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Nathan Wilson: An Interview with Geoff Johns Part 2

Posted by on February 8th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

In Part Two (of Two), Geoff Johns talks about how he reads by writer rather than by character, how Grant Morrison is his favorite writer, engineering cross-overs and more.


Nathan Wilson: An Interview with Geoff Johns Part One (of Two)

Posted by on February 7th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

New York Times best-selling author and Eisner Award-nominated writer Geoff Johns talks to Nathan Wilson about craft; how he writes Green Lantern and The Flash and engineers Infinite Crisis, 52, Blackest Night and Brightest Day; and his career as the Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment and supervising production on the 2011 Green Lantern film.

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Posted by on February 4th, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Geoff Johns, DC Co-Publisher/Chief Creative Officer/writer and co-producer of the Green Lantern movie, talks to Nathan Wilson; Kristian Williams takes a ride on The Night Bookmobile; R.C. Harvey reviews the Wolverton Bible; Rob Clough examines Doug Wright’s Nipper and the underground comix zine Mineshaft; and much more.

From Green Lantern #59 (December 2010), written by Johns, penciled by Doug Mahnke and inked by Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne and Mahnke. ©2010 DC Comics

tcj.com links Jan. 28 — Feb. 4

Posted by on February 4th, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Rob Clough reviewed Only Skin #6, by Sean Ford; Mr. Cellar’s Attic, by Noel Freibert; and Courtship of Ms. Smith, by Alexis Frederick-Frost.

R.C. Harvey got some advice from a trio of cartoonists.

Chris Ware talked to Matthias Wivel at Komiks.dk: Part One, Part Two.

R. Fiore on Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library Vol. 20.

Rob Clough looked at John Stanley’s Nancy comic books.

In his Minis Monday column, Rich Kreiner traced a different kind of underground comics lineage via Colin Tedford’s Square Dance #4.

R.C. Harvey close-read Jan. 35 comic strips.

Our Angoulême coverage.

R.C. Harvey welcomed back Peyo and the Smurfs.

Rob Clough also looked at Tubby.

R.C. Harvey noted some recent comic-strip cameos.

Tom Crippen pondered Superman’s immigration status.

Rob Clough examined the all-ages “experiment” Solipsistic Pop #3.

R.C. Harvey: Writer Defined.

R.C. Harvey also chose Sinfest as one of his Best Comics of 2010.

Meanwhile, tcj.com’s international bloggers looked at the controversy surrounding Don Lawrence’ Storm, explained the Latin American legacies of Luiz Sá and Harvey Pekar and announced Australian comics events.

a roundup of links to tcj.com Angoulême coverage

Posted by on February 1st, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Write-ups and Announcements:

Matthias Wivel

Angoulême, Friday

Angoulême, Saturday

Art Speigelman wins Grand Prix

International Blogs

Fredrik Stromberg

Stromberg arrives.

The L’Asso Strike.

On the Platinum Meet.

On comics in the cathedral.

On signings.

On cultural acceptance.

Bart Croonenborghs

A Quick Guide to Belgium at Angoulême

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Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Chris Ware talks to Matthias Wivel; R.C. Harvey looks at Smurfs creator Peyo and tells us what it means to write comics; Rob Clough and Rich Kreiner cover minis from up-and-comers such as Alexis Frederick-Frost and Colin Tedford; and our foreign correspondents on all the latest from Angoulême.

©2010 Peyo

tcj.com links Jan. 16-Jan. 28

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 5:43 PM

R.C. Harvey on comic strips and “Logic Gone Sane.”

Rob Clough concluded his three-part series on recent D&Q issues with a look at the final installment of Anders Nilsen’s Big Questions.

Parts Four, Five and Six went up of Kristian Williams series of essays on Garth Ennis’ aerial combat comics.

Rob Clough worked through his tcj.com slush pile.

R.C. Harvey looked at comic strips that tackled religious subject matter.

Rich Kreiner touted Tag Team.

Rob Clough looked at Adrian Tomine’s Scenes from an Impending Marriage through the prism of wedding-induced psychosis.

R.C. Harvey looked at some pictures.

He also praised X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan by Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin.

Rob Clough was curious about Curio Cabinet.

Matthias Wivel, Fredrik Stromberg (also here and here) and Bart Croonenborghs are serving as our foreign correspondents at Angoulême.

Bart Croonenborghs also took a side-trip through the Mountains of Madness.

Sean Michael Robinson leaves food for thought for the weekend with his analysis of The Simpsons Child Pornography case.

Sean Michael Robinson: Criminal Contexts: The Simpsons “Child” Pornography Case and Its Implications

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 2:58 PM

“Kutzner led dual lives. On one hand, he was a respected middle school teacher who led a responsible, crime-free life and, undoubtedly was a positive influence in the lives of many students. […] But in his secret life, he intentionally sought out sexually exploitive material involving young children for purposes of sexual gratification.”

- Government Sentencing Memorandum, U.S.A. v. Steven Kutzner

(c) Nonrequired Element of Offense. — It is not a required element of any offense under this section that the minor depicted actually exist. -Title 18 U.S.C. 1466A

In 2010, Steven Kutzner was working as a science teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School in Boise, Idaho. A year later, Kutzner’s in prison, where he is sentenced to remain for the next 15 months. That’s the temporary part. For the rest of his life he will be a sexual criminal in the eyes of his community. He will never start over. He will not work or volunteer with minors of any age, nor will he “reside or loiter within 300 feet of schoolyards, parks, playgrounds, arcades or other places primarily used by children under the age of 18.” Kutzner has joined the ranks of his fellow citizens Christopher Handley and Dwight Worley, all three punished for possessing visual depictions of fictional crimes against fictional characters.

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Posted by on January 21st, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Kristian Williams continues to explore the cloudy world of Garth Ennis’ aerial warfare stories; Sean Michael Robinson talks to attorneys on both sides of the obscenity case of an Idaho schoolteacher imprisoned for possession of sexually explicit cartoon parodies of The Simpsons; R.C. Harvey stakes out Secret Agent Corrigan; Rob Clough tackles Anders Nislen’s Big Questions and John Brodowski’s Curio Cabinet; a new Latin American blog by Jesse Tangen-Mills; and much more!

From Hellblazer #71: written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon. @1993 DC Comics

tcj.com links January 15 — January 21

Posted by on January 21st, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Rob Clough on World War III and Borderland.

Marc Sobel on reading comics with your Android phone.

Part 1 (Seth’s Palookaville #20)and Part 2 (Jason Lutes’ Berlin #17) of Rob Clough’s 3-part series on Drawn & Quarterly’s recent single issues.

R.C. Harvey continues his survey of fall’s comic strips with Brett Koth’s Diamond Lil.

Rich Kreiner’s Minis Monday: The Widow Reminisces Over a Plate of Vegetables, Mimi’s Doughnut Zine #19: Health
Nathan Wilson reviews The Rat Catcher by Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez

R. Fiore on Doug Wright

Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 (of 6) of Kristian Williams’ examination of Garth Ennis’ aerial combat comics.

R. C. Harvey contends that Chip Dunham (Overboard) can’t draw well enough to get across his gags.

Shaenon Garrity delineates her choices for the Best Online Comics Criticism 2010.

Sean Michael Robinson talked to both lawyers after Idaho school teacher Steven Kutzner was sentenced for possession of “Obscene” images of Simpsons characters.


Roland Kelts takes a look at The Anime Contents Expo (ACE), which was formed by Japanese anime, manga and toy companies boycotting Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) in the wake of Bill 156,

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