I Love Watching Comic Artists Level Up


(This week’s post will be short. Househunting is consuming a lot of my time, and I’m working on a more involved post that needs a little more polish. But hopefully, this short celebration of something uniquely comics will tide you over.)

Last Black Friday, I purchased the entirety of Charles Soule, Alberto Jiménez Alberquerque, and co.’s Letter 44. And while the story drew me in, the art … was initially not my favorite.

Specifically, Alberquerque’s characters felt a bit loosely- and inconsistently-drawn. There was nothing wrong with the book’s storytelling. In fact, I’d list page composition as one of the book’s and Alberquerque’s strengths. But seeing characters change shape and size from panel to panel was jarring, and characters’ facial features felt far too smushy.

This weekend, I finally got around to reading Letter 44‘s fourth volume. The book’s art has improved throughout its run, but in volume four, things seem to have really clicked.


Codename: Sailor V Vol. 1

Waiting on the Trade Podcast

Welcome back to Waiting on the Trade, a monthly comics book club for people who don’t have time for monthly comics!

In this episode, guest host Suzanne Payne helps us dive into the world of the Sailor Scouts, as we discuss the first volume of Naoko Takeuchi’s Codename: Sailor V.

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A Random Week (+1) of Nancy


Late last year, I said I planned to feature more webcomics on the blog. This post … is not quite that. It is, however, a look at a daily comic that is posted on the web, and that you should definitely be reading.

In April 2018, writer/artist Olivia Jaimes took over the long-running Nancy comic strip. I knew nothing about Nancy before Jaimes turned it into the world’s most memeable newspaper comic. Now, I can’t get enough.

Because no one reads newspapers anymore, I wanted to show you all a random week’s worth of Nancy (plus an extra Sunday strip, because why not). I am writing this introduction on Sunday, March 21, 2021. I will write this post’s conclusion on Sunday, March 28, 2021. In between, we will laugh. We will cry. We may watch a girl GO IN on some cornbread. And we will certainly weep for the travesties that modern technology has inflicted upon our society.

At the end of this journey, you will likely be convinced to read Nancy. Probably not by anything I wrote, mind you – but I have to make this look like a real post, so I’ll be commenting upon each strip.

Let’s get to it:

March 21, 2021

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I’m very fond of the “parent considering her child’s fate; that fate likely not good” shading used in the fourth panel here. The fact that the strip very quickly breaks back to comedy makes the shading even more brilliant. Also, note the mirrored poses in panels 1/2 and 5/6.

Additional fun fact: I’ve been turning my phone off as much as possible on the weekends to avoid ending up like Nancy and Fritzi here. Somehow, I still spent an hour looking at Magic: The Gathering decklists and articles on my phone today. I don’t even currently play Magic: The Gathering. Smartphones, man.

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BONUS: Issue Four of Extra Crunchy Fun Is Here!


At long last, the Spring 2021 issue of Extra Crunchy Fun has arrived! This issue, put together by my wife Kat and myself, focuses on PARTNERS, and it includes a number of fun stories, comics, and games. You can sneak a peek at Kat’s Chewy ‘n Porg comic, which opens the issue, below:

The issue is available for just $1 dollar over at Gumroad, so be sure to check it out. And feel free to share it with your favorite partner! We certainly won’t mind if you do …

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ICYMI: NPR Is Rebooting a Superhero


Last month, a crossover for the ages took place, as the worlds of economics and superheroes collided within one of my favorite podcasts. The hosts of NPR’s Planet Money decided they wanted to understand the value of superhero intellectual property, so they set out to buy themselves a superhero.