Archive for May, 2010

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Two: The Cartoons of Dorian Gray

Posted by on May 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The last couple years have given us four comics adaptations of The Picture of Dorian Gray. The first is a French volume, Le Portrait de Dorian Gray, d’Oscar Wilde, adapted by Stanislas Gros and published by Delcourt in June 2008. The second, the Marvel Illustrated edition, scripted by Roy Thomas and drawn by Sebastian Fiumara, appeared in hardcover later that year. The third, adapted by Ian Edginton and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard, was published by Sterling just a few weeks after the Marvel edition. The fourth, appearing in a Graphic Classics collection of Wilde stories, was scripted by Alex Burrows with art by Lisa K. Weber. It was published by Eureka in early 2009. Part One.

I am the Other Side of Ken Smith’s Brain

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 7:42 PM
There's something you should know about me . . .

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Okay, that’s it.  I’m starting a weekly column.  Right here, right now.  It is called THE STRANGEST PICTURES I HAVE SEEN, because that was the nerdiest yet most accurate title I could think of.  And what I am going to

Minis Monday: The Ragbox Vol. 1

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
This time around the “minis” designation of “Minis Monday” is more inelegant than usual. Instead we have a book, volume one of Ragbox. It contains the first three chapters of what is announced to be— and convincingly begun as—a far-reaching tale of an urban neighborhood as experienced by two young siblings.

Tom Spurgeon on Criticism

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 6:48 AM

Over at the Hooded Utilitarian, I interview Tom about comics criticism.

Minicomics Round-Up: Rugg, Blair, Cardini & Burggraf

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 5:36 AM
Rob reviews a batch of small minis, including CANDY OR MEDICINE #9 and the Free Comic Book Day Special 2010 (edited by Josh Blair); RAMBO 3.5, by Jim Rugg; COLLECTIONS, by Josh Blair; and SHAMAN THUNDER, by William Cardini & Josh Burggraf.

Journalista for May 17, 2010: Still out

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 12:02 AM


I actually did make an attempt to compile an entry, but after three straight days of writing and not nearly enough sleep, I'm frazzled beyond belief. I'm very sorry -- ¡Journalista! returns tomorrow, I swear.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part One: The Power of Image

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
oscar_wilde_portraitIn this nine-part essay, I examine various efforts to visually represent Dorian Gray, especially in comics, and I consider the multiple depictions of Wilde in cartoons going back as far as 1882. These two projects have more in common than it might first seem. Wilde was especially interested in the idea of "image"—that is, in visual and narrative presentations of the self. Hence his emphasis on surface, style and physical beauty: but also, his fascination with secrecy, concealment and double lives. These themes, which occupy so prominent a role in Wilde's fiction and drama, were also the dominant notes of his life. And in both spheres he played freely, dangerously, with the distinction between reality and representation, between life and art.


Posted by on May 16th, 2010 at 8:29 PM
Over at Guttergeek, Chris Reilly shakes hands with some Queer Visitors. Though these characters are familiar, these particular stories haven’t seen print for a century. This book is nominated for two Eisners this year. Chris also threshes some of this week’s new books.

Speaking of Pictures Some More

Posted by on May 16th, 2010 at 6:28 PM
From Excess to Expression

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