International posts

Johnossi Comics

Posted by on December 26th, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Johnossi Comics is a strange hybrid, and even stranger seeing as it was made in Sweden. Johnossi is a successful Swedish band, an energetic live-playing rock duo that has also had some success abroad. They have teamed up with the

Grim Tidings: Miss Don’t Touch Me, Vol 2

Posted by on December 22nd, 2010 at 5:45 AM

Rob reviews the second volume of Miss Don’t Touch Me, written by Hubert and drawn by the art team of Kerascoet (NBM).

The first volume of Miss Don’t Touch Me was part murder-mystery, part “erotic thriller”, part workplace procedural and

The Revenge of Bakamé

Posted by on December 21st, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I have seen a lot of Asia but have never been to the African continent. While reading The Revenge of Bakamé, the latest work of artist Jeroen Janssen and writer Pieter van Oudheusden,  at least I can say

Looking back to move forward: A few good gift books

Posted by on December 21st, 2010 at 5:32 AM
Given such dire prognostications for the near future, it may be better, or at least more fun, to look back at a few of 2010’s gift-worthy Japanese pop culture pubs.

Best Swedish Graphic Novels of 2010

Posted by on December 19th, 2010 at 4:30 AM

It’s that time of year again… Time to start looking back at what actually happened during the last 12 months. So, here are my thoughts on the best Swedish graphic novels published during 2010:

Title: Om någon vrålar i skogen

Cool Japan chilled: Censorship rules Japan

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 7:10 AM
Any of you remember the 'Comics Code' in America, effectively shutting down the most creative comics artists in the US in the 1950s, as aptly recorded by David Hadju in The Ten Cent Plague? For the sake of all of us, let's hope it doesn't happen in Japan.

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?

Talking Schlock with Serge Buyse

Posted by on December 4th, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Serge Buyse is a creative monster: from graphic design to rapper to illustrator and comics artist. Having published his first graphic novel Adventures in Cult City, I had a chat with to talk comics and schlock.

I’m curious as

Comiquiz – The Nordic Comics Competition

Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 at 6:50 AM

There is, in the Nordic countries a phenomenon which is, as far as I know, unique in the world: Comiquiz. This is a competition in the knowledge of comics which is held every year. What makes it unique is that

Dark Corners: Dungeon Monstres, Volume 3

Posted by on November 29th, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Rob reviews Dungeon Monstres Volume 3, by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer and Walter.

The initial draw of Lewis Trondheim & Joann Sfar’s Dungeon series is its status as a light-hearted goof on familiar sword-and-sorcery (and Dungeons

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