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Review: Marmaduke

Add director Tom Dey's dreadful live-action adaptation of the long-running comic strip to the pantheon of dog flicks that'll make you cry — for all the wrong reasons.
Bad dog!
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 11, 2010

26 cent book bin

Books never to come
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 21, 2010

Interview: Daniel Clowes

"If you had told me then that there would be cute girls coming to comic conventions in 15 years, I would’ve told you you were out of your mind."
On going from Enid to Wilson
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 30, 2010

Super friends

THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked
Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
By TEA KRULOS  |  December 11, 2009

25-cent book bin

Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 04, 2009

Slideshow: Inside today's graphic novels

Images from graphic novels like World War 3 , Drunk , Asterios Polyp , and more.
An exclusive look into a collection of graphic novels
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 16, 2009


Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

Comic-book games are all about wish-fulfillment: What comic book fan hasn't dreamed of laying the telekinetic smack down Dark Phoenix-style, or flinging a few of Gambit's explosive cards?
Marvel's "Secret War" comes to consoles
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 02, 2009

The hub of film criticism?

In his deep survey, Gerald Peary hardly conceals his opinion that Boston is the epicenter of film criticism.
A peek into the  Phoenix archives
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 04, 2009

Big Fat Whale gets even fatter

Brian McFadden's comic strip Big Fat Whale — which can be seen semi-regularly in these very pages — had an inauspicious beginning.
Laugh Factory
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 28, 2009
jamba list

Comic-strip author declares war on Jamba

While the Shepard Fairey–AP showdown was busy raising the public-domain bar, a new case concerning intellectual property recently cropped up on the Internet. This one pits David Rees and his defunct Get Your War On ( GYWO ) comic strip against nation
Juice justice
By LEOR GALIL  |  August 07, 2009

Interview: Alan Moore, writer of Watchmen

The winner of several "Best Comics Writer" awards on both sides of the Atlantic, he's best known in America as the author of the DC Comics series Swamp Thing and, of course, Watchmen.
From the Boston Phoenix archives: the watchmaker speaks.
By M. HOWELL  |  March 04, 2009


Robert Crumb at MassArt

R. Crumb's Underground at MassArt
The beast in me
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2009


This season, there are two best buys when it comes to bang for your comic-book buck.
The world in comics
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 02, 2008

Is he being served?

In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2008

The nature of the beast

In the world of graphic novelist Kevin Hooyman, whose show opens at Proof Gallery on September 13, packed line drawings take you deep into strange and fantastical scenes.
Kevin Hooyman’s ‘Dark Walk’ at Proof, ‘The Exquisite Line’ at BU, ‘Material Meditation’ at The New Art Center
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 10, 2008

Terror 'toonist

Earlier this month, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors found a new fan in none other than Salim Hamdan, the man tried and convicted for once having been Osama Bin Laden’s driver.
Dept. of gallows humor
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  August 20, 2008


Mound wisdom

The first pitcher/catcher cartoon in the New Yorker was also the simplest.
Cartoons of pitchers and catchers talking are a New Yorker staple. What is so funny about rubbers?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008

Funny fundraiser

The term “Internet famous” brings a few things to mind.
Hip cash for Kansas rep
By JONATHAN SEITZ  |  August 13, 2008

Parody flunks out

Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008

William Lemmer: Coming home

This article originally appeared in the July 11, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The further history of a Vietnam-era informer
By JEFFREY STEIN  |  July 10, 2008

Repression illustrated

Graphic novels are an acquired taste.
People’s history in graphic format
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  July 01, 2008


Iron Man

Though a Marvel Comics fan, I never thought much of Iron Man.

Robert Downey, Jr. saves the day

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2008

Scare tactics

A steady ripple of anti-comics sentiment was crystallized in the early ’50s.
When comics were too crude for school
By DOUGLAS WOLK  |  March 24, 2008

Letter from Candorville

An African-American cartoonist reacts to being pulled by the Post

By ADAM REILLY  |  February 13, 2008

Sex and (comic) sensibilities

Josie and the Pussycats were sexy for cartoons, but they were a fairly chaste trio — too shy to appear in full-frontal shower scenes.
Dirty pictures
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 30, 2008

Making book

If obsession is at the core of The Rosenbach Company, says co-creator Ben Katchor, that only makes the pop musical a human story.
Ben Katchor explains The Rosenbach Company
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 14, 2007


Comics for Christ

Young Laurel Templeton spends her summer vacation “kidnapped by five cyborg flies and shrunk down to insect size so [she can] travel back in time with them to save the world from an evil spider.” You know, typical stuff.
Evangelicals are speaking in bubbles — and fighting God’s war on pop culture
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 10, 2007

The Golden Age of Comics

Ever wondered what would happen if the famed Simpsons ’ Comic Book Guy held a master’s in literary criticism?
Comic critic Douglas Wolk on Reading Comics
By JON MEYER  |  August 02, 2007

The Victory Day ‘confusement’

The late, great Professor Longhair used to describe a complicated situation as “the time when all the confusement comes in.”
Historical amnesia spreads far and wide
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 01, 2007

Digital strips

In the not-too-distant past, telling someone you were interested in webcomics was met with awkward stares and changes of subject.  (Trust me.)
The rise of webcomics and four artists leading the way
By JOE BERNARDI  |  July 10, 2007