Archive for June, 2010

Erica Friedman on the Future of Scanlation

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 7:16 AM
Kicking of the Komikusu roundtable on marketing art manga, Erica Friedman discusses how to harness the power of scanlation for the forces of good.

The Minicomics of Maggie Morrill

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Rob reviews assorted issues of SUBCULTURE CLASH, by Maggie Morrill.

I was first introduced to the work of Maggie Morrill in the Candy or Medicine anthology, and was struck by her line and character design.  Her SUBCULTURE CLASH minicomics are

Journalista returns tomorrow

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 4:31 AM
Sorry, life caught up with me. See you in 24 hours or so.

A Kind of Alchemy: The Art of Eddie Campbell

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 3:02 AM
An appreciation of the cartoonist behind Alec and Bacchus (and From Hell co-creator), originally published in The Comics Journal #273 in 2006.

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Al Williamson Interview conducted by Steve Ringgenberg (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 12:05 AM
In this second, and final, installment of his 1982/1984 TCJ interview, Williamson ponders comic-strip reprints, praises collectors and talks about his film and music influences. Oh, and he tackles the are-comics-Art question.

Pain Is The Great Teacher: Smile

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Raina Telgemeier's graphic memoir Smile purported to be about her dental nightmares as a pre-teen and teen, a specific period that gave the book a certain sturdy structure. At the same time, there's a second narrative that didn't coalesce until the end of the book, entirely by design. Both of them are unusual for young adult stories, and Telgemeier took a calculated risk in arranging the elements of what seemed to be a slice-of-life story into a coherent narrative with some sharp, direct points to make. Telgemeier's book has been wildly popular at school libraries and with teens precisely because the specific details she related are so easy to understand and empathize with.

Komikusu — Marketing Art Manga

Posted by on June 20th, 2010 at 5:56 PM
We're kicking off a roundtable on HU about the marketing and distribution of art manga. The roundtable is called Komikusu and will include contributions from Kate Dacey, Ryan Sands, Brigid Alverson, Erica Friedman, Shaenon Garrity, Deb Aoki, and Ed Chavez. More details and an introduction here.

Matthias Wivel on Comics Criticism and Tintin

Posted by on June 20th, 2010 at 8:33 AM
Matthias looks at how to criticize comics through a bravura reading of a page from Tintin.


Posted by on June 19th, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Last year, Brian Azzarello pitched a project to DC that would hopefully change many of the reservations that today’s comics readers have about these characters. Azzarello and artist Rags Morales created a world outside the main DC Universe (Earth-1 or whatever it’s called these days) where many of the pulp characters to which DC still had legal rights could interact—work together, fight each other, or just talk—in a contemporary narrative way. I hesitate to call the First Wave world modern, because it’s not....

Is There a Lev Gleason Expert in the House?

Posted by on June 19th, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Lev Gleason, the publisher of Crime Does Not Pay, Boy ComicsSilver Streak Comics and other classic Golden Age titles, entered the business on the ground floor. He was the advertising manager at Eastern Color Printing when

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