Archive for December, 2010

Journalista for Dec. 17, 2010: We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

Posted by on December 17th, 2010 at 5:12 AM
Tokyo anti-censorship warriors to fight Ishihara with Ishihara ♦ comics-shop death watch, Berkeley edition ♦ more

Treasure Awaiting Rediscovery? (Maybe)

Posted by on December 17th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Frank Owen’s Ossie Tittle — an eccentric, outdoorsy Goon Show of a strip, fascinated this writer’s semi-infancy (6-7 years) during the corresponding calendar year of 1936. A Sunday strip in the all-color comics supplement of Hearst’s Sunday Mirror, for at least a couple of months, it was a solid chunk of imagine fodder, judging by my memories of the drawing. The cast recalled Washington Irving’s Ichabod Crane: a positive flock of scarecrows, grown-up Raggedy Anns and Andys, bolted from the cornfields.

Drawing Imperfect Anatomy

Posted by on December 16th, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Journalista for Dec. 16, 2010: Fallacious assumptions

Posted by on December 16th, 2010 at 5:10 AM
New York City's Cosmic Comics to close, plus all the links and comics for a (relatively) slow news day.

Sympathy and Ambivalence: Artichoke Tales

Posted by on December 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Megan Kelso's first full-length graphic novel, Artichoke Tales, raises the stakes seen in her short stories and makes the relationships between three generations of characters one of simultaneous longing and resentment. The reserved nature of her characters masks seething and churning emotions that emerge in ways that aren't necessarily healthy or rational. The reserve of her present-day characters is juxtaposed against the outsized behavior of historical figures whose story is told as a way of explaining present-day circumstances. This story is entirely about relationships, both familial and romantic. At the same time, it's also about one's relationship to one's country, one's religion, and one's ethnicity, and the ways in which resorting to war to solve conflicts changes all of these relationships irrevocably. Make no mistake: this is not a book with an explicit anti-war message. Rather, it's one that asks the reader to think about what war does to its participants, not the least of which are its soldiers.

Two by Two

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 9:12 AM
Playboy Wednesday: B. Kliban and Gahan Wilson as represented in the January 1972 Playboy

Here On Earth, Not in the Sky

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 7:42 AM
At HU, artist and editor Ryan Standfest talks about Art Young, faith, black humor, and why he rejected my essay for his forthcoming anthology.

Cool Japan chilled: Censorship rules Japan

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 7:10 AM
Any of you remember the 'Comics Code' in America, effectively shutting down the most creative comics artists in the US in the 1950s, as aptly recorded by David Hadju in The Ten Cent Plague? For the sake of all of us, let's hope it doesn't happen in Japan.

Genre Is The New Steady-State I: Elf World #1

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 6:47 AM

Rob reviews the first of three new alt-genre anthologies: Elf World #1, edited by Francois Vigneault.

Elfworld #1, edited by Francois Vigneault.  The first volume of this anthology was released three years ago, and it was one of the

Journalista for Dec. 15, 2010: Little by little

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 2:22 AM
Tokyo Assembly approves censorship bill ♦ Are U.S. border agents seizing computers over comics? ♦ more

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