Category Archives: comics

“Read a Damn Book – 032: Understanding Comics”

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, comic books were HOT! Mainstream comics (Marvel & DC) were doing well, collectors’ prices were up, and the classic characters were on everyone’s mind. Tim Burton’s Batman film (from 1989) smashed box-office … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 029: Flaming Carrot’s Greatest Hits”

I had the great pleasure of meeting Bob Burden once, back in 1988 at Golden Apple Comics in L.A. My uncle and I drifted into the comic shop, late, for a Burden appearance, and we got there just in time … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 020: Madman Volume 1”

Mike Allred – Madman Volume 1 (2010) As I mentioned in a previous review (see The Atomics: Spaced Out and Grounded…), Mike Allred is one of my favorite comic creators, and this collection PERFECTLY illustrates the reasons why this is … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 014: Krazy & Ignatz”

George Herriman – Krazy & Ignatz (2002/2004) For those of you who may not be familiar with Krazy Kat, it was a long running newspaper comic strip created by George Herriman, not liked by many “normal” folk, but adored by … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 012: All This and Snoopy, Too”

In 1989, (or was it 1990?), I bought about a dozen Peanuts collections at a library book sale for 10 cents apiece. Every now and then, when I get in a specific mood, I grab one of those books and … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 010: Snake ‘n’ Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret”

Michael Kupperman – Snake ‘n’ Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret (2000) This book is shear genius. I first discovered Snake ‘n’ Bacon at a cut-out bookshop in Seaside, Oregon (USA), probably about ten years ago, and I’ve repurchased this book once, because … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 008: The Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky”

Susan K. Putney & Berni Wrightson – The Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky (1986) Berni Wrightson is one of my favorites. I used to have some of his haunting Swamp Thing comics, as well as a trading card series featuring his art, … Continue reading

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