Will Eisner Sequential Art at SVA

Will Eisner Sequential Art at SVA

Introduction to The Course. This was the 1988 version of the handout given to new students in Will Eisner’s Sequential Art class at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) on 23rd Street in New York City . This happens to be scanned from Sam Henderson’s copy. Not sure how I ended up with it. This...

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ROM Spaceknight is Here

ROM Spaceknight is Here

ROM is real. He has arrived. You cannot evade his Analyzer! You cannot escape his Neutralizer! If you are a Dire Wraith he will find you and banish your ass into Limbo! Galador will be free! Visual Merchandising & Store Design. December 1984. Image is presumably of a display at...

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Review: The Strange Tale of Panorama Island

Review: The Strange Tale of Panorama Island

The Strange Tale of Panorama Island (Panorama-tou Kitan) — Last Gasp, 2013 Now-classic manga novel from Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show creator Suehiro Maruo echoes the decadent era in which its source story by Hirai Taro (aka ‘Edogawa Rampo’) was originally written, while anticipating one of...

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AdHouse Books Prepares to Close its Doors

AdHouse Books Prepares to Close its Doors

It was announced last week that the landlord Chris Pitzer would be closing the doors on his AdHouse Books press after 20 years of operation and 100 books. Well… 101… News on that to come. Wow Cool has been excited to stock their books for over a dozen of those years, and the latest...

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CMY OK – Eclipse Comics Color Chart 1983

CMY OK – Eclipse Comics Color Chart 1983

Inspired by a series of posts by the artist José Villarrubia under the title “From a colorist’s perspective,” I promised myself I would scan and post some vintage comic coloring-related artifacts that I have. The first, and possibly most interesting, is this four page color...

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2019 Year In Review

2019 Year In Review

It has certainly been a tumultuous year here at Wow Cool. Not least of all because the physical “here” has changed. Sadly the Wow Cool Alternative Comics physical shop in Cupertino, California closed its doors after six great years. We also left the offices that we had been in for...

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Derf’s True Stories Volumes 3 and 4

Derf’s True Stories Volumes 3 and 4

In his True Stories comics, Derf has been going further back in time with each issue. In volume three, he covers 1996-2001, which was the height of alt-weekly newspapers. This is years before his career-defining comic My Friend Dahmer and his switch over to long-form storytelling. His stock in...

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Trevor Alixopulos’ Mine Tonight

Trevor Alixopulos’ Mine Tonight

Those that follow the minicomics scene will observe that geography plays a large part in forming artist support groups. These groups provide encouragement and critique for young artists and play a part in their development. The recent development of a sustained book publishing beachhead in the...

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New Reads at the Wow Cool Shop

New Reads at the Wow Cool Shop

Recent posts on Wow Cool Katriona Chapman’s Follow Me In – Reviewed by Rob Clough You’ve Seen Love Death And Robots, Right? Editorial comment moment here. It was OK. About three episodes were pretty memorable. Yeah, I’d totally watch another season. Celebrate [St. Patrick’s Day] With...

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Katriona Chapman’s Follow Me In – Review

Katriona Chapman’s Follow Me In – Review

Follow Me In is Katriona Chapman’s debut book from UK publisher Avery Hill. It details a transformative trip to Mexico with her then-boyfriend and focuses on the details of the trip as well as her ambivalence toward her boyfriend thanks to his alcoholism. Best known for her autobio...

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The Amazing Spider-Man Comic Strip Says Goodnight

The Amazing Spider-Man Comic Strip Says Goodnight

Sunday March 17 2019, saw the last Sunday installment of the 42-year long run of the syndicated Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man comic strip. The last daily strip was published on Saturday, March 23. Creators Alex Saviuk and ghost writer Roy Thomas make cameo appearances in the first...

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New Beans In Wow Cool Land

New Beans In Wow Cool Land

Recent posts on Wow Cool Good Omens Official Trailer Released Steven Cerio’s ABC Book – A Drug Primer The Stupid Pages The Stupid Pages 47 – The Walrus Zippy The Pinhead Read the last two weeks of strips – right. now! New Books, Comics, Zines & Video New Backlist Titles  

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Steven Cerio’s ABC Book – A Drug Primer

Steven Cerio’s ABC Book – A Drug Primer

Steven Cerio’s ABC Book – A Drug Primer first appeared some two decades ago as a slim hardcover book from the late Gates of Heck Press. It took you on a trip from A for “Angel Dust” to Z for “Zoloft”.  The satiric psychedelic tome went on to win a Firecracker...

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New on Wow Cool

New on Wow Cool

In like a lion! The big news this week is that we have added Zippy the Pinhead by Bill Griffith to the site. Read it everyday in full color. Strips are archived for two weeks. We also have many new reviews, features & new books, comics and zines. Recent posts on Wow Cool Preorder Dylan...

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Links Keep Tumbling Down

Links Keep Tumbling Down

It’s been a couple of months since the last installment of the ‘something good to read on a Sunday’ linkdown bonanza. We’ll see how far we can get down the accumulated backlog of goodness assembled in that interim. How far down the rabbit hole can you go? Art: A Hundred...

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Hellen Jo’s Jin & Jam – Review

Hellen Jo’s Jin & Jam – Review

There’s little that’s quiet about Hellen Jo’s Jin and Jam, a Sparkplug Comic Books release. In the tradition of cartoonists like Charles Schulz, she’s clearly exploring different aspects of her self through her various characters. Jo’s characters are very much...

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