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Ask Chris #224: Tarot And The Krampus And The Worst Christmas Story

Ask Chris #224, art by Erica Henderson

Q: What's the worst Christmas comic you've ever read? -- @franzferdinand2

A: Folks, I have read a lot of Christmas comics. For a while, they were the only thing I actually "collected." I'd buy any Christmas story I could find, any comic with Santa Claus in it, anything that had the requisite number of sleighs and trees with lights on 'em, and as a result, I have seen some genuinely terrible Christmas stories. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of good ones too, but when you're reading every Christmas story out there, you run across plenty that are overly cynical, mean-spirited, or just plain not very good.

And every now and then, you read the two-part Krampus story in Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, which is a piece of work unto itself.

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The Machine-Gun Bra Is The Third Craziest Thing About The New Issue of ‘Tarot’

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Look, I think it's fair to say that I've had my difficulties with Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, Jim Balent's long-running epic of mostly-naked witchity adventure. We all have. Dubious werewolves, eel trauma

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‘Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose’ Gets Bitten on Her Ladyparts By an Eel. Seriously. [Review]

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It's been a while since we've talked about one of our all-time favorite titles here at ComicsAlliance, and to be honest, the past few issues of Jim Balent's Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose have actually been pretty boring. As much as I love the bo

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ComicsAlliance Reviews Anne Hathaway’s Favorite ‘Catwoman’ Comic

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Yesterday, our friends over at Moviefone posted an interview with Anne Hathway, the actress playing Selina Kyle in next year's The Dark Knight Rises, where she talked about the comics she read to get a feel for the character. In addition to checking up on Catwoman's first appearance in

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Jim Balent’s Catwoman Is ‘The Mona Lisa of Comic Art,’ Priced at Nearly $500K on eBay

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Like most men of my age and social station, I'm constantly looking for a way to class up the drab walls of my home office. Sure, that framed Goonies one-sheet is nice and all, but even the finest art galleries rotate their pieces to keep things fresh. That's why I

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Thor and Loki Hilariously Guest Star in ‘Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose’

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Over the past few weeks, we here at ComicsAlliance have talked quite a bit about Thor. We've covered the recent blockbuster Marvel movie, the video game tie-ins, and we've even taken an in-depth look at the SyFy Channel's low-budget knockoff. But there's one

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‘Tarot’ #63 Explains What Breasts Are For to Naked Lady Werewolves [Review]

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I've been reading Jim Balent's "Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose" for the majority of its ten-year (and counting) run, and in that time it's been the most consistently amazing comic book on the stands. Admittedly, thi

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SWIPE FILE: ‘Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose’ vs. Courage Wolf

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I make fun of Jim Balent's comics on a pretty regular basis (in fact, I tend to do it on the same bimonthly schedule that the book comes out), but don't get the wrong idea: I never want that guy to stop making comics. There is a

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Conan O’Brien Discovers The Softcore Goth Porn Comic Horror Of ‘Tarot’

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Thanks to the ever vigilant (and possibly wizardly) ways of contributor Chris Sims, ComicsAlliance is pretty well versed in the ways of Jim Balent's softcore goth porn odyssey "Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose." Why, between its various vagina controversies (some art toothed, some are

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‘Tarot’ Comics: Where Softcore Porn and Haunted Vaginas Collide

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In order to promote his company, Broadsword Comics, writer/artist Jim Balent occasionally produces video "trailers" for upcoming issues of his supernatural softcore porn comic, Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. The latest video hit YouTube last we

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