International posts

Egypt, Country of Clay

Posted by on March 2nd, 2011 at 1:37 AM

City of Clay by dutch artist and writer Milan Hulsing has received some press by being published at the same time as the Egyptian revolution against – now luckily former – president Mubarak started. City of Clay does play against

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

Posted by on February 26th, 2011 at 5:47 AM

As I was writing my column on black face in Latin American comics last week, I came upon some old copies of another historieta on the street that prominently featured black characters, called Fuego, produced by the same publishing house

Ignatz Update 4: Interiorae #4

Posted by on February 26th, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Rob reviews the fourth and final issue of Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae, a title in the joint Fantagraphics/Coconino Press Ignatz series.

Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae wound up as one of the most conventional of the Ignatz line of comics.  Of course,

Going Underground in the Thirties

Posted by on February 24th, 2011 at 3:27 PM

The world’s history keeps turning and many era’s embed themselves in the fascination of man, rich with history and events. One of those singular timeframes is the Great Depression in early thirties America. The Wall Street crash of 1929 set

Madwoman of the Sacred Heart by Jodorowsky and Mœbius

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011 at 4:00 PM

While radically different from his work in cinema, Jodorowsky’s comics are still a weird amalgam of genres and influences. His first collaboration with Mœbius, The Incal, was essentially the fool’s journey of the Tarot, written as a pseudo-religious space opera. There is an even stranger turnaround here, as Madwoman of the Sacred Heart takes the gospels and turns them into an erotic noir thriller.

Graphic Youth: Louis: Night Salad by Metaphrog

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 at 9:00 AM

By sublimating paranoia and hallucinatory symbolism into the bright, primary-colored world of Louis, Franco-Scottish duo Metaphrog have crafted an all-ages graphic novel that is all at once touching, intelligent and beautiful to behold.

The New Serieteket

Posted by on February 20th, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Recently I  visited the new incarnation of Serieteket, Sweden’s only speciality library for comics, enjoying a presentation by the ever energetic library manager Kristiina Kolehmainen. Serieteket has been around for 15 years and is a unique establishment in the Northern

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

The Girl and the Gorilla

Posted by on February 16th, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Creativity, whole books have been devoted it and creative persons have been pestered about it since the dawn of time: Where does your creativity come from? But whether it is Narnia, Brobdingnag or Metropolis, even creatives need a

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