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Leaving Proof 28 | On DC 2.0, the Decline of Print, the folly of Motion Comics, and more
Published on Saturday, June 11, 2011 by The sixth edition of the Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous defines insanity as "repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results". The somewhat glib definition has found its way into popular culture and has been mistakenly attributed to various luminaries, among them Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, author and activist Rita Mae Brown, and self-help "guru...
Leaving Proof 27 | “Lucid” Collected Edition Hardcover review
Published on Friday, June 3, 2011 by Lucid Collected Edition Hardcover (Archaia Entertainment, 2011; 112 pages, hardcover; reprints Lucid #1-4, originally published August 2010–April 2011) Writer: Michael McMillian Artist: Anna Wieszczyk Letterer: Shawn DePasquale Cover Price: $19.95 US Full Disclosure: This is a review of a press proof digital copy of the book provided by the publisher ...
Leaving Proof 26 | Whiteout Vol. 1 review
Published on Friday, May 27, 2011 by Whiteout Vol.1: The Definitive Edition (Oni Press, 2007; 128 pages; reprints Whiteout #1-4, originally published July–November 1998) Writer: Greg Rucka Artist and Letterer: Steve Lieber Cover Price: $13.95 US -------------------------------- Greg Rucka is one of those rare writers in the comics industry who has been fortunate enough to have found a nic...
Leaving Proof 25 | Ruminations on the recent events in Japan
Published on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 by I originally planned on publishing a column comparing and contrasting Marvel's The 'Nam and its much-maligned spiritual successor, Combat Zone: True Tales of GIs in Iraq for this week, but decided to pass on that in favour of writing down and sharing my meandering thoughts on the recent earthquake in Japan. Having spent all of my life living on one side of the Paci...
Leaving Proof 24 | Dispelling the Superhero Myth
Published on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Over the course of the past forty years or so, much discourse has been promulgated regarding the assertion that superheroes and their stories are, in a certain sense, the modern equivalent of gods and myths. These aren't just history or comparative literature majors goofing off, mind you. Industry luminaries such as Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Alex Ross, and Grant Morrison ...
Leaving Proof 23 | R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie (1962–2011)
Published on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 by Dwayne McDuffie died the other day, from post-surgical complications according to early, unconfirmed reports. He had just turned 49 the day prior. I'm not going to fill this week's column with forced sentimentality or an encyclopedic listing of his work. You can get authentic and unalloyed sentiment from the people who actually knew him personally and/or worked with h...
Leaving Proof 22 | “The Nightly News” TPB review
Published on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 by The Nightly News (Image Comics, 2007; 184 pages; reprints The Nightly News #1-6, originally published November 2006 to June 2007) Writer, Artist, and Letterer: Jonathan Hickman Cover Price: $16.99 US ----------------------------- Jonathan Hickman's been drawing attention from the mainstream media lately for his recent work on Marvel's The Fantastic Four, f...
Leaving Proof 21 | Filipino Art in American Comics: Romeo Tanghal
Published on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by This is the fifth in a series of columns I'm writing about select influential Filipino artists in the American comic book industry. Previous columns have looked at the early history of komiks (indigenous Filipino comics) and Tony DeZuniga, Nestor Redondo, Alfredo Alcala, and Alex Niño. This week, we'll be taking a look at the work of inker extraordinaire Romeo Tangha...
Leaving Proof 20 | “Hagakure, Code of the Samurai: The Manga Edition” review
Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 by Hagakure, Code of the Samurai: The Manga Edition (Kodansha International, 2010; 144 pages) An adaptation by Sean Michael Wilson (from the English translation of the original text by William Scott Wilson) of the book written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo Illustrator: Chie Kutsuwada Cover Price: $14.95 US -------------------------------- The Hagakure is a collec...
Leaving Proof 19 | “Hotwire: Requiem For The Dead” TPB review
Published on Thursday, December 16, 2010 by Hotwire: Requiem For The Dead (Radical Books, 2010; 136 pages) Writer, Illustrator, and Letterer: Steve Pugh Book Design: JG Roshell of Comicraft Based on a story by Warren Ellis Cover Price: $14.95 US/$16.50 CAN ---------------------------- Before anything else, let me get this out of the way: fully painted comic art doesn't do anything for me. I know...
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