Posts Tagged ‘Fantagraphics’

Sympathy and Ambivalence: Artichoke Tales

Posted by on December 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Megan Kelso's first full-length graphic novel, Artichoke Tales, raises the stakes seen in her short stories and makes the relationships between three generations of characters one of simultaneous longing and resentment. The reserved nature of her characters masks seething and churning emotions that emerge in ways that aren't necessarily healthy or rational. The reserve of her present-day characters is juxtaposed against the outsized behavior of historical figures whose story is told as a way of explaining present-day circumstances. This story is entirely about relationships, both familial and romantic. At the same time, it's also about one's relationship to one's country, one's religion, and one's ethnicity, and the ways in which resorting to war to solve conflicts changes all of these relationships irrevocably. Make no mistake: this is not a book with an explicit anti-war message. Rather, it's one that asks the reader to think about what war does to its participants, not the least of which are its soldiers.

Sleepyheads, Good Night & Sleep Tight

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 2:45 AM

Come climb on my back and slumber
While I carry on apace
I vow not to stoop or stumble
For fear you would smash your face

– Randall C.

This time readers, you are in luck! Usually I carry on

Sweet Spot: Mome Vol. 19

Posted by on October 7th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
In #19, Reynolds shifted gears and used fewer but longer entries to put together perhaps the single best issue of the entire series (only #12 surpasses it in my estimation). Beyond its quality, Mome 19 also seems to be the issue that best reflects Reynolds' taste as an editor. Reynolds has always been more on the underground side of the fence than in the literary fiction camp when it comes to comics. This issue's mix of the transgressively funny, pulpish noir, surrealism, scatology and innovation was sequenced in such a way that every transition from story to story was nearly seamless. More importantly, the stories frequently complemented each other in a way that acted as a form of editorial storytelling on its own.

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.

Lyrical Ballad: Set To Sea

Posted by on September 6th, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Rob reviews Drew Weing’s debut graphic novel, Set To Sea (Fantagraphics).

It’s odd to think of Drew Weing’s Set To Sea as his debut graphic novel, given that he’s been steadily cartooning for nearly a decade.  His The Journal Comic

Inside DMC with Johnny Ryan

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I needed more material if I was ever going to publish something on DMC. After weeks of feeling dejected about the curt interview, about failing to break through the professional wall and become a buddy, I put down the boxed wine, paused my Tori Amos CD, wrapped a metal-plated sash around my forehead, channeled my nine-tail demon fox and started working on this interview again. One day my nine-tailed demon fox (friend and collaborator Ryan Sands) told me his nine-donged spirit animal (friend and collaborator Johnny Ryan) was a die-hard fan of Detroit Metal City. A few e-mails later, we’d had this conversation.

Artichoke Tales

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Artichoke Tales There's been a real surge of interest in the fantasy genre among indy and small press cartoonists these days. To wit (and off the top of my head): Orc Stain by James Stokoe, Powr Mastrs by C.F., Dungeon Quest by Joe Daly, The Mourning Star by Kazimir Strzepek, Daybreak by Brian Ralph — I could go on. Megan Kelso's Artichoke Tales is another entry in that list, although to some degree it stands apart from it's sword-and-sandal brethren, both in terms of content and thematically. It's not as concerned with conveying thrilling quests and epic tales of fantastic civilizations at war as much as it is with exploring the consequences of such adventures.

The Phenomenology of Sleep: Ganges #3

Posted by on August 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Kevin Huizenga has been wrestling with the philosophical issues surrounding mind and perception for quite some time through his everyman character Glenn Ganges and his wife Wendy. This approach has allowed him to humanize these problems through an ordinary man with an agile brain and fertile imagination. He first used this approach in Supermonster #14, the "Gloriana" issue, as he explored the depiction of the simultaneity of perceptual apprehension through Glenn experiencing a powerful moment watching a sunset in a library. It was a depiction of Glenn's sensory filters being turned off for a moment, not unlike a psychedelic or mystical experience. That kind of experience forces one to deal with sensation and perception in its rawest and most immediate states, shoving aside everyday understanding of an event.

Since this announcement literally occurred over tcj.com’s head…

Posted by on July 24th, 2010 at 4:29 PM
Hot news from the Fantagraphics' San Diego Comic-Con booth: Fantagraphics' Twitter: BIG #sdcc announcement: We're partnering with Disney to publish the complete Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse strips starting May 2011.

Romantic: Werewolves of Montpellier

Posted by on July 21st, 2010 at 5:22 AM
Rob reviews the new graphic novella from Jason, Werewolves of Montpellier (Fantagraphics).

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