palmer’s picks

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Wizard #39: Terry Moore

Strangers In Paradise creator Terry Moore was profiled in Palmer's Picks as he was launching his influential self-published comic.
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Wizard #24: Los Bros Hernandez

Wizard turned two years old and I profiled two of the world's greatest cartoonists in my overview of the iconic Love and Rockets from the summer of '93.
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Wizard #17: Christmas 1992

Take a look back at what might be the weirdest Christmas list ever assembled: Maus, Bone, Skin, Madman, and more in "Palmer's Picks" from winter 1992.
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Wizard #28: Colleen Doran

The most controversial "Palmer's Picks" ever! Read about all of the trouble surrounding my profile of Colleen Doran and A Distant Soil.
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Wizard #34: Marshal Law

Brutal superhero parody Marshal Law got the "Palmer's Picks" treatment, the only time I broke format to focus on a character instead of a single writer or artist.
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Wizard #72: Peter Kuper

Famed magazine illustrator and master of silent comics Peter Kuper was interviewed for Wizard in the summer of '97 to discuss several of his graphic novels.
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Wizard #22: Larry Marder

Larry Marder's Tales of the Beanworld is a most peculiar comic book experience, but my "Palmer's Picks" about it had a decidedly peculiar opening line.
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Wizard #10: Anthologies

Anthology comics Raw, Taboo and Drawn & Quarterly get the spotlight in this reexamination of my fourth "Palmer's Picks" column.
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Wizard #11 & #12: EC Comics

Back in the summer of 1992, I devoted two "Palmer's Picks" columns to EC Comics. Now you can relive the whole experience in one handy blog post!
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Wizard #42: Very Vicky

Self-published '90s comic Very Vicky was profiled in "Palmer's Picks" along with its creators Jana Christy and John Mitchell.
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Wizard #46: Adrian Tomine

My interview with Optic Nerve creator Adrian Tomine appeared just as he was taking his minicomic to Drawn & Quarterly as a full-size comic.
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Wizard #15: Eddie Campbell

Eddie Campbell's Deadface got the "Palmer's Picks" spotlight, and now you can look back at all of the excitement just like it was '92 again.
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What is “Palmer’s Picks”?

The return of "Palmer's Picks!" The old alternative/indy comics column from Wizard is back with a brief history of how it all began and a mission statement.
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Wizard #35: Teri S. Wood

There were quite a few self-published comics in the '90s. Teri S. Wood's science fiction series Wandering Star was one of the few to get a "Palmer's Picks" profile.
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Wizard #6: Neil Gaiman

Revisiting the very first "Palmer's Picks" column from Wizard Magazine and my essay about Neil Gaiman's iconic Sandman series.
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Wizard #7: Dave Sim

I tackle the controversial Cerebus and its equally contentious creator Dave Sim as I reexamine the second installment of "Palmer's Picks" from 1992.
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Wizard #44: Rob Schrab

Fan-favorite comic series Scud: The Disposable Assassin was the subject of Palmer's Picks in 1995, long before its creator Rob Schrab made the jump to Hollywood.
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Wizard #27: Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith's Bone was profiled in "Palmer's Picks" way back in the fall of 1993, when it was just a black and white comic book.
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Wizard #64: Megan Kelso

Megan Kelso and her self-published one-woman anthology series Girlhero were the focus of Palmer's Picks in the fall of 1996.
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Wizard #49: Chris Ware

Chris Ware was interviewed for "Palmer's Picks" as he began serializing Jimmy Corrigan in the pages of Acme Novelty Library.
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Wizard #56: Jay Stephens

The second Palmer's Picks spotlight on Jay Stephens coincided with the launch of his two new comics, The Land of Nod and Atomic City Tales.
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Wizard #74: Andi Watson

Andi Watson, creator of Skeleton Key, was the interview subject for the final installment of "Palmer's Picks" in Wizard magazine.
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Wizard #21: Mike Allred

The early work of Madman creator Mike Allred was the topic of the day for "Palmer's Picks" in the spring of 1993, and now you can experience it again!
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Wizard #19: Rick Veitch

"Palmer's Picks" focused on legendary comics creator Rick Veitch and his King Hell Heroica books Bratpack and The Maximortal in early 1993.
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Wizard #8: Humor Comics

A look back at my very serious examination of some seriously funny cartoonists like Peter Bagge, Drew Friedman, Doug Gray, and more.
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Wizard #20: Scott McCloud

I profiled Underrstanding Comics author Scott McCloud before his landmark book. Delve into his early work with a revisit of my original "Palmer's Picks."
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Wizard #73: Ed Brubaker

The penultimate "Palmer's Picks" featured cartoonist Ed Brubaker and his autobio and fiction comics including Lowlife, At The Seams, and Detour.
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Wizard #58: Top 10

Wizard's unofficial small press issue featured a special Palmer's Picks rundown of Ten Small Press Books You Should Own: Hate, Eightball, Dirty Plotte, and more!
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Wizard #68: Jon Lewis

True Swamp creator Jon Lewis embarked on a new comic book series, Spectacles, in 1997 and got some coverage in Wizard Magazine to mark the occasion.
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Wizard #14: Alan Moore

Alan Moore, Big Numbers, From Hell, Lost Girls, glaring typos, and flatulence...all in my revisit of "Palmer's Picks" from 1992.
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Wizard #31: Chester Brown

A great example of perfect timing: this column about Chester Brown's Yummy Fur was published in 1994, right as the influential series ended.
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Wizard #70: Frank Cho

Cartoonist Frank Cho was interviewed in 1997, back when his popular Liberty Meadows got its start as a newspaper comic strip.
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Wizard #23: Paul Chadwick

Paul Chadwick's Concrete was the subject of a "Palmer's Picks" column, but what happens when you lose interest in a comic you used to like?
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Evolution of a Logo

Learn how the logo for Palmer's Picks changed over the course of the column's lifespan in Wizard and check out some behind-the-scenes sketches.
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Wizard #18: Ted McKeever

Underappreciated genius Ted McKeever was the "Palmer's Picks" in issue 18, where I examined his interconnected comics Eddy Current, Metropol, and more.
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Wizard #16: Martin Wagner

Troubled self-publisher Martin Wagner, and his comic Hepcats, was the focus of my tenth "Palmer's Picks" column. Where did it all go wrong?
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