Archive for January, 2011

Spider-Man Saga

Posted by on January 4th, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Individual paragraphs in this Saga remind one of the desperate bedtime ploy where, turning the tables on an adult narrator, a child makes up his or her own story to ward off lights out: “… an’ then the dragon comes back but he can’t beat up Frankenstein, who’s a giant now, `cause he’s got a ray gun from these space aliens who came from inside the earth, but they were invisible …”

Jason Overby, Cocaine, and Cough Syrup

Posted by on January 4th, 2011 at 6:50 AM
At HU, the semi-anonymous internet meme/troll known as Cough Syrup creates a psychedelic collage in honor of the cocaine modem of Jason Overby.

THE PANELISTS: Power Girl and All Star Comics

Posted by on January 4th, 2011 at 5:28 AM

Over at The Panelists today, I continue our One-Panel Criticism relay with a look at a Wally Wood panel from All Star Comics #59 (1976).

Magazine Cartooning Not Quite Par Excellence

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Instead of a text piece about cartooning or cartoonists, the editors have in recent “cartoon issues,” including this one, published an article about a comedian, thinking, apparently, that since cartoons provoke laughter, anything that provokes laughter is suitable fodder for the “cartoon issue.”


Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Today marks the grand opening of the new TCJ sister-blog, The Panelists, featuring Charles Hatfield and Craig Fischer (from Thought Balloonists), Isaac Cates (from Satisfactory Comics), Derik Badman (from Madinkbeard), and Alex Boney and myself (from guttergeek, late of TCJ). We will also have guest bloggers, interviews and random cameos throughout the year, but to start things off and to celebrate the cornball cleverness of our name, we are going to be trading around a half dozen panels for some close readings of various kinds and persuasions. We also have a good old fashioned contest with a really awesome prize, so head on over by clicking the image below (or the one in the upper-righthand corner of the TCJ homepage).

Footnit for the Day

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Time for all good men to come to the rescue of a lazy private

Three by Arnold Roth

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 AM
Playboy Monday: Selections from Roth's "An Illustrated History of Sex"


Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 8:42 AM
We’re back, me and my rabbit, none the worse for the wear ...

Jaime Hernandez for Sale

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 7:46 AM
At HU, Robert Boyd analyzes sales of Jaime Hernandez original art.

Erasure, Time and Memory: The Whale

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Rob reviews the recent comic by Aidan Koch, The Whale (Gaze Books).

Comics-as-poetry, a relatively recent development in comics, has unsurprisingly developed a number of branches and subgenres.  Any comic that favors elliptical storytelling rather than a straight narrative, that

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