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Two from the Village Voice

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#1: A Year in Comics and Graphic Novels by R.C. Baker sums up the year with a nicely diverse list:

Comics. They began more than a century ago as a circulation booster during Hearst and Pulitzer’s newspaper wars. But with an ever-refreshing youth demographic, they remain eternally hip and popular. How best to sort through 2007’s many offerings?


#2: A Review of Persepolis, which is expected to garner a few Oscar® nods:

Persepolis is a small landmark in feature animation. Not because of technical innovation—though it moves fluidly enough, and its drawings have a handcrafted charm forgotten in the era of the cross-promoted-to-saturation CGI-‘toon juggernauts—but because it translates a sensitive, introspective, true-to-life, “adult” comic story into moving pictures. While Robert Crumb only achieved the big screen as a porno-groovy shadow of himself and Daniel Clowes decamped to live- action, Marjane Satrapi’s made the crossing; with the aide of French comic-book artist Vincent “Winshluss” Paronnaud (both making their first feature here), Satrapi’s four autobiographical Persepolis volumes have been smartly streamlined and storyboarded into 95 minutes of screen time.



  1. Did Robert Crumb even have anything to do with Fritz the Cat? I always thought Bakshi just took the option and made the film totally without Robert’s input and that Robert tried unsuccessfully to have his name taken off of it.

  2. Why does Persepolis, an animated film, need subtitles? Wouldn’t watching it be sa more fluid experience if it were dubbed into English? Putting subtitles on it is changing the original language into English anyway.

  3. bM, watch Crumb, the movie. He explains it all very well. He was the creator and made comics about Fritz. Yes, apparently, he did not want the movie made.

    James, and English language version of Persepolis is being made soon.

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