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Mind in the gutters: An incomplete and highly subjective selection of the sexiest characters in comics

By Sean Bieri

Published: 2/10/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

From chicks in chainmail bikinis to musclemen in tights, from the Tijuana bibles of old to the latest in panty-flashing fan service from Japan, sex and comics go together like a complete lack of social skills and comics. So here's a brief roundup of some notable comic book hotties — according ...[MORE]

Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout: Why comics creator Kirby is king of the canon

By Jeffrey Morgan

Published: 4/16/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Don't ask! Just read Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout #167! Jack Kirby — Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus: Volume Three (DC Comics) :: I've said it before and I'll say it again: The greatest comic book creator in history was, and forever will be, Jack "King" Kirby. The first two vol...[MORE]

Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout

By Jeffrey Morgan

Published: 8/22/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

This is Joe Jitsu calling Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout #133! SIZZLING REPRINT OF THE WEEK: Chester Gould — The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Volumes I & 2, 1931-1935 (IDW Publishing) :: There's no denying that the world's greatest detective comic strip ever created was Chest...[MORE]

Gourmet pop: Modern comics are the un-superhero-cola.

By Metro Times staff

Published: 12/9/1998

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks Black Eye Books 1030 St-Alexandre, Suite 203, Montreal, QC H2Z 1P3 e-mail at www.blackeye.com/books $20, 300 pp. The comics avantgarde has tried for years to convince the r...[MORE]

Drawing ire

By Sean Bieri

Published: 6/6/2007

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

A quick browse through the regular roundups of political cartoons on Slate.com shows why America needs Mikhaela Reid. Let's be generous and blame format restrictions, deadline pressures and ossified traditions for the general lack of substance and originality, never mind humor, on the daily ed...[MORE]

Neverland raunch: Lost Girls graphic novel

By Sean Bieri

Published: 12/13/2006

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Lost Girls Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie Top Shelf; $75 On the surface, this three-volume, hardcover, slipcased graphic novel is an elaborate Tijuana bible that casts grown-up versions of Wonderland's Alice, Dorothy of Oz and Wendy from Peter Pan as fuck buddies. Of course, Moore (Watchmen,...[MORE]

Holy Golden Age!

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/25/2006

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

One true great American art form is comic books. The genre burst from the darkness of the Great Depression with unbridled enthusiasm and creativity. It imagined wild universes of action and adventure, good and evil, far beyond on the ordinary domain of everyday life. Not surprisingly, the arriv...[MORE]

It’s graphic: how novel

By Walter Wasacz

Published: 6/14/2006

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Mark Siegel says he wants to do the impossible: publish attention-grabbing graphic novels that are literate and entertaining, as good for the soul as they are for reading at the beach. "We intend to raise the bar on what people think comics are," says Siegel, the editorial director for F...[MORE]

Strip teases: These days, even preening pre-teens are comic-carrying snobs, but there's plenty left for the rest of us

By Sean Bieri

Published: 6/14/2006

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

It ain’t easy being a comics snob these days. Ten years ago, simply pointing out the existential angst underlying Charles Schulz’ Peanuts or knowing that Krazy Kat creator George Herriman was half African-American was enough to set you apart from the unwashed, Garfield-hugging masses...[MORE]

If insomnia by my destiny!

By Sean Bieri

Published: 4/27/2005

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

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Comic (strip) relief: Sean Bieri's panel-by-panel look at a 24-hour comic-book fundraiser at Green Brain in Dearborn.

By Sean Bieri

Published: 9/24/2003

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

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From Superman to superbland?: Our comic-book fanatics dig deep and ask hard questions about the new superhero movies.

By George Tysh

Published: 6/25/2003

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Anybody paying attention to the current bumper crop of comic book-to-movie adaptations must have noticed that it keeps bringing in lemons (from Spider-Man to Daredevil to last weekend’s Hulk), with an occasional peach (X2) in the bunch. So we thought it time to take a long look at the trend that S...[MORE]

Underground triple-threat: Comic-creator superheroes from the depths of Hamtramck.

By Mike DaRonco

Published: 5/14/2003

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

From an outsider’s perspective, the monthly gathering of cartoonists at a Hamtramck coffeehouse could be seen as a very small-press convention. The words “Hamtramck Expo” have been used to describe this assembly of Detroit-area creators, except that there isn’t a display of books for sale or a lin...[MORE]

Shazaam!: Green Brain Comics’ giant giveaway beams up life as we know it.

By Cornelius A. Fortune

Published: 4/30/2003

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

“The word’s getting out,” says Dan Merritt, speaking of his favorite subject, comics. “There’s graphic novel reviews on time.com and comic reviews in Entertainment Weekly. There’s still some barriers to break down. I want the awareness. I want the acceptance. That’s what I hope to be brought about...[MORE]

Comic belief: Black superhero WitchDoctor a labor of love, learning.

By Sarah Klein

Published: 4/17/2002

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

A tall, imposing figure cuts a path through the darkened hallway of a desolate public bathroom in Haiti. With his sharply cut suit and cornrowed hair, he exudes a smooth sex appeal that whispers of R&B crooner D’Angelo. However, the ominous stare beneath his horn-rimmed glasses speaks of a hau...[MORE]

Btoom! btoom!: Alan Oldham’s comic future looks and sounds pretty damn cool.

By Robert Gorell

Published: 2/20/2002

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Alan Oldham (aka DJ T-1000) is a man trapped between two parallel worlds. As a techno DJ-producer, Oldham has traveled the globe, building a solid reputation for his skills behind the decks. As a comic illustrator, his work has adorned countless record sleeves for Dutch imprint Djax and CD covers su...[MORE]

Frames of mind: A mammoth, mute anthology opens a new epoch.

By Sean Bieri

Published: 5/17/2000

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Comix 2000 L'Association, $65, 2048 pp. One good way to introduce a friend to the anthology Comix 2000 is to drop it on their desk. Since the titular two grand refers to the page count as well as the date, C2K lands not with the pathetic "plap" of a pamphlet, but the satisfying "whump" of a di...[MORE]

Days of our knight: A new, chock-full-of-visuals history traces the Batman's steps.

By Chris Handyside

Published: 12/8/1999

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Batman: The Complete History By Les Daniels $29.95, 210 pp. Chronicle Books I’m not sure if this is the best litmus test for whether or not you’ll dig this book, but it seems appropriate to the discussion: There are only seven pages dedicated to Batman as envisioned by director Joel Schumache...[MORE]

Comic booked!: Censors trip rights--and it's anything but funny.

By Devin D. O'Leary

Published: 9/29/1999

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

In 1994, Mike Diana, creator of the all-but-unknown illustrated ’zine Boiled Angel, sat in a Florida courtroom and listened as a judge destroyed his life and career. Diana had become the first American artist to be convicted of obscenity for his or her artwork. A Florida undercover detective, ...[MORE]

Kreem of the Komics!: From Mad to Maus to Weirdo, an uncompromised selection of the best in modern comics.

Published: 5/12/1999

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

With the year 2000 looming ahead, the temptation to compile "best of the century" lists is hard to resist, and Comics Journal (Issue No. 210) succumbs, offering its list of the "Top 100 Comics of the Century." The Journal is the only magazine in stores willing to consider comics as a serious ar...[MORE]

Atomic society: Akira paints a tale of desolation after World War III.

By Jon M. Gibson

Published: 7/25/2001

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Some themes are timeless: rebellion, power, corruption, the rigors of disenfranchised youth — well, at least to Katsuhiro Otomo. In 1988 he was throttled into Japan’s spotlight as the crowned king of animation (referred to as anime overseas), eventually proving to audiences worldwide what was once...[MORE]

Graphically disruptive: Comics predators Donna Barr and Roberta Gregory stop in for a chat.

By Sean Bieri

Published: 7/11/2001

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Even within that rarefied subset of comics called the “alternatives,” the work of Donna Barr and Roberta Gregory stands out as unique. Gregory’s work first appeared in feminist underground anthologies, and in 1976 she drew “Dynamite Damsels,” the first solo comic book published by a woman. In 1991...[MORE]

Meaty melodies

By Tom A'Hearn

Published: 7/4/2001

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

In my last column, I mentioned Joe Wenderoth’s amazing book, Letters to Wendy’s, a compilation of various observations about life addressed to the burger folks. I’ve just been made aware of a songwriting contest sponsored by Wendy’s called “Wendy’s Sizzlin’ Sounds of Late Night.” All the rules and...[MORE]

Play not pay

By Rebecca Mazzei

Published: 4/11/2001

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

You don’t always have to pay a price for pleasure. Sam Brown created www.explodingdog.com, and visual amusement is free on this Web site. Brown showcases his comic strip of word-picture associations. He features stick-figure cartoon drawings shaped as sweetly as all-day suckers, and creates narrativ...[MORE]

Say it ain't so: Dave's Comics moves out of Royal Oak storefront

By Karen Fisher

Published: 12/27/2000

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Looking for a mint-condition Bionic Woman lunchbox or a killer red cruiser that would make Pee-wee Herman weep? Dave’s Comics & Collectibles was the place. It was also the ultimate local source for literary and alternative comics such as those penned by Jason Lutes, Adrian Tomine and Jessica Abe...[MORE]

The Krazy-est

By Sean Bieri

Published: 10/25/2000

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Attendees of Small Press Expo vote to decide the best of the year’s alternative comics. The list of this year’s Ignatz award winners makes a fine recommended reading list: Outstanding Series, Outstanding Artist: "Weasel," Dave Cooper Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection: "From He...[MORE]

A whole lotta comics: Small Press Expo is one-stop shopping for the mad medium’s finest.

By Sean Bieri

Published: 10/25/2000

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

The annual Small Press Expo, which took place last month in Bethesda, Md., is a gathering of the most innovative talent and all that’s truly exciting in the field of graphic narrative. From that cross section of the teeming universe of comics art, here are some of the standouts: “Cuckoo” For a...[MORE]

Still life anime: Japanese animation figures brought to life

By Norene Cashen

Published: 10/18/2000

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

McFarlane toys has been a leader in freezing pop culture icons and characters in its detailed plastic molds. Now the same company that brought us action figures of Alice Cooper, the Beatles, the “South Park” gang, Janis Joplin, Edward Scissorhands and Rob Zombie, among others, is coming up with some...[MORE]

Future feminists: Pow! Right in the kisser

By Norene Cashen

Published: 10/4/2000

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Who would have guessed that little weird-looking, buggy-eyed cartoon characters could be tutoring the feminists of our future? Warner Brothers would and did. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup — AKA the Powerpuff Girls — are a trio of tiny heroines who spend much of their time painting a fresh pink coat...[MORE]

Gas crisis comix: Relive the '70s in stripped-down living color

By Tom A'Hearn

Published: 8/30/2000

Types: Arts, Literature, Comics

Getting kids to care about history is hard as hell. How can you blame them, when history is usually delivered in the form of dusty textbooks, boring documentaries and trumped-up tales of the glory days from wise old granddaddy? Realistically, kids probably won’t read it, but The Big Book of the ’70s...[MORE]

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