By Victor Van Scoit In the Marvel Universe Ultron is an artificial intelligence robot fixated on world domination. Ultron may only be a work of fiction but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned with the data gathering robots that exist in our world today. As a graphic novella, Terms Of Service: Understanding Our Role […]
The Tony Awards nominations are out today, honoring the best on Broadway, and Fun Home tied for most nominations with 12 (An American in Paris also got 12.) The musical, based on the Alison Bechdel graphic novel, was nominated for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), […]
Some anniversaries are painful to remember, and so is today’s: the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A while ago we told you about a graphic novel about this event, OPERATION NEMESIS: A Story of Genocide & Revenge. The book is out now and in memoriam of those who lost their lives, here’s two illustrations from the book, one by Dan Panosian above and one by Harry Bogosian, below, a student of Paul Pope.
How Diverse is the Dewey Decimal Classification When It Comes to Comics? You’d Be Surprised What One Librarian Discovered!
How diverse are graphic novels? Not in themes, or character representation, but in actual non-fiction subjects? Is there a graphic novel about hot air ballooning? How about the architectural history of bathrooms? Or maybe you’d prefer an autobiographical history of Benihana? Or maybe a history of Andorra? Those exist, and more. I spent seven years (on […]
By Nick Eskey Known for being the fan favorite of major conventions, with its relaxed nature and lines, WonderCon has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. For this last WonderCon, I was a little underwhelmed with the pick of panel selections, so I decided to spend more time on the sales floor […]
Coming in March 2016. Five years in the making. pic.twitter.com/oChHUyKbQm — Fantagraphics Books (@fantagraphics) April 6, 2015 It’s been way too long since we’ve heard from Dan Clowes, Shia LaBeouf aside, but the pile of what appears to be artwork in the above tweet suggests he hasn’t been idle. Clowes’ last work was Wilson, which […]
Awards season is barreling along now. And here are the nominees for the LA Times Book Prizes, which added a graphic novel category several years back. It’s a prestigious literary prize, and the winners over the years—Duncan the Wonder Dog, Finder, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life among them—have definitely lived up to the billing. This year’s five books chosen include what I would almost call the usual suspects for 2014:
By Matt O’Keefe Short stories are a dying breed in mainstream comics, so often the best offerings are found in the independent scene. Such is the case with books like Cartozia Tales and, more to the point, TerraQuill by Shawn Daley. Like Cartozia, TerraQuill builds a whole world pages at a time. Each of the ten stories delivers […]
Kathryn and Stuart Immonen are of course well known for their stellar superhero work, but in their “spare time” they turn out some more personal work which though smalelr and quiter, has an even greater scope. 2010’s Moving Pictures was a thoughtful and tense exploration of the relationship between a museum curator in Nazi occupied France, […]
Long before graphic novels were “respectable” there was Larry Gonick, whose Cartoon History of the Universe books were respected and bestselling looks at history as told in a fanciful but well researched cartoon style. A former calculus calculus instructor at Harvard and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, his science bona fides have never been in doubt. And he’s back in January with a Cartoon Guide to Algebra. Is there a way to make the abstract more comprehensible with comics? We’ll soon find out.
PW’s annual Graphic Novel critics poll, which I oversee, is out. This One Summer was the winner, which is hard to argue with. There’s also a list of books of the year selected by the graphic novel reviewers. It’s a small group, but they usually get it right. I thought it would be fun to look up past winners. The very first one isn’t online, but it’s a pretty strong list overall, and clicking the links will immediately take you back to whatever people were talking about in comics that year:
Only two comics made the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014 list, the ubiquitous Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast and Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich. However, the piece did include cute comics style illos by sometime cartoonist Jon McNaught (above). And also, books without pictures can […]
As a kid, Dover Books was just about my favorite publisher, bringing out fine reprints of sheet music, fairy tales, art and all sorts of other goodies (yeah that’s the kind of kid I was.) And they’re still around and now bringing back long OOP graphic novels in a new line. Publishers Weekly had all […]
Salon’s Laura Miller has offered a 10 best Graphic Novels list for 2014, a nice eclectic mix with publisher like SelfMadeHero and Nobrow represented. The list is arranged in a slideshow format that requires you to click many times, but I’ve cheated and made a text list. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët Climate […]