Archive for August, 2010

Artichoke Tales

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Artichoke Tales There's been a real surge of interest in the fantasy genre among indy and small press cartoonists these days. To wit (and off the top of my head): Orc Stain by James Stokoe, Powr Mastrs by C.F., Dungeon Quest by Joe Daly, The Mourning Star by Kazimir Strzepek, Daybreak by Brian Ralph — I could go on. Megan Kelso's Artichoke Tales is another entry in that list, although to some degree it stands apart from it's sword-and-sandal brethren, both in terms of content and thematically. It's not as concerned with conveying thrilling quests and epic tales of fantastic civilizations at war as much as it is with exploring the consequences of such adventures.

Vicious Cartooning

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 8:31 AM
Comedy in the Service of Politics

Suat reviews The Playwright

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 6:46 AM
Over at HU, Ng Suat Tong reviews Eddie Campbell and Daren White's The Playwright.

Safe Havens: Second Thoughts

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 5:31 AM
Rob reviews the debut graphic novel from Niklas Asker, Second Thoughts.

Journalista for June 16, 2010: Draconian limitations

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 4:58 AM
D.C. Thomson cartoonist Ted Rawlings dies ♦ SLG Publishing faces lawsuit threat, launches legal-defense fund ♦ more

Studio Profile: Hope Street Studios

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Earlier this year, I looked at the wealth of interesting small-press publications that were emerging from Scotland. It became apparent that the majority of the work was coming from one studio — Hope Street Studios in Glasgow — where professional creators like Jamie Grant, Frank Quitely, Gary Erskine and Dominic Regan had formed a creative nexus with emerging independent artists and writers. When the opportunity arose, I decided to visit the studio and speak to the various creators associated with it about the community that Hope Street has fostered as well as their influences, aspirations and the uniquely bleak Scottish sense of humor.

More information on the creators and publications featured can be found at the following locations: Dominic Regan: Gamma Head John Miller: Evil Wee Comics Graham Murdoch: Lambiek profile Iain Laurie: Powwkipsie and Black Cape Craig Collins: Roachwell Wasted, Northern Lightz and Nexion: Bad Press Ltd.

“I Am the Strength of the Ages”

Posted by on August 15th, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Pointless 5: Woonsocket Wrought Iron Pipe; the question that can't be answered; John le Carré and the Ministry of Silly Walks

Matthias Wivel on Rembrandt and Crumb

Posted by on August 15th, 2010 at 4:34 AM
Matthias Wivel discusses Crumb's Genesis and the ambiguity of illustration.

Filling The Shelf: Melvin Monster 2

Posted by on August 14th, 2010 at 5:13 AM
Rob reviews the second volume of Melvin Monster, by John Stanley (Drawn & Quarterly).

Andrew Farago on Multimedia Popeye

Posted by on August 14th, 2010 at 5:08 AM
Andrew Farago, the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum, talks about Popeye in film and cartoons, as well as the original comicstrip.

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