[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2017

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2017


December 17, 2017    Ryan Carey

          And so we’ve arrived at this, our final — and, I’m sure for some, most significant — “best of” list of the year, surveying 2017’s top 10 graphic novels. Quick reminder of our “house rules:” These have to be original works designed from the outset…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP 10 COLLECTED VOLUMES (VINTAGE)

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP 10 COLLECTED VOLUMES (VINTAGE)


December 16, 2017    Ryan Carey

                        We’re getting there, I promise! Next up in our 2017 year in review we come to the top 10 vintage collections of the year, a list which comprises reprint collections released over the past 12 months of material…

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GRAVETRANCERS #1: GROTESQUE, STYLISH AND ORIGINAL

GRAVETRANCERS #1: GROTESQUE, STYLISH AND ORIGINAL


December 13, 2017    Andy Vanderbilt

  I get uneasy when things advertise themselves as being “grindhouse.”Typically, it means the creators just throw as much gore, nudity, and sexual content in the mix, so it comes off as shocking without any sort of substance to it. There’s nothing wrong with that at all — I’m a…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP 10 COLLECTED VOLUMES OF 2017 (CONTEMPORARY)

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP 10 COLLECTED VOLUMES OF 2017 (CONTEMPORARY)


December 13, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Let’s keep plugging away here, shall we? This time around on out year-end wrap we’re looking at the top 10 collected editions of 2017, with a slight change to my previously-announced methodology: rather than placing everything “Modern Age” (roughly the 1980s) and beyond in this category, I’ve narrowed…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BEST COMICS SERIES OF 2017

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BEST COMICS SERIES OF 2017


December 12, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Okay, let’s keep our best-of-2017 theme going here with a look at the Top 10 ongoing series of the year. A quick refresher on the rules: both ongoing and limited series are eligible in this category, as long as they meet a three-issue minimum. The idea here…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP TEN SINGLE ISSUES OF 2017

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] TOP TEN SINGLE ISSUES OF 2017


December 7, 2017    Ryan Carey

        And so it’s that time of year again: let the debating begin, I suppose, as the various “Top 10” lists begin to hit the internet in earnest, but one thing I think we can all agree on — it’s been quite a year in the world…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] HAPPY HOUR IN AMERICA #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] HAPPY HOUR IN AMERICA #1


December 1, 2017    Ryan Carey

  Not to sound too grandiose right off the bat, but Tim Lane is more than just a cartoonist, he’s a medium — his mind, his pencils, and his brushes channeling a message from the past, yet one that’s somehow timeless, of an America that maybe never really was, but is…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NOVEMBER GARCIA’S ‘MALARKEY’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NOVEMBER GARCIA’S ‘MALARKEY’


November 27, 2017    Ryan Carey

    To the extent that Filipino cartoonist November Garcia is a “known quantity” in American small-press comics, it’s for her Hic And Hoc-published book Foggy Notions from a couple of years back, but now that John Porcellino is stocking the first two issues of her self-published autobio series Malarkey at Spit…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1


November 22, 2017    Ryan Carey

    And so here we are — the “big event” that all of DC Rebirth has been leading up to, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s eagerly anticipated/thoroughly dreaded (depending on your point of view) DCU/Watchmen mash-up, Doomsday Clock. The lines between the two formerly-separate fictitious universes were blurred, of course, in last year’s DC Universe…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BENJAMIN MARRA’S ‘NIGHT BUSINESS’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BENJAMIN MARRA’S ‘NIGHT BUSINESS’


November 19, 2017    Ryan Carey

      So how does this work? I mean, you either know what you’re getting into with a Benjamin Marra book or you don’t — and if you know that much, you probably also know whether or not you’re going to like it. No artist in the comics medium…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] COYOTES #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] COYOTES #1


November 15, 2017    Ryan Carey

    In my never-ending quest to find something new worth following on a month-to-month basis, I’ve taken a flier on a few recent Image first issues in the last couple of weeks, and in between the ones I decided to throw the towel in on immediately (No. 1 With A Bullet)…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DEADMAN #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DEADMAN #1


November 3, 2017    Ryan Carey

    “But he SUCCEEDED, you fools! I’m DEAD! THAT’S why he must be punished! BECAUSE HE SUCCEEDED!” “THIS — it’s ALMOST funny — when you think of it — HA HA — it’s silly — really.” “GORDON? How did you survive the fall? ” “Good nutrition. Regular bowel movements….

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘CARTOON CLOUDS’ BY JOSEPH REMNANT

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘CARTOON CLOUDS’ BY JOSEPH REMNANT


October 29, 2017    Ryan Carey

        Another quasi-autobiographical art school memoir — is this what the world really needs these days?   It certainly seems a reasonable enough question — after all, Clowes pretty much eviscerated every last narrative inch available to anyone looking to mine this vein, and in just a handful…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] KID LOBOTOMY #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] KID LOBOTOMY #1


October 21, 2017    Ryan Carey

    When Shelly Bond was let go by DC as head honcho of their Vertigo label, it marked the end of an era — the last member of that venerable imprint’s original crew had left the building, and its future was suddenly looking very uncertain indeed.   Truth be…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NOW #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NOW #1


October 16, 2017    Ryan Carey

        As any long-time reader of purportedly “alternative” and/or “indie” comics can tell you, one of the defining traits of the medium in every decade is a kind of “state of the art form” manifesto that’s not so much written as it is mapped out by the varying-to-disparate editorial…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1


October 6, 2017    Ryan Carey

          Since completing his widely-acknowledged masterpiece, Punk Rock Jesus, Sean Murphy (take or leave the Gordon as you please) has divided his time between projects worthy of his talents (The Wake), projects obviously unworthy of it (Chrononauts), and projects that could have been worthy of it had they…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] MARVEL LEGACY #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] MARVEL LEGACY #1


September 29, 2017    Ryan Carey

        You may as well buckle in, because this one could take awhile —   It doesn’t take a genius to see that Marvel Comics (as opposed to their Hollywood arm, which is really the tail that’s wagging the corporate dog now) is in a bad place…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] RICHARD SALA’S ‘THE BLOODY CARDINAL’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] RICHARD SALA’S ‘THE BLOODY CARDINAL’


September 23, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Some cartoonists are so good at “what they do” — at telling the kinds of stories that fit within a niche they’re not only carved out, but created from whole cloth, for themselves — that you feel no particular urge as a reader to see them “branch…

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[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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