[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘VAGABOND’ BY TANA OSHIMA

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘VAGABOND’ BY TANA OSHIMA


April 23, 2019    Ryan Carey

      Here’s the thing — most “indie” comics creators, and even most “indie” comics readers, fancy themselves as “outsiders,” to one degree or another. Not only do we work on, or take pleasure from, an art form that is on the “margins,” but one that is on the very…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘3D SWEETIES’ BY JULIAN GLANDER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘3D SWEETIES’ BY JULIAN GLANDER


April 17, 2019    Ryan Carey

  Somewhere on a colorful and computer-generated plane of existence, a semblance of “life” trudges along, oddly familiar in both tone and content to the world we know: the denizens navigate their way through a media-saturated landscape, waste too much time on the internet, immerse themselves in various fan “communities,”…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘JESUSFREAK’ BY JOE CASEY & BENJAMIN MARRA

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘JESUSFREAK’ BY JOE CASEY & BENJAMIN MARRA


April 9, 2019    Ryan Carey

       I’m not sure what it is about “Bible comics,” but there’s something appealing about the whole notion, even to a devout non-believer such as myself. Whether it’s the fire and brimstone of a Jack T. Chick or the scaled-down intimacy of a Chester Brown, I’m down for…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘OFF SEASON’ BY JAMES STURM

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘OFF SEASON’ BY JAMES STURM


April 3, 2019    Ryan Carey

    James Sturm is an important cartoonist. Why, just ask around — everybody says so. He founded CCS. He gives TED Talks. His work is parsed over in minute detail in the pages of academic journals. Those rare occasions when he releases new material are heralded as “major” publishing…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BILLIE THE BEE’ BY MARY FLEENER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BILLIE THE BEE’ BY MARY FLEENER


March 27, 2019    Ryan Carey

Can it be? Or should that read “can it bee”? It seems impossible that Mary Fleener’s new Fantagraphics-published hardcover book, Billie The Bee, could be her first proper “graphic novel,” and yet — that’s precisely the case. It took me a minute to wrap my head around that fact, as I’ve…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘CULT OF THE IBIS’ BY DARIA TESSLER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘CULT OF THE IBIS’ BY DARIA TESSLER


March 20, 2019    Ryan Carey

    The generally-held view of the ancient mystical pseudo-scientific practice of alchemy is that it was all about turning lead into gold, but my understanding is that this is a rather limited “piece” of the overall alchemical project, which was largely concerned with creating that which didn’t exist before…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘OUR WRETCHED TOWN HALL’ BY ERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘OUR WRETCHED TOWN HALL’ BY ERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS


March 12, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Nothing constrains Eric Kostiuk Williams. His cartooning is never less than near-infinitely adapatable, fluid, mercurial — maybe literally, as his forms, figures, even structures seem liquid at room temperature, ever in a state of joyous flux, refusing to define themselves and embracing the joyous possibilities of being whatever their…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BRAT’ BY MICHAEL DeFORGE

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘BRAT’ BY MICHAEL DeFORGE


March 6, 2019    Ryan Carey

      If there’s one thing I hate, it’s “YouTube stars.” The idea that sub-moronic loudmouths such as Pewdiepie and Logan Paul have made small (or maybe not-so-small) fortunes by broadcasting a whole lotta nothing from their living rooms makes even the most vacuous “famous for being famous” celebrities, such…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THE SCAR’ BY ANDREA FERRARIS & RENATO CHIOCCA

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THE SCAR’ BY ANDREA FERRARIS & RENATO CHIOCCA


March 4, 2019    Ryan Carey

      As I write this review, “president” Donald Trump is pathetically scrambling to legitimize his inherently illegitimate so-called “state of emergency” along the US-Mexico border, a stunt undertaken in order to commandeer funds for his pipe-dream of a “wall” by executive fiat. A genuine “emergency” has been unfolding,…

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[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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