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Jason Shiga on Interactive Comics (with video)

Posted by on March 1st, 2011 at 12:01 AM

On his recent West Coast tour with Aaron Renier, Shiga gave a presentation on how his work has evolved over the last 10 years and gave some enlightening glimpses into his working methods. I spoke to him afterwards and had him take me through the workings of his unfinished masterpiece, Theater Eroika.

Madwoman of the Sacred Heart by Jodorowsky and Mœbius

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011 at 4:00 PM

While radically different from his work in cinema, Jodorowsky’s comics are still a weird amalgam of genres and influences. His first collaboration with Mœbius, The Incal, was essentially the fool’s journey of the Tarot, written as a pseudo-religious space opera. There is an even stranger turnaround here, as Madwoman of the Sacred Heart takes the gospels and turns them into an erotic noir thriller.

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.

A Single Match by Oji Suzuki

Posted by on February 17th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Drawn & Quarterly’s series of newly-translated gekiga offers some elegaic comics by Oji Suzuki.

…also: What on earth is happening in this panel?!

Jim Woodring’s “Nibbus Maximus” (with video)

Posted by on January 10th, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Brobdingnagian art from Seattle’s resident genius — a report on Jim Woodring’s demonstration of his giant pen at the Gage Academy of Art, 9th January 2011.

Spider-Man: Fever by Brendan McCarthy

Posted by on December 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Here we have the much-vaunted return of Brendan McCarthy to comics. After years adrift in the world of television and movies, the British artist finds his new home at Marvel, riding the wave of ’70s revivalism with a series that channels two of Ditko’s most pop creations.

CBGB

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Everyone there has his or her story, and it’s these tales that this anthology sets out to tell. Not to mourn the loss of the legendary New York club (closed since 2006), but to show what made it such a vital part of musical history for the people who went there. CBGB’s accepted all-comers and for that group of misfits, weirdos and outcasts, it wasn’t just about the music —it was so much more — it was the people, the stories, the sense of adventure. It was life lived urgently.

A Sickness in the Family by Denise Mina and Antonio Fuso

Posted by on December 9th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Denise Mina’s new graphic novel, A Sickness in the Family, is based upon Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and the crumbling architecture of her native Glasgow becomes its dark psyche manifest. Around this scaffold, she assembles a typically grim mystery as a family finds their repressed secrets returning in a series of murders.

Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson

Posted by on September 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM

As a fictional conceit, talking animals are difficult to do well. Often the results feel forced, obvious, childish or derivative — the realm of Saturday-morning cartoons. However, Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s Beasts of Burden — about a group of mystery-solving pets — is none of the above.

Studio Profile: Hope Street Studios

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Earlier this year, I looked at the wealth of interesting small-press publications that were emerging from Scotland. It became apparent that the majority of the work was coming from one studio — Hope Street Studios in Glasgow — where professional creators like Jamie Grant, Frank Quitely, Gary Erskine and Dominic Regan had formed a creative nexus with emerging independent artists and writers.

When the opportunity arose, I decided to visit the studio and speak to the various creators associated with it about the community that Hope Street has fostered as well as their influences, aspirations and the uniquely bleak Scottish sense of humor.

More information on the creators and publications featured can be found at the following locations:

Dominic Regan: Gamma Head
John Miller: Evil Wee Comics
Graham Murdoch: Lambiek profile
Iain Laurie: Powwkipsie and Black Cape
Craig Collins: Roachwell
Wasted, Northern Lightz and Nexion: Bad Press Ltd.

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