The NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium is a weekly series of lectures organized by the great Ben Katchor covering a vast range of topics on comics history and craft. Next week they’ll have three events instead of of their usual one, and while this isn’t affiliated with that weekend’s Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival, it can be […]
Jack T. Chick, whose religious tract comics inspired revulsion and mirth– along with some faith, I’m sure — passed away over the wekeend at age 92, as his company FB page revealed: Many might have been surprised to find out the reclusive artist was still alive. As noted by Steve Bissette, Chick may have been […]
Monsters Unleashed is Marvel’s first big event of 2017, with the Avengers, the Champions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, the Inhumans and the rest going up against hordes of giant monsters. You’ll need little more than that to sell you on the idea, but it’s written by Cullen Bunn with art by Steve McNiven, Leinil Yu, Adam Kubert, Greg Land and Salvador Larocca.
Speaking of politics, one of the strangest stories this year has been the appropriation of Pepe the Frog as a symbol for white supremacist hate groups. Pepe was created by artist Matt Furie as part of his stoner comedy Boy’s Club, and but as the image spread on 4Chan and Reddit is has been used […]
Why did the early Batman villain The Monk disappear from his rogue’s gallery?
Over the weekend at SPX I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Trina Robbins and meeting Rebecca Wilson, one of the original contributors to Wimmens Comix, the groundbreaking underground anthology from the 70s. Tomorrow, if you’re in Berkeley you can celebrate another one of the cartoonists from that era, the legendary Lee Marrs. She’ll be […]
At the end of the month, the thriving scene of artists studios centered in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn will be no more. As reported last year (but not imediately connected to the comics world) a massive collection of old warehouses that have been turned into artists studios, in the classic NYC sense, are now being turned into…well condos, probably. The area is located near the toxic Gowanus Canal and not considered safe for habitation but that won’t stop anyone. Maybe a bank or a organic dog treat store or a prozen yogurt shop will open up.
Oh yeah, speaking of zines (look it up kids) something called The Poopsheet Foundation is now online, and it’s one of those 90s things that was what passed for social media back in the day: The Poopsheet Foundation began in 1993 as Poopsheet, a small publication that reviewed other small publications. The zine eventually became […]
Artist Trevor von Eeden has a secure place in comics history for a couple of reasons. First, he was one of the most distinct and powerful mainstream comics artists of the Bronze Age, with significant work on Black Lighning (which he co-created drew the first appearance of), Black Canary, and perhaps most memorably, the challenging, […]
Historian letterer Todd Klein has the essential obit for Gaspar Saladino, pointing out how influential he was in so many things. Maybe Gaspar will be the first letterer in the Eisner Hall of Fame. When I started working at DC in 1977 I was blown away seeing and working with Gaspar’s lettering in person, such […]