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Kramer's Ergot 7 (Kramers Ergot)
Kramer's Ergot 7 (Kramers Ergot)

Douglas, December 27, 2008

The Kramer's Ergot anthology series has been compared to Raw Magazine from the 1980's, the post-modern, avant-garde, self-conscious cartoon series edited by Art Spiegelman and his wife, Francine Mouly. Kramer's Ergot has grown up from slender volumes to this year's big book. This volume has work by both well-known cartoonists (Chris Ware, Seth, Kim Deitch, Jaime Hernandez) and lesser-known (CF, Chris Cilla), the 16 X 21 inch pages showing a variety of approach. From more traditional cartooning with regular panels and narrative to pages better seen as complex Rauschenbergian paintings, the viewer can unpack these works, taking them in as a whole and then moving across the surface and examining the details. The page size rewards the reader, as does the quality of color and print. This book could make a stellar gallery show of the best groundbreaking artists in this field, increasing its appeal by including both the renowned and widely published and some whose work has appeared mostly in small print anthologies and zines. KE7 is a book that can be returned to and examined, read again and again, keeping in mind that much of the reading is akin to working through a combine work or something from the Abstract Expressionists, Cubists, or other Modernists.
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Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
Beat the Reaper

Douglas, November 20, 2008

This is great trash! It could be the next crazy HBO series! I must stop with the exclamation points! I recently read an AR copy of the book, and it was fast, fun, and crazy. This is written in the same spirit as Greg Rucka's Atticus Kodiak novels, but even more over the top.
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Nemesis by Jo Nesbo

Douglas, November 15, 2008

I just finished an advanced reader of this book. Nesbo's highly flawed police detective stumbles through another tense, bloody thriller, with a false ending or two and a satisfying finish. If you like Henning Mankell and Fred Vargas, you should enjoy Jo Nesbo.
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de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens
de Kooning: An American Master

Douglas, September 27, 2008

This remarkable, award-winning biography of Willem de Kooning is illuminating in a number of ways, but primarily has left me with the impression of a man tortured over his work, never satisfied, reworking and reworking, and never derivative of others.
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The Comics Journal #292 by Gary Groth
The Comics Journal #292

Douglas, September 27, 2008

The Comics Journal is the long-running (over 30 years) magazine that dared to take comic book criticism seriously long before graphic novels had their own section in every bookstore. Gary Groth is the publisher of the Journal, and over the years has held lengthy interviews with an extensive list of the great artists of cartooning and comics. In this issue Groth interviews all three Deitch Brothers, Kim, Simon, and Seth, as well as their father, Academy-award winning animator, Gene Deitch. Kim's interview includes details about his underground comics days at the East Village Other and elsewhere. The Deitchs' honesty about each other's successes ansd failures is refreshing and entertaining. As well as the interviews, this issue of the Journal also contains the usual news articles about the cartooning world, reviews, and columns by regular contributors. Much of what the Journal covers can be found online, but the interviews alone are worth reading this periodical.
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