Lunch Break 2.23.2011

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Lunch Break is a short round-up of favorite webcomics appearing here each weekday at noon. Here’s something for you to enjoy over your lunch break or whenever. The premise is simple: it’s another day on the internet. Here’s a new or forgotten comic that seems interesting. Have something to recommend? Email us: crosshatchdispatch@gmail.com.

  1. Nickelodeon Gag #6 by Alec Longstreth // 2006
  2. Blow Me Down by E.C. Segar & Chuck Forsman // 1931 & 2010
  3. Inspector God: Omniscient Detective by Tom Gauld // February 3, 2011
  4. Max in Mutt Mutiny! by Julia Rothman // 1993
  5. Forcefield by John Martz // February 17, 2011

Sarah Morean

Lunch Break 12.27.2010

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Lunch Break is a short round-up of favorite webcomics appearing here each weekday at noon. Here’s something for you to enjoy over your lunch break or whenever. The premise is simple: it’s another day on the internet. Here’s a new or forgotten comic that seems interesting. Have something to recommend? Email us: crosshatchdispatch@gmail.com.

  1. Phase 7 #011 by Alec Longstreth // date unknown
  2. In My Mouth by Sam Henderson // December 21, 2010
  3. Three Serious Old Men by Gabrielle Bell // December 21, 2010
  4. On flux. by Meg Hunt // September 10, 2010
  5. Garfield Minus Garfield // December 8, 2010

Sarah Morean

Phase 7 #13 by Alec Longstreth

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Phase 7 #13
by Alec Longstreth
Self-Published

There aren’t enough good things to say about Ignatz-winner Alec Longstreth and his comic series Phase 7. In some of the series’ latter issues, Longstreth writes about his personal history with comics and explains the story behind Phase 7. Arguably, his more personal stories have made those issues his best minis to date for the simple fact that people want to know more about how their favorite cartoonists operate.

It’s this personal touch that made Longstreth’s multi-authored mini The Dvorak Zine such a hit. When he draws himself looking right out at you from the page, concerned and familiar, it’s almost like a celebrity endorsement and suddenly you’re like, “Yah, Sally Struthers, I really do care about the hungry displaced African kids! I just needed reminding.” Or is it just impressionable little ol’ me? Well, personally I think Longstreth’s nonfiction comics make drab bits of information feel fresh and memorable.

Its with this same level of infectious enthusiasm that he approaches this latest issue of Phase 7. Even though this issue is just a recycled comic he wrote for a class back in college (more filler until he can finish Chapter 3 of “Basewood”), the topic is just as relevant today, because Issue #13 is all about art history! And when isn’t that worth knowing more about?

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