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Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980

Posted by on April 3rd, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Kent reviews the new companion volume to Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries, 1900-1969.

Dan Nadel, ed. Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980. Abrams, 2010. 304 pp. $40 hardcover. 350 full-color illustrations. ISBN 978-0-8109-8824-8.

Tom Kaczynski at the 2009 MoCCA Festival

Posted by on March 15th, 2010 at 6:14 AM

Tom Kaczynski and I spoke on stage at the 2009 MoCCA Festival on June 7, 2009. What follows is an edited version of our conversation. Some of the topics we covered include Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, architecture, utopianism, and communist

Booth by C.C. Colbert and Tanitoc

Posted by on March 9th, 2010 at 7:32 AM

Booth. Written by C.C. Colbert and illustrated by Tanitoc. Color by Hilary Sycamore. 172 pp. $19.95. First Second. ISBN: 978-1-59643-125-6.

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John Wilkes Booth was born in Bel Air, Maryland in 1838, and he died in a

More Steve Whitaker

Posted by on March 4th, 2010 at 3:28 PM

It turns out there is a quite a bit of Steve Whitaker material on the web. As I noted in an earlier post, Steve Whitaker (1955-2008) was a gifted artist and legendary comics maven who is probably best remembered

Thank you, Martin Hand

Posted by on March 3rd, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Thanks, Martin, for posting Steve Whitaker artwork on flickr. The new set is lovely.

Who is Steve Whitaker, you ask? According to his wikipedia page, he was born in 1955 and died in early 2008. He was the

Thinking in Pictures

Posted by on February 25th, 2010 at 9:29 AM

In an earlier post, I wondered whether Will Eisner’s distinction between “instructional” and “entertainment” comics could be applied to the work of someone like Tom Kaczynski, whose mini-comics and short graphic stories are mainly concerned with the play of

What is this a picture of?

Posted by on February 16th, 2010 at 5:50 PM

In his online conversation with Derik Badman on madinkbeard about Andrei Molotiu’s Abstract Comics, Craig Fischer says he’s “bummed that [Lewis] Trondheim’s ‘abstract pornography’ didn’t make it into the book.” Two of Trondheim’s pieces did make the cut, including

Kent Worcester reviews The Great Anti-War Cartoons by Craig Yoe

Posted by on February 13th, 2010 at 11:32 AM

The Great Anti-War Cartoons. Edited by Craig Yoe, introduction by Muhammad Yunus. 190 pages: some color, mostly b&w. $24.99. Fantagraphics. ISBN 978-1-606991503.

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“The cartoonist makes people see things!” In a different context, this phrase might refer

The Use of Sequential Art

Posted by on February 9th, 2010 at 10:24 AM
Eisner recognized that the line between instructional and entertainment comics is fuzzy, of course. A detective story might include instructions in how to open a safe, for example, while an illustrated manual might include visual gags. But he nevertheless assumed these were the only options. A particular comic might combine the two elements in some novel way, but the possibilities of the medium were bound up with these two categories. I'm not convinced.

Those Bob Gill Covers

Posted by on February 4th, 2010 at 9:14 AM

If the phrase “left Shachtmanite” rings a bell, then you have probably heard of a magazine called New Politics. Currently published twice a year by an all-volunteer editorial collective, the journal was launched in 1961 by Phyllis and Julius

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