low standards of licensed toy properties, the Go-Bots don’t get much respect. Yeah, sure, they’ve had some animation revivals (even, I think, a feature-length film or two of the straight-to-video variety) and some comic books here and there, but a lot of that — while…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE COMPLETE MATINEE JUNKIE: FIVE YEARS AT THE MOVIES

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE COMPLETE MATINEE JUNKIE: FIVE YEARS AT THE MOVIES


November 21, 2018    Ryan Carey

    For more years than I care to admit, I was a compulsive moviegoer. I can kid myself and say it was all in pursuit of material for my Trash Film Guru blog (still a going concern, although now only updated a couple/few times a month as opposed to all…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] 10 “MUST-BUY” ITEMS FOR THE COMICS READERS ON YOUR HOLIDAY LIST FROM FANTAGRAPHICS’ “CYBER MONDAY” SALE

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] 10 “MUST-BUY” ITEMS FOR THE COMICS READERS ON YOUR HOLIDAY LIST FROM FANTAGRAPHICS’ “CYBER MONDAY” SALE


November 14, 2018    Ryan Carey

  On Monday, November 26th, Fantagraphics Books is running a one-day-only “Cyber Monday” sale featuring 40% off nearly everything in their online store — and since they’ve published some of the very best comics to come out this year (as is their custom) , now is the time to sock…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘A LONE DEER AT THE END OF THE WORLD’ BY D. BRADFORD GAMBLES

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘A LONE DEER AT THE END OF THE WORLD’ BY D. BRADFORD GAMBLES


November 7, 2018    Ryan Carey

    Here’s the thing: if I were an editor or publisher, and cartoonist D. Bradford Gambles submitted his new mini, A Lone Deer At The End Of The World, to me — I confess that I’d probably be tempted to reject it. The book’s just too obvious, I’d tell myself (and…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FEARLESS COLORS’ BY SAMPLERMAN

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FEARLESS COLORS’ BY SAMPLERMAN


October 31, 2018    Ryan Carey

    French cartoonist Yvan Guillo, better known under his nom de plume of Samplerman, has a technique like no other — and it’s one that leaves me in a real quandary. Digitally manipulating pre-existing (primarily Golden Age, and most likely all public domain) comic book illustrations into hitherto-unforeseen, and uniformly…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘NOCTURNE’ BY TARA BOOTH

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘NOCTURNE’ BY TARA BOOTH


October 24, 2018    Ryan Carey

    At this point in the history of the comics medium — hell, at this point in the history of art in general — irony, particularly humorous irony, by all rights really shouldn’t work anymore. It certainly doesn’t deserve to, the vast majority of the time it doesn’t, and I’m generally…

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[DAILY GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘LARA CROFT WAS MY FAMILY’ BY CARTA MONIR

[DAILY GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘LARA CROFT WAS MY FAMILY’ BY CARTA MONIR


October 17, 2018    Ryan Carey

    When you can construct a fully-formed, emotionally resonant, deeply poignant comics memoir in just 40 pages, you’re probably an extraordinary cartoonist. When you can do it in 40 panels? Then take a well-deserved bow, because you’re downright otherworldly. Now, before you mention it, rest assured that I’m fully aware that it’s…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘TINDERELLA’ BY M.S. HARKNESS

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘TINDERELLA’ BY M.S. HARKNESS


October 9, 2018    Ryan Carey

    My dating experience entirely pre-dates the “Tinder Era,” a fact for which I’m eternally grateful — and who wouldn’t be? After all, as embarrassing as it may be for many people of my generation to confess to their offspring that that they met their other parent at a…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] JIM OSBORNE: THE BLACK PRINCE OF THE UNDERGROUND

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] JIM OSBORNE: THE BLACK PRINCE OF THE UNDERGROUND


October 2, 2018    Ryan Carey

If you’re going to San Francisco — Fuck the “flowers in your hair” stuff and forget the “gentle people” — you’d do better to keep an eye out for the speed freaks, junkies, pickpockets, gutter-dwelling lowlifes, psychotic serial killers, devil-worshipers, and predators of every stripe. The Mamas And The Papas…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] MONKEY CHEF: A LOVE STORY

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] MONKEY CHEF: A LOVE STORY


September 26, 2018    Ryan Carey

    We’ve all been there — dead-end job, dead-end love life, dead-end existence. In his previous autobiographical minis, Chicago-based cartoonist Mike Freiheit has dwelt on these issues in exacting (and often hilarious) detail, but in his longest work to date, the impressive and ambitious graphic novel (parts of which…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘ROLY-POLY’ BY DANIEL SEMANAS

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘ROLY-POLY’ BY DANIEL SEMANAS


September 19, 2018    Ryan Carey

      Not to sound too dramatic — or maybe that should be melodramatic — right out of the gate, but it strikes me that any way you look at it, the much-vaunted “age of reason” is over.   Oh, sure, social and political commentators have been telling us at least…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘PENGUINS’ BY NICK THORBURN

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘PENGUINS’ BY NICK THORBURN


September 11, 2018    Ryan Carey

    It goes without saying that whenever somebody reasonably well-known from another field of creative endeavor entirely “makes the leap” over to comics, a certain hardened, crusty rump of fandom will view said transition (however temporary) with suspicion. Less so, I’m guessing, when it’s a literary personage like, I…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘HOW TO BE ALIVE’ BY TARA BOOTH

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘HOW TO BE ALIVE’ BY TARA BOOTH


September 5, 2018    Ryan Carey

      Toward the tail end of 2017 — yeah, I know, I’m still playing a little bit of “catch-up” here and there, sue me — the always-interesting Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics publishing co-venture released one of the more thoroughly engrossing books of the year, cartoonist/painter Tara Booth’s How To…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘LAWNS’ BY ALEX NALL

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘LAWNS’ BY ALEX NALL


September 4, 2018    Ryan Carey

      “In a town like Twin Peaks,” the promotional advertisements for David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME informed us, “no one is innocent.” Of course, when his foolishly-lambasted masterpiece (for my money, at any rate) hit theaters back in 1992, Lynch had already made something of a career…

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