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Pulp Hope and Crutches for a Crippled Crab

Every day you live is another day closer to your death. Read More | Comment »

4:32PM Wed. Aug. 20, Wayne Alan Brenner

'This One Summer' Is a Story for All Seasons

First Second Books, who recently brought us Paul Pope's magisterial romp Battling Boy and Gene Luen Yang's historical drama Boxers and Saints, adds depth to the usual mid-year media offerings with a powerful new book from cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Thu. Jul. 24, Wayne Alan Brenner

July Is Crime Month: Batman Day

The Dark Knight. The Caped Crusader. The Masked Manhunter. The World's Greatest Detective. Bats. We know him by many names and in many guises, but the most important thing to know about him today is that it's Batman's 75th birthday – he first appeared in Detective Comics on July 23, 1939 – so the world is celebrating Batman Day. Read More | Comment »

2:15PM Wed. Jul. 23, Robert Faires

Rise of the Valkyrie

Comic readers exploded in fury this week when podcaster Craig Mazin called She-Hulk "Slut-Hulk." The good thing is that he was quickly called out for it. The bad thing? That he even thought to say it in the first place. That's the kind of casual sexism that pervades the medium that Kate Leth loves. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Mon. May. 26

Mimi Pond Knows From Waitressing

Experience shows and experience knows. Read More | Comment »

4:30PM Wed. May. 14, Wayne Alan Brenner

Diane Obomsawin’s 'On Loving Women'

Love. It’s something all people have in common. Read More | Comment »

6:30PM Wed. Apr. 23, Sarah Marloff

Even If You Think You Wouldn't Like A Comic Book Called 'Monsters!'

Listen: This new book's humor is more gut-busting than a punch in the belly from the fist of Gojira. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Wed. Feb. 5, Wayne Alan Brenner

Presidential Losers on Parade!

Looks like we do still have Dick Nixon to kick around some more, after all. Read More | Comment »

3:10PM Fri. Jan. 24, Wayne Alan Brenner

Staple! Lives!

Comic fans and connoisseurs of the graphic arts, start filling your 2014 calendar. Austin's own indie media expo Staple! just announced a local mainstay and two rising talents of the alternative circuit as their guest list headliners. Expect undead Archie, time-stopping titillation and supervillains in braces. Read More | Comment »

7:00AM Tue. Dec. 3, 2013, Richard Whittaker

Paul Pope's Battling Boy Is a Young God Among Men

Who doesn't need another hero when they're besieged by monsters and the former champion of humanity has been 86'd by dire machination? Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Wed. Oct. 30, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Movie Stills Remade as Watercolors?

Classic movie titles and narrative moments frozen from the fleet sequence of frames, captured in deep black and gray watercolors by Canadian artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Mon. Oct. 14, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Captains on Deck at Wizard World

When Wizard World Austin Comic Con beams into town next month, there could be a power struggle over who gets the captain's chair. Two former captains of the USS Enterprise, Scott Bakula and William Shatner, will be exploring strange new worlds. Well, the Austin Convention Center. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Wed. Oct. 9, 2013, Richard Whittaker

The Boxer Rebellion Gets Yang'd But Good

There's the ghost of the first emperor of all China, Qin Shi Huang, in full warrior gear. There's the spirit of St. Joan, Joan of Arc, bright with battle armor. And both of these are only the inspirations for the main characters – Little Bao and Vibiana, respectively – in this new graphic novel just out from publishing powerhouse First Second Books. Read More | Comment »

4:30PM Mon. Sep. 23, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Donny Cates Is No 'Buzzkill'

Superman is powered by sunlight. Wolverine has his mutant genes. For Ruben, the hero of Buzzkill, by Austin-based comic writer Donny Cates and Toadies drummer Mark "Rez" Reznicek, his superpowers are activated when he gets really, really drunk. Read More | Comment »

2:29PM Wed. Sep. 18, 2013, Richard Whittaker

Are You Headed Straight For Failure, Friend?

Karl Stevens knows from failure, hell yes, especially if it involves getting drunk and working as an art-museum security guard and crashing on dirty couches and suffering through the kind of romantic relationships a person can suffer through on the way to (one hopes) eventual true love & emotional fulfillment or, you know, whatevs. Read More | Comment »

3:50PM Thu. Sep. 5, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

That Whole Handcuffed-to-a-[ something ]-with-a-Hacksaw Gambit

Of course, the Saw franchise upped the ante. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Wed. Sep. 4, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yeti

Alternative Comics – the indie publishing company that used to be run by Jeff Mason down in Gainesville, Florida – has been blitzing my mailbox lately and I don't want this practice to stop anytime soon. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Tue. Sep. 3, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Hey, Adults! Comics! Comics that are Funny, Weird, and Profound!

They will delight you.
They will inform you.
They will freak your mind the fuck out. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Mon. Sep. 2, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner, Erika May McNichol and Shannon McCormick

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington With This New Graphic Novel

Today marks the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington – one of the largest peaceful demonstrations for civil rights in American history. Read More | Comment »

4:15PM Wed. Aug. 28, 2013, Jessi Cape

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