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The Work of Porn in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom

Posted by on January 27th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Williams on Alan Moore's take on porn.

Joe the Barbarian #1

Posted by on January 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Sequence from the comic, ©2010 DC Comics

 

Creative writing teachers with a "show, don't tell" mantra should follow their own advice: stop telling the students how to write and just hand them Joe the Barbarian #1. "Here, kid, like this."

B.P.R.D. to the Rescue!

Posted by on January 19th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
The Black Goddess gives us more of what we've come to expect from the B.P.R.D. series: monsters, magicians, daring rescues, raging conflict, and heroes returning from the dead.

A Narrator in Search of a Protagonist: Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

Posted by on January 13th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
If Nevin Martell had edited an anthology of the many interviews with, articles about, and essays by, Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, it would have been a real boon to fans and scholars alike. What we get instead is the book-length equivalent of a People Magazine article, with its tone of adoration and its chatty, not-as-witty-as-it-thinks, prose. The main difference is that the star didn't stop by for a photo shoot and interview.

The Spanish Civil War, Cartooning, and the Cultural Imagination: No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade, and Wolverine Part 4 of 4

Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Part Four: “Perhaps we won.”

The epigram for Volume Three of No Pasaran! is a quote from the poet Antonia Machado: “To strategists, politicians, and historians, it will all be clear:

The Spanish Civil War, Cartooning, and the Cultural Imagination: No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade, and Wolverine Part 3 of 4

Posted by on December 21st, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously: Part 1, Part 2

Part Three: Defeated Idealists, Undefeated Idealism

Giardino’s illustrations for No Pasaran! highlight the art of the war — the propaganda posters on every available wall, war photography in the art galleries, and herds of

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The Spanish Civil War, Cartooning, and the Cultural Imagination: No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade, and Wolverine Part 2 of 4

Posted by on December 18th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously: Part 1.

Part Two: Art and Propaganda

Poster by John Heartfield

There’s an old, bitter joke about the Spanish Civil War that runs, “They won all the battles, but we had all the great songs!

And outside

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The Spanish Civil War, Cartooning, and the Cultural Imagination: No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade, and Wolverine Part 1 of 4

Posted by on December 17th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Part One: A War of Memory and Imagination


There are two deaths at the end of Guillermo del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth. One is that of Ofelia, a young girl who tries to escape her abusive stepfather by entering an

Tales from Outer Suburbia reviewed by Kristian Williams

Posted by on December 16th, 2009 at 10:00 AM

by Shaun Tan; Arthur A. Levine Books; 96 pp.; $19.99; Color; Hardcover; ISBN: 9780545055871

It is famously difficult to follow a masterpiece.  Shaun Tan follows one with many:

A visitor in a teacup.  A water buffalo who knows the way. 

Review: Treehouse of Horror #15

Posted by on December 11th, 2009 at 9:00 AM

The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #15; Various; Sammy Harkham, ed.; Bongo Entertainment; 48 pp, $4.99

Despite its title and the cover art, this magazine-length anthology doesn’t really feels like The Simpsons‘ annual Halloween extravaganza. It’s more like a series

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