Those who say the comics aren’t in Comic-con any more haven’t stopped by the Fantagraphics booth at #1721. It’s always a hotbed of graphic action, with some of the world’s greatest cartoonists avaiilable to sign and pose for photos – for free! And pro tip: if you hang out long enough you’ll run into all your […]
In recent years, Paco Roca has established himself as one of the bright lights of Spanish cartooning and the world. Perhaps best known for his 2007 graphic novel Wrinkles about a group of elderly residents in a home that deals in beautiful and heartbreaking ways with dementia and other issues.
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 […]