archive for the 'Humor' category

Man’s Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend is a book that… stretches the boundaries a bit. It features an erotic love story about a boy and his dog, but it’s not bestiality. Not exactly.
The lead story is about a young man named Ukyo, who takes in a friendly stray dog he names Kuro (”Blackie”). But this [...]

The Invincible Ed

The Invicible Ed is a book that it’s hard not to like… but I managed it anyway. Don’t get me wrong: I didn’t dislike it, but despite its strengths, I was disappointed by it.
Ryan Woodward, who wrote and did most of the art work, is unquestionably a very talented artist. And he’s versatile, [...]

Tozzer and the Invisible Lap Dancers

“Top characters, great gags, ludicrous action,” says the blurb on the front cover of Tozzer and the Invisible Lap Dancers, a quote from Maxim magazine. Well, two out of three, maybe. Unfortunately the “top characters” are all Hollywood celebrities or the characters they’ve played, not Tozzer or any original character. And “ludicrous” [...]

Tattered Banners

Alan Grant is best known these days as a Bat-writer, scripting the adventures of the Caped Crusader and his friends in Batman: Shadow of the Bat. Well, Tattered Banners is something a departure from that. In fact, about the only thing it has in common with the tales of the dark night detective [...]

You Are Here

Kyle Baker is a minor legend among many comics fans. Some of this is due to Why I Hate Saturn, a comicbook seemingly designed to appeal to people who don’t like comicbooks (but do like books that are comic), the rest is for the legendary greatness of The Cowboy Wally Show, a comedic graphic [...]

Amy Unbounded

I don’t buy very many mini-comics. I’m too much a creature of habit, and my habit is to acquire comics through “the system” with my monthly orders and my weekly visits to my local store. I love an adventure off the beaten path (ask me sometime about my solo trip to Iceland), but [...]

Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks

This is the sort of story that leaves one self-conscious about scratching one’s nose.
As the title suggests, this story focuses on two main characters: Gordon Yamamoto and Miles Tanner (a.k.a. “the King of the Geeks”). Gordon is an upperclassman in high school who, with his friend Devon, is a bit of bully. Miles [...]

Smith Brown Jones

Who says there’s not enough good humour comics available these days? Well, I generally do… but Smith Brown Jones is one of the exceptions. It’s a reviewing cliché to say it, but this Eisner-nominated series had me laughing out loud, several times per issue.
Smith Brown Jones (the star of the story) is an [...]

Finger Filth

This volume is a reprint of several sexually-explicit comics and series Bob Fingerman has produced over the years. While Fingerman’s current series for Fantagraphics, Minimum Wage contains some incidental nudity and sex, these pieces focus on sex and nudity. Some of them (”Shugga” and “Skinheads in Love”) are medium-length stories originally published on [...]

Bull’s Balls

Whose idea was the Atlantic Ocean? Sure, it’s pretty and all that, but it has this annoying habit of separating North America from Europe. Not only did that delay the United States’ rather useful involvement in WWII by a couple years, it also prevents Americans from enjoying the full benefits of European culture. [...]

Reality Check

One of the most plagiarized, referenced, quoted, and asked-about single-panel cartoons of the early 90’s was the one depicting a canine sitting at a computer, commenting to his companion, “On the internet, no one knows you’re a dog.” That potential to obscure and play with the truth using electronic communication is one of the [...]

Dancin’ Nekkid with the Angels

Howard Cruse has received a bit of attention recently for Stuck Rubber Baby, his graphic novel about a white gay man coming of age in the racist American South of the 1960’s. Before that, he was well known in the gay and lesbian community as the creator of Wendel, a full-page strip that [...]