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Reading Comics with Your Android

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

In November, I finally joined the cult of the smartphone. I’m not the type of guy who’s usually on the bleeding edge of technology, nor am I one to become an early adopter of anything (other than comics, of course), but when Verizon’s release of the Droid X coincided with my contract expiration, I decided to take the plunge.

Never Forget, Never Forgive

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

The Israeli cartoonist Rami Efal was recently nominated for the Ignatz Award for “Promising New Talent” for his self-published graphic novel, Never Forget, Never Forgive, which was originally serialized as a webcomic on Activatecomix.com. The book is a historical fiction set in feudal Japan and chronicles the “Great Onin War for the throne of Kyoto,” a struggle between the Okumura and Miyamoto tribes, two embittered clans locked in combat for decades. Within this context, Efal explores the impact of war and its lingering after-effects on one family.

Navigating the Chaos: A Conversation with Brian Allen McCall

Posted by on July 28th, 2010 at 12:02 AM

There are better ways to spend a rainy afternoon than flipping through a box of old Heavy Metal magazines, but that’s exactly what I was doing when I happened upon “Is There No Justice in the Universe?” a forgotten five-page story by Brian Allen McCall in the August 1983 issue. Buried near the middle of the magazine, between a middle chapter of Tamburini and Liberatore’s Ranxerox and a one-page strip by Peter Kuper, it’s not surprising that this story was condemned to obscurity.

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Sobel on Market Day by James Sturm

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

James Sturm is a cartoonist’s cartoonist, a passionate supporter of the medium and one of its great ambassadors. His comics, like all great artists, have sharpened and focused over the course of his career, and following his trilogy of graphic novels, recently collected as a single, stunning volume simply titled James Sturm’s America, it was only logical that Sturm would turn next to Europe.

Super Spy Vol. 2: The Lost Dossiers by Matt Kindt

Posted by on March 22nd, 2010 at 2:10 PM

The Lost Dossiers is not a sequel, per se, but more like the graphic novel equivalent of the bonus disc in a DVD box set. It’s hardly essential; however, for fans of the original, there’s more than enough “bonus features” to make it worth the price.

Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist

Posted by on February 17th, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Rather than a straightforward biography,

Kleist’s artistic goal is to capture the emotional experience of Johnny Cash’s music in a visual medium…


Marc Sobel reviews Studs Terkel’s Working: A Graphic Adaptation

Posted by on December 24th, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Adapted by Harvey Pekar, Edited by Paul Buhle; The New Press; 224 pp.; $22.95; B&W; Softcover; ISBN: 9781595583215

Studs Terkel is widely regarded as the greatest oral historian in American literature.  Although he would later win the Pulitzer Prize (in …

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Syncopated reviewed by Marc Sobel

Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays Edited by Brendan Burford; Villard Books; 154 pp.; $16.95; B&W; Softcover; ISBN: 9780345505293

The fourth volume of Brendan Burford’s anthology of “nonfiction picto-essays” is the longest and most impressive to date (as well as …

Trotsky: A Graphic Biography reviewed by Marc Sobel

Posted by on December 16th, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Rick Geary;  Hill & Wang; 102 pp, $16.95; B&W, Hardcover; ISBN: 9780809095087

Actually, I was assigned Trotsky. I wouldn’t have chosen him. My first choice would have been Rasputin. I suggested him to the publisher, but he said, ‘Let’s

Mijeong Review

Posted by on December 11th, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Mijeong; Byun Byung-Jun; NBM; 240 pp, $19.95; B&W & Color, softcover; ISBN: 9781561635542

If Bret Easton Ellis was a Korean cartoonist – and about twenty years younger – he might have produced a short-story collection like Mijeong.” – Andrew …

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