Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday Review - Hungry Now

Rachel read Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio:

Finally out in paperback, Hungry Planet was a favorite coffee table book around this time a couple of years ago. As a collection of photos of what families eat in one week all over the world (imagine family portraits only with everything they consume arranged all around them), it's a beautiful and fascinating peek into how we all live.

But in softcover I actually read it from cover to cover. All the short essays, write ups for each visited family and statistics for each country (a lot of other places aren't that far behind on obesity to the US) were just as captivating as the photos.

Benn read Closed Caption Comics #666 by the Closed Caption Comics Collective:

There's a quiet comics revolution going on here in Baltimore. By "quiet", I mean it doesn't get the same press/ink/comics media attention that Fort Thunder received, or that the current Brooklyn scene is getting or even the kids from The Center for Cartoon Studies. However, what the Closed Caption Comics collective is doing, with exquisitely crafted minis (which frequently involve incredibly complex silkscreening, construction and line work) is turning the mini comic itself into a work of art. Talents like Mollie Goldstrom, Erin Womack, Ryan Cecil Smith, Molly Colleen O'Connell (to name but a few contributors) are deserving of more scrutiny and attention than they currently get in the comics world. They are supreme talents with unique styles, visions and fascinating narrative experimentation. And I put the final story in this anthology, "After My Prayers" on par, with anything from the heyday of Weirdo or Raw. Closed Caption Comics is where art meets comics. CCC #666 is a meaty collection of art comics, a visual feast that works on the mind.

Lauren read Clutter 11:

Clutter is a great magazine and this issue does not disappoint. Ashley Wood gets the cover, and in his interview details his start with Popbot, his foray into traditional comics with Tank Girl and toys based on his art.

There's a piece on the highlights of the San Diego Comic Con. Lots of fun pics and a preview of toys still to come.

My favorite interview is with Luke Chueh who created, in my opinion, one of the best toys - Possessed. There are pictures of his amazing paintings that are not to be missed.

Of course there's much more to the issue that is worth checking out. My favorite thing this week.

Eamon read The Princes of Time by Jon Vermilyea:

The Princes of Time is the story of three professors who travel through time/dimensions to beat up monsters. In one landing they crush a wizard, Dorothy-coming-to-Oz Method. Even the black and white stockings protrude in the same way, except here the body lies in a giant pool of blood. This is key because the art in Princes of Time excels the more guts and innards are exposed. There is tremendous care in rendering the grotesque and the absurd. In a pleasant, funny way.

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