via: Nick Gazin
This book collects a story from Optic Nerve in which a Japanese guy acts like a jerk to all of his friends, lusts after white women, & ends up alone 2 reflect on his ishttiness. As a loser, it’s easy 2 relate 2 this story.
32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics
32 Stories collects Adrian Tomine’s mini-comics, reprinted as fold-over mini-comics. Through the seven issues you can watch Tomine learn draftsmanship, rip people off, & blossom like a flower. As a teenage nerd whu longs 4 social recognition, highly intelligent Outkast unable 2 relate on such things as ‘trending topics’, etc. .1 could really enjoy these. Impressive transition through 7 entries.
Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!
Really experimental stuff, including the original Maus short comic, “Prisoner On The Hell Planet and The Malpractice Suite.”
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
Josh made a comic about Katrina hitting New Orleans as told from the points of view of seven characters from different walks of life. Ppl sleeping on their roofs & fighting off rats, struggling 2 get drinking water, & of course 1guy’s comic books get lost.
My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down
A dominant trend in the realm of non-sci-fi/superhero comics, autobio, child-like caricatures. James Kochalka, Jeffrey Brown, Liz Prince, etc. Some are fans, many die hard comic followers do not so much appreciate the trend. Nonetheless, decent art. .so check it if ya like. .
Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis
Harvey Kurtzman, wrote the first 28 issues of Mad. Hugh Hefner hired Harv away 2 be an Exec. w/a larger distributor which lasted only two issues. He then formed Humbug, which only lasted eleven issues.
For Those whu Know:
The 11 issues of Humbug are faithfully reprinted in this 2-volume hardcover set.
Chicken With Plums
This comic is from the source whu created Persepolis. Reading it feels like reading a folk fable like Anansi the Spider. Death visits/converses w/the main character & imaginative twists ensue. A winner if ya dig Persepolis.
Pocket Jotters Vol. One!
Illustrated covers by Meg Hunt, nice drawings.
Dawn, The Worlds Of Final Fantasy
Dark Horse Books
Medieval fantasy/Japanese mixtures. How’d u do that Yoshitako? If u dig pretty drawings, it’s a keeper.