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The Realism Challenge: A Review

May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

I don’t consider myself artistic in any way, shape, or form, so when offered the chance to review Mark Crilley‘s new book The Realism Challenge: Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Modern Master of Hyperrealism, I...

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The Cage

February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Before there was the “graphic novel”, there was The Cage. It’s difficult to imagine suggesting one particular piece of work that might be the figurative father of an artistic medium or that there even should...

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Monstrously Funny Cartoons

October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just in time for Halloween, Christopher Hart brings us this spooky, scary and a little bit silly “How To” book for drawing cartoons of some of the darker things in various fictional worlds. “Monstrously Funny...

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Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever listened to the Mountain Goats, you’ll note that John Darnielle’s lyrics are little pieces of novels in their own right.  Some are more thorough — there is, of course, Tallahassee, an entire...

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A Penchant for Killing

April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I don’t kill all my characters–usually. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t,” he said, chuckling lightly. Tim Lebbon, with all his British charm, reassured me during our phone interview that he’s ‘quite a cheery guy’…after...

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

November 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

I have a weird, unabashed respect for writers who take a lot of time in between novels.  Sure, it’s frustrating, but I feel that shows they’re taking the time to write something that matters to...

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Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep

November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

REDRUM. Creepy twins. An axe through a door. “Here’s Johnny!” Sigh. Most people think of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining before they think of the original novel, which is a travesty. Stephen King, author of The Shining and many other...

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“Night Film” by Marisha Pessl

August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

I realized, very quickly, that a lot of the films described in “Night Film” are films I would watch if they were real.  Author Marisha Pessl compares mysterious director Stanislas Cordova, the main, unseen antagonist...

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This Town – Mark Leibovich

August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mark Leibovich has some pretty big cajones. In his latest work, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – plus plenty of valet parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital, he takes on the incestuous beast that...

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Inferno by Dan Brown

July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon is at it again. First, it was the holiest of offsprings and a secret society in author Dan Brown’s first book, The Da Vinci Code. Then it was another secret society,...

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