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The Imp


“Raeburn is one of those rare critics who may be just as smart and talented as his subjects.”

The Austin Chronicle

“Like a twisted lovechild of Hunter S. Thompson and Susan Sontag. … a fascinating book that goes beyond mere comix criticism. If comix criticism ever becomes sexy it will be Dan Raeburn and his Imp series that make it so.”


“A series of self-published comics critiques that works within a pilloried format of its own (the ’zine) and realizes every scrap of its potential. Loose but not undisciplined, Raeburn’s free-form essay comfortably mingles the personal with the academic, complementing a scrupulous critical analysis with colorful anecdotes.”

The Onion

“It was clearly the work of an obsessed person, in the very best way possible. A really smart obsessed person. There was a kind of Talmudic completeness to the whole thing, in a way that journalism rarely even aspires to. Not much journalism tries to be so emotional, and funny, and analytical, and thorough. There’s really very little like it out there. The closest you get is one of those big stories they used to do in the old New Yorker, where at the end you feel like there’s nothing else that needs to be said on the subject. I read it admiringly and jealously. In the years since I read the Chris Ware issue I’ve actually become friends with Chris Ware, real friends, we talk all the time, and probably a third of what I know about Chris still comes from that issue of The Imp. It was that complete and emotionally insightful.”

—Ira Glass

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My irregular series of booklets about comic books. I wrote about Daniel Clowes, Jack Chick, Chris Ware, and Mexican historietas.



The Village Voice

“One of the very best things to come out of comics.”

The Comics Journal

“Nothing takes my breath away like The Imp.”

Comic Book Artist

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