Archive for October, 2010

Good On Paper: Tales From San Papel

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 5:42 AM

Rob continues his look at the work of artists from the Center for Cartoon Studies with a review of the anthology Tales From San Papel, edited by Nomi Kane & Jon Fine.

The genesis of the Tales From San

Journalista for Oct. 25, 2010: Raise an eyebrow

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 3:11 AM
Mike Esposito dies ♦ pirate-manga site breaks pledge, begins bootlegging again ♦ more

Ken Parille reviews X’ed Out Vol. 1 by Charles Burns

Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Throughout the Tintin stories by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, a brief scene reappears: the hero and his canine companion, Snowy, are about to enter a black hole. Always in pursuit and often pursued, they pass through natural gaps and man-made holes that open into uncertainty — who or what lies on the other side? — but ultimately lead to a happy ending. The mystery is solved, the rupture figuratively closed-up. In X’ed Out, Charles Burns turns the fictional world of Tintin inside out as he explores the visual and visceral appeal of such seemingly routine scenes and images. Burns makes black holes central, linking them to mental and physical wounds that drive Doug, X’ed Out’s unwilling and alienated hero, to undertake his adventure — he needs answers that can only be found at the other end of the opening.


Posted by on October 24th, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly recently provided a recap of his New York Comic Con experience. He also reviewed one of the books he picked up there: Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (published by IDW).


Posted by on October 24th, 2010 at 11:03 AM
Charles Burns, X'ed Out (Pantheon, 2010). $19.95, hardcover; Seth, Palookaville #20 (Drawn & Quarterly, 2010). $19.95, hardcover.

Tubby Boy with a Microphone Makes Eyebrows Touch, Releases Wonderful Sound

Posted by on October 24th, 2010 at 8:03 AM
Pointless: Kids sing a beautiful song from Mall America; Philip Larkin on insomnia; the absurdity of Larkin and Amis's views on defense

Otto Dix’s Der Krieg

Posted by on October 24th, 2010 at 5:43 AM
At HU, Domingos Isabelinho looks at Otto Dix's 1924 book Der Krieg in the context of both comics and German Expressionism.

Narrative Images Without Language

Posted by on October 23rd, 2010 at 8:34 AM

At HU, Caroline Small is thinking about whether comics can create narratives that escape language. Examples, counter-examples, and ideas would be welcome.

Fables & Legends From Katherine Roy & Ross Wood Studlar

Posted by on October 23rd, 2010 at 5:17 AM

Rob continues his month of reviewing CCS students and alums by reviewing Spots & Egypt, by Katherine Roy; and The Raven And The Crayfish,  by Ross Wood Studlar.

Spots and Egypt, by Katherine Roy.  Roy is

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #11

Posted by on October 22nd, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Michael O’Donoghue, founding member of National Lampoon and the guy opposite John Belushi in the very first Saturday Night Live sketch, is one of my favorite literary assholes, up there with James Joyce. I guess I’m amused by Irish misogynists

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