Sunday, July 3, 2022

Brendan McGinley:

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Nog a Dod + The Vagabonds

Nog a Dod

Genre: Alternative/Anthology

A hefty compendium of egalitarian art: mostly sketches, a few colleges, and even a bit of prose, almost all of it with a cartoony bent. It’s pretty stream-of-consciousness, and thus, thick wading, but fans will enjoy that. It is, after all, a product of Marc Bell, who has compiled works like this before. Imagine a creative compendium of an entire high school class, and you’d end up with something similar. Pure artistic musings.

The Vagabonds

Genre: Anthology

Josh Neufield collaborates with a breadth of writers and inspirations, from his mother to comics titan Harvey Pekar to the Beatles. Most of the other co-creators aren’t comic writers by trade, giving Neufield room (presumably) to ply his skills and allow them the space to simply tell their story. However the setup goes, the artist displays a versatile pen, flipping styles to fit each author. The subject matter is varied: some fantastic, some biographic, some speculative, illustrative, narrative…all of it is brief, but it’s pro-grade work, and neatly sequestered by theme.

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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