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Dork Awards After-Party: Those We Excluded, and Why

January 15, 2014 // 4 Comments

Last week, we wrapped up our countdown of the Best Funnybooks of 2013, and I felt like there were some rather glaring omissions. Popular, critically-acclaimed books that I just didn’t include. And, even with our standard One Dork’s Opinion disclaimer… I thought I should maybe give that opinion on some of those books, too. Just ’cause, you know? So let’s get to it, then. First, with the popular five-hundred-pound gorilla in the room… The Walking Dead, by [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Best Funnybooks of 2013, Part Two

January 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

Our countdown of the best funnybooks of 2013 continues, starting… now! 12. Rachel Rising, by Terry Moore The best horror comic on the market is one that too many people don’t know about. I can’t say I’ve done my part to fix that problem, either; I’ve been meaning to write about it for over a year, and somehow just never got to it. But let’s see if I can fix that now. Rachel Rising is a bloody banquet for horror fans, a twisting, turning serial about [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Best Funnybooks of 2013, Part One

January 1, 2014 // 2 Comments

It was a good year to be a funnybook fan. I mean, they all are. There’s always SOMEthing good coming out, even in bad years. But 2013 offered up an embarrassment of riches, with exciting new talent, continuing excellence from old masters, and a blitz of original projects from the cream of the big-time comics crop. There was so much good stuff, in fact, that it was tough paring it all down for our annual list of the year’s best funnybooks. We persevered, though, and settled on 25 [...]

Cosmic, Baby, Cosmic: Jim Starlin’s Thanos Saga, Part One

December 3, 2013 // 9 Comments

The Thanos Saga, by Jim Starlin and Friends Of all the comics I read for the Super Villains list we did back in the summer, Jim Starlin’s Thanos Saga is maybe the one I had the most fun with. These books originally came out when I was a kid, but they didn’t get regular distribution in my area. So I’d stumble across an issue here, an issue there, and the sheer unadulterated weirdness of them never failed to blow my young mind. I have forever wondered what went on when I [...]

An Insidiously Sexy Apocalypse: Last Week’s Comics Today!

November 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

Hey, what’s that under this pile of old rags? Why, it’s a stack of funnybook reviews! East of West 7, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta So it’s taken me til now to realize that the current East of West arc is a series of character studies fleshing out the secondary cast. What can I say? I’m a little dense sometimes. Hickman’s playing it smart, though, advancing the main plot a little bit at a time while also using these characters’ stories to flesh out [...]

Beautiful Dreaming: Sandman Returns in Grand Style

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Back from vacation (had a great time, thanks), and what did I find awaiting me at the funnybook store? Sandman: Overture 1, by Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III, and Dave Stewart   So. It’s been awhile. Something on the order of 17 years, in fact, since the last issue of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman hit the stands. It’s astounding, then, how much this book reads like the original series. It’s like Gaiman picked things back up where they left off without breaking stride. I know [...]

Covering Nick Cardy

November 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

As most fans probably know by now, comics artist Nick Cardy passed away yesterday at the age of 93. I never had the pleasure of meeting the man, though friends who did tell me that he was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Though I knew and admired his work, I was never a huge Cardy fan, personally… Or so I thought. Because tonight, as I was looking through several on-line galleries of Cardy’s cover art, I discovered that he was responsible for not one, but two of the most [...]

The Pretentious Meanderings of Funnybook Greats

October 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Two-hour layover at the airport means… VACATION BLOGGING!!! As I believe I said the other day, last week was a good week for funnybooks. Let’s talk about some of them now, shall we…? Pretty Deadly 1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios This book inexplicably became the most controversial comic of the week when a California comic shop owner ripped a copy in half to demonstrate his distaste for it. Much as I admire that sort of retailing theatrics, in this case it merely [...]

Inside Velvet Templeton

October 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Lotsa great funnybooks came out this week, but tonight I thought I’d focus on just one… Velvet 1, by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting are kind of a meat-and-potatoes funnybook team. You don’t necessarily expect innovation from them, but they’re so very good at what they do that it doesn’t matter. Brubaker, for instance, is often at his best not when he’s stretching beyond his pulp influences, but when he’s reminding us why the [...]

Sex, Death, and Hawkeye

October 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Our recent experiments in brevity have been a blast, but this week I thought I might settle in for a more in-depth look at a single comic. To whit… Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Francesco Francavilla An awful lot of pixels get spilled praising this book, and not without reason. It’s stylish and pretty, with snappy dialogue, entertaining characters, and genuine emotional heft. Matt Fraction’s treatment of Clint Barton as a loveable jerk, a hard-luck hero, and a [...]