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I started reading comics at the ripe old age of 13, well after most of my peers got hooked by that "G.I. Joe" commercial. But I haven't stopped reading since. I gave up counting how many comics sit in longboxes throughout the house years ago. Someday soon, I hope to count my comics by the megabyte.
My entrée into the world of writing about comics was in the letters columns of the 1990s, most prominently in "Savage Dragon" and DC's "Star Trek" series. I entered the on-line world -- well, back in 1986 on Q-Link, but I wasn't reading or talking about comics yet at that point, so nevermind. I started up on USENET and CompuServe in the mid-1990s, and eventually tried writing my own review column (creatively titled "Augie's Reviews"), which eventually became Pipeline in 1998. Pipeline has run every week since, without a break, and even ran twice a week for a couple of years, and alongside the first comic book podcast for nearly six years. I was the original editor of CBR's "The Commentary Track" feature, and now edit the CBR Reviews section.
I'm a computer programmer by trade, and a photographic enthusiast in addition to my sequential narrative habit. My wife enjoys Tom Beland's "True Story, Swear to God," while my daughter enjoys the works of Sandra Boynton, Dr. Seuss, and a tattered copy of "Little Lulu."
FIRST COMIC: "Amazing Spider-Man" #318
FAVORITE CHARACTER: Savage Dragon, Ultimate Spider-Man, Oracle, Jubilee, Asterix, Largo Winch
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Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce go to war in Canada, while in the mid-90s, Gen13 heads to an island of warrior princesses.
Now that we're out of the age of extreme decompression, what form of visual storytelling will take over modern day comic books?
Augie looks at what happens when a favorite artists opts for a less than favorite genre, and we meet a new character in the epic "Gen13" re-read.
Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard "create a dramatic and life-changing comic at a relatively small scale" in "The Walking Dead" #150.
Plus, it's time to take a look at Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's "Injection," and then revisit "Gen13" #1.
Image Comics co-founders Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen have found their collaborative groove. Plus, Jim Lee draws "Gen13!"
It's the annual Pipeline Year In Review, remembering all the re-reads, the TV shows and movies, the art, the Franco-Belgian comics, and more!
The epic "Gen13" re-read reaches the finale of Brandon Choi and J. Scott Campbell's original miniseries.
It's time for the industry to learn how to look back on past, beloved comics, like Mark Crilley's "Akiko," properly.
Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin's hellish world-without-an-Internet comes to print in "The Private Eye." Plus, the Epic "Gen13" Re-Read continues!
Dale Keown's Pitt -- and Timmy -- join the "Gen13" fun as the re-read continues, and a podcast highlights the hard-working folks of TV animation.
Erik Larsen and Todd McFarlane join forces on "Spawn," but how do their styles blend? Plus, The Epic Gen13 Re-Read continues as the team is on the run.
The first issue of Gen13 came out over two decades ago, so now's the time to re-read it. Also, is the iPad Pro the Ultimate Comics Reading Device?
With a new art/interview book hitting the stands this week, it's time to re-evaluate the career of the superstar artist.
Rocket Raccoon blasts into artful adventures thanks to Skottie Young and Jake Parker, Inktober ends, and which Wacom wannabe is worth buying?
The manga boom generation is set to take over the comics industry -- and that's not a bad thing.
The Inktober celebration continues, with some crash courses in illustration thanks to the Society of Visual Storytelling.
Augie's trip to NYCC left him feeling conflicted about comics, conventions and more. Plus, the Inktober journal continues!
Augie is participating in this year's Inktober event, and is tracking what he's drawn and what he's learned in Pipeline.
The highly anticipated "Paper Girls" #1 from Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang is out next week, and Augie has a spoiler-free review.
"The Manhattan Projects" #10 kicks off a new storyline inside the mind of Joseph Oppenheimer. Jonathan Hickman and guest artist Ryan Browne present another new world filled with craziness and bloodlust in the process.
The battle is on in "Glory" #33, as Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell present the battle of the ages that Glory is here to save Earth from. The entire Extreme Universe is present and it's a bloody mess.
"Comeback" #4 from Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh brings the time traveling Reconnect agents to the end of their rope, as events in the past and present collide, and the FBI plays its hand. It's time travelling drama without the headaches.
"The Manhattan Projects" finishes its storyline as the main character methodically tear into their opposition. Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Wernher Von Braun, and friends find creative ways to take care of the bad guys while setting themsel
Normally just a pretty action comic, Raffaele Ienco's "Epic Kill" turns things up a notch this month at Image Comics, leading to the most gloriously ludicrous action scene in recent memory.
"Glory" takes a breather for an issue, with the characters mentally preparing themselves for war with a slew of guest artists to show us the way. It's a quiet issue, but one loaded with great characterization and some nice fill-in art.
Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner's "Witch Doctor: Mal Practice" reaches its halfway point with an issue that zips by, offering a nice mix of character elements and larger plot ramifications.
Ken Kristensen and M.K. Perker bring readers "Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth", a new four-issue humor series set in an ugly world with lots of belligerent characters who do and say bad things to one another. If you can stomach all that,
"Chew" hits its halfway point, with John Layman and Rob Guillory teaming up once again to put the readers through a funny sort of hell, as Toni Chu prepares for her wedding day.
Raffaele Ienco's tale of the ultimate fighting machine returns to Image, as "Epic Kill" attempts to do the impossible: Bring its lead character back to life. It doesn't happen here, but it's a lot of fun in the process.
Another mini-series at Image Comics concludes, as Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo's tale of a "punk junk" warrior maiden trying to save her people comes to a dramatic final battle and an unlikely end. It's a great end for a beautiful
"Guarding the Globe" has a lot of good elements in it, but the first issue doesn't give a strong hook. For fans of "Invincible," though, there's a strong potential worth reading here.
"The Walking Dead" celebrates its centennial with a bonus-sized issue that changes the book's direction again while keeping fans on their toes. It's a tough one.
It's a fine issue for the series, overall, but on its own, "The Walking Dead" #99 reads like the set-up issue.
The danger comes to Rick and the gang, as one ally falls and tensions rise in "The Walking Dead" #98.
Rick and his small band of survivors encounter a new zombie-free community where things aren't quite what they seem.
Despite a lot of talking heads and some decompressed storytelling, this second issue carries the story forward admirably with a great action sequence smack in the middle of things.
It's a new heist series, with snappy dialogue, a clever opening heist, and just enough cliffhanger to make you wonder what will happen next. And Shawn Martinbrough's art make widescreen storytelling come alive again.
Dragon's kids fight a Hulked-Out Osama Bin Laden, while the subplots keep rolling.
A cloaked figure fights it out with Michonne and Abraham. And his revelation could set up the next new status quo for the series.