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Chip Zdarsky

Two Blind Men Describing an Elephant: The Current State of the Fantastic Four

March 6, 2018 // 3 Comments

So there’s been a bit of talk in funnybook circles lately about the Fantastic Four. It seems that big-time movie deals are in the making (if they don’t run afoul of monopoly laws and the like), and certain some-would-say-irrational proclamations from certain some-would-say-irrational Marvel Comics executives concerning the team may soon be rescinded because of it, leading the funnybook-making peons to start the long walk back to having an FF comic. Meanwhile, across the country at [...]

Two Weeks in the Funnybook Life

February 6, 2018 // 1 Comment

So last week, my attempt to answer a reader question turned into a discussion of my reading preferences, and why I generally prefer indie comics over work-for-hire stuff. This week, I thought I’d continue along the same lines, and take a look at every new comic I’ve read in the last two weeks. Not because it’s been a particularly great time for funnybooks. In fact, it’s been anything but. Few of my real favorites came out in the last two weeks, and in their absence I [...]

Independents’ Day

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

So in spite of the hatchet job I performed on that new Defenders comic last week, I really do think that, in terms of content, we’re living in a new funnybook Golden Age. The work-for-hire stuff trundles along, solidly average with occasional moments of greatness. But in the ranks of independent comics (which is to say, comics owned by their creators rather than a Faceless Corporate Overlord (TM), things are as exciting as they’ve ever been, with more great books coming out than I [...]

One Bad Apple Doesn’t Spoil the Bunch: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

February 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

So last week was, for the most part, a really good week for funnybooks. An old favorite returned, current favorites continued, a new series started… In fact, I think we’ll start there, if only to get it out of the way. Because not all of last week’s comics were created equal… The Wild Storm 1 by Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt  This has been a rather hotly-anticipated book. Warren Ellis returns to revamp the super hero universe that made him a superstar 20 years ago! [...]

Sex, Lies, and Batman

May 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Last week was a damn fine week for funnybooks, with three of my current favorites hitting the stands all on the same day. So of course, I’m going to start this week by talking about a book I didn’t actually read at all… DKIII 4 by Frank Miller and… Not-Frank-Miller So, yeah. I’m not really reading this book. I gave it a shot briefly when it started, but it has the feel of someone trying to make sense of the glorious nonsense that is Frank Miller’s Bat-Future. It’s tame when it [...]

The A-List: Catching Up on Late Summer’s Best

September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

So while I’ve been vacationing and discussing the state of the funnybook business, the funnybooks themselves have been piling up. I’ve got a couple months’ worth of backlog sitting on my desk here, and it’s time to clear that out. So, without further ado… CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!! Providence 3&4, by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows As Alan Moore gets deeper into his story here, the structure of the thing becomes clear. He’s giving us a tour of Lovecraft Country, [...]

Beyond the Big Two: Into the Indies

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been a gloomy bastard of late. Discussing the failure of bold publishing plans on the one hand, and a fading funnybook Camelot on the other. I’ve been talking crap, in other words. And while that’s easy (oh, so easy!) I don’t like doing it. It’s not good for the soul. Also, a friend of mine actually told me that last week’s Marvel piece made him sad. And that’s no good. I don’t want to make my friends sad. The solution, obviously, is to [...]

Dork Awards 2014, Part Three: Best Funnybook

January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

And here we are, back for the final installment of the 2014 Dork Awards. I have to admit, much as I wanted to avoid this thing getting repetitious, it still got away from me. Between the previous categories, and all the reviews of these books I’ve written over the course of the year, I couldn’t escape the feeling that I’ve said all this stuff before. Ah, well. Such is the way of the year-in-review column, I suppose. So, that little warning out of the way, let’s get this [...]

Dork Awards 2014: Writer and Artist of the Year

January 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Aaaand, we’re back! Real life got in the way a bit last week, and so I didn’t get to the second round of the Dork Awards. But now I’ve chopped out a hollow spot in my schedule, so let’s get crackin’! This week, we’re shifting gears a bit, to discuss specific creators rather than specific books. Honestly, this whole thing was a lot easier last year, when we just did a “25 Best Comics” list. Hopefully, I’ll remember that next year. But, ah well. [...]

The Week of the Bitch: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

After that headline, I suppose we should just launch right on into this thing, shouldn’t we…? Bitch Planet 1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro This is some bad ass shit here, folks. A feminist polemic disguised as an exploitation comic. A darkly funny near-future satire. A sci-fi “women in cages” book complete with violence, nudity, sleaze, and my new favorite line of dialogue ever: But I should back up a bit. Bitch Planet is the new comic from Kelly Sue DeConnick, [...]