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Batman In Three-And-A-Half Minutes

Grant Morrison tells the story of Batman's life to Kevin Smith. With illustrations. NSFW. (Via.)
posted by Kevin Street on May 12, 2013 - 22 comments

Don't believe anything until you read it in a sprawling historical novel

Comics made out of covers for books in the Oxford World's Classics series. For earlier editions, see here, here, here, here, and here.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 10, 2013 - 1 comment

Portraits of the artists, rarely as young men

Veteran cartoonist Michael Netzer (who started out in the seventies as Mike Nasser) has been doing pen and ink portrays of comics artists, writers and editors, making them available on Wikipedia under a Creative Commons license. He explains why when discussing his latest portrait, of Fantagraphics co-owner Kim Thompson, recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
posted by MartinWisse on May 10, 2013 - 1 comment

An enjoyable evening at the symphony hall

Russian born composer and pianist Sonya Belousova has begun a new series of performances in combination with Stan Lee’s World of Heroes titled Cospay Piano. Episode 1 was The Walking Dead, Episode 2 is Batman.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 9, 2013 - 2 comments

Minecraft: Can Make You Paranoid as Hell.

Videogames Are Drugs: Dorkly presents a few comics which compare videogames to their analogous drugs.
posted by quin on May 8, 2013 - 33 comments

Uh oh, are we in trouble?

DC Blacklists the Outhouse. DC has been upset at the comics news site for running satirical articles about them (as well as other publishers), and has informed them that they are revoking access to their creators for interviews, according to Christian "Bluestreak" Hoffer. [more inside]
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me on May 6, 2013 - 17 comments

"Makes you feel kind of desperate, doesn’t it?" *Mblgpf.*

"By the time Cathy began, the sexual revolution had ended, so the strip stands as a perfect artifact of a moment when the cultural understanding of coercion changed completely—a moment when, one could argue, second-wave feminism basically died. With its baby-boomer characters, Cathy dramatizes the aftermath: the ’60s ended when it became clear that a revolutionary movement toward a just society wasn’t happening; the ’70s ended up being about trying to navigate the wreckage of the ’60s. The ’80s were largely about looking for strategies to accept injustice and inequality, and to construe that acceptance itself as a positive value.

"Cathy takes its place in this cultural progression by drilling in the notion that it doesn’t matter what the law says: you are being coerced not by the state but by your desire to be valued."
posted by Rory Marinich on May 5, 2013 - 78 comments

The Day Charlie Brown Changed

Pearls Before Swine Author Stephen Pastis believes the Peanuts strip published on February 1, 1954 was a turning point in the Charlie Brown series. [more inside]
posted by COD on May 4, 2013 - 62 comments

Ah am NOT no savage

The Hand of Gold a webcomic by Jordan Crane.
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 29, 2013 - 6 comments

The Art of Anton Kannemeyer

Black Gynaecologist (2008), 'I love the white middle class ...' (2008), Say! if you speak English... (2008).
The works and life of Anton Kannemeyer.
posted by - on Apr 27, 2013 - 21 comments

The Libra husband is not an easy man to please.

The romance comic blog Sequential Crush takes a look at an astrology-themed love story from 1970: "Horoscope, Don't Fool With My Heart!"
posted by The Whelk on Apr 27, 2013 - 13 comments

Danger Zone: On Archer's Underground Comix Roots

Charles Bock examines how underground comics helped give rise to TV's Archer and reviews the series in a post-Sideshow Bob world. (First link contains NSWF embedded YT videos.)
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 27, 2013 - 79 comments

That night the hipsters jazz in

A harrowing graphic story that shows that gentrification of ethnic neighbourhoods by young people leading alternative lifestyles was a controversial issue even in 1957. (SLComic)
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 26, 2013 - 43 comments

There's Amazonian and Then There's...

Video game character design is frequently questionable, but some designers don't like being questioned. Penny Arcade imagines equal opportunity questionability, while their reporter Ben Kuchera examines the broader issue.
posted by gilrain on Apr 24, 2013 - 177 comments

Shazam

The world as you know it is a hologram of sound (SL comic strip on Warren Ellis's website but authored by Eric M. Esquivel, Scott Godlewski, Ryan Cody, and Henry Barajas)
posted by shivohum on Apr 24, 2013 - 7 comments

His home is his castle

This St. George's Day sees news of the next attempt to redress Britain's superhero shortage: Englishman, who looks like Iron Man crossed with a mediaeval crusader. The series promises “brand new, quintessentially English characters, including Greenbelt and Dry Stone Wall”. [more inside]
posted by acb on Apr 23, 2013 - 119 comments

Eight years of Eisner Awards for Digital Comics

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books since 1988. The digital comic category was added in 2005. Some say the category could be expanded, given the abundance of digital creations. Regardless, there are 42 different titles nominated in the past 8 years. The 2013 nominations have been made: Ant Comic, by Michael DeForge (previously, twice) | Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover | It Will All Hurt, by Farel Dalrymple (previously) | Our Bloodstained Roof, by Ryan Andrews (previously) | Oyster War, by Ben Towle. Nominations and winners from prior years inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 21, 2013 - 31 comments

I've taken people on tour here where they've wept

A short tour through the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum's library, the world largest collection of comics and cartoon art with the curator Caitlin McGurk and cartoonists Ed Piskor, Jasen Lex and Jim Rugg. For those wanting to see more treasures from the library, there's also the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum's blog.
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 20, 2013 - 2 comments

There was no reason we couldn’t take over the world

"It wasn’t just Modern Tales. Keenspot, already established as the big name in webcomics sites, had members out in full force at that Comic-Con. A little group called Pants Press, consisting of a half-dozen Disney-loving teenage girls and one grown man, met in person for the first time after finding each other online, and the Pants Press girls wove in and out of the Comic-Con crowds in a blur of watercolors and cosplay fabric. Every member of that group is now a major talent in comics or animation or both. That summer, it was certain for the first time that webcomics were going to be a thing. A good thing. " -- As pioneering webcomics host Modern Tales has shut down, Narbonic creator Shaenon Garrity reminisces about how Joey Manley got it all started, back in 2001-2002
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 19, 2013 - 7 comments

Doomed Planet. Desperate Scientists. Last Hope. Kindly Couple.

The 75 greatest Superman stories of all-time: 75-26, 25-1 - celebrating the 75th anniversary of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's debut of the character in ACTION COMICS #1. Everything you need to know about Superman in four panels. The Actual Best Superman Writer Ever Happy Anniversary Lois Lane. The $130 Check That Bought Superman.
posted by Artw on Apr 18, 2013 - 19 comments

Just the way things are little guy

It Will All Hurt [Part 2, Part 3] is "a weird, sad, silly, sketchy, fantasy adventure strip with magic and science-fiction and some fighting action." By Farel Dalrymple [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 17, 2013 - 5 comments

Batman vs Eggman

Batman solved the 'Paul Is Dead' Beatles' mystery in a 70s Batman story.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Apr 15, 2013 - 33 comments

MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIL​​HOUSSSSE - BAAAAAAAAAA​AAAAAAAAAAART

Bartkira is a collaborative effort of several cartoonists to adapt the manga Akira in to the world of The Simpsons. Here are a few panels from artist Cameron Stewart.
posted by codacorolla on Apr 4, 2013 - 41 comments

The dance of urban life goes on

The adventures of Wonderdick, Toronto's beloved urbanist blogger as he explores the miracles of North America's most exciting and largest metropolitian landscape (outside the USA or Mexico), now available at Cartoon Machine. Also available, the hilarious hijinks of Pair Bond, a twentysomething couple caught in the grip of a dying relationship, and the Time Professor, sending his young assistant on a murder spree through history to save the future, or so he says. All from the febrile brain of Mike Winters, who occassionally also does more serious comics about the grim struggle in in 1942 between von Paulus 6th Army and the courageous Russian defenders of his beloved hometown, Edmonton.
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 4, 2013 - 16 comments

Buttoning Up Up and Away!

Fully Dressed Redesigns of Superheroines. Artist Mike Lunsford redesigns several prominent superheroines' costumes to show a lot less skin while retaining the feel of their original outfits.
posted by robocop is bleeding on Apr 3, 2013 - 160 comments

I pressed the irony control, and around me halftone dots filled the sky

Comic artists razz Lichtenstein with the Image Duplicator show
posted by Artw on Apr 2, 2013 - 72 comments

Bunny Bounced

The true secret of Easter - but are toys replacing candy (or, more awfully, live animals) as the traditional Easter gift? And is that a bad thing?
posted by Artw on Mar 31, 2013 - 31 comments

"Avengers Assimilate"

"All of which is admirable, but that's not actually the speech Havok gave. Havok's speech makes a huge leap from, "my minority identity doesn't define me" to a rejection of minority identity. Havok is a mutant, but he says the word is divisive and that it represents everything he hates. He asks people not to use it. He is, definitively and explicitly, self-loathing about his identity." -- Comics Alliance's Andrew Wheeler talks about the identity politics in the new Marvel comic Uncanny Avengers. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 30, 2013 - 52 comments

Recolouring the Dark Knight

Batman: Year One recoloured, from original art to colour guide and final artwork as compared to the original comic.
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 28, 2013 - 32 comments

Adventures in Gay.

25 YEAR OLD RECENTLY OUT ARTIST CHRONICLING HIS ADVENTURES INTO THE WORLD OF GAY. Just a regular guy who happens to like other guys. Currently living in NYC. Work in animation, write and draw for a living. Hopeless romantic. Things I like: cartoons, writing, drawing, uke, piano, basketball, pokemon.
He's dorky, awkward, and struggling with a bit of the ol' internalized homophobia, but I think he's going to be OK.
posted by Nomyte on Mar 24, 2013 - 17 comments

On Chicago Public Schools Censoring Persepolis's Images of Torture

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?
posted by Artw on Mar 16, 2013 - 33 comments

My Name Is Not Michael Keaton

MichaelKeaton.net [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Mar 15, 2013 - 29 comments

Comics Quest IV: the quest for rent money

Attention budding cartoonists, want to become rich and famous? You have two choices. You can either become a newspaper cartoonist and let a syndicate help you get in the papers, as explained in this 1950ties public information film styled video. Or you can choose to cut out the middlemen and put your cartoons on the web, which if the video is to be believed, is not unlike an eight bit video adventure game. Either way, uncounted riches await you.
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 15, 2013 - 31 comments

Fodder for your Amazon wishlist

Windsor McCay was one of the first superstars of the American comics strip, a pioneer in both cartooning and animation, massively prolific. All of his work is in the public domain, but where to start? Over at Robot 6, Chris Mautner provides the lowdown in the first installment of a new series of Comics College, "a monthly feature where we provide an introductory guide to some of the medium’s most important auteurs and offer our best educated suggestions on how to become familiar with their body of work". [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 6, 2013 - 26 comments

If blood were spilled, it'd probably be green.

For generations both societies lived apart from humanity, united in their common experience as outcasts. But as so often happens when downcast but fanatical groups find themselves in the ascendancy, today their factionalism is exposed and the rivalry has erupted into open conflict. [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine on Feb 28, 2013 - 25 comments

Michael Deforge

Canadian cartoonist and animator Michael Deforge has been furiously productive over the past few years, producing a seemingly endless series of minicomics, four issues of his increasingly influential one-man anthology series Lose, short pieces for magazines, concert posters, and dozens of one-off illustrations, blog posts and anthology contributions. His comics are a queasy mix of body horror (reminiscent of his countryman David Cronenberg), creeping anxiety, and surprisingly sharp humor. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Feb 27, 2013 - 10 comments

Ant Comics

Ant Comics. (nsfw for giant ant queen sex).
posted by rollick on Feb 27, 2013 - 33 comments

Pay what it's worth or he'll piss in your garden

Every issue of Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman, is now available for free download from his creator David Boswell's side. For those who haven't had the pleasure to encounter Reid yet, here's an 1991 interview with Boswell, courtesy of CBC's Midday, as well as a 2011 appreciation of Reid Fleming by Tom Hawthorn for the Globe & Mail, written when Boswell was induced in the Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame.
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 27, 2013 - 25 comments

Mutant Women of Earth

How Chris Claremont Reinvented the Female Superhero
posted by Artw on Feb 19, 2013 - 54 comments

365 Days of the Black Hero

Last year, freelance cartoonist and illustrator Wardell "War" Brown drew a daily sketch of a different Black hero, both fictional and real life, starting with Storm and ending with Muhammad Ali. For those clever clogs who'd now like to point out 2012 was a leap year, he got you covered.
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 16, 2013 - 7 comments

Super No

Superman is a good guy. More than that, Superman is the best guy. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1932, he's the archetypal superhero, a man of enormous power who places himself in service to the powerless. To borrow a famous phrase from the 1940s Superman radio serial, he stands for "truth, justice and the American way". - Why Orson Scott Card isn't the right man to write Superman. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Feb 14, 2013 - 255 comments

“An entire ‘vault,’ like a Money Bin, filled with 40,000 comics.”

The DON ROSA COLLECTION is a deluxe 9-volume set of books published by Egmont that tells the story of my life with comics, particularly the $crooge McDuck and Donald Duck comics for which I have become best known... As part of the special texts in the series, I wrote an autobiography of my life, at least as it pertains to comic books. As a conclusion to those texts it was always planned that I would write a sort of ‘epilogue’ to my career, the subject of which would obviously be the reasons for why I quit... At the last moment the Disney Corporation refused to allow my text to appear in a book series that was published under their license... So I agreed to allow set #3 to go forward as long as I would be allowed in volume 9 to direct interested readers to the ‘epilogue’ as it is appearing on this private website.” Don Rosa: “WHY I QUIT [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Feb 13, 2013 - 12 comments

"In comic books life is worth nothing; there is no dignity of a human"

In 1954 Fredric Wertham wrote Seduction of the Innocent which, in no small way, led to the Comics Code Authority. Carol Tilley, a professor of library and information science, has proven that the book misrepresented and altered the original data. (previously, previously)
posted by nadawi on Feb 12, 2013 - 28 comments

oh my god i can see forever

What happens to comics if newspapers go away? Garry Trudeau imagines a terrifying void. Webcomic artists think Garry Trudeau is silly. But if you, too, fear the vast abyss of a world without newspaper funnies, and lack the patience to search for all the treasures of the webcomic world, what you want is a comic that never ends. Pandyland and Mezzacotta each offer an infinite supply of three-panel comics, so that you'll never have to go without a brief moment's amusement. Sure, 99% of the comics you see might be crap, but there are gems amidst all the rubbish.
posted by Rory Marinich on Feb 11, 2013 - 101 comments

Size matters

The degeneration of the newspaper comic strip in one handy picture. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 9, 2013 - 63 comments

A woman walks in to a comic book shop

HaterfreeWednesdays, a new tumblr to help comics fans find shops that are friendly to those of us who aren't straight white guys. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Feb 9, 2013 - 23 comments

"Print and digital can co-exist; we’re trying to level the playing field"

What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag? What on Earth could draw the two of you back together again?. Insufferable is a new web comic from Mark Waid (writer of Captain America, 52 Kingdom Come and Daredevil among others), creator of Irredeemable, and ex-chief creative officer of Boom Studios) being offered via Thrillbent, a platform he he and others hope will revolutionise digtial comics. Waid's goal in the long run: to create a collective of new creators and industry veterans who want to aggregate their content and use the digital medium in new and different ways. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Feb 8, 2013 - 22 comments

Also I Have Dinosaurs!

On a mountain top somewhere in the Andes mountains, a small group of very, very, very old nuns maintains a cozy orphanage. The kids have lost their families, and it may never stop snowing, but there's always a fire in the fireplace and a never-ending supply of snowballs just outside the front door. It's Snowflakes, a comics series in 5 Acts, by James Ashby, Chris Jones and Zach Weiner.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 8, 2013 - 2 comments

There are no Black comics writers at Marvel or DC

"As near as I can tell, throughout DC Comics' more than 75-year history, the publisher has only ever hired two black women writers on monthly titles: Felicia Henderson on Teen Titans and Angela Robinson on The Web, both in 2009. That should be put in some perspective: If those numbers are accurate, it would mean that DC has more white women writing monthly books for them right now than they've had black women in the same role in more than three quarters of a century. That said, they are potentially doing better than their principal competition: Try as I might, I cannot find a single black woman who has ever written a monthly ongoing comic for Marvel in the publisher's history." -- Joseph Hughes talks about the lack of Black comics writers at Marvel and DC both right now and historically. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 7, 2013 - 50 comments

Invasion of the Literaries

We might not get laughed out of the room, but the question is: would we want to be stuck in it with some guy who would ask: Since we already have Aristophanes, who needs Kurtzman? Since we have Erasmus of Rotterdam, why would we want Steve Martin? With Wagner still available, who cares about the Firehouse Five? Furthermore, would we let that guy organize the party music?

What appears at first to be taking a more stringent view is in fact applying irrelevant criteria. It dismantles the idea of a comic and leaves the parts hopelessly undone.
Eddie Campbell on fallacies of comics criticism.
posted by rollick on Feb 7, 2013 - 18 comments

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