(Dark Horse, 2004)
™ and © 2004 Dark Horse Comics, Inc.
This understated volume is filled with brief comics about the creators themselves. Less autobiographies than short snippets of personal observations and mindful memories, these stories come in an alternating variety of flavors.
Headliners include Aragonés trading books with Richard Nixon, Will Eisner dabbling with the universal experience of artistic rejection, and Frank Miller fantasizing on the movie set of Daredevil. Meanwhile, Will Stout tackles the task of portraiture, Stan Sakai recounts a trip to France, and Matt Wagner shows how to cook chicken parmigiana.
However, the lights that shine less brightly illuminate more gratifyingly, such as Jason Lutes’ version of Scott McCloud in Asheville, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s unnerving encounter on the Paris Metro, and Paul Hornschemeier’s rough recollections of childhood. As with most anthologies, expect some sweet and sour tastes, but these storytellers produce nuanced and challenging tales.
— Oliver Chin
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| ||Shelf; B&W||Frank Miller, Sergio Aragonés, Will Eisner, Jason Lutes, Paul Chadwick, William Stout, Bill Morrison, Linda Medley, Diana Schutz, Matt Wagner, Eddie Campbell, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Stan Sakai, Metaphrog, Richard Doutt, Paul Hornschemeier||Frank Miller, Sergio Aragonés, Will Eisner, Jason Lutes, Paul Chadwick, William Stout, Bill Morrison, Linda Medley, Arnold Pander, Matt Wagner, Eddie Campbell, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Stan Sakai, Metaphrog, Farel Dalrymple, Paul Hornschemeier