Essay posts

An Evening At Chapel Hill Comics

Posted by on August 23rd, 2010 at 5:54 AM
Rob offers his observations of a mini-comic party at Chapel Hill Comics.

Porn, Piracy and Manga’s Revolutionary Summer

Posted by on August 19th, 2010 at 7:06 AM
summer of manga Roland Kelts tackles the issues surrounding scanlations.

TokyoPop hits the highway to save manga in America

Posted by on August 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The company's self-branded "TokyoPop Tour" launched in early July at Los Angeles's Anime Expo. When it's all over, Levy and his crew will have hit 28 cities in 54 days — all to get face time with fans. For me, the move is rich with irony: the heavily Internet-invested manga/anime producer and retailer I first encountered five years ago is now using online social networking to turn back into old-fashioned traveling salespeople.

Crumb: Beauty and Failure

Posted by on July 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Check out the man with the mouse behind Robert Crumb.

©1996 Robert Crumb.

American Blender: A Reporter Sifts Through the Many Realities of Hanging Out with Harvey Pekar the Movie Star by Jack Baney

Posted by on July 16th, 2010 at 5:01 PM
The full version of Jack Baney's 2003 piece (from TCJ#255), written in New Journalism style, about spending time with Harvey Pekar during the American Splendor film hype.

art by R. Crumb

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“Cool Japan” is no longer enough

Posted by on July 5th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
"Cool Japan" was an apt brand for the early days of manga/anime fandom. But now it's an impediment.

A Kind of Alchemy: The Art of Eddie Campbell

Posted by on June 21st, 2010 at 3:02 AM
An appreciation of the cartoonist behind Alec and Bacchus (and From Hell co-creator), originally published in The Comics Journal #273 in 2006.

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BL Roundtable: Conclusions: Ceci n’est pas une tautology by “Kinukitty”

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 12:02 AM
The following is neither a joke nor as blindingly obvious as one might initially think: Yaoi fans love gay men. For what it’s worth. And what is it worth? I have wondered. On the one hand – love. Good! On the other hand, love because of sexual preference. Creepy. It isn’t possible to objectify someone respectfully. We try, though. Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty; Sidebar by Dirk Deppey; and conclusions by Berlatsky, Garrity and Deppey.

BL Roundtable: Conclusions: On Dream Police, Cigars and Maybe Not Shutting Up Forever

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
For me, then, the problem with Boys’ Love Manga’s forays into analysis isn’t that one shouldn’t analyze sexual fantasies — it’s that the analysis in question was fucking stupid. Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty; Sidebar by Dirk Deppey; and conclusions by Garrity, Kinukitty and Deppey.

BL Roundtable Sidebar: The Mirror of Male-Love Love

Posted by on June 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Reflections on being both central to a genre and completely irrelevant to it, why women should be more confident in letting their freak flag fly (and a few possible reasons why they sometimes don't), why the similarities between men and women are just as interesting as the differences, a brief history of world pederasty, what it's like for a boy (on bottom), the inevitable coming-out melodrama — oh, and a review of the collection of academic essays, Boys' Love Manga. Not necessarily in that order. 10,000+ words, not even remotely safe for work. Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty

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