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Wait, What? Ep. 114: Everything We Could Stand

Jeff Lester

Jaxxon drawing by our very own renaissance man, Graeme McMillan… Skip week is over so we are back for another episode or two (we will probably skip Valentine’s Day, I am betting that right now). Before we get into it, though: look at that Jaxxon! What a great drawing of a very old, obscure Star Wars character that I dearly love! Well done, Mr. Graeme McMillan, well done.  Please email me if you want to be part of the crew that tries to peer pressure Graeme into drawing more comics… After the jump: Love! Links! Show notes!

Wait, What? Ep. 110: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Jeff Lester

One of the two delightful pieces of art made for us by the impressively talented Garrett Berner (a.k.a. The Mighty Gar) It’s our last podcast of the year!  Yes, after this two hour and ten minute Whatstravaganza, you get a nice two week vacation from our wee voices nattering on and on, answering your questions, picking apart your comics.  Finally!  Some peace and quiet for your holidays!  Doesn’t that sound pleasant? Anyway…after the jump!  More art!  Lots of links! A hastily assembled and incomplete “Best of” list! And also: Show Notes!

Quick Notice: Because There Are Reviews, There Will Be No Reviews.

Jeff Lester

Hibbs is out of town but he emailed me yesterday, breathlessly and with that slipshod sense of punctuation you expect from people on the road (oh how I wish I had that excuse!), to let me know that it was very important that  I tell everyone that, yes, he had written reviews but no, he had not thought to bring his password with him and so, even more so, no, there will be no reviews from him until after 4/3…not because there aren’t reviews, mind you! (No, of course not.) So…there’s that.  In the interim, please check out John K’s excellent review of the Goodwin/Simonson adaptation of Alien and also, Tucker Stone’s latest slate of reviews over at The Comics…  Read More…

February 2012: The Month Where I Really Felt The Loss of John Candy

Tucker Stone

What follows is the second in a series of 12 posts, capturing the official Savage Critics rating for all of the comics that I read but couldn’t find the time (or space) to write about in a more “professional” capacity. The first one is here.

January 2012: Tucker Had To File These At Some Point

Tucker Stone

What follows is the first in what will become a series of 12 posts, capturing the official Savage Critics rating for all of the comics that I read but couldn’t find the time (or space) to write about in a more “professional” capacity. [Note: this post includes comics read in 2011 as well as stuff from January, so you can expect some cursory bits here. Also: I missed you guys. I miss your face, your moist carcass, your buttermilk porpoise, your tender kiss and your sloppy tongues. Joe McCulloch is going to make a great father to what I’ve got growing inside me right now, and I hear great things are brewing in the Loins of Khosla. This is dedicated…  Read More…

A Few Good Links

Brian Hibbs

Since it was so deep in a grown-tiresome thread, you probably missed this, but I loved loved loved Steve D’s post here.   Tom Spurgeon is back with another fabulous round of Holiday interviews, and while I don’t know how many people go here without going thee every day, I wanted to really point out the interview with The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe. It’s super rare to see in depth interviews with retailers, and I wish we had more such interviews and profiles. I used to (when it was still a monthly magazine) beg The Comics Journal to do a few interviews with pioneering retailers before it was too late and we lost that history to second hand stories. There are…  Read More…

Savage Symposium: FEAR ITSELF & FLASHPOINT (Part 3 of 3)

Abhay Khosla

The fiery climax of our roundtable Q&A, in which questions about FLASHPOINT #2 are FINALLY ANSWERED, preconceptions are EXPLODED, homes are INVADED, true love is TESTED, and the hope of ALL will fall into the hands of ONE– and in a stunning twist ending, it turns out we were all in monogamous relationships with prostitutes this ENTIRE time.  Who saw that coming?  Well, in my case, everybody.  Everybody saw it coming.  Awwwww.

Savage Symposium: FEAR ITSELF & FLASHPOINT (Part 2 of 3)

Abhay Khosla

Part 2, in which Questions are asked about FLASHPOINT #1 & FEAR ITSELF #3, lessons are learned, truths are revealed, a bloody revenge is discharged and a bloody discharge has its revenge.

Savage Symposium: FEAR ITSELF & FLASHPOINT (Part 1 of 3)

Abhay Khosla

As part of the 10th anniversary of The Savage Critics on the internet, and in conjunction with the 4-part discussion of Chester Brown’s PAYING FOR IT, a more mainstream-oriented “round-table” discussion of Marvel Comics’s multi-title crossover headline series FEAR ITSELF and DC Comics’s multi-title crossover headline series FLASHPOINT was conducted between April 11, 2011 and June 19, 2011, covering slightly less than the first halves of both series. As each issue of FEAR ITSELF #’s 1-3 & FLASHPOINT #’s 1-2 was released, a single question was posed.

Savage Symposium: PAYING FOR IT (Part 4 of 4)

Brian Hibbs

And here’s the big wrap-up to this week’s discussion of PAYING FOR IT! I hope you relished it as much as I.

Savage Symposium: PAYING FOR IT (part 3 of 4)

Brian Hibbs

Question #4:

Savage Symposium: PAYING FOR IT (Part 2 of 4)

Brian Hibbs

Here’s Question #3.  

Savage Symposium: PAYING FOR IT part 1 (of 4)

Brian Hibbs

As part of the 10th anniversary of The Savage Critic on the web, and since we had such a great time last year doing it with WILSON, we’ve decided to try and do several Savage Symposiums this year, leading with one “mainstream” and one “alternative” title. Abhay is leading the superhero one, which should see print in about two weeks, and I ended up leading this one, for Chester Brown’s PAYING FOR IT.   I asked the gang five questions, the first two of which are presented here for your reading pleasure. A question a day will follow through Friday.  

Tucker Goes Deep Inside Hal Jordan’s War

Tucker Stone

Green Lantern 64 (Part One of War of The Green Lanterns) Hal Jordan? Funny you asked. As a result of of the death of his father, he’s refused to acknowledge fear, forever living a life of risk and insubordination. He lacks professionalism and restraint and has never been able to keep his emotions in check. The Green Lantern Corps–a paramilitary police organization whose shield he operates under–was willing to look the other way, until he started hanging out with aliens who have and use colored rings from other spokes of what’s been called “The Emotional Spectrum”. Forming what’s been called the Rainbow Squadron, this unofficial team of Jordan’s is unacceptable to the Corps, so he must be, and he will be…arrested….  Read More…

At Least Tucker’s Got The Day Of Atonement To Look Forward To: Exactly 10,000 Words On 9/1

Tucker Stone

What follows is an experiment, never to be repeated, wherein I read as many of the last week’s new comic books and graphic novels as I could find, and provided ratings on most of them. Brian suggested splitting it into two posts, but after some consideration, I’ve decided to publish it all at once, because it was stupid, and stupid shouldn’t breed. The act of “reviewing” this many comics–quite a few of which are clearly not designed for drop-in readers, even more of which do not (nor should) include me in the target audience–is a fundamentally hideous idea, one that can in no way benefit me as a human being who wishes to do other things with his time. Whether…  Read More…

Reaching For Toast Like TV Remotes: Tucker on 7/21

Tucker Stone

I have nothing to add to your comics news cycle, but I still happen to like comic books enough to purchase them in the face of a fearsome unemployment rate. Here are some of the ones that will someday make a family member of mine hate me for having, because they will have to deal with getting rid of them after I shuffle off this mortal coil.

No Sacrificing, Strike Like Lightning: Tucker on 6/16

Tucker Stone

Hey, I’m into single issues of things that come out on a weekly basis in a paper format that I can purchase with American currency. Here’s a few of them.

SAVAGE SYMPOSIUM: WILSON by DAN CLOWES

Abhay Khosla

Dan Clowes is the cartoonist and author of a considerable number of the most celebrated comics of the past 20 years, including GHOST WORLD, DAVID BORING, ICE HAVEN and THE DEATH RAY, all of which originated in his EIGHTBALL anthology series.  His most recent publication is WILSON, his first original graphic novel published by DRAWN & QUARTERLY and released on April 28, 2010. WILSON prompted the following Savage Critic round-table discussion, which took place via the internet between May 2 and May 9, 2010.

Tucker Has No Experience With Which To Gauge These Comics Properly

Tucker Stone

This is a bit too long and overly friendly, so it’s buried under the cut where Chris and Sean won’t have to read it. It’s about this X-Men Second Coming shindig. And me. It’s too long. Also spoilers.

Tucker Can’t Get Enough Of Waxing Babies

Tucker Stone

Mommy got me an exclusive.

Tucker Manages To Read Some Comics

Tucker Stone

Been away from the Savage longer than I expected to be, and that’s how it goes when you can’t see your keyboard through a veil of tears. I’m not the political type, so don’t expect any side-taking in the whole Communist America controversy, but I will remind you of this one fact, learnt from my pappy’s knee: any sort of testicular manipulation (including “teabagging”) is a 100% fantastic way to spend one’s time, and a little summer fun with the Lord’s satchel never hurt a soul. Stealing the term for usage in the latest re-re-remix of party over here/party over there may not be an actual crime, but no matter which side you take on the Bookscan debate, we’ve all…  Read More…

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