History posts

A Comics Journal History of the Direct Market, Part Two

Posted by on February 16th, 2010 at 6:08 AM


Writing during the aftermath in 1987, Gary Groth examines the foolish greed at the heart of the market's first big speculator crash, the Black & White Bust. Second of two parts. Tomorrow, Dirk Deppey recounts the grim march towards the 1990s collapse in "Suicide Club."

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A Comics Journal History of the Direct Market, Part One

Posted by on February 15th, 2010 at 8:13 AM


In the first installment of a three-part series, Michael Dean takes us back to the early days of the modern comics-retail network, and explains how a schoolteacher and a diffuse group of teenagers across the United States turned their obsession with collecting comic books into the Direct Market we know today.

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From Trees to Tribunes: an excerpt from a promotional documentary

Posted by on February 4th, 2010 at 4:25 PM

King and Gray and some others can be seen “in-action,” sketching and inking actual strips. Gray was rarely photographed, so movie footage is pretty amazing to see.

All three parts of this promotional film can be downloaded at archive.org.

Which “End” is Up?: Some Reconsiderations of Calder Willingham’s End as a Man

Posted by on February 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Phelps critiques the book and the subsequent stage and film adaptations.


The Art Of The Gag: John Stanley’s Nancy

Posted by on February 1st, 2010 at 5:42 AM
Rob reviews the second volume of the Seth-edited John Stanley Library: NANCY (Drawn & Quarterly).

Guttergeek’s Sunday Funnies: MINUTE MOVIES

Posted by on January 31st, 2010 at 1:57 PM

This week’s Sunday Funnies at Guttergeek is a followup to a gallery I shared in TCJ #289 on Ed Wheelan’s strange and magnificent strip from the 1920s and 30s, Minute Movies: http://www.tcj.com/guttergeek/?p=313

More VIP by David Ritchie

Posted by on January 27th, 2010 at 2:25 PM

More VIP…

Hanging Way Over with VIP by David Ritchie

Posted by on January 24th, 2010 at 6:18 PM

So, in a storm of recent discovery I found myself picking up what ever Virgil Franklin Partch (VIP) books I could find.
Here you’ll find a gag or two from Hanging Way Over.

SUNDAY FUNNIES: Dolly Dimples and Bobby Bounce

Posted by on January 24th, 2010 at 7:56 AM

At the guttergeek blog we’ve started a new Sunday Funnies feature last week where we dig into the boxes of old strips scattered around the office and share some of our faves. This week’s entry is two 1929 adventures from

Logicomix, A Tour de Force

Posted by on January 21st, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Harvey joins the chorus of praise for Logicomix.
©2009 Logicomix Print. Ltd.

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