Essay posts

Manga vs Comics: Does it matter? Felipe Smith in Japan

Posted by on December 10th, 2010 at 11:45 AM
Can an American artist and his Japanese agent break down the walls of prejudice in both East and West?

A Gallery of Prigs: Fantasy and Fable in Calder Willingham’s Novel

Posted by on November 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Donald Phelps continues to meditate on Calder Willingham's novel about moral ambiguity and homosexuality, open and repressed, in a military academy.

Going Underground

Posted by on November 18th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
A tour of the various history books on the underground-comix movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Milt Gross: Banana Oil and the First Graphic Novel?

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

With his characters' ludicrously bug-eyed bulb-nosed physiognomy, sausage-fingered hands and flat feet, Milt Gross may be said in his drawing style to epitomize "cartooning."

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Don Donahue @ Mowry’s

Posted by on November 9th, 2010 at 12:19 AM

by Patrick Rosenkranz

Mowry's Opera House had seen the last of its glory days long before Apex Novelties and Rip Off Press moved into the third floor ballroom. Don Donahue was in there first and walled off a small room in the corner where he could keep himself and his presses warm, then sublet the rest of the open space to squatters, free-love filmmakers and other counterculture artists and musicians.

Oslo’s soft spot

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 7:27 AM

The intriguing art, character and dance moves of the norwegian graphic novel legend Harriton Pushwagner (Terje Brofoss) have inspired Norwegians for a long time, although he first got his brakethrough after the turn of the millennium.

For those of us

The Champion Bad Guy

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Iron Jaw, a name that still raises the hair on the back of my neck. A champion baddie of the Golden Age, Iron Jaw may have been ahead of his time, the prototype of today's soulless super-thugs. He was one of few transgressors who made encore appearances in those days. He was eventually motivated not by greed or by a desire for power (the entire gamut of motives for most villains until the Silver Age), but by the obsession to murder the good guy who repeatedly apprehended him and threw him in the hoosegow. Sometimes, instead of being captured, he died horribly in a ghastly conflagration the inadvertent result of some scheme of his own gone awry. But he always escaped or came back to life (because he hadn't really been killed; it only appeared that he had been). In all of this, as you can plainly see, he was a thoroughly modern — i.e., contemporary — villain.


Rob Rogers’ Monument to a Quarter Century

Posted by on October 22nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh's star editorial cartoonist, was recently named Cartoonist of the Year in the seventh annual Opinion Award adjudication by The Week Magazine. The accolade, however richly deserved, is just another instance of opinion in a universe of interminable opinion, but it is beyond debate that, for many years, Rogers was the profession's most eligible bachelor. He finally got married a few years ago to a beautiful and intelligent woman; and now, in the same spirit of consummation prolonged until perfection could be attained, he has produced one of the best editorial cartoon books ever. Entitled No Cartoon Left Behind: The Best of Rob Rogers (390 10x12-inch pages, black-and-white with some color; paperback, Carnegie Mellon, $39.95), the book is a wide-ranging retrospective of the cartoonist's 25-year stint at the a newspaper that was once the Pittsburgh Press and is now the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


A Weisinger Resources List Part Three (of Three): Websites and Blog Posts

Posted by on October 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Weisinger Resources List concludes with Internet materials concerning Mort Weisinger, the self-hating mastermind behind the baby boomers' Superman.

A Weisinger Resources List Part Two (of Three): Books

Posted by on October 20th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The Weisinger Resources List continues, this time with books by or about Mort Weisinger, the most feared and renowned editor of the Silver Age.

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