Posts Tagged ‘ What I Just Read ’


February 23, 2010
Posted by: Mark Siegel
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When she’s not designing books for First Second, Colleen Venable’s secret lives include being an author. This first in a delicious new series, HAMSTER and CHEESE introduces a new Private Eye to reckon with: a guinea pig named Sasspants and the case of the stolen sandwich.

June 9, 2009
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Asterios Polyp is one of the most remarkable graphic novels I’ve read.   David Mazzuchelli takes the form to new heights, reinventing its language as the very best do. He also plumbs human, narrative, emotional depths that even fewer comics can touch. And to top it all off, he delivers all that in one of Read the Rest…

March 5, 2009
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Took this on the subway last night, and missed my station by two stops.  Worth ordering here at the SLG website, so you can  a) treat yourself to a delightful read, and b) support a cool house like SLG in these tough times

November 12, 2008
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Mark Siegel of First Second Books heartily endorses Cul De Sac while at the same time totally revealing he doesn't read this blog or at the very least doesn't value any of the opinions expressed here! Thanks for nothing, Siegel! Actually, I'm kidding, and am glad that Siegel enjoyed the first Cul De Sac book as much as so many Read the Rest…

Perhaps the most discreet publishing job ever! Even if you’re holding this book in your hands, you might not be entirely sure it was created by none other than Chris Oliveros. Bravo, Chris! A treat from a very bright talent, Lilli Carré. See for yourself. And from Monsieur Jordan Crane, a very impressive piece. I Read the Rest…

Mike Mignola is a poet. His HELLBOY short stories, since The Chained Coffin have long broken out of the limits of the gothic creature genre, and for their sheer graphic power, the eloquence and literary resonance of his writing, the intelligence, the weird humor and melancholy that pervades them, these short tales escape into the Read the Rest…

I’ve just read and re-read Sammy Harkham’s CRICKET, volume 1. It’s sheer pleasure and Drawn & Quarterly continue to shine with such offerings. Visually, it has Harkham’s unique and charismatic stamp; what seems at first like an arresting graphic experiment opens out to a brilliant story beginning. What promise.

November 1, 2005
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Over at Tom Spurgeon’s COMICS REPORTER, the excellent Bart Beatty reviews Blutch’s TOTAL JAZZ. I can only agree when he says, about Blutch: “So, what happens when one of the greatest living cartoonists (and if you don’t think Blutch fits this bill you really, really need to read more Blutch) takes on the work of Read the Rest…

October 18, 2005
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TOP SHELF continues to be a class act among indie comics publishers. Editor Chris Staros deserves credit for promoting and discovering some great talents these past years. If you aren’t familiar with the offerings of Top Shelf Books, here’s your chance for a shopping spree with plenty of good stuff to choose from: they’re having Read the Rest…