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V.25 No.27 | 07/07/2016
Pixabay

Event Horizon

Fan Dance

Saturday, Jul 16: BMG Fan Festival

By Devin O'Leary [ Fri Jul 15 2016 12:00 PM ]
Enjoy art, comics, toys, cosplay and collectibles.
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V.25 No.2 | 01/14/2016

comics

Skim

The graphic novel by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Jan 19 2016 9:53 AM ]

I spent a lot of this weekend up before dawn with a pair of binoculars banging against the zipper of the embarrassingly large jacket my mom bought for me one Christmas. Birdwatching, yes, the sport of the elderly, really took a toll on me.

So I spent my Sunday evening finally digging into Mariko and Jillian Tamaki's graphic novel, Skim, which has been on my shortlist of "to reads" for some time. Mariko handled text for this goth, Wiccan coming-of-age tale, while her cousin, Jillian, covered the illustration in fine black ink. The story is about Kimberly Keiko Cameron AKA "Skim," called so because she's not.

In a relatively concise number of pages Skim deals with the suicide of a classmate, very much on her periphery, whose death has a ripple effect through the school. In addition, she attends her first coven gathering/AA meeting, falls in love (and makes out with!) her quirky English teacher, and drifts apart from her best friend.

One might think this amount of action would make it seem as if no one story gets rendered completely, but on the contrary, each functions well as a part of the larger story. That is, the story of a thoughtful, serious young woman navigating life's difficulties for the first time.

In addition to deft dialogue and excellent pacing, Jillian Tamaki's illustrations are spot-on, illuminating the story in indispensable ways.

I'm late to this party. The book was published in 2009, but the fourth edition of the paperback just came out in 2015. There's not enough good things to say about this story of an outcast surviving high school at its most treacherous.

V.25 No.2 | 1/14/2016
Goby Sick
Jim Lynch

Culture Shock

The Space Between the Images

7000 BC teaches a new kind of literacy

By Maggie Grimason
7000 BC is a support group for people who make comics.
V.24 No.49 | 12/03/2015
morguefile.com

Event Horizon

Saber the Date

Friday, Dec 11: The Force Awakens Pre-Launch Party

By Desiree Garcia [ Wed Dec 9 2015 11:30 AM ]
Featuring Star Wars toys and collectibles, lightsaber showdowns, costume contests with prizes, music, dancing, movies, comics, food and movie ticket raffles.
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V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015

arts

Reading Recommendation: Monstress

Marjorie Liu transposes real-world issues into a fantasy world

By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Nov 24 2015 3:48 PM ]

Writer Marjorie Liu wastes no time in her new comic series, Monstress.

Within the first issue alone the main character has evolved three times over from slave, to prisoner, and beyond. Not only is the character development rapid and spot-on, but the world building is immediate and visceral. We can thank Liu's collaborator, Tokyo-based Sana Takeda, for her contributions to the ornate, mystical aesthetic of Monstress.

Perhaps most importantly, Liu is taking on heavy issues in the story of the series- identity, racism, the legacy of war and the degradation that comes with drug abuse.

I highly suggest keeping up with Monstress as the story evolves. The first two issues are out now from Image Comics.

V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015

The Daily Word in Calvin and Hobbes, Governor Martinez, and a Zoolander sequel

By Cerridwen Stucky [ Wed Nov 18 2015 1:16 PM ]
The Daily Word

Thirty years ago today the first Calvin and Hobbes comic was published. Go read it and relive your childhood.

The Lobo's best season in much too long causes a surge of local pride.

Drunk girls and puppies, a match made in Buzzfeed heaven.

The third article of a four part investigative story on the examination of Governor Martinez' campaign spending.

Previous generations have screwed the current one. Let's try and break the cycle.

Zoolander returns.

V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
Curious George stops by Page One at 2pm to help them celebrate their 34th birthday.

Culture Shock

Contra-ception

Between learning contra dance, scoping artsy houses from the inside and celebrating both Independent Bookstore Day and Free Comic Book Day, there’s no time for boredom in ABQ.
V.24 No.7 |

news

The Daily Word in bulldozing the Bosque, movie moms and R. Crumb

By Lisa Barrow and Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Tue Feb 17 2015 4:37 PM ]
The Daily Word

Want to rally Wednesday afternoon to halt construction in the Bosque?

Balance out those avocados with some spicy chile. Capsaicin "appears to prevent weight gain in mice that are fed a high-fat diet."

Why do prosecutors always get their way?

Alibi writer Genevieve Mueller noticed something strange about movie moms.

The younger Bush can't escape the legacy of his older, poodle-painting brother.

Are insurance companies rewriting Hurricane Sandy damage reports to save money?

Avail yourself of R. Crumb's regimen for staying sane.

V.23 No.52 |

news

The Daily Word in a toddler killed a woman in Walmart with her own concealed-carry gun

By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Dec 30 2014 2:43 PM ]
The Daily Word

You got problems? These comics have PROBLEMS.

New Mexico's antiquated liquor sales restrictions may loosen up some more.

Would eliminating cheap booze reduce the incidence of DWI?

TLC Driving School finally (not really) explains why they closed without notice.

The new overseer of the EPA is a climate-change denier.

You can't drink beer in an alligator herd.

Looks as though parts of the missing Air Asia plane and some bodies of passengers have been recovered.

A toddler shot and killed a woman in a Walmart. The questions this raises about America and gun safety would seem too large to ignore–but I bet we'll have no problem ignoring them anyway.

If you aren't familiar with Hip Hop Family Tree Comics, start with this week's Boing Boing installment, then gorge on archives or buy a copy. Ed Piskor's comic has become something I greatly anticipate every week.

V.23 No.7 | 2/13/2014
“Super Girl” by Sara Richard

Gallery Review

Badass Lady-Love

Women of Comics soars at Metropolis

By Holly von Winckel
In a new show at ABQ’s comic art gallery, women are loved for being badass, and no one minds that most of them are not real people.
V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow
Shock yourself into Burque cultural awareness and make your eyeballs happy with this week’s Culture Shock.
V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013

Arts Feature

Our Bodies, Our Stories

New sex and relationship book empowers everybody

By Eva Avenue
In candidly self-aware comics and essays, Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf explores the spectrum human relationships and sexuality. All of it.
V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
V.8 No.35 • September 2-8, 1999
Tony Millionaire

Archive

Alibi Flashback: Hey Kids! Comics!

Two-fisted words and pictures team-up was an annual tradition

[ Wed Jun 13 2012 2:40 PM ]

Picture this: Back in the day, Alibi produced an annual comic-centric issue. It featured columns illustrated by many of the talented cartoonists with which we’ve worked. This was labor-intensive, time-consuming and really hard to do on a deadline. The result, however,was some of our favorite copy.

V.20 No.52 |

news

The Daily Word in a close caucus, quasicrystals and zombie bees

By TOM NAYDER [ Wed Jan 4 2012 9:33 AM ]
The Daily Word

Close one in Iowa last night.

Bachmann is out, Perry is reassessing.

Is it now OK for presidential candidates to cry?

New interchange design for I-25/US 550 unveiled.

Teen run over in Rio Rancho Hastings parking lot.

How much money does Sesame Street make?

Bandai Entertainment, one of the major companies involved in bringing anime to America is closing its doors.

Hybrid sharks found off the coast of Australia.

Facebook hands out White Hat debit cards to friendly hackers.

Should smokers who roll their own have to pay the full cigarette tax?

The only known naturally occurring quasicrystal is actually part of a meteorite.

Top 10 worst women of 2011.

Yeti crab is one of the new creatures discovered near Antarctic hot springs.

George Leutz's third attempt at a Q*Bert world record fails.

Dennis Rodman is starting a topless basketball team.

Hey, what's under that woman's dress?

Snoop stops smoking long enough to help a lady win a car on The Price Is Right.

Happy New Year 2012!

Trailer for Steven Van Zandt's new Netflix-exclusive series Lilyhammer.

The 11 best comics of 2011 were …

What's worse than bees? How about zombie bees!

These Christian kids just fixed your favorite song.

Welcome to The Obliteration Room.

Year-long exposure of the Toronto skyline is pretty sweet.

R.I.P. British cartoonist Ronald Searle.

Happy Birthday Yoshimoto Nara!!!

Thanks Constance!

V.20 No.48 |

News

The Daily Word in bendy straws, storm and indefinite detention

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Dec 1 2011 10:17 AM ]
The Daily Word

Kid hauled off to juvy for burping in class, according to civil rights lawsuit.

New Mexico 10th worst-run state in the union, says finance pub.

Occupy evictions in LA were fraught with violence and arrests, and only certain media were allowed to observe.

Big storm headed our way. Is the gas company ready this time?

Senate considers a bill that could allow terrorism suspects—including Americans—to be held indefinitely without trial.

Horses may be killed for their meat after Congress lifts a ban on funding for inspections.

Man imbued with the holiday spirit freaks people out.

Superman comic sold for more than $2 million.

APD chief and mayor want you to vote on the look of the new police cars.

The history of the bendy straw.

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