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Forget the ten best comics of the year or even of the last decade - this week, Augie is looking at 1,000 comics that he's glad to have read over the course of the last twenty years. Read the first half of his massive list today!
This week, Augie brings us an early look at this week's big release from IDW, "The Rocketeer," collected at last! Also, he gives us a compelling argument on the futility of Top Ten lists, then provides a decade-ending list, anyway.
He's a bit late to the party, but Augie really, really, really liked the "Chew" trade paperback for its humor, its world-building, and its art. Plus, are DC Comics graphic novels new? And what's the forgotten story of the decade?
This week, Augie runs down some of the current comic book happenings across the internet, "Chickenhare" turns webcomic, a suggestion for Marvel regarding hardcover collections of Todd McFarlane's "Spider-Man" run and plenty more!
Augie's back this week to present a special Friday edition of Pipeline featuring his review of "Image United" #1 saying that the issue "delivers on the promise it made - big loud fun, cool art, and potential for a crossover story to carry it.
Augie longs for yesteryear as he looks back at the problem with expensive comics in 1995, reminisces briefly about a short-lived comics magazine from this decade, and comments on a couple of interesting Marvel solicitations.
If you're looking for the best way to catalog your comic book collection, Augie will tell you about one solution you'll probably want to avoid. Plus, Tyler Page wraps up "Stylish Vittles" with the long-awaited fourth and final volume.
Augie buys Marvel's new Erik Larsen "Spider-Man: Sinister Six" collection purely out of nostalgia and asks: does it hold up, nearly 20 years later? Plus, can modern printing processes accurately recapture newsprint's charm?
Three pieces of news from last week help push comics down the digital distribution road - Augie shares his thoughts on the trio of moves. Plus, Bruce Timm played Comics Critic all the way back in 1982, and we have the art to prove it.
Augie discusses why we shouldn't be so hard on the occasional misspelling or grammatical faux pas in comics. Production difficulties, character flaws, and human error are often to blame. Plus: Drew Carey and Pipelines of five years past.
Jamie S. Rich brings noir to comics, Red Sonja has a lot to teach the internet, does Marvel's reprint schedule spoil today's big events, and where can you buy Augie's favorite art book for cheap? Click here to find out.
Pipeline looks back at a pair of classic comic strip collections this week: "Bloom County" and "Family Circus." IDW does a great job on both, but Augie has a conundrum with how much he enjoys "Family Circus," in particular.
The last time that environmentalism and Big Business was all the rage, Marvel gave comic book fans John Byrne's "Namor." That's what Augie's looking at this week in a special Wednesday edition of Pipeline Retro.
Augie takes a look at the front half of the "Previews" catalog for December 2009, discovering new thrills and raising some troublesome questions. Plus, a tip on the single worst way to get Augie to read or review your comic!
Augie takes a look at 'Modern Masters: Chris Sprouse' and learns a lot about its subject. Plus, thoughts on The Kirby Estate's suit against Marvel, the most gratuitous Obama cameo yet, which publisher will sell out next, and more!
Augie wraps up the week in DC and Marvel business news, asking some questions along the way in an effort to figure out what it all means. Also, some thoughts on CrossGen, collection-purging, Dale Keown and the 9-11 tribute books.
Pipeline Retro returns with a look at Dale Keown's project, "Pitt." It has a confusing story, creative team, and a convoluted publishing history behind it, but Augie is here to sort through it all for you. Maybe. It gets tricky.
In the wake of yesterday's big news, Augie wonders how Steve Jobs, Mark Alessi, Don Rosa, Dan Raviv, Bill Jemas, Dan Schneider, and Spider-Girl fit into the Disney/Marvel acquisition? Augie tries to connect some of the dots.
Is DC guilty of a Photoshop Disaster? Could a new public health care plan in America change the way comics are made? Did they really make Spawn Pogs in 1993? Were comics really that crazy in the early 90s? Yes on all counts!
It's been two years since Mike Wieringo's untimely passing away, and in this Pipeline, Augie looks back on Ringo's career, and offers some updates and links to relevant happenings that have taken place and developed since.
It's the return of "one-liners" as Augie ponders Wizard's Chicago convention's future as a Small Press spotlight, a serious potential road block to comics on the iPhone, comics by the numbers, and comic anthologies as baseball pitchers.
Augie has some thoughts on what went on in San Diego this past weekend, with plenty of random commentary thrown in for good measure. Plus, is the 'comiXology' iPhone app the future of comics, or does the format hold back the material?
Augie has a special video intro for his main review this week, "The PVP Aweseomology." Fans of the strip will have much to enjoy here. Plus, Jeff Parker & Steve Lieber team up for 'Underground,' and a lot of Pipeline Podcasts to catch up on.
Augie takes a look at some "Batgirl" covers from last week to see what lessons he can learn in cover design, including diagonals and lighting. Also, the new Pipeline Podcast format continues to roll out, with five new podcasts in the last week.
Pipeline goes Retro again this week to take a look at the earlier days of the modern Batgirl. Her original creators gave us a unique and fast-paced read nine years ago, and the stories still hold up. Plus, a podcast announcement.
Augie discovers a great series for you business action adrenaline junkies: "Largo Winch." Combining the best of action sequences and boardroom disputes, this is one to look for. Also, more lessons learned from The Purge of 2009.
Life changes us all. This week, Augie begins what was once an Unthinkable Task: purging his comic collection. Why? How? Also, what's going on at Wizard now? And did "Clock Maker" beat "Wednesday Comics" to the punch by six years?
"Captain America" #600 is all the rage this week, and Augie shares his opinions on Marvel's latest big media event. Does it live up to the hype? Also this week, Augie reviews Frank Cho's new art book, "Apes and Babes."
Pipeline is 12 years old this week, which is also roughly when "Quantum and Woody" came to life. In a dual celebration, Augie re-read the series and reports back on a superhero odd couple that remains sorely missed.
IDW and writer/artist Darwyn Cooke's long-awaited graphic adaptation of Richard Stark's first 'Parker' novel will be out next month. "The Hunter" is comic book noir at its finest, and Augie has your first review of it.
Augie took advantage of the just-finished long holiday weekend to indulge in a very special Pipeline Project: Can digital comics be read on a TV screen? Check out how he did it, and how well it worked.
Superboy is back, following a big event crossover! And he's getting his own series? Well, that's how it happened in 1994, at least, as Augie takes a look at the Karl Kesel/Tom Grummett series in this week's Pipeline.
In this week's thrill-packed edition of PIPELINE, Augie answers your Tweets, ponders what changes digital comics might bring to the medium, and discusses other parts of the comics world. It's a little of this, a little of that this week.
Augie returns to 2000 for "Gatecrasher," Black Bull's humorous teenage sci fi action/adventure story with a pretty solid pedigree. Also, an extensive look at Eric Wight's new book, "Frankie Pickle."
Augie flies back to 2000 this week, for a look at Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen's "Shockrockets" mini-series. Busiek used an interesting storytelling method for the book, and Immonen's artwork simply shines.
If comic books were to eschew the direct market to go the route of digital distribution, where would that leave today's burgeoning cover artist industry? What might replace them? Would comic book packaging simplify itself?
Deadpool has starred in at least three ongoing series at this point, but Augie's looking back at the first one, by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness. 12 years later, the humor holds up and the character is just as compelling.
Sure, he writes "The Incredibles" and "Irredeemable" today, but 12 years ago Mark Waid toiled in the coal mines writing "Ka-Zar" for Marvel Comics. Guess what? It's a hidden gem. Augie extols its virtues this week.
20 years after the fact, Augie finally reviews John Byrne's initial eight issue run on "The Sensational She-Hulk." Breaking the fourth wall was never more fun, but can a fondly remembered comic book from 1989 hold up in 2009?
Pipeline looks ahead with an early review of Dynamite's take on "Sherlock Holmes." And if you liked the "Fearful Symmetry" chapter of "Watchmen," Augie has a French comic you might want to take a look at - "Nogegon." UPDATED