One fiercely intelligent young woman, one city in which superheroes and villains are the norm, and one comic in which diversity is as natural as the real world, with one kickass female hero to cheer for. And now, in print!
On the surface, Leah Wishnia’s anthology GUT FEELINGS visually reads as a tornado of frenetic and (at times) grotesque imagery, brimming with a stream of both rambunctious and tortured characters who are pitched in a mosaic of revolving hallucinogenic experience. It could easily be shelved amongst the vast anthologies from fellow young underground cartoonists, as […]
Here for your perusal, I examine a pile of worthy comics and graphic novelish books that I have found in my travels to Brooklyn; from a few book release parties at Bergen Street Comics, The Brooklyn Book Festival and most recently, Desert Island owner Gabe Fowler’s brand spanking new Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. ______________________________________________________________ […]
Injustice: Gods Among Us is something of an anomaly in the world of super hero comics. It’s a breakout hit for original digital work, lording over the sales rankings on several sites and platforms. If you look at the October sales estimates, you’ll find it sitting just below 25K and outselling titles like Green Arrow, […]
Of the many comics I picked up at the recent Lakes International Comic Art Festival, there was one comic in particular that caught my eye as I turned around one of those giant rooms. A small little book, nestled amongst publishers large and booming, that shone out with a cover that immediately made me smile: […]
It’s always nice to review something which shakes things around a little, and I’m sure nobody would have expected Task Force Rad Squad to show up on The Beat. Written by Caleb Goellner and drawn by Buster Moody, with colours from Ryan Hill, you can try the first issue of TFRS by clicking through here […]
I find Dash Shaw’s work to be strangely invigorating. I admit I had some reservations when I first saw the daunting heft of his Bottomless Belly Button, with its absurdly extended passage of a man running and profusely sweating, drawn in a style so crunchy that it makes Gary Panter look slick. The idea that all we cartoonists must now draw books that are at least three inches thick and that take several years of deprivation to accomplish thanks to the efforts of obviously dedicated workhorses such as Shaw and Craig Thompson was not a pretty one. But I was eventually to resign myself to this new order.
There are no new issues of Villain’s Month left from DC, and business goes back to business this week. But there were six issues which slipped through my new previously, and I’ve now gone back to review them all. It’s over! Villains Month has been conquered! Here are the final reviews, which include facial mutilation, […]
I hadn’t seen anything about this new series from Monkeybrain, but it appears to be an anthology of western cowboy stories featuring an assortment of different creators, each telling a short story at a time. With John Arcudi – whose name is probably most well known with the Mike Mignola series B.P.R.D. – writing the […]
Week four wraps up the review copies, with another slightly-uninspiring collection of comics. The first two weeks definitely felt a little stronger, or perhaps that’s just a side-effect from me reading fifty-odd issues of murder and horror in a row. It’s a little desensitising! There’s more set-up for the Arkham War crossover this week, as […]