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Ignatz Update 3: Grotesque #4

Posted by on February 23rd, 2011 at 5:17 AM

Rob reviews the fourth and final issue of Sergio Ponchionne’s Grotesque, a joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Press production.

Sergio Ponchionne’s conclusion to Grotesque returned to the mind-bending storytelling of the first issue, tying together loose story threads in a manner that

The Uniqueness of the Art

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 8:13 PM
Words Blending with Pictures

Ignatz Update 2: Niger #3

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 9:35 AM

In the second part of a series, Rob takes a look at the most recent issues published from the joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Press Ignatz Series.  Here, he examines Niger #3, by Leila Marzocchi.

It’s hard to decide which Ignatz book is

Ignatz Update 1: Sammy The Mouse #3

Posted by on February 19th, 2011 at 5:15 AM

In the first of a four-part series about recent comics from the joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Ignatz line, Rob reviews Sammy The Mouse #3, by Zak Sally.

Though it’s flying a bit under the radar now, the joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Ignatz line publishing

Next Week On

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Shaun Partridge and Josh Simmons talk about The White Rhinoceros and getting arrested at a David Cassidy concert. John Ridgway talks about his four decades in comics, from Commando and Doctor Who to Hellblazer and The Hulk. R.C. Harvey selects the best editorial cartoons of 2010. Reviewed: Grant Morrison's The Return of Bruce Wayne, Tezuka’s Ayoko, Tim Kreider's Twilight of the Assholes, Robert Venditti's Homeland Directive, editor Neil Gaiman's The Best American Comics 2010, Metaphrog's Louis: Night Salad, Matt Fraction's Casanova, Desmond Reed's minis and the latest entries in Fantagraphics’ Ignatz line ... And much more! Image from "The Evil that Men Do!" written by Peter David and drawn by John Ridgeway, collected in The Incredible Hulk #335 (September 1987) [© Marvel Characters, Inc.] links Feb. 12-Feb. 18

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 5:59 PM
Rob Clough's series on Comics as Poetry, Part One, Part Two. Mathhias Wivel took in the Moebius exhibit. Sean Michael Robinson interviewed Cerebus' Gerhard gave about craft and technique: Part One, Part Two, Part Three. R. C. Harvey on virtuosity in cartooning. Rob Clough got The Broadcast. R.C. Harvey had the poop on poop in the funny pages. Shaenon Garrity looked back at City of Glass. Kristian Williams examined a field guide for use during a zombie attack. Gavin Lees wants you to help him figure out what's going on in a panel in Oji Suzuki's A Single Match. R.C. Harvey explained how editorial cartoons handled the censorship of Huckleberry Finn. Rich Kreiner was a good boy this year and got a copy of The Simpsons episode guide as a gift. Nathan Wilson looked at Liar's Kiss. R. C. Harvey pondered the connection between stand-up comedy and comic strips. An HU brawl about Ebony White spilled over to via Tom Crippen. Belgian Bart Croonenborghs told us about The Girl and the Gorilla. Jesse Tangen-Mills began an examination of blackface in comics south of the border. Marco Pellitteri noted the Lucca comics festival mirrored the state of Italian comics.

The Two Sides of Ebony White

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 11:17 AM
Racist or not racist? He's both.

A Comedian’s Ploy

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 9:56 AM
Stand-up comedy in comic strips

A little mirror of comics in Italy / part 1

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Salve a tutti (which means, I remind you, “Hello everyone”),

long time no read, uh?

Last time I wrote that I would say something about Lucca Comics. This is the most important Italian convention on comics and, with Angoulême,

The Co(s)mic Race: Blackface in Comics South of the Border (Part 1)

Posted by on February 17th, 2011 at 7:15 AM

When talking about his character Ebony White, Will Eisner – creator of The Spirit – claimed he used racial stereotypes, but didn´t exploit them.  It´s a strange distinction to make – and may even border on circular reasoning -, but

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