Big list of Games
– "An unfiltered list of games featuring a leading lady, because such a list should exist."
Have a suggestion for a game?
Leading Ladies in Media
– "Highlighting female protagonists in Film, TV, Comics, and Books."
Bonus link: hardcore gaming
– Fuck Yeah 1990s
Suffice it to say, Persepolis is quite a work. It’s a testament to the power of the graphic novel. The art’s simple linework helps the story feel unpretentious and direct. Persepolis was adapted as a 2007 French animated film, written and directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Among other honors, it was nominated for an Academy Award. Why would someone want to ban such a book?
The NYT Book Review
just named it one of the 5 best fiction books of the year
. The AV Club helpfully posted a video
to show you what happens when you open it. Actually, lots of folks posted videos
to show you what happens when you open it. Other folks raved in print about the author and his career
. The Comics Journal asked a dozen critics of the author's work
to send in reviews; this one
focuses on the role of disability in the narrative. This one
notes the book "is in a very primary sense a comic about women and the private lives they lead, and it investigates more fully than any other comic I have ever read the way they age, fall in love, explore their sexuality, come to terms with compromises they’ve had to make as they’ve grown, accept their limitations, confront squandered ability, have children (or choose not to have children), marry (or stay single), and make sense of the world around them." You might find Chris Ware's Building Stories
worth a look or two. Or fourteen. [more inside]
Alan Moore and David Lloyd designed it 30 years ago. The V for Vendetta mask appropriated
by Occupy protesters the world over. The Guardian recently
asked Alan what he thought about the masks. Now Channel 4 news takes him into Occupy territory
to face that face. But who is
the true anarchist?
Hey Oscar Wilde!
— A spot to archive nerd images of interest from out of print/hard to find art books, magazines, comics and other assorted ephemera laying about as well as detours into other things found about the web. Some of the pieces from the 'Hey Oscar Wilde! It's Clobberin' Time!!!'
literary art collection (previously on MeFi
) may make it on here from time to time as well.
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
Slate magazine has posted an excerpt from Brooke Gladstone's "The Influencing Machine
." It's a reflection on the media done in quasi-comic book form and illustrated by Josh Neufeld. The fairly beefy excerpt is an interesting discussion on the concept, and the history of the concept, of Objectivity.
Free Comic Book Day
is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Here's the store locator
From the always reliable Monster Brains (previously
) comes the crossover you've all been waiting for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Predator
. But wait, there's more
): Evil Candy Plans
, Forbidden Bat-Love
, an awesome batmobile
, and lots of plain old what the fuck
"To really write for children, you have to think like a child. And to read a children’s book, you probably have to let go of grown-up reasoning. These thoughts occurred to me as I read two newly-translated books about Tintin and his creator, Georges Remi, better known to the world as Hergé. (The pen name is composed of Remi’s initials backwards, pronounced as in French.) There is much to be learned from these studies and others by “Tintinologists”—about Hergé, about the “world” of Tintin, even about twentieth-century politics. But as I read Pierre Assouline’s well-written biography of Hergé and Jean-Marie Apostolidès’s erudite study of the Tintin books, a version of the question we Jews love to ask kept coming to mind: Are they good for Tintin?
" A review of The Metamorphoses of Tintin or Tintin for Adults
by Jean-Marie Apostolides and Herge: The Man Who Created Tintin
by Pierre Assouline at The New Republic
The Vintage Ad Browser
"aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine & comic book scans, and more." [more inside]
Chris Foss concept art for Dune
, with bonus Nostromo. The images were produced for Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1974 attempt at filming the story
, with other artists involved including Moebius
and HR Giger
. Though the project failed Jodorowsky collaborated further with Moebius to lay the groundwork for his own Dune-like comicbook universe
(and a trailer for an animated version of it
was even created). More visions of Arrakis can be seen on this page of Dune cover artwork through the ages
, with bonus midi Toto.
The Visual Telling of StoriesA lyrical encyclopedia of visual propositions;
a visually orientated taxonomy of the ways in which pictures are used to tell stories. [more inside]
Thirty years ago 'probably the single most influential graphic novel to have come out of Britain to date' was published, The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright
by Bryan Talbot
. Interview - Part 1
, Part 2
Stephen King has described The Dark Tower as his "Jupiter."
The epic series, inspired in part by Robert Browning's poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"
, has spanned 22 years, 7 books and nearly 4000 pages. The first book in the series, The Gunslinger
, begins with a simple, memorable declaration, "The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." [more inside]
Back in 1983, before crossovers and limited edition covers ruined the industry, Marvel had a really great idea for a special month of comics
. [more inside]
1997 essay on the myth of artistic inspiration
at the core, neither good or bad. It simply is. [+]
Will Eisner Dies at age 86
The father of the modern Graphic Novel and hugely influential comics figure has died today from heart surgery complications. His concept of Sequential Art
helped move comics out of the idea of being solely "kid's stuff" and was seen as a cannon in the comic art world.
He was working on a book called "The Plot" due out later this year. He will be missed. More info and Eisner Bio at Newsarama
Enter a world where friendship is king and smiles abound. Owly
is continuing graphic novel series created by Andy Runton
. The series uses no words to tell the stories, instead relying solely on the art (which recalls classic cartoons), creating something fun and cute to read for pretty much any age. But don't take my word for it.
Bush Junta: A Field Guide to Corruption in Government
- A substantial visual document (200 pages of comics from Fantagraphics, fact-checked with an extensive bibliography; the link goes to a number of sample pages) on the Bush Dynasty, from its beginnings benefitting off of Hitler and WW2 (that entire piece, which is printed in english, is posted in its original dutch online here
), to the Bush's connection to Reagan's assassination, CIA and Iran-Contra, ending with the unsettling origins and profiles of the current administration. A great election primer, featuring comics and art by Steve Brodner, Ralph Steadman, Spain Rodriguez and many others. (Amazon link
provided for a better description)
The entire 50 years of Peanuts
are to be reprinted in chronological hardback volumes by Fantagraphics
in a project that will take 12 and a half years to complete.
Fantagraphics Books in Seattle, home of chris ware
, dan clowes
, r. crumb
, charles burns
and a host of other awesome comic artists is facing desperate times!
Fantômas is the Lord of Terror, the Genius of Evil, the arch-criminal anti-hero of a series of 32 pre-WWI French thrillers written by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. He carries out the most appalling crimes: substituting sulfuric acid in the perfume dispensers at a Parisian department store, releasing plague-infested rats on an ocean liner, or forcing a victim to witness his own execution by placing him face-up in a guillotine.
In 1912, Apollinaire founded the Societe des Amis de Fantomas
which included prominent artists and writers. Magritte
considered Fantomas to be a major influence in many of his paintings. Fantomas was not only a comic book but also spawned
films, tv and radio shows and plays. (There is, of course, a modern band
as well)(I read the Mexican comic book
as a child)
If you've ever read Scott McCloud
's Understanding Comics
, you must read this mock review of it here
, called Understanding Understanding Comics. I heard that Scott's such a great sport, he even helped out with some of the writing.