Archive for January, 2011

Big Arse Comic Book Launch #1: about the 9 comics – with covers!

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 9:31 PM

The Melbourne comics community will be hosting a launch party for nine new works orchestrated by authors from the fast-growing local scene.

These books are published by a diverse array of publishers, from the small press to national and overseas …

Event: Shaun Tan: Untold Stories

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Shaun Tan: Untold Stories – 17 March

State Library of Victoria. Free admission.

In this illustrated talk, Shaun Tan takes you through the pages of his sketchbooks and explains how simple images might develop into complex stories like The Arrival

Close Reading of Comics

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 8:07 PM

A couple from January 25

Failure, Old Porn and Comics

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 7:00 PM

“… an overworked writer of continuity for comic magazines …”

Minis Monday: Square Dance #4

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 1:00 PM

This particular edition of Colin Tedford’s Square Dance suggests what underground comics might have been in their nth iteration if maybe America and its cartoonists had progressed differently. For instance, what if, when head shops disappeared, the undergrounds migrated and were sold in farm and feed supply stores?

What if they’d made a wholesale shift into the funnies section of the free local papers? If they became less burdened by revolution and throwing off the shackles of repression and more fully cognizant of being irreparably part of “the system,” consequently committing to work from inside said system? If doing one’s own thing hinged less on sex, drugs and rock and roll and more on tending one’s own rows in the community garden?

HU: Mickey Mouse Invades Egypt

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Nadim Damluji looks at how Mickey Mouse adapted to Egypt, and the imperial implications.

D&Q Classics, Part I: Nancy, Volume 2

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 5:16 AM

Rob reviews the second volume of Nancy, from Drawn & Quarterly’s John Stanley Library.

The latest edition of the John Stanley-written (he also did breakdowns) Nancy goes from strength to strength in terms of its use of character formulas, …

Dividends of 2010: Listen, My Friends

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 1:33 AM

The Acme Novelty Company presents the life story of a sense of entitlement.

Interview with Chris Ware Part 1 of 2

Posted by on January 31st, 2011 at 12:01 AM

The first part of a two-part interview with Chris Ware, conducted by Matthias Wivel at Komiks.dk, about Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.

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Art Spiegelman Grand Prix

Posted by on January 30th, 2011 at 2:25 PM


It has just been announced that Art Spiegelman is the recipient of this year’s Grand Prix at the Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême. Selected by the festival’s academy, which is composed of former recipients, he joins Will Eisner and R. Crumb as the third American (and fifth non-francophone) to be bestowed this, the highest European honor that can be accorded a comics artist. Spiegelman has long been an obvious choice, but it has still taken the notoriously francocentric academy long to recognize him. The author of the seminal graphic novel Maus, surely as influential in Europe as in America, will act as next year’s president.

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