Blog Ignatz Update 1: Sammy The Mouse #3

Posted by on February 19th, 2011 at 5:15 AM

In the first of a four-part series about recent comics from the joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Ignatz line, Rob reviews Sammy The Mouse #3, by Zak Sally.

Though it’s flying a bit under the radar now, the joint Fantagraphics-Coconino Ignatz line publishing

Blog Next Week On

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Shaun Partridge and Josh Simmons talk about The White Rhinoceros and getting arrested at a David Cassidy concert. John Ridgway talks about his four decades in comics, from Commando and Doctor Who to Hellblazer and The Hulk. R.C. Harvey selects the best editorial cartoons of 2010. Reviewed: Grant Morrison's The Return of Bruce Wayne, Tezuka’s Ayoko, Tim Kreider's Twilight of the Assholes, Robert Venditti's Homeland Directive, editor Neil Gaiman's The Best American Comics 2010, Metaphrog's Louis: Night Salad, Matt Fraction's Casanova, Desmond Reed's minis and the latest entries in Fantagraphics’ Ignatz line ... And much more! Image from "The Evil that Men Do!" written by Peter David and drawn by John Ridgeway, collected in The Incredible Hulk #335 (September 1987) [© Marvel Characters, Inc.]

Blog links Feb. 12-Feb. 18

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Rob Clough's series on Comics as Poetry, Part One, Part Two. Mathhias Wivel took in the Moebius exhibit. Sean Michael Robinson interviewed Cerebus' Gerhard gave about craft and technique: Part One, Part Two, Part Three. R. C. Harvey on virtuosity in cartooning. Rob Clough got The Broadcast. R.C. Harvey had the poop on poop in the funny pages. Shaenon Garrity looked back at City of Glass. Kristian Williams examined a field guide for use during a zombie attack. Gavin Lees wants you to help him figure out what's going on in a panel in Oji Suzuki's A Single Match. R.C. Harvey explained how editorial cartoons handled the censorship of Huckleberry Finn. Rich Kreiner was a good boy this year and got a copy of The Simpsons episode guide as a gift. Nathan Wilson looked at Liar's Kiss. R. C. Harvey pondered the connection between stand-up comedy and comic strips. An HU brawl about Ebony White spilled over to via Tom Crippen. Belgian Bart Croonenborghs told us about The Girl and the Gorilla. Jesse Tangen-Mills began an examination of blackface in comics south of the border. Marco Pellitteri noted the Lucca comics festival mirrored the state of Italian comics.

Blog The Two Sides of Ebony White

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Racist or not racist? He's both.

Blog A Comedian’s Ploy

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Stand-up comedy in comic strips

Review Liar’s Kiss by Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 9:00 AM

While Vertigo has made a strong push as of late with its own Vertigo Crime imprint (see Rat Catcher) and Dark Horse recently published an anthology aptly titled Noir in 2009, the results across the board and publishing spectrum are hit-and-miss.

Review Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 1:00 AM

“Guide” is a fit if pale description for the tome, one that at least holds a suggestion of the range and breadth of functions here provided to escort and enhance.

Essay Huckleberry Finn, Racism and The Social Order

Posted by on February 17th, 2011 at 1:00 PM

“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” — Ernest Hemingway

Review A Single Match by Oji Suzuki

Posted by on February 17th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Drawn & Quarterly's series of newly-translated gekiga offers some elegaic comics by Oji Suzuki.

...also: What on earth is happening in this panel?!

Blog Famous Last Words for Borders

Posted by on February 16th, 2011 at 2:21 PM

"Jeez, are you sure there's enough of a market for books to support all these big stores?" "It's okay, we sell CDs too!"

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