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Howard Chaykin

The Spectacle of It All

April 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

So last week was a good week for funnybooks. But, as sometimes happens, life has gotten in the way of me discussing them in my usual depth. So this’ll have to be quick. And, since the four books I’ll be covering are also real pretty to look at, I figured I might as well pick one really spectacular image from each, and share those. Some of them will be SPOILERY, while others… [...]

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 [...]

ANOTHER Great Week for Funnybooks

September 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

So… Did I say that last week saw the release of so many good funnybooks that I was worried about the rest of the month? I did? Yeah. Yeah, just forget about that… Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes, by Grant Morrison and Chris Sprouse I thought the first issue of Multiversity was a bit tired. We’ve seen so many alternate versions of so many characters in the last decade that [...]

Surfing, Sex, and Miracle Men: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

April 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last week was a good week for great funnybooks, so let’s just jump right on in… Miracleman 4, by Alan Moore, Alan Davis, and Garry Leach At this point, I have to admit that I’m enjoying reading the monthly reprints of this book so much that I may have to stick with it, in spite of what I still consider to be an inflated price for a bloated comic. Ah well. So much for saving some [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Review Haiku!

October 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

So… I know I promised review haiku for this week, but… well… I’ve been busy, and… Okay, look. I tried. But it was just a bad idea, and I– Alright, fine. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you…   Afterlife with Archie 1, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla A fun diversion, Better than it should have been. Poor Zombie Jughead. [...]

Sci-Fi Rules the Funnybooks of August

August 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

So many funnybooks! So little time! CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!!! Infinity 1, by Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, and Mark Morales Not entirely sure why I bought this. I generally find “event” comics to be a cancer on the body of the comics industry, creatively-compromised stories that are very seldom satisfying, and that usually just interrupt the flow of more interesting on-going series that [...]

Pretty, Sexy, Sad and Topical: the Funnybooks of July

July 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

New funnybooks! Old funnybooks! So many funnybooks! Batman Inc 12, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham Poignancy. That’s not a word I expected to apply to a comic featuring Batmanbat… …in final battle with Talia Al Ghul, her squad of ninja manbats, and genetically-enhanced Super-Damian. But when Talia sees Our Hero flying toward her and asks “Why won’t he stop?” I [...]

NSFW Funnies: Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss

September 14, 2012 // 2 Comments

Black Kiss 2  by Howard Chaykin What a fascinating comic. It’s a story of sexual vampirism as a metaphor for Hollywood, and for film’s corrupting influence on society as a whole. It’s a pornographic argument against pornography, a portrait of Western Society drawn in jism and blood. Or maybe all of that’s just a cheap intellectual come-on, an excuse to draw a whole bunch [...]