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Kramers Ergot #8

(Kramers Ergot #8)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  125 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews

Kramers Ergot is the premier comics anthology of the twenty-first century. Since its inception in 2000, it has revolutionized the medium, introducing new talents, solidifying aesthetics and standing as a state-of-the-medium book. Kramers Ergot has always been a reflection of editor Sammy Harkham's current interests in comics past and future. So it is in this spirit, with t

Hardcover, 232 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Picturebox, Inc. (first published November 30th 2011)
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Erik Erickson
Feb 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: anthologies, comics
There's only one thing worth reading in here and it's by Kevin Huizenga. The rest is so much garbage. I was forcing myself through it by the end. This just reinforces my feeling that comics anthologies are usually uneven at best, and often truly terrible. It's such a strong contrast with collections of prose fiction. The first two 20-page stories in the one I'm reading right now were worth the price of admission alone. Kramers Ergot does not justify its price at all.

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David Schaafsma
This is the first Kramers Ergot collection I have reviewed, though I have read or skimmed previous ones. I skimmed the reviews just after I read it and din't find it as bad as many seasoned comics vets did. It's Sammy Harkham's selection of stuff, with a new publisher.. and the range of stuff is interesting if you are looking at alt/underground/conceptual stuff, though other collections have been much more interesting, I think. The idea id cutting edge of ideas and shock/disturb/amuse. It's hard ...more
Andrés Santiago
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Didnt see the point of this, what a waste of paper. The two stars are because of Kevin Huizenga's story, he is always interesting. Johnny Ryan's story was also good. ...more
Kramer's Ergot established itself as the most important comics anthology of the millennium, particularly Volumes 5, 6 and 7. Volume 7 is the legendary over-sized 16 x 21-inch hardcover, borrowing the format introduced by Sunday Press for their equally ground-breaking centenary reprints of the original 'Little Nemo in Slumberland' pages. Reproducing the exact dimensions of the fin-de-siècle broadsheets, these archival facsimiles were a revelation for McCay fans new and old; Kramers Ergot creator- ...more
Jon Hewelt
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The good stuff was good, the okay stuff was just okay. Worth a flip-through.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kramer's Ergot 8 is a much more manageable size than the behemoth #7. This iteration casts aside any attempts at anthology and instead aims for the stratosphere making a serious case for a new art for a new dark age. The tone is set right away with an essay by anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian one-time front man for The Make Up* (and other bands) Ian Svenonius who draws a direct line from ancient gay history to modern camp sensibility to the pop art movement, and finally underground comics. Al ...more
George Marshall
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Absolutely dire. The good artists (Panter, Huizenga,Gabrielle Bell) were on auto-pilot. The so-so Frank Santoro manages to achieve something even worse though a partnership with the otherwise brilliant Dash Shaw. There is some utterly hideous glossy photographs of what?- sophomore art student installations?. And this is the good stuff. The rest is just plain dismal including the worst material that I have ever seen outside a tatty photocopied fanzine by the extremely untalented Leon Sadler. My s ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: justok
I'm in agreement with most other reviews I have read on this collection. It is a really nice looking book. It's nicely bound and just the right size. But much of the content does not match up with the presentation. I am all right with a story being nonsense if the art keeps me reading or if it establishes a mood regardless of story. Most of these stories don't do that. But there are a few cool stand-outs created by Sammy Harkham, Chris Cilla, Johnny Ryan, and Gabrielle Bell. With strong entries ...more
David Gallin-Parisi
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you like comics, graphic novels, design, art, or any of the above - you need to see this book. Just enough to frustrate while entice readers. I can't say I like every strip in here, which makes me like the whole volume even more. CF hits another cracking reality work out of the park, while seemingly not making a obnoxious visual deal out of anything. Comparisons don't really help with explaining this compilation, but there is plenty of dark blood messed around. Finally, the last excerpts from ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was pretty sucky. Lousy follow-up to volume 7, which was at least a really impressive object, and had some really interesting work in it as a bonus. Not so much here. A couple pieces were okay, it's always nice to see some new stuff by Sammy Harkham, but overall quite bad. It's pretty clear I'm not the target audience, I know I don't like "weird to be weird" stuff, but still, bad even with that in mind.
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, comics, 2010s
Not as good as #5 IMO. Sure, it was a bit more comprehensible in terms of excluding some of the so avant garde that its meaningless stuff, but it also had a shitton of stuff which seemed to only be in there for the sexual content. And a lot of pages were wasted on glossy abstractions. Anyway it was still pretty good. I did enjoy most of the stories, and most of the sexuality was bizarre in a meaningful way. Also the introduction was unnerving.
Aaron Cockle
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Picked this up at BCGF this weekend, working through it now. Nice-looking book, good Bell, Harkham stories, Huizenga covers an old (Dell? Charlton? EC?) genre comic. Work by CF, Shaw & Santoro, Panter, Johnny Ryan + lots more. Goodish amount of horror comics from the look of it, sex and violence, as well as a number of swastikas. Nicely printed by PictureBox, worth a read.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some good stuff here--Johnny Ryan, Gary Panter, Dash Shaw--but an awful lot of of filler and inconsequential stuff, too, including about 50 pages of the ever-dreary "Wicked Wanda" series from Penthouse magazine about 40 years ago. It wasn't funny then, and it hasn't improved with age, no matter how good the artist's technique. Overall, a disappointment.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Wasn't as exciting as Nos. 5 & 6 were, which were kind of accidental revelations of my adolescence that helped me think of new ways comics could be read - and made, but that might have to do with the fact that I have more expectations of "art comics" than I did when I was younger
Javiera Cisterna
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Leon Sadler is the only true soul. The other stories end on sex or just give us a moral view about it and narrative didn't meant to evolve for that. Two stories about underage relationships seems too much.
Scott Lapierre
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
i tried. i really tried. i've loved every other installment, but this one felt empty, in spite of a CF story.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not that great.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthologies, comics
A hit and miss anthology (but oh, aren't they all) with some standout work by Dash Shaw, Gabrielle Bell, Kevin Huizenga, Tim Hensley, and C.F.
Chris Hamby
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked each contribution, though Gabrielle Bell, Sammy Harkham, and Kevin Huizenga are the stand outs
Feb 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've noticed that since I began working at the library I've mostly been reading a lot of junk. Odd.
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
bunch of boringness. liked anya davidson's comic. that's all.
John Isaacson
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This issue has a different vibe than previous issues. There's more if an emphasis on fantasy character-driven short stories. Easy to get into. I liked everything except for two pieces.
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