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Let Me Explain This To You, Tom

Posted by on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:21 PM
In a recent posting at The Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon wonders why DC wouldn’t move its publishing business to Los Angeles along with its electronic media stuff. As someone who didn't see why DC would move its print publishing business out of New York, I thought I might be able to elucidate.

Wanderlust – Ulli Lust’s Heute ist der letzte Tag vom Rest deines Lebens

Posted by on September 23rd, 2010 at 5:16 AM
Told with great confidence and uncomfortable frankness across a sprawling 450 pages, Heute ist der letzte Tag vom Rest deines Lebens is a coming-of-age narrative that inevitably places itself in the tradition of German travel literature, perhaps unwittingly joining the company of such august figures as Goethe and Hesse. Lust’s ambition, though great, never overtly shows literary pretense, however: hers is a story of two young punks—Ulli and her friend Edi—traveling with no money, no passports, and no more than a change of clothes; a story of two girls seeking adventure and getting in over their heads.

The Strangest Pictures I Have Seen #10

Posted by on September 22nd, 2010 at 12:03 PM

To be a truly irritating manga nerd, it’s important to obsess over at least one untranslated manga, boring people with long descriptions of its veiled glories and bitching about the myopia of the U.S. manga market and/or the unappreciative gaijin

Explaining Reality to Myself: The Steve Lafler Interview (Part Three of Three)

Posted by on September 22nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In this conclusion of a three-part interview with Steve Lafler, the cartoonist talks about transgenderism, raising a family in Mexico, running a small business, promoting El Vocho and more.

Now That Makes Sense

Posted by on September 21st, 2010 at 9:11 PM
The DC move as a case study in rumor formation.

Explaining Reality to Myself: The Steve Lafler Interview (Part Two of Three)

Posted by on September 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Steve Lafler talks to Rob Clough about character design, the ’90s Alternative wave,Buzzard, Bughouse, Top Shelf and much more.

Explaining Reality To Myself: The Steve Lafler Interview (Part One of Three)

Posted by on September 20th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The first of a three-part career-spanning interview with Steve Lafler conducted by Rob Clough.

A Rose Is Not a Rose Unless It’s Socialist Red

Posted by on September 16th, 2010 at 3:00 AM

And by ‘red’ I do mean … socialist, that most evil of the worker’s mental revolt! The proletariat victorious. And what better way to relay some propaganda to the masses than inserting it into that most vile of reading habits

The Sledgehammer is Gone: Paul Conrad, 1924-2010

Posted by on September 13th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad, one of the most ferocious, powerful, controversial and honored visual provocateurs of the last 50 years, died at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes in California on Saturday, Sept. 4, of natural causes. He was 86. And he was probably angry: anger was his professional stance, and he was a consummate professional, up to the very end, I have no doubt. He won three Pulitzer Prizes for his anger. Only four other cartoonists have equaled this feat in the 89 years the Pulitzer has been awarded for editorial cartooning — Rollin Kirby, Edmund Duffy, Herbert Block (Herblock), and Jeff MacNelly.

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Literary Comics Columns

Posted by on September 9th, 2010 at 5:17 AM

An interesting experiment is taking place at (english language version!) who have gotten into the habit of asking comics creators to contribute a column on a literary site. Born out of the tradition of the literary column, the results

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