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REVIEW: Even White Boys Get The Blues

March 2nd, 2007 7:24pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Even White Boys Get The Blues/186 pgs., Times Books/available from store-front & on-line books stores, www.dougmarlette.com and on-line auctions.

The South has risen again, ya'll, in one of those rare anomalies, a comic strip that is actually funny. Kudzu is not about the South Bronx or even South America; it concerns the folks of the American South.

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Even White Boys Get the Blues
by Doug Marlette


And Kudzu is now just minimally about Kudzu, a young Southern boy. Reverend Will B. Dunn has won the popularity war within the tiny, bordered kingdom of Bypass, North Carolina (a stone's throw from Mayberry and Andy Griffith), and left the strip's namesake in the dust.

This volume samples the first ten years of the popular comic strip and its nutty cast: a morbidly obese Caucasian who wants desperately to be black, a cheerleader refining the art of gold- digging, the ultimate 'bubba', and, of course, the right Reverend himself. All are a broad parody and satire of the nuances that characterize the South as imagined by anyone not living in it.

Cartoonist Doug Marlette also has a substantial knowledge as well as a healthy suspicion of religion. With Will B. Dunn as his spokesman, Marlette explores the world of the
televangelist with his tongue firmly in cheek, and the result is a rare, insightful humor.Marlette does it all with a minimalistic style of art that distances a reader enough from reality to make the often distasteful downright funny.

Underneath all of the insight, humor, and skepticism about religion, lies a real compassion for his subjects. What ultimately makes Kudzu so wonderful is that you will find bits and pieces of yourself in its characters. And, in those rare moments of complete self-honesty, you will admit you are most interested in...you.

Even White Boys is highly recommended. MV

Doug Marlette is a member of the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection. Check out Dreams and Visions #35 for a new Vance short story: www.bconnex.net/~skysong/dream.htm



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REVIEW: Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

February 28th, 2007 6:03am by ComicList Email

Cold Cut Product Spotlight -- Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

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Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
by Fumiyo Kouno

What impact did World War II and the dropping of the atomic bomb have on the common people of Japan? Through the eyes of an average woman living in 1955, Japanese artist Fumiyo Kouno answers these questions. Fumiyo Kouno's light, free style of drawing evokes a tender reflection of this difficult period in Hiroshima's postwar past. As the characters continue with everyday life, the shadow of the war and the atomic bombing linger ghostlike in the background. A widely embraced best seller in Japan, where the work was also controversial, Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is the winner of several prestigious awards including Grand Prize at the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival (2004), New Life Award at the 9th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prizes (2005). (Book description from the back cover).

* Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms TPB Last Gasp


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REVIEW: Ed's Terrestrials/Pizzeria Kamikaze

February 23rd, 2007 5:46am by ComicList Email

Ed's Terrestrials/$19.95 from Blue Dream/words: Scott Christian Sava; art: Diego Jourdan/sold at comic and book shops, & www.bluedreamstudios.com.

Three cute little aliens escape from a planet that is one giant, intergalactic, food court. They end up on Earth in Ed's tree house, longing to find jobs and teleport their fellow food court slaves to freedom.

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Ed's Terrestrials
by Scott Christian Sava, Diego Jourdan


What a simple but fun idea! But is it worth the price of admission?

You'll be reminded of the best in animation as you read this well-drawn romp with Ed, who is probably eight or nine years old. The colors are vibrant and perfect for the minimalistic art. The visual storytelling is flawless.

You'll also enjoy the writer's vivid storytelling, characterization, and imagination. In 84 pages, the writer and artist create characters and situations that are guaranteed to delight children and adults as well.

Ed's Terrestrials is highly recommended for adults who love to read to preliterate children, and for first readers. MV

Pizzeria Kamikaze/$14.95 & 100 pgs., Alternative Comics/words: Etgar Keret; art: Asaf Hanuka/sold at storefront comics and book stores, and at www.indyworld.com/altcomics.

So Mordy kills himself and ends up making pizza in this purgatory for suicides. Yeah, yeah, I know; why do dead people eat?

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Pizzeria Kamikaze
by Etgar Keret, Asaf Hanuka


And he misses his girlfriend; he's happy when she shows up, a suicide as well. Nice guy, right?

He and his friend Uri search purgatory to find her. In doing so, they meet some interesting dead people.

That's it. That's the darn interesting premise of Pizzeria Kamakaze. To sweeten the deal, the art is intriguing, the dialog (loaded with profanity) rings true, and (thank God, thank God) this is NOT a graphic novel about the battle between good and evil!

So, this one gets a 'highly recommended', right?

Pizzeria Kamikaze is recommended for adult readers who are tolerant of stories without resolutions. MV

Check out Dreams and Visions #35 for a new Vance short story:
www.bconnex.net/~skysong/dream.htm

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REVIEWS: On The Shelves 02/21/07

February 21st, 2007 5:55am by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 02/14/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Read what you like; don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 2/21/07. The full shipping list, as always, is available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK



House of Sugar

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REVIEW: The Damaged #1

February 16th, 2007 9:39am by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

The Damaged #1, published by A-10 Comics, 28 pages, $2.99.

After exposure to a meteor rock, a young man named Gabriel experiences his world turning upside down. That's the VERY abridged version of what happens in the first issue of A-10 Comics' The Damaged. And, while it may not sound like much happens in this premier, I believe it merits waiting around for the next issue.

Created and written by Jason McKee, the story opens with Gabriel preparing for a trip to see his father, who is deathly ill. Nothing much comes of that, as the aforementioned chaos ensues on the flight. While very little in the way of characterization is accomplished, McKee does a good job of keeping the story moving, as Gabriel's life goes from fairly normal to nightmarishly abnormal by issue's end. All I'll say is it involves meteors (both large and small), a big alien and a mystery man who cooly remarks to Gabriel, "you have no idea how you life is about to change forever!" Despite not getting to know the main character that well, McKee manages to squeeze out some sympathy for him in his plight. No small feat for a writer.

The art is ably handled by comics veteran Mark Bright, with Nelson P.M. inking. Bright has aptly wielded his talent in both comedic and dramatic stories, and while this particular work tends to be heavy on drama, there is some light-hearted material, as well. I tend to think we'll see more in the future. Bright also excels at range of emotion in his characters, which I believe is one reason why he has been, in his time, a fan favorite.

The first issue of The Damaged is recommended for those who enjoy science fiction and mystery. It is for all but the youngest readers. Find it at comics shops, online retailers and auctions or at www.a10comics.com .

Review by Mark Allen



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Order Michael Vance's history of the American Comics Group in Alter Ego #s 61 and 62 at www.twomorrows.com.

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REVIEWS: On The Shelves 02/14/07

February 13th, 2007 6:45pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 02/14/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

In honor of Valentine's Day, my weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 2/14/07 is all about the love. No snark; no bad reviews; just the good, might-be-good and hope-it's-good stuff. As a result, it's a pretty light read, too! The full shipping list, as always, is available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK



Fra nklin Richards: Lab Brat Digest

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REVIEW: Julie Doucet's Elle Humour

February 13th, 2007 5:54am by ComicList Email

Cold Cut Product Spotlight -- Julie Doucet's Elle Humour

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Elle Humour: Julie Doucet
by Julie Doucet

Renowned cartoonist Julie Doucet has created a unique, mass produced artist's book. Printed on a half dozen different papers in eight colors, this amalgamation of drawing, collage, painting, and narrative is a visionary meditation on love and its discontents. Using cut out, collaged letters and phrases to compose her oblique, poetic text, Doucet's words are as graphically enticing as her images. The book moves from pointed collages made from 1960s Quebecois magazines to abstract, psychedelic drawings to a moving catalog of her lover's possessions, and back again. The diversity of images could be the work of multiple artists, but Doucet's funny, frank sensibility ties it all together. Doucet, long known as the "female R. Crumb," and regarded as the finest female cartoonist of the 20th century, has never before published a book like this: a pure, non-comics distillation of her artistic sensibility. This complete work of art will appeal both to fans of her graphic novels -- who will appreciate her sense of humor and vivacious drawing -- and art aficionados who will be moved and surprised by her skills, and bowled over by her unforgettable images. (Book description from GingkoPress.com) 144 pages, hardcover, 6 inches by 8 inches.

* Elle Humour Hardcover Picturebox Books 39.95


Cold Cut is a wholesale distributor of small-press, independent and alternative graphic novels and comic books to comics retailers and bookstores. (We do not sell directly to comic readers). To find out more information about Cold Cut, please visit our website http://www.coldcut.com.

REVIEW: Vampirella VS the Cult of Chaos

February 10th, 2007 1:05pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Vampirella VS the Cult of Chaos (1991)/originally $12.95 & 142 pgs., Harris Comics and Dark Horse Comics/sold at on-line and store front comics shops, and at on-line auctions.

Actor Jack Nicholson recommend-ed that actors let 'the costume doing the acting' when playing super-villains.

Vampirella is all about the costume, and her scanty clothing is all about lust. Nevertheless, under writer Archie Goodwin's pen, her adventures were more about the writer's homage to the myth's created by horror writers H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker.

Vampy was an alien from a planet were rivers flowed with blood. On Earth, she controlled her thirst with a serum that, like most of her ongoing cast, was created by Goodwin. Misunderstood and pursued by most as an blood-thirsty vampire, Vampy spent much of her time fighting the Cult of Chaos headed by evil from the stars
(Lovecraft) and Dracula (Stoker).

It took Goodwin two poorly written and weakly drawn stories to find his artistic footing with Vampirella. Those stories, illustrated by Tom Sutton, kick off this volume.

By her third adventure, artist Jose Gonzales had taken a stake (groan) in the series, and Vampy eventually became the second most famous female in comics history. Those stories are also reprinted and, with Goodwin's im-proved writing, saved the series from being junk.

Gonzales' beautiful, reality-based art was as important to her success as was Goodwin's writing, and many of her first adventures from the pages of Vampirella (Warren) can be found in Vampirella VS the Cult of Chaos. Although not Goodwin's best work, this collection is recommended for light entertainment.

Archie Goodwin will be inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 2007.
MV

MINIVIEW: Power of 6 [Alternative Comics] If you revel in comics about odd super-teams battling super-natural forces that are drawn as if by a ten-year-old child, prepare to party.

Check out Dreams and Visions #35 for a new Vance short story: www.bconnex.net/~skysong/dream.htm

Interested in the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum? Go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

The Acronyms List

AR -
Ask retailer for price
BD -
Blu-ray Disc
CCG -
Collectible card game
CD -
Compact disc
DVD -
Digital versatile disc
FCBD -
Free Comic Book Day
GN -
Graphic novel
HC -
Hardcover
HD -
High definition
LCG -
Living Card Game
MMPB -
Mass market paperback
PVC -
Polyvinyl chloride
RPG -
Role playing game
SC -
Softcover
TBD -
To be determined
TCG -
Trading card game
TP -
Trade paperback
UDA -
Upper Deck Authenticated
WDCC -
Walt Disney Classics Collection
WS -
Widescreen

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