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Aard Labour 8: Women
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This is the 8th of my posts about Cerebus The Aardvark, a controversial and long-running comic. This post includes detailed spoilers for Women, for the series as a whole, and for its writer’s philosophy.

Previously: The 50-issue Mothers &amp[…]

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Aard Labour 7: Flight
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This is the seventh in a series of posts about Cerebus The Aardvark, a comic I used to read. Spoilers, as ever, abound.

Previously: Dave Sim ended the first half of his 300-issue Cerebus comic with a meditation on death, specifically the death of […]

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Aard Labour 6: Melmoth
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This is the sixth of my posts about Cerebus, the alternative comic that ran from 1978-2004. As usual, it’s full of spoilers for the book in question, the whole run of Cerebus and in this particular case, the life story of Oscar Wilde.

Previo[…]

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Aard Labour 5: Jaka’s Story
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This is the fifth in a series of posts on Cerebus The Aardvark, an often technically brilliant comic. As usual, it contains spoilers for both this novel and the series as a whole. In fact, this is a particularly spoiler-heavy post.

Previously: Dav[…]

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Aard Labour 4: Church And State II
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This is the fourth in a series of posts on Cerebus The Aardvark, a comic I suggest you approach with caution if at all. As usual I’m including spoilers for the whole series, and not including much if any art. Church And State is one story publi[…]

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Aard Labour 3: Church And State I
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(This is the third part of a series about Dave Sim’s Cerebus The Aardvark. As before, I’m not trying to get you to read this comic, just scratching a discursive itch, so it’s spoiler-heavy and artwork-light. Church And State, the th[…]

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Aard Labour 2: High Society
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(The second part of a series reconsidering Dave Sim’s Cerebus The Aardvark on the occasion of me actually finishing it. As before, I’m not worrying too much about spoilers or trying to draw attention to particular moments or bits of art: […]

Aard Labour 1: Cerebus
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As I said in the intro post, I’ll be posting expanded – in this case vastly expanded – versions of my Cerebus reviews on here. These aren’t really meant to advertise the comic, so I’m keeping actual images to a minimum, […]

Aard Labour 0: There Are Three Aardvarks
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So. I’ve finished Cerebus The Aardvark. Twenty years after it ended, as promised, with its 300th issue, thirty years (roughly) after I gave up reading it, thirty-seven years (I think) since I saw my first issue of it.

At the time I stopped r[…]

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Messing About On The River
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Boat Life, Tsuge Tadao (tr. Ryan Holmberg), Floating World Press

Tsuda Kenta is a fiftysomething novelist who splits his time between thwarted attempts to write and equally ineffectual assistance with his family’s clothes shop. One day, […]

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