May 13, 2014 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: ANDRE THE GIANT LIFE & LEGEND GN: Fellow 80s kids will understand the childhood affinity for professional wrestling. It’s a cult that runs right up to today, but it found its footing and gathered its momentum in those halcyon days of Reaganomics and bad newsman toupees. The sport has its detractors; personally, I just enjoyed it for what it was: a good show. And we must remember, for all its highfalutin pretension and staggering gallery listings, art is, at its core, show business. It would seem that’s the point Box Brown is underlining in his biography of pro wrestling icon Andre the Giant. Once we start to gauge art by assumed intentions or monetary gain, we must evaluate ALL art by the same criteria, and that, my friends, is a slippery slope. Art is in the heart of the artist, and I believe this tender portrait of Mr. Roussimoff will illustrate that point quite well. Brown dove into some exhaustive research for this project, and his style – somewhere at the intersection of Tezuka and Pendleton Ward – is perfectly suited for the subject matter. Expect this one to show up on plenty of best-of-the-year lists, come December.



STAFF PICKS :: PRIMATES: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas :: JUNE 19, 2013

June 17, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: PRIMATES: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas: Jim Ottaviani has been making entertaining non-fiction comics for years now and when I heard he had Maris Wicks on art duty for his latest I was very excited! Ottaviani and Wicks have put together an informative book that never gets dry and is always entertaining. This is the kind of book you can give to someone who hasn’t fallen in love with comics yet to turn them on to the wonderful world of sequential art. I give this book 5 bananas way up!


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