Archive for January, 2011

Garth Ennis’s Knights of the Sky, Part One: The Phantom Eagle

Posted by on January 19th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In this six-part essay, Kristian Williams tracks Garth Ennis' treatment of aerial combat across various titles. In Part One, he looks at War is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle, which places the classic Fawcett/Marvel hero in World War I, and stresses how badly his heroic ideals and his peculiarly American arrogance clash with the nature of a big, bloody, pointless war.

Don Kirshner, Dead at 76

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Q: What would the Velvet Underground's theme song have been if they'd been mentored by Don Kirshner instead of Andy Warhol? A: "Hey! Hey! We're the Junkies!"

Argentine Classic Adapted Into Comic

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Argentine writer David Viñas’ novel Los dueños de la tierra has gone comic, some fifty years after its release.  Illustrator Dante Ginevra, alongside Juan Carlos Kreime re-imagine the fictional account of Argentina´s colonization of the then sparsely populated Patagonia.  

Glimtar

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Titel: Glimtar
Translation: Glimpses
By: Rikke Bakman
Language: Swedish (Danish)
288 pages, color, hardcover
Publisher: Optimal Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-91-85951-23-9

Every now and then there appears a book that literally takes my breath away. This was the case with Glimtar

Best Online Comics Criticism 2010: Introduction and Runners-Up

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 8:00 AM

At HU, the yearly best of online comics criticism will be announced tomorrow. Today organizer/editor Ng Suat Tong looks at the runners-up and offers some additional thoughts.

Dividends of 2010: Nipper Gazing

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 1:09 AM
Doug Wright and the mystery of Canadian identity.

Nathan Wilson: The Rat Catcher by Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Since the announcement by Karen Berger of a Vertigo sub-imprint series of hardcover, black-and-white, original graphic novels at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con and her subsequent explanation that the titles within the Vertigo Crime fold would be “smart, edgy, sexy, crime noir fiction in graphic novel form” that would appeal to both regular comic audiences and hopefully cross over into the retail, bookstore market, the results have largely been hit-or-miss. It would seem a natural fit for Vertigo to shop its company talent and own reputation within the crime genre into this new venture, but as evidenced by The Comics Journal’s own Jared Gardner a few months ago, some of the books have mostly veered towards pastiche and imitation of American crime fiction with very little substance or originality. The publication of Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez’s Rat Catcher is a decisive break from some of these earlier experiments and potentially the strongest offering from the Vertigo Crime series thus far.

Minis Monday: The Widow Reminisces Over a Plate of Vegetables, Mimi’s Doughnut Zine #19: Health

Posted by on January 17th, 2011 at 1:00 PM
I am told that devout Muslims do not undertake the sacred Haj until all their outstanding worldly debts are repaid. This comforts at the moment as I find myself unable to really get on with 2011 until I’ve fulfilled my obligations to some comics gathered in 2010.

One More Brand New (Last Fall) Comic Strip

Posted by on January 17th, 2011 at 10:47 AM
Animating in a static artform

Manga Manga! And Then More Manga!

Posted by on January 17th, 2011 at 7:47 AM
At HU, Sean Michael Robinson interviews Frederik Schodt and looks back at Schodt's seminal book, Manga! Manga!

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