Archive for June, 2010

Walter Benjamin: Two-Fisted Action!

Posted by on June 19th, 2010 at 6:15 AM
Suat discusses the relevance of Walter Benjamin to comics.

In-Between: New Comics From Melissa Mendes

Posted by on June 19th, 2010 at 5:25 AM

Rob reviews FREDDY and WARMTH, two minis by Melissa Mendes.

In a large and talented 2010 graduating class from the Center For Cartoon Studies, Melissa Mendes has proven to be one of the standouts.  Her stories about the slightly androgynous


Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 8:53 PM

In theory, the pulp fiction genre is a natural fit for the comics medium. Many of the action/adventure and detective characters who became popular in comics during the late 1930s and 40s were based on prototypes developed in the pulp magazines of the 1920s and 30s. Despite these connections, though, pulp heroes have never fared particularly well in comic books....

Construction ahead

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 1:33 PM
Were going to be working on the site for the next day or two, and there will be periods of downtime for one or more portions of along the way. Don't panic! We'll be back online at full strength shortly (including the full restoration of comments to the Hooded Utilitarian and GutterGeek websites).

We Have Been So Traumatized We Will Never Write About Comics Again

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 10:10 AM
After HU being down for a week, Vom Marlowe forgoes comics to instead review the time travel/romance/bulldog-festooned novel To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. And if you missed it on, Richard Cook's review of Iron Man 2 is now on HU.

Anniversary Waltzes

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 8:49 AM
Milestones and Benchmarks in Over the Hedge and 9 Chickweed Lane

Guttergeek Interview: STAN LEE

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 5:51 AM

Over at Guttergeek, Chris Reilly interviews Stan Lee. Interview topics include Hulk vs. Wolverine and DC vs. Marvel. Things don't exactly go as smoothly as expected.

Michael Dean on HU and Guttergeek Outage

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 4:52 AM
In comments at HU, TCJ managing editor Michael Dean talks briefly about the recent outages and ongoing repair efforts. Update: Also, we're looking into comment retrieval options. If you've backed up any HU threads over the past months, please click through and contact me.

Journalista for June 18, 2010: Our beloved blogospheric sweethearts

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 2:22 AM
Rik Levins dies ♦ teenager convicted over Lars Vilks incident ♦ comics podcast round-up ♦ more

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

Posted by on June 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In the first of two parts (with Part Two slated to run Monday), reprinted from TCJ, #90 (May 1984), Al Williamson and Steve Ringgenberg talk about the former's EC days, Harvey Kurtzman, working on the newspaper strips Secret Agent X-9, collaboration, the Flash Gordon comic and movie, Archie Goodwin and much more.

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