Comics

REVIEW: ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES

  Comic books and punk rock are two of my favorite things in the world (and also big around the TuffGnarl.com offices too!). They are also eternal staples of the classic teenager’s life. And no one is more classic and eternally teenage than Archie Andrews. So I was extremely excited when I interviewed Archie Comics writer/PR […]

Bob Fingerman

Interview: Maximum Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman has had a career in comics and illustration for decades. He has worked on everything from humor magazines (Cracked/National Lampoon), mainstream properties (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures), album covers (The Toasters) and adult magazines (High Times/Penthouse). He has also written novels (You Deserved It/Zombie World: Winter’s Dregs & Other Stories) and produced covers and […]

INTERVIEW: Catching up with Cristy C. Road

Cristy C. Road is a powerhouse of punk. A feminist, artist, musician, and life-long writer, Cristy has been contributing to the scene that inspired her for most of her teenage and adult life. But she has also found ways to bridge that punkiness with her Latina heritage and childhood. It has led to an exploration of […]

Review: Patience by Daniel Clowes

“A COSMIC TIMEWARP DEATHTRIP TO THE PRIMORDIAL INFINITE OF EVERLASTING LOVE BY DANIEL CLOWES.” That’s the description written on the back cover of the new Daniel Clowes graphic novel, Patience (published by Fantagraphics), and it is an apt one indeed. Clowes’ work has always been strange. Even when grounded in reality, like Ghost World, there […]

Review: Minimum Wage Book Two: So Many Bad Decisions

A new Minimum Wage comic is always cause for celebration, and with his new home at Image, Bob Fingerman has found a publisher who is quick to collect the individual issues into reasonably priced editions. I picked up Book 2, “So Many Bad Decisions” on a Thursday and had blown through it by Friday. That’s […]

Interview: Catching up with Ain’t It Cool’s “Quint” (AKA Eric Vespe)

Ain’t It Cool? News (AICN) was one of the pioneers of fan-based journalism. During the internet’s infancy, AICN bypassed the exclusivity of main stream press and fed readers inside scoops, reviews and interviews served on a familiar and homegrown plate. Writer Eric Vespe, AKA “Quint” was there from the beginning, and has since become one of the the site’s most […]

Interview: Archie Comics’ Alex Segura talks Archie meets The Ramones, crime fiction, his love for hometown Miami and a long career in comics.

Alex Segura is a hometown boy done good. After cutting his teeth working for The Miami Herald, Alex took his life long love of comics and made the jump into that very industry, quickly becoming a professional and working with some the medium’s biggest publishers. Also an accomplished crime novelist, he has written two books in an […]

Review: The Case for Batman v. Superman (UE)

First, a disclaimer: If you have seen neither the theatrical nor the ultimate edition of this movie and do not want a few plot points revealed, then please watch the movie before reading this. While I keep my discussion of the story and certain major developments limited to my earlier review of the theatrical version, much […]

REVIEW: Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1

Iron-Blooded Orphans (IBO), the latest release in the long running Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, follows the exploits of a budding cadre of child soldiers who live on Mars. They are the byproduct of a catastrophic battle referred to as the “Calamity War.” It’s conclusion resulted in a diaspora that marginalized the Martian populace and reduced […]

10 things you didn’t know about Superman and Batman

With all the hype surrounding the release of Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice I wanted to drop a few little known facts for you all about two of your favorite DC comic book characters. First up is the Man of Steel: 1. Did you know that Superman was co-created by a young […]

INTERVIEW: Shooting the shit with Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale may be the most prolific writer you haven’t heard of. Champion Joe (as his fans call him) has written everything from novels (The Drive-In), short stories (Bubba-Ho-Tep), screenplays (the animated Son of Batman film) and comic books  (DC/Vertigo’s Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo).   Lansdale even dipped his pen into a few episodes […]

Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

I went into Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with an almost foolish amount of enthusiasm. Although decades of old fanboy cynicism had done much to mitigate my expectations in a general sense, I couldn’t help but be overcome by a real feeling of hope. This was Batman v. Superman after all – the big […]

Review: Suicide Squad – Official Trailer (1)

Last night, as part of the CW’s “DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League” event, the first official Suicide Squad trailer debuted. The video, which you can watch above, gives us a better look at quite a few of the upcoming movie’s protagonists. Notably, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn take up the […]

TuffGnarl.com’s Best of 2015

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

TV Review: Supergirl: “Pilot”

The Supergirl pilot was a hot mess – it would take GOP levels of gall to deny this. The creative team behind the show seemed to have almost no (or too much) control over the amount of information that needed to be included in this opening act. This is a persistent problem throughout the episode, […]