On the scene: Phoenix Comicon 2015


Phoenix Comicon took place on Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31. Apparently, preview night and Sunday were the best days. Honestly, I felt like I was going to Emerald City or San Diego Comic-Con, but I can park near the venue. The parking fees raised, but they’re fairly reasonable considering the location. Downtown Phoenix […]

On the Scene with Smaller Cons—Wizard World and Big Wow

Steve Leialoha

by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Comic con season is upon us. It’s time for lining up, hoping to get that autograph and waiting to get into that must see panel. If it’s a murder of crows and a gaggle of geese what do you call a plethora of comic cons—a cacophony? The big ones—San Diego in July […]

SDCC ’14: Listen to all the best panels AND the Eisner Awards

Jamie Coville has done it again, recording some of the most fascinating panels from Comic-Con just passed, AND the 2014 Eisner Awards to boot. In fact so many of these were on our own “must see” list, we’ll be listening to these while on the treadmill for weeks to come. You can Find Coville’s pictures […]

Jim Steranko on Art, Experimentation, and FROGS [Interview]


Amongst the many pieces featured in the relaunched A1 Annual this year is FROGS from Jim Steranko. Originally published in COMIXSCENE #3 in April 1973, FROGS is a experiment in storytelling, in which Steranko sets out 48 identically-sized panels which  tell a story in whatever order they are read. FROGS requires the reader to choose their own pattern […]

Review: Dash Shaw’s New School is Pretty “Artsy” Stuff


I find Dash Shaw’s work to be strangely invigorating. I admit I had some reservations when I first saw the daunting heft of his Bottomless Belly Button, with its absurdly extended passage of a man running and profusely sweating, drawn in a style so crunchy that it makes Gary Panter look slick. The idea that all we cartoonists must now draw books that are at least three inches thick and that take several years of deprivation to accomplish thanks to the efforts of obviously dedicated workhorses such as Shaw and Craig Thompson was not a pretty one. But I was eventually to resign myself to this new order.

Steranko-ing: the early years


Thanks to Sarrah Horrocks, this undated but 80s ish photo of Jim Steranko and Jack Kirby shows that Steranko-ing has a long, proud tradition. Steranko has recently gained a whole new audience with his addictive Twitter feed which includes stories of escape tricks, comics history and general “I was there” testimony—although it has yet to […]



Photocomix are strange creatures. They look like a hybrid of a photography medium and a comics format, and when you spot them in the wild you’re never sure whether they arose as some part of a natural evolutionary process in art or if they were the result of some kind of misguided experiment, maybe even […]