• BOOM! Bar: Some Gain, Some Lag

    BOOM! Bar: Some Gain, Some Lag0

    The week of Wednesday the twenty-second of November, BOOM! releases eleven titles, eight of which are licenses. Two of the latter are softcover collections: The Deep and Dark Crystal v.1 (hardback) each collect four issues, though The Deep is one finished story and Dark Crystal an ongoing venture. Of the creator-owned books, Giant Days is

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  • Hi-Fi Fight Club: Mix Tape(d Fists)

    Hi-Fi Fight Club: Mix Tape(d Fists)3

    Hi-Fi Fight Club (BOOM! Box) is currently on issue #2. Nola’s feature on the nebulous drawbacks of the first issue spoke to a lot of my own feelings. We both like the book, and would (or have) recommend it as a monthly read, but we both also perceive it to be imperfect. It can feel

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  • BOOM! BAR: Hit Me With Nostalgia Sticks

    BOOM! BAR: Hit Me With Nostalgia Sticks0

    This week, Misfit City (BOOM! Box) starts to get good. Reading the previous issues was frustrating—the characters don’t quite manage to blossom beyond their gimmicks (the research one, the one who smiles fiercely while she disparages you, the Kristy, the one who… lives in an old derelict tower? Is she a ghost? I don’t think so?

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  • Rulebreakers: Billy Johnson and His Duck Explore Lettering

    Rulebreakers: Billy Johnson and His Duck Explore Lettering0

    Billy Johnson and His Duck are Explorers is a comic by cartoonist Mathew New, running here and there online and in print since about 2011. The premise is simple; it’s exactly as the title suggests. Billy and Barrace explore your classic pulp fiction ruins, chatting together as they go. It’s simple, but not emotionally simplistic. Map

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  • 13 Amazing Women Who’ve Been Making Comics for Longer Than the Internet Would Have You Believe

    13 Amazing Women Who’ve Been Making Comics for Longer Than the Internet Would Have You Believe2

    In this day and age it’s likely that you’ll read a lot of articles about women who make comics. They’ll focus on great new titles like Monstress, Saga and Bitch Planet. Maybe they’ll even mention a book like Moon Knight, which features the incredible colours of Jordie Bellaire. Though it’s wonderful that these books are getting

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  • The Spire: Lettering Is Art

    The Spire: Lettering Is Art0

    Out of all the elements that come together to make a comic book, lettering may be the most subtle. It’s meant to supplement the writer’s work by capturing character voice, setting the story’s pace, and, obviously, putting the words on the page in the first place. Many suggest that the best lettering is invisible, but

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