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The Comics Journal Reviews “Make 5 Wishes”!

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Comics Journal online, published by Fantagraphics, is, to my mind, the single most respectable publication in our industry. Many of my colleagues would go so far as to call it pretentious, but since I, myself, am a pretentious prick, I find the magazine delightful, and, on occasion, actually relevant. So it is with great joy that I report that I have cracked it. It’s a little odd that it took the Avril Lavigne project to do so, but nonetheless. Comics Journal, wearing the face of critic Dirk Deppey, has stood up and taken notice and believe it or not, it/he has given us a positive review.

It opens with the line…

“I’m probably not the first critic to note that the most amazing thing about this book is the fact that it doesn’t suck, and I most certainly won’t be the last.”

Jolly good! Or at least, good enough for me!

The review ends up being the smartest, most well written, critical examination of the work to date. The reviewer knows that we weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel and takes that into account. He’s also the first and only one to mention this element of the story…

“Anyone who’s ever read W.W. Jacobs’ short story “The Monkey’s Paw” can tell you what will happen next, and by the time the first volume closes out, we already know that the demon is going to give Hana several harsh lessons in unintended consequences – but it’s going to do more than that. As the story progresses, it also begins destroying Hana’s fantasy world.

Yes! Finally someone has mentioned that the dismantling of Hana’s inability to access the world around her is a major part of the demon’s motivations and purpose. Everyone catches that it’s a riff on THE MONKEY’S PAW, that’s obvious, nobody else has mentioned that what is happening here is the deconstruction of Hana’s childhood. I can’t tell you how appreciative I was to find a deeper reading of our silly little piece of pap. God knows I need the validation.

Other wonderful bits from the classiest comics rag around include…

“Dysart and d’Errico’s story works because they have a fairly keen understanding both of the adult world’s various complications and the inability of most teenagers to comprehend them.”


Camilla d’Errico’s art, a style somewhere between manga standard and Sam Kieth‘s bittersweet cartoon linework creates a world that looks eerily like Margaret Keane characters trapped in an Ingmar Bergman film.”

Hot damn! Camilla’s work got compared to a Bergman film! I know that doesn’t mean fuck all to Camilla, I’d bet serious cash she’s never seen a Bergman film, but I happen to have more than half of Bergman’s work on DVD and the fact that my name and Bergman’s just got mentioned in the same review, and I didn’t even write that review… well, that is dope indeed my friends. Dope indeed.

The whole thing ends with a sentiment that’s really all one could possibly ask for in a review of a commercial (read “sell-out”) product like this…

“As an accomplished and well-constructed story, Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes may wind up being the most attractive silk purse woven from a sow’s ear in 2007.”

Words of praise indeed. Words of praise indeed.

Here’s the Link!

Great Comics blog

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“Variety”, of all publications, has a great comics blog up and running written by Tom McLean. Bookmark Bags And Boards next to Heidi MacDonald’s awesome The Beat and you’re set for comic news.



Reviews on the latest work!

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Please don’t leave me. Look, you see, others love me… you could learn to love me to. If you just give it a little time.


“This is epic storytelling at its best, with plenty of sword-and-sorcery action – combined with a real-world allegory about the evils of going to war for less-than-honorable reasons – to keep any barbarian lover riveted to the page.”Wizard

It’s not really an “allegory about the evils of going to war for less-than-honorable reasons”, but that sure makes my writing sound gangster!!

“Joshua Dysart mimics Robert E. Howard’s language deftly, and weaves a tapestry of the juicy elements that made Conan stories fun to read: monsters, sorcerers, swordplay, and an emphasis on the conflict between civilization and barbarism. Conan fans everywhere should hope that Dysart is given plenty more chances to bring the Cimmerian adventurer to life. Worth the money? Absolutely.”The Comic Book Bin

Hear that Dark Horse!? Daddy wants another ride on Conan’s beefy back!



“A surprisingly profound animated manga fantasy. Whatever your thoughts on Lavigne, it’s compelling reading.”The Gaurdian Unlimited

Yes! I got a mention in The Guardian Unlimited!! One of my favorite news sites! First The Onion and now this!

“Make 5 Wishes is a disturbingly well-constructed comic with a current spin on a classic story, the Monkey’s Paw specifically. Powerful metaphors and fascinating character gradations make “Make 5 Wishes” by far the most compelling work that grafts a popular name from North American media onto the style of anime or manga.”Aint It Cool News

The sentence structure in this review is a freaking mess, but fuck it, it’s Ain’t It Cool News, a site that’s somehow managed to become a pop-culture blog of record.

“In a way, it’s almost disturbing how close to home it hits on issues of modern youth: alienation, identity, celebrity worship and screwing around on the internet (aren’t we all too familiar with that one).”Anime News Network

If you click through to only one review, make it this one. It’s fantastic! The reviewer manages to both attack and praise the book with equal verve. Both arguments are also completely valid and well constructed. Great pop-criticism.


“Make 5 Wishes is no poser manga aimed at cashing in on the Lavigne faithful but rather a compelling “be careful what you wish for” fable meticulously brought to life by Camilla d’Errico and Joshua Dysart.” Play Magazine

This review actually claims that I’m the artist and Camilla is the writer… so, you know, take it with a grain of salt.

“As it turns out, ‘Make 5 Wishes’ is great reading and the artwork is just divine.”Digital Taku

I like how surprised everyone is that the book doesn’t just totally suck.

Everybody loves a shill!!

Paul Azeceta’s Work on BPRD 1946

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These images of the comic book written by Mike Mignola and myself are from Paul’s Blog.

(For those not in the know… BPRD stands for BUREAU FOR PARANORMAL RESEARCH AND DEFENSE)



Excited about the book yet?

#3 Out Today!!

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“Conan and the Midnight God is here, and by Crom, it’s exquisite.” – THE COMIC BOOK BIN

“A story that promises to take its readers beyond Howard’s tales of Conan. It stays true to the original material while adding its own flavor.” – THE COMICS REVIEW

“To my surprise, I found what might be the beginnings of the best Conan story I’ve ever read. ” – EYE ON COMICS

Click here to witness the creation process behind Midnight God #1. Compare script pages to layouts, look at pencils before and after coloring and watch the lettering pull it all together. Very cool indeed.