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Garth Ennis’s Knights of the Sky, Part One: The Phantom Eagle

Posted by on January 19th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In this six-part essay, Kristian Williams tracks Garth Ennis' treatment of aerial combat across various titles. In Part One, he looks at War is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle, which places the classic Fawcett/Marvel hero in World War I, and stresses how badly his heroic ideals and his peculiarly American arrogance clash with the nature of a big, bloody, pointless war.

Dividends of 2010: Nipper Gazing

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 1:09 AM
Doug Wright and the mystery of Canadian identity.

Reading Comics with Your Android

Posted by on January 17th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In November, I finally joined the cult of the smartphone. I’m not the type of guy who’s usually on the bleeding edge of technology, nor am I one to become an early adopter of anything (other than comics, of course), but when Verizon’s release of the Droid X coincided with my contract expiration, I decided to take the plunge.

Jerry Weist Dies

Posted by on January 14th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Jerry Weist, pioneering comics fan, scholar, retailer and author, died Jan. 7 at the age of 61, reportedly of mulitple myeloma cancer. According to SFScope friend Andrew Porter and the PulpMags mailing list, Weist had been battling cancer for several years.

Jim Woodring’s “Nibbus Maximus” (with video)

Posted by on January 10th, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Brobdingnagian art from Seattle's resident genius — a report on Jim Woodring's demonstration of his giant pen at the Gage Academy of Art, 9th January 2011.

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #12

Posted by on January 10th, 2011 at 1:58 PM

When a comics publisher goes under, it leaves a lot of orphan licenses behind.  Some get scooped up into loving homes, some bounce from halfway house to halfway house, while others are left to wander the earth, forgotten.  So it

Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part One (of Five)

Posted by on January 5th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the first of a five-part interview (which ran in TCJ #276 and #278), longtime DC Comics writer Bob Haney, creator of The Brave and the Bold series and known for his work on Metamorpho, talks to TCJ co-founder Michael Catron about growing up during the Depression and his experiences in the Navy.

Magazine Cartooning Not Quite Par Excellence

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Instead of a text piece about cartooning or cartoonists, the editors have in recent “cartoon issues,” including this one, published an article about a comedian, thinking, apparently, that since cartoons provoke laughter, anything that provokes laughter is suitable fodder for the “cartoon issue.”


Posted by on January 3rd, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Today marks the grand opening of the new TCJ sister-blog, The Panelists, featuring Charles Hatfield and Craig Fischer (from Thought Balloonists), Isaac Cates (from Satisfactory Comics), Derik Badman (from Madinkbeard), and Alex Boney and myself (from guttergeek, late of TCJ). We will also have guest bloggers, interviews and random cameos throughout the year, but to start things off and to celebrate the cornball cleverness of our name, we are going to be trading around a half dozen panels for some close readings of various kinds and persuasions. We also have a good old fashioned contest with a really awesome prize, so head on over by clicking the image below (or the one in the upper-righthand corner of the TCJ homepage).

Eric Reynolds Talks About Mome, an Anthology for the 21st Century with Chris Mautner Part 2 of 2

Posted by on December 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Eric Reynolds and Chris Mautner conclude their conversation about the 20th issue of the indy anthology Mome.

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