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A Comics Syllabus

Posted by on February 2nd, 2010 at 8:07 AM

[In a recent post on Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky refers to this as a “particularly egregious” example of a post “that makes you think ‘what the fuck?’ and not in a good way.” Ouch! As it happens, I posted the

“An Art Unscrolling in Time”: An Interview with Mindy Aloff

Posted by on January 31st, 2010 at 12:06 PM

As promised: my interview with the dance critic Mindy Aloff, author of Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation (Disney Editions, 2009). I learned a lot from her book, and enjoyed interviewing her for the Journal. The interview

Dance and Comics

Posted by on January 28th, 2010 at 2:41 PM

In the next few days I hope to post my interview with Mindy Aloff, the author of an excellent new book on Disney and dance, Hippo in a Tutu (2009). Aloff is an established dance critic who has written for

Kent Worcester reviews Fortune Cookies by Sue Rice and Nick Thorkelson

Posted by on January 24th, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Fortune Cookies: New Comics about Journeys and Transformations. Sue Rice and Nick Thorkelson, eds. Forty-eight b&w pages; saddlestitch binding; $4.50. No ISBN. To order copies visit

This self-published anthology features eleven graphic stories, most of which are autobiographical

I’d Like to Thank the Academy…

Posted by on January 20th, 2010 at 9:16 AM

According to the University Press of Mississippi’s blog, A Comics Studies Reader has “just been named the Peter C. Rollins Book Award by the Southwest Texas Popular/American Culture Association…awarded annually for the best book in popular culture studies and/or American

Phil Evans: Once More With Feeling

Posted by on January 18th, 2010 at 7:46 AM

In previous posts – “Whatever Happened to Phil Evans?” and “The Return of Phil Evans” – I introduced Journal readers to one of the overlooked political cartoonists of the past half-century, the English socialist Phil Evans. Evans has pretty much

Kent Worcester reviews What Color is the Sacred? by Michael Taussig

Posted by on January 10th, 2010 at 7:52 AM
What Color is the Sacred? by Michael Taussig. University of Chicago Press; 258 pp., $24.00; paperback; ISBN: 978-0226-790060. Michael Taussig favors an aphoristic prose style that draws perhaps a little too heavily on his hero Nietzsche. He has nevertheless written a fascinating essay on the genealogy of color and its relationship to the modern world. While the “problem” of color is at the frontier of comics studies, it is a notoriously elusive subject. Taussig has hardly presented the final word on color, but his account offers numerous insights on what Diderot called “the divine breath that animates.”

My New Year’s Resolution

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 2:50 AM
My resolution for 2010 is to spend more time in Chelsea, visiting galleries that showcase postwar and contemporary art. Unlike most New Year's resolutions, this one should be doable.

The Return of Phil Evans

Posted by on December 26th, 2009 at 8:18 AM

In my initial TCJ post, I complained that the web yields far more information about the current fracas inside the Socialist Workers Party (UK) than it does about the massively underrated Phil Evans, whose defamatory cartoons enlivened SWP and trade

SVA Student Catherine Small

Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 at 7:15 AM

For the past couple of years I’ve been teaching a course on Comics Criticism at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). In the fall I had 26 students, including a couple of critics-in-formation. We spent a lot of time talking

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