Politics posts

The Work of Porn in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom

Posted by on January 27th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Williams on Alan Moore's take on porn.

Kent Worcester reviews Fortune Cookies by Sue Rice and Nick Thorkelson

Posted by on January 24th, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Fortune Cookies: New Comics about Journeys and Transformations. Sue Rice and Nick Thorkelson, eds. Forty-eight b&w pages; saddlestitch binding; $4.50. No ISBN. To order copies visit nickthorkelson.com.

This self-published anthology features eleven graphic stories, most of which are autobiographical

Phil Evans: Once More With Feeling

Posted by on January 18th, 2010 at 7:46 AM

In previous posts – “Whatever Happened to Phil Evans?” and “The Return of Phil Evans” – I introduced Journal readers to one of the overlooked political cartoonists of the past half-century, the English socialist Phil Evans. Evans has pretty much

Steven Grant reviews Che, A Graphic Biography

Posted by on December 28th, 2009 at 9:00 AM
Che: A Graphic Biography is an argument for many such biographies, since Spain demonstrates how well the comics form can bring history to life yet focus on the factual in ways prose and film usually don’t.

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The Spanish Civil War, Cartooning, and the Cultural Imagination: No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade, and Wolverine Part 4 of 4

Posted by on December 22nd, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Part Four: “Perhaps we won.”

The epigram for Volume Three of No Pasaran! is a quote from the poet Antonia Machado: “To strategists, politicians, and historians, it will all be clear:

Drabbling in Politics

Posted by on December 21st, 2009 at 5:55 AM

I’ve never been much turned on by Kevin Fagan’s Drabble. Can’t warm up to the drawing, which, until the advent of Pearls before Swine and Deflocked, was the worst on the page. Since I moved to Denver two years

The Spanish Civil War, Cartooning, and the Cultural Imagination: No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade, and Wolverine Part 3 of 4

Posted by on December 21st, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously: Part 1, Part 2

Part Three: Defeated Idealists, Undefeated Idealism

Giardino’s illustrations for No Pasaran! highlight the art of the war — the propaganda posters on every available wall, war photography in the art galleries, and herds of

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The Spanish Civil War, Cartooning, and the Cultural Imagination: No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade, and Wolverine Part 2 of 4

Posted by on December 18th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Previously: Part 1.

Part Two: Art and Propaganda

Poster by John Heartfield

There’s an old, bitter joke about the Spanish Civil War that runs, “They won all the battles, but we had all the great songs!

And outside

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The Spanish Civil War, Cartooning, and the Cultural Imagination: No Pasaran!, The Black Order Brigade, and Wolverine Part 1 of 4

Posted by on December 17th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Part One: A War of Memory and Imagination


There are two deaths at the end of Guillermo del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth. One is that of Ofelia, a young girl who tries to escape her abusive stepfather by entering an

Hello, Wisconsin!

Posted by on December 16th, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Comics in Wisconsin, Paul Buhle; Borderland Books; 116 pages; $21.95; numerous black & white and color illustrations; ISBN 978-0-9815620-3-2.

Paul Buhle’s latest project explores the comics history of Wisconsin. By its very nature the book raises tricky questions about

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