Read a Complete Beasts of Burden Story

Out this week is Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites, the gorgeous graphic novel by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson about dogs who fight mystical forces. (But that description doesn’t do the series justice, or attest to the immense creative skill on display here.) The book collects the four issue miniseries along with the earlier short stories from the various Dark Horse Book of … anthologies. This complete story, “Stray”, provided by Dark Horse, originally appeared in The Dark Horse Book […]

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Archie on the Cover of Rolling Stone

To promote Archie #608, out April 21, Archie Comics has released this Rolling Stone magazine cover mockup hinting at the romance story between Archie and Valerie. These kinds of mashups make me giggle. And you know, there is so much more Archie could be doing with the Pussycats characters, in a world of Pussycat Dolls. I like that the company describes Valerie as the “beautiful songwriter/bassist” of the band, emphasizing her creative abilities. In this story, the Archies band and […]

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Pluto / Astro Boy Character Comparison

I’m reading Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, but I’ve never read Astro Boy, so I found this character comparison chart particularly fascinating. I didn’t realize how much Naoki Urasawa was cleaning up the characters, making them more realistic than cartoony. The chart is by Xavier Guilbert, as part of his Pluto review (translated from the French).

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Shorts Illegal? An Archie Flashback

I love popular history and culture, so I’m always thrilled when they put a really old story in one of the Archie digests. (I would be even more thrilled if they bothered to cite when and where it first appeared and said who wrote and drew it.) This month, it was “Leg Work” in Betty & Veronica Double Digest #162. It seems that Mr. Lodge (who for once drives himself, without a chauffeur) is scandalized and aghast that his daughter […]

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Strangeways: Murder Moon Preview

Matt Maxwell has put online the first chapter of Strangeways: Murder Moon, his cowboys and werewolves Western horror story, as a preview for the graphic novel due in March. This comic has an unfortunate history. It was originally supposed to be a series from Speakeasy; when that company folded, Maxwell decided to self-publish the work as a graphic novel. (The better choice, if you ask me.) He shares some of his thoughts on the change: “I really wanted to make […]

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Sinfest Rocks!

The best webcomic out there? Sinfest by Tatsuya Ishida. Clever, creative, always fresh and funny, amazing cartooning skills. Today I’m pointing it out because this particular strip blends religion and superheroes in a way that’s respectful to conventions of both and still over-the-top hilarious. But it’s good all the time. Buy the books.

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The Atom Drives Batman

Sometimes it seems as though everyone’s doing supposedly funny write-ups of old comics, but Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog really wins the blue ribbon with his takedown of The Brave and the Bold #115, “the story where the Atom reanimates Batman’s corpse so that he can fight crime from beyond the grave.” …and that’s when the Atom shrinks down, hops into Batman’s ear canal, pauses just long enough to drop some knowledge on the kids by explaining how the ear works, and […]

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Wizard’s New Low

From the latest Wizard, page 23. To tie into the Nov. release of Frank Miller’s bootylicious cover to All-Star Batman and Robin #5, we whipped up this fun and saucy mix-and-match game. Below you’ll find eight lovely apple-bottoms (one of which is Miller’s cover); your job is to identify the character by her rump and match it to the artist below. Answers for these gluteus masterpieces are at the bottom (naturally). Does Wizard think women should be treated as cows, […]

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