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Solomon’s Thieves

Posted by on June 27th, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Kent reviews the latest swashbuckler from First Second.

Solomon’s Thieves. Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland, Hilary Sycamore. New York: First Second, 2010. $12.99, 199 pages. Full color. ISBN 9781596433915.

A few weeks ago I reviewed Prince of Persia:

Is There a Lev Gleason Expert in the House?

Posted by on June 19th, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Lev Gleason, the publisher of Crime Does Not Pay, Boy ComicsSilver Streak Comics and other classic Golden Age titles, entered the business on the ground floor. He was the advertising manager at Eastern Color Printing when

The Eli Valley Experience

Posted by on June 10th, 2010 at 8:42 AM

In recent years there has been a flood of books and articles published on various aspects of Jews and comics. In addition to documenting the contribution of individual Jews to the development of the comics medium, these works of interpretation

Must Eyes Be All in All?

Posted by on May 30th, 2010 at 10:40 AM

As recently as the late 1990s, Greenwood Press, which is known for its scholarly monographs and reference works, used to publish books with unbelievably staid covers.

Here is an example. It typifies the old-school Greenwood approach.

And another:

And another:

Is This A Spoof?

Posted by on May 28th, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Gina Barreca’s self-satisfied post for the Chronicle of Higher Education, on Dan Clowes’ recent New Yorker cover, makes me want to hurl. Curse you, reader Ethan Young, for sending me the link in the first place.

Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel

Posted by on May 26th, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Kent reviews the graphic novel inspired by the video game.

Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel. Created by Jordan Mechner; written by A.B. Sina; artwork by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland; color by Hilary Sycamore. New York: First Second,

Pterodactyl Hunters Rule

Posted by on May 25th, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Recent SVA grad Brendan C. Leach has just published a clever mock newspaper from 1904 that features the exploits of NYC’s famed pterodactyl hunters. “Battle Above the Bowery,” screams one headline; “Pterodactyl Commission Remembers Fallen Hunters,” says another. The 36-page

Steve Bell on the British General Election

Posted by on April 17th, 2010 at 7:12 PM

The longtime Guardian cartoonist talks about – and sketches – the leaders of Britain’s three main parties – Gordon Brown (Labour), David Cameron (Conservative) and Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat, pictured above).

“The interesting thing about Dave,” Steve Bell says, “are

Of Comics and Men by Jean-Paul Gabilliet

Posted by on April 14th, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Kent reviews a newly translated cultural history of U.S. comic books.

Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books. Jean-Paul Gabilliet. Translated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen. 366 pages.$55.00 hardcover. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN

The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking

Posted by on April 8th, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Kent reviews the latest edited collection on comics from the University Press of Mississippi.

The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking. Edited by David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman. University Press of Mississippi, 2010.

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