Archive for February, 2011

Hail The White Rhinoceros Part Two (of Three): Shaun Partridge Continued

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011 at 12:01 AM

“What kind of person would do this? This sounds like an insane person.”

The Uniqueness of the Art

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Words Blending with Pictures

Minis Monday: Dexter Park and The Neighbor

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 2:00 PM

A while back I offered comment on Desmond Reed’s Aloha and The Island. The two comics here, Dexter Park and The Neighbor, come in the very same, cozy, 4¼” x 2¾ ” package with double-thick pages. They feature the very same clear, congenial, pictographically accessible drawing style. Reed uses a single, confident line of unvarying thickness to virtually embody cartooning directness. Outlines define the world and solid blacks, spotted to purpose, are it in terms of texture. No shading, no crosshatching. In a similarly no-nonsense fashion, dialogue is to point yet wholly conversational, amicable and routinely engaging.

From Dexter Park

Ignatz Update 2: Niger #3

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 9:35 AM

In the second part of a series, Rob takes a look at the most recent issues published from the joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Press Ignatz Series.  Here, he examines Niger #3, by Leila Marzocchi.

It’s hard to decide which Ignatz book is …

Graphic Youth: Louis: Night Salad by Metaphrog

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 9:00 AM

By sublimating paranoia and hallucinatory symbolism into the bright, primary-colored world of Louis, Franco-Scottish duo Metaphrog have crafted an all-ages graphic novel that is all at once touching, intelligent and beautiful to behold.

Hail The White Rhinoceros Part One (of Three): Shaun Partridge

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 12:01 AM

(Photo taken by K is for Kaleidoscope.)

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The New Serieteket

Posted by on February 20th, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Recently I  visited the new incarnation of Serieteket, Sweden’s only speciality library for comics, enjoying a presentation by the ever energetic library manager Kristiina Kolehmainen. Serieteket has been around for 15 years and is a unique establishment in the Northern …

Ignatz Update 1: Sammy The Mouse #3

Posted by on February 19th, 2011 at 5:15 AM

In the first of a four-part series about recent comics from the joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Ignatz line, Rob reviews Sammy The Mouse #3, by Zak Sally.

Though it’s flying a bit under the radar now, the joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Ignatz line publishing …

Next Week On tcj.com

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Shaun Partridge and Josh Simmons talk about The White Rhinoceros and getting arrested at a David Cassidy concert. John Ridgway talks about his four decades in comics, from Commando and Doctor Who to Hellblazer and The Hulk. R.C. Harvey selects the best editorial cartoons of 2010. Reviewed: Grant Morrison’s The Return of Bruce Wayne, Tezuka’s Ayoko, Tim Kreider’s Twilight of the Assholes, Robert Venditti’s Homeland Directive, editor Neil Gaiman’s The Best American Comics 2010, Metaphrog’s Louis: Night Salad, Matt Fraction’s Casanova, Desmond Reed’s minis and the latest entries in Fantagraphics’ Ignatz line ... And much more!

Image from “The Evil that Men Do!” written by Peter David and drawn by John Ridgeway, collected in The Incredible Hulk #335 (September 1987) [© Marvel Characters, Inc.]

tcj.com links Feb. 12-Feb. 18

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Rob Clough’s series on Comics as Poetry, Part One, Part Two.

Mathhias Wivel took in the Moebius exhibit.

Sean Michael Robinson interviewed Cerebus‘ Gerhard gave about craft and technique: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

R. C. Harvey on virtuosity in cartooning.

Rob Clough got The Broadcast.

R.C. Harvey had the poop on poop in the funny pages.

Shaenon Garrity looked back at City of Glass.

Kristian Williams examined a field guide for use during a zombie attack.

Gavin Lees wants you to help him figure out what’s going on in a panel in Oji Suzuki’s A Single Match.

R.C. Harvey explained how editorial cartoons handled the censorship of Huckleberry Finn.

Rich Kreiner was a good boy this year and got a copy of The Simpsons episode guide as a gift.

Nathan Wilson looked at Liar’s Kiss.

R. C. Harvey pondered the connection between stand-up comedy and comic strips.

An HU brawl about Ebony White spilled over to tcj.com via Tom Crippen.

Belgian Bart Croonenborghs told us about The Girl and the Gorilla.

Jesse Tangen-Mills began an examination of blackface in comics south of the border.

Marco Pellitteri noted the Lucca comics festival mirrored the state of Italian comics.

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