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A Compendium of Comic Maps

The best fiction often succeeds because its creator has constructed a convincing world. By that I don’t mean a place that seems realistic, but rather a world that’s believable because it’s been thought through — pages of notes, characters described down to their beauty marks, the relationships between them, their homes and towns mapped out.

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This Book Is About as Fun as a Barrel of Monkeys

The phrase “barrel of monkeys” generally means a bit of crazy fun. In some cases, though, people may use it as an example of something that’s less fun, i.e. “this party is way more entertaining than a barrel of monkeys.” This contradictory dual meaning makes Barrel of Monkeys a great title for a graphic novel by French cartoonists Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot — in my eyes, at least, because I still haven’t decided whether the book was a really awesome barrel of monkeys or the lesser variety.

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4 Finds from Last Weekend’s Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

Last Saturday, November 10th’s Brooklyn Comics and Graphic Festival one-day fair was a packed event that featured close to a hundred exhibitors that attracted thousands of fans from across the city. The enthusiasm on the two-floors of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s church hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was palpable and the quality of publications were high — did I mention graphic novelist Ben Katchor and Chris Ware (among others) were there signing books?