1. Peter Blegvad’s Leviathan is one of the most intelligent comics I can think of, driven by a refusal to ever function on just one level. The collection of these strips shares with Matthew Thurber’s 1-800-Mice the rare distinction of being blurbed by both Matt Groening and Ben Katchor, pointing to a high-minded sense of humor that is deeply profound. That Leviathan is a comic made by a dude who has worked more often in music, whose band Slapp Happy made records with Faust and was covered by Bongwater, makes a strong argument in favor of the idea of the multi-media artist, against any counter-arguments accusing of dilettantism. His interview with The Believer from a few years back is filled with ideas and inspiration.

    - Brian Nicholson

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