I write a lot about contemporary art, and one of the areas that I find so many people get hung-up about is meaning. That is, the specific meaning of a specific piece of art, and also, the general idea that a piece of art must have a meaning. People find it hard to fathom that […]
50 Free Comic Book Day titles! If you’re lucky, your store will give you a bundle of comics! But more likely, you’ll have a limit… both in time (what? this isn’t the line for the 12:15 showing for Guardians of the Galaxy?) and number. What should you grab? Depends on what you like, for starters. […]
You’re not likely to come out of a Cathy Malkasian book without being spooked by something you can’t quite put your finger on even though it lingers and gets you a little bit down. Malkasian has cornered the market on gloomy, apocalyptic parables that don’t make you feel so great about humankind even as you […]
The surprise graphic novel hit of the start of 2017 is Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing is Monsters. It’s both a sui generis story (a young girl growing up in Chicago imagines herself as a monster while investigating the murder of an elderly neighbor) a unique art style (lush colored pencilled illos drawn on notebook […]
This week, Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins create a powerful history for a fictional place while Fantagraphics enters the superhero comics space with Crime Destroyer. As always we score books here on an all or nothing system of greatness. CRIME DESTROYER #1 Story: Josh Bayer Art: Herb Trimpe Color: Alessandro Echevarria Inks: Benjamin Marra […]
For years Fantagraphics has been THE place for incredible cartoonists to flex storytelling muscle. Over the weekend, the publisher announced more details on their new initiative in the world of superhero comics. The new publishing venture, ALL TIME COMICS looks to ambitiously create a brand new shared universe inhabited by super powered heroes and their […]
Anya Davidson’s ‘Band for Life’ is one of the boldest graphic novels of the year, an eye splitting trip into the lives of am indie punk rock band and their misadventures. Call it Josie and the Pussycats for the post-iTunes generation. Here Davidson talks about her own music tastes and band as well as the history of the strip and her use of color.
This year’s Small Press Expo was another love-in. Glen Weldon wrote all about it for the NPR blog In theory, SPX seems a lot like many of the other comic-cons that have been popping up across the country over the last few years. There’s the vast exhibit floor, there’s a packed schedule of panels and spotlights […]
The first in a projected seven-book science fiction series, Joshua W. Cotter’s Nod Away draws you in with the human drama, but keeps the science fiction elements of the story mostly at bay, creating a mysterious mist that hangs on people’s lives as they cope with the little moments, oblivious to the larger mysteries that are […]
Italian comics maestro Guide Crepax is getting what I’m willing to bet is his first ever US art exhibit this weekend at the Scott Eder Gallery in Dumbo.