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how loathsome collected
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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
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Nathan Aaron's submission for SPX



A panel from the first pageI'm always happy to see a good strip by a newcomer, so I wanted to link to Nathan Aaron's submission for the 2004 SPX Anthology (a small press collection of strips). The subject was war, and Aaron deftly and subtly shows us that war is not always about fighting with other people. You can read his 8-page strip on his site.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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Associated Student Bodies collected



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The excellent series Associated Student Bodies has been collected at last in a hardcover book including the whole series, plus all the color covers and an all-new short story. I've already written how much I'd enjoyed the original mini-series, and this collection is now the only way to read the complete story, since most issues are out-of-print. It is sold on the Rabbit Valley site, so what are you waiting for?
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Sunday, June 13, 2004

Joe Boys



coverHere is a review of Adventures of a Joe Boy Volume 1, by Joe Phillips. Full of sexy young men, the stories collected here are a lot of fun, although the high number of typos and spelling mistakes did distract me a bit, especially since the book is beautifully produced.
But I'm sure it won't prevent you from enjoying the way Phillips draws men.
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how loathsome collected



coverA sepia page As I announced some time ago, the 2003 mini-series how loathsome has been collected, but what I didn't expect was the very high production values of this book. A hardcover with a wrap-around cover on a dust jacket and a sober design, it boasts a two-color sepia printing which greatly enhances the art by Ted Naifeh, which was in black & white in the original version. As I've written in my review, I enjoyed the thought-provoking story very much, and I do think it deserved this handsome package. If you can't afford this edition, a softcover version should be published before the end of the year (hardcover and softcover available from Mars Import).


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Saturday, June 05, 2004
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The Mirror of Love

Category: historical, homophobia.
Author(s): Alan Moore, José Villarrubia.


In 1988, Alan Moore, fresh from the success of Watchmen, self-published AARGH! (Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia), an anthology designed to fight the infamous Clause 28, one of the more homophobic moves of the Thatcher British Government. Moore's own contribution to the anthology was The Mirror of Love, an eight-page strip recounting the history of homosexuality, drawn by Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch, his collaborators on Swamp Thing.
The Spartan army illustrationJosé Villarrubia, a photograph well-known in comics for his coloring and his sequential work on various comics including Moore's Promethea, has now created over 40 photographs to illustrate the original script in this new version of The Mirror Of Love, a hardcover book published by Top Shelf (also available from Mars Import).
Moore's text is among his most beautiful and most accomplished. With few words, he manages to engage his readers' brain with a lot of information about gay & lesbian history, all the while grabbing his their heart with the lyrical qualities of his prose and his depiction of same-sex love throughout history.
Michelangelo and his marble menVillarrubia's illustrations are up to par with the writing: sometimes illustrative, sometimes tending toward the metaphorical or the poetic, they are always starkly moving without being melodramatic.
Top Shelf's production values are always good on their graphic novels, but this time, they're simply impressive. The annexes, which give further reading resources and sources for the quoted poems, add to the feeling that The Mirror of Love deserves to be in every queer thinking person's library.
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