Archive for September, 2010

Journalista for Sept. 28, 2010: A deteriorating threat

Posted by on September 28th, 2010 at 3:24 AM
Robert Harras named new DC Comics editor-in-chief ♦ a look back at Coober Skeber ♦ more

The Julia Gfrörer interview conducted by Jason Leivian

Posted by on September 28th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Julia Gfrörer is an artist living in Portland, OR. She has previously self-published a number of books including How Life Became Unbearable and Ariadne Auf Naxos with Teenage Dinosaur. Flesh and Bone is her first book published by Sparkplug Comic Books. It’s a grim, magical fairy tale told with a modern voice. It is primarily a love story. A man’s lover has died and he is sick with despair. He believes suicide is a mortal sin, so he asks a witch to help him “deceive God” and reunite him with his dead lover. We are then treated to a story within the story as the witch’s ritual involves two children walking through the woods as a sort of Hansel and Gretel homage. The themes and humor are reminiscent of her earlier comic, Ariadne Auf Naxos, which read more like a diary comic embellished with fantastic details. It’s satisfying to see her develop the symbolism and style of her writing into a longer story arc. *Contains NSFW images after the jump.

Minis Monday: Fail Wolves: Three Tales of Inept Lycanthropy

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 1:51 PM
I was introduced to Betsey Swardlick’s "Fail Wolves" through the Werewolves!!, the anthology from Team Werewolf seen here last time out. Within that earlier review I tried to suggest that part of the success of Werewolves!! lay in the variety of approaches to its iconic subject. At the same time those approaches were somewhat aligned in that they regarded the mythic creature as a manifestation of liberated aspects of one’s own interior makeup, as a bit of individual wish fulfillment.

A Few Choice Examples of the Cartooning Arts

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 8:46 AM
Mark Tatulli’s Heart of the City

Would You Pay $48,000 For This?

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 6:45 AM

At HU, Ng Suat Tong explains why Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido is pernicious, derivative trash.

Love and Air: El Vocho

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 5:21 AM

Rob reviews Steve Lafler’s latest release, El Vocho.


Steve Lafler’s new comic El Vocho is a return to his roots in some respects.  It rambles pleasantly in an episodic fashion, keeping a tenuous hold on its plot.  It’s a caper

Journalista for Sept. 27, 2010: Precious little bastards

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 3:46 AM
Malaysian cartoonist Zunar released on "sedition" charges ♦ weekend comics-culture round-up ♦ more

Greg Irons: In the Fire

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 1:06 AM
Bob Levin looks back at the life and art of one of the underground-comix movement's wilder imaginations.

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Iraqi Science Fiction Imagery

Posted by on September 26th, 2010 at 3:03 PM

In the 1980s the Children’s Culture House of Iraq published a series of full-color pamphlets on astronomy, space exploration, the frontiers of science and the like. The image above is taken from the cover of an illustrated guide to the

Bruno Lecigne and the Pathetic Irony of Comics

Posted by on September 26th, 2010 at 12:00 PM
At HU, Domingos Isabelinho discusses Bruno Lecigne's 1985 De La Confusion Des Langages and the ongoing degradation of standards in comics.

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