Archive for November, 2010

Worthy of His Hire

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 11:50 PM
Drew Friedman, court painter of the contemporary ruling class.

Minis Monday: Nicaragua

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

I like my travelogues like I like my sedentary narratives: with a sense of purpose. Less compelling for me are the accounts of journeys seeking to court the unfamiliar (as if that isn't always with us) or to educate oneself (as if that could be avoided anywhere). In my comics I like accounts that regard a change of locales as more than the opportunity to draw new things. Give me, for instance, Peter Kuper in Oaxaca or Joe Sacco anywhere.

Or Marek Bennett in Nicaragua. Bennett was my kinda traveler during a comics exchange program between his hometown of Henniker, N.H., and San Ramon, Nicaragua, a village in the coffee-growing region along the country's northern mountains.

SEARCHING FOR CATHY’S SUCCESSOR

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 12:04 PM
Cathy left a hole on the funnies page just aching to be filled

The Big Book of Martyrs: St. Catherine

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 10:34 AM
Richard Cook continues his look at John Wagner's Big Book of Martyrs, focusing this time on St. Catherine.

Medical Psychodrama: Fear Of Failure

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 5:43 AM

Rob reviews the first issue of Thom Ferrier’s insider comic on medicine, Fear of Failure.

Thom Ferrier is the nom de plume of a Welsh physician who is also a cartoonist.  His Fear of Failure series (serialized online as

Journalista for Nov. 15, 2010: Never a good sign

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 2:37 AM
Cartoonist Ernie Guanlao dies ♦ editorial cartoonist suspended over political advocacy ♦ more

Shame and Comfort: How To Understand Israel In Sixty Days Or Less

Posted by on November 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

All images ©2010 Sarah Glidden and DC Comics

Sarah Glidden's How To Understand Israel In Sixty Days Or Less is an interesting companion piece to Joe Sacco's Footnotes In Gaza. Both authors are obsessed with telling the truth about the miserable Israel-Palestine conflict and doing so by unearthing the smallest details that can provide clues as to what's really happened/is happening. Sacco did it by focusing in on one particular historical event, both as an illustration of how this event is still relevant today, but also to show how the vagaries of memory and cultural narrative creation can distort truth into something more convenient. Both authors wanted to go directly to the source and talk to the people living there in order to give a voice to others, but more importantly, to gain a view of the area unfiltered by anyone's perceptions but their own. In Glidden's case, as a 26-year-old American who is Jewish, this came in a format that she immediately viewed with suspicion: a "birthright" tour.

Parkins, His Pin

Posted by on November 14th, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Pointless: Quaint prose; "Hey, Friend Blessing"; a miniaturized LP; useful thoughts

Blog vs. Professor vs. Internet

Posted by on November 14th, 2010 at 6:51 AM

At HU, we finish the discussion of Charles Hatfield’s Alternative Comics by highlighting some of the comments we’ve received over the course of the roundtable.

The Invisible Medium: Comics Studies in Australia

Posted by on November 13th, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Australian comics scholar, historian and curator Kevin Patrick writes about comics studies and the phenomenon of the graphic novel for the University of Melbourne’s entertainment journal Refractory:

[The graphic novel…] trend has only recently become evident in Australia, where,

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